My husband and I were looking for a doula to provide education and additional support during labor and delivery as we were both busy professionals and knew we would not have as much time to invest in preparation as we would like. We found Madison through a recommendation and after talking with her about the services she would provide, we hired her because we were confident she would be a positive addition to our birth story.
The first couple of sessions with Madison were centered around getting my mind, body, and spirit prepared for the upcoming birth through reiki and yoga. Both provided a sense of calm and helped me relax during a period when I had very little time to dedicate to myself and the pregnancy. The remaining sessions were focused on labor preparation and were particularly useful to my husband because they involved education about what to expect during labory and delivery and how he could help me cope with the discomfort.
In addition to the in-person meetings, Madison provided access to online courses including hynobirthing and breastfeeding. Both of these courses were very beneficial and I used some of the hynobirthing techniques during my unmedicated birth. She also shared recommendations for resources like maternity and newborn photographers, prenatal massages, chiropractors, etc...which were very helpful.
Finally, Madison was a huge asset during labor and delivery. I was induced at 37 weeks due to medical reasons and Madison helped us put together a birth plan that would lead to the least number of interventions if possible. The hospital largely honored the birth plan and the only major intervention was pitocin. I was able to get through labor without an epidural and I largely credit this to Madison's lower back massage skills and positivity. I am very happy with my birth story and I credit much of this to Madison's help.
January 16, 2023