We first 'met' Dawn for a quick call to discuss our pregnancy and from the minute we started talking I felt more empowered and at ease. Dawn is knowledgeable, experienced and open-minded towards YOUR wishes for delivery. I think this comes from her own experience as a mom, dedication to this field (EBB) and expertise from time spent with couples at any stage of their journey to parenthood. As we approached delivery, Dawn suggested many techniques to ready my body/mind to induce labor. When natural induction didn't occur, Dawn sent EBB materials and offered us guidance as we contemplated induction. We ended up being induced on a Wednesday and had our baby boy (a surprise) that Friday afternoon. Dawn helped us to manage the ever-changing landscape knowing we were on track no matter how the baby entered the world. Dawn provided ideas on how to best position ourselves during initial labor and then towards the end helped us to make a pros/cons list if we ended up electing for a c-section. Ultimately our delivery ended via cesearean, however I felt completely at ease with this path as we tried to labor naturally for days. The baby's heart had begun to drop as labor progressed so together (Dawn, my husband and myself) decided a c-section was how we would meet our baby. Dawn went into the OR with us and was amazing at keeping both my husband and myself focused. As soon as the baby was born Dawn was by my side as everyone else was doting on our baby which was very comforting as I was in shock post-op. Dawn captured the first few photos of life which is something we will treasure always. Dawn stayed by our side through the surgery and until the first latch. Dawn offered postpartum care which allowed us to process our birth story on our terms. Dawn was a wonderful resource and confidant and we were honored to have her share in our exciting labor journey together.
Thank you again for everything. We can't imagine having gone through this without having you by our side/in our corner throughout it. My sister is expecting in June in NYC, and the first thing we said to her on our first phone call was that she needs to hire a doula. We're now spokespeople for your profession for life. Mum is busy with the baby, but I wanted to write a few things that I found particularly helpful - of course the obvious things, like massaging, tens unit support, etc. were helpful, but I also really appreciated how you helped talk through things with mum - for example when she was debating going off petocin and you very calmly explained that from your point of view, things were progressing, it seemed to be helping, etc. Hearing it from the nurses/doctor were one thing, but it was helpful hearing it from someone who knew our birth preferences, and having a more qualified, thought through opinion than what we ourselves were able to construct in the moment. Also during the final stages I thought you were wonderful at being a little firm, whilst also being incredibly thoughtful and encouraging. I also appreciated that you were available whenever we needed, but gave us our space in the early stages so that we were able to have some alone time before everything changed - having someone aware of personal space (in a situation where there typically isn't much) was very helpful.
Coming from over seas as we did, we appreciate that you were able to make the time to navigate time differences and technology to Skype with us, and for the support that we received prior to the labour process as well.
Thank you again for everything, or as we say in Swahili asante sana, tunashukuru.
Dawn is absolutely AMAZING! She is very professional and comforting throughout the entire process from pregnancy to labor and delivery to when baby goes home. She’s always available and more than willing to assist a new Mom with her questions and she gives loving advice. She also ensures that Mommy and Daddy are well educated on want to expect during labor and delivery........ (Thank God- We had NO CLUE!) I will be definitely using her services again for our second baby!!!!!!
I chose Dawn Oliver to be my doula for my third natural labor and delivery. I was so impressed with Dawn's professionalism yet her ability to personally connect with me. Her years of experience as a doula shined through as she helped me through each contraction and provided me with evidence based information regarding important decisions for labor and delivery. I felt at ease with her and enjoyed her company during the beginning of my labor and as my contractions intensified, she helped calm me and keep me focused on meeting my sweet baby. I am ever so grateful for her and I know my birth experience would've been very different without her. She was a great support to me and I would choose her again if I ever have another baby!
My experience with Dawn as my doula was so amazing, I have had a hard time putting into words (as my son is turning 1 in 2 more weeks!)
From the first time my husband and I met with Dawn for our first consultation all the way through post-partum and helping with breastfeeding, she was amazing and a blessing. I truly feel like I could not have done it without her. Dawn takes the time to get to know you and what you do and do not want as far a labor and delivery “plan”. She was my advocate, my rock and a sense of calm I don’t think my husband could have maintained.
