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Carolynn Slocum

Birth By Design

Website: http//www.carolynn-smallwonders.blogspot.com

Phone: (360) 393-0210

Birth Fee: $700 to $1250

Fee Details: I contract for $700 with a sliding up scale to be determined and discussed in my contract. I do not want someone to be unable to receive Doula Services because of inability to pay. Therefore, I am willing to discuss alternate payment options.

Birth Doula Experience: 16 years and 250 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) - Certified Birth Doula
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 5

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Except in extreme circumstances I will be present for your entire hospital stay. I require more prenatal visits to work on a birth plan when birthing in a hospital.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I have a great relationship with the local midwife community and work to enhance your birth experience.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I will attend any home birth as long as you have a licensed midwife and there are no risk factors.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science Public Health Education

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Languages spoken: english

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Area of practice: Everson, WA
Travel Range: 50 Miles

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Reid Torosian

We attended a weekend birthing class taught by Carolynn and were impressed.  She's just a goldmine of knowledge stemming from both her years of training/experience and her personal life.  We didn't really know what to expect from a doula but the concept sounded great, so we hired her as fast as we could.  For the months leading up to the birth she was basically our Google for baby stuff, I'm sure she fielded a good hundred questions lol.  Now when it came to go time, she was even more of a rockstar.  We had a pretty bizarre/stressfull labor/birthing process and I really don't know how we could have gotten through it without Carolynn's help.  In any situation that came up she just knew exactly what to do to make it easier on us, she was absolutely invaluable.  My wife & I wholeheartedly recommend Carolynn and we'll definitely be using her again if we have another in the future!

Posted 1/23/2017

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Alyssa Kvamme

My friends highly recommended using a doula service. As my husband and I were preparing for the birth of our first baby we decided to inquire more about using a Doula. Carolynn was highly recommended to us and we set up a meeting to learn more. After initially talking to her we both could immediately see the value in having her at the birth. She was incredibly knowledgeable, had more previous experience then we could have imagined, and a calm personality that suited us perfectly.

When the day finally came, Carolynn could not have been better to have there. She made us feel at ease every step of the way. We were turned away from the hospital because my contractions slowed down. Carolynn was incredibly patient and helped me with progression exercises in the parking lot and garage of the hospital. Her encouragement and loving heart makes everything better and helps your mind move forward! A few hours later we called Carolynn back and headed back to the hospital only to stay this time. When I was admitted she was incredibly helpful and made us feel at home amist the hospital setting. Although the back labor was very unpleasant, Carolynn had so many tricks to ease the pain. She'd tag team with my husband but never once overstepping my husbands role. She made my husband feel like a part of the process the entire time and he absolutely loved that. She was so incredible to have along side us and I highly recommended using her as a doula. We would have absolutely no hesitation in using her for our second baby.

She's not only the very best doula, she's a loving friend, and someone that you'll want apart of your life(and births) forever!

Posted 11/13/2016

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Kayla Askew

My husband and I were very thankful for selecting Carolynn as our doula. She was available as a resource throughout my pregnancy. She even came to my PT appointment to collaborate on birthing positions. She was an awesome coach alongside my husband the day of delivery. Her calm, soothing voice helped me through the contractions. When I asked, "How much longer?!" She responded, "You will have a baby before bedtime." That was just the encouragement I needed to push on and she was right! I had a beautiful birth experience and will always remember her as an important piece of that experience. My husband was very appreciative of the added support as well. We look forward to having Carolynn as our doula again! 

Posted 11/12/2016

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Tamera Muniz

Carolynn is awesome. We hired her when I was seven months pregnant. We kept in touch through texts and email, talking about everything from prenatal checkups to helping me format my birth plan. I went into active labor at 2 am and she guided me through texts while I was at home. When we arrived at the birth center, she helped keep me calm (for the most part given the painful situation) with breathing techniques and giving me water between pushes. Immediately after our daughter was born she was put on my chest and Carolynn helped me with nursing. Then, she went out and bought me breakfast. She came to our house a week later to check on us. I highly recommend her!

Posted 7/1/2016

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Bailey Beld

Carolynn is AMAZING! I had hopes of having a natural delivery at the hospital and without Carolynn I could not have done it. She kept me calm, advised of things to do for pain management, helped me breathe correctly, and just encouraged me that I could do it. One thing I was worried about with having a doula is that my husband would not be as involved but I never felt like that with Carolynn. She was respectful of my husband and made sure that he was right by me and not crowded out. Carolynn comes prepared and makes sure to tend to your every need. I would recommend her a hundred times over and am so glad I chose to have her with me during my delivery. 

