Birth is an intensely intimate, emotional and life-changing experience. Having Ursula to guide me, listen to me and witness my transformation into motherhood was important to both my preparation for birth and, perhaps even more so, in processing my births. As a first time mom, I didn't realize the depth and complexity of the transition from pregnancy to being a mother. Ursula did and was available to me any time I needed her help. Understanding my births and being able to speak freely about them with someone who not only understood them but could offer factual explanations of parts that I needed to work through was beyond words for my recovery emotionally and physically. I would not be in the healthy mental and emotional space I am in now 9 months after my son's birth without her help. When I started my search for a doula, I thought their purpose was to help with pain management during delivery, but I understand now the extent of the importance a doula can be. During both of my pregnancies, I worked with Ursula entirely by phone and FaceTime because we are on opposite coasts. Though she was not present for my deliveries, she was available anytime we needed her (which we took her up on!) I can't emphasize enough the comfort of her professional warmth and her confidence in me to create our family.
April 05, 2020