Testimonials mean the world to me, they get to the heart of the client experience and show an insight into birth with a doula. Read below about some of my clients' journeys into motherhood and fatherhood. It has been a true gift to serve each and every one of you.
I am so grateful that I had Karen with me during the birth of my second child. I had a pretty medical birth with my first (it was a high risk pregnancy) and while it wasn't exactly a negative experience, I felt I had little control over what happened during labor and delivery. I wished that I had someone I could trust who would help me advocate for myself when I wasn't sure what I could push back on and what I needed to accept for medical reasons.
Karen was exactly that for my second birth. She gave us tools to help decrease discomfort in the latter parts of my pregnancy. She served as a useful sounding board in the weeks leading up to the birth when I started to feel like my OBs weren't fully supportive of what I wanted. She was instrumental in helping me labor for over 24 hours at home before making it to the hospital just in time for my son to be born. She empowered me to trust that my body knew what to do when the nurses were telling me not to push until the doc arrived. Without her there supporting and advocating for me, I am certain that I would have given in to a lot more than I was comfortable with (it's hard not to in the thick of everything! That's why doulas are invaluable!)
She provided us with incredible support without imposing which was the perfect balance for the birth I wanted.
Jessica and Gian
Karen was a loving and knowledgeable support for our pregnancy and birth. Every time we spoke on the phone I felt like I was chatting with a friend who made herself readily available day and night after signing our contract and even well after birth. For every question or concern she had answers, ideas, strategies, and often research to support our needs.
Her past doula experiences, love for continued learning, plus nursing background and being a mother herself made us feel totally at ease leading up to and during the birth of our son. My husband said he felt supported by her too, she knew his comfort level and how he wanted to participate in the birth. He was able to stay close to comfort me while Karen more closely watched the progression and offered encouragement to both of us.
She stayed with is a after the birth to help with the first feeding and she felt like part of the family at that point. Our relationship with her continued to strengthen after birth and we loved having her over for postpartum visits where she went above and beyond to help us work through some issues. We are so thank full for Karen and welcome any chance to sing her praises so that others may experience the joy of having her on their birth team.
Kari, John, Jake and Colin
We LOVE Aussie Doula! She is seriously a family member to me now & I knew the minute I met her (after she came highly recommended to me by a friend & previous client of hers) that she was the right Doula for us & my husband who was initially skeptical about "needing" a Doula also loved her right away. We left our meeting with Helen & he said "You pay that woman whatever her fee is, I cannot go through this without her!" :) She was so helpful during my pregnancy & entire labor. She was in constant communication with my husband via text/phone while we chose to labor at home alone & promptly met us at the Birth Center as soon as we arrived. She is always very calm & professional, which I greatly appreciated & you can tell she is very experienced as well. She always made us feel comfortable & at ease. She was INVALUABLE when it came to a Hospital transfer that I decided to do & I never felt judged by her for one second for choosing to transfer. I knew Helen would have my back no matter what & she made us feel important & my feelings justified the entire time. She helped the hospital transfer go smoothly & her calming presence was reassuring for us the whole time. She also was very helpful with pain management (whatever she was doing squeezing my feet was alone worth everything we paid for her because I cannot describe how MUCH it helped during my later contractions!) Again, I simply do not have the words for how invaluable Helen was for us & how much we love her. HIRE. AUSSIE. DOULA :) Monica and Joey L
I can't recommend Helen enough! She was beyond supportive throughout the process. She put my mind at ease and answered all my questions with my birth plan. Throughout the birth process she was there to offer support before I even knew I needed it. She also SAVED the day when she talked to the charge nurse and sweet talked them to allow my mother and mother in law in the room with me. Something that meant so much to both of them as they had never experienced a birth other than their own, especially not a grandchild. She made it such a meaningful process and literally gave me strength throughout. Helen was worth every penny and more! Elly and Aaron K
I cannot imagine going through pregnancy, labor and postpartum without the amazing women from Aussie Doulas in my corner. I worked with Karen and she was nothing short of a God send. She was always quick to respond to my late night questions and calmed my fears as I neared 40 weeks. She assured me that my birth story would be beautiful. And she was right! Karen's calming presence, expertise and hip presses (of course) helped me achieve the unmedicated birth I hoped for. I'm so thankful for Aussie Doulas for making my birth such a great experience. My husband and I agree that they were an invaluable part of our birthing team. Amber B
Helen and team are both very professional and have warm bedside manner. Really appreciated working with Carley. They are people I trust to ask for nonmedical expertise (e.g. natural birth), which is important in holistic care when generally women are getting plenty of medical opinion through the hospital. I really appreciated the stretches we learned in the prenatal visit and having someone i knew and trusted who could quickly answer questions was better than the doctor's nurse line (e.g. sending photo, is this my mucus plug?). Having the additional support is worth its weight in gold just to assuage birthing anxiety.