Louis’s natural birth
Kaylee and Billy’s natural birth of a 9lb boy
We were quite anxious about the birth of our second child since the first delivery was an emergency c-section and the attending doctors and nurses were not very communicative during the entire process. We did our homework. We went to the hospital classes and read about child birth. But, we did not realize that we needed to advocate for ourselves during the actual birth nor did we know how.
Knowing only generally the role of a doula, we did not think we needed Dawn’s help for our second birth experience. We were going to be courageous, pray, and hope that the second delivery would be better. We were going to ask questions and we thought we knew what to expect.
To our surprise and discomfort, the attending nurse for our second delivery was cold. The vibe of the room seemed very tense. We called Dawn.
Upon her arrival, Dawn comforted us by her words and calm presence. She asked us what we wanted, specifically what Katie needed. She helped Katie work through moments of pain and discomfort. Stayed by Katie’s side throughout. Katie delivered vbac with no pain medicines. Amazing.
Throughout our entire delivery, Dawn was a comforting hand, encouraging voice and calm presenc
e. Dawn’s way of being and caring made the second birth a healing and restorative process. Our fears and memories carried over from the first birthing experience seem to fade in the distance. Katie was exhausted but in great spirits. We are so very thankful to Dawn for the way she took care of us, advocated for us and for the gift of a safe, memorable and redemptive birthing experience.
Katie and Jacob Mohler
Dawn was our doula for the births of both of our kids. As first-time parents, she was a wealth of knowledge about the various stages of the pregnancy phase. She met with us several times before the birth to answer questions, calm fears and ultimately help us to develop a birth plan that worked for us.
For the birth itself, my husband and I were encouraged and relieved to have another “teammate” who was an experienced, calming presence. Having Dawn as our doula freed us both from having to do the problem-solving piece of the labor process (i.e. deciding what positions to try). I felt confident in following her coaching. My husband was able to focus on being my encourager.
After the birth, she offered tips on breast feeding and was available in the days post to answer questions.
As second-time parents, we were surprised to be told in the delivery room that our baby was breech. Along with the doctor and nurses, Dawn was able to talk us through a successful (and fast!) vaginal delivery of our baby girl.
If you are considering a doula, Dawn is your woman! I am convinced that hiring her was the best decision we could have made for our birth experiences.
Sarah and Peter Foley
Induction without pain medication
When I learned I was pregnant with my first child, I had many emotions. I felt exhilarated, emotional, and excited beyond belief, yet very afraid and unprepared. It was one of the most important things I would ever be privileged to experience, yet there was so much that I didn’t know. Dawn came alongside us and helped me prepare my body, mind and soul for this child. In the midst of my countless questions and concerns, she walked me through the process, while keeping my heart focused on the beauty of pregnancy, childbirth and beginning life with my child. Whether it was nutrition, stretching, understanding my body and the progressions of labor, or sharing amazement over the weekly development of my baby, I felt prepared and deeply understood. During the countless hours of my labor, she was solely focused on the best experience for my body and my baby, and kept my eyes fixed on the beauty of it all. After our daughter was born, she provided support and care as my body healed, and information and nurture enabling me to confidently care for my baby. That time in my life was remarkable, rich and deeply soulful. Regardless of your philosophy, situation, or understanding of pregnancy and childbirth, you will find encouragement and expertise through your relationship with Dawn.
Suzy and Chris Florence
5 stars! We were so glad to have Dawn’s help as we prepared for our childbirth. She was a fantastic and knowledgeable resource for all things; from deciding on a doula, what questions to ask any and all caregivers, and how to prepare for our labor and hospital stay based on our specific desires. She even came straight to our house to help with pre labor and baby positioning when the big day arrived. Being 40 and having to be induced with this pregnancy, I was so thankful to have her support and experience right beside me! Thank you Dawn!
Alia, Mother of 3, natural childbirth for all of them! … Heck yes I’m bragging about it!
Alia and Derek Nicholson