Richmond VA Doula: Baby Zoe

Sarah was absolutely amazing to have to help me through my delivery. She took notes the entire time she was there and helped give the nurses and doctors information that would not have been known if she had not been there. Sarah was also full of helpful information about the processes and procedures I was going through. I would recommend Sarah to anyone! She made my stressful labor SO much easier on my boyfriend and I. I can’t thank her enough!  ~ Claire L. and Baby Zoe

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Baby Zoe’s birth

Richmond VA Doula: Baby Lorenzo

A new testimony from a wonderful couple who I had the pleasure of supporting!

When I first found out I was pregnant I knew that a doula was a must.  The decision to hire a doula is one each makes for their own reasons; and in our case, we had several.  Personally, I wanted to have a completely natural childbirth and as such a doula is an almost must.  I also knew that since this was our first birth experience we would need someone to help us make informed decisions during a time of confusion, excitment, and pain.  Sarah helped tremendously with all of this.  From preparation, to answering questions/text messages at sporadic times leading up to labor, to helping us make the right decisions for us at the time of birth.

Perhaps our most important reason for hiring Sarah, and one that does not seem to get much mention, is to have someone there to help my husband during the labor process.  As difficult as it is for women to be in labor, it is a significantlay different and in many ways more intensely difficult for the partners who love us to watch us go through pain and suffering.  As my husband put it “Watching you go throug those contractions was awful.  I wanted so much to help you and felt like there was nothing I could do.  I remember the moment Sarah walked through the door.  I immediately sighed in relief.  Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done without additional support like Sarah during this intense time.”  This was especially true considering we are relatively new in town and our family live hundreds of miles away.

Thank you Sarah for helping to support us in making the difficult decisions and for being with us physically and emotionally during this painful yet oh so beautiful time of childbirth.

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Richmond VA Doula: Baby Annabelle

So blessed to get to do what I do! Baby Annabelle was worth each bit of the 43 hrs of labor her momma was in!

Sarah is just so wonderful, and I do not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who is looking for a doula! My husband and I were so grateful for her presence during labor and delivery, and I honestly don’t think I would have made it though 43 hours of labor without her support and encouragement. We met a few times before going into labor to discuss my “as-natural-as-possible” hospital birth plan, and she helped me weigh all of the options by giving pros and cons and pointing me to credible research when needed. Sarah was always a phone call or text away, which was very helpful during my labor false alarms. She did also prepare me for the fact that anything could happen during labor and that I needed to be flexible with my birth plan. It’s a good thing she did; NOTHING went as planned. She also supported me through a not-so-supportive OB experience. I will spare the details from those 43 hours, but I can say that Sarah was an essential part of my birth team. I had to make very difficult decisions, and she helped me to be rational, thorough, and sane during the times when I was delirious from the pain and sleep deprivation. She is also funny, sweet, and laid-back (even though I caused her to have major sleep deprivation), which was pretty important and refreshing during the most stressful moments of my life. During labor, she just seemed like part of my family, and she will always have a special place in my heart.

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