"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