When my first baby was born, I didn’t have a doula. I had every intention of being in a birth center, but ended up in the hospital after being convinced I needed an induction. Then an epidural. And finally a cesarean section. After a series of complications and a week in the hospital, we went home exhausted and discouraged. When I found out I was pregnant again, I knew I wanted to do everything differently—a VBAC at home with a doula.
Hannah has become so much more than that. She supported us every step of the way—from being almost absurdly available during my pregnancy for questions or just to chat, to helping us find donor milk when we found out our baby wasn’t getting enough to eat, to texting me to do a postpartum check in while she was on vacation.
I probably should have used the hypnobirthing techniques I’d practiced or printed out reminders of how I envisioned our son’s birth happening, but in failing to do any of that, I discovered just how amazing of a doula Hannah is. All I needed during the intense moments was her voice reminding me that this was all to bring baby earthside, to use my breath, to spontaneously get in our bathtub (because I hadn’t gotten the birth pool I obviously should have).
I had no idea of the blessing Hannah would become when I first spoke with her. She knows what you need before you do and even when you don’t. She will take care of you, be silly with your toddler, and lovingly help you bring your baby into this world. And at the end of it all, you will feel like you have made a new friend with the warmest heart, who loves your babies almost as much as you do.
June 13, 2022