Birth Fee: $900 to $1000
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $35
Fee Details: All packages are easily customizable for the needs of your family.
Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 70 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 23 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am deeply involved in the Victoria community on issues of poverty, health and wellness. I have volunteered with the food security movement, supported employment for adults with barriers to employment, Recreation Integration Victoria, the Human Rights Coalition, Annabelle Society, Smithers General Hospital, Victoria Coalition Against Poverty, the Action Committee of People with Disabilities and I am very passionate about actively creating caring and connected communities. I have over fifteen years of experience working with various non-profit organizations, working in human rights, Inclusive recreation, legal antipoverty advocacy, high risk youth, children with special needs. I have also worked with a variety of individuals experiencing complex physical and mental conditions continues to reinforced how useful yoga can be as therapeutic tool for increased mobility and relaxation. As your doula my goal is to uphold your wishes, support you physically and emotionally with a combination of focused comfort measures, positioning options and the knowledge and experience i bring. My specialty is anticipating your needs so that you can focus on staying in the labour groove!
Languages spoken: English/Italian
Renee has such a warm and reassuring presence. My husband and I so appreciate Renee’s support during our meetings with her, and especially at the birth of our first baby. I cannot describe the relief I felt in having such a caring and experienced doula with us throughout that intense and life changing event. Renee was a reassuring and positive force both before and after the birth. She had great tips for using our space for early labouring at home, was with us for the entire birth process, and saved our sanity with her tips on getting our baby to sleep! We very highly recommend Renee and would love to have her support at our future births.
Sitting down to write this testimonial is overwhelming... because Renee is absolutely the most incredibly solid, present, competent, strong (in all ways!), and compassionate human being and doula. I knew that I wanted a doula at my birth who was trauma-informed, body positive, and who has facility with working with LGBTQI-2+ and BIPOC folx. Renee is that person, in a way that is so easeful, so grounded in her being and practice that it felt like being with (chosen) family.
Reneee was always clear in communication but not directive, she was physically strong with a mind-boggling amount of endurance and so I could LITERALLY lean on/hang on her for hours on end, she was obviously on my team and still gracious with the hospital staff. She is non-judgemental in ways I didn't know possible, and her respect for me and my decisions during birth were unshakable. I don't know how I could have weathered the birth I had without her.
I've never felt so held, so cared for, so calm in the face of a mind-shatteringly challenging and beautiful, life-changing experience. I cannot recommend Renee more. She is a gem.
Renee was an amazing doula to work with! She helped my partner and I navigate the birth of our first child beautifully. We thought of her as our calm and present birth choreographer! We would highly recommend her for anyone considering having a doula at the birth of their child and in the weeks of planning leading up to your child's arrival. We also immensely appreciated her checking in on us after our baby was born. She was always creative, thoughtful and evidence-based in her approach to doula care.
Renee was the perfect mix of sensitivity and a no-no sense attitude that gets you through. She has expertise not only as a doula but as an experienced pre- and poat-natal yoga teacher. Renee was very generous with her time before and after the birth and she was always available and checking to make sure my partner, baby and I felt supported. Her sense of humour, calmness and experience made me feel comfortable during the new and challenging experience of birth.
I've worked with Renee in a number of capacities over the past few years. She has been my yoga instructor as well as my doula for the births of both my babies. She has also supported me during those challenging postpartum days and assisted when I had struggles breast feeding my son. I can not say enough good things about working with Renee, she is extremely knowledgable, kind and cool headed. I truly believe that I would have required c-sections for both my deliveries if Renee hadn't been on my team. In the days leading up to each birth she was always available to keep myself and my husband calm and during labour she was the one we looked to for guidance. I trust Renee completely and would recommend her to any parents-to-be.
I can’t begin to explain how glad I am to have Renee during my birth experience. Renee’s warm, calm demeanor and in depth knowledge on movement and techniques to manage contractions were the reasons I wanted her as my doula initially. When I was in labour at home, Renee was able to suggest ways to make my contractions more productive and guided me through breathing techniques to manage the pain. She seemed to know exactly what I needed to hear during each contraction.
My labour progressed very quickly and suddenly, and Renee drove with my partner and I to the birthing cottage providing reassurance and guidance through contractions when I was on all fours in the back of the car. After we got to the birthing cottage, I was in transition and starting to feel the need to push and the midwives were not there yet. Renee allowed my partner and I to remain focused and calm amongst the uncertainty and continued to help me through transition, providing strong counter pressure, massage and positive affirmations.
