I can't recommend Ame and Laurel enough! I got my unmedicated VBAC in March 2017. My first pregnancy was uneventful, but resulted in an emergency c-section due to fetal distress. I did not hire a doula that time.
When I got pregnant the second time, I thought, "I'm not going to be a hero! I need support. I need people who know birth and deal with it every day to support me through this, as I try to have a different outcome." I met with Ame and Laurel and hired them on the spot. I felt heard, and I felt like we really clicked.
I started out in midwife care, and was passionate about birthing at home. However, at the beginning of my third trimester, I started testing my blood glucose levels and ended up having to transfer to an OB practice. I was so unbelievably upset to lose the chance to birth at home. I was also devastated to lose the relationship I had developed with my midwife.
Ame to the rescue! Ame helped me over the phone during this time with multiple calls to help me sort through my options for finding a practice. She was also the one constant when everything around me seemed to be changing. As a healthcare professional, I trusted her knowledge of the system and facilities I had to choose from.
She talked me through many decision points. I remember crying in a hot bath talking on the phone about the c-section my OB wanted to schedule for me due to gestational diabetes.
On the big day, Laurel and Ame were by my side as my stop / start labor turned into a super-quickly progressing event! We had to make many quick decisions that day and ended up going to a different hospital than we planned. There was no hour-long car ride to meet the OB. Instead, there was a speedy zip up to a closer facility and I gave birth about 30 minutes after arriving. The baby and I fared well. I am immensely grateful.
-Anna Van Fleet
September 20, 2017