I am so grateful that we hired Audrea to assist me in the birth of our first child this October. We went with Audrea because we liked how down-to-earth and personable she was. We also valued her sense of humor, and the fact that she appreciated ours. She put us both at ease, and asked us a lot of great questions to help us prepare for this major life event. During labor, she was a tremendous encouragement and cheerleader, and she helped a ton with pain management. I appreciated that she was so responsive to my needs with minimal communication on my part. My husband was also very attentive and supportive, and with Audrea there, he was able to concentrate on giving me the emotional support I needed from him, because he didn't have to figure out what to do in the way of hands-on support. Instead, he could just follow Audrea's lead as she tried different ways to make me more comfortable.
Audrea was also very helpful when it came to processing our birth experience, which we really valued. There were a number of significant details that my husband and I were rather foggy on, so it was nice to be able to debrief with Audrea at our post-partum appointment. She helped us fill in the timeline of our son's birth, answered some questions we had about the complications of his birth, and offered another perspective to help round out our understanding of our experience. Next to the tremendous help she provided with pain management, this turned out to be the most valuable aspect of her service, for me. The post-partum appointment also gave us an opportunity to get some very practical advice on infant-care from and experienced mom. I've also appreciated all the caring text messages Audrea has sent to check in on us in the three months since our sons's birth. I know she geniunely cares, and is available to offer advice and support if we need her.
-Rachel Petersen Keen
January 26, 2018