Testimonial for Cathleen Holt

From the moment heard Cathleen speak about the experience of childbirth, my doula search ended. My initial decision to seek out a doula was two-fold. First, the staggering rate of maternal mortality among women of color is 3 to 4 times higher than that of White women and, as a Black woman, I knew I needed an advocate in the hospital with me. This was a topic Cathleen did not shy away from discussing, not try to candy coat, which was very comforting to me. Second, since my family is far I wanted a support system in case I went into labor early and my mom wasn't able to make it. I knew unmedicated birth was something I was interested in, but I had a lot of fear surrounding the process - and honestly, the pain. As a Bradley Method coach, Cathleen presented us with facts and resources to fully equip my husband and me with the tools we would need leading up to and during labor. She guided us with wisdom and gentleness throughout my pregnancy, establishing a foundation of trust and instilling us with nuggets of courage that affirmed we could do this! When I went into labor I felt ready for the unknown of the day. Because of our preparation I was able to labor at home for much of the process. Once we arrived at the hospital, Cathleen talked me through every step, offering support, information, suggestions and even a little tough love at the exact moment I needed it. IF YOU ONLY READ ONE PART OF THIS READ THIS: I believe Cathleen single-handedly saved me from an emergency C-section for which the medical staff was prepping me by asking my do the simple question “could she try to push?” My doctor hesitantly said yes, and in that moment everything turned around and I pushed out my beautiful baby boy. It might not sound like a big deal before you’re in it, I know, but having Cathleen as an advocate on your birthing team can truly change your and your baby’s life. I’m eternally grateful to the Charleston Childbirth team!

-Camille Livesay

April 26, 2020

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Cathleen Holt

Charleston Childbirth

Birth Fee: $800 to $2275

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

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Birth Fee: $800 to $2275

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

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