Amanda was a great doula. She provided wonderful support to my husband and I. She helped encourage us to switch to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and to change Obstetricians to get a lower intervention birth experience. I feel good about all of our switches. I did end up needing to be induced since my water broke at 39 weeks and I didn't go into labor for 12 hours. Once we arrived at the hospital, my labor went on for 20 hours. Amanda was a huge help both over the phone and when she arrived to assist in-person. I was surprised how much hands on hips and being in the shower helped my labor pains; I'd say about a 70% reduction in pain. I did end up doing an opioid shot and then an epidural, largely because the contractions went on so long and I was exhausted. Amanda helped advocate for my needs when my voice was weak exactly as I'd hoped for, and also helped keep me abreast of what was happening, and questions from the staff. I was impressed with how she helped to advocate for my needs while still staying out of the way of staff/being available if they needed her. It's a fine line to navigate and she did it well. She was an invaluable help in our birth experience, and also helped to give my husband peace of mind that we had someone with us with so much more birth knowledge than we had. I highly recommend her!
-Jennifer Brewer Stone
May 03, 2022