I wanted to have a water birth, however the hospital I delivered in doesn’t allow water births so we modified! We set up the pool in my living room at home for me to labor in before heading to the hospital and I am so grateful I did because I didn’t progress very quickly. With her guidance and different pain management techniques I was able to do most of my laboring at home. I went into the hospital about 1230-1am and had my son at 5:42am.
Once we were at the hospital, Dawn knew that my goal was to not receive any pain medicine. She helped me with different positions to manage the pain naturally and to encourage my baby to drop into the birth canal. Dawn was my rock with helping me to breathe to stay calm between contractions and during contractions (before pushing). Dawn maintained a level of cool and calm you’d think no one could during this whole process which I believe genuinely helped me stay as calm as possible as well.
I will say that I will NEVER have a baby without Dawn by my side! Weather you have a natural plan, medicated plan or end up having a c-section, the amount of support Dawn gives you cannot be matched. I recommend Dawn to every single woman I know in the Low-country!
I fell in love with Dawn’s grounded, wise, stable, warm, heart-centered, humorous, and calm Presence from the very start!
Dawn brings people together! She allowed me to re-unite with my husband and my mom during her birth classes when she held space for my husband’s desire to be less involved and educated my mom about home birthing.
When I was still pregnant at 42 weeks, Dawn helped me grow an uplifted, Powerful vision of birthing in the hospital. I felt empowered and at ease knowing Dawn would be with me, and hours after checking into the hospital, my “angel doula” arrived. I’d hired a midwife and another doula in anticipation of a home birth, but the only person I wanted with me was Dawn.
I achieved an unmedicated birth, and I know this wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support of Dawn (“you CAN do this!”). As labor intensified, she walked the halls with me, made me a bath, and gave me a tens unit. She coached me out of a moment of weakness when I said “I can’t do this.” She even disarmed my mom when my mom became hostile! Dawn ensured that what was most important to me (delayed cord cutting and newborn procedures), came true. When complications arose, Dawn sprang to action with popsicles, cold washcloths, and baggies for my nausea. Her efforts kept me conscious and helped me avoid a blood transfusion. She rallied behind me the entire time!
The Memories I have with Dawn will provide me with a Source of Joy for the rest of my Life!
Dawn was and is a God-send, and I praise the Creator for the life of Dawn Oliver! Needless to say, I highly recommend Dawn. She’s unlike any other in her calm and courage, level of experience, and strength of Heart.
Dawn is the best! As a second time mom who previously suffered postpartum depression, I knew I needed more support this time around. Dawn helped me through an unmedicated birth (amazing!) and 8 weeks of postpartum care. She was a rock for our family as we adjusted, giving me much needed rest and piece of mind. It takes a special person to blend into your family life at such a vulnerable and chaotic time. Dawn does it seamlessly.
Dawn responds quickly to any communication and has tremendous knowledge. Even though she was located a longer distance from Mount Pleasant, we felt like she lived nearby as she was very reliable.
We are forever grateful for Dawn for helping us welcome our second baby!
Dawn is an absolutely wonderful Doula. She has a warm and calming demeanor and a wealth of knowledge about pregnancy, breastfeeding, postpartum issues, and newborn care. Having such a supportive and caring person support us in our home after our son was born made the transition into parenthood much easier.
Dawn did an excellent job as our doula and, as first time parents, her advice and expertise were invaluable. Though we hired her a little late in the game, she quickly got us up to speed on labor prep, relaxation techniques, and what to expect on the big day. Dawn helped us throughout the process and when we were worn and tired, she kept us focused. We also purchased the placenta encapsulation package and visited with her postpartum which was a plus for us after. We highly recommend Dawn’s Compassionate Care Services!
Dawn was an amazing, calming part of our gestational carrier journey! At times I was frustrated with my body and she would send so much info and lend so much support that the frustrations fell away. She also makes the best damn nipple cream I’ve ever used! Makes pumping a breeze! If my husband and I decide to add to our little family, hopefully Dawn will be apart of that ride!
Dawn is awesome! Preparing for birth, early labor, delivery, post partum care, and everything in between, Dawn is the person you'd want by your side.
Her calm voice kept me grounded. Her questions weren't leading questions that manage to judge you, they were informative and built you up.
She respected and supported my instincts as a mother doing what I thought was best for me and my child. And, she involved my husband as much as possible everything we did. Much of her assistance was through my husband, coaching him to help me.