Post-partum, Renee came over late one night for 2 hours to talk me through some difficulties with breastfeeding when I was feeling anxious and emotional. She showed me helpful techniques and gave me much needed encouragement and reassurance. We also reminisced on my birth, which allowed me view the seemingly chaotic experience in a positive and beautiful light.
Renee was my birth guardian angel, I could not recommend her services more!!
Something that you need to know about Renee is that she has an incredibly accurate intuition about people and what they need in the current moment. This was so evident to me when I first met Renee and got to know her during my prepartum and birth experience. She used this wonderful skill before, during, and after my birth. One of many examples: She walked quietly into the room when I was already in transition, and she knew exactly what I needed without me even asking. The massage she gave me was immediately comforting and reassuring. She also supported my body when I was pushing and really encouraged me to keep going when I was so exhausted and ready to give up. I ended up having a really wonderful birth experience and I know that Renee was a big part of that! Renee also came to visit the morning after we brought our daughter home, and provided some much needed encouragement and information. We are so glad we decided to hire her and would highly recommend her services!
My husband and I weren't sure at first if we wanted to hire a doula, but our midwife told us no one ever regrets it so we ended up going for it. I am so so glad we did and that we had the privilege of having Renee as that doula! Our midwives were wonderful too, but it was so amazing having Renee to manage the contractionss. For hours she and my husband physically supported me through contractionss and helped me stay focused and positive. When we finally had to go to the hospital, having someone who knew the way around the hospital was so comforting, as we had hoped for a home birth but things just didn't go as expected.
Renee also really enabled my husband to be present and calm so that he could give me the support I needed. She was so great at giving just the right amount of space and support.
I feel so grateful to have had such a great support team of family, midwives and our doula Renee. It was a long 23 hours of active labor, but the experience was so positive and empowering because I had such an awesome support team.
Get a doula! You won't regret it! Renee was worth her weight in gold!
There are no words to adequately describe the positive impact Renee had on our birth story.
This was my first baby and, while I had an idea of what birth would be like, I had no idea what my personal needs would be during that experience. That's is where Renee shon the brightest. She knew what I needed, often before I did. She knew what I needed when I couldn't communicate it and was able to translate those needs to the rest of our team. She supported me, she advocated for me and she listened to what I wanted.
She found ways to include my husband in our birth experience and make him comfortable. She made sure I was nourished and hydrated. She was strong, gentle and professional. She was amazing.
Renée was incredible!! This was my second pregnancy/delivery. I was very anxious because I had preclampsia during my first pregnancy, which led to an early delivery via C-section. That experience had left me very nervous and I was worried I would not be able to have a VBAC. I had not enjoyed the delayed post-partum recovery from the surgery and somehow felt I had missed out on an incredible experience, so having a VBAC was very important to me.
I had a very long labour, though most of it was just early labour pains, it was 40 hrs. in total. At the end I was so exhausted, I felt like giving in. I don't think I would have been able to pull through, had it not been for my husband's and Renee's encouragement. Having her there allowed my husband to get some rest, while we waited for things to progress; it allowed me to stay relaxed, and in the end remain focused through the pushing. It really made a big difference!!!
I can't convey the feeling in the room. It was a surreal experience. Thanks to her, my husband and I really connected. She reminded us of our positions, to sinc our breathing; to be with each other. I am infinitly greatful that she was there to help us have a very positive experience. She made me feel strong and confident enough to listen to my body and push through.
Renée was available through out the entire process, to answer any of our questions. She helped us navigate a bit through our emotions and get a clearer picture of what we wanted and what we were willing to give up (because things don't always go as planned). After the birth, it was great to have someone come over, to catch a break, which makes all the difference in the first sleep deprived weeks!!
I really can't say enough or how greatful I am to have had her as our doula. To me, Renée beems with positivity, strength and love and that is what we really wanted and needed with us.
Renée and I clicked right away, as I'm sure she does with everyone because she's so lovely. Her expertise and confidence calmed me, both in her yoga classes and doula services. I loved the mental and physical preparation tips she slipped into her yoga classes!
