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Adriana Liwsky CD(DONA), ProDoula CD, CLC, CEIM, PS

Doula Adriana,

Website: http://www.doulaadriana.com/

Phone: (517) 402-8343

Birth Fee: $1100 to $1400

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $30

Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 118 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years and 22 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula
  • ProDoula - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, January 2010
  • ProDoula, December 2016
Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 2 to 4 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I attend all hospital births in any setting. I have supported hospital births from completely intervention free to elective planned c-sections.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
As long as there is a midwife or doctor attending the birth.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • CAPPA trained. Offering independent, holistic childbirth education

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)
  • Lactation Counselor Training (Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding)
  • Lamaze Breastfeeding Support Specialist

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified Educator of Infant Massage
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • Dancing For Birth Certified Instructor
  • LMT/LMP (Licensed Massage Therapist/Practitioner)
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • CPR Certified, American Heart Association

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Hearthside perinatal bereavement care training
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Dancing For Birth Professionally Trained
  • Infant massage education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Chicago Volunteer Doulas from 2011 to 1213. Serving four hospitals in the city. Doulas Care, a non-profit organization in Michigan, working to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and reduce health disparities by matching qualified volunteer doulas with pregnant women and adolescents who have limited resources. Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator for Healthy Families of Illinois, Parents too Soon Program from 2012 to 2017. Serving teenage and underserved mothers.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish and Basic Portuguese

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Area of practice: Chicago, IL
Travel Range: 35 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Adriana Liwsky CD(DONA), ProDoula CD, CLC, CEIM, PS

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Lisa Kamino

Adriana was our postpartum doula when my son was 2-3 months old to help me while I prepared for an out-of-state move. I was nervous about hiring a doula but she immediately put my mind at ease with her calm demenor, professionalism and knowledge. Prior to Adriana, I had an extremely difficult time getting my son to take naps during the day and she helped me with getting him into a routine. She was very kind and engaging with my son and I felt very comfortable with having her watch my son while I was at an appointment, even after her first day with us. She was always very punctual, reliable and hard-working. I also enjoyed chatting with her and learning new skills from her that helped me feel more confident as a first-time mom. I really appreciate all the help she provided for us and we miss her now that we have moved away. 

Posted 8/16/2019

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Nathan

Adriana was a key member of our birth team and I highly recommend her services to other soon-to-be parents. She visited us in our home about 6 weeks before our due date where we discussed different exercises we could be doing as well as things to consider when putting together our birth plan. She was very knowledgable and gave us good information to be used when making decisions.

On the day that we went into labor, Adriana was very supportive while we labored at home and met us at the hospital in the middle of the night when we were admitted. Having Adriana there was incredibly helpful and reassuring. As a first time father, seeing my partner in pain and not knowing what to do when the nurses weren't in the room was very overwhelming. However, Adriana was able to be our advocate and support person throughout the night. She knew exactly what to ask for in terms of room lighting, birth ball, extra pillows, blankets and other things that I wouldn't have even know to ask for. She was able to massage my partner and help her through the painful contracts, making them more bearable. She stayed with us for the entire 12 hours we were in the hospital and was a calming presence throughout.

Adriana visited us at our home about a week after the birth of our beautiful daughter. As a first time parent, it was hard to anticipate the amount of questions we would have even after just a week of being home with our infant. This postpartum visit was very valuable as Adriana was able to put many of our concerns at ease and gave us useful information about caring for our newborn.

If you are pregnant with your first child, I recommend and encourage you to reach out to Adriana and meet her in person. She was a wonderful guide for my partner and I and I am confident she can help you as well. 

Posted 7/4/2019

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Nicole Colegrove

Adriana is compassionate, gentle, knowledgeable and competent to provide inputs into difficult decisions. There are four main moments that stand out in my mind that exemplify the critical support that Adriana provided me throughout my pregnancy and delivery.  First is the concrete information and ideas that she provided ahead of time including recipes, a hospital packing list, a checklist of things to think through to manage pain, amongst many other items she shared in a visit in our home about a month in advance of my due date. The concrete, actionable advices were perfect. Second, due to some complications, my midwives were suggesting an early induction. In discussing with Adriana, I always felt the decision was mine to make, but that she was key to helping me focus on my instinct and remind me to listen to my body. She was a very important resource to talk to in the throes of a fairly stressful moment. Third, at the hospital, once I was induced, it seemed as though my labor was going to pick up quickly. So she joined us at the hospital. However, labor didn't pick up and it would be hours before anything really started to happen. Adriana intuited that it might be helpful for her to step away for some hours and come back when things got going. Her manor of communicating this suggestion made us feel supported yet still in control. Her intuition was perfect as it would be another 10 hours before active labor started. Finally, most critically, Adriana provided two key suggestions (amongst many) during the worst part of labor that helped me endure contractions. Although we had talked about these strategies beforehand, in the moment I was not thinking about them. And in just the right moment, Adriana introduced a breathing technique and later a rhythm technique that were game changers. She was a constant source of support, keeping me focused on those two techniques and before I knew it, I was pushing a baby out! 

