I am so grateful to have had Sarah as my doula. When my son was born, we did not use a doula. The birth was traumatic and nothing like what I hoped for. So, when I became pregnant with my second, I knew we wanted a doula by our side who could help us navigage all the unexpected moments. Sarah fulfilled that need and so much more. Talking through my first birth experience with her really helped me to find peace and it helped me to feel empowered going into this birth. Sarah was there every step of the way. Throughout my pregnancy, I was able to reach out to her when the unexpected came up. When we found out my daughter was breach, she knew who I should see and what I could do to flip her (and we did!). When my water broke four weeks early, she was there to walk me through everything and make sure I didn't experience any unwanted interventions. When it came time for birth, when I needed her to be my strongest advocate, she was. When I needed her to make me feel comfortable about unexpected decisions I made in the moment, she was. And when I needed the world's most amazing massage to deal with contraction pain, she provided it. Not to mention, in addition to bringing mood lighting, essential oils, and so many tricks for pain management, she was even thoughtful enough to bring baked goods for the nursing staff. And, after it was all over, when I needed her support at home because I was just feeling overwhelmed, she was there.
I could go on and on about what Sarah meant to me and my husband throughout this expereince. But, I'll try and sum it up. When I needed a friend, she was my friend. When I needed a cheerleader, she was my cheerleader. When I needed a resource, she was that resource. She helped me to be brave, she helped me to be gentle with myself, and she helped me to have not just the birth experience I wanted, but the birth experience that I needed. Thank you, Sarah! Truly, you will always have a special place in our hearts!
June 27, 2019