Client Testimonials for Emma O'Brien

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Megan Donovan

Emma has been such an amazing resource to both my myself and my husband during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Her sage advice and calming presence made a world or difference, and her personal care and attention far exceeded any other medical professional we had worked with. When some unexpected issues came up during labor at MGH, Emma really helped my husband and I stay calm and focused on the end result (our beautiful baby girl!) Small things she provided like essential oils, candles and organic chicken broth (since I couldn't eat with an epidural) made our hours in the hospital somehow feel a bit more like a relaxing spa. Her responses to all of our questions were prompt and thorough, and all of our meetings in person felt like chatting with a friend (who happened to know anything and everything about pregnancy and childbirth!) When I was having some issues breastfeeding postpartum Emma was the first person I reached out to for advice. As a first time mom I often feel overwhelmed and like I have no idea what I'm diong, but knowing that I can reach out to Emma makes me feel a lot more confident. We can't recommend her enough!

Posted 11/25/2017

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Elizabeth Bernardi

Emma is amazing! We got to know her through a series of prenatal visits, and she made us feel incredibly comfortable with the idea of having someone so new to us in the delivery room with us. By the time I went into labor, she felt like a friend, and I was thrilled to have her as a support person. She was with us through a very long and traumatic birth, and she was calm, encouraging and supportive of both of us (my husband and me) throughout the birth. It was so reassuring to have her with us, both because of her delighful personality and presence and because of her wealth of knowledge. When I had an emergency c-section, Emma met me in the recovery room while my husband with with our son to the nursery. I was so, so happy to see her.

After our birth, Emma visited regularly to provide postpartum support. She knows exactly what new parents need and she fit herself right into the rhythm of our postpartum life, tossing the laundry in, emptying the dishwasher, and creating delicious and inventive meals for us using whatever happened to be in our refrigerator. She knows all about food intolerances and has made us wonderful gluten-free and paleo meals. We also can't say enough about how she interacts with our infant son -- we've felt so comfortable leaving him in her arms while we nap!

I wish I had had the opportunity to use her placenta encapsulation services (unfortunately, I wasn't able to take my placenta due to infection), but as an herbalist, Emma has supported my postpartum recovery with hormone-balancing and milk support teas that are so delicious and nourishing, they've become a part of my daily routine. 

She has reassured two brand new parents that our experiences are normal -- this is invaluable! -- and she has really helped us to process the challenges of our birth experience and adapt to our new life as parents.

We would strongly recommend Emma to anybody looking for a birth or postpartum doula.

Posted 11/12/2017

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Andrew Horton-Hall

I can't say enough about what Emma did to help us through the birth of our son. She was incredibly supportive, helpful, knowledgable, and insightful as we approached zero hour. She even helped me to take a breather and enjoy the gorgeous summer weekend for a bit while my wife was entering labor. Our son is about a year old now, but we're very thankful for Emma and the work that she did to help us through all of this. Thank you Emma!

Posted 8/28/2017

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Zipporah Legarde

I have put off writing this review because I don't even know where to begin, but in a good way!

My Little One was born on February 24, 2017, and is currently 12 weeks old. I knew from the moment I found out I was pregnant I really wanted as natural and low-intervention a birth as possible. I was connected with Emma via a member of my queer cooperative community in Lower Allston, who works in Reproductive Justice. Honestly, I put off contacting Emma until I was in my third trimester; with moderate PPD and the tension and ultimately absence of my child's other parent, I was frozen when it came to figuring out a birth plan. I couldn't imagine a ~*perfect birth*~ given the circumstances. And as I had a very non-traditional family/community, it was hard to navigate the waters when my crew was so different from the standard. I had many issues even in Boston with misunderstandings from medical personnel of my support team.

But Emma stayed in touch. She called and texted me, reminding me she was available and willing to work for me. Finally, I called her and discussed all the issues I was struggling with. She was so sympathetic, and this was before I even officially hired her. She made herself available, often driving between 20-30 minutes to see me. I believe she drove to me 3 xs for simple meetings to discuss the possibility of her being my doula! When I went into labor around 9:30am on the 24, a FRIDAY, Emma basically came straight to the hospital for me. Though this is my first child, my labor was a total of 4 hours. I labored in a bathtub, and Emma used an array of techniques, my favorites being aromatherapy, and this subtle, yet amazing, fan.

