Doula support with Christine during COVID for my 2nd baby: In June 2020 I phoned the office and spoke with Christine for a very long time about my pending birth. I am a single mother, and she offered me so many options for delivering at a hospital without a partner. Offering her doula services, (thank GOD Doulas are essential!) she was there, not in zoom but in person all weekend for the delivery of my beautiful baby. I felt supported the whole way through. She came over my home, helped me get things settled in my home and with my pup. Once settled in the hospital she did not leaving me alone, talked over important decisions with me and was my rock when things were too tough for me. Breastfeeding was successful because she stayed with me and showed me her 'tips' for moms and their babes. We will forever be bonded and she is my forever angel.
"Thanks to Chris I was spared a C-section! I planned to have a “natural” delivery using hypno-birthing and the least possible intervention and Chris supported me with that. But when intervention was necessary, Chris quickly switched gears, and provided excellent support during a very complicated labor & delivery. ::::I ended up having to be induced because of pre-eclampsia. The labor was very difficult partially due to the use of Pitocin, partially due to back labor, and to top things off the baby was just not ready to come out. Chris was there for me throughout the very long process. She was there to support both me and my family. She provided relief to me through advice, massage, being my advocate with the medical staff, knowing when I should try a new position, etc. When the doctors were prepping for a C-section, due to the length of time the baby was in the birth canal, my family turned to Chris to see what we could do. Chris knew I had to change the position I was pushing from, and said so. I changed position and 45 minutes later I delivered a healthy happy 8lb 3oz baby boy. ::::Having her support throughout my pregnancy was great. Having her there during my very long delivery was the best decision I made during my pregnancy planning. ::::I give Chris & Doulas of CNY my highest recommendation. ::::I can’t thank her enough for everything!" ::::Heather S::::
"Where to begin...?! Chris's support before, during, and after our second son's birth was truly incredible. She met with us a a few times throughout the pregnancy, answering our questions, giving us encouragement, and helping us to create our birth plan. She gave us invaluable advice when we realized that we needed to switch doctors at 36 weeks. She met at our home when Kristen was still in early labor and gave us both so many wonderful suggestions (and back massages!) to facilitate Kristen's labor. She accompanied us in our transition to the hospital, ensuring that everything went as peacefully as possible (per Kristen's wishes). And then she helped us to achieve something beyond our wildest dreams: a VBAC WATERBIRTH.::::To top it all off, Chris has been such an inspiration that Kristen has now decided to become a doula!:::: Chris, we cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for us! We HIGHLY recommend Doulas of CNY!" ::::Kristen, Tim, Miles (2 1/2) and Alec (2 months) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"My husband and I feel truly grateful to have had Chris’ support during the birth of our daughter. Throughout the pregnancy, I felt very apprehensive that this birth would turn out like the birth of my son. I wanted so badly to have a successful VBAC! Chris provided continued support through emails, professional articles, and phone calls to keep me pumped up about the birth! When my due date passed, Chris gave me the courage to follow my heart and delay induction/ make my own choices about the birth. Finally, when my water broke, my labor began following the pattern of my previous birth. I was nervous and scared, but Chris believed in me and helped me to believe in myself. At every point along the way, Chris was right there to advocate for me and to provide info that helped my husband and I to make decisions. Her patience and kind words helped to keep me going even when things got tough. She had countless suggestions to help me manage labor pains, as my desire was for a natural birth. I highly recommend Chris as a doula, and hope to have her at my side in the future if we are blessed with another baby!"
"Jeremy & I wanted to thank you for your support through out this whole process. The support was perfect for us. My husband and friend were able to take all the suggestions you gave by phone and those we spoke about earlier and apply them perfectly. Thank you for being willing and ready to come in our timing, f we needed it. Things definitely went much faster than expected. It was the best experience possible for the situation. I was able to have the birth I wanted-a drug free VBAC. I give thanks to you and all those you helped me achieve it. I will also send you an e-mail with a few pictures and information on our son. He is in God's memory, which really is the best place anyone can be. I know we will be reunited in the future. You will always be with me in my heart. You are a very special person. My love to you and your family. " -MD