I was one of those moms-to-Be who adamantly wanted her Birth Plan to be honored: I especially did not want a c-section or drugs! Yet I learned from my wedding day that not everything would go as planned so I’d best learn to let go and live in the moment, accepting things outside of my control.
Upon meeting Kerry in person, we knew she would be great! She rolled with all of our questions with patience, and she had a tattoo in Sanskrit meaning we connected on a spiritual level both being yoginis.
Yet my husband and I could not have anticipated just how awesome Kerry is as a doula until labor got real at the hospital! I had a complex labor lasting nearly 48 hours. She arrived before active labor and thus stayed awake the entire time.
She was calm throughout and answered questions about the labor process that couldn’t be answered in the labor papers she or the hospital had given us-even the “dirty/gross woman” stuff!
When labor advanced, she helped my husband and I make informed decisions when the midwives and doctors came into my room to give me news (more than once) that I did not want to hear (hint: things that needed to be considered that were not in my Birth Plan).
Because the labor was so long and I had not slept, I opted for the epidural after 36 hours of labor so I could sleep through contractions and have the energy to push. She never judged me for this and instead supported that decision which was not on my Birth Plan to get me through the labor to delivery.
She also gave me the best massages in my lower back so I didn’t feel the back labor contractions (they were very uncomfortable without her massages!) She did this often like a champ without complaint and little sleep.
She was a coach too encouraging me throughout it all, reminding me of all the positive to keep my energy levels up and believe in myself.