"I first meet Holly while she was getting her certification to become a doula. The moment I meet her I felt she was a very caring person and she soon became like a daughter me. While we were working together she stepped right in and was a natural at loving at taking care of birthing couples. It would be a benifit to have her as your doula." - Michele Broniszewski, (CD)DONA
"Having Holly as our doula was a decision that my husband & I feel was one of the best we have made! As our first birth it was amazing to have their love & support around us through this incredible journey. She made me feel so comfortable in the birthing process, so unashamed to do anything & everything I felt like I needed to do. She helped me laugh through a lot, sang with me to help distract me, got me i don't know how many towels after getting in & out of the birthing tub so many times, and gave me immeasurable emotional support. With her support my husband felt like he could stay & focus solely on me instead of worrying about where to find popsicles or a birthing ball etc. She stayed strong through the entire night. Holly even got some really awesome pictures. As a first time mom it was the greatest gift I could have given myself. We are looking forward to the someday of having them help us welcome baby #2!" –M.C. first time mom
"Doula Holly was amazing to work with. We met up to go over past issues I had had during pregnancy and labor and what I expected and hoped for this time around--it being my 4th pregnancy. I truly wanted an all natural labor, not forced by nurses or doctors to deliver on their schedule. Between that time and when I delivered I had quite a few doubts about my body's ability to do what I wanted.. I was having terrible pelvis and back issues and was being told by my midwife to get an epidural otherwise I'd be in excruciating pain. Holly kept telling me that I could do this, that I could do it without and that I was strong enough to get through it-- and that day came... During labor, in between contractions when I didn't feel like I could go on, Holly would give me the courage to keep going. I got that labor and delivery I had hoped for (that didn't happen with my last 3 kids). I was shocked that I was able to do something so powerful.. All thanks to Holly. I can't recommend Holly enough. She's an amazing doula and she takes the most beautiful labor/delivery shots as well so you can forever remember that day. "-C.V. 4th time mom
"Back in June 2011, my husband and I faced our first of two miscarriages, and one of the first people I went to was Holly. She was such an amazing support system for me. We have a lot in common, for one being we have boys the same age. I think what really made her someone I wanted to share my story with (which I was not ready nor willing to share with just anyone at this point) is because the first baby we lost was a little girl, and I knew she not only would be there for me but she would understand how hard it was for us. Being a mom of boys around the same age we have gone through a lot of the same things. She took time and talked with me, supported me, helped me heal. She was a true friend to me. I am getting tears in my eyes thinking about everything she did for me, and how I'm sure it wasn't easy for her to hear but she listened to every word out of my mouth and she not only listened but she cared. She didn't make me feel bad or ask those questions that you just don't want to answer. She took time to help me find tools to heal with. If it wouldn't have been for her we would not have tried to get pregnant again. I was set on being done, but she gave me hope. She is an amazing woman and she really takes the time to show you that she not only is doing something she loves but she actually CARES about you. I can never truly thank her for everything she did." -Sarah Smith
"Holly Steffen was my doula for the birth of my son, Vincenzo, in July of 2012. I would highly recommend her for anyone looking for or considering a doula. We met in person a few times before I went into labor, and we spoke often via Facebook. She helped prepare me as much as possible for the big day and helped me feel comfortable and confident. Having been through three births herself, she is well informed of what goes on at the hospital.
I was in active labor for about 8 hours. During that time I was so focused that I couldn't say much, but throughout that time Holly seemed to know exactly what I needed. She allowed my husband to be at my side, but when things got tough and I felt like I couldn't do it anymore, she would run up and talk me through it. also really liked that she kept bringing me water when I needed it. Having Holly as my doula was like having an epidural when I needed it, and I'm sure that had she not been there I would have required interventions that I didn't want.
Holly also took many wonderful photos of that day. I was surprised at how many she was able to take and how good they came out when she was also helping me get through labor. How she juggled both so well is a mystery to me! I didn't even notice the camera. I especially was happy that she got a picture of Vincenzo right when he was born and a picture of his first footprints. I will treasure them for a long time!
To the new mothers out there- if this is your first one especially, I would highly recommend having a doula. Even if you're one of those lucky ones with 2 hour labors, it is good to have someone to talk to beforehand- and after! Holly and I still continue to talk on Facebook. I hope that when the time comes for our next baby that Holly will be able to join us again." -Ava Z, first time mom
"Holly is a great Doula and was very helpful when she let me shadow her for my training. Holly also takes magnificent pictures!! Holly and the client worked great as a team and even let me help to gain experience. She's very helpful and reassuring." -Stephany H
"Holly rocked! It was essential to have her there, another woman in the room, someone who could sense me, and give me what I needed before I knew I needed it. She will always have a beautifully special part in my life. Not only because she helped hold my other leg opposite my husband, but because she saw my strength and helped remind me I had it when I needed reminding." -Sarah DW, VBAC