Hiring Christine as my doula was one of the best choices I made during my pregnancy . For my first child my sister and husband were both there , for my second my family was all to be out of state on my due date . I began to panick that I would end up laboring alone. We decided five days before my due date that we needed to hire a doula. I was a nervous wreck . As soon as Christine walked into my house I felt much more calm . We clicked right away and for the first time in this pregnancy I felt like I could go into labor and everything was going to be alright.
My son had no intentions of making his debut on anyone's schedule but his own , and for the next 2 weeks Christine checked on me at least once a day , encouraged me and told me everything was going to be alright and helped me stay strong in my convictions to not have uneccessary pelvic exams, and to not go for an induction right away. She even made arrangements to leave her family vacation should I go into labor during it . When they finally made me schedule an induction she calmed me down, and made me feel good even though I was scared out of my mind . Later that night , I went into labor naturally , and she was there for me every step of the way . Labor was fast and furious and before I really knew what was happening I called her and she told me I was in transition . We asked her to meet us at the hospital, and from then on out she held my hand, fed me ice cubes, mopped off my forehead and told me everything was going to be alright when I had less than ideal labor nurses and doctors . When I was taken out of the room to the OR for a delivery by foreceps she helped both my husband and I focus and be brave. After she captured moments on film that are beautiful and otherwise would have not been documented.
She has a loving heart and a beautiful soul. I am blessed to call her my doula . I am blessed to call her my friend.
November 17, 2015