Linda was an amazing support to me prior, during and after giving birth. I am grateful to have Linda in my life. In months leading up to birth, she provided education and recommendations of resources and networks to tap before baby came. She is always full of lots of info and provides it in a caring way. When you haven't given birth before, you don't necessarily know what you will want during that event. How could you know? But, she helped me by putting it in perspective and helped to prepare me emotionally. And even now, I still am gaining perspective from birth and being a mother. She got me on a track to a healthy happy birth and relationship with my child. If I had gone it alone, I don't know where I would be.
During birth, Linda provided expert support in positioning, breathing and normalizing natural birth. She kept me relatively calm. She allowed me to let loose and scream like an ape and beat the bed and then helped reign me back in and breath with the contractions. Honestly, my husband was there the whole time, but Linda was who I wanted in front of me. I wanted a natural childbirth experience and I got it. My midwife did awesome per birth plan with no vaginal checks until she suspected me to be in transition. She allowed the process to flow without interruption. When it was time to push, the baby was not in ideal position. So, it took many efforts to reposition my body. We were all over the room. I wasn't always physically comfortable, but Linda pressed on with the positions because she knew what needed to be done. And she did it with such care that I trusted her. And the baby finally shot out unexpectedly quick after such struggle! And life has never been the same.
She provided postparteum support visits and continues to be part of my life. I had a child and at the same time gained a friend and ally in Linda. She is genuinely concerned, informed and invested in the wellbeing of Moms, Children and Families.
January 15, 2017