2 years and 10 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
No unattended home births
VIRTUAL DOULA SERVICES AVAILABLE Doula services include: 1 or 2 prenatal visits (not including the initial 'meet me' visit), Full time on-call support starting two weeks prior to and after your due date, Attendance of the labor and immediately afterward until you are ‘settled’ in at home, hospital, or birth center, 1 or 2 postpartum visits, Review of the birth as is needed, plus a copy of the birth notes. Unlimited phone/email/text support/information and research support
Minnetonka, MN Service range 30 miles
Long story short: WE LOVED LINDA and would absolutely recommend her to anyone.
Linda met with us a couple of times before the birth to walk us through several helpful documents and pre-birth exercises to encourage optimal positioning for the baby. One document we particularly liked was a long survey of preferences to assist her in understanding what would be helpful and/or relaxing for me at the time of birth. It was a surprisingly helpful exercise for my husband and I to reflect on well! As she, my husband, and I discussed what the day might look like, she was very attentive and respectful of our preferences. She had great suggestions, advice, and guiding questions but never pushed anything on us. Taking our goals and wishes into account was clearly a priority for her. One example: I knew I wanted to have an epidural and she helped me narrow down when I might want that intervention. Another example: I was hoping the baby would come a little early. Once we were full term, she sent some suggestions that could gently help things along, while wisely advising us not to take any drastic measures. She was positive and encouraging, and baby ended up coming at 40 weeks and 2 days! Overall, Linda's flexibility to be the best doula she could for each individual couple was noticed and appreciated. She made herself available over phone/text if we ever had questions. In fact, she initiated reaching out several times, which was helpful as a first time mom because I didn't always know what I should be thinking/asking about.
A few final notes: Linda is clearly very passionate about her work as a doula. She exudes a very stable and calming presence and is just generally enjoyable to be around. Finally, she worked really well with the hospital staff and clearly respected their knowledge and experience. This was very reassuring to me since we chose to deliver at a hospital and weren't sure what that would look like, but she integrated incredibly well with them.
Through a fast birth and an unexpected NICU stay, Linda helped me stay focused and strategize how to work with my body and conserve energy both in labor and the bleary days postpartum. In addition to her skillful, calming presence at our birthing center, Linda provided so many creative suggestions to troubleshoot everything from getting labor started to getting back us on our feet after the NICU.
Choosing Linda was one of the best choices we made for the birth of our first child. She was there for us through the whole experience from first meetings to postpartum care she was educating and preparing us for the entire experience. One of the most helpful things in preparation for the day was helping us figure out what we wanted for the birth, another was enabling and preparing my husband help and support me during labor and delivery. With a naturally very fast labor, Linda was there with oils and music to sooth, words to encourage and direct, and ideas that helped progress labor. She was not only a huge support emotionally but also physically. She was the one helping direct me into different positions to help the baby move down the canal. She also documented the event for us by writing down the details that we would forget and even taking photos that we are so glad to have. Both of us highly recommend Linda as a doula, we are so grateful she was there with us. She truly cares about us and our baby, and it shows in her thoughtful care and support then and still now.
Our experience having Linda as our doula was absolutely phenomenal and we couldn't have asked for a better doula. During the pregnancy, she prepared us well for labor and delivery by answering questions and giving us exercises to work on in the meantime. She researched thoroughly when she didn't know the answers to our questions and always came back with good solutions. When I started labor, from the very beginning, she was a calming presence and strong anchor for both J and I, gently pushing me to do more than I knew I could, and constantly reminding J and me what the outcome would be and why we were doing this. She is caring, thoughtful, and excited to help. We would 100% recommend Linda to be your doula.
Where do I start?! As a first-time mama, I truly believe that having Linda as our family's doula was an invaluable part of my birthing experience. Without her, my birthing plan would not have gone as well as it did. I can honestly say that I do not have emotional scars or a horror story around the birth of my son. A huge reason why is because of Linda: her calm and confident presence helped me focus and enabled my husband to provide the support I needed. At our introductory meeting to see if she was a good fit, her last comment to me showed that she believed in me and that gave me a sense of confidence that I can do this! We hadn't even officially chosen her yet!
Linda was great at answering questions during my pregnancy as well as helping me understand my options around labor and delivery. On the big day, she was available right away.During my labor, nurses and doctors came and went, but Linda was there throughout my labor and delivery. Because she was such a key part of my birthing story, I highly recommend Linda as a calm, knowledgeable, and confident doula.
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