This testimonial is long over due! As I gear up for my third birth, I am reminded that I never completed this testimonial that is so deserved. We hired Diana as our doula fairly late in my pregnancy. In spite of this she was still able to schedule our preparations visits with ease and by the time I went into labor we felt very comfortable with, and supported by her. Prior to the birth, she helped us put together a detailed birth plan, and gave us some helpful tips for labor management. On the evening I went into labor, she met us at our home, provided support with labor and helped us decide when to head into the hospital. Once at the hospital she continued to provide amazing support to both myself and my husband. She gently reminded my husband of specific ways he could both comfort me and advocate for me. With her support I was able to experience the unmedicated labor that I had wished for. Although, in the end, I required a c-section, I felt confident that we had tried everything we could and that it was the safest decision. Because Diana was familiar with some of the hospital staff, she was allowed to be in the OR with us. She stayed with my husband to calm his nerves while i was being prepped for surgery, took invaluable photos for us as our son was born, stayed with me as I was being closed so that my husband was free to have skin to skin with our son as they waited for me, accompanied us to recovery to assist in facilitating feeding, and finally to our room until we were settled in. Overall, Diana was very professional, but mostly felt like having a very good friend or family member with us. She was calming, supportive, knowledgeable and extremely effective. After the birth, my husband admitted that he was initially unsure about the necessity of a doula, but he now exclaims that Diana was "worth her weight in gold". We recommend her without hesitation.
April 30, 2015