Testimonial for Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt

I met Dawn through Main Line Doulas and she attended the birth of my first child in June 2014 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Although I had always planned a hospital birth, I was interested in avoiding unnecessary medical interventions, and with Dawn's help and support was able to have a completely natural birth after only 14 hours of labor. While Dawn didn't wave a magic wand to make that happen, I am confident that my labor and birth experience would have been much different without her. Both my husband and I are very pragmatic, and I was initially concerned that there would be a culture clash (for lack of a better term) when working with a doula. However, Dawn was highly professional and had no agenda beyond making my birth experience as comfortable as possible. She offered advice and suggestions both before and during labor, but never in a pushy or preachy manner. Her calm and confident presence made labor significantly less scary and stressful for me and my husband. During labor I did not want to be touched, and wanted to be left alone in a dark quiet room. Dawn kept me (really my husband) company while I labored at home, and helped decide when it was time to go to the hospital. At the hospital she helped recreate the safe and comfortable environment of home and coached me through transition. The maternity ward was especially busy that night, with the result that we were more or less forgotten about until I had to push and Dawn flagged down someone to deliver - this was actually a blessing, but only because we had Dawn's support and experience. Pushing was very fast, but both the baby and I had some slight complications afterwards. As we had agreed at the prenatal meeting, my husband stayed with the baby and Dawn held my hand while they got the bleeding under control and put me back together. That hour after delivery alone was worth the cost of Dawn's services.

I whole-heartedly recommend Dawn and hope that she will attend my future births as well.

-Liz Hackman

April 29, 2015

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Birth Fee: $1800

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $40

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Birth Fee: $1800

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $40

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