We wanted a doula in case my husband deployed, or was otherwise unavailable due to military obligations. Dawn really set my mind at rest, even with the unknowns of military timing. That means a lot coming from a first time mom half a continent away from family and good friends!
We learned much from her class series, felt comfortable with her during early labor at home, smoothly transitioned to the hospital, she was a source of encouragement as my husband assisted me when I couldn't always verbalize what I needed, she took pictures of our first meeting, quietly left us to bond when she was no longer needed, and to wrap the whole experience up, she left our little family with a full freezer of frozen meals and empty hampers of laundry a month after baby was born.
Dawn's experience really shown through. She has a whole toolbox full of tricks, insights, and comfort. I highly encourage at least interviewing her for being a doula of your birth experience to see for yourself!
As a first-time mom I felt some anxiety about the labor and delivery process. I was also looking for postpartum care and support. We interviewed Dawn and hired her immediately; Dawn is professional, organized, knowledgeable, gentle, and kind.
Dawn attended my 38 week OB appointment. Turns out that my doctor decided to induce me that afternoon. Neither of us were prepared but Dawn stayed through the delivery of our son early the following morning and we were so thankful for her assistance throughout the process.
Dawn broke-down the everything for us, answered questions, and notified us of what we should expect. While I was in labor, she gently coached my husband in helping me with labor pain relieving methods -- overall we truly felt like she was part of our team. And most importantly, she never pressured her views or opinions upon us and was always supportive of our decisions.
Dawn visited our home shortly after our return from the hospital and provided wonderful care both during the day (she answered questions, did small chores around the house, helped me get organized with baby 'stuff') and overnight such that I could catch up on some sleep.
I highly recommend working with Dawn -- we will hire her again (if) we decide to have another baby.
As a first time mom, and as a single mom, I knew I would need postpartum help. I searched for over a month for a local doula and Dawn was the only one who responded to any of my messages or phonecalls! In fact she answered her phone on my first try and took the time to answer all of my questions about her services and charges. We planned a consultation meeting and she was right on time and very organized and professional. I immediately wanted her as my postpartum doula! She is worth every penny and goes above and beyond! She did things I didn't realize I needed, like organize and make me a cup of tea. It's amazing how much of a difference it can make when you're a new mom with no help who is doing everything for your baby at all times to have someone do something for you even for a short amount of time is so relieving. I think every new mommy needs a postpartum doula even if they don't use them for the birth. Even though I didn't use Dawn as my birth doula (I thankfully had my mom there as my coach), she would have been an amazing birth coach!! Her calm demeanor and soothing voice would be great for any mom in labor! She also has many local resources like lactation consultants who she can contact on the spot and ask them questions. If you're looking for a great person and a great doula for your labor or postpartum care, definitely choose Dawn!
Being a first time Mom and choosing to have a homebirth (no drugs), I knew I needed to find an experienced Doula who could support my husband and I in our desision to have a natural private birth and who could of course support me during labor. We were truly blessed to have met Dawn Oliver early on in my pregnancy. At first meeting over the phone I felt very comfortable with Dawn. I loved how organized an professional she was and how her pricing was clear, upfront, and in writing. She was always on time to our meetings and had loads of information to share with us. All of this made my husband and I feel prepared for labor. My labor started late at night and Dawn got here shortly after my husband called her and told her I needed help. I was on the bathroom floor when she arrived trying to cope with what seemed like never ending contractions. They were already very close together and because of the pressure I did not feel I was getting any breaks in between them. Dawn took control immediately and helped me into the bathtub and coached me to regain control of my breathing and right away I started getting the breaks I needed to maintain my confidence and strength. Dawn stayed with me coaching me calmly the entire time and it was her poor hands I was squeezing when I delivered my son. I had other support people there at my birth but I have to say Dawn was all I needed at that time when it got tough. I really cannot thank her enough. I had the birth I wanted and I am not sure I could have done it the way I wanted to without her there to help me through it.
My experience with Dawn was wonderful. She is very encouraging, knowledgeable and dependable. Dawn’s personality is very impressionable and you immediately feel the warmth and trust of her experience to guide through your birthing process. I would recommend her to anyone and wish her the best. Thanks Dawn.
