I am so grateful for all of the families I have worked with over the years. Here are some words and images from some former clients.
We got lucky with Alyson - she is kind and reserved which allowed us to feel safe and confident during our birth experience. It felt like it was just the two of us even when Alyson was there. My husband and I still had the experience we wanted to have together. Having an almost stranger (and now friend!) there did detract from the emotional experience of becoming a family. Alyson faded into the background and came forward for support at the appropriate times without needing to be asked. Once Alyson figured out what worked to get me through transition, she remained committed to keeping me in a flow.
Having a doula like Alyson left me feeling supported and accomplished in my birth experience. She was prepared to follow my birthing style and when it was clear that wasn’t working and I asked for assistance, she pulled out other tools that my husband and I couldn’t think of or hadn’t considered. It gave us such a satisfying experience!
-Beverly, Sam, and baby Hugh