Sue was our doula for the birth of our first baby earlier this year, and we have only great things to say about her! She met with us a couple of times before our baby arrived to discuss our birth preferences. We had to make some changes along the way, since our baby girl was breech right up to the end. Sue was so helpful in giving us advice on things we could do to try to coax her to flip. She also put us at ease once it became clear that we would be having a C-section. Although it was not our original birth plan, Sue made us feel comfortable and confident going into the birth. It was also very nice to have her in the OR to keep me updated on what was happening with the baby for the few minutes that the nurses and her dad took her for her initial measurements. Sue stayed with me afterwards when the baby had to be taken to the warmer for a half hour, and my husband felt like he could go with the baby without feeling like he was leaving me alone. Sue also helped us with the first feed, which was very helpful. She has followed up with us after the birth as well and has made sure we've felt supported all the way through. Sue is so knowledgeable and has a personality that really puts you at ease and makes you feel confident. We love Sue and would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula!
We are forever grateful to have had Sue as our doula during the pregnancy and birth of our second daughter. Throughout my pregnancy, she was eager to answer questions promptly, provide encouragement, and check in whenever we needed. Not only is Sue so experienced and knowledgeable about all things pregnancy/birth/babies, she brings such a peaceful, gentle, calming, and confident energy to each interaction. She is also an excellent listener and very detail-oriented. During my labor, Sue helped us achieve the calm, peaceful birth we were so hoping for. She came well-equipped with lots of comfort measures that helped ease my nausea and back pain and cope with contractions. Sue was very affirming and had such a strong, confident presence when we needed it most. She helped us process through our birth and ease into parenting two children while letting us know she is still available for anything we need. We highly recommend Sue as a doula!
Joe + Krista Drechsel
Sue was an amazing partner throughout my pregnancy, birth, and postpartum! Sue provides a knowledgeable, calming, reassuring voice. I felt comfortable asking any questions that came up, and her responses were always rooted in research she has done. She was also always willing to send articles and resources to ensure credibility. Sue was always quick to respond to texts and calls. During the birth, Sue was such a great support to both myself and my husband. She allowed him to be the main support person I needed and guided us through the process. After the birth, Sue reached out and was very helpful with any questions that came up. I can not picture my pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience without Sue. She was monumental throughout the process!
We first learned about Sue through my sister-in-law who used her for both of their births. She raved about their experiences and I knew that I had to meet Sue as we interviewed doulas. After our first meeting I told my husband I didn't need to interview anyone else! Sue was so warm and engaging and I knew I wanted her energy with me on delivery day. Throughout the entire process Sue was always available to answer questions no matter how big or small. I never felt pressured to make my birth plan anything other than what I wanted, Sue was great at remaining neutral but provided tons of info that helped me make informed decisions. When I went into labor quickly, Sue arrived within 15 minutes ready to roll. I strayed from some of the things that I thought I wanted during labor but Sue rolled with it and helped me find different options. When I felt nauseous, she had essential oils ready. When my husband ate stinky food, she even had gum for him! And when I couldn't think straight about what position to labor in, she suggested something that I wouldn't have even known was available! It was a busy night and the midwives were bouncing between rooms and it made me so grateful to have Sue there alongside the nurses and my husband. The teamwork we created allowed me to stay focused on my breathing while Sue and others had the other aspects under control. Sue even managed to take pictures and create a timeline of labor, which was so great to have after the fact. After our daughter was born, Sue helped me breastfeed and spent some time with us debriefing the day. She even helped us order food! After we arrived home, Sue came to visit and follow up within the first few days. I am so grateful that we decided to hire Sue for such an important time in our lives. We loved working with her and if we are lucky enough to have another child, we will 100% hire her again!!
Jessica Fredrickson Knezevich