Cara is an exceptional doula, and our birth experience was wonderful, thanks to her! Because we were first time parents, we signed up for Cara's doula package that included 10 hours of birth classes. The classes were thorough, evidence-based, and helped build our confidence in the birth process and our ability to navigate it. Cara helped us develop our birth plan and checked in with us regularly during the pregnancy. When our baby was found to be breech, she offered advice on methods to help encourage him to turn, including chiropractic care and acupuncture. When these methods were successful, we were overjoyed.
Cara was absolutely incredible during labor! She did so many little things that helped make me more comfortable and relaxed, including setting up a string of little lights in the bathroom, so that we didn't need to use the harsh overhead lights to see. She is extremely patient- I was in labor for 48 hours, and she maintained a high energy level and gentle demeanor the whole time she was with us. She used a variety of coping aids to help me deal with the discomfort of labor, including aromatherapy, massage, and lots of encouragement. Even though it was a long process, she laughed and talked with us during down times, which made us feel calm and empowered in the choices we made during labor. Although I had originally intended to avoid medicinal pain relief, my labor had not progressed very far, even after ~35 hours of contractions. At that point, we decided as a team that I needed rest, and we opted to get an epidural. I was sad and disappointed at that point, but Cara helped me maintain perspective and feel confident that we had made the right choice.
During our postpartum visit, Cara showed us baby wearing techniques that we use to this day.
The birth of our son was the best day of our lives, and I am positive that we would not have had such a good experience if Cara had not been with us.
December 05, 2016