Allison H

Linda was very professional and provided excellent services as a doula.  She gained my confidence early on by being so prepared and establishing a good rapport at the initial meeting.  She discussed pain management and asked about my preferences and she helped create the environment I desired for my birth.  She did a great job of boosting my spirits by being positive and enouraging me and providing a sense of camaraderie (like “we’re in this together”) early on when I was discouraged about being induced. Birth experiences don’t always go they way we intend or envision them to be so it’s crucial to have supportive people with you who are aware of your birth plan, yet also flexible and informed.  When my labor finally started and my contractions really got going, Linda continued to be supportive verbally and physically (through lower back massage, aromatherapy, getting heating pads for me).  Linda also interacted well with my midwife and husband to form a “team” that really got me through the latter stages of labor when I felt I had no strength left.  I truly relied on my faith as well as this core group of people to make it through the process of natural birth. Linda was there for every contraction, helping and offering suggestions to help me get through it.  She also took some really special photographs during labor and after birth that I will always treasure.  Throughout my entire time and my experiences with Linda, including the follow-up phone calls and meetings, she really made me and my well-being her main priority and concern. I am so glad I met Linda and I was blessed to have her serve as my doula.