My husband found her home session fun and what she taught us became super helpful when I was in labour, so much so that when the time came, we felt comfortable doing everything we had practised just the two of us at home. Renée was a tall, nurturing, strong body for me to hang off of during contractions. Even if I knew how I would want my lower back to be massaged during the worst contractions, I wouldn't have been able to show my husband how I needed to be touched. But Renée knew just how hard to press and exactly where to do it. It was like she knew my body in labour better than I knew it myself! Also, Renée was awesome at reminding us what we learnt in our Childbirth Classes.
Renée called and visited me during the difficult 5 days of our NICU experience and after we got home. I always felt reassured from our conversations. As we debriefed, I felt more at ease. I never could have imagined the pain I went through, but also I didn't realize how empowered I would feel; I felt SO proud of my body! Renée helped me process my childbirth story and confirm it as a positive and very special memory. At home visits she brought huge containers of two different delicious homemade stews and even babysat for us while we went on a quick gym date!
Having made it through the wild ride of the birth of our sweet boy, I now have a greater appreciation for the statistic that less medical interventions are needed when a doula is coaching you! Renée pampered us every step of the way and I would HIGHLY recommend her.
I know for certain that the birth of my first daughter would have been very different without Renée by my side, even though I could not have asked more from the medical professionals and my partner who were also there. Although we ended up only using a few of the tools we had “rehearsed”, all the work we had done together made me feel safe and confident, and the few things that got me through were absolutely invaluable. I am so happy that I choose to work with Renée and I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for an experienced, reliable and wise woman to help guide them through the process of giving birth and caring for babe.
Renée was my doula for my first birth, and I would highly recommend her to anyone. (I have already recommended her to several friends!) She asked the perfect gentle question at the right moment that avoided my having a c-section, which has to count for some kind of doula diamond elite rating. Besides that, Renée brought solid physical skills and calm, wise vibes to the whole experience, from pre-planning, to the birth, to the post-partum visits.
Similarly to what some other folks have noted in testimonials, Renée asked a lot of questions to get to know my partner and I and figure out what kind of support would work for us. I am confident that she could personalize things for a wide range of people. For us, Renée brought a lot of hard physical work supporting me through almost 24 hours of contractions (pushing on my back, holding me up, fetching things) as well as practical tips on transfering from a home birth to the hospital, explanations of what was going on at the hospital, and some great post-partum stretches and breastfeeding help.
My partner and I were both really glad we picked Renée. You deserve a great doula too!
Renee is a true gem. Her warmth, openness, and approachability put me at ease from the moment we met. I knew I had found someone I could trust and rely on during this new unknown adventure. I couldn’t have imagined, though, just how much I would lean on her during my all-night labour. She was a rock. Her strength (literally – as I hung off of her and my partner during most contractions) and enduring presence helped me to push through the difficult moments when I didn’t know how to go on. She helped remind me of my own strength. Her calmness helped sustain my confidence and let me give birth without fear. Her and my partner fell into a rhythm of supporting me and holding an atmosphere of love and patience in our dimly lit hospital room. He described it afterwards as a kind of dance, and was also deeply grateful for how flexible and attuned she was. I felt safe knowing she was there regardless of how labour may go. I consider my labour/birth a very challenging but very positive experience. Renee was pivotal in that. Her visits after the birth lifted my spirits and gave great comfort to my frazzled first weeks. I cannot recommend her highly enough. The way she personalizes her services, getting to know you and what kind of support you need, I believe she could help just about anyone. I am profoundly grateful to have had her by my side. She is the real thing.
Sometimes you feel lucky in life. Like when you order a Blizzard at DQ and you're served by the kid who gives you extra Skor bits instead of too few. Or when you order movie theatre popcorn, and the person before you got the stale dredges and you get the first popped kernels of a new batch. And sometimes you feel really lucky in life. Like when you go jogging in the silent woods on a snowy day, stop to pee, and happen to choose the one tree holding an owl, still as a statue, staring down at you. Or when you look out the BC ferries window and catch a glimpse - that nobody else seemed to catch - of a pod of orcas surfacing between the foggy waves. And then sometimes you feel really REALLY lucky in life. Like when you choose Renee Ahmadi to be your doula.
