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Genuinely Nonjudgmental

posted Jun 17, 2017, 3:13 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Jun 17, 2017, 3:15 PM ]
Judy Behr was my birth doula for the birth of my baby at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley.

After several years of fertility treatments, when I was finally pregnant via IVF after years of trying, I searched for a doula late in pregnancy. Judy was kind enough to make herself available on short notice, and was very flexible about it. As a single mother by choice, I was relying on my own mother, my brother and friends support during my scheduled gradual induction and hospital stay. Thus, I wasn't sure I needed a doula it turned out to be one of the best decision I could have made.

With or without a partner, family support is nice. However, Judy offered a different kind of support an invaluable combination: empathetic and practical. She was incredibly flexible, genuinely nonjudgmental, and extremely affirming. Honestly, I still reflect fondly on her time with us. She made such a difference diffused stress between me and my mom by her very presence and by helping with the moment my mom found too stressful, I can't imagine my birthing experience without her. She's offered support since and been so incredibly sweet with my little boy making us feel so special.

To sum up, me and my entire contingent, we were very happy with Judy's work, and would recommend her to other families with no reservations and the highest confidence in her professionalism, easy going and helpful attitude.

-Ashley