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Ildi Sebestyen, CD(DONA,PALS)

Doula Ildi/Birth Matters NW

Website: https://www.doulaildi.com/

Phone: 7189741900

Birth Fee: $2000 to $2500

Fee Details: - Free consultation by phone, email or in person - 2 prenatal meetings (2 to 3 hours each) - On call 24/7 from week 38 of the pregnancy - you can reach me by phone or email if you have questions, concerns or need guidance - Continuous labor and delivery support (emotional, physical, informational support) - Immediate postpartum support up to 2 hours after birth - 1 or 2 postpartum visits at home (3 to 5 days after birth and 10 to 12 days after birth) - TENS unit, birth ball upon request

Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 155 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula
  • Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, July 2013
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I offer to support you to achieve your desired birth in the hospital of your choice. I stay 2 hours with you after the birth to make sure your needs are met.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I am available to support you to achieve your birth center birth and stay with you an additional 3+ hours to make sure you have all the help you might need.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I offer to serve you to achieve your desired birth at the comfort of your home. I am happy to be part of your support team, and to provide additional help with set up before and clean up after your birth.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Great Starts Birth and Family Education
  • MotherLoveDoulas - Introduction to Childbirth

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeeding Resources and Skills for Doulas

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Rebozo Training
  • Rebozo Certification,TENS Unit Certification

College Education

  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Belly casting
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

PALS Doulas Board Member Open Arms Doula Swedish Doula Program

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Hungarian

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Client Testimonials for Ildi Sebestyen, CD(DONA,PALS)

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Aparna Palle

My birthing experience was beautiful and stress free primarily because of Ildi my birth doula.

My water broke 6 weeks early, that's when I called Ildi to let her know. She came to the hospital directly in the night and gave me tips to help with pain and stress if labour starts and left since it seemed like I was going to be on hospital bed rest for the remaining two weeks. However, my labour started at 4 am in the morning and Ildi came to the hospital immediately. I had taken epidural before she arrived but she was supportive of that decision. She worked well with the nurses and suggested many positions to help me dilate further. When one of the nurses suggested taking pitocin since I was stuck at 9 cms for 4 hours, Ildi made sure that my husband was involved in the decision and helped us make a conscious decision to take pitocin but to start with mild doses and increase as needed. She helped me relax with various techniques and was super attentive to my needs all the time. While pushing the baby she provided amazing energy and encouragement. When I had the dreaded ring of fire pain and was ready to give up Ildi caught my attention and provided the much needed push and support.
Also she works with Mariah as a team which was very helpful and comforting since I was assured that she had a backup just in case. Mariah helped me with creating a birth plan and also answered a bunch of questions during a prenatal visit. Mariah stepped in for Ildi when she has to step out for a bit. Mariah has a very calming presence and helped me practice breathing techniques.
Ildi provided postpartum support as well and suggested additional resources and referrals for lactation and other new mother tips.

Overall I am thankful that I had Ildi as my doula and wouldn't do it without her if I had to do it again.

Posted 5/8/2016

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James Seidman

Our experience with Ildi and Mariah was outstanding.

Due to complications, I had to be induced on my due date and Ildi and Mariah spent time before helping me try to convince our daughter to start labor before that date. They made sure to check in on us in the week leading up to the induction, which helped me feel prepared for the induction. 

Ildi was at the birth, and made the experience so much better than it might have been.  We took a number of birth classes, so we felt like we had learned many strategies to cope with labor pain. But labor itself was an overwhelming experience, so having someone there to tell me when to change positions, to set up new positions, and to support me or help my family support me in the positions helped me cope with the pain and relax between contractions. She also took care of the other people in the room, like making sure my husband took time to ice his back (he has a slipped disk, one of the reasons we decided to hire a doula) and could therefore be present throughout labor. She suggested my mom and sister hold my legs as I pushed, which was special for all of us. She supported my decision to get an epidural and moved me around after that to help labor proceed and not slow down. She took pictures of the birth which have helped us remember special moments of that night. 

 We cannot overstate how glad we were to have Ildi with us during our daughter's birth and would recommend Birth Matters NW to anyone. We look forward to working with them again if we have another child. 

Posted 3/26/2016

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Ginny Bartlett

Ildi is amazing- she has such a gentle, calm, and nurturing personality. I felt at ease the moment I met her, and she was an incredibly beneficial presence during my labor. I wanted a natural, birth with pain medication and I really believe Ildi was instrumental in me achieving that, without ever pushing her views about birth on me at all- she was all about being there to support me in the birth experience I wanted.

I had a few issues during labor, and Ildi helped me stay calm and confident and worked with my medical team to give me the safest birth possile while staying as close to my wishes as possible.

