17 years and 278 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
Lake Villa, IL Service range 50 miles
We knew Holly was the perfect doula for us as soon as we met her. My goal was to give birth naturally and I wanted Holly to help me achieve this. At our prenatal visits we worked on pain coping techniques that helped me find my own way of dealing with pain. We also made birth art together. My partner and I still have our pastel drawings of the things we were afraid of- nothing we were afraid of happened, but Holly helped us talk about how to cope with the unexpected. This was a beautiful and important moment for my partner and I. I was able to let go and relax some of my very, very high expectations. Holly came over as soon as I called her and paid close attention to how i was feeling emotionally. She was there to recommend different positions and massage techniques to keep me comfortable. She encouraged nourishment, napping, and a nice bath. She let my partner and I have alone time and stepped in when she felt she could make me even more comfortable. I loved having her there. We did a lot of fun body shaking, back rubbing, deep breathing, and she even had me with my butt in the air and my head by the floor. When my baby seemed to be in a not so ideal position, Holly knew the exact techniques to spin our baby around. This really sped up labor! Anywho, our birth experience was better than anything I could have ever imagined or hoped for and Holly was an essential part of that.
Honestly, the best decision my partner and I made for all of our pregnancy was hiring Holly. We took the most amazing birth class, we had the kick ass midwives, we were traveling to the "more natural" hospital, and all of these thing were really great decisions, but if I could only choose one of these things I would choose Holly. She's amazing at what she does. I am going to have to plan my next baby around her availability!
She's also just kind of the coolest person you'll ever know... You can blame your girl-crush on all that oxytocin.
We hired Holly as our doula after being referred to her by a trusted friend. We interviewed two other doulas, and we knew immediately upon meeting Holly that she was the one for us. She is extremely knowledgeable and very professional. She put us at ease with her great personality, sense of humor, and extensive experience as a labor doula and a mother of three.
It was important to us to find a doula who would help us stay informed of our options, but respect whatever decisions we ultimately made. Holly did just that. While I know she certainly must have very strong opinions of her own, she objectively and respectfully helped us navigate our own decision-making process and arrive at choices that worked best for us.
During labor and delivery, Holly's assistance was invaluable. She helped me cope with my pain by providing both emotional and physical support. She assisted my husband in comforting me, and reassured him that he was doing a great job. She helped us deal with the unexpected, informing us of our options at every stage, and giving us the confidence we needed to make decisions in circumstances that might otherwise have been overwhelming. Due to the circumstances surrounding my delivery and the doctor who happened to be on call that night, I feel certain I would have ended up with a cesarean were it not for Holly. She interacted with hospital staff in a professional and effective manner, and communicated our needs and desires to them while minimizing any distractions that might have taken my mind off the task at hand. She was the woman behind the curtain, pulling strings and quietly making everything work correctly, yet allowing us to be the stars of the show. I would highly recommend Holly to anyone seeking insight, knowledge, support, and encouragement throughout their pregnancy, labor, and delivery. She's the best!
My experience with Holly was absolutely fantastic. My previous, second birth had been extremely traumatic and emotionally painful. Holly was very sensitive to my previous experience and understood exactly what I needed during my third birth. This was a home birth, and with the help of Holly, it was a magical time. I was finally able to have the amazing birth experience I had longed for all along. She flowed well with my rhythms and was always in sync with my process. She helped to create such a beautiful space for the birth of my son. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
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