There are a lot of decisions to make during pregnancy, but I can pinpoint the best decision my wife and I made as hiring Heather as our doula.
This was our first child and we intended for a natural delivery. My biggest fear was that I would not be able to successfully help and coach my wife through labor. When she first mentioned interviewing a doula I was a little on fence- did this mean she didn’t want or need me there? After meeting with Heather these questions were answered and I was fully on board. One of the conversations we had during a prenatal visit was what I viewed my role as and how she could help me. I also cannot express how great it was to have someone with such a cheerful and positive attitude in the delivery room- she was as cheerful, positive, and encouraging at hour 20 as she was when she arrived.
When it became apparent that our plan was a natural birth was not going to happen she was able to explain all the options and let us decide how we wanted to proceed. The result was an incredibly positive birth experience and absolutely perfect little girl and, while I take full credit for the perfect little girl, Heather was a big part of the positive birth experience. After meeting her for a few moments, you will realize how much she enjoys being a doula and how committed she is to helping you through the childbirth process. She is a wealth of information and your biggest advocate. If you are considering a doula, she would be a great addition to your “Birth Team” and make sure you ask her for the lactation cookie recipe….they are delicious and Dad’s can eat them too!
March 20, 2013