My first birth was not a positive experience. When I found out that I was expecting my second baby, my first thought was "oh no, this baby has to come out of me!". I immediately started looking for doulas. I nearly convinced myself that I didn't need a doula, until my 20 week ultrasound when I found out my son would be born with a birth difference. I felt like my world came crashing down. I needed support. Then came Sharina. I did not officially meet with Sharina until after 30 weeks, so we had limited time to get established. She was amazing. I got ahold of her and from our first interview, I knew she was "the" doula for me. I could tell she was caring, patient, and open to my ideas. From then on, she helped to guide us through the remainder of my pregnancy. She encouraged us to ask questions (especially given our situation) and provided the reassurance I needed. Whenever I would start to feel like I could not do it, Sharina was there.
I opted to be induced, and Sharina was there shortly after the process began. I will never forget Sharina referencing my birth as a birthday party. It was such an awesome way to put it! I labored for a while, and then ended up with a turn of events. My son did not want to budge. Now comes my favorite part. If you are anything like me, you might think that you don't need a doula if you have a c section. You NEED a Sharina. From the moment it was brought up, she helped to walk me through the thought and advocate for myself. She was immense help when it came time to decide if this option was best for me and my family. When my son was born, I struggled with the medication they gave me and she sat with me in recovery at 1am putting cold towels on my head to cool me down. It doesn't matter what type of birth you have, Sharina will be there to help guide you and support you. She is the best and I don't think I would have the positive outlook on my birth that I do if it wasn't for her!
July 19, 2022