I look back on my daughter's birth 6 weeks ago and I don't remember the long hours or being exhausted from lack of sleep; I remember being supported, surrounded by caring people and feeling safe. I have Linsey to thank for these memories. From the moment she arrived at the hospital, she was the soothing voice that calmed and reassured me, kept me going and encouraged me. My husband was an amazing support to me, but there is something unique about the kind of birth support you can only get from an experienced doula like Linsey, and enlisting her help for Skylar's birth was the best decision I ever made. My birth did not go as I planned, but Linsey had me prepared to deal with unforseen circumstances and her support at decision-making moments was priceless. She acted as a much-needed buffer between me and the medical environment I was in: she translated hospital jargon into language I could understand and softened the often jarring interactions I had with hospital staff by explaining things and encouraging me to ask the right questions. I credit Linsey with helping to make the memories of my daughter's birth warm and happy. I'll forever be grateful to her for her warmth, strength and tremendous skill. She is truly an asset to the doula trade and her services a treasure to any expectant mommy.
-Betsy Owen Semmens
December 29, 2014