Terri is an amazing doula. My husband and I couldn't be happier we hired her. She exudes warmth and empathy from the moment you meet her. She has so much knowledge and experience and is so open. Leading up to the birth I felt so much more comfortable emailing and texting her with questions than I did even our midwives. I tried to hire the best doula I could find, and believe I was extremely successful. The labor came on extremely hard when it started. Terri came down in the middle of the night to our home to help us through it. She was the picture of perfect calm and support, and stayed that way over more than the next 24 hours. She introduced a hip press that made so much difference in the level of pain I was feeling, and she and my husband continued to do that throughout my 22 hours of labor, during nearly every contraction. She gently coaxed me into many different positions, and had a lot of ideas I had never heard or thought of. Her photos were taken very discreetly, and most of the time I never noticed she was taking them. After the birth I had complications with my placenta and had to transfer to the hospital ER. It was a tough time but Terri came with me while my husband had to stay at the birth center with our son. She continued to be a calm and empathetic support, and I can't say how glad I was to be able to look over to the side and always see her friendly face. Terri was able to text my husband and keep him up to date on everything happening and helped him and our baby come meet me in the hospital room. It was 1am before they arrived, and Terri stayed with me the entire time. Her visit to our home afterward was so thoughtful and helpful, and really encouraged me. I also love the birth story she wrote for our son. She notes details I had no idea about or forgot completely. I would not hesitate to recommend Terri as a doula to anyone and everyone. You won't regret it.
We welcomed our baby girl into the world on March 1st and we were blessed to have Terri by our side! We interviewed several doulas and chose Terri because she completely understood and supported my wishes for labor and delivery. My labor was intense and Terri provided endless support and helped me through every contraction. She is knowledgeable and assisted me in making each and every decision. She ensured that my birth plan was followed. She was my cheerleader and provided me with confidence during delivery and when things got tough. She took cherished photos and stayed with us after delivery ensuring all of our needs were met. I would absolutely choose Terri if I had another child! She is the best and we were blessed to have found her!
We could not have made a better decision than asking Terri Burleson to join us as our doula for the adventure of birthing our son. From the moment we "met" Terri via phone, we felt a connection and her warmth radiated. We made the decision pretty instantly and have been grateful ever since. Terri checked in multiple times throughout my pregnancy as well as met us in our home to talk about our goals, getting to know us more intimately and providing us with several resources to support preparation for labor and delivery. On the night that my contractions started, Terri was the first to know and she and my husband checked in frequently. Terri was with us by phone and then in person, remaining calm, helping us cope, and offering us confidence. Throughout my 20 hours of labor, Terri was a rock for my husband and myself, providing us comfort and information, particularly at the hospital. She made me feel as though I had a voice and could advocate for myself, especially when my baby's heart rate dropped at different times and doctors wanted to pump me with several different medications. She made sure to slow things down so that we were able to make the right choice for our family. During this entire process, Terri quietly documented everything and following delivery of our son, shared an entire library of photos with us, including the birth (we had provided consent)! Terri's love and support did not stop there, she checked in daily following delivery and has visited us in our home. On Valentine's Day we received the most precious gift- a multiple page letter addressed to our son from Terri, documenting his birth story. Throughout this entire process, we never felt judged or pushed by Terri, and instead felt as though from the start, she respected and believed in our choices for this incredible journey. Terri will always be a part of our lives and we were so grateful to have found her to join us on what was the most vulnerable and amazing experience of our lives!
