Phone: (208) 283-9931
Birth Fee: $500
Fee Details: I believe that everyone should have access to a doula for their birth. Please don't hesitate to ask about payment plan.
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 34 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
I'm not sure I could ever adequately describe my experience with Natalie as my doula. This was my 4th baby and I went into this pregnancy assuming it would be similar to my other three. The pregnancy was different but the birth was vastly different, much to my surprise. I thought this labor and delivery would be quick like my 3rd child, an hour and a half. I also thought it could potentially be as long as my 1st child, at 6 hours. This labor was 35 hours! Natalie could have easily backed out of helping me going into this knowing that, but not only did she stay with a wonderful attitude, she gave her heart and soul every minute of the labor and delivery. She even stayed over night in our room with us, never leaving me.
I think my most favorite thing was her foot massages. She didn't just stop after 10 minutes, but it seemed like they lasted an hour or more. This helped me relax at a much deeper level. She also helped my low back with pelvic compression when contractions were intense. I think her gift of touch is amazing.
Natalie also helped us in making decisions by encouraging and almost insisting I get sleep. In such an intense situation it was difficult to see clearly what I needed to do for myself, and in those moments her direction was spot on. She also, in other instances, encouraged me where i had to make decisions that may go against what I wanted in my birth plan. Even when I ultimately decided to get an epidural, which was not something I planned to do, she reminded me of this, but supported my decision in the end.
There were a million other things she did to make this birth go smoothly and turn out wonderful like support the hospital staff, give me water continually, remind me of things, help me get comfortable in bed, and so many more.
A nurse that assisted me commented how beautiful this birth was, and I know it has a lot to do with what Natalie brought to it. She is now forever etched into a wonderful memory.
We hired Natalie on a referral from a friend. My husband was not at all on board with a doula but finally consented to meet with one. Natalie came to our home to meet us and was amazing from the very first. She answered all of our question, was super flexible with what we needed as well as having a relaxing personality. After the first meeting my husband agreed to hire her. Natalie came with me to a couple of appointments to meet my doctor so that there would be no surprises the day of the delivery. She was with us every step of the way offering her support, resources, and suggestions along the way. We never felt pressured in any way. Natalie also took pictures during the labor/birth process and made us a CD with all of the pictures as well as an additional CD that she had put a slideshow on with music and some of the best of the pictures. PRICELESS. We were more than happy with our experience with Natalie and would absolutely use her again as well as recommending her to anybody that is even slightly interested in having a doula.
As a husband/father, I thought having a Doula was more for my wife than for me but after working with Natalie, I don't know how we could have done it without her support. From the moment the labor began, Natalie was comforting, supporting, and giving us both the confidence we needed. Just like in the movies, I was the frantic father running around the house trying to get things together and later, speeding down the freeway to get to the birth center. Natalie stepped into our home and brought a calm/confident spirt to the scene. She physically supported my wife while I got things in order, and stepped back when it was my turn to connect and support my wife. At the birth center, she gave great suggestions and knew exactly where to be and what to do at all times.
As a huge bonus Natalie took great photos throughout the whole process, without being intrusive. I was in no position to pull out my camera and document the experience and was amazed afterwards to see how many pictures she actually took without us noticing. She also went above and beyond by putting together a slide show that we will treasure forever. We are both very grateful that Natalie was a crucial part of our birth story and look forward to having her at the birth of our next child.
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