With the birth of our second child, Cindy was our doula but she filled that role above and beyond.
First of all, I think personal experience is key- she has it! And a wealth of knowledge and thirst for more around the topic and experience of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Cindy had to be out of town briefly at the end of my pregnancy for her daughter’s wedding, but she was very prepared and made sure I was totally comfortable with the back-up doula she had in place. I felt taken care of and like I received very personal attention around that situation.
When “go time” came, Cindy provided a presence that was reassuring and secure. I felt completely taken care of by her. Mothered, even. I think that’s what a new mama needs in all that crazy.
In the midst of labor, when I just wanted to escape the room, she had a whole host of comfort measures up her sleeve. She encouraged me when I was exhausted and at the end of my rope. And after Rose was born, she celebrated with me, not to mention the pineapple chunks she had to snack on!
Within the following weeks after Rose was born, she came to my house and kept doula-ing me through food and massage as I had some pretty intense tension headaches. This postpartum care made me feel so loved.
Her presence is reassuring, she has a great sense of humor, and her manner is down to earth, straight forward and sincere- straight from New England. 🙂 Our family has so much love for Cindy!