I would absolutely recommend Ildi to any friend looking for a Doula, and I will definitely go with Ildi again if I have another child.

Posted 12/21/2015

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Jessica Smith

I cannot say enough about how much Ildi helped support me through my birth experience.  During my labor, she tried everything she could think of (and then researched some more!) to try and help my baby to turn into a position that would help labor to progress.  She was motivating and compassionate at the same time, and kept me going much longer than I thought I could last.  When I did decide to get an epidural, she was completely understanding and resassuring that I had tried my best and that I was doing what was best for my body and baby.  She respected my choice and never once made me feel like I was giving up, even though I felt like that a bit afterwards.  My labor and the birth were not easy, but Ildi helped my partner and I through the whole thing with grace and kindness.

Posted 11/10/2015

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Natalia Garcia

My husband and I were on the fence about hiring a doula and couldn't be happier with our decision to hire Ildi and Mariah. I was initially very fearful about labor and never imagined our birth experience could be so positive and beautiful and leave me feeling so strong and connected to my partner and baby boy. Ildi was incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, humorous, loving, and a wonderful advocate in the hospital. I knew I wanted a medicated birth and was worried that a doula would talk me out of it. Ildi helped me achieve my birth plan without judgment or agenda - we worked through early labor at home and I had an epidural for active labor, as planned. She knew and worked well with all the nurses and coached us through important decisions. She also documented our birth story and took lovely pictures throughout the day. We were so grateful to have her with us. Best decision ever!

Posted 10/21/2015

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Sarina Williamson

First off words can't describe the amazing, caring, woman and Doula Ildi is. She is someone who will forever be in our family and we just don't have words to describe our admiration for her. We met with Ildi in January 2015 to discuss her being our doula. This was our second pregnancy and we were trying and hoping for a VBAC. Shortly after meeting with Ildi we knew she was the Doula for us. We had our preterm appointments with her, shared emails and texts and it was all amazing. When labor started we text her and she called almost instantly and listened to me go thru a contraction. She then headed to our house. Upon arrival we all made the decision it was time to go to the hospital. She kept me calm along with my husband before leaving. Upon checking in and getting situated Ildi was amazing and never left our side. She kept us grounded, connected and constantly made sure we were both eating and drinking to keep our energy. She worked flawlessly with our doctor and nurses. I had the most amazing birth that seemed to go so fast and smoothly. I highly recommend Ildi to all the expecting moms I come into contact with. She has a heart of gold and her soothing voice was one of the many things I needed to accomplish my VBAC. With her on my birth team I knew it was possible.

Posted 8/13/2015

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Joann Kim

We loved working with Ildi for the birth of our first child! She was very responsive to us from the beginning, when we called to ask for information. Ildi called us back right away and was so nice on the phone. She made me feel comfortable even though I had never met her before and didn't know what I was getting myself into! When we first met her in person, she had a calming yet energetic presence, and was so grateful for her prenatal visit - she worked through comfort measures and breathing with us, and we felt prepared as we approached our due date. When I was in pre-labor, she was consistently available by text message to answer any questions I had, and also to check in and encourage me when I was frustrated and waiting for the baby to come. I'm not the most outgoing person, so I really appreciated the times when she reached out to me. She was with us for almost 24 hours. She helped us decide when to go to the hospital after laboring at home for about 6 hours, and stayed with us for a couple hours after our son was born. I don't think I could have achieved my goal of a natural unmedicated birth without Ildi, and I know my husband was such a great support because she was there to check how he was doing and to make sure he was staying hydrated as well. She moved with us from bed to tub to birth ball to tub... She stayed with me while my son went to the NICU after he was born, and even offered to give my mom a ride home from the hospital. Our midwife said that she felt like there wasn't much for her to do because I had such good support around me. I tell everyone that I couldn't have done this without our doula. It was so nice to have someone to talk to after we came home for our post partum visits. Ildi is so giving and awesome to be around. Her positivity was so critical at the most appropriate times. She helped us have an amazing birth experience and remember it positively. Thank you Ildi for playing such a valuable role in the birth of our son!

Posted 7/30/2015

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Arianne Parisi

Working with Ildi was an absolute dream and I can't imagine my birth experience without her. Through my 30 hours of labor Ildi was tireless, knowledgeable, supportive, and a source of strength and calm. She integrated seamlessly into the dynamic of the delivery unit, partnering with our nurses and OB to give us the best possible care. She also supported my husband throughout the experience, helping him engage in my labor where necessary and appropriate, and providing him with reassurance and relief at critical moments. She gave me strength and confidence during very vulnerable and challenging situations. 

Beyond her support in the delivery room, Ildi also offered stellar prenatal and postpartum care sessions that helped inform us (first time parents) of what to expect and how to prepare for the challenges of early parenthood. As a bonus, she also captured some absolutely incredible photos of my son's birth and our emotional first moments as a family. 

