This was the second time I had Angela as my doula. I wasn’t sure if I needed her again for the birth of my second child, as I thought I could handle things on my own, but I realized that I would be so much more at ease mentally and physically if she was there supporting me. She is easy to talk to, supportive of any birth choice, and very knowledgeable about anything birth related. When I was going into labor, she met me at my home and supported me thru my contractions while my husband got our daughter ready to go with her grandparents. Her calming voice and physical support got me thru those tough labor pains. Because of Angela I was able to have the natural hospital water birth that I wanted. And she even took some pictures while I was in labor and after the birth of my daughter. Angela is a wonderful doula and I would highly recommend her to anyone
When my husband and I were expecting our first child, a girlfriend had mentioned she had a doula and really loved it. I wasn’t sure what it was, and honestly was afraid it might be too "keep Portland weird” for me J But still, we reached out to a few doulas by email and asked friends for a referral. I knew that I wanted to leave having an epidural as an option, and a few people I emailed with I quickly felt the shame of that one decision being left on the table. Then I was referred to Angela by a friend. We had our initial meeting and I shared my thoughts/concerns and that I had witnessed one of the strongest woman I know struggle in horrible pain during delivery to the point she was causing stress on the baby and was in hysterics, so for my plan, I wanted options to do what made sense for me at the time, not to be boxed into only one option. She immediately put my concerns to rest and was supportive.
The day of delivery, I was induced and the nurse was a bit “ratchety” about me having a birthing ball, but Angela, just went and got what I needed and took care of me. She was there through every contraction, holding my hand alongside my husband's, but never in the place of my husband, including when I did get an epidural. When it was time to start pushing, she was right there encouraging Trevor in how best to help me, she took photos and stepped in when needed. Never in the way, but always there. She was able to capture the most beautiful pictures of my baby boy and all the emotion I felt in that moment!
I would recommend Angela to anyone who just wants someone who has been there and help get them through the day. Trevor, I think, felt the most relieved having her there. For him, seeing me in the pain I was going through was heart wrenching, but Angela’s gentle, yet authoritative guidance made it to where he felt he had someone there helping him to help me!
When we were getting ready to have our second child, I asked Trevor if he thought we needed her this time, since it was the second one. His answer was an unequivocal YES! It was the best money spent having a fully dedicated advocate for not only me, but Trevor too. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Angela! You will always be a part of our family!