Posted 7/1/2019

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Pamela

Adriana was such a godsend! She graciously and calmly supported my husband and I throughout my last trimester of pregnancy, labor and deliver and the first few weeks home with our little one, who was born in Feburary 2019.

I was very very anxious about labor and delivery and especially my ability to manage the pain effectively. I knew that I would ultimately want an epidural, but I wanted to delay getting one as long as possible to maintain movement and to avoid being stuck in bed for 20+ hours (we've all heard of those stories). Leading up to my due date, Adriana helped instill confidence to trust my body and equipped me with techniques to manage labor when the time came. Her tip to use comedy and laughter while in labor was the most helpful and I was able to do alot of my pre-labor and a good portion of active labor at home.

While at the hospital Adirana was such a great soothing presence. Her calming massage techniques, ues of aromatherapy and moral support for my husband was incredible. She was also very good at suggesting at other positions when it came time to push and I was super thankful to have a strong, yet gentle, advocate in the room to help provide a sounding board.

After the baby was born, Adriana helped ensure I had proper latch with my little one. She also came for a house visit shortly after we returned home and she was super helpful in providing suggestions for breastfeeding and how to cope with our new reality as parents. Her postiive encouragement was very helpful in our initial sleep-deprived state and helped us get through the steep learning curve of new parents. We are very thankful to have her by our side and would highly recommend her.

Posted 5/15/2019

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Dana

Adriana helped my husband and I in the delivery of our daughter in April 2019. We had an excellent experience with her from start to finish. She is incredibly warm, caring, calm and informative. She shared with us helpful knowledge for pre/post natal and suggested educational courses that we found incredibly useful. From the beginning of labor, Adriana checked in with me periodically. As I progressed, she then met me at the hospital and provided pain management techniques, kept my husband, stood by my side the entire time and ensured that the nurses and doctors we're following my birth plan. After 4 hours of active labor and pushing, my baby was born and Adriana quickly helped her latch on. My baby has been great during feedings ever since then! Im certain that our delivery would not have gone as smoothly without her support and suggestions. She is truly a blessing and I highly recommend her

Posted 4/30/2019

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Kate

Adriana helped in the delivery of our son in January 2019 and my husband and I had a wonderful experience with her. From the first time we met her, we were struck by her calm, caring demeanor. I experienced some anxiety and uncertainty at times during my pregnancy and Adriana was remarkable in her ability to help me address and overcome these anxieties, while not trivializing them. 

During labor, Adriana’s  pain management techniques were a huge help. She provided several hours of counter-pressure to my low back, which I know must have been tiring for her but I don’t know how I would’ve managed an unmedicated delivery without that. She was empathetic, supportive and her calm demeanor helped me stay calm during a trying delivery consisting of 4 plus hours of pushing. I have no doubts her presence helped me persevere through my son’s labor and delivery, sticking to my original wishes for an unmedicated delivery. She is a kind, professional and empathetic person and I would recommend her to anyone looking for additional support during their labor and delivery, as well as during pregnancy and post-partum.

