Testimonial for Shelia Kandeler, CD(DONA)

We worked with Shelia for the birth of our first child, and immediately hired her again when we found out we were pregnant with our second. Once again, her presence and support throughout our entire pregnancy was invaluable.

 

I had a really challenging pregnancy, and Shelia was supportive and a great resource throughout. But she was especially my hero when my long, non-progressing labor suddenly escalated so quickly that I couldn’t get an epidural as planned.

I went from 6/7 cm to holding my baby in my arms in about an hour. Needless to say it was the most intense hour of my (and my husband’s) life. There were times when I thought there was no way I can get through this. And I was in those times that Shelia was right next to me, coaching me, encouraging me, and helping me through the entire thing.

 

At one point I was told not to push, which was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. The only way I could do it was bc I had Shelia coaching me through it on how to breathe.

 

It was a very intense labor, and I don’t think I could’ve done it without her. And this was all on top of a very long, non-progressing labor, in the middle of a huge snowstorm. Shelia was with us at home the entire time. She knew exactly when to give us space, and when to intervene. And we are grateful she made it to our house despite many roads being closed during the biggest snowstorm in Seattle since 1969.

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Shelia. If we ever have a third, you’ll be the first person we’ll call.

 

-Melissa Antonelli

May 21, 2021

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Birth Fee: $2000 to $2500

Postpartum Rate: $50

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Birth Fee: $2000 to $2500

Postpartum Rate: $50

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