Amber is wonderful! I really can't emphasize enough how perfect she is for the very intimate and important role she plays as a doula. She is calm, caring, intuitive, incredibly informative and fully committed to supporting you in your preparation for birth and in having a positive birth experience. She has a comfortable and comforting energy that is invaluable for all stages of birth preparation, labor, and post-partum support.
For my family, my husband's recent cancer diagnosis and treatment kept us from attending birth classes and added delicacy to our situation as first time parents - as well as the presence of many family members for all our meetings and our birth! Amber was supportive of all of us, answering our many questions and helping the whole family through my labor and delivery.
In our pre-birth meetings, Amber took special efforts to provide information and to help us to prepare and develop a birth plan in absence of birth preparation classes.
My labor was 22 hours and Amber was by my side providing comfort and support both at home and at the hospital. I think she was rubbing my back for most of that time! Her words of guidance and encouragement were so grounding and helpful. She also made sure my husband was taking care of himself throughout the long night and day.
We encountered several minor complications during my labor which necessitated decision-making and some diversion from my birth plan. Amber was a wonderful advocate and asked great questions of the medical staff that helped us to make informed decisions. I felt that I had a steady partner who was entirely dedicated to ensuring that I felt informed and empowered despite the complications - and with her support, I did!
Her follow-up meeting and post-partum doula support providing overnight nanny support have been equally caring and helpful. I am so grateful that we found Amber and can't imagine better support for first time parents like us!
May 17, 2016