+ Baby E's Family
"We found Brandy when I was about 30 weeks along and she was perfect right from the start. She was exactly what we needed. Someone to affirm our feelings on what we wanted for our child and our birthing experience, and worked with us even though we found her so late into my pregnancy!
Up until 39 weeks, my doctor was very pro-natural, agreeing to everything in my birth plan. Until we got to 39 weeks, then it was all about inducing and the dangers of natural childbirth. I called Brandy in tears and she was so supportive, and helpful, calmed me down and helped me make informed decisions for my pregnancy. We waited until I went into labor natually at 41 weeks and three days. My water broke first (in a friends pool!!) and I went home and labored with my husband, while he texted her and gave her updates. She drove out to my house in Mcloud, and stayed with me while I worked through contractions. She helped us pack up and followed us to the hospital about 8 hours after my water broke. Contractions about 2 minutes apart. When we got to the hospital, everything slowed down and I got discouraged. Brandy was there the whole time, telling me how strong I was and making sure no one interrupted my contractions while my husband supported me.
Even though I ended up getting an epidural after 12 hours, Brandy stayed with us until I pushed my 7lb 5oz baby girl into the world (after 36 hours)!! There was meconium, and they took her away along with my husband to suction her lungs. My doctor was very cold, and had terrible bedside manner. If it wasnt for Brandy, making sure I stayed calm and constantly holding my hand, telling me everything was fine, I never would have made it. She came out to my house to help me with breast feeding, and we had a good talk. She helped me understand that just because I didn’t do everything I wanted, I was no less a woman, or mother. I am so grateful we found her!”
January 8th, 2014
+ Baby D's Family
"Brandy is amazing. Period. I could end my testimonial there but I want to give some examples. At around 39 weeks, I was HUGE. Seriously, big. And so tired. And whiney. Brandy listened to me, reassured me, brought essential oils over, answered all my questions, and was a friend to me. She encouraged me, and gave me confidence. Just knowing that she was there eased my mind.
Our birth plan centered around Hypnobirthing (a class Brandy teaches that is really good) and I was 100% onboard with doing a gentle, natural, unmedicated birth. Fast forward to arriving at the hospital (OU) and once they told me I was only at a 5, I sternly said “I WANT AN EPIDURAL.” (Really I think I yelled it at my husband) Enter Brandy. She comes in, gets the lights turned down and gently tells me that once I get in the tub I will feel better. I remember her saying “Let’s try everything else first, and if you still want an epidural, you can get one. BUT – YOU CAN DO THIS.” Let me tell you something, Brandy LABORED by my side the whole time I was in labor. She poured warm water on me in the tub. She reminded me of how to breathe. She reminded me that my body was doing exactly what it is meant to do. She reminded me that my baby was coming! She kept me hydrated throughout my 14 hour labor…had essential oils and cool rags on my head and neck, etc. I could go on and on. I am proud to say I had my son by trusting my body and doing an unmedicated birth. I felt so empowered and so grateful after I was finished.
When I reflect back on the experience, Brandy really stands out as someone who enhanced the whole process. She’s a great resource, but an even better person.
If you are thinking of hiring a doula – please talk to Brandy. It really doesn’t get better than her."
January 13th, 2014
+ Baby R & S
“Before I got pregnant, I knew I wanted to hire a doula to assist me in having natural, unmedicated childbirth. When we got pregnant with twins, we began researching local doulas immediately. After we sat down and talked to Brandy, we knew she was the one. Brandy is an incredible person and an amazing doula! She was with me every step of the way of my pregnancy. Any time I had a question or needed advice, she was always available. As my pregnancy progressed, both of my babies ended up in the breech position. Brandy came over to my house several times to do belly massage to encourage them turn head down. I ended up having to have a medically necessary c-section due to a prolapsed umbilical cord. Brandy was there with us in the operating room – letting us know what would happen, keeping our spirits up, and taking the most beautiful pictures of our twins’ birth. She was also there post-partum and was a huge help with breastfeeding. If we decide to have more children, the first thing I’m doing is calling Brandy. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula!”
December 17th, 2013