I would recommend Ildi again and again. I am so grateful that we chose to work with a Doula and even more happy that we found Ildi!

Posted 5/4/2015

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Arianne Parisi

Working with Ildi was an absolute dream and I can't imagine my birth experience without her. Through my 30 hours of labor Ildi was tireless, knowledgeable, supportive, and a source of strength and calm. She integrated seamlessly into the dynamic of the delivery unit, partnering with our nurses and OB to give us the best possible care. She also supported my husband throughout the experience, helping him engage in my labor where necessary and appropriate, and providing him with reassurance and relief at critical moments. She gave me strength and confidence during very vulnerable and challenging situations. 

Beyond her support in the delivery room, Ildi also offered stellar prenatal and postpartum care sessions that helped inform us (first time parents) of what to expect and how to prepare for the challenges of early parenthood. As a bonus, she also captured some absolutely incredible photos of my son's birth and our emotional first moments as a family. 

I would recommend Ildi again and again. I am so grateful that we chose to work with a Doula and even more happy that we found Ildi!

Posted 4/30/2015

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Vanessa DeRoux

Ildi is absolutely incredible- I highly recommend her! From the first moment we met, I felt completely comfortable and at ease in her presence. She exudes confidence and friendliness-- is easy to talk to, personable, knowledgeable, and makes you feel as though she will take care of you no matter what (and she does!). As first time parents, this was exactly what my husband and I needed and were looking for. The prenatal appointments with Ildi and her partner Mariah were very informative and helpful in preparing us for labor and the postpartum appointments were a huge help as well, making sure breastfeeding was getting established appropriately and providing invaluable resources for new parents. Our birth experience was nothing like what we had planned or hoped for, but Ildi was with us every step of the way! My early labor lasted over 24 hours and Ildi was very helpful via text and phone to support and encourage me. When I decided it was time I needed her help in person she was at my home within an hour and was incredible at offering guidance and supporting me through the the more difficult beginning part of active labor. At the hospital, my baby's heartrate kept dropping during contractions, which changed our birth plan significantly, but Ildi was calm and reassuring throughout everything, sharing her knowledge with us and greatly alleviating our stress. I eventually needed a c-section, and Ildi came into the surgery suite with my husband and I, again offering her calm reassurance and knowledge, which was a blessing as we were both exhausted and a little frightened! Ildi was by my side throughout everything and didn't leave until I was out of surgery, recovering, and everything had settled down... a total of about 24 hours with me! Throughout it all, Ildi was an advocate for me and my husband, using her knowledge and experience to help make our experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible. She is a true gem and was invaluable to us!

Posted 4/28/2015

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Kelly Maynard

Ildi is a wonderful doula! She went out of her way to meet my particular needs as a first time mom. Admittedly, I had a lot of anxiety about giving birth. Ildi was able to keep me focused and more relaxed in the weeks leading up to labor and during labor. She is a very hard worker, extremely attentive, very knowledgeable about pregnancy and genuinely cares about woman having the best possible birth experience possible. Thank you Doula Ildi! 

Posted 4/7/2015

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Vikrant Arora

My wife and I decided to meet a doula when one of our friend shared her experience of her doula. We were in week 38 and were expecting our first baby when we met Ildi and Mariah. At that time, we were not very sure if having a doula would be worth the money. Ildi came to us after assisting with a birth whole night and we were impressed in the first meeting with her knowledge and her energy. We felt that she would be of great help in helping my wife cope up with labor pain, so we decided to go with her as our doula. In the remaining journey 3 weeks to birth, Ildi gave us a number of reasons which makes us feel proud of our decision of having her as our doula.


Ildi and Mariah met us twice before the due date and educated us on birth and labor pain. They worked with us on understanding what pain coping techniques really worked well with my wife. Like every expecting parents we met, we also wanted to have a normal birth and avoid induction and pain medications as much as possible. Contrary to our desrire,in our regular checkup at 40.5 weeks, we were asked to go for induction on a short notice of a day. Ildi had educated us on how to handle these difficult situations and we decided to wait for natural labor pains. Ildi supported our decision and pointed us to resources which were helpful in going into labor naturally. Finally, the big day arrived the very next day and as expected, Ildi provided excellent support during the labor. With natural induction techniques and no pain medications, we welcomed our baby boy to this world.

Ater the birth, Ildi provided us excellent resources to deal with all the problems that we faced. We are very thankful to Ildi for all the help and would highly recommend her as a doula.

Posted 4/4/2015

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Courtney Keen

We used a doula with the birth of our first child and after she moved out of state we had to find a new one for the arrival of our second.....that's when we met Ildi. From the moment I met her, I knew she'd be the one to help us. Ildi is so easy to talk to and she is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to anything birth related. I kind of felt like she was an old friend I hadn't seen in a while.