Posted 7/1/2016

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Michelle Hungerford

Having Carolynn as a doula was one of the best decisions we made when planning for the birth of our son. She was a perfect constant in the 6 plus hours of back labor that I endured. She never left my side and allowed for my husband to take a couple breaks.
Carolynn is not only a good birth coach and support but advocator too. she helps with even the tiny details like helping cover me up after laboring in the tub and saying small prayers and verses for me when I wanted to give up, reminding me to keep my voice low so I didn't lose it or exhaust myself. My birth experience would not have been the same without her there. I'm so thankful for her wisdom and expertise and can’t wait to team up with her again for baby number 2!!

Posted 12/3/2015

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Trisha Van Beek

We are so thankful we chose Carolynn to be our doula for the birth of our fifth child.

Carolynn was a perfect fit for us. Though this was our fifth baby, it was our first out of hospital experience. Because of this we were not sure what to expect and therefore wanted someone with experience to support us through labor. Carolynn proved to be just that and more. Her kind and gentle approach let me relax and her timely advice and labor techniques really helped me stay as comfortable as possible while still allowing the labor to progress.

Looking back, I can see how beneficial Carolynn would have been in the hospital births as well. While nurses are willing to help when they can, Carolynn would have been available through the entire labor. This would have been extremely helpful and therefore, our only regret is that we didn't have her for the rest of our children's births.

Thank you Carolynn, for giving us such a wonderful birth experience!

Posted 11/30/2015

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Dafne Tsakiris

My husband and I could not have had the wonderful labor and delivery that we did without Carolynn. She supported us in exactly the way we needed for the two of us to feel like we were the best team. I could honestly not imagine what our experience would've been like without her! 

Posted 11/2/2015

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Heather Ludwig

We were so grateful to have Carolynn as our doula. She was available via text or phone outside of our prenatal visits. Carolynn had a clear and calm demeanor, with a presence that was soothing but not passive. Just what I wanted.

My labor and delivery was not what I had planned. My water broke, but contractions didn't begin. As Carolynn knew that I really wanted as natural a birth as possible, she had multiple suggestions for me to get my labor going. When nothing worked, she knew when to tell me to adjust, take a nap, and go to the hospital. When my back labor was long and difficult, she was encouraging, gave my partner breaks, and had excellent suggestions to help with pain management. I labored in numerous positions with her support, but also felt completely in MY zone. I was never doing anything that I didn't want to be, and she never felt intrusive.

After 17 hours of unmedicated labor and then 2 hours of labor after an epidural, a c-section was necessary. Though this was so far from what I had wanted for my birth experience, I felt strongly that we had tried Everything we could. I felt this so strongly in part because of Carolynn. She kept nursing staff from intruding while my partner and I meditated on our difficult decision, and we didn't have the knowledge base to try the positions and tactics that we continued with Carolynn's instruction until the very end. (This included me on all 4s, doing squats, and belly sifting all after an epidural.)

This was an intense, extraordinary, and beautiful life experience. I always felt that Carolynn kept it sacred, providing safety and level-headed calm with obvious deep care for her role and for children. I absolutely recommend her as a doula.

Posted 8/10/2015

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Andrea Shupack

Carolynn was great. Very compassionate and helpful through the whole process. She met with us twice for long sessions before, and another meeting after the birth. She talked thoroughly through all our concerns, questions, and how we envisioned and hoped the birth would go.

She was also very attentive over phone before and after the birth to all my questions and issues, and checked in with me every couple of days via text as we got close to the birth. She had lots of very helpful advice, and I felt very supported through all our possible complications.

She had lots of helpful exercises to help the baby turn head down, and to make me feel more comfortable.

The birth was amazing. Carolynn helped me through contractions with positions, massage, and changes to the way I was breathing. It really made a difference.

She was encouraging for an all natural birth, but was also totally supportive and understanding when I wanted an epidural, and when I finally gave in and took antibiotics for mastitus after the birth.

I also really liked that she had such a good working relationship with all the rotating doctors at my office, and knew several of the nurses. She even requested a nurse for me who she knew was really good. She did all sorts of subtle things through labor to make me more comfortable, like chilling wash cloths and putting them on my forehead when I was overheating from the exertion, and making sure I had water, etc.

On a more general note, Carolynn just had a very comforting presence which helped me stay more relaxed. She is a pro and I would highly recommend her to others.

