Hiring Linda was the best investment I made in preparation for my child's birth. Right from the start she was professional and warm. Linda has great resources and a clean, easy to navigate website and client portal. I knew she was the right fit for me when she described her doula style as "quiet, calm, and all about environment." She absolutely delivered on that during the labor and birth experience. She helped my partner and me cultivate a peaceful, loving, and intentional space for our child to enter the world into...even when the plans and birthing locations changed more than once. Linda provided excellent guidance during the labor experience, when things felt pretty intense for me physically, she coached me through different positons and instructed me to remain in a posture for "30 minutes" or "3 waves (contractions)" and that was SO HELPFUL because I was able to focus on managing the labor in tangible units of time. I know my partner really appreciated Linda's reassurance and presence because she was so familiar and comfortable with the birthing process. Her knowledge of the positions really provided relief for my partner because he could focus on supporting me emotionally without also having to remember everything he learned in the books, classes, and our prenatal visits. We agree that hiring Linda was absolutely vital to our positive, empowering experience and we definitely recommend hiring her, no matter what type of birth you are hoping for.
We had a fantastic experience with Linda for our first baby! She was kind and thoughtful and checked in often. She has various areas of knowledge and was always prepared to give us (or find) information when requested. She was quickly and easily available when I went into labor and gave great reminders throughout the labor process to keep things moving smoothly and to keep my husband and I calm and in the moment. We are so thankful for Linda and the peace of mind she gave us as we went through pregnancy, labor, and delivery for the first time. We highly recommend her!
The role of a doula throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum is profound. We asked Linda to step into this role just three weeks before my due date. Linda jumped in with both feet and immediately owned her role. She offered support, advice, access to educational materials, and encouragment. In the few weeks we had before my labor began, she made me feel comfortable and understood. Her wealth of information and creativity in problem-solving gave me confidence that she would be a true team member and support during the labor and delivery process - and she was! From the moment she arrived, Linda offered support and confidence, but did not detract from my husbands role or the family members present. She brought a profound sense of calm in the moments when I felt out of control, and gave me confidence that I could continue when I just wanted to quit. She took action both in the days leading up to my birth and during labor - encouraging me to pactice exercises and positioning, bodywork and Spinning Babies exercises. Linda didn't just care about delivering a baby, but the physical environment, my emotional health, my husbands well-being, my families presence, and the goals we had for our birthing experience.
After Lottie was born, she was transferred to the NICU, and I was left alone at the birth center - without my husband or newborn daughter. Linda sat with me and helped me begin to process the trauma of what had just occured, and reassured me that all would be well. She validated my experience, comforted, and helped me laugh when that felt nearly impossible.
I could not recommend the expertise of Linda Sarna enough - she is supportive, kind, nurturing, strong, and confident. Her tenacity and focus helped us through some of the toughest hours, and her gentleness and care brought comfort in some of the scarriest. Linda is exactly what a doula ought to bring to the table, and we are beyond thankful for her care and support.
Linda Sarna was the ideal choice of a doula for my first birth! Being new parents, my husband and I knew we wanted a doula because several friends had great experiences, and Linda was highly recommended to us by a friend. Linda was a consistent calm presence during my pregnancy and subsequent labor and birth. Having a baby during the Covid-19 pandemic is stressful, and we experienced many changes to our birth plan because of it. Linda remained supportive, calm, and knowledgeable through my pregnancy journey. She made me feel like I was capable of having the birth I wanted to have, despite the complications and circumstances beyond my control. Unfortunately, because of the hospital's Covid-related policies, Linda wasn't allowed to be present in person during my labor or birth. But, she made sure to come to our home before we went to the hospital to give us some helpful things to bring to the hospital, like essential oils and a diffuser. She even took the time to walk me through some exercises to help my body prepare for labor. When we went to the hospital, she remained present via texting and FaceTime so my husband could check in with her during various stages of my labor. She was a huge support to him and I in the whole process! I truly believe Linda's presence helped me achieve the type of birth experience I wanted. We highly recommend her and we would definitely have her as our doula again if we have another child. Thank you, Linda!
We so enjoyed our experience with Linda as our doula. Though our precipitous birth meant that we didn't have much time with her during the process, her unshakeable calm when she found me ready to deliver half-an-hour's drive from the brith center and her support before and after our daughter's birth were beyond helpful. We would highly recommend Linda to anyone seeking calming, informed, patient, joyful support through their birthing process.
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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