I was nervous that my second birth would be long and hard, like my first, and that since I'd labored mainly at the hospital the first time that I wouldn't know what to do at home. Ildi walked me and my husband through a ton of relaxation techniques, positions, visualizations, and other tools that would help when the time came. She was extremely responsive whenever I had a question or concern before our little guy showed up. She was also very supportive, letting me know that I had the ability to have a natural childbirth, even though I wasn't able to attain that the first time around. She also let me know she'd be supportive no matter what happened during the birth, which I found comforting since some doulas we interviewed were quite obviously opposed to epidurals...even though every birth and body is different and you never know what you'll need until you are in the moment.

When the time finally came, my labor was incredibly fast and our son was born about 15 minutes after getting to the hospital. Ildi made it in right as I started pushing (we'd called her about 20 minutes before that!) and gave me the encouragement to get the job done. Afterwards, Ildi stayed with us until our son was feeding and she kept in touch until we met her a few days after his birth. I'd highly suggest Ildi as a doula and would use her again in a heartbeat if we had another child, she's awesome!

Posted 2/19/2015

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Bridgette Varo

My Doula was Ildi Sebestyen and she is amazing!  I can honestly say that my experience would have been so different without her.  The scariest part about giving birth the first time is not knowing what to expect.  Somone can tell you about their experience and you can read a million books, but you never know what to expect until you are in the siutation.  Ildi was so helpful at managing my pain.  She made sure that i ate.  She helped me take a bath.  She breathed with me when the pain was getting more and more intense.  She giuded my husband to help me as well.  I think one of the misconceptions is that doulas replace the husband and that was absolutely not our experience.  My husband was by my side the entire time as well.  At one point (towards the end) they both were knee deep in a bathtub helping me. :-)

Ildi also provided great information prior to the birth of our son (born September 2014) and conducted in home classes with my husband and I that were very valuable.  It opened up the conversation on a lot of topics that we hadn't discussed before (epsiotomies, delayed cord clamping, etc).  We found this time very important as well.  

I would absolutely recommend Ildi as a doula and will definitely use her for our next baby!

Posted 2/14/2015

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Aditi Desai

My husband and I were looking for a doula to help primarily support us during labor and the birth of our second baby. Ildi was recommended by a doula we retained during my first pregnancy. Being second-time parents we started our search pretty late in my pregnancy and met with Ildi around week 37. Ildi was very professional at our first meeting and informed us ahead of time that she was running late. She was eager to hear what we were looking for in a doula and also shared her experience and philosophy during our first meeting. 

As mentioned above, our primary focus was on support during labor since I was planning on going natural and not using pain medication. Ildi shared some great resources ahead of our son's birth. He came 9 days late and Ildi was a great resource as we weighed options like induction. She provided us with an unbiased and objective perspective and shared with us considerations that were helpful in evaluating how we should proceed. All this while she never came across as pushy and was always very supportive of ouourr ultimate choice. This was a time of anxiety and it was always helpful to talk to Ildi and we came away reassured of our approach each time we discussed the situation with her. 

Ildi was fantastic during the birth and through my labor! I was pushing for a very long time relative to my first pregnancy and could not have done it without my husband's and Ildi's support and encouragement. She came prepared with liquid foods like honey to keep my energy levels up and physically helped a tremendous amount during labor! I needed it since we tried to change positions several times and I was having trounle mustering energy to move on my own. She stayed for a few hours after our son was born helping me while my husband went home to get our daughter. 

Ildi came home for one postpartum visit and answered our concerns around breastfeeding. My husband and I would highly recommend her as a doula! 

Posted 1/23/2015

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Jenni Swift

My husband & I decided to work with a doula to support us in delivering our first child because we wanted to have someone experienced there to help us through the entire birth journey. We also wanted to find someone who supported our desire to work toward an unmedicated birth, but who would continue to support us should I change my mind or medical interventions became necessary. We wanted a partner, guide, & trusted support. We found all this in Ildi.

Ildi helped my husband & I confidently prepare for birth through one on one training, & she provided great resources for us to read (pregnancy brain required me to read things more than once to retain them). She has a no-nonsense approach to the realities of birth while still guiding us with a gentle & comfortable teaching style. Not only that, but she helped us better understand how to remain in control of the care we were given at the hospital when decisions might need to be made. This confidence came in handy when the big day arrived.

Once I went into labor, Ildi came to the house & helped me not only manage my increasingly painful contractions but also ensured I got a little extra nutrition for the long haul ahead. The three of us were in sync as we headed to the hospital for what was another 19 hours of work ahead of us.

