Working with Katie was great. We knew that it was going to be a stressful pregnancy and with a pandemic on top of that, my wife and I figured it couldn't hurt to have some extra support. From our first virtual session, Katie listened to what we wanted and made sure to provide with exactly what we wanted. We had a number of virtual sessions as well as one scheduled in-person session prior to baby's arrival. Katie gave us a bunch of great exercises and techniques to help my wife with physical discomfort and contractions. She also helped us develop a birthing plan and a general plan for preparing for baby's arrival. Katie has a wealth of experience, and she gave us great guidance based on what she's seen in the past.
We were always able to reach Katie when needed, either by text or email. My wife asked for a number of recommendations for things like baby carriers or wraps and Katie had some great info. She also checked in with me a number of times to make sure I was doing okay too!
Originally we had planned to have Katie be present at the birth, but we found out about 2 weeks prior that our hospital was only allowing one support person. We adjusted and planned to have Katie have a video call with us for the birth.
For me, it was very comforting knowing that I could reach Katie whenever I needed to stay calm or had a question. Katie always had something reassuring to say and kept me steered in the right direction. Our birth went really well and when it got stressful, I just had to look over at the table to get a thumbs up from Katie!
After the baby was born, Katie continued to (and still does) check in on a regular basis. Her strengths are certainly her compassion, experience, and ability to listen! I felt amazingly at ease with Katie as our doula and I would recommend that anyone considering a doula should reach out to her.
April 20, 2021