Antonia was back-filling for our planned doula and I am very grateful that she was with my husband and I. She exemplifies the traits I was looking for in a doula: well-informed, supportive, non-judgemental, fun to be around. My husband and I wanted a doula because we felt we needed help navigating the hopsital system and because our family support is across the country. Antonia and my husband functioned as the necessary backbone I needed to make it through an arduous and taxing multi-day labor.
Ultimately, Antonia served as a foundational support to a labor that didn't go as planned. As labor intensified and circumstances changed, stress levels increased. More providers were brought into the room and the scene/mood quickly changed from calm and manageable to stressful and chaotic. Prior to the escalation of my birth situation, Antonia helped me advocate on my own behalf, translating questions from providers into more of a series of options with clear pros and cons (based on our birth preferences) instead of the alternative of just doing what the provider found as the most desireable approach. She helped me understand the impacts different options might have on labor and baby and allowed me to make more informed decisions.
One of my strongest memories of the birth is Anthonia's calm and stabilizing presence as she helped ground me mentally to focus on the task at hand and ignore the choas of the room. She was able to recognize that my ability to cope was slipping and she used touch and tone to help stabilize my emotions which allowed me to focus on pushing the baby out.
There are few things I would want to repeat about my child's birth but I would absoultely not want to do it without Antonia.
-Jamie Erin Mooney
June 01, 2018