My husband and I were so happy to have found and invited Terri into our birth story. Being first time parents, we knew that we could use extra support throughout the labor and delivery process; I didn’t know what to expect, and my husband wasn’t sure of the best ways he could support me. We knew Terri was the right doula for us when we asked what her doula philosophy was and she said, “At the end of labor, I want you and your husband to be able to look at one another and say ‘We did it.’” I think this set her apart from other doulas that I had met, as she understood the importance of supporting not just me, but also my husband as we embarked on this journey. Finding Terri was a welcoming relief from the nerves that go not just into labor, but the weeks leading up to labor (and even following delivery). Terri made herself available to us in the weeks prior, and I found myself contacting her with questions or concerns all the way up to our delivery date. She checked in with encouraging words and helped instill a confidence that my body was prepared for this, and that I could have the birth story I envisioned. Our delivery was anything but “normal,” but Terri was ready and well equipped to provide support for the full 40 hours I labored--including giving tips on laboring positions, relaxation techniques, support to my husband, liaising with hospital staff/my care team to help advocate for my best interests, and emotional encouragement. I am convinced I would have mentally given up much sooner if it wasn’t for her. After the delivery was over, she continued to check in and be a resource to us with things such as breastfeeding tips, literature advice, community/new mom groups, and just being an open, non-judgmental sounding board to ask questions. We can’t thank her enough, and 100% recommend her services to anyone looking to invite a doula into their story.
We chose Terri as our doula because she offered caring and knowledgable approach to help us through our desired natural (unmedicated) birth of our first child. Terri was interested in us and our birth plan wishes before and during the labor. During labor, Terri was undeinably the best person to be there for us! During my about 24 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing, Terri supported both of us, provided suggestions to help ease the pain, and knew when to speak up and when to just be present. Her communication with the nurses/staff at St Joe's was also a huge benefit to keep aware of the situation. There is absolutely no way we would have made it through labor and pushing unmedicated without her support. Hiring Terri as our doula was the best birth decision we made! Even after birth she's stayed in touch offering suggestions from her child rearing experience when asked, and is inquisitive to ensure you are managing well. She has been a complete blessing! Don't have a child birth without her!
Terri attended my second birth, a natural delivery after my first birth was an emergency C-section. She helped me be positive and look forward to my daughter's birth with hope and not be deterred by my sons's difficult birth. She was so kind and loving to my family and me. She shared her Christian faith that God would be with us through the birth, which strenghened and uplifted me. She was great at checking in on me through the end of my pregancy, and she listened intently to all our desires and plans, and helped us consider all our options in our prenatal visit. She supported our decisions throughout, including our choice to be induced. She was right with me during labor, breathing with me, giving me tips, doing whatever I asked for help, and cheering me on. She helped me know how I was progressing and what to expect next. She told me when I was doing well and gave suggestions that really helped. She also took photos and videos of labor and the birth, which are treasures! She rejoiced with us when or daughter was born. Her caring postnatal visit was a great chance to synthesize the birth and she also checked up on my well being and relationship with my toddler. She not only helped me have a successful, unmedicated VBAC, but became a dear friend. I would have paid a million dollars for her to be a part of our birth!
Wow, I am so glad I had Terri by my side. As a first time mom, I figured I could use all the help I could get. Terri was so calming yet assertive, which was a perfect balance to help me with pain management as well my focus. She was very informative in our meetings prior to my delivery. My labor and delivery was much shorter than I had planned for, but it was very intense. It was so reassuring having Terri there to talk to in order to validate me and answer questions about how my labor was progressing.
When labor was the most intense, Terri was at my home with me and helping with pain management.
Once we were are the birth center, things progresses quickly so it was not long before I was pushing. Although I was focused and quiet, I could hear every word Terri was telling me as she coached me along and provided encouragement. I hung onto her words, and her affirmations fueled me to get through the process.
Along with getting me through the tougher moments of labor, she was also a big support to my husband as well as captured these priceless moments through photos. I cherish those pictures as I look at them remember the moment my son came into my arms.
Terri stuck by our side even hours after our son was delived to ensure we were comfortable and had everythign we needed. She has also been a great support well after our delivery, making house calls to visit, texting to check in and offering advice and answers to my questions.
I would encourage everyone to add a doula to thier team. I can confidently say that my birth story was so positive thanks to her.
Terri was such a blessing to me during the delivery of my son. She is amazing at the job she does, and she truly cares about the families that she works with. She was the extra strength, calm, and encouragement that I needed to have the birth experience I wanted, and I am forever grateful that she is a part of my family's story.
We are so grateful to have stumbled across their website and find Terri! I felt very comfortable with Terri from the first time I met her.
