Sally supported me through my second pregnancy - first time working with a doula. I wish I'd had her personalized guidance, gentle encouragement, and real-time recommendations with my first daughter!
We met twice in my third trimester to discuss everything from my first delivery to my hopes and concerns for this delivery to practical preparations (food, stretches, exercise, etc.) I was hoping for an unmedicated hospital birth, and always felt Sally would support me regardless of what I actually decided/needed during labor and delivery. She listened carefully to the things that made me feel safe and supported, then helped me throughout labor and delivery to meet those conditions the best we could.
My baby was 9 days late and Sally regularly communicated with me in the days leading up to my due date and after it passed. She encouraged me to be patient, advised me on ways to relax and get baby in the best position, and processed with me as I decided about procedures like membrane sweeps and an induction.
I went into labor in the afternoon immediately after a membrane sweep. Sally encouraged me to go to bed early and rest as much as I could (advice I needed!). My water broke in the middle of the night and Sally met us at the hospital within about an hour. She helped my husband advocate for me with the L+D staff, and she noticed when I started feeling the need to push during contractions. (I was still in triage so nobody was looking for that, myself included!) She continued to advocate for me in the delivery room and stayed for a bit after the birth to continue supporting us.
Sally took a few photos during and after the birth, and shared a birth story she had written up when we met for our postpartum visit a few weeks later.
Sally's expertise and presence led to a more informed, relaxed pregnancy and labor, and if I was to have another baby I would absolutely hire her again.
October 14, 2023