Due to unexpected circumstances I ended up with many of the interventions I was hoping to avoid. However, Ildi was there with me, supporting me in the decisions I had to make & also ensuring I was confident & comfortable with my care. She helped me realize as much of my birth plan as was possible - a true gift. When my husband needed to leave the room, I could confidently let him go knowing Ildi was there with me no matter what happened.

Ildi helped me bring a healthy baby girl into the world. Her post-partum support helped us get started in the best way possible from the first moment. For that I am most grateful.

Posted 1/6/2015

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Rajat Thukral

I decided to hire a doula because it was my first pregnancy. I found pre-delivery visits by Ildi very helpful as she provided good information and helped us prepare our birth plan. I had normal pregnancy until 36 th week and then I started to experience high blood pressure. Hence labor had to be induced at 37 th week. My labor was long, about 60 hours and Ildi supported me in accepting my condition and supporting me throughout. She guided my husband as to how he could help me deal with pain. Ildi is very proactive, energetic, friendly, and a very caring individual. She agreed to come with me for first doctor visit, about a week later after delivery, as I did not feel comfortable driving alone with the baby for the first time. She focused on my emotional well being during postpartum visits and provided great referral for breastfeeding difficulties. We fully endorse Ildi as a doula for all the expecting mothers.

Posted 11/12/2014

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Karen Neiman

We loved Ildie and her gentle, knowledgable support.  Ildie was my doula for the birth of my second child, which I desperately wanted to be a drug free VBAC.  The support and knowledge she provided leading up to the birth helped me feel so much more confident and ready to try for VBAC.  My labor progressed very quickly to 9cm and then stalled for hours.  Ildie was wonderful getting me through contractions and helping with various laboring positions to get baby into optimal position.  I also felt very supported in my decision to finally go for drugs.  I felt her calm encouragment flowing into me and it gave what I needed to get my body dilated that last centimeter and then have a successful VBAC.  I can't imagine having done it without her and will be forever grateful for the awesome support she provided.

 

Posted 10/2/2014

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Pamela Estevez

Where do I start Ildi made labor easy I know hard to believe but its true. Ildi is such an amazing human being she changed my life for the better I never in a million years thought I could have a baby without any medication but she made that come to reality. 

  1. She's super professional
  2. She's amazing at giving you advice (in other words she knows what she's talking about)
  3. Very punctual 

I loved that she used everything that made me comfortable she focused on what I wanted at all time's if it wasn't for her moral support I would of given up.

I just loved everything about her if I ever have another baby Ildi would be my doula again. I loved her work 

 

Posted 9/20/2014

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Sada Hertzig

Ildi was great!  I can honestly say that I would have never been able to have a natural child birth experience if it wasn't for her.  Don't get me wrong my husband was great, but it was the extra support and encouragement from them both that allowed me to have my baby without an epidural or pain medication.  I found out at 38 weeks that I had choleostasis and would have to be induced early.  Definately not what I was wanting or expecting.  That is when I knew I really needed a doula and Ildi was the one.  Both prior to my labor and during my labor she was a great resource for answering questions and making sure I had all my questions answered before proceeding with a procedure..   She eased my mind and told me what to expect.  I was still nervous about the procedure, but felt I had a good team around me to support me.   

From the inital meeting, Ildi immediatlely made me feel at easy and was very generous with her time.  We had two meetings before meeting at the hospital for my labor.  During those meetings she answered questions, help write a birth plan and went over relaxation techniques, as well as, encouraged me and easied my mind.

I had my first child in hospital without a doula and can say that my second experience with child birth was much better, which I owe to Ildi and a faster labor!  I would recommend always having a doula for labor no matter if it is your first child or 3rd.  I think that they are worth every penny!  So if you are looking for a doula, I would recommend Ildi!

Thanks Ildi!!

 

Posted 8/14/2014

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Karyn Gaffney

This being my first baby, I knew that I was going to need as much support as I could get during my birth and postpartum.  I chose Ildi because her enthusiasm shone through during our two interviews. She was excited to be a part of our experience and eager to give us information and answer our questions. 

During the labor Ildi was attentive - she brought me and my husband anything we needed and kept track of our birth story as it progressed. She was always available to bounce questions off of and helped with suggestions throughout the labor.  Even though our birth didn't take the track that we wanted in the beginning,  she supported us in all our decisions.

Postpartum she was able to come spend time with our new family and answer our multitude of queations. After having your first baby you have so many questions!   Ildi was a wonderful asset to our birth team and we couldn't be more pleased with our experience. 

