Testimonial for Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt

I was interested in obtaining a VBAC. The reason was that I wanted to avoid C-section recovery while having to care for a newborn again. Not fun!

It soon became clear that my OBGYN practice was not going to be the best bet for achieving this goal.  We decided to switch to a midwife and hire a doula.

Dawn was very comforting and knowledgable during my pregnancy.  She has had four kids, after all! We talked about my plan and practiced pain relief techniques.  I wasn't planning a medication free birth, but wanted to get through early labor without an epidural to prevent risk of stalled labor.  I actually still use those techniques in my day to day life, such as when I stub a toe, hit my funny bone or my kids are just generally screaming!

My VBAC was successful.  It was such a different experience than my first birth.  Still, there were challenges.  My epidural wore off, leaving me uncontrollably shaking.  I was cramping and couldn't have Advil right away.  I was tired and hungry.  My husband and mom were watching over my daughter, who was being measured and weighed.  During this time, Dawn fed me graham crackers and gave me sips of Gatorade.  Invaluable!

I highly recommend Dawn.  She is a great doula and a great person all around.

-Kate Lenahan

March 09, 2017

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Birth Fee: $1800

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $40

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Birth Fee: $1800

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $40

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