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So Blessed

posted Jan 2, 2012, 10:05 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 12:05 PM ]
My husband and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Lisa and Cathy as our doulas. Cathy was referred to me, and the first time we met, I immediately felt her genuine warmth and was put at ease. I thought, this is a woman whom I’d feel very comfortable being vulnerable and exposed in front of and giving birth, and that was the most important factor for me when choosing a doula. When I met her partner Lisa, I had that same feeling again. I was also impressed with the combination of their background knowledge and their extreme reverence and trust in the body’s innate ability and knowing how to birth. Being a Chiropractor, this philosophy and understanding of the body was essential for the people on our birth team.

Lisa and Cathy both did prenatal and postnatal visits with us. I was pleasantly surprised at how long they spent with us at each visit, and how much knowledge they both had about the whole process. Not only do they draw from their experiences of being mothers themselves, they both have extensive medical and holistic training and backgrounds. I particularly liked how they helped to educate us about all of the different decisions we would have to make, explaining the pros and cons of each choice, and Lisa even forwarded me references to check out several times.

I had a very long challenging birth, and Cathy stayed with me the whole time. I had read Ina May Gaskin’s books while I was pregnant, and it felt like Cathy was an Ina May Gaskin-type coach. She taught me how to relax into each contraction, and intuitively coached me down the road of labor. We had planned a home birth, and due to last minute complications, had to have our daughter at the hospital. Cathy was sensitive to our desires and disappointment about this, and helped to create such a nurturing safe bubble in a setting I did not want to be in. She also helped to encourage me and give me strength when each new challenge arose. My husband was a huge support, but I can’t imagine not having had the group of loving wise females around me as I birthed.

After the birth Cathy and Lisa did a couple of follow-up visits. We talked about the birth itself, which helped me to process the difficult parts. They checked in to make sure I was emotionally okay and supported. They also made sure breast-feeding was going okay and answered my questions about breast feeding and other topics.

It is such a pleasure to have gotten to work with women who so clearly love what they do, and are passionate about supporting and empowering other women through the miracle of birth. They added their wisdom, love, and sprinkled in lots of laughter through the whole process.

-Dr. Heidi Wroebel, DC
Inspired Life Chiropractic