What people are saying....
The Skeptical Dad
"I was initially under the impression that my wife and I didn't need the services of a doula. I thought that a team of excellent doctors and nurses would be enough. I'm an engineer with a strong analytical background so a healthy baby and a healthy mother were my priorities. I was also afraid that having a doula might set up a potential conflict with the doctors and nurses. This was the difficult situation under which Carli was introduced.
My first impressions of Carli put my concerns about any conflict with our doctors and nurses at ease: she is well aware of where a doula's responsibilities end and where a doctor's begin. Carli was able to establish a friendly and comfortable rapport with my wife right away but I put up a wall. Despite this, Carli persisted in putting my wife's well being first. That's when I realized that she was really there to help.
We had a world class team of doctors and nurses helping us during my wife's 36 hour labor. They were well aware of my wife's "birth plan" and supported it too. Although we didn't have a nurse with us the whole time, we never felt like a nurse was very far from us. When my wife started going into active labor, I saw just how important and absolutely necessary it was to have Carli there. Doctors and nurses can be supportive, but they simply can't provide the essential emotional encouragement to have a natural birth that my wife needed. Carli immediately established a connection with my wife and was able to reassure her that what my wife was feeling was normal. Carli helped my wife in a way that I simply couldn't because she has experience in helping so many women come to terms with the emotional and psychological aspects of giving birth. When labor becomes overwhelming, she can point to an experience or provide coping mechanisms or suggest an alternative approach. She knew my wife well enough to be able to judge which of the myriad approaches would work best. She answered all our questions before, during and after the labor, and that was valuable, but I feel like the best value from her services was in providing emotional and psychological support that comes from experience and from really caring.
Carli went above and beyond what I expected in providing an outstanding level of care and support - and I expected a lot. I feel lucky and extremely grateful that Carli was there with us. The doctors and nurses did a fantastic job and my wife and my son are happy and healthy both physically and emotionally, but I feel like a big part of my wife's postpartum emotional well-being is a result of Carli's actions." - Behram
"My experience with Carli was wonderful and life changing. She listened to my fears and concerns about childbirth (my first child) with an open and loving heart. Having her on my birth team reassured me that I was going to get through this experience. I had never met the doctor I delivered with, so having a familiar face from the hospital meant a lot to me. Carli was also very supportive to my husband Robb. She helped guide him about how to best support me. I had a 26 hour labor that started in the middle of the night. Carli was kind about meeting us at the hospital and answering our phone calls and texts. She stuck in there with us and helped me push when the time came. I couldn't imagine giving birth without here there." - Jennifer
"Carli was there with me for the birth of my first son, my second child. Having her support from pregnancy, to hospital, to birth and after care was amazing, because I never felt alone or unsupported. Carli did a super job of maintaining communication and with one on-one-interaction. During labor and delivery, Carli was right by my side, helping to calm me and ease my pain and anxiety. I was so blessed to have her. I highly recommend her and all the supportive loving assistance she offers." -April
"As first-time parents, my husband and I decided to enlist the help of a doula to help guide us through the birth process and achieve my goal of an all-natural birth. Carli was with us every step of the way. She made herself available in the weeks leading up to labor by checking in and reminding us she was available around the clock, even on a holiday.
She helped us decide when to call the hospital after my water broke.
Once I was in active labor, she guided me through all of the comfort measures to keep me as comfortable as possible. Following the delivery, she was there to help with the first latch and answer any questions. And she visited us the very next day to see how we were doing.
Labor can be long, hard and confusing with so many decisions to make along the way. With Carli by our side, we felt very secure about having all the facts in order to make the best decision for us. She always had our goals and vision in mind but never gave her opinion unless we asked. The compassion and care she gave us during our journey was something I will never forget and will always be grateful for.
Our birth process was so memorable and beautiful, and it ended with the greatest gift of all: the healthy delivery of our son. I highly recommend hiring Carli as a doula. It was one of the best decisions we made in the months prior to the birth of our son." -Valerie
"Our family was so blessed to meet Carli! We had a special agreement with her to offer sibling support during our labor and she went above and beyond by arranging a "play date" with our 3 year old, so that they could get to know each other better before the big day.
