I didn’t use a doula for my first pregnancy. It wasn’t really on my radar.
But for my second child, I wanted a VBAC and I was focused on everything possible to have a successful one. It was actually my husband who encouraged me to look into a doula and supported me to explore the option. So when I coincidentally met Abby at a holiday party during my third trimester, I appreciated her warmth, relaxed vibe, and her passion for what she did. I decided it was fate and hired her. It was a good thing because I went into labor early, and Abby was ready to support me first via text and phone to talk me through everything from what it was I was experiencing, including suggestions to get through the contractions, etc.
Once she was physically present for labor, her peaceful, strong, and calming presence helped me get through a very long labor at home. If it wasn’t for her, I would have probably been at the hospital sooner. She stayed with me 16+ hours and was prepared with a wonderful back-up doula to take over. She came back after her rest and saw me through the rest of the successful VBAC!
Her mix of techniques including massage, visualization, breathing, helped me focus and get through labor, and partnered with me to do what worked.
Abby was truly an advocate for me at the hospital overall, and especially during a critical point when Pitocin was strongly suggested by the doctor to move labor along -- something I didn’t want to do.
Abby stepped in and suggested several other non-invasive options, and with her help I felt empowered to make my own decision. I was able to accelerate labor without Pitocin.
Abby helped me own my birthing process, and helped me realize that as an expectant mom I had more of a voice than I thought.
Abby truly has a special gift for this line of work, and I recommend her to anyone who wants a strong, loving, and informed doula to support their birth!
- Esther B.