Working with Gabe Lazarus was an absolute delight. I'd sought a doula for birth no. 2 as part of my plan to have it be a completely different birth experience from birth no. 1, and Gabe played an important role in helping me achieve this. Gabe is extremely warm, supportive, and down to earth -- just the sort of presence you need when things get intense (as they did in my crazily intense and unmedicated 2-hour labour). The prenatal meetings with Gabe were highly informative and helpful, including about post-partum recovery, and she herself was easily accessible whenever I needed to contact her by text or phone call. The emotional support Gabe offered in the weeks leading up to the birth, as well as during it and just afterwards, was perhaps even more valuable than the many, and extremely helpful suggestions Gabe offered regarding the physical aspects of labour (especially pain management). My husband found her presence very reassuring as well. Gabe also went the extra mile, as in popping over to my place with suggestions (e.g. about acupressure points) about what might encourage my overdue baby to decide to start arriving (and these appeared to have their desired effect - the contractions started in earnest that same evening!) Her upbeat, positive affirmations during labour were tremendously encouraging and helpful. She and a wonderful midwife from the Women's Health Alliance, Chapel Hill (Sue Holliday), were the best imaginable birth team for my delivery at Duke Regional Hospital. I recommend Gabe very warmly, without reservation!
July 14, 2016