Admittedly, I was skeptical at first about our ‘need’ for a doula. I thought it would take away from a special experience between my partner and myself, and that I would feel uncomfortable having a ‘stranger’ bear witness to the rawest experience of my life. But having Renee there – having her alleviate some of the very real stresses of childbirth through her strong confidence and knowledge - made it possible for my partner and I to connect more fully, for me to go inwards, dig down and do what needed to be done. And luck would have it (cause it’s hard to truly know until you’re deep into the labour and post-labour experiences!) that we chose not just any doula but someone who we both felt comfortable around, who we could joke with, who I could cry in front of, who I could hang off of in the hospital elevator in the throes of contractions, who I could text – frantic for answers - during the early days with our little one... someone I could be utterly real with.
Sometimes you feel lucky in life; decisions you made turn out to the ‘right’ ones. If you’re trying to decide on a doula, meet with Renee. You might just luck out too.
I gave Renee a testamonial for my first birth and can't believe I forgot to write one for my second in 2016! I think its so important to exmpasize how vital her role was at my second birth, which turned into a hospital instead of a home birth like my first. I can't recommend Renee enough as a doula and even when you might think "oh, I've done this before. Do I need a doula?" or maybe "I'm going to the hospital, what will my doula find to do?" For me the answer to those questions were YES and SO MUCH. She encouraged me to advocate for myself, when my experience at home hadn't prepared me for that kind of situation. My fears, disappointment and confusion found a safe place in her constant support, ideas and encouragement. Renee is professional, responsive, and a wonderful person who brings such brightness to birth space. So highly recommended by me for the second time!
Renée played an indispensable role in our home birth experience. From the first day we met her, it was easy to sense her genuine, calm, and collaborative demeanor. These characteristics were immediately palpable when my wife was in labour; Renée was able to work so calmly and effectively with us helping facilitate breathing and different positions to help labour progress, as well as alleviate the pain my wife was feeling from the surges (contractions), and reassure us that we were getting to the finish line!
Renée's presence was so helpful from early labour to delivery. I can't express how grateful I am for her incredibly collaborative and respectful approach, which allowed me (as a birthing partner) to remain calm throughout the delivery and ultimately provide more effective support to my wife during the whole process.
If you're seriously considering a doula, we highly recommend Renée, whose collaborative, positive, and calm approach help make for a more manageable (and enjoyable) birth experience (for both mom and dad).
Everything about our experience with Renée was absolutely amazing - she was such a calm, grounding presence which really helped to make my time labouring at home relaxed and enjoyable. I really had a great day, and I can’t imagine how different it would have been without her there! She was very sensitive to our needs, knew exactly when to head to the hospital, and her and my husband worked together wonderfully as a team to support me through the process. We both said we couldn’t have done it without her! Her support after the birth was fantastic too, it was great to know we could reach out to her in the early days when we were finding our feet as first time parents. We will definitely have Renée as our doula again for any future births!
I met Renee at a pre-natal yoga class at 37 weeks pregnant. I had just moved to Victoria and was preparing to deliver my second child, and I knew I wanted another home birth (my first was born on the Mainland with a different birth team). Before that yoga class even ended I knew I wanted Renee to be with me for the birt of my second!
She did a two home visits including a trial-run of labour and birth positions using props and furniture from my home. This really helped me to learn what positions I might take during labour and practice them with my partner. While preparing for my birth, Renee was very attentive, gentle, creative and encouraging. She knows so much about labour and delivery and it was very reassuring to both me and my partner to have her calm and positive energy while we mentally prepared for birth.
When I went into labour, Renee spent the night with us at our home and supported me physically and mentally through the intense process. On top of being creative and positive she is big and strong; she supported my weight in multiple positions through intense contractions when I needed physical pressure, friction or just to be held up. Throughout, she supported my breathing and calm vocalizing so I could re-direct my energy and not lose my voice or become too "in my head". She made excellent use of several yoga postures and flows while I was contracting, helping me use what I already knew in my body to keep moving through the contrqactions and "out the other side"!
When it was all done, Renee prepared food, tidied up, and left us with our infant once she was sure we were ready for that. In the following days she was attentive and supportive with breastfeeding and other post-partum issues. She even brought us a delicious lasagna!
She is a spectacular human, and a force of nature and she was exactly the right person for our second home birth! Thanks Renee.
