We couldn’t be happier with our experience with Katie as our doula – from her caring demeanor during our “preparation” meetings & the way she handled our zillion questions about any and everything birth/baby related to the actual support she provided during the birth of our son. Hiring Katie made me (as a first time mom) feel so prepared and calm in the weeks leading up to delivery of our baby boy. During labor, Katie was a constant source of calm for both my husband and me. When things didn’t go “as planned”, having Katie kept both my husband and I feeling like everything was good, regardless of the changes to what we thought would be our birth experience. Having Katie at my side was like having my mom there with me – she is patient, comforting and gave both my husband and I so much strength during 12+ hours of labor! ----Angela
Katie has this sense of calm about her and having her present during a very big moment of my life was everything I needed to help me pull through moments where I felt so overwhelmed and tired. Katie helped me stay focused and always respected my wishes. From writing out my birthing plan, to attending my Hypnobabies classes (helping me practice), and being in the delivery room helping carryout my wishes, I was never disappointed. She worked well with everyone in the delivery room as well. I had my entire family in there and she included them when I was wishing for that and was able to stand up for me and my wishes when I needed only her comfort and support. She never left my side (unless I asked her to), and she never took her focus from me. Working with Katie is inspiring and a life changing experience. She makes the impossible feel very possible. She helped me to constantly feel strong, valued and so important. Without her, I could not have had such a successful outcome with my all-natural birth. I cannot express how much I appreciate all of Katie’s hard work! She makes me feel like I could naturally birth twenty children. Seriously, she’s THAT good. ----Adie
Where do I start when I think about having Katie as our doula? She provided so much love, care, and concern for us during this pregnancy. She was always interested and encouraging when I would provide her with updates after prenatals and would unprompted check in to see how I was doing. On the day of our daughter's birth, I felt a sense of calm come over the room when she walked in. She turned our labor room at the hospital into my own little sanctuary where I could relax and focus on bringing baby earthside. Katie's presence was key when this labor was not progressing as my previous ones. She very lovingly helped to remind me that my baby was writing this birth story and I needed to let go of what I had planned. I do not believe I would have been able to let go without her gentle reminders and guidance. Once baby arrived, Katie shared in our joy and continued to offer more support through my immediate postpartum time. Since Chiara's birth, Katie has continued to be great support with checking in and has been knowledgable with resources if we need them. We are so glad to have had Katie by our sides during this journey and should we be blessed with a fifth baby, no questions that we will be repeat clients! ----Martha (fellow certified doula)
I will never forget calling Katie to ask her what she thought we should do next after my water broke, and she responded, “what do YOU feel like doing?”
Throughout the entire journey into parenthood Katie always encouraged my husband and I to follow our instincts, and I think that is what makes her unique. Katie is a wealth of knowledge, but she really wants the birthing process to be about the family’s wants and needs; she’s a great listener. Since our baby decided to join us a little earlier than expected, my husband and Katie actually met for the first time in the hospital, and quickly formed an incredible support team. Having Katie present added to my feeling of preparedness and safety, knowing that I would have two knowledgeable, assertive, compassionate advocates looking out for my well-being, which allowed me to relax and focus on bringing our baby into the world.
Thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do for our family!----Riley
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