Testimonial for Ildi Sebestyén & Samantha Harris

My husband & I decided to work with a doula to support us in delivering our first child because we wanted to have someone experienced there to help us through the entire birth journey. We also wanted to find someone who supported our desire to work toward an unmedicated birth, but who would continue to support us should I change my mind or medical interventions became necessary. We wanted a partner, guide, & trusted support. We found all this in Ildi.

Ildi helped my husband & I confidently prepare for birth through one on one training, & she provided great resources for us to read (pregnancy brain required me to read things more than once to retain them). She has a no-nonsense approach to the realities of birth while still guiding us with a gentle & comfortable teaching style. Not only that, but she helped us better understand how to remain in control of the care we were given at the hospital when decisions might need to be made. This confidence came in handy when the big day arrived.

Once I went into labor, Ildi came to the house & helped me not only manage my increasingly painful contractions but also ensured I got a little extra nutrition for the long haul ahead. The three of us were in sync as we headed to the hospital for what was another 19 hours of work ahead of us.

Due to unexpected circumstances I ended up with many of the interventions I was hoping to avoid. However, Ildi was there with me, supporting me in the decisions I had to make & also ensuring I was confident & comfortable with my care. She helped me realize as much of my birth plan as was possible - a true gift. When my husband needed to leave the room, I could confidently let him go knowing Ildi was there with me no matter what happened.

Ildi helped me bring a healthy baby girl into the world. Her post-partum support helped us get started in the best way possible from the first moment. For that I am most grateful.

-Jenni Swift

January 06, 2015

a photo from Ildi Sebestyén & Samantha Harris

Birth Fee: $3500 to $3750

Postpartum Rate: $65

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Birth Fee: $3500 to $3750

Postpartum Rate: $65

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