I’m blessed to have met Grace during my second trimester. Not only was she an amazing doula with tons of knowledge, compassion & empathy, she became family. Grace was my support throughout the entire process & took time to ensure that I understood what the doctors were explaining to me. When I started having false labor she checked on me throughout the braxton hicks contractions & as soon as I went into active labor, before you knew it, Grace was there. I ended up having a C-Section with a myomectomy directly following the delivery of Ingrid & I remember hugging Grace as the doctors began the numbing procedure. Grace’s calm demeanor helped me through the entire process. Grace, thank you for all that you have done for Ingrid, Martin & I.
We contacted Grace during our third trimester, I was unsure if I needed a doula because our other two births were about 7 hours and manageable. We’re we glad we found her, our third birth was nearly 24 hours and very difficult. She was our light! She reminded my husband to take care of himself so he could care for me, she stayed by my side and was there for me in ways I’m just so grateful for.
It was an unexpected labor and I’ll always have a place in my heart for Grace!
Jonathan, Sarah, Lilly, Elliot and baby Quinn!
Grace was made to be a doula. She is passionate about birth and babies, and loves to support birthing mothers. Her knowledge is extensive. She continually attends classes and workshops to learn new ways to support birthing mothers.
During my pregnancy and birth, she was a rich source of information, full of encouraging tips and tricks to help get my body ready for birth that I never would have known on my own (such as acupressure points, creative movement strategies and even laughing!), as well as podcasts, articles and research. While she was enthusiastic about giving advice, she shared it gently and without expectation, which allowed me to take what I found helpful.
Not a big researcher, I needed encouragement to trust myself and my body and believe I was capable of this daunting event. Grace listened and nurtured that instinct.
Post-birth, Grace was tuned in to the highly sensitive and vulnerable nature of the postpartum time and I never worried that I was offending her with my foggy, emotional self. She encouraged me to eat nutritious foods and drink water and constantly affirmed that I was doing a good job. She rubbed my shoulders and kept me company when I was struggling to pump and make milk for my baby – raw, lonely territory for me. When I struggled with breastfeeding I called her sobbing and questioned whether to give up. Grace was the kindest listener I could have asked for, reassuring me of her deep belief in me and trust that my baby was lucky to have me for a mom no matter what.
Grace brings deep respect for birth, highest regard for birthing mother and baby, and an always growing breadth of knowledge to her doula practice. What I value most is Grace’s underlying appreciation for pregnancy and birth and the sensitivity required to support a pregnant woman.
My time with Grace was always judgment free, which was so important to me as I had so much anxiety. I’m so happy that Grace is part of our long and happy birth story.
Grace joined us for the birth of our second child, whose birth was a successful VBAC. Though I had a healthy pregnancy, I also carried feelings of anxiety from the complicated birth of my first child. Grace’s calm and confident presence offered the support we were looking for. Throughout the pregnancy, she was organized, available, present, and pragmatic, offering emotional support as well as practical ways to help me prepare for and cope with labor. Some meetings were spent talking and sharing; others were spent practicing rebozo, acupressure points, and stretches. Grace was a wealth of resources. While she presented a menu of possible topics to cover, she continually followed our lead to provide the support we needed, always with honesty, genuine care, and good humor. During the birth, Grace’s steady presence was an absolute anchor for me and my partner. Taking her cues from me, she offered physical support by pressing on acupressure points during contractions and she also took care of practical details so that my partner and I could focus on the birth. Grace has a true gift for holding a sacred space, and we feel very fortunate to have been held by her.