We are so thankful to have found Sue as our doula! She was an incredibly helpful resource for us before, during, and after the delivery of our first child. We felt comfortable with her immediately during our initial interview, as it was easy to see her compassion for others and expertise in the birthing process. She was extremely fast to respond to all of our (sometimes silly) questions though text, email, and phone calls. She was just as reassuring and supportive when meeting in person, too! Her flexibility in scheduling meetings (including nights and weekends) was very much appreciated. During labor, Sue was great about staying in constant contact with us. Although our delivery didn't go as we had planned, Sue swooped in to support momma, baby, and daddy right away! We wouldn't hesitate to recommended Sue to anyone looking for a caring and knowledgeable advocate in the birthing process!
Tiff and George
Being first time parents, we quickly agreed that adding a doula to our care team would help calm any anxieties we had about labor, and help us navigate all the information we were receiving from classes and online resources. We interviewed several doulas to find the right fit, and enthusiastically selected Sue. Her decades of experience are unmatched in the Twin Cities and really stood out, and we were comforted knowing she had already seen it all - we felt confident there was nothing she couldn't handle. Throughout the process of developing our birth plan, Sue was a gentle guide. She didn't push anything on us, just provided the information, answered questions based on her experience, and helped us arrive at our own conclusions. During early labor, she was there in the middle of the night answering texts to guide my husband and I on when to go into the hospital. During pushing, she was the captain of the room and by my side giving me courage and support (while at the same time not limiting the role of my husband). After, she took the most amazing candid photos of our new family and surprised me with the best peanut butter toast of my life knowing I would be starving (it's the little things, really). We are so thankful for Sue!
Sue provided amazing support, reassurance, and guidance during our pregnancy and birth. She was very attentative and provided extensive knowledge during the birthing process. She seemed to come up with all of the best things to do while I was working through contractions with an all natural birth. I highly recommend her and would definitely hire her again as our doula.
I sought out the services of a doula as I struggle with anxiety and knew having a knowledgeable birthing coach who was not my husband would be useful. It was wonderful to have her on my team for my first baby. The two prenatal meetings were useful; however, I know they would have been better suited for a person/couple who was very unfamiliar with the process of labor and delivery. I spent months reading articles and books, as well as talking to all the mothers in my life to learn all I could, so I didn’t have many questions besides her role in the process. It was nice to have her put together a birth preference document to ease my own preparations. I was really looking forward to Sue's vast array of techniques to ease labor pain, but I was unable to get that benefit as I was induced on my due date for medical reasons and chose to get an epidural prior to the AROM. Early in the induction I used nitrous oxide (on Sue’s recommendation) that helped greatly with my anxiety and prevented me from needing pain medication much earlier than I did. I am sensitive to Pitocin so needed it to be reduced several times before my labor really started. Sue arrived after I’d been in the hospital for 32 hours, just prior to things advancing more quickly (just short of 12 hours after my water was broken). When it came time for me to begin pushing, she was there to hold up one of my legs and coach me through it with the help of my nurse and it was wonderful to have someone there who knew what was happening, how to help, and what to say to explain what was going on to a first time mom that just wanted to sleep. I especially liked that she took pictures just after so my mother and husband could focus on me and the baby. The postnatal visit is what I found most valuable in my situation as it was great to recap everything that had happened and to get the birth story in writing.