There are the tangible aspects about having Katy as our doula that were undoubtedly critical – helping me by trying different positions through labor pains, using essential oils to keep me grounded, feeding me honey as my energy waned… these were all things that were obvious benefits. At a greater level, the most valuable part of Katy’s participation was her calm and resolute presence. As my labor failed to progress and complications started, I never once felt panicked or scared. Each time a new situation unfolded – lack of progress, infection/fever, induction, more lack of progress – Katy was there, and I looked to her to gauge if I needed to be concerned. Never did she waver, and even though we neared 30 hours of labor and ended with an epidural and C-section, I am completely confident that we tried our best. Without Katy’s strength and guidance, I know I would have felt much more anxiety and uncertainty, and perhaps much more regret after birth. Instead, despite the C-section, I look back at our birth experience as a beautiful and positive one.
All in all, I feel like Katy played such an important and special role in our son’s birth. She will forever be a part of our lives now, and we couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative for the incredible work she does as a doula and birth coach.
Edited to add:
Katy was our doula for both of our children, and I could not have done any of it without her. She is the perfect combination of strong, knowledgeable, and supportive. I credit her guidance and support for the successful VBAC, and couldn’t imagine having a better experience with anyone else. I’m lucky to now call her a friend, and would recommend her services to anyone looking for a well-informed, science-based doula who is kind, thoughtful, and so generous with her support and time. We LOVE Katy!