Originally my husband and I were uncertain about hiring a doula. A few friends were insistent that a doula would be a wonderful guide through our first pregnancy especially considering we don’t have family in town. We are so delighted we hired Sue after our initial meeting!
Sue met with us a couple of times before the delivery and was always available for quick questions. She helped us understand the questions we would be asked and decisions that needed to be made. When health required an early delivery, Sue was honest about her schedule and magically made it all work. She provided terrific support at the hospital and stayed for an hour after delivery to ensure we were doing ok and share pictures she took (we didn’t even think about taking post labor pictures!)
Postpartum is where Sue became invaluable. She checked in with us regularly and was wonderful for general baby questions and most importantly lactation concerns. Our friends and family were so grateful that she was in our lives.
We highly recommend Sue as a doula and if we have children in the future she will be the first one we call!
Sue was a fantastic doula that helped us prepare for birth, have a successful and positive birthing experience and answer questions and provide advice post partum. We immediately felt at ease with Sue and really valued how collaborative and supportive she was. In the process of preparing for birth and creating a birth plan, she helped us determine what we wanted in our experience and provided information on the pros and cons of various options. We never felt like she pushed us towards a certain decision, but rather that she provided support and guidance that helped us feel secure and prepared.
During labor, Sue was a fantastic extra set of hands as well as an important advocate for our desires. She was able to help us interface with the hospital staff in a positive and collaborative way. She provided emotional and physical support for labor and delivery and made sure to answer our questions and capture key moments. She also kept a log of everything that happened during the process and prepared a birth timeline for us which was very helpful in reflecting on the event afterwards.
Post labor, she has been an invaluable resource for questions as they arise. She checks in frequently to ensure that we are all doing well and encourages us to ask her any questions or raise any concerns to her. Overall, we really appreciated Sue's support throughout the process and would highly recommend her to others considering a doula.
This is our first child and we weren’t sure what to expect but we were Informed about birth Doula’s through our kinesiologist to help us with the whole process of birth and the immediate time after with breastfeeding and any other questions we would have. We are very glad we found Sue, she helped us prepare for the day, well ahead of time so we were able to go in more prepared with the process and also with what to pack in a hospital bag. I ended up going into labor late at night and gave Sue the call around 2 am when we got to the hospital and she answered right away, we were admitted and we gave her a text to head down around 4 am when things were starting to get active. She arrived shortly after we contacted her and immediately we had that sense of having someone we felt comfortable with to help us. She made sure to keep me hydrated and encouraged my husband to do the same. I ended up laboring in a few positions and ended up having our baby boy at 9:44 am. One great thing about the whole process was that when she arrived at the hospital she handed the nurse and midwife our birth preference sheet and from that moment forward there wasn’t a single question that needed to be answered, all our wants on the sheet had been taken into consideration and we were thankful that Sue had thought of seemingly every question that would need to be answered so there was no last minute things we needed to decide on. After birth she stayed with us and helped with the first feeding and then when it was time she left. She stopped by for a home visit and we chatted for a while with questions we had and she offered support anytime we need it. We will 100 percent use her in the future and would recommend her to anyone looking for some comfort and help in their birthing journey!
Sue was everything we were looking for in a doula, and more. She was a calm, confident presence before, during, and after the birth of our son. Sue came to the birth prepared with all the supplies I thought I'd need (like honey sticks), and some I didn't think I'd need but ended up very happy to have (like anti-nausea aromatherapy). She was a lifesaver for my husband who was relieved not to be my sole supporter through my all-night labor. She gave helpful suggestions for labor positions to conserve energy and was supportive of all my pain relief choices. She truly cares about her clients and was a real partner in our birth experience.