I am grateful that I was able to have Lisa by our side during my pregnancy and birth of our son. She was very helpful and always making sure I took care of myself during my pregnancy. Which brings us to our birth story. I was only thirty four weeks along when my water broke at five am. Prior to that I had experienced contractions at thirty two weeks and thought I was going into labor. I wasn’t and it was assumed I had Braxton Hicks but during this whole time Lisa called and gave tips on how to reduce stress and relax. So when my water broke I immediatly called my midwife then Lisa. She said “Good thing you called the midwives and let me know what happens I am ready to be there with you.” I of course had to go to the hospital and as soon as we were checked in Lisa was there. She had grabbed things on short notice to aid with my natural child birth. Remember I was only thirty four weeks. She had my favorite scent oil, lavender and she was there to comfort me when the midwife and the doctor changed their plan from get the baby out to keep the baby in. She and my husband were my rock during this scary uncharted territory. She stayed with us from morning until night and she was there cooling me off with lavender scented wet towels and helping me get through my contractions. Since I was on medicines to stop the labor we told Lisa to go home and rest and please come back in the morning. Well little did we know once they stopped the medicine to slow down the labor my labor came back in full force but my husband pulled through as a substitute doula and remembered what Lisa did to help me through the contractions. He called her to come back and Lisa did but our little boy didn’t wait and came just minutes before Lisa entered the room. Even though Lisa missed our son’s birth she helped us so much before his birth and after his birth. She truly is a wonderful doula.
Lisa’s presence at the birth of our daughter meant the world to us. We could not have done it without her! My labor was long and hard and Lisa was calm throughout the time, encouraging me when I tried helpful positions, massaging my lower back (for hours!!!), and giving my husband and I the support we needed.
My experience with Lisa as my doula was wonderful. She kept in contact with me during my early stages of labor and assured me that she can be right by my side whenever I need her. My contractions were getting closer and stronger at 1 am, I asked my husband to call Lisa to come over to the house. She came right over while I was in my bath tub. Lisa was such a great help, she comforted me through my contractions with massages and the much needed hip squeeze technique.
After a hour and half in the bath tub, Lisa suggested that we go into my living room and try different positions. My labor started progressing quickly. Once we found out that the baby was starting to crown we immediately called my midwife. Water birth was planned for this pregnancy, however, because my daughter was so determined to meet us, she decided not wait anymore. We were on speakerphone with my midwife while she was on her way. She instructed that I lay on my couch and to do some deep breathing. Lisa was breathing with me and then saw that the baby was on her way out and called my husband over to catch her. On my last deep breath, out she comes! My husband was a bit unsure of what to do next, Lisa instructed him to lay her on my chest for skin to skin contact.
I was comfortable giving birth with Lisa being there with us because she had a great energy about her, she was nice and calm. She stayed with me to make sure I was doing ok after the baby was born. She was able to answer all my breastfeeding questions and concerns. She’s very personable and possess this warmth about her that would put you to ease.
I truly recommend Lisa as a doula, I am so happy that she was able to experience this home birth with us.
I had a beautiful birth experience and was very grateful for having Lisa as my doula. She was helpful and kind, very sweet and caring. She made me feel very comfortable and at ease from our first meeting. She was very mindful to meet my level of comfort. In fact she specifically asked what works for me and what doesn’t in terms of comfort. She caters to you in that regard which is key. She is very resourceful and took the time to send me information on anything I inquired about. From the liver disease I developed in my pregnancy to the little questions I had, such as breast milk storage.
She talked me through the contractions and helped me relax, breathe and it was very soothing. Her gentleness really got me through it because she gave me the visualization of peace and calmness that I needed. Another reassuring part that she played is she helped me understand what was going on and what to expect.
The best thing that she did is shared her observation on the experience of the birth that I carry with me always…. She said that when the doctor came in to check my cervix, and the doctor said “Ok, Barbara, you are ready – you are about to have a baby” – Lisa reminded me of that moment and how I released a big outburst in tears of joy and love. Lisa said the room just filled with love and emotions and it was a beautiful feeling in the room. I just love that she shared that with me and reminded me of that moment. It is one that I reminisce about almost daily
Thank you, Lisa!
I’m so happy to have found Lisa! She met all of our doula needs. She has a calm spirit that will automatically make you feel sure of yourself. She has the education to offer the guidance that you need to have the birth that you want.
She was always available, and whenever I had a question- she responded immediately. My daughter’s birth day could not have gone any better. All natural, no medication, and no intervention. Just how I dreamed it would be. With Lisa’s assistance, she was able to provide me with some ideas of where to labor, and did a great job of massaging and applying pressure where I need it during the worst contractions. My husband felt comfortable around her and it gave him the confidence to be strong for me. They were the most amazing team.
You can read about my whole birth story here: diandraasbaty.com/2014/02/25/the-jersey-chapter/
Thanks, Lisa, for an amazing day.
D. + J.
My partner and I were so thrilled to have Lisa attend the birth of our first child. She helped to make our birthing experience feel supported and positive. We had a natural childbirth without interventions. Lisa was very intuitive and attentive. She seemed to anticipate when/where I needed hot/cold therapy, massage, and comfort techniques to help manage the pain. My partner and I felt very at ease with Lisa. She met with us at our home prior to and after the birth. She also gave us wonderful resources for connecting with other parents and helped us to find someone to encapsulate my placenta. I highly recommend her services as a doula!