This was part of a blog entry written by my client Rachel Hinz:

“One major accomplishment of many has been the meeting and hiring of our doula, Dawn! (For some reason I like to refer to her as “Doula Dawn” while saying it with a southern accent, although she is not from the south). Throughout this pregnancy I have discovered how little I know about this experience (nothing in my history has prepared me for this) and I think Seth and I together have realized that nothing in either of our experiences has prepared us for labor and the delivery of a child. For us and for our birth plan, a doula makes sense. And one thing that she said that really made me confident of our decision was when she spoke about what happens in the whirlwind of “when it all goes down.” Basically, my instincts are going to kick in. God has designed women for labor. Giving birth to a child is not the time for me (or Seth) to be flipping through a manual, reading what is supposed to happen. She is there to support us, so that if we have questions or need help in naturally dealing with the pain or whatever- that can be her job. We can just do it.”

“Dawn came highly recommended to me from a colleague who had his first child just months ago. She’s young, but experienced- relatable, yet maintains a professionalism that I want- and is Christian- which was very important to us. Of the variety of things she does (such as two prenatal visits- we’ve already had one- since, well, we are running out of time) the things that I anticipate appreciating the most will be her ability to be with me laboring at home (hopefully avoiding any unnecessary time in Triage- oh, that reminds me, we did tour the new Women’s Hospital- but more on that later), being with me at the hospital through the whole ordeal and then afterwards, and finally two post-partum visits where she can check on me, how I’m fairing, and can aid in breastfeeding. Seth and I have discovered that after our first home visit with Dawn that she really does even more than this- she’s a resource for us now. While we were going over the birthplan, I was somewhat amazed at what I didn’t know or expect- especially with questions of “what types of interventions do you want for baby?” As in, after he’s born- do we want to go ahead with the standard protocol that babies usually do or??? I hadn’t even thought of this, and that’s not to say that I won’t want to have him get all of the first vaccinations and tests or anything- it’s just the thought that (1) those exist (2) I have a right to know what they are/do and (3) I have a choice in the matter.”

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