I hired Gabe after interviewing several doulas in the area and she was a blessing through the whole experience! I started my search for a doula late in my pregnancy as I wasn't sure if my husband would be able to attend the birth. Gabe was very warm and supportive from the start and excellent at tailoring the experience to my needs as this was my 2nd baby. I went past my due date, and Gabe was regularly in touch via phone calls/texts/emails. My husband was present when labor started, and Gabe kept in close contact and joined us at the hospital when she was needed. She was very responsive to things that I requested and proactive about what might be beneficial for me during the labor and delivery process. We were limited in the techniques we could try because of continous fetal monitoring requirements but Gabe had great suggestions throughout the process that kept me as comfortable as possible in the early part of labor. She worked really well with my providers, especially my nurses, and we would offer her interpretation to ensure that we were all on the same page regarding the care I was receiving. I wanted a minimal-intervention birth and this would not have been possible without Gabe! She kept me focused on my goal when the contractions and pain progressed very quickly and did not leave my side during the final stages of labor. My husband felt that your presence tremendously helped him stay focused and reduced his anxiety, especially when compared to our previous experience. He was able to follow your lead and suggestions throughout the process and felt that we would not have been able to achieve the birth experience (minimal interventions and deliver vaginally) without you. We would definitely hire Gabe again!
July 23, 2016