This review is from my husband Michael. Michael was with us for all of our meetings, during labor and delivery, as well as postpartum.
“If you’re reading this review, chances are really good it’s because you’re trying to vet Dawn. Trust us when we tell you – you don’t need to look any further. Dawn breathes life into the name of her company, Compassionate Care Doula. I could go on and on with adjectives here like patient, kind, attentive, compassionate (of course), fair, etc, but the reality is that Dawn just “gets it” – completely. She –really- understands what a mother-to-be needs during this sensitive time in all capacities; mental, physical, spiritual and emotional. I could literally sit here and write another seven paragraphs about how awesome Dawn is at this job, but I know you won’t read a very long review, so I’m keeping it succinct. Save yourself the time and hire Dawn. You, your wife and your future child will thank you for it for the rest of your lives.”
I had the pleasure of working with Dawn in December 2016, she helped me achieve a drug free VBAC. I am proud to say I had that experience! When I first spoke to Dawn I was very intimidated by birth and I wasn’t educated on the topic. Dawn's birth education classes helped me feel confident, informed and excited to birth my baby. She was always available by phone and reassured me on anything that I had questions on. During my labor, Dawn was right there with me. She had compassion and treated me very well. Dawn is a true professional. Her postpartum doula care was wonderful too. She immediately recognized some areas that the baby needed help with and assisted quickly. Anyone who has Dawn as their doula is very fortunate; I had such a beautiful experience with her. I give my highest recommendation to Dawn.
From the moment Dawn came into my home for our initial consultation, I knew she would be my doula. She is warm, supportive and truly listens to your needs and concerns. I felt like I’ve known her for years and it was easy to open up to her and discuss my plans for the birth of my first child. She provides so many services which was perfect for me because I didn’t have to search and shop around for other service providers for my placenta encapsulation and tincture. I truly believe I was able to achieve my goal of an unmedicated birth with the support of Dawn. Not only was she a source of strength for me but also for my husband. As first time parents, she made my husband feel supported as well and brought a sense of calm while I labored at home before heading to the hospital. She is on call for you and always got back to me quickly, even for my most ridiculous questions! I highly recommend Dawn if you are looking for a fantastic doula who will support you through your birth journey. I hope to have Dawn again for my next child!
Dawn was recently my doula for my third baby and she was absolutely incredible. It was my first time hiring a doula and now I wish I had hired one for my two previous births! She provided the perfect support and encouragement that I needed for my natural home birth. She's truly talented and definitely made for this career. Her voice is calming and her hip squeezes were perfect. Her oils and massages felt amazing and all of her techniques definitely took the edge off of my labor. Dawn was really incredibly and I'd hire her again in a heartbeat! I can't recommend Dawn enough and I wish I could tell the world just how wonderful of a doula she is!!! -Christina B.
Dawn was an amazing Doula. We were preparing to have our first child and we were looking for someone who was going to be kind, calming, super supportive and intuitive of our needs, especially since we did not even know what these would be. Dawn fit all of this criteria and more. We knew we wanted to work with her as soon as we met her. She was friendly, knowledgeable and very personable at our consultation. She made herself available through texts and phone calls and checked in on me often. She was wonderful. During labor she helped with each and every contraction. Since I was having back labor, Dawn used massage techniques to ease the pain and discomfort in my lower back and sacrum. Without this support I'm not sure I would have lasted the nearly 24 hours of labor that I had without an epidural. I also believe her calming presence during labor was so vital for keeping my husband and I calm throughout the whole thing. After the baby was born, Dawn checked in on me to make sure I was doing ok and to see if I had questions, etc. We also had the pleasure of having Dawn come to the house for a 4 hour post partum visit. When we were picking our package we weren't sure that we would need this since my husband is home during the day. Well, I'm so glad we got the package with the post partum visit. Not only did Dawn ask how she could help, she also took it upon herself to find things to do that would be helpful to us. By her coming over, it also gave my husband a chance to get out of the house for a bit and run some errands. Since our last visit Dawn has continued to make herself available through text and email. We are so glad we chose Dawn as our doula and will absolutely want her again when we are ready to have our second child.
Dawn was such a vital part of my birth team. Her encouragement, knowledge, and calm presence helped me in many difficult moments during my labor. She is warm, compassionate, intelligent and has a ton of experience with birth. I highly recommend her for anyone wanitng support during birth.
