Sometimes we get the joy of getting to fulfill a need.
At different times in our lives, Tiffany and I have both been humbled and overwhelmed by gifts- these gifts have come in the form of words, time, or "stuff" to take care of our children. We, along with some of you had the pleasure of bringing these forms of gifts to one of our clients recently. Within days being being interviewed, this new client's birth story unfolded in an unusual way full of irony, joy, and the need for extreme flexibility. In the morning they left their hotel room expecting to learn about birth and newborn care with Jen (which they did) but by dinner time they were holding their baby and putting these new skills into practice. Tiffany posted on our facebook page asking if anyone had newborn clothes or supplies they no longer needed. Our community literally took this to heart- filling both of our minivan trunks with essentials for mom and baby. In fact we had to weed through the gifts and pass along some of your generosity to others! The gifted family was overwhelmed by your generosity but I assured them that thank you notes were the least of their concerns (new moms understand there's little time for thank you notes and would not expect anything). I did however say that someday they will get the opportunity to pay it forward and this will be their act of gratitude. Below is the letter the grateful mom sent:
Hi Jen and Tiffany,
I just wanted to thank you both again. We cannot thank you enough. Thank you so much.
We got into our apartment today and will be staying the night.. I look in the corner of our studio and see all the baby stuff we need to get set up and clothes organize to help determine sizes etc. We cannot thank you enough. Thank you so much.
You two, your community, and the anynomous donors, will forever have a place in our hearts and our baby's heart as we share the story when he gets older.
The generousity of you and your community will always be cherished in our hearts and we will always feel such gratitude towards you.
Thank you for encouraging our attitudes towards empowerment as we accept such generosity.
I cannot share how such a relief I feel when I look over and see all that I need and can use right now. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I cannot fully explain how much you and your community have helped us. Thank you from all three of our hearts.
With love and gratitude,
Thanks community- Tiffany and I (Jen) are so grateful for you!
Patience. This family released control and allowed their birth story TIME and were pleased with the result.
Patience. This family released control and allowed their birth story TIME. Because sometimes contractions slow down or even go away. That's hard when you've been working often and for a LONG time. Rather then give up, they rested, then when her body was ready for active labor they got active. Baby E - your parents fell in love the moment they saw your cute little face evident by the tears which flowed freely from their eyes as they kissed your smooth head.
The birth of my first child was challenging and despite having a doula, I felt that she wasn't as supportive as I would have hoped. So after becoming pregnant with my second, I knew I wanted an experienced doula who could provide support and suggestions in any circumstance. A friend recommended Tiffany and little did I know that I would end up with two amazing doulas! Jen and Tiffany were both exactly what I was looking for... experienced, compassionate, present, genuine, and absolutely delightful to talk with. I never really felt nervous about the upcoming birth because in my mind, I had a dream team of support.
When I went past my due date and was feeling discouraged, Jen called me to talk through my feelings and offer her encouragement. She was so compassionate and helped me stay positive. Then when my water broke 4 days later, Tiffany was very responsive and quickly met us at the hospital when things ramped up quickly.
Throughout my labor, Tiffany was right there with me, a comforting voice in my ear, guiding me through each contraction and each stage. She was like having a GPS of my labor, telling me what to look for next, what to expect, and where to turn. She had one helpful suggestion after another... at one point in between difficult transition contractions, Tiffany suggested that I try to feel my baby's head. I reached down, skeptical that I would feel anything, but I did! I felt her head and with it, my confidence soared! A few contractions later, I felt her move down even further and it was time to push! Tiffany was again a calm voice in my ear, helping me to direct my energy in to pushing. 20 minutes later, my daughter was born! I honestly feel like I had the perfect birth... it was exactly what I wanted and Tiffany was a big part of helping me achieve that.
Tiffany and Jen make a fantastic team and are truly gifted at what they do! - C.O.