We were so thrilled to have found Renee for the birth of our first baby, she came back for our second! ??With our family across the country we were facing labour alone until a friend opened our minds to the support, guidance and experience that a doula could offer a couple of newbies. From their referral we met Renee and immediately felt confidante with her being our choice. She was warm, friendly but so very attentive, and immediately bonded with my husband! We felt so much better on labour day for having someone that had experience and could support all aspects of the big day, even things we didn’t think about! From walking us into delivery to enduring contractions, I believe her skills made both our labours go fast and flawlessly. ?She was able to get ‘mom’ focused on moving things forward while enduring and pushing through. She helped ‘dad’ know what to do and how to be helpful. ?Our second birth was similar to our first but for complications afterwards. She was able to help other family members deal with the emergency situation and calm the storm. I, and my family are so thankful for having her!
We couldn't imagine our birth experience WITHOUT Renee. She is wonderful in so many ways. Her grounding energy, knowlege, humor and intuitive response to every need helped my husband and I feel so cared for, comfortable and supported throughout our Journey to parenthood.
My husband and I went back and fourth about hiring a doula, because the idea of finding someone that you feel completely comfortable with, to share in the insanely intimate experience of childbirth with felt a little too daunting. We took Renee's "Yoga for Labor w/Partners" class at Mothering Touch only a couple of months before our due date. We thouroughly enjoyed the class, and I instatnly felt a resonance with Renee's energy. She mentioned that she was also a doula and on a whimmm we asked her if she was available during the window of our due date. Serendipitiously, she had that very window open in her schedule, which is usually booked months and months in advance.
We are so grateful that she was available because our labor and delivery ended up being quite challenging and complex and family ended up not being the kind of support we needed. She was a rock for us during the entire experience and although our birth didn't end up at all the way we had hoped, we feel good about every choice and every step through the experience.
Renee helped with all aspects of our support. Emotional, physical, mental and communicated so well with everyone involved - Midwife, nurses, family and us.
Childbirth is one of the most intense experiences I have ever had and nothing can really prepare you for the experience due to all the unknown factors at play. Renee is an absolute gem of a human being and my husband and I are eternally grateful for her.
I wish everyone could have a Renee in their lives. The world would be a better place. :)
Renee is AMAZING! I cannot say enough about how much Renee helped me out. I had a very difficult pregnancy. I spent 11 weeks on bed rest, 3 of which were in the hospital. Renee came to my house to do body work with me while I was on bed rest. To say that I looked forward to our sessions would be an understatement. Renee worked with me to stretch and helped me to get some movement in my body in a non-weight bearing way that was safe for me while I was on bed rest. She helped to sooth the aches and pains of pregnancy and not being mobile while helping to keep me centered mentally. Prior to being on bed rest I also attended prenatal yoga classes with Renee which were also fantastic! Had I not required a scheduled c-section (for medical reasons) I would have definitely had Renee as a Doula during labour. If I am fortunate enough to get pregnant again I will be asking Renee to come over again for sessions, even if I have an uncomplicated pregnancy. Renee is such a calming presence. She knows how to help your body release the tensions of pregnancy. Highly recommend Renee!
My wife and I had arranged a meeting with renee to talk about our plan and our idea of what we envisioned for the birth of our child. What i really liked about Renee was her openness and her ability to listen. We talked for a while about what we wanted and what we were against. After that meeting my wife and I were happy and excited to pick Renee (out of close to 10 doulas). We then met 3 times before the birth talking about updates in our plan, our wants and what we pictured for Renee's role.
Renee really helped to give us information and give us a lot of confidence in the birth process.
During the birth Renee was very hands on, from the first step in the door she was helping my wife with different ways to stay comfortable, keeping her nourished, and always keeping her safe. As we went through the labour Renee was always 1 step ahead!! She helped with cold cloths, with different positions to ease my wife and with all sorts of knowledge and experience to help as well. I would recommend Renee 100% for anyone!! She really takes what you want and allows you the freedom, experience and knowledge to make it a reality!! She was so helpful in the labor and the birth!! Also my wife and I were really wanting to make sure nursing happened the best way possible and right away... she was exceptional in helping with that as well!!
Renée is a wonderful doula, we are so glad we decided to work with her! We loved the pre-birth appointments where she prepped us for the intensity of labour and showed us various poses that could alleviate the pain. Both my husband and I loved how hands on she is, from getting us correctly positioned in poses to the awesome massages that she gives! We ended up having a scheduled c-section birth, but she was there with us the whole day and then came and checked on us a number of times after the birth both at home and in the hospital. She is super caring, compassionate, and a wonderful mama-bear. :) Her presence both at the birth and before and after was much welcomed and super soothing and calming, which is exactly what we needed. Thanks Renée for a great birth experience!
