This is my second labor and my first ended in a c-section. I never thought I would need a doula besides my Obgyn and nurse in a hospital environment. However, during my first labor, both my husband and I were at our wits end in the L&D room, none of my then-provider and nurse were "there" to support me and I was helpless and unable to push out the baby under strong norcotics. This time around, I wanted someone, other than my spouse, doctor and nurse, to be my advocate and champion for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and who supports me both emotionally and physically before and during labor. I found Shannon, she gave me encouragements/ideas and sometimes a benefit of doubts too that help me think clearly on what exact birth/labor experience that I desire. On my induction day, Shannon was with me the entire time, as contractions got unbearable with Pitocin and a broken water, Shannon was there to support, soothe and coach me through each contraction. She helped me stay strong when I was weak and I probably couldn't have done it without an epidural (I had it last time) if I didn't have additional emotional and physical support from her during those painful moments. Basically, I couldn't have pulled it through without her. Now, I had a successful VBAC and couldn't be happier! Thank you SO much, Shannon! I wish I had you in my first labor experience.
December 05, 2019