Posted 3/6/2019

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Caroline Kulma


 
had the pleasure of having Adrianna's support for postpartum care when I had my son in the fall.  She started support immediately once I got home from the hospital and for 8 weeks following.  Adrianna is probably one of the most comforting, patient, empathetic and compassionate people I've ever met.  I always felt a calmness over myself (and my family!) when Adrianna walked in the door.  She was extremely knowledgable about being a doula, and showed great love for what she does.  Adrianna was just wonderful with my son and always figured out a way to comfort him.  She was exceptionally helpful to me with nursing and was very encouraging, as it was something very important to me.  Adrianna was so sweet with my four year old daughter, and was always making sure she and I were also taken well care of.  She was very hands on with anything we needed done around the house.  Adrianna would go out of her way to come support me last minute as well.  She would make sure she was there for me as much as I needed her! Adrianna was always prompt, as well as, communicative and supportive even outside of the time she was at our home.  I would highly recommend Adrianna to anyone looking for a doula for any of the support services they offer.  I am incredibly grateful to have had Adrianna be there for me during my postpartum.  Adrianna and I have stayed in touch and continued our friendship

Posted 2/27/2019

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Jastine Dumlao

My husband and I found Adriana on Doula match less than 2 weeks before our EDD. When we met Adriana for our initial consult, we knew instantly she was the right fit for our needs. We decided to hire Adriana because she is not only knowledgeable and experienced, but she also has an extremely calming and warm demeanor. She is down to earth, respectful, cultured and well traveled which made her so easy to connect with.

We had a natural birth, and Adriana helped us create a plan for our birth wishes. We learned a lot from the prenatal visit, especially approaches for pain relieving positions during early/active labor. When labor began, we did not call her in right away, but she was quick to respond to all our calls/texts. At the hospital, Adriana was able to keep my husband calm, kept me strong and motivated with her soothing voice/mantras, and guided me through the first breast feeding. 

We are so glad we hired Adriana. When we are ready for another one, we won't hesitate to hire her again.

Posted 1/28/2019

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Jaspreet Thiara

Adriana was an amazing birth doula - she helped me to have a natural birth by providing several different pain coping techniques and strong emotional support during th entire process.  There were some unexpected events during my delivery and Adriana gave me helpful advice to navigate the process with my providers.  Adriana is a good listener, open-minded, and supportive.  I am so grateful she was there for the birth of my baby girl.  Adriana was also an excellent post-partum doula - she was always eager to help, gave me great advice for caring for my newborn, and did a wonderful job in caring for her.  I highly reccomend Adriana!

Posted 11/27/2018

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Kristina Bothfeld

Adriana is an amazing doula! From the very beginning, she was extremely responsive to all of my questions and concerns. She came to the house for a prepartum visit to discuss birth wishes which was very helpful to get everyone - me, my husband and her - on the same page. On the day that I went into active labor, she came to my home before we went to the hospital and helped me with my breathing and positioning during contractions, and also had me do different moves to get the baby in the right position. Before she arrived, my morale was pretty low and I was ready to get to the hospital immediately. Instead, when she arrived, my mood changed. I became much more relaxed and had a much more positive outlook. We ended up staying at my home for 4 more hours so that by the time I arrived at the hospital, I was already at 6cm. At the hospital, Adriana was extremely supportive and by my side the entire time. She helped explain what nurses/doctors were saying and gave me her advice before I had to make each decision. She was particularily helpful with pushing and explaining how to push. Pushing only took me 20 minutes! I can honestly say that I could not have done it without Adriana and strongly recommend her as a doula!    

Posted 9/5/2018

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Kristen Jeschke

It was an absolute joy to work with Adriana.  I decided that I wanted to employ a doula after experiencing anxiety surrounding my first pregnancy.  I had previously associated doulas with all natural births.  As such, I had some reservations because I expected to want an epidural/medical interventions.  Adriana was a perfect fit because she fully explained to me the benefits of certain decisions.  More importantly, she armed me with the tools to make informed decisions about all options I confronted.  She also empowered me to trust my intuition.  Adriana's skills peaked during my labor.  I cannot imagine undergoing labor without her assistance.  Under her guidance and massage, we moved around as labor progressed.  Adriana carefully monitored my progress and fully supported all of my decisions.  It felt incredibly comforting to have an advocate in the delivery room with me. i also found it helpful to have an objective "coach" in the room with my husband and mother.  I found labor less intimidating (and more magical) in her presence, and I highly recommend Adriana's services.    

Posted 4/23/2018

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Allison Melch

My husband and I met Adriana as our childbirth educator. From the start we noticed that she was knowledgeable, experienced, and had a incredibly calming energy about her.

Initially we had no idea we even wanted a doula, but this was our first child and we had no family nearby who could have supported us through our pregnancy and childbirth. Moreover, we were started to consider that maybe we didn't want family present during the birth and that an objective third party would be helpful. After some discussion about our expectations and how to best meet our delivery wishes for a natural birth, we decided to approach Adriana about her doula services.

