As a first-time mother, I firmly believe that having the support of a doula is extremely important. Our doula, Jenna, served as a friend, a sounding board, a support person during labor, a teacher, a caregiver and a wise source of information before and after we brought our son home from the hospital. Prior to the birth, Jenna came to our home for several visits, discussing and understanding our birth plan, so that when my son's birthday did come, she didn't have to ask—she already knew. She also spent time teaching my husband and me about parenting topics of interest to us, such as essential oils and baby wearing.
During birth, Jenna held my hand, applied pressure to my back, massaged my feet, brought me hot packs and even provided support when my husband became exhausted and needed a few minutes to collect himself. Over the course of 40 plus hours of labor Jenna was right there at my side, just as my husband was, coaching me through, providing a gentle and calm presence. She walked with me for hours and miles around the halls waiting for our baby to make an appearance. I ultimately delivered by caesarean because it was medically necessary. Jenna was there for me all the way and she helped my little one latch on for his first bit of Mama’s milk. It was beautiful.
After birth, Jenna again provided not only support, but presence. She visited our home and was available for breastfeeding and new baby support 24 hours a day.
I can’t thank Jenna and the team of Best Birth Hawaii enough for their support in our life and the birth of our son. We took both the birthing classes and breastfeeding class at BBH and found it to be outstanding. I recommend Katja and her team to everyone.