Posted 8/5/2014

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Jennifer Martin

I am so glad we found Ildi and decided to work with her as our doula. My first birth was a c-section for a breech baby but this time I made plans to work towards a Trial of Labor After C-Section (TOLAC) and hopefully end up with a Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC). The more I read about women who had pursued TOLAC and VBAC, everyone recommended finding a doula. When I got a referral for Ildi and my husband and I met with her we were very excited and knew she would be a great help! We really enjoyed the visits we had with her before labor and all the resources she shared with us as we went on the journey of a second pregnancy. When I went overdue to 41 + 1, Ildi was great at helping me stay calm and focused on the goal everytime I emailed or texted her with my fears. In the end, my body went into labor on its own and Ildi was there for my 13 hour all natural trial of labor, real labor, and successful VBAC with my sweet baby Thomas! Ildi was a calm presence helping me through each contraction, keeping my husband and me calm and taken care of, helping support our birth plan even when new medical professionals arrived on each shift, and so much more! We couldn't have had our TOLAC/VBAC or natural birth without her assistance and care. I also loved the post-partum visits with her, it was so fun to debrief the birth experience with her and watch her hold my baby whose birth she helped make so wonderful.  I would recommend Ildi to anyone and hire her again if/when we choose to have another child!

Posted 7/2/2014

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Suzanne Ogden Vannatter

Ildi is, beyond a doubt, the greatest doula I possibly could have hired. I have not only made her promise to be available to deliver all my future children, I am insisting all my friends use her for their children. She is FANTASTIC! Why?

Ildi is beyond knowledgeable. She knows absolutely everything about childbirth, babies, delivery, breastfeeding, and any other question you can possibly have. She educates you as well, giving us packets of great information, answered all my questions through phone/email/text, whatever we needed, and recommended tons of resources such as her favorite websites and lactation consultants. She worked with us with what we wanted for our with her birth plan template, and the nurses at the hospital complimented her on it. The nurses all loved her! Everyone at the hospital either knew her already from previous births or was impressed by her within a few short minutes. 

Ildi gives you all her focus. While my husband and I slept, she barely slept more than a few minutes all night because she had trained herself to wake up when she heard my voice so she could be there for me when I needed her! But she was still aware of everything in the room at all times. One time she had to reassure me, direct my husband to go to the baby, and listen to what was going on with our daughter all at the same time, and she made it look easy! There was an extremely scary time when I thought something was wrong with my baby, and Ildi looked me right in the eye and talked me through every second. She told me everything was going to be okay and I knew I could believe her. 

She loves what she does and loves her clients. She hugged us and told us she loved us on her way from the hospital, and snuggled our baby girl. I could write a novel about the wonderfulness of Ildi. You will be glad you chose her. I am available as a reference and am happy to talk to anyone who has questions about her. 

Posted 6/30/2014

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Lindsay Van Nostrand

Ildi's passion and energy for her work was evident at our first meeting. She provided more encouragement and support than we ever could've imagined. My husband and I did not do a childbirth class, nonetheless we felt prepared thanks to Ildi's prenatal visits where she passed on a vast amount of knowledge. I had a difficult labor that required a hospital transfer. I was really nervous about having a hospital birth, but having ildi there helped put me at ease. I never once considered an epidural thanks to her pain management techniques and encouraging words. She was with me for every contraction and in tune with my needs throughout the labor. Ildi went above and beyond in countless ways. My husband and I highly recommend working with Ildi.

Posted 6/25/2014

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Maria Lan

Ildi was exactly what we needed at our birth. Upon first meeting her, I immediately felt comfortable around her. She had a lot of positive energy and warmth and anyone can see that she was dedicated to what she was doing. When talking to her, it seemed like she had all the time in the world to answer our questions. Ildi has a ton of comfort measures in her "tool box" which she practiced with us at our pre-natal visits. She also provided tons of resources, videos and documents for us to feel well informed. At the birth, she was present every minute of the 12 hour labor. It was my first baby, so I was nervous about what to expect, but Ildi provided the reassuring touch, and encouraging words that helped me keep going. She was right by my side the minute I needed a drink of coconut water, or some light touch. Like she said during the interview, it really is her gentle reassuring touch that got me through. At our post-natal visits, I admited that I preferred her hand on my shoulder over my husband's! Ildi stayed over 2 hours after the birth,  due to some bleeding. She always advocated for us and wanted to make sure we established a good latch. At our post natal visits, our baby was still having problems latching well. She sat with us while we called a list of lactation consultants. She didn't leave until we had an appointment set and she knew help was on the way. We have only positive memories of our birth!!

