Christine was my doula for the birth of my second daughter in March, 2014. My husband and I are so thrilled with her as our doula! There were really no negatives about our experience. She took plenty of time before the birth to discuss birth basics, emotions, physical stuff, plans, hopes, dreams, concerns, fears, etc. During the birth she was a rock of support and gave me so much comfort, both physically and mentally. Immediately after the birth she helped me establish breastfeeding and stayed until my husband and I were both settled in by the nursing staff. Postpartum she followed up with me frequently through calls, email, and visits to our home. I would recommend Christine to any mama looking for a great doula! She is strong but gentle, a good listener and a great source of knowledge on childbirth, and has a committment and dedication to her work that shows.
Christine was so valuable in the birth of our daughter. My partner thought I was nuts for wanting a doula and now he is the one that tells everyone about how great she was and why we needed her. 30 hours of natural labor turned into an emergency c-section and then a huge infection for me. It was Christine that kept us calm, present and accepting during this time. He is her biggest fan. I guess that makes me her second biggest fan. Christine was there pre-baby to make sure we faced our fears, were connected to each other and the baby and understood what we could and could not control. She was a calming presence during a time that was filled with a hugh amount of anxiety for us. After giving birth, I never imagined that she would keep in touch, check in on us and genuienly care for the three of us. This is more then a job for her. It is her passion. We are so blessed and grateful that she was with us on this journey. She will definitely be part of our family for a very long time.
Christine was wonderful! She accomodated an abbrevieated schedule pre-birth. She was always accessible and available. She was supportive without being overbearing, helpful with suggestions without being pushy. She was an absolute asset to the birth itself, really supporting the family and especially helping me feel free to really experience the birth without the feeling of being a sole support member for my wife. Her post partum care was excellent too. I would say she’s become more than just our doula- shes become a great friend. I would (and have already) recommended her to friends, and would definitely use her services again in the future.
Christine was our wonderful postpartum doula. She was such a calming presence after our planned homebirth turned emergency C-section and helped heal my heart. She also provided great support and encouragement through my lactation failure. I can’t imagine how we would have managed the first weeks without her. Our son connected with her right away. She was an enormous help!
I very much enjoyed Christine’s services. She helped ease my body and mind when I was most in need, and her caring spirit helped prepare me for one of life’s most difficult journeys. She offered pre-delivery services tailored specifically to my needs.
Offers education, companionship and non-judgemental support during the postpartum fourth trimester.
Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying.
Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.
Services typically include care during the first 3 months after birth and can last anywhere from one or two visits to more than three months.
Christine maintains an extensive list of resources covering Childbirthing, Birth Support, Postpartum Emotional Support, Breastfeeding, and more.
Women who are supported in childbirth by a Doula report these benefits:
- Have greater self-confidence
- Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
- Feel more secure and cared for
- Have greater success with breastfeeding
- Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
- Have reduced postpartum depression