Prior to the birth she made herself available and was very flexible with meetings and communication. She always listened to us and provided good advice.

The actual day of baby's arrival was a confusing one. Already when my contractions began they were less than 5 minutes apart, so we were never able to tell when we truly needed to go to the hospital. After 3 or 4 hours we decided it was time to call Adriana. She was at our house within the hour. At a certain point she made the recommendation to go to the hospital. We went. Despite having contractions at 1 minute apart, I hadn't even begun to dialate! However, being at the hospital was the right call. What started out as a natural childbirth wound up including an epidural and a pitocin drip, the latter of which we never even got to because I was rushed to the OR for an emergency C-section. Looking back, we went through every possible childbirth scenario in a matter of 12 hours!

Adriana's presence made us feel as confident as we could be during those scary and uncertain stages of labor and delivery. We had many important decisions to make on that day and had any of them been different, our son might not have been here with us. We are thankful she was there to support us and would absolutely recommend her services.

Posted 3/23/2018

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Megan Northcutt

I enjoyed working with Adriana tremendously.  She tried some massage techniques with me to help relieve pain that were very helpful.  Without her, I'm sure I would have gotten an epidural at just 3cm.  But she helped me get to 6.5cm before getting the epidural which really helped my labor move along faster once the epidural was in.  I would definitely use her again and I have already recommended her to some friends.

Posted 10/31/2017

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Gena Bezdek

We had a wonderful experience working with Adriana. We loved that she had massage therapy experience and fit the persona of the individual we had dreamed of - someone older than we, with children (and in her case a grandchild) of her own, who was calm and didn't have a strict philosophy about how a birth should go but instead was there to support our individual decisions. In my case, my philosophy was to do things "as naturally as possible for as long as possible."

When I went into labor three weeks ahead of my due date, we immediately called Adriana. She listened carefully as I described my contractions and she calmly explained that it looked like we were going to have a baby that day! My preference was to labor at home for a while and Adriana offered to come to our house. When contractions sped up quickly, we re-routed her to the hospital where she played a huge role in keeping me calm and massaged me as we waited in the waiting room for triage. Throughout the next two hours of unmedicated labor, I was so relieved that Adriana was there. I felt no shame at all in making crazy sounds and she encouraged me to get in different positions that felt best. Her massage skills were a huge aid as my lower back pain increased. Her ability to help guide my husband was also really appreciated. 

I ultimately ended up having a somewhat emergency forceps delivery in which my midwife, my husband, and Adriana had to step back and let the OB do her work. Adriana's grace in this moment was also something to appreciate. She understood when to be right beside me and when it was necessary to let others take the lead. 

Having the chance to have Adriana hold my daughter and debrief the experience with her in her follow up visit to our house is one of my favorite memories of those first couple weeks. We are so grateful for the chance to have her be part of that day with us. 

Posted 10/24/2017

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Katie Mesha

Adriana was a wonderful and supportive doula. From the moment we met her, she had a calming presence. It's like having a wedding coordinator for your birth. She helps with your birth plan, knows your wishes and desires, and helped to facilitate my birth to go as smoothly as possible. Her back and arm massages provided so much relief! She had cold washcloths, essential oils - she was so prepared. Adriana also helped to give my husband a break which was greatly appreciated. I arrived at the hospital at 1:30am on a Friday night and Adriana was there right away. She was a key part of me having unmedicated birth, and for that, I am so thankful. I loved how experienced she is and her soothing energy. I cannot recommend her highly enough. 

Just to add - my midwife LOVED Adriana and she has worked with a lot of different doulas. 

 

Posted 9/15/2017

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Joanna Lind

Adriana introduced herself to me at the end of my pregnancy. We'd been deciding whether or not to get a doula, and not only are we glad we did, we are very luck to have had Adriana and cannot recommend her highly enough!

She drove to our apartment for a consultation, and we knew right away that she was a great fit for us. I wish we'd hired her sooner - I didn't know she would have helpful information to give us during my pregnancy. A week before my due date, we met again to go over my "birth wish list," discuss options, and make a list of questions to ask my doctor.

I had an intense labor, and from the moment Adriana met us at the hospital, it changed everything. She was able to help me relax, breathe, and advocate for me with the hospital staff. She was as big a help to my husband who had a hard time seeing me in that state. He did his best, and Adriana helped guide him in his support role.

