I would highly recommend Buddha Belly Birth Services and specifically Amy Lewis as a birth doula.
I’m a second time mom with an almost 8 year gap between babies. I liked the fact that Buddha Belly set you up with a doula team. The conversation with Amy and Christie went great. They got to know me and what I was looking for. I learned more about Buddha Belly and was thrilled when I found out that they were a doula team that would be available when my baby was due. We had an in-person meeting that weekend and it was doula love. Amy and Christie are both fantastic and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience.
During the next several months, they would check in with me. My hi-risk OB decided that she was looking like a “big baby.” It really upset me and Amy and Christie sent articles on how the measurements could be inaccurate and helped me stay confident that I could birth my baby naturally (dr said 10lbs she ended up 8lbs). I felt like I could vent to them when I was upset and they would be so great in responding. We also got a lot out of the prenatal visit with Amy and Christie. We felt so empowered and ready for the baby after that.
I ended up going in to be induced and Amy was the doula on call. I was given cytotec at the hospital and it put me in labor. I didn’t think I was progressing very far overnight. Around 5:30am I was at a 7 and labor was progressing quickly. I called my husband and Amy and she actually got there before he did! She came right when I was starting a contraction and literally dropped her bag and stated counter pressure on my back. Amy and my husband got me into the shower and different labor positions and by 9:02 my daughter arrived and I had the natural birth I was hoping for. I can’t say enough about Amy. She is warm, positive, encouraging, and just the person you would want at your side during birth!
Leah Glover, Tampa
Originally posted on DoulaMatch.Net