I am more of an anxious person when it comes to health issues thus knew I wanted to hire a doula to assist me on my journey towards a natural, medication-free birth of my first child. My husband and I met with a number of doulas but felt that Joanne was the right person for us. Our son was born after 8 hours of birthing time without any problems or complications. It was so great to know that I had Joanne 'on my side.' In fact, 'enjoyable' is not quite the right word to describe my son's birth, but I would do it again any time (I am quite content raising one child, however). I believe that my short and okay-pain birth stemmed from my hypnobabies practice. Joanne played a critical role in teaching and practicing hypnobabies with me. Relaxation is so important when giving birth and NOTHING prepared me better than Joanne's exercise of birthing a stuffed animal (a giant carrot in our case ;-) To this day, I believe that having gone through all the steps of birthing beforehand with Joanne gave me the confidence to do it again and let nature do the rest in that hospital room. Cannot thank her enough for her support, wisdom, encouragement and belief in me, the baby, and nature.
July 03, 2016