"Of all of the choices we made throughout my pregnancy, having Tiffany be our doula was the very best. We wavered about having a doula because I knew I wanted an epidural and we weren't sure whether we needed the extra support and whether a doula would be supportive of our choices. However a bad experience in L&D at 27 weeks + and knowing my OB would likely be on vacation during my birth left me anxious. We met with Tiffany and I immediately felt better. She was incredibly empathetic and made clear that her priority was supporting our choices. We figured that even if I had an uneventful birth, the peace of mind alone was worth it.
Well, my labor ended up being more eventful than I had anticipated. The doctor I had the bad experience with was on call, we had a nurse who didn't regulary work at our hospital, and my heart rate was quite high. However, I knew everything would be okay when Tiffany arrived. She and my husband were amazing helping me through the first part of my labor, advocated for me to labor in the tub, and helping me decide when to get the epidural.
Later, I ended up needing extra testing and I couldn't always follow what the doctor and nurse were discussing. Tiffany always took the time to explain what was happening and why. After delivery, my heart rate got even higher and there was a flurry of people. Tiffany stayed to make sure I was okay and her calm presence reassured me.
Given the circumstances, my birth could have easily been a bad experience, but thanks in large part to Tiffany, it wasn't. Her emotional support was pivotal. Women always remember how they felt during birth and I felt supported, safe, and cared for thanks to Tiffany.
We can't thank her enough for making the most important day of our lives such a positive experience." -HA
A new testimonial for Tiffany: " Although hiring a doula is not an inexpensive venture, I can think of no better way to spend the money in preparation for the arrival of my little one"
"We are so pleased with our birth experience and Tiffany’s role in helping us achieve our somewhat hazy goal of an unmedicated birth.
Meeting her for the prenatal appointment, we felt instantly at ease with her non-judgmental approach since we were uncertain which path we would purse until labor started. (Although we found her through community referrals, it turns out she is also very well known and respected in our midwives’ office and at the hospital where we delivered, which says a lot.)
Our labor was somewhat unusual for a first time birth in that we did not have early labor so we arrived at the hospital already in the very active stages, andTiffany was there shortly after we arrived and did not leave until well after our son’s birth 12 or 13 hours later. She provided invaluable support during the labor and delivery for both me and my husband, always encouraging of where I was at and suggesting multiple options to keep things moving.
Her training as a midwife was paramount to the process going as smoothly as it did and I can’t say enough how happy we are with the decision to have her there.
Although hiring a doula is not an inexpensive venture, I can think of no better way to spend the money in preparation for the arrival of my little one." -JJ
"What is an estimated due date, and how is it determined? What are the risks of going past your due date? Does induction increase the risk of C-section? At which point do the benefits of being electively induced outweigh the risks? Do women’s goals and preferences for their births matter?" - Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN
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