Testimonials

A Dad’s Perspective ~

“I didn’t think we needed her, but we did!”  — Christopher Loock


What Moms are Saying ~

“I knew that I wanted a birth doula to assist with my baby’s birth, but I had no idea how important her role would be. Tiffany is a uniquely thoughtful and intuitive person who took the time to deeply listen to my husband and me. In addition to wanting to fully understand our birth preferences, she sought to support my husband in fulfilling the active role he desired and helped us both think through possible considerations we might face during labor. Tiffany established an environment in which I felt extremely safe and supported, both emotionally and physically. She is an experienced childbirth educator, and I think that is a highly valuable attribute for a birth doula. She helped me to do most of my laboring at home, which was important to me, and she knew when it was time to transition to the hospital where I planned to birth.

Tiffany doesn’t have any agenda other than to best help mothers experience and prepare for the birth they envision for themselves. While I was excited to have a child, I very rarely enjoyed being pregnant. I was physically ill and emotionally depressed throughout most of it. It was important to me that a doula be understanding and compassionate about this, and not be too ooey-gooey about pregnancy itself. Tiffany heard that loud and clear, and I never once felt that she believed I “should” be feeling anything other than how I honestly felt. She helped me to be honest and compassionate with myself both prior to and during the birth, which is incredibly important for any mother-to-be. My husband and I are so grateful to have had her in our lives surrounding the birth of our baby. We couldn’t recommend her more highly to other expecting mothers and families.” — Laura Johnson


“…Tiffany was encouraging, VERY knowledgeable and she really listened to me. Beyond just listening, during our prenatal appointments, she asked great questions to help me really decide what I wanted and to think ahead to scenarios or decisions I had not considered. It really helped me mentally prepare for labor. When I wasn’t sure what I wanted, she helped me think through the pros and cons of each decision in a diplomatic way. Once she understood what I wanted, she was 100% supportive and empowering.

During labor, she knew just what I needed throughout the process. She was readily available and a solid support person. She was with me through every contraction, encouraging me and helping me focus on the right thing. She knew which technique I needed at each moment to help me promote labor and endurance. She offered emotional, physical and spiritual support into the wee hours of the morning. She encouraged my husband and I to connect and work together throughout the labor process. I was wonderful to have her come visit me and offer additional support at home after my baby was born. Labor was HARD and I can’t imagine doing it without Tiffany there to help me. I have a happy, healthy baby boy and the memory of a wonderful birth experience. THANK YOU, TIFFANY! I am forever grateful!”  — Ashley Banks


VBAC Support ~

“I had a successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) with my second daughter. I was adamant about having a medication free, all natural birth… I got what I wanted thanks to Tiffany. Throughout the entire process, she was super supportive. She helped me focus on my breathing. I felt no pain, only pressure. I feel very fortunate for having such an awesome birthing experience. To this day, I still reminisce about it as being one of my best achievements.

I really couldn’t have done it without Tiffany’s guidance. She kept me on track. She talked me through some really hard things during labor, and I never got to the panic stage because she didn’t let me get there. She helped me look at things from a different perspective, helping me get calm, but she was also real about it.

I am so thankful that she was available. She is sweet, kind, sincere. She visited me a week later and was so encouraging. I called her weeks later when I had postpartum depression. On short notice, she dropped what she was doing and was at my apartment with her kids and she took me to an intake appointment while she watched my newborn and 1 year old. I am so grateful. Tiffany cares and she is a wonderful person, a wonderful doula.” –MJ Buganan

 

 

 

 

What a Doula Does

Your doctor or midwife is primarily concerned with you and your baby’s physical well-being, just as they should be.  But birth is more than blood pressure checks and centimeters of dilation, more than contractions and monitors. Research shows that the continuous support of a trained birth doula significantly affects birth outcomes (see graphic above). 

Just how does a doula have such a profound impact?  What a doula does –

Birth is physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally consuming for you and your partner.  It is a whole-body, whole-person event, and there are more than physical needs to be addressed!  In fact, the mind-body connection is perhaps more present in birth than in any other time or event of life.  The more secure, respected, cared-for, and connected you feel, the more you are able to relax into allowing your body to birth as it is made to do.  It is my goal to ensure that you and your partner are well prepared, informed, and supported.  As your doula, I provide comfort measures, massage, encouragement, information, suggestions for position changes, and a continuous, calming, and reassuring presence throughout your labor.  

One of the challenges of labor and birth is navigating the unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable environment of the hospital or birth center. In the intensity of labor, you may find it difficult to know just how things are supposed to be, and what the right decisions are.  I will help you understand your options, and fully support the decisions you make.   While it is not my role to speak for you, I can help you clarify your needs and wishes so you can communicate them clearly.  Perhaps most comforting, I am the one member of the care team that doesn’t leave to check on another mama, or to come back when you’re closer to birthing your baby.  There are no shift changes for doulas.  See Packages for more information.