I chose the doula team, Mariah and Iidi because I liked the way that they complemented each other and liked the breadth of knowledge they supplied in all aspects of birth
During the time of my birth, Mariah was on-call and arrived at the hospital
What I really liked about Mariah
-She was helpful in suggesting positions for me to try at home (and later at the hospital too) since my water broke and contractions hadn't started and also talked to me about what the midwives may want me to do so I could anticipate my answers ahead of time.
-She is innately maternal and has a very calming presence - I distinctly remember during the most painful part of my labor when I was in a tub she was pouring water over and it was so soothing
-She read the non-verbal loud and clear. During the most painful parts of my contractions, she could tell if I needed my space, if I needed to sit on the birth ball, if I just needed to breathe
-She was proactive in making sure I was drinking, eating and trying to get the rest I needed; and also making sure my husband got to rest a bit. Mariah was an advocate for me when everyone else in the room (myself included) was focused on the baby arriving.
Mariah was also awesome during the 2 postnatal appointments at home since I was still recovering, in a daze and was trying to understand what happened. It was good to have someone come over, hug you and say "all of this is very normal, you are doing great"; sometimes that's all you need to hear!
November 11, 2015