"After taking a childbirth class at a local hospital, we knew we wanted a doula at our first child's birth to help support both myself and my husband. We wanted someone experienced to help guide us through such a momentous and unpredictable occasion. We didn't realize just how unpredictable it would become! Through the Coronavirus lockdown, hospital visitor restrictions, and an unplanned Cesarean section, Alicia was there with us at every step. She was incredibly flexible with the constantly changing situation. She was only a call, text, or video chat away, and virtually held our hands the whole time we were in the hospital. She made sure we had the support and resources we needed before, during, and after the delivery of our baby boy, and I very much appreciated her checking in on us after his birth. Her experience and knowledge were invaluable, and she was a steady and dependable support during a tumultuous time."
-E. October 2020
"Alicia was an absolutely essential part of my birthing experience. In preparation for the big day, Alicia was proactive in finding out everything she could about our birth plan, and offered advice and ideas that made it better. When labor came, she took immediate action to alleviate my pain naturally, helping me get into certain positions, breathing techniques, reminding me to hydrate and use the bathroom, and applying pressure in all the right places. Until the very end, her hands and voice got me through the worst physical pain of my life. I was able to avoid an epidural for 30 hours! When I eventually gave in and had the epidural, she did not judge and applauded my making a decision which felt right for me at the time. She advocated for us throughout with the nurses and doctors, enforcing our birth plan when hospital staff tried to steamroll us in the name of efficiency. I would have had regrets in the delivery room if not for Alicia. During the pushing process, she took pictures as we had asked her to, and documented those moments beautifully. I am so glad Alicia was there for us and cannot imagine anyone giving birth without a doula. It's like having a mom/advocate/coach/friend/teacher in the room, so my birth partner and I could be in the moment. Afterwards, she celebrated our baby girl with us and felt like part of our family. We are eternally grateful!"