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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