Phone: (425) 442-1441
Postpartum Rate: $40 to $50
Postpartum Doula Experience: 20 years
Languages spoken: English
My husband and I moved to Seattle 7 weeks before the birth of our first child, leaving behind our support network of family and friends. After our daughter was born, Diane was a joyful presence in our home. Every time she greeted us at the door, it felt like she had been excitedly waiting the entire week to come see our family. Diane has the ability to tenderly offer advice when needed, and at the same time encourage us to become confident in our natural instincts as new parents. She has provided us with the confidence in ourselves that has made experiencing the newborn phase much more enjoyable. She has an amazing network of additional resources that she can call when needed. I had a very difficult month of breastfeeding when my daughter was a month old. Diane called her colleague who is a lactation consultant and they came up with a plan of action for me that got me through that difficult month. In addition to helping us with the emotional adjustment of becoming new parents, she also is amazing at helping with the mundane household chores that still need to be done. When she is at our house, she is constantly looking for things she can do around the house to allow us more time to spend with our daughter. It’s amazing the amount of work she can get done, while at the same time doting on our daughter. She even goes through our refrigerator and will make recipes up with whatever ingredients we have. My husband always jokes that he loves “Diane days” because he comes home to a great dinner and cupcakes. Diane is part of our family, and I can’t imagine life without her. She has offered many different resources to help us start building a support network in Seattle, and has even arranged playdates for us! We would highly recommend Diane to anyone needing postpartum doula care. She is truly amazing and we will always consider her part of our family.
We frequently refer to Diane as our "gift from God." This is not an exaggeration as we truly feel she was sent to us in our time of need as new parents of twins. Diane came into our home with such radient enthusiasm that she immediately made us feel confident as new parents and helped us enjoy the newborn phase in a way that would not have been possible without her. She has this lovely balance of bringing her incredible expertise and wisdom into our home yet is absolutely deferential to our wishes as parents. Not only that, but she somehow has this way of helping us become more firmly planted in our inner wisdom as new parents. However, whenever we had questions or challenges along the way, ranging from breast feeding to reflux to sleep, Diane would deeply research answers/options and/or put us in touch with someone from her extensive network of experts. It is impossible to describe the day-to-day help Diane provides as she gets more done in several hours than most people do in a week! In fact, I can't recall ever seeing her sit down! She has kept our household running with help cooking, organizing, doing laundry, making baby food, stopping off at the store to pick something up for us, and basically just jumping in and doing any task that she saw that she could be helpful with... and the thing is that she does all of this while lovingly helping care for two babies. Diane is so caring and skilled with our babies - even during the fussiest, most difficult moments Diane had this calm, loving, mindful presence with them and it was clear that our babies felt that. It is very obvious to anyone who has seen Diane with our babies that she has a gift with infants and that she is meant to be a doula. We could not recommend her more highly.
Diane was and has continued to be a gift to our family. She is cemented into a very special place in my heart and continues to be a source of support, comfort and care for us all. Diane spent the first 3 months with us after our first son was born. My husband had never changed a diaper and she was able to teach him skills he needed to know without judgement or pressure. I was a mixed bag of emotions and had some initial problems breast feeding and she was a TREMENDOUS help and resource with everything. Asside from caring for me and the baby she took out the garbage, did laundry and washed dishes-none of which I had to ask her to do. She was the calm we needed during a time that could have felt chaotic. When our second son was born two and a half years later I found myself not only excited to meet my new little baby, but also excited knowing that she would be there once again with us. As our children have grown (7 and 5) Diane has remained part of our family. She has stayed with the kids when we have gone out of town and has traveled with us on vacations.
The idea of having someone in our home during such a special time originally was not for me...or so I thought, until i met Diane. I have never loved anyone more than i do my children and I take their care very seriously. I trust Diane completely. She cares deeply for her clients and she is a blessing to any family who has the opportunity to work with her.
Diane is the best of the best. She has cared for our six month old twins since birth and we could not be happier with her service. In fact, I'm quite certain we could not have survived without her! She is energetic, compassionate, and extremely attentive to the needs of the boys as well as the needs of new parents. Most of all we know she loves our boys and we feel absolutely confident in her ability to care for them. Diane consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty, is a wealth of knowledge, and has wonderful resources. We had an extremely difficult breastfeeding experience the first few months and with her help and understanding we made it through the toughest challenges. She is, without a doubt, the best postpartum doula we could have asked for and we are so thankful we found her. We love Diane!
When I first contacted Diane I had no idea what a Doula was. She helped me understand what my needs would be when my child was born and guided me as I put together a plan. I quickly learned how lucky I was to have found her. Diana has an amazing strength for organizing and caring. She will figure out what you need before you even know you need it. She needs no direction to figure out what in the household needs to get done and just do it. She will make sure you are eating right and taking care of yourself not just your baby. When I found out my second child was on the way I immediately contacted her. Even though I had been through it all just 17 months before with my first, I was still nervous about taking care of such a small baby and relied heavily on Diane for refreshers in how to bath and daily care. With the second child I got to see Diane interact with my now toddler as well. She even figured out a way to take him sledding on our driveway when it snowed and we had no sled or winter toys. I would recommend every new mother find someone like Diane to lean on.
We needed help after we returned home with our twins. Diane was recommended by another doula who was not available, and I called her in to help us quite urgently. She came and spent ?13? hrs ?with ?us. ??She? helped? us? rest, ?have ?healthy? meals,? did laundry, and? organized? our? house,? while? helping us care for the boys. I decided there and then to keep working with her - she was clearly a gem!
Over the coming months, Diane helped us through the intensity of those early months. She is very efficient, cheerfully doing as many supporting household tasks as possible to make it easier for us to focus on our babies, and to take care of ourselves. I had trouble breastfeeding, and needed the support even more. She often helped by taking one child so we could have one on one time with the other (something very precious and hard to obtain when you have twins). Equally important, she taught me how to how to be more important handling daily tasks, making it all easier and easier as our kids got older.
She has a fantastic rapport with kids - with babies, toddlers and older kids. She is creative, funny, and constructive. She also made time to create memory projects with the kids that we still have and treasure.
Diane worked with us for the first 7 months, and then periodically ever after - even now, we ask her to come by because we all love her so much! One of the luckiest days of our lives was the day Diane came to help us. She got us through the hardest times with grace and humor, and no small measure of love and kindness She really is a gem!
Diane is amazing. She is incredible patient and has so much energy. We have two children, but when we had our triplets we needed help and she helped so much. She showed us a quicker way to give baths, she is an expert and speedy clothes folder and she is so nice. She has a genuine interest and gives great care to babies and Mommas. She was kind to my older boys too. She knows how to make everyone feel competant, happy, content and well cared for. I am so idependant and it was hard for me to ask for help, but she came in and knew exactly what to do, she was wonderful to have in our family. I am so grateful for the time she shared with us. She works so hard and is always on the move working, working and working. We miss Diane and always remember and think of her fondly. She is an expert post partum doula.
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