I cannot even begin to put into words how happy I am to have made the decision to have Fiona and Jaimie as my doulas for my VBAC. Throughout the entire process I felt a sense of safety, confidence, comfort and control that I did not feel during my first birthing experience without doulas. Fiona and Jaimie were attentive, responsive, and calm. They constantly advocated for me and what I wanted my birth experience to be like. I believe the positions, movements and breathing techniques that Fiona and Jaimie encouraged me to do are what helped me manage my pain and made my labor fast and progress so smoothly. This was so important given that it was a VBAC and a long labor would probably not have been an option. This birth experience was the best moment in my life and I truly believe it wouldn't have been that way without Fiona and Jaimie. I will be forever grateful.
Fiona is an exceptional woman who is passionate about her work. She has assisted me with 3 natural births.The first and most emotionally difficult was an expected still birth. My husband and I are eternally grateful to Fiona for being there with us during that very difficult time.
Our second birth was our daughter, who with the help of Fiona I was able to deliver completely naturally. During this labor I had severe back pain. Fiona massaged my back and kept me calm, focused and relaxed.Our last birth was our son. Again Fiona assisted me in a completely natural childbirth.
Fiona's knowledge of childbirth and the stages of labor makes it very comforting and relaxing to both parents. There was no stress in timing contractions as Fiona did this for us, she did everything and was able to answer any doctors questions, this allowed me to remain focused and my husband to be calm. Once our babies were home, Fiona was available for questions day and night, this made the post partum period easy. Thank you Fiona for your help during this wonderful time in our lives it is something we will always cherish.
I have started this letter a hundred times in my head, trying to express how thankful I am to have had you present at the birth of both my children. Your knowledge throughout the last weeks of my pregnancy and your support through my labour has meant the world to my husband and myself. The anticipation of having a baby for the first time, brought me such overwhelming feelings of excitement and fear. You listened, validated my feelings and calmed my fears. I cannot begin to explain the level of gratitude that I have for you. During all the buzz of the delivery and being surrounded by all medical personal---you maintained your focus on me, which in turn made me feel valued and that my feelings & thoughts mattered. You offered support to my husband as well. He is thankful for your gentle suggestions, which gave him the confidence to actively contribute to the delivery. Coming from a long history of c-sections, I was concerned about my ability to experience natural childbirth. With your knowledge, guidance and support, I was able to achieve a positive birth experience. I sincerely thank you for everything you have done.
Jaimie was nothing short of amazing through the birth of our son. She was always available for questions during my pregnancy - and I had a million! She guided me, laughed with me, and reassured me when I had those inevitable moments of feeling just so scared about it all. I went into labour 9 days early, and everything was fast and intense with a lot of pain and a baby who eventually needed the doctor's assistance to come out. My birth plan was pretty much 'natural, if I can' but the pain was so intense that I wanted that epidural, however, I missed the window. I honestly feel like I couldn't have gone through the delivery without Jaimie being by my side, helping me to focus, to breathe through the pain and to push, and at the same time, directing my worried husband with his role right there in the room as well. She was genuinely ecstatic for us when our son was born, and on top of everything else, she had the presence of mind to take the very first precious pictures, which we treasure so much. Jaimie's post-partum support was above and beyond - I had problems breastfeeding, as well as an episiotomy repair operation soon afterwards. It was great to have her around for more support, fears, laughs, and a million more questions.
Jaimie, I wanted to take a quick minute to thank you for being a constant source of comfort and knowledge as I was going through the birth of my children. I remember all those phone calls like they were yesterday. I was so nervous about what was happening to my body, and about the healthcare system, and you calmed and assured me. Even though I ended up having a c section, I appreciated having you by my side. Thanks for the back rubs, walks, smoothies and the music! When I woke up, it was wonderful to have you there to help me get to know my little guy. You even brought him home from the hospital with me. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was for me to know that you were always just a phone call away. There wasn't a doubt in my mind that I needed you around when my daughter was coming. If you remember, hers was a planned section, but I got a cold. I thank you for going above and beyond for my family. I don't have the words to express my gratitude; I'm SO happy you will be around to help my friends and family. You're a god send!
I am lucky enough to have Jaimie as my sister in law and my doula. She truly has a special gift to offer and has found her calling in the doula profession. She is reassuring, encouraging, caring and knowledgeable. Jaimie is the kind of person that will be there for you no matter what. I would recommend her as a doula to anyone I know! I am so thankful to have had Jaimie's help during my VBAC.
From the moment we met Fiona we felt a tremendous connection to her and her approach to childbirth. During the weeks leading up to the birth we appreciated the time that she and Jaimie spent with us preparing for the special day.
When the day finally came it was clear that we were a team and that we were not alone. During the early stages of the labour, Fiona checked in on us regularly and joined us at home with Jaimie as the labour progressed. With their support we were able to maximize our time at home while they kept Tiffany mobile and active. Fiona and Jaimie’s focus, direction and encouragement gave Tiffany the strength to deliver naturally, which was our goal from the outset.
We are so grateful for all of the support, guidance, coaching and care.
We can’t wait to do it again!