We welcomed our twin sons June 20th, 2016. We hired Leah while planning our cesarean birth. As a doula myself, I knew the benefits of having a doula, but there is nothing that can capture, in words, the support that Leah provides. Leah is extremely knowledgeable in all birthing methods, but has a great deal of experience with surgical birth. She prepared me for the sensations of a cesarean, the room, the plan, the experience. She touched base with me often and provided resources and planning assistance for my birth. She helped me to *own* my decision to birth by cesarean, and supported my choices with nonjudgemental and unbiased support.
Leah helped us to navigate our emotions before our birth. She was in the OR with us and helped me to stay focused and calm. She reassured my husband and I, and she gave us space to experience the moment of hearing ur babies cry for the first time. She took some pictures to help me to remember the space in which we birthed our sons. After our birth, she stayed and helped me get settled into my room. While in recovery, she helped welcome my family and my husband's family and supported us as we nursed our boys.
In our time postpartum, Leah visited (and brought me a coffee, how fabulous) and texted. She provided space to process our birth, she talked to me, discussed birth, parenting, nursing, etc.
I can't actually identify all of the ways in which I felt Leah's support. She helped filled all the gaps in my birth plan, in my confidence, and allowed me to have an AMAZING cesarean birth.
I'm forever thankful to her, and would recommend her to anyone.
Thank you Leah!
-Molly Miller Staples
July 22, 2016