“My husband & I both agree that hiring Laurie was the best thing we did to help make our birth experience what we wanted it to be. We took 2 childbirth classes, read many books, & chose our midwife carefully, but having Laurie on our team was far & above the key to feeling prepared, confident and in control of the birth.
Laurie’s really the full package: her presence puts you at ease, she’s very smart & experienced, and she’s got great people skills. The biggest reason we hired Laurie is that I immediately felt like I could be myself around her, which is vital in the birthing process. She’s easygoing, calm and delightful to be around. From our first meeting, to the messiness that is childbirth, to the post-partum visits, Laurie was someone who I always looked forward to seeing and felt like she was really on my side and truly wanted what was best for me, my husband and our baby.
We also loved that Laurie comes with so much experience. In particular her combination of experience as a doula and childbirth educator make her someone who has both theoretical as well as hands-on knowledge of the birth process. Additionally, she’s really up-to-date on all things birth-related as she is someone who “reads a lot”, as she says. I can’t emphasize how important this became during the labor & birth. As things developed throughout my labor, it was so reassuring to have someone who was so knowledgeable to ask questions about what was happening and what our medical team was recommending.
Laurie’s people skills in the hospital were amazing. Your doula really is reflection of you in the eyes of your medical team and Laurie has a great rapport with the medical staff. She has a way of helping out and offering suggestions that left everyone (us & the hospital staff) feel like she was really making things go more smoothly for everyone.
Bottom line- you’ll love Laurie for all the amazing qualities she has.”