Having Debbie as part of our support team during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period for the birth of our first son was a wonderful experience!
After deciding to use Debbie as our doula, I started visits with her that included time for us to chat and get to know each other as well as ATMAT. During these visits I was able to discuss concerns that I had as well as what my birth preferences were. Debbie helped me to sort out what aspects of hospital birth allowed for choice, and which did not allow for choice on our part. This prepared me well for the hospital birth experience. Debbie also visited our home twice, which allowed my husband a chance to get to know her and ask questions about the birth process. She helped us prepare not only for the birth, but also encouraged us to think of a social media plan and prepared us with great advice on things to do as a couple before and after our son was born.
During our labor, Debbie was there not only as support to get through contractions and the labor process, but also to help us with decision making along the way. Our birth did not go as we had envisioned and we had to make some tough decisions along the way. With each decision, Debbie encouraged us to pause, rest, and talk through the decision. Debbie has incredible knowledge of birth as well as medical information. This meant she could help us understand better what the doctors and nurses were recommending. This helped to make us comfortable and confident in each of our decisions, making our birth story one we could be proud of. Debbie was the perfect fit for us as a family, and I would highly recommend her to other families who are looking for loving, friendly, and informed care!
– Kellie and Jeremy Keyser