Posted 8/10/2015

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Sarah Meiser

I would highly recommend using Carolynn as a doula for your pregnancy and labor/delivery. I'm naturally a ball of anxiety especially in high-intensity moments and Carolynn brought a steady and calm atmosphere to my birth experience. She helped me stay focus and reminded me of the birth plan when I doubted myself. She encouraged open and honest communication throughout my pregnancy and labor process. She took time to see me at my home and was genuinely interested in my wellbeing, my husbands, and of course my newborn son! I always felt like she was a phone call away and never felt rushed. I can honestly say I would have not been able to have such a positive birth without her! Thank you, Carolynn!

 

Posted 8/6/2015

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Janelle Lambe

I am so thankful I had Carolynn's support as a doula for both my second and third babies. Each labor is completely different than the last, and as such, I needed support in different ways with each birth. Carolynn did an awesome job both times, supporting me in just the way I needed.

With my second pregnancy, I looked into hiring a doula. (If I would have known just how amazing Carolynn was, I would have hired her for my first birth, too!) From our first meeting, we "clicked" and I knew that she was the right doula for me. She was supportive and available during my pregnancy, always just a phone call away to answer any questions I had, or to just talk about anything I was concerned about. Once at the hospital in labor, it was apparent that she had a good reputation with the hospital and the nurses. During this labor, I just needed a "bull-dog at the door" so to speak so I could do my thing and labor in peace without worrying about being bugged. Carolynn is very intuitive and recognized my need for space. She was able to be there for me and support me without being pushy. She has a calm spirit about her and a way with people, which was incredibly helpful when i ran into an awkward nurse situation.

When I became pregnant with my third child, there was no question - I asked Carolynn to be my doula again. This time around, I needed her support in an entirely different way. My labor was quick and my contractions where very intense. She was armed with suggestions to help ease my discomfort and ended up doing hip squeezes for over an hour and a half with each contraction - even climbing up on the bed with me so I could continue having some relief. (I later learned she had a shoulder injury at the time!)

Through both my labors, Carolynn was irreplaceable. She did an outstanding job, supporting me perfectly each time. I would not hesitate to recommend her. She is a seasoned, knowledgeable, and compassionate doula who truly loves what she does.

Posted 6/4/2015

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Stephen Young

We never thought we would hire a doula, but wow we are glad that we did! After taking Carolynn's Birth by Design class, we thought she would make an excellent doula and she definitely is. Before birth she was great about answering questions and staying in communication with us. We had a good idea what to expect when my wife went into labor. My wife had a birth plan we wanted to follow and thanks to Carolynn's help, we were able to follow it. It was so nice having someone with us in the hospital who knew exactly what was going on and when. It was also helpful to have someone that we could trust to tell us our options. After our baby was born, we had a ton of questions that Carolynn answered for us. She was always available! Whenever we called her, she'd either answer or call us back shortly. If we have another child, we are definitely going to hire her again!

Posted 5/2/2015

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Dave Brinn

My husband and I were unsure if we needed a doula to support us through the birth of our 1st child.  We had taken a birth class, had multiple books, and great local support.  However, reading testamonials on this site, hearing experience from friends, and with advice from my midwives, we decided that this would be a valuable investment.  We are so thankful we chose this route and Carolynn was perfect for us.

We hoped to have an all natural birth and wanted practical methods for dealing with pain, emotional support for me, and coaching for my husband.  We met with Carolynn 2 times prior to labor, and we immediately knew her extensive experience and outlook on birth would give us exactly the support we wanted.  She's very friendly, open and genuinely cares about making this experience wonderful for both of us. She easily answered the questions I had, brought some of her own to help me prepare, and shared some of her experiences to help us prepare for the different directions things can go.  It was clear she had been a part of many many births, which gave us confidence that she could support us with anything that may come.  She helped me draft my birth plan to best express our wishes.  She reviewed techniques for pain management and breathing and even practiced them with me.

Although we had prepared for a long labor, we were blessed with a very quick labor and delivery.  My preparation with Carolynn helped me make it through a quick intense labor and fast transition into active labor and keep relatively together.  Her support as I was pushing (for what seemed like forever!) was so helpful, she counted each push and gave me the courage to keep going, even beyond what i thought i could.  she also helped me to know when I was doing it correctly. She offered postpartum advice and checked in multiple times on baby and mom, and even wrote us a very dear birth story.  Thank you Carolynn!

Posted 1/30/2015

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Maria Nims

My pregnancy was considered high risk and I developed pubis symphsis diastasis in the 3rd trimester. We knew we needed additional support given the amount of pain I was already in. So let me tell you about Carolynn in a few points, since there is a word limit:

1) She's professional. She knows her stuff and extremely knowledgeable. For me, that's very important to feel that the person I am relying on knows what they are doing.

