We chose Shelia as our doula for our first born during the craziness of Covid and are so glad we did. From day one, Shelia made herself available for any questions or concerns and would respond back to us within hours. She provided us with resources for birth classes, pediatricians, and gave us her honest opinion about changing delivery hospitals halfway through the pregnancy. During an ultrasound at week 33 we found out our baby was breech. Shelia taught us different positions and gave us recommendations for chiropractors to help turn the baby. We took her advice and by week 36 our baby was head down. At our 37 week appointment I had a high blood pressure reading which required an induction at week 38. Shelia was the first person we called and she calmly talked us through what we could expect for an induction. It was a super scary time as we were not anticipating an induction, yet alone an induction for medical reasons, but we felt much more prepared for the induction after speaking with her. As the induction took place and labor progressed, Shelia helped me to manage through the pain with breathing techniques and trying different laboring positions. There were several occasional where I began to feel defeated with the laboring process but she was there to encourage me to continue on. Once our baby was delivered, Shelia stayed with us for a couple hours to ensure I felt comfortable with breast feeding and to answer any other questions we had. She also made herself available to us after we left the hospital and were at home with our little one.
I can’t say enough good things about Shelia. I really believe she is the reason we had a successful delivery. Shelia works well with the nurses, is well educated with the pregnancy and delivery process (and complications that may arise), is supportive, and is super easy to get along with. If you are thinking about hiring a doula, please consider Shelia.