7 years and 23 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 2
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
La Leche League Group Leader and Area Communications Coordinator for La Leche League of Minnesota and Dakotas
Saint Paul, MN Service range 20 miles
From the first time we met Lindsay, my husband and I knew that we wanted her there on the day our daughter was born. At first we were unsure about hiring a doula, but after meeting Lindsay, we were convinced that having her strong, gentle, and soothing presence at the hospital was exactly what we needed for my anxiety and uneasiness about labor.
Before my daughter was born, I had to go into the hospital for external cephalic version (ECV) to manually turn my breeched baby. I'd heard that the procedure could be extremely painful, and I was terrified. Not only did Lindsay send us several recommendations and resources ahead of time to try to help the baby turn naturally, but the day of the ECV she came to the hospital with us, advocating for me with the nurses, holding my hand and encouraging me during the procedure, then massaging my feet to help me relax once it was done.
I was admitted to the hospital five days before my daughter was born, and while we went through the induction process, Lindsay once again stayed in close contact with us. We called and texted her several times each day to ask questions, ask her advice and ask her to help calm our fears as we worked with the hospital staff to keep the labor process as natural as possible. Lindsay made it clear that we were always her first priority, and she helped us feel confident about the decisions we were making. Once labor started and Lindsay arrived, I felt a huge burden lifted off my shoulders. She intrinsically knew what to do during every stage of labor to help with the pain. She impowered me to trust my instincts when requesting the comfort measures that were right for me, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Having Lindsay there to guide my husband and I through the labor process was one of the highlights of my daughter's birth. Lord willing, I will never have another baby without Lindsay by my side!
I cannot imagine what our birth experience would have been without Lindsay- she was the intuitive, strong and steadfast presence that we needed! As first time parents we had no idea what to expect during labor and birth, though as a mother I knew what experience I wanted for my son, and for me. I was able to achieve the birth I desired largely due to Lindsay's guidance during labor. She worked seamlessly with the nurses and midwives. My husband also benefited from Lindsay's coaching, as he wasn't always sure how to support me, and she was there to give suggestions. I treasure the photos she took for us and how she documented our birth story. She is incredibly professional, caring and dedicated to her work as a doula and her clients. I will absolutely contact her for future pregnancies and recommend her to my friends and family!
Though my husband and I had prepared for labor and delivery with a childbirth class, I strongly believe having Lindsay at our son's birth was our biggest asset! She gave me confidence to pursue the birth experience I wanted, while also providing a calming and reassuring presence when unexpected complications presented themselves. I appreciated that she assisted me with different comfort measures during labor, which also allowed my husband to take breaks to recharge. She was always professional yet deeply personal, incredibly knowledgeable, and created a very comfortable atmosphere.
I appreciated the time she spent getting to know us at visits leading up to the birth and in the post partum period. She dedicated herself to understanding our hopes and worries in order to support us as best she could. I always felt much more reassured after her visits!
We are very grateful for how she helped us navigate labor and delivery, and would highly recommend her to anyone!
I went into my pregnancy with my second daughter knowing that this time around I wanted the support of a doula. Lindsay was an excellent choice. I had done hypnobabies for my first birth and it had not gone well after being induced. I don't know if I said it out loud, but I wanted to have a "redemptive" experience. Lindsay could sense that and spend time going over my first labor and delivery and sharing how this time could be different.
She was thorough in asking me and my husband about our values and desires for birth and educated us about our options. There are so many out there! She gave us resourses- books, websites and community classes- so that we could decide for ourselves what we wanted without pressuring us to do it a certain way.
I did end up being induced a second time (my babies don't want to leave!) and Lindsay came to the hospital when we were ready for her. She came with her birth kit and bearing snacks. She offered suggestions and encouragement as we waited out babies arrival. When things got intense she was there to offer suggestions for positioning and pain management. She also discreetly took notes and was there to take pictures (we opted for that) when the big moment finally came.
After delivering, Lindsay was there to make sure baby latched and then after getting settled into the recovery room, Lindsay said goodbye to give us family time.
Lindsay is also a writer and wrote a beautiful, detailed birth story that will be treasured for years to come.
Even with Lindsay, my plan did not go off perfectly. I was induced and in the end had an epidural. Still, I can say that it was a "redemptive" experience and I look back at my labor time with peace and joy. I have Lindsay to thank for that and would ask her to support us again!
Lindsay was an invaluable part of our prenatal, birth, and postpartum experience. She took the time to get to know our values and helped us articulate our birth wishes as first time parents. Her supportive and calm demeanor gave us confidence that we could have the low-intervention hospital birth that we desired. Lindsay was an attentive listener and great guide for finding the resources we needed for our pregnancy, birth, and parenting choices.
During labor and delivery, Lindsay was an incredible support to both of us. Lindsay's presence helped my husband provide effective verbal and physical support and allowed him to communicate with family throughout the labor process. For me, Lindsay was the additional support I needed to work through the physical challenge of labor with minimal medical intervention. Her encouragement and reassurance helped me to have my ideal birth experience.
After our delivery, Lindsay provided us with a written record of our labor and delivery. This detailed narrative of our son's arrival is a story we will cherish in the years to come. If we ever have more children, we hope we will have Lindsay with us again.
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