Esther was my birth doula for my second baby and she was so amazing! Prenatally, she met with me twice to talk about my birth hopes and preferences, the way I needed her, and coping measures. She helped me get used to her touch, listened to my partner, and always made me feel so excited about giving birth. She would text me how I was doing, especially at the end of my pregnancy and I appreciate her encouragement and trust in me as we communicated over those text messages. At my birth, she was a supportive and grounding presence. She was so encouraging with her words and loving touch. She struck a perfect balance of working with my birth partner. She never took over his role or lessened hers. She used essential oils to help ground and distract me in between contractions, and it helped so much! I gave birth at a birth center and unfortunately, had to emergency transfer to the hospital because of a retained placenta. When I started to panic, Esther met me with the most reassuring eyes and words that was exactly what I needed to keep going. This amazing woman also held my baby for me when I couldn't because I had to go to the hospital. So thankful for her and highly recommend her!!
July 19, 2023