It is the greatest privilege to be invited into someone’s birth process. Below are some kind words from the students and client’s Samantha was lucky enough to serve.
Sam is a caring, energetic, and grounded professional. After a less than ideal birth experience with our first son, we knew we wanted the support of a doula for the birth of our second child. I was determined to have a natural birth, but hoped to find someone non-judgmental, just in case things didn’t go as planned. Upon meeting Sam I knew we’d found a great match. She was friendly, relatable, and knowledgable. Sam patiently listened to my long and detailed birth and pregnancy history, asked all the right questions, and provided wonderful feedback. She took our concerns seriously but shared our sense of humor (two huge items on my checklist). Even though I liked my midwifery practice, I felt very pressured when I went past my “due date” to submit to the fear the traditional medical establishment often imposes upon pregnant women and their partners. Sam encouraged me to stay true to my instincts, and with her advice and a few doula tricks I was able to have the natural birth I had wished for. Bonus points to Sam also for hightailing it to a different borough than we had planned, when I went into a super speedy labor and needed an ambulance to get to the closest hospital. I’m still not sure how she got there as fast as she did, but we are beyond grateful she worked her magic!