Doula from Conception through the First Year
"Ruth is an absolutely amazing friend and doula. She is very well educated in what she does and is always there to answer all your questions and help you in any way she can. When I arrived at the birth center in labor, she was the first person I saw. She was radiating positive energy, and had a calm welcoming demeanor that quickly took away all my anxiety and fear.While in labor, her words of encouragement and wonderful back rubs were just what I needed. In the days following the birth of my daughter, I was having some trouble with breastfeeding and I began to feel discouraged. Ruth was kind enough to come out to my home and show me how to fix the latching problems I was having. She also gave me great information and resources on breastfeeding for any other questions I may have had. After she helped me, my breastfeeding experience improved 100% and I am still exclusively breastfeeding today, nearly 4 months later with no signs of weening anytime soon! I would not be where I am today without Ruth's help. She has given me confidence in myself and I have been able to pass that on to other mothers. Ruth has given me the gift that keeps on giving!" --Amanda and Baby Lola
"Doula Ruth is my child birthing secret. I had a 100% natural birthing experience. When I am asked how I accomplished staying clear of the epidural, my answer is I had the most comforting doula named Ruth. She met with me, my husband, and mother a few times during my pregnancy to talk about my child birthing goals, address any fears I may have, and big plus: show my husband effective counter pressure techniques. When time came to labor in the middle of the night, she was at my house right away. She coached me through early labor and she helped ease any emotional or physical tension I had during active labor. When my contractions started becoming more intense my first inclination was to panic, but Ruth was very attentive to my feelings and helped me relax by being my biggest cheerleader. She used counter pressure techniques to massage away my pain and at the same time she dissolved my worries by reassuring me of how in tune I was with my baby. Wow! I just can’t believe the power of doula Ruth’s support and encouragement. My husband has said Ruth is better than any baby book out there and helped him feel confident throughout the birthing process. When I think back about my labor and delivery…I am reminded about how it was the most pleasantly euphoric experience I have ever had. I have Ruth to thank for guiding me to believe in myself and contributing to my wonderful birthing memory. " -Soofia, Leo and Baby Zoe
"When I look back at the birth of my son, Ethan, I think even with all the support of my family and friends I could NOT have done it as well if it wasn’t for my Doula, Ruth. As a single mom, pregnant with my first child, I have to admit I was scared and nervous about what the childbirth experience would be like. Ruth was so comforting and helped me work out an amazing birth plan that gave me a lot of peace when I was being bombarded with family and doctors trying to dictate how I should deliver my son. Ruth was also an amazing friend and confidante that helped me work through the emotional issues I have had over being a single mom prior to me having my son. Her insights and wisdom paired with her sweet and calm disposition made the birth of my son a beautiful experience. Ruth also did an amazing job when it came to my family during my delivery. She answered all their questions and calmed them over the two days that it took to deliver my son. My family even joked that
that only Ruth could adjust my pillows and comfort me the right way during a contraction. The postpartum and breastfeeding support that Ruth offers has also been amazing. When I was exhausted and didn’t know how I was going to be able to breastfeed, she was there to encourage and offer me helpful techniques. Now I love breastfeeding and will be sad when its time to wean my little one. I feel extremely grateful and blessed that Ruth came into my life when she did! Thank you Ruth for all that you do!"
--- Love Sarah and Baby Ethan
"We knew we needed the extra support and encouragement a doula provides for labor and delivery and when we found Ruth, we were so relieved. She met with us and was so responsive to all of our questions and spent a lot of time allaying any concerns. We were so focused on bringing our daughter into the world, we didn't even realize how much we would appreciate Ruth's support and wisdom in the days before and after the birth. When I went into prodromic labor a week before my due date, Ruth checked in with us twice a day to see how we were doing and came out to the house to help with comfort measures. We honestly don't know how we would have made it through those 4 days of prodromic labor before I went into actual labor without Ruth's support and guidance. Right after our daughter was born, she helped instruct me on proper latching on so that Ruby got a good start on breastfeeding. I believe her early instructions and
support has been key to having a positive and relatively problem free experience with breast feeding. When I later had questions about my milk coming in and adequate supply, Ruth came out to our house to answer my questions and work with me on breastfeeding techniques. In all, I'd like to impart that a doula offers so much more that just support at birth. Ruth was invaluable part of our journey into parenthood and we're so appreciative to have her as a resource!" ---Shelley, Eric and Baby Ruby