"She was like a lighthouse. I felt safe with her." - a testimonial for Tiffany and our PSD Partnership
Being that this was my first pregnancy, I knew I wanted a doula to help me and my husband through a home birth. We interviewed Jen and Tiffany and I instantly knew that they were the right people for the job. I felt right at home and heard with both of them and knew they'd be perfect for helping us during birth. I had a very long labor that started at home. Tiffany was there as soon as I needed her to be. Throughout the next 24 hours, she was there with me, encouraging me, making suggestions and telling me what to expect to come next. She was like a lighthouse. When my labor stalled, she encouraged me to to get things moving by making good suggestions to bring about more intense contractions. I felt safe with her.
Ultimately, after 48 hours of labor with very little progress and an inability to keep food down, we transferred to the hospital. I was heartbroken that we couldn't finish the birth at home, but wanted a rest and a break from the pain. Tiffany was so helpful in that transition to the hospital. While my midwife prepared the transfer, Tiffany spoke to me about what to expect. She was very familiar with Northwest Hospital and made it sound like such a safe haven - and it was. Once I was there I had an epidural and told to sleep for several hours. Tiffany went back to our house to get a few hours of much needed rest herself.
Later the next day, it was finally time to push. Tiffany was so encouraging, holding a mirror, taking pictures and coaching me on pushing. Her energy helped me push my little boy out in just two hours. I was thrilled! It was a rocky birth, as my waters had broken early and there was meconium in the waters. They had to take him away and suction his nose and mouth. Tiffany kept talking to me, letting me know what they were doing and how he was doing. It was exactly what I needed to stay calm and wait for him. He turned out perfectly!
I would definitely recommend hiring Tiffany and Jen! -AH
"Although birth is only one day in the life of a woman, it has an imprint on her for the rest of her life." - Justine Caines
It is an honor an privilege to be invited into the sacred space of labor and childbirth. Sometimes, things do not go as planned, but that doesn't mean that the experience is not empowering or beautiful.
In my experience, families walk away from their birth feeling satisfied NOT when things go as planned, but when they felt listened to, cared for, and were given the time and information to make all of their own decisions.
This family was part of the decision making process the whole way, nothing "just happend." This is what maternity care should look like.
Shout out to the amazing homebirth licensed midwives, certified nurse midwives, and Ob that provided informed consent, and allowed time for informed decision making!
Welcome to the world Baby Sloan Wylder! Love, Your Doula Tiffany