Our clients are as unique as their births. Each family we have joined on the journey to parenthood has touched us both in different ways. Our clients are what make our "job" incredibly rewarding and always exciting.
Katrina directly improved my entire before/during/after experience of delivering my first baby.
The most valuable counsel from my doula was regarding information that *I didn't know to ask*.
One of many examples is that I didn't know eye drops administered by hospital staff for newborns is not immediately essential and causes blurry vision. Thanks to Katrina, my baby was able to see me for our mom/baby bonding time after birth.
With my doula I had the confidence to delay an epidural, encouraging my labor to progress with movement. Delaying it also meant that I didn't miss the experience of my labor entirely - something I'm grateful for now.
When my delivery required an unplanned C section, my doula’s support offered immediate reassurance. Just as importantly, I avoid lamenting “what if” because I did my best making informed decisions with my husband and doula throughout the process. I would later learn that how one feels about their birth experience has a lot to do with peace about their decisions.
My husband was amazing, but his contribution is different from the education and personal birth experience that my doula offered.
Katrina listened, educated me, and connected me to remarkable people and resources that I needed after bringing baby home.
Before I met Katrina, I didn't really understand what a doula does or what makes a trusted one essential. I know with certainty that Katrina's guidance provided a positive trajectory that would not have been possible without her.
We had a wonderful birth experience with Katrina. We decided to do hypno-birthing for a more natural experience and completed the Hypnobabies course. My husband was a little nervous about remembering all the hypno-prompts during the birth, so we decided a doula who had experience with hypno-birthing would be helpful. We were late in our pregnancy when we decided to get a doula and were very lucky to find Katrina. She met with us ahead of time to discuss our birth plan, fears and hopes, etc. I went into labor on the same day as another client, but luckily the timing worked out so that she was able to be with both of us. Katrina met us at the hospital, and she did a wonderful job of keeping me calm and reminding me to use my self-hypnosis techniques. She even saved us $275 by stopping the midwife from blowing up the birthing tub because it was clear my labor was progresing to quickly to use it! We ended up having a natural, beautiful birth experience, and Katrina played a big role in that by reading the hypnosis prompts, giving my husband suggestions, and giving lots of encouragement when it got really tough!
Hiring a doula was a last minute decision by me and my husband. We interviewed doulas and had decided upon Katrina because she best met our requirements and she was easy to talk with. It was as if we had known her for quite some time. This proved very comforting when I went into labor early. We hadn't even had our first pre-delivery consultation. As much as my husband and I had prepared for the birth of our first child with classes, we were still clueless. Thankfully, Katina was there to assist me and my husband with tips and tricks for managing my back labor. A quote from my husband, “I think she was amazing in helping me help you. Otherwise, I would have never known what to do or how to help."
Katrina is knowledgeable and experienced with the HypnoBabies birthing technique, and was truly my advocate when it came to adhering to my natural birth plan and baby plan. She was great at helping me make informed decisions that were in me and my baby’s best interest. Katrina coached me through my labor even when I was being a very stubborn and difficult patient. My husband and I don't know how I would have done it without her, and we will definitely ask Katrina to be our doula when we are ready for our second little miracle.
HWe love Katrina! From day one, Katrina was there for me, answering questions and offering support. Even during our initial interview, I felt cared for and like I'd known her for ages. Her kindness and steady calm helped me stay calm through an early start to a long labor. I don't believe that my birth experience would have been as manageable without Katrina. My birthing time was exceedingly long and Katrina was there. She selflessly stayed with my husband and I during the nearly 40 hour long ordeal, taking only a short break for her own family's needs. All the while, she was loving, supportive and encouraging. As mentioned in another testimonial, Katrina is very experienced in Hypnobabies techniques and philosophies and was a great support to my husband and I in that regard. When I was unable to have the natural childbirth that I'd wanted, Katrina was instrumental in helping me move on and keep the bigger picture in sight. Her steadfast support and patient guidance through a very difficult time was invaluable to both my husband and myself. We will definitely be calling Katrina again when it's time for number two!
Kelsie & Joey
Our baby’s heart rate had to be monitored the whole time I was in labor, which meant I had to wear annoying belly bands and be sitting on the bed the whole time. Once my doulas arrived we negotiated with the nurses for me to sit on a birthing ball while a doula held the heart monitor in place. This was awesome and make managing contractions so much better! Also, our doctor initially seemed very rigid, but once my doulas arrived he became more flexible and gave us more options. I’m so thankful for our doulas because toward the end of pushing the doctor was concerned about our baby’s heart rate and said we needed to get him out ASAP, so he said he could either cut an episiotomy or pull him on our son’s chin once he could get to it and pull him out quicker. We didn’t have much time to decide but I was able to look at my husband and my doulas and get confirmation that the chin thing didn’t sound too risky. We did that and it worked great! So happy for all the support we received during labor as well as before and after.
Great work Krystal! Thank you so much for being a part of L’s birth. You were so helpful!
Midwife-Lutheran Medical Center
Krystal was very supportive of the RN & CNM and the client & husband. She worked well with the client without overstepping. Her input was valued and her calm and quiet presence was great!
Nurse-Lutheran Medical Center
We really appreciated Krystal’s help. She was very comforting and gentle with the client and spouse.
A & S Cassaleggio
Krystal’s knowledge and positive attitude really helped us prepare for the birth of our daughter.
Midwife-Lutheran Medical Center
Krystal provided great bedside support!