2) She's compassionate. There were times in my labor that I thought I was going to die. I was sent home from the hospital because I wasn't dilated enough to be admitted. I was stunned because my contractions were 3 minutes apart and I was already in significant pain. It got worse when we came home and Carolynn was very comforting--even though it must have seemed that I could not be comforted at that time.

3) She's a patient encourager. I say patient, because I think I told her off a couple times when she was attempting to encourage me in the middle of a contraction. Keep in mind, I could not move much and immobility actually made the perception of pain much worse. She was also an encouragement to my husband.

4) She's non-judgemental. Some doulas are very anti-medication. In my situation, an epidural was the right choice once we were admitted to the hospital. Carolynn supported that decision 100%.

5) She has a sense of humor. Super important when under extreme stress. She is very level headed as well and calm.

6) She is godly. Carolynn prayed for our family several times and this was so appreciated. 

7) She is friendly. She got along very well with everyone she came into contact with, whether it was members of our family or doctors. Between her and a nurse, they got my baby to flip and and we avoided a C section at the last minute.

You can't go wrong with having Carolynn as part of your team. I can't wait to invite her to our child's first birthday party!

Posted 1/28/2015

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Jennie Huddleston Groen

This is the second time I've had the pleasure of having Carolynn as my birth doula!  We decided to do a HBAC (home birth after cesarean) this time around and I knew there was no way I would want to go through this experience without her by my side!  She is an amazing woman of God and hands down the best doula out there.  She is so kind and attentive and strong.  When you just need a hug, she is there to comfort you.  And when you need physical support during labor, she's on it.  She knows all the best techniques to help cope with the labor pain, and she is SO knowledgeable about birth in general.  She teaches a birth class and has had many children of her own, so she definitely knows her stuff.  She has been there for the birth of both my boys, and now I am so blessed to call her my friend.  You'll feel like you have known her your entire life from the first meeting.  It's so easy to get feel comfortable around her.  She's so real, and funny, and extremely kind.  She can also stand up for you and give you a voice if the time comes.  What an amazing person she is to have on your team!  My first birth was a hospital birth that turned into a C-section because he was breech, and the doctor didn't catch it until it was too late (literally almost pushing on the table).  And now having had the experience of a hospital birth/surgery and a home birth with her as my doula, I can say that she is awesome in any setting.  I love this woman dearly and so will you!!!  Having Carolynn as your doula will put you at ease during your birth because you will know that you have someone you can count on to help you in those moments when you feel that you either don't know what to do or when you feel like you just can't go on!  She's amazing, just amazing!!  Can't say enough positive things about her.  :)

Posted 12/13/2014

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Beckie Kirker

Carolynn was the best decision I made for my birth. I wanted so badly to have a natural vbac and she helped me achieve it. Her calm pressence, extensive birth knowledge, constant reassurance and comfort techniques empowered me to birth naturally without fear. I want everyone to have the positive birth experience I had; I have no doubt that if you have Carolynn on your team you will.

Posted 4/24/2014

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Wendy Hancock

My pregnancy, labor, and delivery would not have been the same without the comfort, assistance, and wisdom that Carolynn provided. Throughout my pregnancy Carolynn was available by phone, e-mail, and text to answer questions and offer words of encouragement. At 41 weeks, 2 days I checked into the hospital to be induced with prostaglandins. I was very nervous, and was concerned that being induced would make it impossible to have the natural childbirth I had hoped for. Carolynn met my husband and I at the hospital, and her sense of faith and calm spirit calmed my nerves. She returned immediately to the hospital the next morning when it was determined that I likely would not need Pitocin, and had my water broken. As contractions intensified, Carolynn was by my side massaging my back, imitating the type of breathing I should be using, and speaking words of encouragement. I felt comforted by her presence and years of experience. She was present in a selfless manner throughout the entire day, and with her help I got through every contraction feeling as if my body was doing what it needed to do, and I could get through the pain. I was able to deliver my first son naturally, and feel accomplishing this would have been incredibly more challenging without Carolynn's help. I would highly recommend Carolynn as a doula!

Posted 12/20/2013

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Jamie & Amanda W

As a husband, I was initially hesitant to hire a doula. "What can they do to support that I can't?" After Carolynn arrived at 12:30 AM and walked with us through the next 15 hours of active labor, I now know that I will never want to be without a doula for any future births. And I'm not just giving an endorsement for doula's in general (which I am too, they are pretty rad, but you already know this) but for Carolynn in particular. I seriously don't know what we would have done in the wee hours of the morning, laboring for our first baby, if Carolynn hadn't been a part of our birth team.