We had just moved to CO and I started my search for a doula. Going into my first pregnancy I knew I needed some extra help in addition to having my husband there. I knew I wanted an experienced Doula that could be with me from start to finish. Terri was just that and more! She was very supportive during the pregnancy, labor, and postpartum times. She's very sweet and motherly but also very motivating which is very comforting when you're in a lot of pain! She was instrumental in helping us reach the goal of having a natural delivery without any pain medication. Her relaxation techniques and support helped both my husband and I get through the labor process.
I highly recommend Terri because she's very knowledgeable in what she does and is a great support to have during the most important thing a women has to go through. She was also so supportive after we had the baby. Being first time parents can be hard in the beginning. She gave great advice and lots of encouragement. We cannot say thank you enough to Terri for being such a great support!
From the first phone call to the last post partum visit, we are so glad we hired Terri. I immiediately loved her calm personality and attentive nature. She was great about staying in contact leading up to delivery and answering any questions I had as well as offering suggestions as appropriate. I had a lot of pre-labor symptoms for a week or two and she checked in daily to see how things were progressing. Once my due date passed, I had to be induced. It was 34 hours from the time of induction to the birth of our son and ultimately our son was tranpsorted by helicopter to another hospital and was admitted to the NICU so it was rather tramatic. Terri stayed long after the birth to support me as my husband and son went to the other hospital. She was such a great support to have and was so reassuring and looking out for my best interest the entire time. I was exhausted and in shock and she took the time to explain to my parents once they arrived all the things that I couldn't remember, had missed, or had left out. She took notes during the entire labor and sent a beautiful letter to our son detailing his birth. I can't recommend Terri enough and my husband and I are truly thankful to have had her by our sides. I would not have wanted anyone else with us during what was ultimatley one of the scariest days of my life. Terri is truly doing her lifes passion and it shows.
Terri was a phenomenal doula. We are so happy and grateful that we found her! My husband and I were pretty anxious about the birth of our first baby, especially since my husband travels out of state for work. Terri was so helpful and understanding of our situation and quickly put us at ease.
On the big day, Terri was so supportive. She helped both of us to have the kind of birth that we wanted. What was even better, were the numerous, thoughtful follow-up texts and check-ins. It's very evident that Terri not only loves what she does, but also loves the people she gets to work with.
We will definitely be calling Terri when we're ready for our next little one!
I'm so very thankful she was there with our family through this process and would highly recommend Terri to anyone. She was present for the long labor and birth of my firstborn child and was the most amazing support to myself and my husband. Not only did she take the time to get to know my husband and I prior to birth, but she was fully present and supportive during the entire labor and birth process (which was long, I might add!). She knew well what we desired for our birth and helped to work with the midwives, nurses, and doctors to advocate and support our needs. She also kept really great notes of labor and delivery so that I was able to remember parts of the experience that I otherwise would have forgotten about. Now I have an amazing story to share with my daughter.
We chose Terri as our doula and could not have been happier with our decision. She worked with us to design our ideal birth plan and answered all of our questions.
It was so nice to have her at the hospital as an advocate for us as there were several times when she asked the doctors questions that we hadn't thought to ask and she also asked them to give us time to process the information and to make our decisions without feeling rushed. Terri's empathy and compassion are definitely genuine, and she helped us be more comfortable throughout the entire process.
My husband was initially worried that he would be replaced by her, but that fear quickly went away the first time we met Terri. At the hospital, she did a great job of reading what I needed and suggesting ways that my husband could support me. She thought of things that I didn't even know I needed, and helped to make me as comfortable as possible throughout the entire labor and delivery process. I truly believe she even helped us avoid an emergency C-section by suggesting a different technique/position when what the doctors kept saying was not working for me.
After delivery, Terri checked in with us several times before we left the hospital and continued making sure we were doing well once we were at home. She even sent us a detailed letter to our daughter describing all of the events from our time at the hospital. This letter will be a treasured keepsake, and it included so many things that I had completely forgotten about in the craziness of those days.
I could keep writing forever, but there would never be enough words to describe how supportive she was and how happy we are that we stumbled across her website and were lucky enough to have her there with us on one of the most difficult yet most rewarding experiences of our lives. You will not regret choosing Terri! You will get a wonderful woman to walk with you every step of the way, and probably even a friend for life!
