When the growth ultrasound at 37wks showed that my baby was going to be big, the doctor advised me to schedule a repeat c-section. I felt crushed! My plan was to try for a VBAC and I really wanted to avoid the surgery. I was so shaken up that I couldn’t make the decision. Courtney was the only person who knew what to say to help me calm. After talking to her I decided to hire her and to try for the VBAC as planned (my providers were supportive). I’m so glad I had Courtney as my doula! On the night when my labor started, Courtney was promptly on her way to meet me. She knew it was time because I wasn’t replying to her messages anymore. And she was correct — when I finally called her she was already near the hospital. Courtney stayed up all night with me making sure I had everything I needed. She found positions and movements that were helping me cope with pain and move the baby down. We walked the halls together while my husband took a very needed nap. She kept me entertained with stories when I needed a distraction and she was quiet when I needed to focus. Thanks to her, I was able to labor for 10 hours and push for 2 hours without an epidural. I had the VBAC like I wanted and the baby was big (10lb 7oz). And it was glorious. Courtney had such a nurturing presence and I just loved her sense of humor. She is an attentive, knowledgeable and confident doula. I was in good hands. Hoping to hire her again in the future.
November 19, 2019