Anne was a fantastic doula. We were impressed in our first meeting with her; she was calm, open-minded, and willing to help us with the birth plan of our choosing (whether that involved meds or not). She was very knowledgeable and clearly had plenty of experience. In the weeks leading up to the birth, she was always available and checked in frequently by text. She lent me plenty of books and CD's so I could continue to educate myself, and she answered all my questions.
My actual birth went much more quickly than anticipated (it was my first and yet I only pushed for 20 minutes!) -- yet Anne's presence there was incredibly reassuring. She talked me through the process, kept me calm when it was becoming chaotic all around me, and stayed with us for that first "golden hour" to help teach me how to start breastfeeding and to answer any questions we had. She stayed in touch afterward, checking in on us here and there, and even brought us a written narrative of the birthing process in our post-partum meeting. She was an incredible resource and we were so grateful to have found her.
January 17, 2017