I cannot recommend Ursula more highly. It is hard to imagine we would have had anywhere near as successful a delivery and post-partum period without her. A few things stand out:
- Her knowledge of complex medical conditions. Ursula was well-versed in how my underlying conditions could impact pregnancy, labor, and recovery, and she strategized with me from day one on how best to prepare, including preparing for a birth without pain medication. When one of my conditions popped up during delivery, Ursula recognized it and made sure the medical team dealt with it swiftly.
- Her effectiveness in the delivery room. Immediately on entering the room, Ursula integrated herself seamlessly with the hospital team and gained their trust. That allowed her to effectively advocate for me and really take charge of my labor. Ursula directed my first and second stages of labor through different position changes and pain relief techniques, including a TENS unit. She helped me avoid pain medication, tightly controlled the second stage, and helped the baby turn to OA.
- Breastfeeding support. I sincerely believe I may not have been able to breastfeed if not for Ursula. After our child was born, Ursula recognized a tongue tie (that the hospital pediatrician and lactation missed) and educated us as to the challenges ahead. Ursula made sure we were seen within days by the best lactation consultant I could imagine, who put us on a completely different path than what was recommended by lackluster hospital lactation and made all the difference for establishing a supply—and for maintaining my sanity.
If I ever become pregnant again, Ursula will be my first call!
March 19, 2023