“After having 6 children without doulas, I was a little concerned at how having a doula for my 7th delivery would play out. Would I feel like a watched pot or would my focus be thrown off?? However, that was not at all how I felt. I felt supported and encouraged. I felt that my desires or hopes for my birth were the paramount issue, and that she would honor my wishes above her own personal opinions, had they differed.
The morning I labored, Brandi was very present and eager to help in any way. We chatted as I walked through contractions. And when the back labor set in, she was so accomodating to help me through the pain.
Having just moved to the area and having no prior experience with the hospital, Brandi was a valuable asset to my birth plan and team. I could focus more on getting through the last weeks of pregnancy and then labor, knowing that I had her on my side!” 🙂 Rebecca Y.
“Besides having the continual support of our family and friends, Josh and I are both very thankful for the help and support we received from our Doula, Brandi, during our birth. Even though we suffered a few minor complications, she stood by my side and encouraged me throughout the entire labor including my early labor contractions at home. If anyone is interested in the extra support a Doula can offer, whether planning a natural birth or one that includes a form of pain medication, she is your girl. We are forever thankful for you Brandi.
Hallie and Josh.
Brandi will forever be a part of the birth day of my first child. When we found out we were pregnant, we started doing our research like so many other first time parents do. After my husband and I decided on our birth plan, we knew bringing in the support of a doula was important to us. Knowing that the birth would be hard, the extra support was just as much for me as it was for my husband. When it was time to start the search for a doula, I reached out to Brandi and she was quick to respond and easy to talk to. When we met for the first time, she made me feel comfortable, and I immediately knew we could trust her. Once we hired Brandi, we stayed in touch frequently, and she was consistent in checking in on me. The day of my birth, she was there when we needed her, and she followed us to the hospital after coming first to our home. She coached us well and did everything she could to make me comfortable. She stuck by my side through every decision and held my hand when it was time to push. She was everything we could have asked for and my husband and I both are more than pleased with our decision to bring her in to be a part of our birth story. Thank you Brandi. Hallie and Josh
Hendrix *Born July 13, 2013
Hendrix is my little heart hero. He had two holes in his heart when he made his appearance and went through open heart surgery within the first few months of life. I am forever honored to have been apart of his birth with my good friend Kimberley! She is such a strong mama and woman. I admire her so much!
I had the honor to attend the birth of Kimberely’s 5th boy, Phoenix, November 23, 2015. She was such a Rockstar and worked hard to get him to turn head down at the hospital. Thank you for letting me support you during this special time!
Doulas are great for cesarean sections whether scheduled or not.
Here is Sara’s birth story. “I wanted a natural birth experience for myself and my son as soon as I found out that I was expecting. Not long after, we found out my husband would be deployed through the last months of pregnancy and first months of our son’s life. But he didn’t want to coach me through childbirth anyway – if he was there or not! I began searching for a supporter and doula for delivery time. I called a few doulas and interviewed two. Of those two, Brandi was the best listener. She was also willing to drive an hour from her own home to the hospital where I would deliver.
She brought up things to consider for a birth plan and answered any questions with knowledgable advice or experience. She met with my husband and I knowing he may not be there and she might have to relay news to him. She wanted for me whatever I felt was most important for the birth. During the last months of pregnancy, Brandi was available for questions and looked forward to welcoming our son with us.
Brandi also visited the hospital on her own time to discuss what natural delivery resources were available. She expressed her interest in many facets of pregnancy, delivery, and those first baby days during our three times of meeting together. I always appreciated her knowledge of things I certainly hadn’t thought of.
At 41 weeks, we were surprised to learn that our boy was breech and I would have a cesarean the next day. I was a nervous wreck. I text Brandi because I couldn’t bring myself to say the word cesarean. Brandi met us at the hospital at the appointed time and she did what she could to keep my mind on comforting things. But I was even more nervous once they strapped me to the operating table. I seriously felt like I might be committed to a psychiatric hospital rather than the operating room. Brandi was helpful to calmly reassure me and my husband as she waited with us.
Brandi wasn’t allowed in the OR, but she was waiting in recovery. She was there to give suggestions about breastfeeding and listen to whatever I was rattling on about after the epidural. By 6pm, she had been with us for over 9 hours, but she was still focused on how I was doing and helping us get settled in our hospital room. I am so thankful Brandi shared in my birth story as doula. She will always be a special part of that day for me!”