Birth Fee: $1900 to $2200
Fee Details: Please see my website to get a little bit of a feel for me, my thoughts about birth, and what my fees include. There are additional reviews on yelp. Email me to request a complementary consultation.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 60 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: San Jose, CA
Patient. Calm. Reassuring. Well researched.
I have used doulas for each of my three births now. This was by far the most amazing experience with doula care I had received/could have wished for! Wendy and Kersti were incredibly positive, level headed and responsive. We are forever grateful for their emotional and physical support of our birth experience.
Due to nearing 42 weeks, I went to Wendy for MFR and induction massage. INCREDIBLE. So wonderfully powerful! And not only did she ensure that I was physically ready, but she later graciously emotionally checked in with me to assure we were all set, which I have found is sometimes overlooked and harder for some doulas or mommas to do. During/ after the birth, Wendy was spot on in sensing what I might need or want, and more.
I could write many many more glowing reviews of Wendy and Kersti- instead, I suggest you contact them and find out for yourself how wonderfully unique, knowledgeable and PHENOMENAL they truly are!
Wendy was really like an guardian angel looking after us during delivery of our first child. She is an amazing resource for everything from prenatal care, labor and delivery to postnatal care!
I had to be induced with Cervidil at the hospital. Wendy gave me induction massage which was very relaxing as well as effective. I was in labor in 3-4 hours after that. Having Wendy in that crazy and intense time was such a blessing. She was calm and composed. She was around for quite some time even after the birth of our baby and also helped me breastfeed for the 1st time. Earlier my husband was not much in favour of having a Doula but he really liked Wendy’s energy. Now, after the delivery he thinks that it was a great decision. Even after the delivery, she continues to be a great resource for us about postnatal care. Both of us are forever grateful to Wendy for being part of our birth journey, we highly recommend her!
Wendy provided unbelievable support before, during and after my labor and delivery. My partner and I felt much more prepared for the birth after our meetings with her, and she was responsive and helpful in the lead up to labor. One we got to the hospital, I can't imagine what we would have done without her - Wendy was a never failing source of encouragement, ideas, and positive energy. Her coaching through labor and her support of my choices even when they deviated from the natural birth plan we discussed prior to the day were indispensable. And though it wasn't the birth I expected, the support, information on alternative options, and space to make informed decisions that Wendy provided helped me be completely comfortable with the birth we had. My partner was particularly appreciative of Wendy's expertise in supporting labor, which allowed him to focus on his expertise in supporting me. I'm so glad we found Wendy!
There are no words to describe the joy and gratitude we felt for having Wendy at our side during the delivery. She was so wonderful and comforting that it made my 24hr labor bearable, especially towards the end of it. Wendy is a very caring, understanding, & experienced doula.
We hired Wendy about three weeks prior to my delivery. I was due in April but my son decided to come two weeks early. The moment we met her, she greeted us by our names with so much warmth and enthusiasm that we knew she was the right one for us. Her energy is awesome! All doulas have similar skills, techniques and knowledge but it's how connected they are to you that matters most. Wendy connected with us from the beginning and we're so fortunate to have her.
We had a couple of prenatal meetings which she taught me positions and stretching ways to cope with my sciatica. She showed me how to use different items to help open up more space for my baby inside.
On the day of my delivery, we called her as soon as we were admitted in the hospital. She came right away and changed the ambiance of the room by using an aromatherapy scents that helped soothe my nerves. We also started to walk and tried the different positions to help speed the labor process. She coached my husband and I all through-out the day. She took care of me and was focused on me the entire time. When it came time for the delivery, she reminded me on my breathing and helped me with the pain. Wendy was amazing! My goal was to deliver safely and without complications and Wendy helped me achieve that goal for my son and myself.
I would highly recommend her and would love to have her again (for my second pregnancy). She made the birthing experience better for us which is something very important to us. I will never forget her because my son is born day before her birthday so we both celebrated something very special.
Wendy is a gem. She supported us through the last month of pregnancy and my successfully unmedicated delivery of our first son. During the two prenatal meetings at my home, she asked lots of questions, and was attentive and supportive. The best thing that came from this time was the relationship we built. Wendy made us feel completely at ease, and I knew I could trust and rely on her. She has an uplifting, cheerful, calming presence: exactly what you want with you during labor and delivery!
During early labor, I kept in touch with Wendy via text. When I felt unable to cope well on my own, we called Wendy, and after hearing about my mood and contractions, she advised that it may be better to head to the hospital instead of having her come to our house. Wendy met us at the hospital with some breakfast she had picked up, helped us get settled, and started some aromatherapy.
Largely due to what she learned about us at the prenatal meetings, Wendy perfectly saw where I needed a different support than what my great husband was providing. She soothingly whispered me verbal encouragement, helping me visualize the progress my body was making and how strong I was. She would go get ice chips, wash clothes, turn on music, etc. so my husband could stay with me. Constantly in tune with my needs, she would steadily do one coping aid as long as it was being effective, but had a new thing to suggest as soon as she saw I was struggling again.
Wendy's support and encouragement was instrumental in having a satisfying birth experience. Throughout the entire thing (with the exception of about 30 minutes of pushing, if I'm going to be honest!), I felt in control, confident in my ability and strength, and honestly excited. Afterwards I felt like a superhero, which is a great way to start out motherhood. :) Wendy fostered many of these feelings and her support, both physical and emotional, was unparalled.
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