When I found out I was pregnant, and then eventually reached the second trimester, I knew that I wanted to find a doula. I knew that I would be susceptible to just going with what a doctor might tell me, mostly because I don't know much better. I wanted that outside voice of a doula to help me understand my options, and just be a guiding prescence through it all. But I did know for certain, I didn't want someone who would sugar coat anything, or keep reassuring me that I am a goddess etc. I wanted someone down to earth, caring and knowledgeable. Enter Danielle. We immediately got along on our initial consult call, and I knew that she was the right fit. I thankfully had a pretty uneventful pregnancy, besides some fibroids that were just monitored throughout. Because of those, I wasn't really sure what kind of birth was in the cards for me. When it came time for labor, she was the exact presence that my husband and I needed in the delivery room. She came prepared with everything to help make the space open and comforting, rather than sterile and blah. We all played card games together as my contractions progressed throughout the day, and eventually she was there to help me change positions as I couldn't ignore the contractions anymore. She knew exactly what I needed, even when I didn't. And from my husband's perspective, she was truely a god-send in helping him find ways to assist, without making him feel like he wasn't being useful. He really felt as though she valued his support more than anything, and together they helped me power through 16 hours of labor unmedicated. I never really thought I would be capable of it, but truely having Danielle there in addition to the amazing midwife, OB and nurses on call, made the room magical, and helped me forget about an epidural, right after I would think about it. I would highly reccomend Danielle to literally ANYONE and everyone. Thank you for helping us welcome our daughter in such a beautiful way.
March 30, 2022