We hired Emma as our doula for the birth of our first child, and were so happy that we did! During the labour, Emma brought a wonderful calm, warm and loving energy into our birth space. She helped to keep me physically comfortable with hip squeezes and touch and anything else I needed, and her consonant positive affirmations helped to keep me focused and confident throughout the labour. During moments of fear and doubt, she calmly talked me through and got me back on track. My partner also appreciated having her guidance in supporting me. We had planned a home birth, but ended up needing a hospital transfer, as I had some difficulty during the pushing stage and needed to get oxytocin. Having Emma there with us made for a smooth transition, and having her continual emotional support was invaluable, as at the hospital our midwife got busy with paperwork and the nurse needed to attend to the IV drip and fetal monitor. Having had both the home and hospital experience in this birth, I can see how valuable Emma’s presence was in both settings. My birth experience was an altogether positive one, as I felt loved, supported and respected throughout. Everybody on the birth team played a key role, and I am so grateful that Emma was part of it.
We also appreciated Emma’s postpartum visits – it was great to have the extra support as we adjusted to life with our newborn. I especially appreciated the information she provided on breastfeeding and just getting confirmation that what we were experiencing was all very normal! Thank you, Emma!
– Gosia and Emiliano