As a first time mom, I knew I wanted the support of a doula in the room when I gave birth to my son in March 2018. The research was clear on the benefits of a doula; I wanted someone there to advocate for me, who was also familiar with the hospital and the staff.
Antonia was wonderful throughout the process -- when I went into labor early, she provided my husband and I will exercises that moved the labor away from my back and helped to manage my pain. We were in close contact during early labor and into active labor. Antonia met us at the hospital when my husband and I jumped the gun and headed to the hospital only to be ultimately sent home. When it was go-time, she was vocal in the room, she let me know my rights as a patient and ensured we stuck to my birth plan. She was non-judgmental of my decision to have an epidural, and came prepared to work through multiple positions to help my labor progress. Immediately following the birth, she was there, helping my baby latch and teaching me the basics of breast feeding.
Antonia's presence is calm and accepting. In the weeks following my birth, she was quick to provide us with resources and answer questions. When I called her desperate with pain from breastfeeding five days after I gave birth, she connected me with a colleague with specific lactation experience who helped talk me through it and provided suggestions on relief.
My mom, my husband and my mother in law all agreed that Antonia was extremely helpful and supportive during this new and scary process called childbirth. I highly recommend Antonia's doula services and support!
April 08, 2018