My husband and I met with Gabe for an introduction prior to requesting her doula services. This was a free initial meeting and was nice to ensure that we were a good match. After she explained her services and provided paperwork, we hired her as our doula. We met with Gabe one time prepartum. It was a beneficial meeting as we were going to be first-time parents. Gabe educated us on a lot of the basics--what to expect in the delivery room kinds of things. We were to meet one more time prior to the birth but I went into labor 6 weeks early. My husband called Gabe on a Saturday morning--six weeks before she was expecting us--and she came to the hospital when it was apparent that I was indeed going to give birth. She was enormous help and comfort for the labor and delivery. Since we did not get the second prepartum meeting, she was able to help guide my husband in real time as to good techniques to help me with pain and to keep focus. I was able to maintain my spirit and determination enough with the help of Gabe and delivered naturally without needing an epidural. This would not have happened had we not had Gabe there. Gabe then kept in communication with us about the condition of our baby and met us in the hospital to talk about our birth experience. I also had the belly binding and Reiki sessions, which helped with physical healing and relaxation. Overall, I was grateful to have had Gabe as our doula and appreciate the connection she has maintained with us. I recommend hiring a doula for anyone who would like a natural delivery. Thank you Gabe.
April 07, 2017