Janna stuck with me through a very taxing, difficult experience of labor. The birth we and Janna were hoping for was a quick, totally natural vaginal delivery. For us instead, induction, early and active labor all lasted 2 days and 7.5 hours. Then after trying everything to make our ideal birth happen with Janna's help, due to totally unexpected, unforeseen circumstances he had to arrive by caesarean. If surgery didn’t exist we would have faced serious problems.
We learned the important lesson of letting go of our ideal image and embracing what is presented to us when reality speaks, even when it’s not preferred, for the safety and good health of mommy and baby. This was frustrating but this is life!
Janna's presence the whole time was absolutely essential. Janna initiated a variety of positions for me to try to help the baby descend and help us work toward the vaginal delivery I desired. Janna also worked very patiently with the nurses and OB staff. It was such a gift that she was willing to work well with them and my husband. Everyone being on the same page about what I wanted for the birth experience was huge.
Janna also demonstrated realism: when the OBs told me that the baby's position, swelling in his head, and swelling in my cervix would make a vaginal delivery unsafe and even dangerous, she was willing to accept this limit and encouraged me to courageously accept the caesarean route. I appreciated her priority being the health and safety of me and my son, regardless of my preferences!
She was always by my side, as a calm, confident presence, even while laboring throughout the night. I highly recommend Janna as a doula and I hope others choose to experience her excellent professionalism and capability at working through unforeseen, unfavorable circumstances for a still very positive outcome.
Juliet Webb, Oct. 3, 2022
October 03, 2022