At just 12 weeks gestation we found out that our daughter had a fatal birth defect called Anencephaly. We chose to carry to carry as long as God blessed us with. I was lead to Natalie by another Support Bereavement Doula. I had never heard of a SBD before until then but she was and continues to be one of the greatest blessings. She was/is always there for me no matter what. If she didn't know the answer she made sure to find it for me or lead me in the right direction. She has some great resouces as well! Before I had Alaina she came to her celebration of life it was the first time we had ever meet but it felt like I'd known her my whole life. I went in the hospital at 33 weeks due to having contractions and my amniotic fluid being extremely high she made sure she stayed in contact the whole time and came down as soon as she could. She was by my side the whole time. She helped me more than she will every truly realize just by being by our side that day! She stood by my side and help me dressing/bathing our daughter for one of the only chances I would get, doing foot/hand prints, taking pictures, keeping my family informed on what was going on. She also bonded quick with my little boy! The day I got released me nor my fiance couldn't bring ourselves to hand our daughter over to the coroner I didn't even have to ask she knew. She did it for me with tears in her eyes I'm sure with flash back in her eyes from her own loss of a daughter. She came to Alaina's setting up and funeral and helped us through the final goodbyes to our daughter and capture those last moments for us. She spoke a magnificent eulogy and even read a poem that I had wrote for Alaina! She was there for us every step of the way from beginning and still is with us! We talk everyday she isn't just my SBD she is my sister my best friend! Her strength is amazing I hope to be at least as half as strong and amazing as she is! I just know Miss Samantha Grace is smiling down from Heaven so proud of her mama and the wonderful things she does!
I LOVE MY DOULA! The services provided are awesome! I didn't find out about her until I was third trimester, and I still use her post partum services. She helps with everything from stretches that relieve aches and pains to hospital visits for support, and even helps with shopping for the best products for me and baby and trains you on how to use them. I didn't know doulas did so much. Highly recommended!
There is not enough that I can say about Natalie. She was there when I had my miscarriage and at the same time going through very stressful time in my
life, too much to juggle. She took the reins and put focus and normalcy in my life and my kids. She was comforting, helpful, patient and compassionate.
Her shoulders were as big as I needed them to be, leaning on her kept me from falling into complete depression and helplessness. She was the strength
I needed to get through the loss of my baby. I don't know what I would've done without her. She is someone that you can count on, in your time of
despair, sadness or when you just need focus or clarity. I will never forget what she has done for me and my family.