Testimonial for Kim Holden, CLC

I decided early on in my pregnancy that I wanted a doula to help us navigate the unfamiliar terrain of L&D. When I met Kim, I was certain that she was the one. She listened with warmth and without judgement.During our pre-natal visits, Kim was well-prepared with a clear agenda, but also attentive to listen to any concerns we had. I had decided I wanted as “natural” of a birth as possible. Kim was with me 100%; without dictating any of my plans, she helped articulate our birth plan. She also coached me through communicating these plans with my OB.When baby decided to come quite late, and the doctor decided on induction, Kim presented all of the non-medical induction methods possible. She even attended a webinar on natural induction to learn more. As it turned out, labor started on its own and I wasn't medically induced!On delivery day, Kim set up the L&D room with candles and lavender oil. She coached us through the stages of labor in the hospital. She made sure the nitrous oxide was set up, and that the birth plan was visible and followed as much as possible. When the contractions got stronger, she reminded me to focus and repeat the mantra “I am Strong” throughout the pain. I was too busy to notice at the time, but Kim was also snapping pictures throughout; it’s wonderful to relive the experience in the photos.After delivery, Kim stayed with me in the hospital through some post-birth complications until things had settled. She checked in with me by text the next day, and frequently during the following weeks to make sure I had everything I needed to heal postpartum and learn how to breastfeed. Shortly after I pushed baby out, I turned to Kim and said, “I can’t believe everything happened the way I wanted!” If it weren’t for Kim, it wouldn’t have been that way. I’m grateful to her for her support and partnership during the wild ride of birth.

-Katy

April 21, 2020

a photo from Kim Holden, CLC

Kim Holden, CLC

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Birth Fee: Not specified

Postpartum Rate: $45 to $60

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Updated 12/21/2023

Birth Fee: Not specified

Postpartum Rate: $45 to $60

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Updated 12/21/2023

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