Testimonial for Suzi Livingstone

When I went into labour for the first time I was surprised by many things. That in itself was a surprise since I’m a midwife and familiar with the mechanics and emotions of birth. I was surprised by my intense need for privacy. I wanted people there... so long as they were in the other room. In light of this it might have seemed superfluous to invite my doula friend Suzi, in addition to my husband, mother, and midwife. After the tumult of my labour’s brought my son into the light, I felt such a cascade of emotion. Relief, elation and thankfulness mingled with worry, weakness and uncertainty.

From the aftermath of birth I have an enduring memory: washing the sweat and pain off my skin. I could barely do anything for myself, and the person who was there with me was Suzi. She washed, and clothed and encouraged me through every moment of “letting go” of labour, and it is such a beautiful memory. I was being taught a motherhood lesson ; embracing vulnerability, leaning into support, allowing my hard work to be recognized and praised. Suzi, who had earlier seen and respected my need for privacy, now poured out the care and attention which are so natural to her. She was my doula, shining in her ability to let me shine.

-Janelle

January 09, 2020

a photo from Suzi Livingstone

Suzi Livingstone

Voyage Birth

Birth Fee: $1800

Postpartum Rate: $35 to $40

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Updated 12/5/2023

Birth Fee: $1800

Postpartum Rate: $35 to $40

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Updated 12/5/2023

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