Testimonial for Gretchen Retka

We had two incredible birth experiences with Gretchen. I felt completely secure, my husband was at ease, the doctor was impressed and asked for her business card. The nurses thanked her and told us they learned a lot from her. Her communication is outstanding. You can really feel her experience of so many births.

After interviewing many doulas, we were immediately impressed by how well Gretchen understood us. I had birth injuries from my first birth and was even considering a cesarean for my second birth. When I became pregnant with our third child, I really wanted to go into labor naturally and was nervous because my provider recommended an induction. Gretchen provided extensive knowledge, resources and reassurance for all our concerns. We developed a detailed birth plan, were fully informed about our options and felt confident in making decisions. 

During both births, I was able to relax as soon as Gretchen arrived. Despite both babies being in an unfavorable position (OP), and experiencing irregular labor patterns and stalled progress, I didn't require any interventions. With Gretchen’s help and encouragement we wiggled me into different positions, helping to spin the baby in the right position. Although our hospital staff was skilled and very supportive, they likely would not have the time, experience or patience to achieve this without interventions. 

Throughout the birthing process, Gretchen sensed every kind of support I needed. We had the lights dimmed, all kinds of props for support. She also taught my husband how to support me very effectively. She was always two steps ahead, preparing me for questions the doctor would ask me a while later. 

We are immensely grateful for our wonderful birthing experiences. We feel so blessed everything went as I was hoping for - natural unmedicated births, without any tearing. We cannot thank Gretchen enough for her support and really wish to stay connected!

-Christina S

July 13, 2023

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Gretchen Retka

Holistic Sister

Birth Fee: $3000 to $3250

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35

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Updated 4/21/2024

Birth Fee: $3000 to $3250

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35

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