We were so lucky to have Dawn recommended to us for her doula services. As soon as I met Dawn I could tell she is a true nurturer. She was made to be a support for laboring women. Dawn was our doula at our Home Birth. She was so sweet and knew exactly how to help me. Her grounded nature made me feel so safe and secure. Her touch was perfect and she was so amazing at knowing what to do and say. Besides being amazing the day of the birth she was so organized, professional, and supportive in the months leading to my birth. She went out of her way to make sure I would have all the tools and comforts available to me the day of the birth. We had the privilege of being with Dawn on her birthday as that is the day our baby decided to be born! Dawn was so amazing about "working" on her birthday. That's because she doesn't view being a doula as work. It's just in her nature to be a support for women. It's very apparent Dawn is so passionate about her job as a doula. She made our special birthing day/Homebirth so incredibly pleasant, peaceful, and safe. We love Dawn!
My experience with Dawn was a great one. My husband and I learned so much from her through the birth education course. She was helpful in providing support before birthing my twins at the hospital and really helped me to relax. She was always there to answer all of our questions and was super accommodating. My favorite part about the package I purchased was the postpartum care. It helped me so much to have her there to help after giving birth, especially with two babies. Her prices were also within our budget and we couldn't have been happier. I would recommend Dawn to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, dependable, caring person. She's your match!
After my son was born, I knew that if I had any more children, I would like to have a more natural childbirth experience while still giving birth in a hospital. I contacted Dawn a few weeks before my January due date. She was able to accommodate my husband and me, much to my relief! Dawn came over to discuss my ideas about the birth and to get to know us. We immediately felt very comfortable with her and knew we'd be in very caring and capable hands. I ended up having to be induced, but I was determined to avoid an epidural. Dawn was with us every step of the way on the day my daughter was born. With her support, I was able to make it through my daughter's birth without an epidural. In the days after the birth, I felt much better than I had after the birth of my son. I believe that that and the ease with which my daughter and I took to breastfeeding is due to my avoiding the epidural. And I don't think I could have made it through without Dawn. If you are looking for someone to support and guide you through a more natural childbirth experience, don't hesitate to contact Dawn!
Hiring Dawn was one of the best things I could have done during the birth of my second child. I was planning to have a VBAC and wanted it to be as natural as possible. when dawn came to the hospital, my contractions were staring to get serious. She immediately got to work on my back with massages and essential oils which helped tremendously. After a couple of hours into labor, i found out I needed a c-section. I was very disappointed but having dawn there giving me moral support helped me accept the new plan and understand that sometimes things happen because they need to happen for a greater good. So I ended up going into the OR without dawn but she couldnt been more helpful during this time, as she stayed with my older son in the waiting room so my husband could go in the OR with me. I recommend dawn to any woman who wants to feel supported and cared for in a very special way during this important time.
I had never met Dawn until the day I went into labor. My original doula was supporting another client and Dawn was her backup. Reflecting on that joyous day, I would not have had it any other way. When Dawn arrived at my home (I had a planned home birth) she completely changed the dynamic of my labor for the better. Prior to her arrival I was doing the best I could as a first time mom to stay calm and relaxed with the help of just my husband. Well despite our efforts my body went into fight or flight mode and I was fighting through each surge. Once Dawn started supporting me through the surges, I was finally able to relax a bit.
Looking back I'm amazed at how easily she adapted to me and my family as well as with the midwives attending the birth. Her calm demeanor and obvious expertise helped my labor progress quickly. Every time I would stray from being calm, all I heard was her calm voice setting me back on track. She was so helpful in keeping me physically comfortable too with masssage and warmth when needed.
I would highly suggest that anyone looking for calm and sturdy support during their labor to hire Dawn as their doula. If and when I'm blessed with another child, I will be using her again but now by choice!
My experience with Dawn as my doula was amazing! I am a mom of three and I wanted a non-medicated birth this time around. Hiring a doula made a great difference in the birthing atmosphere. I would have not been able to get through the birthing experience without her.
After the initial interview I knew right away that Dawn was the doula I would hire. She was friendly, relatable, down to earth and I felt very comfortable with her. She always drove to my house which made it easier for me because I homeschool my kids. So I didn't have to lug my crew around!
