I had the natural birth I was hoping for – Leah, Tampa


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

About Christie Collbran

Christie believes in helping women recognize their own inner wisdom, strength and power. Having served as President of the Tampa Bay Birth Network for six years and with ten years serving families as a birth doula, she has a reputation for leadership, dedication and compassion. A childbirth educator, certified lactation counselor as well as a certified doula, she makes a point of ensuring mothers and their partners understand all their birthing options and what to expect on their journey.> keep reading

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