This is my morning! I spent it with my new calendar and a pile of paperwork, this led to preparing to meet some wonderful women this week that are looking for a doula, organizing paperwork for new clients, and thinking about all the plans I want to happen in June, and getting excited about new educational trainings that will only help me be a better and more well-rounded doula. I am excited to see what the end of May and June will bring to my business. There are new things on the horizon for All Things Doula! Just wait and see!
I can’t say enough about how wonderful our birth experience was with Sarah as our doula. Being a first time mom, and the first of my friends to have a child, I had no idea what to expect with pregnancy, labor, or a newborn. From our first meeting with Sarah, she was so helpful and took her time answering all of our questions. I wasn’t sure at first if I would even need a doula, especially since I was planning on having a traditional hospital birth with an epidural, but I’m so happy that we decided to go ahead and schedule an appointment. We were immediately comfortable with Sarah, and she helped us decide exactly what we wanted for our birth plan. I especially appreciated that she didn’t try to talk us into any specific plan or convince me to try natural birth, but instead gave us information on all of our options, let us know that she was there to support us no matter what are wishes were, and even asked us questions about our birth plan that we hadn’t thought about. My husband and I had decided early on that we didn’t want any friends or family present at the birth, and Sarah was very supportive of our decision. I was terrified of having a c-section, and I had read so many stories about hospitals pushing c-sections if labor was delayed, so having Sarah there to voice my concerns when I was in labor was so helpful. Sarah checked in on us frequently during my pregnancy, sometimes to see if we needed help with any preparations, and sometimes just to allow me to talk out some of my fears and concerns. I wanted to wait as long as I could to go to the hospital once I was in labor, and Sarah was right there helping me keep track of how quick I was progressing. As soon as I left for the hospital, Sarah was there, her overnight bag in hand, ready to help in anyway possible. During labor, Sarah was extremely helpful, taking care of both me and my husband, and keeping us calm. When it was finally time to push, Sarah somehow managed to still be helpful, and take some amazing pictures of my daughter’s birth, that I absolutely cherish. Sarah stayed with me for a few hours after the birth until I was comfortable, and came to check on us while we were in the hospital. After we came home, Sarah stopped by frequently to check on us, even if just to watch my daughter while I took a quick shower. I am so thankful that we decided to work with Sarah. I can’t imagine our birth story without her. Even though I was originally unsure if we needed a doula, I tell everyone I know that it’s an absolute necessity that you won’t regret, and Sarah is the absolute best. Thank you Sarah for everything!