Meredith was the doula for our second child. We interviewed several doulas before her, but we were most comfortable with Meredith. She was warm, caring and extremely knowledgable. It helped to know that she was supportive of me and my birthing choices and wasn’t pushing a specific agenda.
She met with us for 2 prenatal visits and helped us prepare mentally and emotionally for labor. Meredith generously loaned us books and suggested websites to read more about topics we were interested in. These sessions were relaxed, informative and very useful. She also helped us write and revise our list of birth preferences. Reaching Meredith by phone or email for questions or concerns was easy and she was very responsive and patient despite my barrage of questions.
Meredith’s knowledge, presence and skills during labor were a true blessing. She was both physically and emotionally supportive. When I became fatigued or disheartened, she was quick to gently suggest another position, technique or suggest we ask the nurses about other options. My husband and I were both impressed at how she didn’t replace his role in the birth and instead showed him how to help.
Even after our baby’s birth, Meredith was there to help and support. During the postpartum visit, she addressed some of my breastfeeding concerns as well as my worries about transitioning a newborn into a household with a toddler. Meredith made a point to stay in contact to help during the first weeks to help the postpartum period be as stress free as possible.
In short, Meredith is a skilled, intuitive doula. She is there to help, support and guide not just during labor, but before and after. It was easy to talk with her about my hopes, concerns and fears surrounding birth. Without Meredith, the birth of our daughter would have been much more stressful, chaotic and painful. Instead, it was an intensely beautiful and positive experience.