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“Sophia exceeded my expectations as a doula. From my first prenatal visit to every meeting thereafter, I was beyond impressed with her level of preparation, knowledge, commitment, and support. A first time mom, I educated myself as much as possible from baby-dedicated websites, books and other moms. Still, I had lots of questions. I found Sophia to be one of my most valuable resources of information.
During our prenatal visits we discussed what to expect from the birth experience, ironed out birth preferences, and practiced positional and pain-relief techniques. When I told her I was experiencing anxiety about my original decision to have an un-medicated birth and opted instead to have an epidural, she supported me without question. She alleviated every concern I had with compassion and intellect. She always made it very clear that she was available to answer any questions I had, no matter the day or night. I appreciate how responsive she was, and all the effort she put in to making our meetings constructive and comforting.
Come my labour, I believe she has a knack for feeling one’s energy. Without saying anything, she was by my side when I needed her, and gave me space when I needed that. Her presence was beneficial, and I felt strong with her encouragement. She aided my partner to allow him rest when he needed and got along well with my nurse-midwives. All the while, she remained alert through the long and arduous night, and focused on my well-being her top priority.
The icing on the cake was her beautifully written birth story of my labour. She captured even the smallest happenings with so much detail it brought back to life what I would have been too groggy to remember otherwise. And with so much vividness in her writing, reading her depiction of events still brings tears to my eyes.
I cannot express enough what an excellent addition Sophia was to my labour team. She is effective and helpful, I am extremely grateful for her work, and I cannot recommend her enough.” -Rochelle, first time mom
“Second birth with Sophia. She is very kind, no concerns noted.” -G. Certified nurse midwife
“Sophia is great labour support”- M. Certified nurse midwife
“Sophia was my Doula while I was pregnant with my son Kaleb. She was such a great help! The pregnancy was a lot easier because of her. I felt like I had someone to go to for help or just anything. She helped me make decisions, gave me important information, supported me throughout everything. I am so thankful she came into my life. She made my life easier and was great with my kids.” – April, mother of three.
“Great job. Very supportive!” -D. Obstetric nurse
“Very compassionate and kind to patient and family.” -S. Obstetrician
“The short version is that I highly recommend a doula and Sophia specifically due to her knowledge, personality and support she provides. The long version is below.
This was my first baby. My idea of doula initially was to have that support person for my husband and myself. My husband wasn’t too interested in prenatal classes however I really wanted to be able to count on him during labour. I thought a doula could be that source of knowledge on the spot for us, the person who could coach my husband on things he could do to help me in the moment, additional support for him if things don’t go as planned and support for me so he could have a nap or break.
Sophia really delivered on all this and more. Beforehand her knowledge, professionalism and positive attitude helped us both feel prepared and supported. I knew she had my best interests at heart and would help ensure my preferences were top of mind during the process. She also provided me medical articles about relevant “issues” like inducing with a large baby which my ob wanted and we went ahead with.
Afterwards she was around to support and give suggestions so that I had the ability to better advocate for myself and my baby. He was jaundice and as he got weaker we had some challenges with him nursing enough. She came by at the hospital after and also to my home where we talked about the birth and overcoming breastfeeding issues. She also provided a great recap of my birth story, took some pictures for us, brought my husband coffee and was a source of additional knowledge and support.
Back to the during labour and birth. I was induced Saturday evening, sent home until morning then sent home for 12 more hours or until my water broke/contractions started. Mid afternoon I woke up from a nap, my water broke so we headed in. Because Sophia can work 12 hours before needing to switch off with a colleague and we wanted her around for the birth we didn’t have her come right away but we’re in contact via phone, text and email all weekend.
After a couple hours in triage they brought me back and started pitocin around 7 pm. Around 11 pm we were thinking about getting Sophia in but the nurse pushed back saying it would likely be another 24 hours. Sophia provided support and suggestions to my husband over the phone in the meantime. I ended up getting an epidural and we eventually called Sophia in around 2 am even though our nurse was still pushing back.
Sophia got there and stayed by my side so my husband could rest. She helped with breathing techniques (my epidural only took on one side and I had back labour) and a few positions that were ok with an epidural. The nurse was pushing back initially on having her there and was a little rude to her but Sophia eventually won her over by showing her that her role was to just be extra support and comfort. In the end I think the nurse appreciated having her around.
When it came time to push Sophia was a support to both my husband and myself. She helped with breathing, keeping us calm and encouraging us. The delivering ob was also uncertain of her role and a little rude to her but Sophia was positive and professional the whole time.
My boys head was stuck behind my pubic bone ( head circumference is still over 97th percentile). The doctor ended up trying vacuum, forceps and an episiotomy but he wasn’t budging. During this Sophia was incredibly calm and supportive. She was reassuring to both my husband and me and explained things to us and was very positive.
My son’s heartrate was going up and I was exhausted so we decided on a c section. Sophia talked to me steadily while I was waiting to keep me calm and when they took me away she was there to support my husband.
Unfortunately they didn’t let her in the operating room. My son was born at 7:47 am and brought to the special care nursery due to initial breathing problems. My husband was with my son but Sophia was able to check in on them and then come see me in recovery with pictures and updates.
I can’t imagine not having her support throughout everything … whether it had gone as planned or in the situation it didn’t like mine. In my opinion no matter what option you choose to pursue I see a huge benefit from her being there. She really is an advocate for you and to help you make any decisions that come up by asking you questions and providing information on both sides of the subject.” -V. First time mom