Testimonial for Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt

I am a first-time mom who had a lot of anxiety over childbirth and new I wanted a doula to lend her experience and wisdom to help me through it. My partner and I knew from the first few moments of sitting down for coffee with Dawn that she the one for us. Dawn eminates calm and reassurance, and she talked us through the range of experiences she had been through and basically let us know that she was happy to be as hands on or off as we wanted.

Fast forward to the birth, which was a surprise induction at 39 weeks. Dawn and I had already been texting, so it was easy to fill her in. My partner then switched to communicating with her and planned with her for the right time to come join us, when I was about 4-5cm. Up til then I had managed to hold off getting an epidural or having my water broken, but it was _hard_. I was so glad for Dawn to arrive. She sprang into action by directing my partner on what to do, and by talking me through contractions and doing the heavy work of pressing on my back and holding my feet, and helping me vocalize productively. Another invaluable aspect was her communicating with the nurses. Dawn and I would talk about how things were progressing, and when I felt I couldn't hold out for much longer, she suggested we do a cervical check to get more information, and she took care of communicating that to the staff (I was 7cm!). There was also a moment when I was using the bathroom and the monitor slipped, freaking out the nurses who rushed in. Dawn mediated the encounter, gently asking me to come out, but not worrying me. She also understood the noises I was making and understood that I was starting to push with contractions (which she discussed with me to verify). I don't think the nurses believed I was progressing as fast as I was, and Dawn had the experience and confidence to speak up for me. Overally my labor was about 11 hours and I was very happy with the way everything turned out. I was so glad to have Dawn by my side.

-Sarah H.

August 11, 2020

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Birth Fee: $1800

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $40

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Birth Fee: $1800

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $40

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