I had the pleasure of having renee as my doula for my first child, I couldn't have imagined doing it without her. She was absolutely perfect. It was like she was reading my mind the whole day, she new exactly what I wanted without me having to say a word. She also kept my boyfriend involved with everything, level headed and made him feel supported with directions with out being bossy or controling at all. It all just came so natural to her, she adapted to any energy or situation.
My boyfriend and I both have large and close families and I had worries pre-birth of my delivery room turning into a party. I felt so confident once I had shared my family dynamic and wishes for the delivery room that renee would keep everything in line and sure enough without making anyone feel excluded she kept everything under control she even knew at times when I needed everyone out or everyone to stop taking with out me even asking her.
One of my memories I have from that blurry exciting crazy day was when Renee had to leave my side for a few seconds to use the washroom and i simply lifted my head to who ever was in my view and asked where is renee! My mother in law had taken over to help me through my contraction doing a great job following exactly as renee was doing but it just wasnt the same. Renee has a magical touch and a soothing yet confident voice that lifted my contractions away as they finished.
After the birth I loved having Renee come and visit it was like having a helpful family visitor she never overstayed her welcome and helped changed diapers ! my boyfriend and I both felt like we could ask or tell her anything without any judgment or awkwardness.
i tell everyone about Renee and brag about her often she is a major part of my birth story. My whole family on both sides loves her and enjoyed having her there that day.
I can't wait to have her at my future births !
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I am so proud to say that Renee was a doula for the birth of both of our sons! We could never have imagined our second home birth without her beautiful energy and incredible guidance and support that was so important to us during the birth of our first son. Once again she brought a plethora of tools to help me thru a day of labour at home. She helped me thru contractions with whatever I seemed to need in the moment; yoga, massage, music, snacks, laughter and even a tarot reading to inspire me during it all! Her words of encouragement provided much needed support at all the right moments and she somehow managed to capture many tasteful and lovely photos of the entire experience. My husband and I feel completely honoured to have had Renee as our doula!
Our experience with Renee was awesome. I first met Renee at a prenatal yoga class she was teaching. Upon discovering she was a doula, I knew I wanted her to attend the birth of my baby. She has incredible energy and a positive spirit that is contagious. This was going to be our first child and having heard many unpleasant things about birth and labor I did not want to go into delivery of my baby being afraid. Seeing as my partner/husband and I were going to be in a long distance relationship at the time of the birth, we did not know if he would make it time or the event and I wanted someone to rally for me and support me. Renee definitely lived up to my expectations. She is incredibly strong and was always ready with suggestions. Despite the outcome of the birth of our baby girl being by c-section, Renee stayed right until the end, even accompanying me into the operating room. She took pictures of the procedure and after. She worked with me during the surgery to help me stay calm and focused. Even though I was disappointed I did not have the birth experience I expected, she helped me stay positive. Without judgement she allowed me to grieve the loss of not getting to have the birth I thought was important to me. Because of her we have a beautiful, healthy baby girl and a wonderful memory of the birth experience. Renee also provided post partum doula services by bringing a meal to the house, providing a listening ear that helped me process the birth and also watching the baby for a few hours when I had to focus on filling out immigration forms. Renee is an awesome doula and she will always hold a special place in our lives in helping to bring our little girl to us and complete our little family.
Our experience with Renee was incredible from start to finish. I first met Renee during a pre-natal yoga class and by the second class my instincts told me she would be our Doula. I did not need to interview any one else, after our first "interview" it was clear to us that she possessed all the qualities we needed in a doula. Renee is a strong intelligent maternal woman with a vibrant positive energy. She was able to read us so well in our meetings that at the time of my labour she was able to take charge in exactly the way that worked for us. Leading up to the home birth of our son she lent me books and yoga equipment and we reviewed positions and strategies to prepare for birth and ease labour pains. With Renees help I felt much more prepared to have our baby at home. On the morning I went into labour, Renee arrived early and helped my labour progress with a number of tools; massage, yoga, scented lotion, walking. She prepared snacks for my husband and I and ensured we were both hydrated at all times. As my contractions progressed she guided Erik through helping me and she remained respectful of our wishes throughout. She was very encouraging to us both and seemed to do just what was needed at the exact right time. She helped make our home a warm welcoming environment for our son, playing music and keeping the fire going as I had requested. Renees insiteful words ultimately taught me just how to push and our son was born on our couch that evening. Renee brought me post-labour snacks and helped me take a shower and de-compress before joining my new family in bed. Thanks to Renee we have some beautiful photos of the event and when it was all over our home was clean. Her follow up calls, texts and visits were timely and thoughtful. I can honestly say that without Renee there were times we would have been completely lost. Any family would be incredibly lucky to have Renee as their doula as we would certainly love to have her for our next birth experience.
