We loved having Sue as our doula! She made us feel very comfortable and shared a lot of information with us. Sue also let us schedule an extra appointment when we found out our baby was breech during which she showed us flipping techniques that ended up working and our baby turned spontaneously!
We chose Sue to be our doula for the birth of our 3rd child - and we are so glad that we did! Sue was so incredibly helpful during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She has such a warm and friendly personality and makes you feel like you've known her forever! Both my husband and I felt this way. This was a very important aspect for us when choosing a doula as they are witness to such an intimate and important part of our lives. She is incredibly easy to talk to and is extremely knowledgable about all aspects of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She always made me feel like I could contact her at any time with questions and was so very helpful with some of the questions that I had specifically around breastfeeding. I had a few different things come up with breastfeeding and she was able to help me work through everything -- her calm demeanor and her attitude of "you can get through this!" gave me confidence in my ability to push through some of the breastfeeding challenges that I had. Another aspect I loved about Sue is that she didn't make me feel pressured to have my birth be a certain way -- she was great at providing gentle guidance and answering questions but ultimately left any decisions we made up to my husband and I. I could go on and on, but I will end with one thing that I think sets Sue apart. She had such a positive relationship/encounters along the way with all of the health providers that were part of the process -- the nurses, doctors, etc! It really made it seem that my husband, Sue, my doctors, and the nurses were part of a cohesive care and support team. I felt very well cared for! Like I said before, we are soooo happy that we chose Sue to be apart of this important part of our lives!
Sue was a tremendous support during labor, delivery, and recovery. She was able to answer our questions and provide insight on the many suggestions/recommendations made my the Dr during our very long induction. Due to the baby's position, we needed to have a c section. Sue came into the surgery along with my husband. After my baby was handed to my husband, Sue sat by me while they finished the surgery and gave me updates on my baby (told me his measurements, that he was skin to skin with my husband, etc.) and answered my questions as they finished the surgery. She also came to the recovery room after and helped with the initial breastfeeding. And during all of that she found time to take pictures and document the labor/delivery timeline!
We are so happy that we found Sue!
I've been remiss in writing this review of Sue! Sue was there as we welcomed our daughter Eve into the world late last fall and I'm so grateful. Her calm presence helped me know that everything was moving along just as it should. Plus, between she and my husband (and her coaching of my husband!) I was completely supported physically and emotionally. The whole labor went relatively fast once things got going so my memory is fuzzy at best, but I distinctinly remember Sue's guidance during pushing, which was a struggle for me, as VITAL! I was so wiped out, but Sue reminded me as each contraction came how I should breath and when/how to push. She held her breath with me, held my hand and told me when to push, I honestly don't know how I would have done it without her. To cap it off she got the sweetest photos of Eve and I meeting for the first time, my husband cutting the cord and his reaction as she arrived. What a blessing Sue was on our birth experience, thank you so much! Lastly, and I hope this doesn't happen to you, but our daughter arrived promptly (ha), two weeks late and Sue's knowledge and presence through that waiting game was so wonderful as well.