-KoraLee R. 

-KoraLee R. 

-Karen W.

-Jonathan W.

-Hannah O.

-Amanda L.

I suppose I should start by saying I was very skeptical about using a doula.  I gave Dwenna a very thorough grilling about what her job really entailed.  Being very closed minded, I just sat and listened.  My wife and I had met 3 other doulas and I have to say I wasn't impressed.  After getting my questions answered to the full extent, we decided to go with Dwenna.  The meetings before our daughter's birth were good to get to know Dwenna, and if you are reading this: she is amazing.  Our baby was scheduled to be a c-section due to her being breach and she decided to come early.  Dwenna showed up to the hospital within 20 minutes of the call at 1 a.m.  Her support during the laboring process was excellent.  She knew all the right questions to ask my wife about her wishes for her health care and was good about trying to help keep her comfortable.  During delivery Dwenna was in the OR supporting us and as a first time dad, her being there was worth every red cent.  She helped keep my wife calm and once our daughter was born, she gave my wife the play by play with what I was doing.  After the birth and once my wife was out of the OR, Dwenna helped start the breast feeding process and then stayed with us another few hours.  I was dead set against having a doula and now looking back, I think this was one of the best decisions we made.  For our next baby, Dwenna will be one of the first people we call once we know my wife is pregnant.  Not going to miss out on having her there to help us!

-Ryan P.

I am forever grateful that my husband and I hired Dwenna as our doula. We've been in Albuquerque for less than two years and don't have any family in the area, so we knew we wanted some extra support. We both felt immediately at ease with her - she was exactly the right balance of soulful and sarcastic, knowledgeable but humble, helpful without being pushy, and supportive without getting in the way. Her presence added so much to our experience. Our meetings before the birth were fun and organized, helping us to talk through our priorities and get us all on the same page as a birth team. She sent messages of support and helpful suggestions (for yoga poses, meditation practices, and concrete things we could do to prepare for baby/postpartum) throughout the final days of pregnancy. Her presence during labor at home and at the birth center was exactly what we wanted from a doula - she supported us staying connected to each other, noticed when we needed comfort or guidance, cheered us on, celebrated us, and helped to keep the atmosphere quiet and calm throughout the whole process. After our baby was born, she reflected on the birth with us and honored the sacredness of our experience. She connected us to other clients/friends in the community who shared our values, helped me find a ring sling for babywearing, and accompanied me to breastfeed in public for the first time. Having her along for the journey felt like having a sister with us, in the best way possible. I would highly recommend Dwenna to anyone looking for a kind, experienced, supportive presence for any kind of birth!

-Emily C. 

-Sarah A.

-Jennifer P.

-Melody T.

On April 29 2016, I had the most amazing birth experience with my 3rd child. I don't think it would've been the same without Dwenna Nelson's help and support. I wanted to experience a natural birth and allow things to progress on their own. I was referred to Dwenna and went to one of her prenatal yoga classes to meet her. I immediately felt drawn to her and knew she was the right person to help me reach my goals. Her knowledge, support and resources prepared me both physically and mentally for what would be the most beautiful labor and birth experience. From the prenatal yoga that helped my body and mind, to the reassuring conversations and messages, Dwenna was there for me and my fiancée every step of the way. The week leading up to my baby's birth I had been in early labor with mild regular contractions. Dwenna checked in with me daily, offering support, and reassurance, putting my mind at ease. On my due date, I checked in with Dwenna after my appointment to let her know everything was fine, and there were no changes. A few minutes later, my contractions started intensifying. About a half hour later I checked into OB triage and I was already in transition. My sweet baby girl was born about 10 minutes after walking in. Active labor was a breeze, contractions were really manageable using breathing and focus techniques I learned with Dwenna, and once I began pushing I was able to just tune into what my body was telling me to do and just go with the flow. My first 2 active labors were each about 12 hours long, with epidurals and episiotomies! This time I got exactly what I was hoping for, no epidural, no IV's, no episiotomy, and the whole thing lasted under 1 hour from the time the contractions picked up steam to the time baby was born. I got even more than I had hoped for, a truly easy and smooth labor and birth experience! I can't express enough gratitude for everything Dwenna has done for me! 

-Raluca V.

-Colleen D.

-Christina C.

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