Even before I got pregnant, I knew that I wanted to try to have an unmedicated natural birth, and that I wanted a doula to be part of our birth team. The thought of giving birth felt extremely vulnerable to me, and where this was our first baby, I was anxious, and had a lot of questions. As I was searching for a doula, it felt important to me to find someone that was not only knowledgeable and experienced, but also kind, strong, and someone I could trust to advocate for me. Robin was all of these things, and above all she has made me feel safe and cared for before, during, and after labor.

From my husband’s perspective, at first he was not sure why we needed a doula, but a few hours after the birth of our daughter, he was not sure what we would have done without Robin. He felt she helped him understand what was going on, and explained things really well. Also, he was grateful for her feedback in how he was trying to help me cope. It felt good to him to know what he was doing was helpful, and that he could look to her for direction when he was unsure what to do next.

Robin’s knowledge, care and encouragement, and input on our birth plan helped me feel positive about going into labor. During labor she was reassuring, and it felt safe to take direction from her. She also knew our birth plan well, and I feel like she communicated clearly between us, nurses, and the midwife. After birth I needed help with breastfeeding, and I struggled with depression and anxiety. Robin’s encouragement, and resources she has provided, have truly helped us in our adjustment as a family. What I am most grateful for is not only accomplishing our goal of a natural birth, but also the presence of a strong woman, who helped me realize I had the strength and power I needed. It was an honor to have her there to help me use it.

Robin was referred to me by a friend’s doula and she ended up being a perfect match! I used her during my pregnancy for massage figuring it would be the perfect way to get to know each other better. I needed to make sure there was a strong bond before the big day, intimacy meant a lot to me.  She always made a strong effort to keep in contact and be there for me emotionally when I didn’t see her.  My labor was FAST, faster than I or any of us really expected. Before her arrival I had a hard time focusing because I was going through transition. As soon as she arrived she was able to get me to focus better, just her nurturing presence put me much more at ease. She kept me focused all the way until delivery. I enjoy every moment I spent with Robin and hope that she will be in my life for a long time.
I cannot say enough good things about Megan. My husband and I used her for both birthing classes and at the birth of our son. She prepared us for any/all situations so that when I had to be transferred from the birth center to the hospital 25 miles away we did not bat an eye. Her competence in the situation was outstanding. She stayed by our side through every step of the way. At each turn of events we looked to her for answers as we knew she had our best interest was always at hand. We also appreciated her caring nature and willingness to answer even the craziest of questions! Even our normally timid dog loved Megan!