We met with Carli a few times before the birth to go over our desires, plans, etc., which was really helpful! During these sessions, we laughed, we dreamed, and we calmed fears. Carli is a very knowledgable woman and was always willing to offer her advice and personal experience to every question we had.
Our intentions to have a home birth were altered when I received results of high liver enzymes, but Carli kept in good contact with us via calls and texts and really helped me to mentally prepare for a hospital birth. While everyone else (docs and midwife) were keeping my health in check, Carli was there to offer comfort, and keep my heart in check. Tearfully choosing to severly alter our birth plans (by going to the hospital) was SO much easier with Carli's encouragement and heartfelt support. After our quick, short, happy, healthy birth Carli was STILL there for us. She helped us get to the recovery side of the hospital and made sure we were all settled in before she left. Carli came to see us 2 more times after our birth and we certainly hope to see her again! :)
Our family HIGHLY recommends Carli. She is so thoughtful and attentive to the needs of the whole family!" -Alecia
"I want to thank Carli for being there as my Doula and staying strong and reminding me to stay calm and to breathe easy. She helped me and my family and reminded me what the end result will be. She was so supportive, stayed late and even came back to see how I was doing a day later." - Jen
A Dad's Perspective
"I didn't realize how important it was going to be to have a Doula with us during Lucas' birth. In the rush of emotions we had during the labor, Carli helped us keep focus. She became a great help between us and the hospital staff. It created such and amazing experience. A Doula should be a requirement!
There came a point when my wife cried out for an epidural. I knew that was contrary to our birth plan, but I'm not the one in pain so I feel it's not my decision to say no. Carli stepped in and talked her through the weak point and helped her move on. My wife would've regretted doing it.
I got to be the husband I wanted to be beside my wife and never once felt pushed aside." - Eddy
"If you have the opportunity to work with Carli throughout your pregnancy, labor, and delivery, please do it! She has been absolutely amazing in every way from our first meeting through postpartum follow up. This was our first baby, so we had zero idea what to expect and Carli made herself available, offering advice, recommendations, helping to set expectations all throughout the process. We felt so comforted having her with us to guide us through my labor and delivery. She was so encouraging and such an advocate in making sure we had the experience we wanted. I made it pretty clear that I didn’t want pain medication intervention and Carli and my husband both kept me strong in that decision. With a stalled labor, having to pick it back up with pitocin, and then back labor...I honestly would have given up on that goal less than an hour into active labor, if Carli hadn’t been there. She truly listens to your needs and finds ways to help you achieve the labor experience you want. We are so grateful for Carli!" - Julie
"My husband and I were so elated to have Carli as a part of our pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum experience with our first child! She was truly amazing, and I honestly can’t see how we would have gotten through it all without her encouragement, knowledge, and support. From the very first time we met with Carli, she made it clear that she was advocating for us and wanted to help us advocate for ourselves and the birth experience we wanted to have. She made us feel comfortable enough to communicate with her in the weeks/months prior to our birth about pregnancy happenings we were having, and she fielded so many questions we had about the induction process (we had to be induced early due to my own health issues) and what that might look like for us in accordance to the things we wanted to maybe take place during labor and delivery. When we were in the hospital for the labor and delivery, Carli was paramount in helping us through everything. Because we had to be induced, the labor came on hard and fast. She was so helpful in finding positions that worked for me, and her encouraging words, presence, and comforting techniques helped me so much. My husband and mother were in the room with us, and Carli helped them to know how they could be supportive and showed them techniques in which they could use to help me through. They were all a great team together! Our birth didn’t go “as planned” and we wound up needing a c-section due to baby’s position, no progress dilating, and heart rate concerns. Carli helped us think through all of the decisions we made, and in the end we felt good about the fact that we did everything we could. Carli was able to accompany me into the OR when my husband wasn’t allowed, and her presence was comforting in a very scary and apprehensive situation for me. She stayed with us post-surgery and helped us to have a great first experience with our gal doing skin-to-skin and breastfeeding as soon as we could. Carli came to visit us and our little nugget in the hospital, and she has even checked in with us after we got home from the hospital. Her care for us was always unwavering and I can’t recommend her enough!! She was amazing, and we were so grateful she was able to be a part of this very special time in our lives."- Amber