Emma is kind, and has the sort of demeanor that is just comforting. I regret not hiring her sooner only because I could have put my mind at ease so much sooner! Please hire her, I don't think you can make a better choice.

Posted 5/21/2017

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Therese Fleisher

Emma supported me through my VBAC. Instead of a birth that came naturally as I had expected, I had to be induced for preeclampsia. This involved a 3 day induction that Emma supported my husband I through. I was very comitted to having a VBAC but felt a little under pressure from OBs at the hospital to go for another C section (despite no medical necessity). Emma gave me information and the confidence to wait it out and allow the pitocin to do its work over 2 days and then progress into actual labor. I truly believe that without Emma's support and guidance I wouldn't have made it there. She was such a great support during the 2 hours of pushing as well and encouraged me through such an intense experience. I am so happy we worked with Emma and wholeheartedly reccommend her. If you are interested in speaking more about my experience I am more than happy to chat with you about it. 

Posted 2/4/2017

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Samantha Kravitz

Ema was kind and supportive throughout my pregnancy. She was confident, calm, and adressed all of my concerns very quickly. As an herbalist, she made me some fantastic teas and a sitz bath that helped me cope with my symptoms during pregnancy and post partum. She also encapsulated my placenta which was very helpful. Since I was late to go into labor, it happened that another one of her clients went into labor just before I did. Of course, I was nervous that this could happen. However, Emma was available to us and there for us. She helped us communicate our needs with the hospital staff. She came to see us when we got home offering advice, support, and helpful healthcare items.  I couldn't ask for a better experience. Emma is top notch!

Posted 10/27/2016

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Emma is amazing!  She is very knowledgeable, kind, caring, supportive, professional, and gentle.  She also has many resources.  All of our meetings were great and she addressed all of my concerns and questions with lots of patience.  

My labor was 42 hours long, with about 31 of that in the hospital.  Emma arrived on Tuesday night and stayed until Thursday morning.  She was dedicated.  When my birth plan went out the window, she was there to support me. I couldn't have done it without her!


~Jess D

Posted 10/25/2016

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Caroline Cheong

My husband and I really enjoyed working with Emma.  She was very accomodating with our little one's early arrival on Christmas Eve and stayed with us through the entire labor.  She brought electric candles and essential oils, which were a great help during the tough times.  She also wasn't afraid to jump in for whatever was necessary.  In terms of post-partum care, Emma has been a huge help with our new little one and helping me adjust to motherhood.  Again, she's great at taking inititiatve and doing what needs to be done without me telling her.  The best part though is that she's a fantastic cook, which is so necessary when the last thing you want to worry about is what's for dinner.  We love working with her! 

Posted 2/25/2016

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Sarah Wolfson

Emma has been a huge help to me post-partum.  I have a 3 month old and have used Emma for both placenta encapsulation and post-partum care.  She was amazing, picking up my placenta at 3am from the hospital and then hand deivering the miracle pills 2 days later to my house!  Who does that?! Emma, that's who!  My husband was so impressed at how calm and relaxed the pills made me and he now swears by them and urges all of my pregnant friends to do it too.

My husband started a company when I was 9 months pregnant and it keeps getting busier.  He suggested I hire someone to help me with the baby and let me get a break, as he will be working too much to help a lot.  The first person I thought of was Emma.  Luckily, she was available and i've had her come between 3-5 times a week.  She is the only non-family that I trust with my daughter and my daughter loves her.  

I highly recommend Emma for anything that has to do with babies, doula care, placenta pills and post-partum care! 

Posted 1/17/2016

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andrea woelfel

We immediately felt a connection with Emma upon meeting her at the Mama&Me Meet the Doulas night in JP. Her vibe is laid back, friendly, organic and soothing. Finding a Doula that was in touch with LGBTQ issues was a must and Emma was perfect. She is very professional and has a tight working relationship with her back up doula; she also has great connections to other resources we used throughout the process. Emma made several visits to our house to get to know us and our vision for our birth. Our dogs loved her, which rocked. Although due to complications we couldn't encapsulate or print the placenta, she was set to offer a awesome Placenta package that we were super excited about including encapsulating, art print, etc. Our birth, of course, went nothing like our birth plan & vision but Emma was there for me throughout the process. Leading up to induction, she offered as much support and natural intervention as possible including her own tea and connecting me to an accupunturist. She even created a perfectly scented essential oil for me. During labor, she was a constant source of strength and encouragement, keeping my focus on my own goals and intentions. After the birth, Emma came to the house to make sure we were adjusting and to assist us with starting our new life with baby. We had some greivances w/ the hospital regarding the placenta and she also acted on our behalf in effort to resolve the issues, sadly to no avail, but her efforts were much appreciated. We did not take her up on it, but as part of her service she did offer to do our laundry, sweep our floors, do anything! She is for sure dedicated and I would easily recommend her to my friends. 

