My husband and I interviewed a few doulas in the DC area before meeting Fatima Abdullah with Fatima Oasis Birth Doula. We knew from her calm demeanor that she would be the perfect fit for us. We were convinced that she would make sure that my husband would be able to take part in the birth, which was a genuine concern for us after visiting multiple doctor's offices that ignored him completely. We are also between deciding on a home birth and a hospital birth. Fatima was the only doula we interviewed who didn't look at us like we were nuts. She, herself, had a home birth - so we knew she was the doula for us.
Fatima met with us multiple times in our home before the birth. And she even offered to meet with our home birth midwife before our birth to make sure I really had a team when the birth took place. My husband and I were very confident when labor started. I texted her throughout the early labor and she was ready to come at the drop of a hat. I trusted my husband work with her directly on the timing of her coming over. She came over within an hour of our call for her to come. And she comforted me for about 3 hours before we called the midwife. It was great to have her comforting me while the midwife really coached the labor. My son was born peacefully at home in the early morning and Fatima helped us try lactating. She stayed at the house for hours after the birth, even after the midwife left. Throughout the following weeks, she visited multiple times and dropped off food & tea. And now, even though we have traveled away from the area, we have been glad to stay connected with her. Making sure that she and our son remain in touch has been very important to us.
I know Fatima is now getting licensed for postpartum care. I am so happy to know that at our next birth she will be able to help us through all phases of birth. I highly recommended Fatima and know that at our future births she will be by our side!
August 17, 2018