We first met Renee about 2 months before babv was due. From the get go we were impressed with her openness and her flexibility in giving us the care we needed. She helped us understand what ways she could support us: helping Mum-to-be in a hands-on way (massage), coaching the Dad-to-be with what to say/do, going out to buy groceries, practicing different positions….many things we had not even imagined a doula would do! I worried I would get irritated and annoyed with her during the labour. She said, no problem! She could handle it. I had a hospital birth planned and already knew I would need pain medications due to dealing with previous health issues. Renee never once made me feel lesser for not having a “natural birth.” She respected my choices. The baby decided to come early. It was 4:30 in the morning when dad-to-be called Renee. She came to sit with me on the bed for a bit and helped me breathe through the contractions. Her presence magically made them slow for a while and we all had some rest. It was a big help having Renee in the car with me on the way to the hospital. This let dad focus on the driving and know mama was in good hands. Renee stayed at the hospital with us, supporting us throughout. I unexpectedly had had a transfer of care from my midwives to a doctor I did not know just a few days previous and so my husband and Renee were the only familiar faces, I was so glad we had a doula at that moment! I had a tough labour which required a great deal of coaching. We experienced a significant turnover of nursing staff. Renee provided consistency throughout which helped me deal with having six different nurses in 8 hours. After the baby was born Renee was very helpful visiting us at home and providing assistance on everything from dealing with post labour pains to how to wear different baby carriers. Renee was an invaluable part of son’s birth and I would not hesitate to use or refer her services again.
Renée was amazing! She was confident and knowledgeable, full of suggestions and always positive. She was so encouraging and seemed to know exactly what was needed without anyone having to ask. Being a doula seems to come so naturally to her, and it was evident the entire time that she enjoyed her role and appreciated being able to share our experience. She was also extremely professional, came to meetings preparEd and always punctual. Although ours was only her second birth and she was not charging us for her services, she still organized a backup doula and even arranged a meeting with her. She is 100% reliable. She made sure during our meetings before the birth that she understood what type of people we are and what would be helpful to us. She is one of those people who really seems to listen and absorb what you say. During labour and delivery she was so supportive, anticipating every need and offering suggestions. I cannot say enough good things, we had such a positive experience. If we decided to have another baby, I would love to have Renée there again, and I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.
In those days after the 'due date' (which I was determined wouldn't affect me but it did) waiting for labour to start really took its toll and I became anxious and weary. We did some relaxation and yoga stretches to determine what I best responded to for labour. We texted each other that week constantly with my "is this it?" type of questions. It felt great to have someone to just ask questions without the feeling of nagging my midwives with false alarms. I was impatient, but never worried.
Renee helped me labour at home through the night while my husband slept for a few hours to conserve his energy. As a first time mom, we had no idea how long this would be! Renee kept me on a schedule of peeing, drinking and eating to keep my energy up. Not just the food itself, but the act of having 'something to do' other than just waiting for more contractions... it was fantastic. I felt I was taking the offensive, rather than just desperately grasping at some form of defense against this monster of labour.
We found what worked for me (the shower) and worked it hard. Everything was absolutely my choice... but she was there to offer me advice and options without asking stupid questions like "what is your pain like? Rate it on a scale of one to ten." She is smart enough to know what I looked like and sounded like and made those judgements herself.(Have I mentioned I LOVE doulas?)
I laboured for over 8 hours with virtually no dilation to show for it and still ended up giving birth to my daughter in the water in my home just a few short hours after that. Without Renee I would have surely given up on home birth due to exhaustion and discouragement.
Renee was the first face my sweet baby saw and as the midwives were taking care of us she cut the cord (my man is a little squeamish ;)
Next time I'm knocked up, I'm calling Renee. She is the best.
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