We have a beautiful, healthy baby girl and we are so happy Emma is part of her story. :)

Posted 7/31/2015

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Diana Griffith

We're so happy we chose Emma as our doula. From the first email through the first phone call and then the first meeting, we just felt like she got it-both who we are and what we wanted from a doula. She came by for several pre-labor visits, just getting to know each other and she'd share different strategies and tips for the final weeks. She was extremely conscientious about scheduling, making sure we not only had a backup doula for when she had a previously-scheduled weekend away, but that we met the backup doula so we'd feel comfortable should we need her. Luckily, my wife went to term, and Emma was back in plenty of time. 

We stayed in touch with Emma through texts an emails, with Emma giving encouragement and advice, then when she started doing induction (twins that went full term, some blood pressure, so midwife encouraged us to start induction), Emma was right there with support and commiseration.

When my wife finally went into labor, she came over at 4 am, helped us get ready to go to the hospital, including making sure we ate something, didn't forget anything, and actually locked the house. At the hospital, she helped with pain relief, she helped us make sense of what the doctors and nurses said, she got waters and juices or stayed with my wife while I stepped out to make a phone call or get snacks, and she was just there. All night, and all day, and all into the second night. When my wife found she had to have a c-section, Emma came in with us and helped us both stay calm, she stayed with my wife while I went with the babies, and then helped with recovery, and then to top it all off, she went to meet our older son and take him to school, showing him pictures of his new little brothers and helping him feel like part of everything! She also made great teas that helped before labor and after, with milk production.

Truly, she did all we'd hoped and more, and we can't imagine making it through having twins without her! 

Posted 7/29/2015

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Mayiris Inoa

I met Emma through my social worker, and I have to say it was the best recommendation I ever had. Emma was my doula for my first born child, just a week ago. She was nothing but great help throughout my entire labor; she truley lives up to the doula standards, nothing but calm, supportive, and positive. She made me feel nothing but comfortable throughout my entire labor. Not to mention, she accomodated me with such an ease, even with my late request of service, and very understanding and supportaive about my family lifestyle and financial stability. I would recommend any pregnant woman to Emma because I know that she will deliver. Apart from her doula expertise, she's also a herbalist. Her suggestions on herbal remedies for both health and relaxation helped out tremendously. I wouldn't of asked for better service, she was nothing but great, not only to myself but my family as well.

Posted 4/27/2015

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Chandra HG

Emma was my duola for my very first child just two months ago. We found her in the last month of my pregnancy through a chain of recommendations from friends of friends. She was very accommodating of our late request for her service, and supportive of our alternative lifestyle and family structure. She helped us expand our toolbox with her knowledge of different techniques and prepare for labor by practicing those techniques. I gave birth at the Cambridge birth center with Emma and my partner attending. She was a calm positive presence and an excellent partner to my partner. Between the two of them I received constant care and attention. It was a natural, no drugs labor and throughout the process I felt loved and supported.

Posted 3/12/2015

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Sophie Overshiner

I met Emma through a friend. It was towards the beginning of both my pregnancy and her journey as a doula. Emma met with me on a weekly basis to share information on movement, nutrition, herbal support and birth planning. Emma was and continues to be an incredible and reliable resource; any recommendation she makes, she backs up with literature and research. We practiced streches and different pain coping mechanisms, and thanks to her I made it through a very heavily-medically-monitored non-medicated birth! During labor she was a constant, yet somehow non-invasive calming presence. She made helpful suggestions about how to move, how to cool off, how to warm up,how to massage, and how to leave me alone when I needed it. I'm not sure the nurses would have remembered to give me my son if she hadn't reminded them after they cleaned him up!!

I honestly cannot say enough about this woman. Not only did she support me through my pregnancy, and a fast and furious birth, she provided welcome information, recipes, and emotional support post-partum. She wrote up our birth story when I was too tired to! I would recommend her to absolutely anyone, and know without a doubt that she could make any birth or reproductive experience or choice more informed, more comfortable, and more peaceful. I am so grateful to have met her!

Posted 8/15/2014

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