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.
"To keep a long story short, my first labor and delivery was 37 hours long. I managed to labor naturally for 35 of those hours and ended up with an epidural only two hours before my daughter was born. Having a natural child birth was something that was very important to me, and I was disappointed that right at the very end I ended up being medicated. So when I became pregnant with my son I knew that I needed to do more research and more preparation in order to give myself the greatest chance of having the natural childbirth experience I truly hoped for. This is when I started reading more and more about the importance of Doulas. I was easily convinced that this was something my husband and I absolutely needed during our next childbirth experience. Enter Helen :) I was so confident that having her at my childbirth was going to make a world of difference and I was right on the money! When it came time to have my son having both my husband and Helen there was the most amazing experience. Experiencing the support of a woman who herself has had 5 natural childbirths made such a difference! She was so in tune with what I needed and when I needed it, things such as making sure I was hydrated, knowing the exact spot I needed pressure during contractions, helping coach me in my breathing, the things that I really needed in order to continue experiencing natural labor. I am so happy to report that I did indeed succeed in having the natural labor that I had wanted so much! I truly believe this is a testament to how awesome and beneficial it is having the support of both an amazing doula and loving partner, during one of the wildest rides there is. I sincerely recommend to any woman who is embarking on the journey of motherhood to really take the time to plan out and research the birth you want, look into the history of doulas, and all of the benefits there are to having an experienced woman at your side during your labor. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to have Helen at my son's birth. I know my husband agrees wholeheartedly! They truly made an exceptional team." - T, J, and Baby S
Words cannot express our gratitude for having you there with us through the birth of baby E. We are so thankful that you joined us and helped us to have such a wonderful journey bringing her into the world. Helping families is definitely your calling-you are such a natural. We feel like you are family. Thanks again!"
-C, J, and Baby E
" I will forever be grateful for the four hands on me this day. I will forever be grateful for the guidance of my wonderful doula, Helen and the way she brought me back to earth and guided my husband to comfort me in all the ways she knew how. I will be grateful for the continuing support she provided when I was whisked away to surgery after laboring naturally and instantly mourning the loss of my birth plan. I don't know how any woman could make it through labor, natural or not without someone like this" - Laura G
We loved having Helen helping us with my first pregnancy. She was willing to spend time with us prior to the birth and she even met our Bradley class instructor. It was a blessing to have her with us during our long, hard labor and birth. She was awesome! She endured nearly two days next to us in the hospital without sleep; not much more needed to be said... My mother was at the hospital with us and she does not speak English and was having a difficult time seeing me go through a long labor; even though there was a language barrier, Helen took the time to take care of my mother. I ended up having to have a cesarean and she was able to be with us in the operating room and hold our little bundle of joy when she was born (and she took some great pictures that we wouldn't have if it wasn't for her!). There's definitely a connection between our family and Helen that we really enjoy having! She’ll always have a special place in our family. She's a great doula and friend! :-) We would definitely recommend her! Karen and Kevin O
We had never heard of a doula before and my husband and I weren’t sure we needed one. After our friends had a fabulous natural birth experience with Helen at their side, I knew having Helen there for me was what I needed. My husband was not so sure.
Today if you asked my husband about having Helen at the birth he would tell you she was a lifesaver and such an awesome support to us. Helen was simply amazing. She was calm, therapeutic, and relaxed. She knew what I needed and gave me that “motherly” support without overly sympathizing. She was consistently so sweet and upbeat, her and my husband made an awesome duo and worked their tails off.
I truly believe that having Helen by my side made my natural birth such a different experience had she not been there. The work that a doula does is simply priceless.
Even though I have only been around Helen for a few hours outside of my labor, she truly feels like family. I still text her with questions and keep in touch with her as she is such a kind and generous spirit and role model for me (plus who can resist that charming accent). I would genuinely recommend Helen to anyone who is expecting, especially (but not limited to) those planning a natural birth.
She helped guide my husband and I through the hardest contractions and I felt like she knew exactly what i needed at each moment more than i did. she knew when I needed a cold rag on my head or when it would feel good to change positions. I felt like i barely needed to think because she was anticipating my next request. Things progressed quickly and she definitely contributed to that in my opinion! The doula experience exceeded our expectations. My husband and I really enjoyed getting to know Helen before the birth and she made the labor experience so much more enjoyable. She lifted a cloud of worry from us because I knew that she would tell us what was normal or not and she could also anticipate how I was feeling at any given stage of labor. The birth went much quicker than I expected, so that was great! She stuck around and made sure my son latched on and she knew when to give us space as well. Overall I had a wonderful experience and look forward to hiring Helen next time I'm pregnant! -Kristen
We were so beyond blessed to have Helen to support us during the birth of our angel. Initially I was on the fence whether I wanted a doula or not but being a first time mom I figured it was a good idea because I wasn't sure what to expect for labor, boy am I glad we had her!! We would have been lost and I would have had much more pain if it weren't for Helen. She knew exactly what to do and when with the counter pressure, cold towels, making sure I was staying hydrated, and so much more. Her encouraging words made me know that I could do this and got me through each contraction. There is no way I would labor naturally again without Helen's support, she was a true God send, we love her. - Sarah
"We first met Helen in our natural childbirth class at CMC when I was pregnant with our son, Mateo, who is now 2. We were instantly calmed by her warm spirit and quick smile. After meeting with her, my husband and I didn't hesitate for a minute in deciding to hire her as our doula - and it turns out our intuition was right. I can't tell you enough how instrumental she was in helping me to have the drug and intervention-free births I wanted for both our son (born November 2013) and our daughter (born October 2015). Helen was as much of a support for my husband as she was for me. She met with us before the births to develop a comprehensive birth plan and to make sure both of us were well-informed about the options (without being judgmental or pressuring whatsoever). Both of my labors were 15+ hours and both started the evening (not the optimal time, of course!). Helen came to our house in the wee hours of the morning both times and helped me get through those physically and mentally challenging hours at home (think lots of back rubs, hip squeezes, position changes, water bottle refills, etc.). She was just as resourceful and supportive once we got to the hospital, and I am positive the midwives and nurses on duty were just as happy to have her in the room as we were. She stepped in to help when my husband needed a break, but also knew when to sit back and let him help me. Throughout both labors, she reassured me that what I was experiencing was normal, which allowed me to trust my body and let it do what it was designed to do. After both births, she followed up with home visits to check on the babies and me and to answer questions, help with breastfeeding issues, etc. She also did placenta encapsulation with my daughter's birth, which I have been very happy with and would recommend to anyone. (I'm still savoring the last of my magic pills!) Helen continues to be a resource for me, not to mention a lifelong friend. It's obvious that she loves babies, loves the magic of childbirth, and loves helping others -- making her, at least in our opinion, the perfect doula." - Gretchen