Hillary’s time spent with our family as a postpartum doula was a truly special experience. She came when our baby was 6 weeks old and entering a fussy stage that was at times confusing and overwhelming for first time parents. Hillary had such a calm and loving demeanor with our daughter and effortlessly showed us ways to soothe her. Hillary was such a help to me in the smallest and biggest ways from breastfeeding support, to accompanying me to grocery store, to helping prepare meals and do the dishes so that I could relax for a few minutes and focus on my baby. She enlightened us on things we didn’t even know we were doing incorrectly such as car seat safety and babywearing. I especially loved learning how to give our baby a spa bath! Before Hillary came our daughter didn’t enjoy bath time, but it is now a nightly ritual and one of her most favorite parts of the day. Another highlight of her time spent with us was learning about the wonderful world of cloth diapering. We didn’t consider it to be an option because we thought it was too much of a dirty hassle, but Hillary showed us how easy it was. I am saving hundreds of dollars because of this. The most invaluable part of Hillary’s services was the constant support she offered throughout the entire time she was there. She listened to my concerns about new motherhood with a compassionate, knowledgable, and open-minded ear and offered me validation and guidance in a gentle way that allowed me to come to my own conclusions. She was very knowledgable about all of my concerns and I respected the fact that she backed up her advice with showing me evidence based research. I didn’t realize how essential her services were until she left and I felt a million times more confident about being a new mom. Do yourself a favor and hire this vivacious, loving, brilliant, gal. She will prove her value from the first moment you meet her. -Angela B.
“Hillary attended the birth of my son and I can honestly say that I couldn't have done it without her. After 10 days past my due date, I was scheduled to start on pitocin after my water broke. She met me and my husband at the hospital and stayed from start to delivery. She was beyond supportive! She helped me through those moments of agony when I thought I couldn't make it. She was reassuring and comforting to me AND my husband, who thought he could handle it all but then realized throughout those long 12 hours, that he could use a break/ support and reassurance too. My husband is now the best advocate for Hillary and doulas in general. The help was beyond definition. It was wonderful! Thank you Hillary for sharing in one of the best and scariest moments of my life. You made it that much sweeter. My son's birth story is one that I now cherish and love to reminisce about because she helped make it one that I felt in control and active part surrounded by supportive people.” -Silvia K.
“Hillary was amazing on the day of our son's birth. It was important to me to do a natural birth and she continued to encourage me throughout the process and helped me practice techniques that kept me going. I had to be induced because I was overdue and my fluids were low. And when my contractions started, I panicked a little bit and called her right away. She showed up within an hour and my labor lasted 20 hours. She went above and beyond to be there for me even through the early labor just so I would have her support and encouragement. She was also a great support to my husband.” -Anna M.
“Hillary was the one that was on duty for our birth and she provided amazing support to both me and my husband. My husband really loved having her in the room as someone he could look to for advice and she made it better for him to support me. She was super encouraging and supported me through every decision I made but never intrusive. She stood up for me when the doctors were pushy and rude at times and encouraged me to have a voice. After my beautiful baby boy was born, she stayed with me for the first few hours to help me breastfeed and help support the first important bonding moments with me and him. Once back home, I had 2 postpartum meetings which I think are so important. It is imperative to have support and people to check-in on you in the first few weeks.” -Tara J.
"Hillary showed up at the hospital the same time we did. She was positive, affirming, gave me instructions on breathing, and continued to ask me how I was feeling. Simultaneously, she was communicating with my husband on more logistical matters. I’m also extremely grateful to her for the advocacy and attention that I couldn’t give myself: the attendant at the hospital had us sit and wait because it was my first and he assumed I was early in labor--- Hillary followed him and urged him to take us up. During labor, Hillary and my husband were by my side, giving me the encouragement, focus, and breathing pointers I needed. There were a couple of medical concerns during the birth, and Hillary remained a constant support for us." -Hillary F.
“Pregnancy and the idea of giving birth was an exciting, joyful, frightening and anxious part of my life. Having Hillary as my doula got me through the frightening and anxious part. She is an amazing individual who is highly educated in her field. Basically any questions I had or didn't even know I had, she would have an answer to. When the DAY came and labor was starting Hillary was there every step of the way. She has a soothing demeanor, a calming voice and outgoing personality, all of which contributed in giving me the strength to have an all natural birth. The coaching and breathing techniques were incredibly helpful through the most difficult part of labor and having her there was a great calm in an incredibly hectic time. My partner and I will forever be grateful to her!” -Carolina B.
“Hillary was an amazing doula for my labor and delivery. She is warm, kind, and so easy to talk to. She was there for me the moment my water broke by taking my phone calls, telling me to relax, calling me to check on my progress and meeting us at the hospital. She really helped me remain calm through the whole process. From laboring at home (for 12 hours), coaching me through my contractions, and getting me mentally ready to push. Thank you again Hillary for helping me achieve my goal of an unmedicated birth. You're the best!" -Elisa M.
"You need Hillary. She is an excellent balance of science and art which is very difficult to find in a doula. I was looking into hiring a doula for my December 2013 birth because I thought it would be nice to have extra support for myself and my husband. I knew I wanted a strong female presence, and I knew it would be nice to have a doula for my pregnancy journey. What I did not expect is that I NEEDED a Hillary for my birth. After a pretty smooth pregnancy, I ended up with an incredibly difficult labor experience. Even though I trusted my midwives and the hospital where I delivered, the slippery slope of interventions started piling up. Hillary was a constant reminder that we were allowed to take the time we needed to make decisions and that no one could pressure us into an intervention. Hillary reminded me that I was empowered to say no and to take my time. TRUST ME- when you are in labor, you and your spouse/partner are very vulnerable to suggestion and could EASILY end up with a birth that was less than what you wanted. Hillary and my husband worked very well together, and he really appreciated having her at the birth for "backup". Hillary was the protector of our birth plan, and for that I will be forever grateful. Additionally, she was wonderful support postpartum. My little man was born with some vascular problems, and Hillary continued to check in on me and lift my spirits while we were in the NICU. Moreover, Hillary is super fun! Her pre-labor visits were great and really helped us practice our coping techniques for the big day. She is very easy to connect with and her website full of resources rocks! Hillary is an amazing, caring doula, and I hope to need her services again one day." -Nicole T.
We had a wonderful experience using Hillary as our doula!! We weren't looking for someone to help us through a completely natural, unmedicated birth, so at first I didn't think I needed a doula. But I am so glad we decided to use her services! As a first time mom I had no idea what to expect from the whole labor/delivery.... and I'm admittedly not very good at reading up on things on my own. While we took a hospital birth class, it was so much more helpful to have the 2 prenatal visits from Hillary for really personal birth prep. She has wonderful resources and a super sweet but really fun demeanor about her. Even after I had an epidural, Hillary was super helpful in positioning me to help move my labor along, and was an amazing cheerleader when it came time for me to push. We are looking forward to another postpartum visit from Hillary. I would absolutely recommend her!! -Christine O.
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