I chose Adelaine as my doula as she is highly experienced, passionate about childbirth and the transition to motherhood and calming. I could not have made a better choice -- I very much believe that having Adelaine as my doula was one of the biggest reasons that I had the birth I wanted. This was my first baby and I had a long labor (about 25 hours). Adelaine was with me for most of it, spending about 12 hours with me at my house laboring at home with me and then continuing to provide me with support when I went in to the Birth Center. She provided some structure to my time laboring, got me out of the house to do helpful activities like walking, focused me, gave me confidence that I could do it, and provided me with different options when my contractions followed an irregular pattern. She also helped to ensure that I didn't go into the Birth Center until I was in active labor and ready to be there by helping me understand where I was at in the process and what I needed to do to help amp the labor up.
I remember one reviewer commented that Adelaine reminded her of an older sister, and I couldn't agree more. She is very calming and provides you with confidence. Adelaine also provided strong support before and after the birth of my baby, meeting with myself and my partner, as well as my mom, who was also with me during my labor. Anything that was important to me, she took note of and made a very conscious effort to work towards with me.
If you are considering having a doula, I would highly recommend Adelaine. The price of a doula may seem like a lot, but for the amount of time, energy and effort Adelaine puts in, she actually warrants much more. She truly will help you to have the birth experience that you want, which in my mind is absolutely priceless. She is also an invaluable resource for issues on breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and many other motherhood areas.
January 23, 2015