Testimonial for Laura Fortner, CD(DONA)

My husband and I interviewed 4 doulas and while we liked all of them, Laura was the one who made the strongest impression. My husband and I are both type A personalities and since we were first time parents, we wanted an expert and Laura was exactly that! Her personality matched well in that she was assertive, factual, and straight forward, which we appreciate very much. I planned on having an epidural free birth and wanted to labor at home as much as possible. I knew that if something were to change from our birth plan, she would be able break it down it in a concise and effective manner. Another thing we had to consider was that my due date was between Christmas and New Year's so there would be a chance we might interrupt one of her holidays.

I ended up going into labor on Christmas Eve, which I didn't realize until noon when my water broke while I was at the gym. I called Laura to confirm that, indeed, my water had broke. We discussed next steps and communicated every hour until I decided to leave for the hospital and asked her to meet me there. We both arrived at the hospital at the same time. As soon as I arrived, we realized that my labor was progressing rapidly and that I had also forgotten to call the birth tub rental company to let them know it was time. I was lucky that there was a tub/shower in my labor room, so as soon as the hospital confirmed I was in labor, Laura immediately prepped the tub so I could continue to labor in water. She was very supportive and the perfect coach. As the nurses switched their shifts midway through my labor, I hardly noticed as she was our constant companion. Laura was able to tell me what was happening with my body and coached me on relief tactics as I progressed through the pain. After 9 hours, I successfully delivered my baby with only one dose of Demerol!

In the end, Laura was the ultimate coach, and I look forward to having her help us again for our next baby!

-Gennea Squire de Torres

June 27, 2017

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Laura Fortner, CD(DONA)

Voted Best Doula in Collin County

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