Knowing we wanted a natural birth, my husband and I took a Bradley course. I wanted this husband-coached labor but we soon discovered there were enough jobs for an army! We hired a doula to help my husband and I enjoy the day more instead of stressing about the little things. Also, for peace of mind if interventions were needed, we knew we would have someone to consult with for risks and benefits. There were a lot of things that stood out in our "interview" with Amanda. The first was that she drove an hour to meet us -- obviously, she already had us as a priority! Another was that she is birth/Bradley teacher as well so we knew she was well prepared and on the same page as us as far as the most up to date evidence based research to help make any decisions. She was very well prepared, asking us as many questions as we were asking her. The list goes on but most importantly, she felt like a motherly, family figure that could guide us without judgement. We loved that she shared the same faith as us and already calmed our fears through just our interview! We knew as soon as the interview concluded that she was our girl.
We had an unmedicated, stress and worry free birth -- exactly what we dreamed of. Amanda was the determining factor for giving my husband breaks and helping him enjoy the day. She kept me focused and reminded me over and over that I could do it. There are no words or price for the value Amanda provided for us on the most special day of our lives. She seemed to be everywhere at once without interfering the special times between my husband and I. I'd hire her a million times over.
My first goal was to do it unmedicated and my second was to try to enjoy it. I achieved both with her help! She provided so much knowledge from changing positions and pain relief to comfort measures like giving my husband a bathroom break! Her presence alone was so calming and was a constant reminder that I had a team cheering me on. More specifically, my little one was posterior and Amanda put me in positions that did indeed flip her. She held a heating pad on my back constantly or poured water on me in the tub. She offered information and guidance when the birth center staff gave me options about AROM and nausea medicine. As I said, she was everywhere I needed her and no where I didn't!
What stands out most about our experience with Amanda is how she made us feel. Yes, her knowledge and expertise were outstanding but nothing compares to her presence on our day. She soothed with touches, reminded with prayer over us, and stayed to enjoy our new addition when it was over. She made us feel in control in a situation that felt out of hand. She made us feel calm and comforted when the pain and length of labor got to be too much. She made us feel like we could do it when I knew that I would never see the finish line. She was a life-savor and such a special part of our birth team.