We have now been through two somewhat difficult and elongated labor and deliveries with Terri at our side. Her knowledge, confidence, reassurance, calming presence, and tenacious and infectious positive attitude make her an excellent doula, and friend. Our relationship with Terri has moved beyond a simple parent/ doula association to now feeling she’s a part of our family.
We would, with all the confidence and assurance in the world, highly recommend Terri to any other prospective parents out there- from the first-timers who feel a bit lost and overwhelmed to the experienced veterans who think they have seen it all and that there will be no complications or surprises. Delivering a baby is rarely uneventful or simple, and we have found that having a compassionate and tireless advocate at your side- a true friend in your time of need- is invaluable…
Thanks SO much Terri! We love you!
Scott and Amanda
Our little girl is now 13 months old and my husband and I still talk about how glad we were to have Terri with us during one of our most important days. Not only was Terri a big help during the birth but she also kept in contact with us before the birth and for months after. With this being our first born my husband and I were not aware of all of our options or even of the right questions to ask. Terri was there for us! She new our goal was to have a water birth and while we could not control everything, baby 12 days late, Terri was able to help coach me and guide my husband so that our birthing plan happened. We couldn't have been more happy and still are with the birth of our first child! Thank You Terri for helping us bring our beautiful baby girl into the world!
My husband and I struggled with the decision to invite a doula into the delivery room with us or not. We are both very private people and I especially wasn't sure I wanted anyone additional in the room when I was in pain. Working with Terri as our doula was the best decision we could have made. Her calm, consistent presence encouraged me that the labor pain was temporary and we were making progress. Having someone who has so much experience supporting a mother during delivery was invaluable to my husband and me. We felt supported and heard throughout the labor/delivery and most importantly we have a perfect baby boy. Terri played a pivotal role in our successful labor story.
I had never considered having a doula previously, but now I know I will never go without one for future deliveries! We worked with Terri and she was absolutely amazing. It wasn't just about the day I delivered, it was about the weeks leading up to it. When we met with Terri, she was very thorough in our conversations so she could get to know us and best understand our hopes and desires for this birth. She was always very attentive and caring.
During labor, having a doula there provided me with an ally in the room that I could turn to for questions, making tough decisions, or for the encouragement I needed. It really was nice to have a non-doctor and non-family member to go to in the tough moments. She provided a strength in her presence that I needed. I truly believe that the things Terri suggested I do and try to help progress my labor is what helped it go so well that day. My husband also greatly appreciated having someone to talk to, provide him with breaks, and help him understand things as well! I am very thankful I had her there with me and plan to have her there for future kiddos!
The last thing I'd like to mention is the post-baby care. Terri checked in with me post delivery once we were home and settled. I would randomly gets texts from her asking how baby was doing, how nursing was going, and providing encouragement and/or advice if I needed it. I was thankful for the care she showed even once the baby was here.
In conclusion, if you can't tell already, I would highly recommend Terri with Colorado Caring Doulas!
Terri was amazing to work with. After a not-so-ideal birth the first time around, my husband and I were looking for ways to have a more intimate, personal birth for our third child. Terri listened to our concerns and hopes for this time and she provided us with some great insight of ways to have the experience we wanted. Terri was so calm and had great ideas of how to handle pain. She, along with my husband were a great support team for me. They helped me get further without medication than I could have otherwise and avoided what probably would have ended up as a c-section
We are so glad we made the decision to hire Terri If I ever have another child, Terri will be part of our team again.
We worked with Terri during my pregnancy and the birth of our daughter and she is simply incredible! As first time parents we were nervous and didn't know what to expect from the whole process and Terri helped put us at ease. We met with Terri a couple of times before our due date and she was so nice and informative. Terri then came after I was induced and was there through the whole labor and for the birth of our daughter. She helped explain things, calm us down, gave my husband breaks, helped me through pushing and did so many more things. She has been available through text whenever I've had any questions since then and has come to visit us and our little one. Terri was amazing and more than anything helped us to be comfortable throughout. I highly recommend Terri and can't say enough wonderful things about her!