When I didn't want to be touched, Adriana had me squeeze her hand and talked me through my contractions. She recommended different positions that would be more comfortable and help things progress. She made sure I had water and lip balm when needed and encouraged me throughout. After the baby came, she stayed with me while my husband went with the baby and nurse. She stayed with us through the first feeding to make sure the baby latched well and I was settled. Her calming presence really made all the difference.

A couple weeks afterward, she came to our place again to make sure things were going well at home, process the experience of labor and delivery, and answer questions that came up about having a newborn. We also texted and had several phone calls in the first few weeks when issues arose. She was caring and awesome at each step.

Adriana is a natural - she has truly found her calling. Our advice is to contact and meet with her even if you're not sure you want a doula. We bet you'll decide you want her with you on your big day!

Posted 2/13/2017

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ANA CAMILA JOHNSON

We met Adriana in a class she was teaching for pregnant mothers. To be honest, the first time I heard the word Doula was in that class. After a few weeks of class, my husband and I decided that we should hire Adrianna to act as our Doula during my labor. I thought she would be of great benefit to assist in all methods of message/relaxation during labor. I also thought she would be another set of eyes to ensure that I could deliver my baby the way we described in our birthing plan. My husband believed that even if the Doula did one thing of benefit during the pregnancy it would be worthwhile. We both underestimated Adriana and the benefit she provided. Her home consulting prior to our birth gave both my husband and I great comfort. We were able to ask all the questions that were on our minds. During the birth, she was simply amazing. She stood by my side for 12 hours and helped so much. She was helping me to breath and the back messages were so helpful. Her encouragement, determination, and positive energy kept me going through all the tough contractions. Looking back, I could not imagine doing it again without her help. My husband was so grateful, as he was exhausted from just standing and trying to support as best he could. But there were hours where only Adriana could help in making me breath correctly and helping me to relax. Both my husband and I are so thankful for Adriana, and I recommend her without any reservations. You don't realize that even though we had an excellent midwife and two nurses supporting us, it was the doula's role that helped make the entire process complete. Thanks again Adriana - you are a wonderful person and doula!

Posted 8/21/2015

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Dan and Jessica Dye

My husband and I decided to have a doula during our birthing experience because both of our families live out of state, this was our first child and we both felt we needed some extra guidance and support. The morning I went into labor, Adriana came over to our home so we could labor there as long as possible before going to the hospital. Since this was my first birth, I did not know at first that I was having back labor. I felt an intense pressure in my back. Adriana is very experienced and knowledgable and was able to give me different positions to help minimize the pain. Being experienced in massage, she was also able to relieve pain in my back. After 6 hours, we went to the hospital. Adriana was by our side the entire time offering support and guidance. Our wish was to have a natural birth with our son and, we believe, we were able to do that through the support of Adriana. The whole experience truly was a blessing and I wouldn't change one thing about it!

Posted 5/31/2012

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Bonnie Pearce

It was my depest desire to have a natural birth, after a complicated and medicated delivery with my first child. I knew that part of why my first labor was so difficult was that I lacked support. Upon finding out that I was pregnant with my second child I knew that I wanted to have a doula. It was the best decision I could have made for myself and my child. From the moment Adriana arrived at the hospital a wave of relief came over my husband and myself. The entire atmosphere changed with her presence, I was at ease and felt like now we can get started and have this baby. Adriana was able to help me relax and change my breathing patterns to help ease pain and speed labor. My labor was a fifth the legnth of the previous, pushing went quickly and easily and the pain was more managable. The difference between this birth experience and my previous is incomparable. The first was a little traumatic for our family, but the birth with Adriana was a truly rewarding experience.

Posted 12/13/2011

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Jennie Andresen

While my birth experience was not what I had planned/hoped for as I ended up with a scheduled c-section due to breech presentation instead of the natural birth I had hoped for, Adriana was still a big help throughout the process.  She was very supportive when I found out my daughter was breech and wanted to try to turn her and also when at 32 weeks I decided I wanted to switch medical practices.  She not only used her knowledge from her experience and training but also completed research and spoke with contacts to make sure she was supporting me in every way that she could.  It was a trying time facing that I was likely not going to have the birth experience I had planned but with Adriana's support I was able to come to a sense of peace about any outcome and know that my daughter was born the way that she was meant to be and for that reason it was still magical.  I know that she really cared about me and my family and supporting us in this wonderful time.

Posted 11/17/2011

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