Team: deb & hope
"Deb was my doula during the birth of our baby boy! She provided labor support to not only me, but my family as well. She was able to assist in the painful times and celebrate with us in the joyful times. She was an advocate, a support, and a great person to have during such a momentous time in my life."
From the beginning my doula was very interested in what my expectations were going to be for the birth. She wanted to know what I expected from her, what I would need for support, and what methods I prefer to decrease stress and promote relaxation. She came to the hospital fully prepared for my induction. Throughout my long labor process Deb was there by my side providing comfort and support. She was familiar and educated in the different positions that would assist in the labor and encouraged me to change positions frequently to increase progress. She provided focus through breathing and relaxation techniques during contractions. She advocated for me to the nurses, making sure that all my needs were met. She massaged my swollen legs and aching back and used techniques to support my body during challenging moments. Throughout it all she remained a calm and focused force that provided support to not only me, but my family as well. When my body would not allow my baby to drop and we all came to the realization that I would have to have a C-section, Deb was there to acknowledge my hard work and let me know that I did everything I could. In those moments I realized that my aunt had found her calling; to play a dynamic role as a doula, empowering and supporting women throughout the miracle of birth. Our lives were forever changed through this journey and I can’t wait to see her help others through the amazing journey of childbirth."