 

Posted 6/11/2014

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Plander Nora

I feel blessed for having Ildi as our birth doula. She is a caring, enthusiastic, mindful, warm doula. We had two prenatal meetings with her when she provided us with lots of information on the process of labor and delivery. She was very knowledgeable; she answered all our questions. Her presence during my labor and delivery was as essential as my husband’s. She became a family member in a second and she was caring for both me and my husband in the way nobody else could have been able to care. I wished to have an unmedicated labor and without her I couldn’t have make it through. She provided both physical and emotional support, suggested various laboring positions and coping technique and remained calm, caring, encouraging and professional for the entire time. When I was about to give it up, her encouragement helped me to get through the toughest moments. She also assisted my husband to be a true support for me. After our baby girl was born, Ildi also helped me with the first breastfeeding and she made sure we are all settled down before she left the hospital. Both my husband and I are so thankful to Ildi for all she did for us that there are no words for that. I highly recommend Ildi’s doula services!

Posted 5/28/2014

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Katherine Gee Perrone

Ildi was compassionate, kind, considerate, competant, patient, forgiving, accepting, forthright, respectful, and nurturing. She is exactly the type of person I needed beside me during the life altering experience of childbirth. 

The greatest gift Ildi gave us was knowledge. She provided more information and support in our two prenatal sessions than any of the classes I attended or books that I read. She provided handouts, books, articles, and links. She did this because she knew that I wanted to learn everything and was comforted by the information. I appreciated that she knew this about me, and was respectful of my needs.  She was there for me 24/7 during my last few months, answering my texts at 1 am, and alleviating my concerns when my due date came and went.

Because my baby was twelve days overdue, I was induced, and Ildi never left my side. When labor really began, and the pain of back contractions kicked in full force, I was terrified and Ildi helped me manage my fears.  What I appreciated most about Ildi was how much she respected and aided my phenominal hospital nurse, Jen. They worked as an incredible team around me. Ildi also directed my husband and mother, who always felt useful and involved. I needed them all. My entire experience was conflict free, with everyone focusing on the health of the baby and my ability to deliver her safely. When I wanted to give up, I heard Ildi say "You are doing marvelous." When I had just 1/2 centimeter to go, I said, "I can do this!" And Ildi urged, "You ARE doing this!" It gave me such courage!

Ildi was so helpful after the birth, aiding with nursing and the blues. It was wonderfully cathartic to process and celebrate the experience of childbirth. Having Ildi there as a part of my pre-natal, labor, delivery, and post-partum experience was invaluable. I cannot imagine what my experience as a first time mom would have been without her support.



Posted 5/27/2014

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Marita Graube

Doula Ildi was great part of our birth experience. We immediately liked her calm presence when we first met. She is a wealth of knowledge about the whole process and helped us consider all our options. We spent a lot of time together in the prenatal meetings and she taught us some new exercises and relaxation techniques and directed us to several learning resources.

When the big day arrived, Ildi was quick to get to our house and then accompanied us to hospital. She had some great direction for me on how to breathe through the contractions and stay grounded. She really pampered me and made sure I had everything I needed, from a headband to keep my hair back to adjusting the water temperature in the bath to suggesting coping techniques to try. The little things matter and Ildi really pays attention to detail. I was able to easily achieve my goal of a natural birth and can credit that to Ildi as a great guide and confidence booster. 

Right after the birth, she was helpful in making sure we had everything we needed and that the baby was starting to nurse. In our postpartum visit she also had great advice for nursing and general well being. Ildi is truly passionate and dedicated to her work and will add immeasurable value to any birth. 

Posted 5/20/2014

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Angela Broderick

Ildi was a crucial part of our birth experience. When we found out we had to have a c-section, it felt like we had lost the ability to actively participate in the experience, and we were very disheartened. Ildi empowered us by showing us that there were indeed measures we could take to be more involved in the decisions surrounding our own birth. Ildi was very respectful of our personal needs and decisions, and went out of her way to help provide us both with solid information as well as some much-needed emotional support.

On the day of our birth, Ildi helped to create a positive atmosphere and ensure that we were comfortable and our wishes were being met. Her presence in the delivery room was very calming, and she provided support to Mommy so that Daddy could be with our baby right when he was born before he came to Mommy’s chest. We deeply appreciated Ildi’s genuine sense of care and commitment, and are so thankful that she was a part of our journey.

Posted 5/13/2014

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Eva Forgacs

I found Ildi’s assistance essential during the delivery of my son, and I highly recommend her to anyone who would like a strong, knowledgeable, and compassionate woman’s care during the birthing process. I met Ildi when I was halfway through my second pregnancy. Although I envisioned an unmedicated delivery, I had not yet thought about how to achieve that. Ildi came into my life just at the right time, as if she was sent to help me. She was very warm and personable, therefore I welcomed the chance to get to know her better and explore the option of using her assistance. After meeting with her, her passion for helping pregnant and laboring women was apparent. Along with the knowledge and care for making sure we had the information we needed to make the right decision for us, she was compassionate, which made the right decision apparent: she was the one to help us through the birthing process.