She was encouraging, helping my wife to see the big picture in the midst of her discomforts. She was practically helpful, always grabbing water, gatoraid, or snacks—even holding a bucket when the nausea was at its height. She was calming, massaging my wife in the places she hurt, rubbing oils on her body, and giving the peaceful presence of an experienced woman who had attended hundreds of births. She was truly loving and a servant in every way, even giving us advice and counsel for months prior to the birth.

Carolynn epitomizes what it means to be a "slave" that is a doula. Except she goes far beyond that. Not only is she offering service to her clients, but experience, love, wisdom, prayers, and devotion. She is superb at what she does and an amazing choice of doula for those in Whatcom county.

Posted 12/12/2013

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David McLeod

My wife and I were expecting our first baby in June 2013 and had spent time taking classes and learning about the birthing process and the use of doulas and midwives.  Prior to the birth of our baby girl, we made the decision we would prefer to use the services of both a doula and midwife.  The doula we had chosen was Kathy Wilbur but as the birth of our daughter neared, Kathy informed us she may not be able to be present to help us due to one of her other clients having gone into early labor.  Kathy told us she would be replacing herself with a doula who she holds in high regard, Carolynn Slocum.  As it turned out, both Kathy and Carolynn were present and able to assist with the birthing process of our daughter.  It was an absolute pleasure meeting Carolynn and receiving her services.  Carolynn's experience, knowledge and personality represented a great doula match for us... and particularly for my wife.  There is no question that Carloynn positively impacted the whole birthing experience for us and we are very thankful to her for that.  As doula fans, we recommend the use of doulas and definitely recommend Carolynn!

Posted 12/12/2013

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Jennifer Kaemingk

I was pregnant with my first child in 2012 and after learning alot about the birthing process, I decided I wanted to try and deliver without any pain medications. I started looking for a doula, knowing that I would need someone by my side to support and encourage me, and my husband, through labor and delivery. After interviewing a couple of doulas, I finally met with Carolynn and knew right away she was the person I wanted with me and my husband when we went through the incredible process of birth. She was really easy to talk to and had a personallity and countenance that I was drawn to. She helped me develop a birth plan, coached me on breathing techniques, and was just so encouraging and helpful. I had decided to give birth at the hospital, and she gave me a lot of good tips and advice about how to make my experience there the best possible. Some of the information she gave me I know I would never have been able to read in a book or on a website. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience that was very comforting. When I went into labor, she was right there by my side, helping me to focus and remember to breath, doing whatever she could to help me cope with the pain. In the hospital, she was a fantastic advocate for me. When I started shivering badly due to all the adrenaline pumping through me, she didn't hesitate to curl up next to me in the hospital bed, keeping me warm, helping me to focus on breathing to calm the shivering and my nerves. I am so thankful that she was there to help me through the whole process. I can't say enough good things about Carolynn. If my husband and I have a second child, I won't hesitate to ask Carolynn to be my doula again.

Posted 7/31/2013

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Jennie Huddleston Groen

Carolynn was truly a gift sent from God!  I wasn't sure if I really even needed a doula at first, but boy was I wrong.  I felt a little bit uncomfortable with the thought of having a "stranger" around through my birthing process, but immediately after I met her, all my worries flew right out the window.  She is so easy to talk to and makes you feel like you've known her forever the first time you talk with her.  I had a tough pregnancy, and when I went into labor, it was such a blessing to have her there with me every step of the way.  She is so kind and caring and positive.  She is also extremely knowlegable and knows many techniques to get you through the labor process (such as positions, pain coping techniques, breathing support, and the list goes on).  She encouraged me to attend her birth class with my husband, and I learned so much.  She consistently checked in with me before I went into labor and gave me tips and ideas on how to get ready for my birth.  During my birthing process, she was there 100% and beyond.  All I cared about was that Carolynn and my husband were by my side!  She very graciously stood up for me in the hospital so that I could try and have a pain-med free birth experience, and she helped my husband and I to not feel intimidated about making choices for ourselves.  And after the birth, she was EXTREMELY supportive as well.  She gave me so much support as I was going through some tough post-partum anxiety issues.  I cannot say enough about the value of this woman to the whole process of my birth.  After everything, I continue to say that I hope Carolynn is always a part of my life from here on out.  I have gained such a wonderful friend and I love her dearly.  What a blessing that God led me to her.  The BEST choice in doulas you could make--PERIOD! 

Posted 7/28/2013

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