“Natalee was instrumental to the birth story of our son. This was my second baby but first time using a doula. Unfortunately, I came with a history of a traumatic birth story from my first child and pre-existing medical conditions that caused complications in pregnancy. Within days of meeting Natalee, I went into preterm labor at 30 weeks. She was ready to be by my side within an hour. Although we were trying to stop labor, Natalee was there to keep me comfortable through the contractions I had and keep my mind occupied. Thankfully, labor was stopped and I went on to 38 weeks pregnant before delivering my son. My labor started fast and furious and Natalee was there within the hour. She was my saving grace when I doubted myself throughout labor. As fears started to grow in my heart, she would comfort me and knew exactly what to do. When my labor stalled and I was completely defeated, Natalee advocated for me. She offered up ideas to position change and even stopping some interventions to give me a break from the contractions. In the end, I needed a c-section due to my baby being malpositioned and large for my small frame. Even during that emotional time, Natalee assured me that I did all I could do. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a doula.”
“We chose to hire a doula for many reasons. We have no family in the area and very simply, as first time parents we wanted someone there with us who had done this before. Who better to have with you than someone who genuinely wishes to support a mother through labor.
Natalee‘s professionalism was evident at our first interview. It was an easy decision to hire her. Natalee was available throughout the pregnancy for text support and there were two face to face meetings to start talking about the labor itself, to make a plan. Natalee’s support became invaluable to us after I went into early labor. Although I couldn’t do my birth plan exactly how I had wished (due to baby’s preemie status), I was able to keep my head about me and I had the natural birth I wanted with Natalee‘s support when things got difficult. Overall, I had a positive birth experience thanks to our decision to hire Natalee.”
“Natalee is an amazing and wonderful doula. From our first meeting with her, my husband and I knew she was the right doula for us. This wasn't my first pregnancy however, I had a miscarriage between my firstborn and this pregnancy and knew I needed not just a second support person during labor but someone who could help with any fears or anxiety that could come up during labor. In Natalee I found that even in talking with her before labor she was reassuring and helpful. When labor did come she came as soon as we wanted her too and was so supportive and helpful in offering techniques and insight that we hadn't thought of. Even in the weeks after labor she was still interested in how we were doing and adjusting. Natalee is truly not only a great doula but also a wonderful person. We are so very thankful for her!”
“My husband and I are very grateful we had Natalee as our doula for the birth of our daughter. We were looking for someone that could help us advocate our preferences with the staff and help my husband stay calm in the event the birth became complicated as we previously had a difficult birth. She was prepared and professional at our meetings, very knowledgeable about birthing techniques, positions, etc and even sent resources on topics we had discussed so I could make better informed decisions.
This birth was a planned induction and she was totally supportive of a hospital birth, including my choice to have an epidural. When it didn’t work, she did a great job of trying different pain relief techniques with me. When things came up that were not part of our original plan, she reminded us so we could ask questions or for other options. She stayed with us until we were settled in the recovery room and followed up multiple times after the birth, too.
Natalee was professional, caring, and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend her!”
“I'm a first time mom who didn't even know what a doula was until about 4 months from my due date. That's when I met Natalee, who immedietly made me realize how invaluable her knowledge and services could be. I was skeptical about needing a doula considering I was pretty sure I would be using some sort of pain management, but her support before, during, and after labor and delivery was essential.
Natalee was constantly available by text and phone for all of my crazy questions leading up to my due date. She checked in often just to see how I was doing. She provided encouragement, knowledge, and support throughout the entire process. And she helped me to advocate for myself during an incredibly frustrating, exhausting, emotional and difficult labor. I think labor would have been far more difficult without her.
Even now, weeks after delivery, Natalee has is providing breastfeeding, sleep and general infant 101 support. I have learned so much from her and can't imagine having made this journey without her.”
"Deciding to have a Doula was a difficult decision but it was so worth it! Natalee was very professional from the beginning and extremely knowledgeable in so many areas that it made me feel comfortable asking questions and sharing information with her. Although I decided to get a doula late in my pregnancy she was very accommodating and made sure we discussed everything and were confident in the birth plans we put together. After a very traumatic first birth experience we outlined my ideal birth plan for this time around but also had a back-up plan for cesarean birth. I think planning for both put my mind at ease no matter what happened. All in all I ended up having an all natural VBAC and only labored for about 6 hours. Natalee was so supportive leading up to going into labor, during and after as well! She was quick to provide advice or help find answers whenever there was a question the couple weeks before delivery. She made sure to remind the doctors and myself of the birth plan if something was said or done incorrectly. Afterward she stayed and helped with breastfeeding and also came to our home to check on us as well! She was a great advocate for my wishes and very encouraging! Having Natalee definitely helped make this birth experience everything I ever wanted!"
"I am so grateful for having Natalee's knowledge and support during my newest little's pregnancy, delivery, and hospital stay. Natalee helped me mentally prepare for labor and delivery when I was so distracted by life with a toddler, was a wealth of information when a sudden, unplanned induction was recommended, and took excellent care of me and my husband while our son spent his first 36 hours in the NICU. She was very supportive, encouraging, thoughtful, and helpful throughout or whole birth experience. Natalee is also an excellent, strong advocate and helped us talk to doctors and nurses when we were feeling overwhelmed. I highly recommend Natalee as a doula!"
"There was a stark contrast between my first pregnancy/L&D without a doula and my second pregnancy/L&D with one. Natalee made all the difference. She was there to help get me settled and comfortable as soon as I arrived at the hospital. Because of Natalee, I was well-informed of the various practices available to me to help make the labor and delivery of my second child go as smoothly as possible (laboring positions, delayed cord clamping, prolonged skin-to-skin, etc.). Not only did she inform me, but she truly advocated for me to ensure that my rights and wishes were respected. I tend be very laid back during birth because I want to let the doctors and nurses do their jobs, but this leads me to not speak up for myself. Natalee made sure that I was spoken for and asked questions for me as well when I was unable to or when I was uncomfortable asking. She truly cares for her clients and their desired birth experiences. Having her in my corner was invaluable"