The second meeting Dawn brought a gift bag with anti- nausea candy, sample lotions, soaps, lanolin cream and coupons. She explained the various pain relieving techniques she could use. Her kindness and thoughtfulness was also expressed when she bought Dunkin Donut munchkins for the kids!
The weeks before giving birth Dawn would send me several emails and text messages to check on my well being. She was always available and responded promptly to any questions that I had.
It was very early in the morning when Dawn received a phone call from me stating that it was time. She stayed on the phone with me through several contractions to determine how ready I was. She arrived at the hospital even before me! During the labor and delivery she was able to relieve a lot of pain with back massages. She encouraged me with her positive and calm spirit. With her attentiveness she knew when I was transitioning and when to call in the midwife. The midwives and nurses at the hospital loved her and would like to work with her more frequently. They asked me to include her name on their website. The labor went by so quickly that we didn't get the chance to use other pain relieving techniques. She made my birthing experience smooth and peaceful.
I would highly recommend Dawn Oliver for any doula services that you may consider.
Working with Dawn was amazing. As soon as I met her, I knew I wanted her as my doula. She was warm and friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. Also, I decided I wanted a doula really late in my pregnancy and Dawn was incredibly accommodating and worked with me. While my birth plan did not go as expected and I ended up with a c-section, I was so glad Dawn was with me in the hospital. She was so positive and helpful, and it made me feel so better to have her at my side supporting me. I highly recommend her.
Dawn was my doula for my son's July birth. I met with several doulas and dawn had more tricks up her sleeve than the others. I knew immediately that she was "the one". The morning of my labor went better than I expected. Dawn knew what I wanted and that was to keep moving thru my contractions and not get an epidural. With her help using different positions I dilated quickly. When I wanted to give up and have the epidural she kept me going thru each subsequent contraction until I delivered. She kept me hydrated and used aromas and massage to help me manage the pain. Without dawn there I would have opted for drugs as soon as labor got intense and I would not have followed the birth plan I wanted. Thank you, dawn!
My experience with mrs Dawn was great ! I recommend you girls to choose her she Makes you feel so relax while you in pain with contraction , she stayed with me the whole time with no sleep at all although I felt bad she was like a mom to me at that point she made me laugh she distracted me she's nice, caring, & helpful she has help me a lot ! Even though I don't remember half of the stuff be cause of the epidural but what she has told me what I said while I was sleeping made me laugh I'll never forget that day <3
When I chose to get a doula I had to pick from three. Dawn was the first one that contacted me. The day I met her I felt like she was a friend. Shes so caring nice and smart. After talking to her for just a few minutes I automatically knew I wanted her as my doula.She mad my 13 hour kabor amazing. I don't think I could jave done it without her. She helped me alot with my contractions. She made my labor plan go as I wanted it to go l. She was there with me from the start even though it was christmas eve . I think anyone who chooses Dawn as their doula wont be sorry. She just doesnt do it because its her job but because she loves helping us moms to be. Thank you for everything Dawn. Your amazing
Dawn is so kind, warm and caring! I felt at ease when I first met her and she really made me feel comfortable, I knew that she would be great to have by my side during my "planned" natural birth. Unfortunately, my pregnancy did not go as planned, and I was required to spend the last five weeks of my pregnancy in the hospital and have a scheduled C-section. Although Dawn was not able to coach me through birth, she was a wonderful support during a difficult time and I am so grateful for all that she did!
The experience of labor was something that I knew I wanted to cherish instead of struggle with, and when I met Dawn I was immediately confident in her ability to help me discover a less painful, more natural way to bring new life into the world. She was both consistently professional and consistently knowledgeable, and she was there to assist with any questions I had before, during, and after birth. I have dawn to thank for helping me achieve my goal: I now have a different story than all the women who stick with the mainstream belief that birth is torturous! All in all, my expectations were exceeded, and I believe that all of dawns hard work, effort and positive energy will show throughout all her endeavors. Needless to say, I would recommend her to anybody!
To all reading this,
Working with Dawn was delightful! She was always there whenever I needed advice or whenever I had any questions! During my birthing experience she was there to not only help me but guide me in right way! I don't think my experience would've been the same with out her! Thank You Dawn!
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