From Emily C.
My husband and I spent much of my pregnancy unsure about whether or not to hire a doula. My husband had planned and prepared all throughout the pregnancy to be a very active birth partner, so we weren't sure that the added value a doula would bring would be worth the financial investment. However, after having worked with Maggie, we both wholeheartedly agree now that the experience was worth much, much more than the initial financial investment. It was the best decision we could have made!
We hired Maggie just two days before I went into labor, which meant that we had only spoken via phone prior to that day. Meeting someone while in labor could have made for an awkward situation, but Maggie never missed a beat. She immediately jumped into action, and spent the time in-between contractions educating my husband and I on some of the topics we missed since we never met prenatally. Maggie has a calm, confident presence that instantly put me at ease. She tag teamed with my husband seamlessly to provide massage, suggest comfort measures, and repeat mantras designed to help build my confidence in myself. She was never forceful or loud, but did make herself heard when necessary (often to explain to me what my options were once we got to the hospital). I whole-heartedly believe that without Maggie's support, I would not have been able to have the unmedicated birth I had hoped for. I am so happy we had Maggie with us on that day.
Additionally, Maggie provided birth photography services to us in addition to her doula services. Her primary focus is to provide doula services, but she was able to capture some absolutely amazing shots throughout the day. The images document the most important day in our lives thus far—they're invaluable to us.
If you are on the fence about hiring a doula, please contact Maggie. You will be so glad you did!