Ursula was our doula for all five of our births. Having her present influenced each of our birth experiences for the positive. Our first child's birth was long and ardous, but Ursula was there by my side from 9pm when we arrived at the hospital until 11am when he was born. She was steadfast in her support every step of the way, and she helped me achieve my goal of not using pain medication and avoiding a C-section, which was a feat since he was 10lb, 10oz and many complications arose during labor. Our second child was born in the car outside the hospital, but Ursula could recognize from our phone call that things were going fast, and so she got the hospital to call "code Stork". They were waiting for us right when we pulled up to the ER roundabout, so the midwife was able to safely deliver my son in the car. Our next three births were also "precipitous", and though we were not at the hospital long before each of them, Ursula's connections at the hospital and knowledge helped each of those natural births go as smoothly as possible. During our fifth birth, I mentioned to Ursula in the hospital elevator that my left hip had been bothering me the prior few days. She pushed on my hip a certain way right there in the elevator, and I could almost immediately feel the baby drop, and our little girl was born about 10 minutes later. It was "little things" like this that helped make big positive differences in our birth outcomes. Ursula's advice and guidance was invaluable not only at the time of birth, but also in the months of pregnancy leading up to it. When I heeded her advice closely during my last four pregnancies to prepare for labor, I believe this helped to set myself up for the smooth and fast labor and deliveries that they were. If you have Urusula by your side during pregnancy, labor and delivery, she will help your outcome to be the best it can possibly be!
June 12, 2020