Ildi is very thorough and made sure that the preparatory meetings and information she shared with us helped us get ready mentally and physically for the last part of the pregnancy as well as labor and delivery. When it was time, she guided me through the contractions and pushing, and helped my husband comfort me effectively too. She ensured that that the birth wishes we prepared with her were followed as closely as possible, and she ensured that we understood all of our options when there were decisions to make. With her encouragement, emotional support, and expert guidance I was able to avoid an episiotomy and deliver my son without any pain medication, just like I envisioned. Ildi stayed after delivery to help start breastfeeding and to ensure that my nutritional needs were replenished, to give us the best start possible. Once she made sure that we were taken care of, she respectfully retreated so we could enjoy some quiet family time with our newborn. Ildi helped me achieve the birth experience I wished for and for that I am forever grateful to her.

Posted 2/23/2014

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Mary Newman

I am happy to recommend Ildi Sebestyen as a birth doula.  She recently assisted my daughter with the birth of her daughter. I was my daughter's birthing partner, and we were both quite appreheisive about the delivery.  We were referred to Ildi by the instructor of the birth preparation classes we took at the hospital, since my daughter was very anxious about the delivery.

My daughter called Ildi and liked her immediately.  Ildi came to our house on two occasions prior to my daughter's labor.  We learned alot from her in those meetings, and felt less stressed.  My daughter went into labor shortly after the second meeting.  It was a long labor.  Ildi came to our house in the middle of the night to help assist.   The next night, when my daughter went into heavy labor, Ildi coached her and helped her to breath through the contractions, focus, and try different positions during the contractions.  We went to the hospital around 1:00 in the morning.  My daughter's labor continued all night, and all day - she worked hard and Ildi was there every step of the way.  Ildi was very calming for both my daughter and myself, and was great at explaining what was going on.  That evening, after many long hours of labor and trying to push the baby out, it was decided that a C-secion was needed.  Ildi and I were both allowed to be in the operating room, and her presence and support made an amazing difference for both of us.

 Ildi is an angel on earth, I swear.   I really don't know what we would have done without her.   I would recommend Ildi to anybody who is looking for a  birth doula.  Just talk to her once and you'll know what I'm talking about.

 

 

 

 

Posted 1/12/2014

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Karinne Perrone

I had a wonderful experience with Ildi. We met with her twice before the birth and both times I felt like she was really listening to what we wanted. She also kept in touch through email and phone and was always there if I needed a question answered with advice and good information. She has such a warm personality, was very respectful of our wishes and encouraged us in whatever we decided on.

This was my second child and my labor was very short, but intense. It was such a relief to have her there. From the moment she came in she was trying to help me focus and keep calm while making sure  my husband was doing okay and being informed of the situation by the nurses. She was so encouraging and helped me to use my energy and strength properly. 

After our child was born Ildi stayed with us to help get breastfeeding started and to make sure we were feeling comfortable. She also came to visit postpartum to see how we were doing and help answer any questions we had.

Because my labor was so short she was unable to count it towards her certification, but she still was there for me 100%. I so appreciate everything she did for us.

Posted 1/8/2014

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Jessica Low

We decided to work with Ildi after a brief phone interview.  We were drawn to her warm personailty and her passion for natural labor and delivery process.  We found her to be very enthusiastic and eager to offer suggestions and recommendations for various coping/relaxation techniques and positions.  We felt that she had great respect for our birth wishes, and also for our decisions throughout labor and delivery.  We were impressed that she was always present every minute of labor, always there with a soothing voice and encouraging words.  She was such a calm presence for me, and a huge help to my husband.  Post-delivery, she stayed long enough to help establish breastfeeding and ensure my comfort but she then quietly left to give us space to be a family.  We're very thankful for Ildi's assistance with our labor and delivery!  

Posted 11/12/2013

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Nathaly H

My experience with Ildi was exceptional. She was not only there supporting me 100% but she also took the time to support my husband and my mother throughout my birthing experience. I was supposed to meet with Ildi before the birth of my child however, my child decided to arrive early. Ildi had sent me an email saying that I could call her before our meeting if I needed her help. So, I did call her once I was at the hospital, and from the moment she came into the room I felt relieved. I don't think that I could have make it through natural birth without her help. She helped me to relax and to focus using different methods to help me deal with the pain without the use of pain medications. She made me feel like family and I felt that I could trust her to help me through my birthing experience. She has also been helping me postpartum to find things my baby and I need such as obtaining a hospitals grade pump and finding the right pediatrician for my child. She does go the extra mile. My family and I really apreciare all that she did for us. She truly has what it takes for this job because she has the passion and heart for this profession. I highly recommend her, for she is great on what she does.

Posted 11/8/2013

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