I worked with Terri for both of my deliveries. She was such a caring, supporting and loving presence. Because of her assistance with my first delivery, I was able to hold off a C-section and have a vaginal birth. She helped me push for almost 5 hours.
She has the presence of a caring, kind angel. Nothing flusters her. She also takes photos of your experience and writes a beautiful "birth story" which helps you commemorate all the details.
I think working with a doula is the ultimate "piece of mind" and gives you such a sense of support and peace.
I would highly recommend Terri - and you are welcome to contact me directly with any questions about her!
Terri was amazing to work with, once I went into labor she came as soon as we asked her to helping me labor at home for a few hours before heading to the hospital. Once we got to the hospital Terri was amazing at my side through every contraction helping me through it, as well as offering my husband tips on how he could support me as well. Terri offered support to both my husband and I to help us through the process as we are first time parents. Without Terri with us during my particularly long and tough labor and delivery I truly do not believe we could have accomplished our goal of a natural birth! We are very thankful for her help and support. Since our little one has arrived Terri has remained in contact checking in on us and offering her support. We highly recommend Terri to anyone considering a doula!
Terri is wonderful! I was needing a doula to support me during my TOLAC at a hospital over 90 miles away from home; I wanted somebody whose experience, knowledge, and support would give me a better chance at having a successful VBAC. Terri was great from the very beginning. She was flexible setting up a times to meet, answered all of my questions, and left us with a great feeling after our first meeting. My husband and I felt a good connection from the start. She was there to meet with us again before delivery to help me prepare as much as possible. She paid great attention to my concerns and wishes and was there to help support me in everything along the way. It was important to me to have a comfortable relationship with the person who would be there to support us through labor and delivery and Terri definitely fulfilled that need. She was calm, patient, asked the right questions when my mind couldn't focus, she was there with ways to help when I needed it, and listened and supported me in my decisions along the way. Terri's experience and training was exactly what I needed to have a successful VBAC and I did it! I don't think I could have felt as strong as I did without her support, she was everything I needed and more, like having a trusted friend with the added benefits of doula training. When I was initially looking into the option of a doula, my husband wasn't fully on board - but the day after our daughter was born, he swore if we had another baby we'd be making sure Terri was there to help us again! I think of her often and fondly when I remember our birth experience and wish we lived closer to her so she could be a bigger part of our lives! She will always have an special place in our hearts and family after sharing such a wonderul part of our lives with her.
Terri was wonderful for the preparation, labor, birth and support in bringing home our son. Her demeanor matched our goal log having our goal of avoiding a traumatic birth, in the midst of some interventions and ultimately a C-Section. I think the most amazing parts of her involvement were in fact the parts I knew nothing about until she presented us with the story of our son's birth. She spent time speaking with the nurses, advocating for us, and ensuring I remained as comfortable as possible. I couldn't have been happier with our experience, and I believe my husband would say the same.
Terri is absolutely amazing! When I found myself pregnant again, I wasn't sure whether I would really need a doula supporting me for the birth of my second child. Was it really worth the expense? After all, everything already went well the first time around (with the help of my wonderful doula back in San Antonio). I am so happy that I decided to "splurge" on a doula again -- and so is my husband who laughs at how naive we were, thinking we could do it alone! Terri did a superb job at mimicking my breathing, so that I could stay on top of the contractions. It sounds so trivial, but whenever my husband tried to take over (during the tiny breaks Terri allowed herself) he drove me crazy, because he just couldn't quite get it right. The pain will be there either way, but the trick is to not get overcome by and get lost in it. Terri coached me so well through each contraction, that I never made it to the point of desperation. I remained calm and collected throughout the entire process -- so much so that the medical team attending kept getting confused about how far along I was. Terri knows every trick in the book of helping you through this challenge. Her skillful massages are a nice added perk! For those of you wondering whether perhaps my husband didn't do his end of the bargain -- you couldn't be more wrong. He is as committed, diligent and resourceful as one would want ones birthing partner to be, but he simply has less experience than Terri. Although she is not a professional photographer, the pictures she took of the birth were tasteful and I will cherish them immensely! They bring back intense memories. I am sincerely thankful for Terri's skillful and caring support!
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