Kerry was our doula for our son's birth in April 2009. She was wonderful to work with and met with us in our home several times before the birth. Our son was breech, so she worked with us on optimal fetal positioning and ways to get him to turn, such as recommending we go to an accupuncturist and chiropractor. She was very positive and supportive. He did not turn, so my husband and I decided to have our OB try a version, which did not work and resulted in a c-section. Because of our preparation with Kerry in developing a Wish List for Birth, the nurses and doctors were able to know and honor those of our wishes that were still feasible with a c-section (dad announcing the sex of the baby, keeping the baby with us in the OR instead of sending dad and baby to the nursery, breastfeeding with Kerry's help immediately afterwards in the recovery room, etc). Kerry's knowledge and expertise also helped us to remain calm as I was being prepped for surgery. She explained what procedures were going to happen and was a very calm presence for us. She is a great doula. We were looking forward to working with her for a natural birth, but when that didn't happen, we were grateful to have her be there and support us in making our c-section birth as family-centered as possible. She also took beautiful pictures of us and our son bonding in the recovery room, pictures that we would not have had without her!
November 20, 2009