I really don’t know where to start with Merline, so I’ll start at the pregnancy.My plan was to have a natural birth or even a water birth. Merline came to almost EVERY appointment. She had an intake form that we completed and a birth plan. I knew nothing about a birth plan prior to this pregnancy, so Merline was very informative on the importance of having one. In between appointments, she would check up on me weekly to see how I’m doing or if she could assist me in any way.Around 32 weeks, I started struggling with preeclampsia. Also around this time is when precautions for COVID-19 went into full effect in the US. Merline was no longer allowed to attend my appointments. One of the new rules was that I had to attend appointments alone. She was still right there by my side. I would either call or text to give her an update.
To make a long induction short, there was nothing Merline didn’t do for me. We practiced the birthing ball, hot shower, soaking in the tub, walking and squatting, massaging, oil, and even the rebozo.I birthed a beautiful baby girl on May 1st 2020. I believe without the love and support of Merline, I’m sure the c-section would have happened right away.
I feel like the birth plan was of importance. On my birth plan I listed that a c-section would be my very last option. I feel the medical staff respected that ONLY because of the birth plan.Throughout postpartum Merline has continued to be a support. She drove me home from the hospital. She cleaned up around the house, visited us weekly. She's provided me with nutritious meals that promote good breastfeeding, calls and/or texts to check up on us regularly. One thing that’s evident is that Merline is truly passionate about the care black women receive especially during childbirth. Having Merline by your side is like having a powerful Supreme Court lawyer to defend you. You will never regret choosing her.
February 28, 2022