I was matched with Alicia through Giving Austin Labor Support (GALS) an organization that helps low income families get free doulas. I can't imagine having experienced my positive and supportive birth with anyone else. Alicia was always available for questions and made me feel heard and understood especially when I explained what I wanted from my birth experience. When I was getting through the thick of it she was there to calm me down and her support made me really push through and get to the most rewarding part, holding my little baby bean in my arms. And in the single moment of doubt I had that I couldn't do it she kept me grounded and stayed positive that I could. The act of giving birth is so special and we were so blessed to have shared it with her!! Without the help of GALS and Alicia offering herself to help mothers who can't pay out of pocket I don't think I would have had the amazing birth that I did. There aren't enough words to tell you how much it meant to us to have her there.
January 31, 2022