WHAT MY DOULA CLIENTS SAY
She makes you feel like you're a goddess and a badass and 100% supported...
Labor is a process that both you and your husband or partner are going through. Dwenna kept us both focused, fed, and allowed us to fully experience it together, to make it OUR birth, not just mine. And toward the end, when I thought I had nothing left to give, she guided me very deep within to get through those final pushes. This allowed my husband to witness and aid in our son's emergence. Having a doula gave us the freedom to share the experience together.
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.... 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.... I was dead set against having a doula and now looking back, I think this was one of the best decisions we made.
Dwenna brought peace and support to my pregnancy from the first day that I met her. Our time together preparing for the birth of my 4th child was something I will never forget.... She imparted wisdom and strength through her words and information. The peace of mind that I had from knowing she was my 100% champion gave me the strength to have the delivery I had always dreamed of.
Dwenna helped me focus on what I wanted in my birth plan, which was empowering for someone so disassociated from their body after years of trauma.....I had a difficult path to this pregnancy and held on to a lot of fear right up until the moment of delivery....She helped me bring my baby into the world and me back to myself. Through it all it was critical to her that I remain in charge of my experience and feel supported in any decision I made. It was the most profound, perfect, challenging, empowering experience of my life...
So there I am working on being a first time dad, totally freaked out, and looking perfectly calm on the outside for my bride and these two angels descend from the clouds (metaphorically speaking). Julia and Dwenna, I nicknamed them the 'Birth-Ninjas.' They were incredible. They helped this very scared husband feel like he had a safety net and that he was a part of a team. They didn’t take over, but they guided the whole process.
Dwenna carried such a calm and peaceful presence, I felt totally comfortable around her. Her support and encouragement gave me the confidence to truly 'let go', trust my instincts and deliver my baby.
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.
She was there, offering emotional support to both myself and my partner, holding my hand when I needed it held and never far from sight. Her presence was a relief for both of us and I was honered to have her there to witness the birth of my healthy daughter....and to help guide me through the very important, first initial breastfeeding.
Dwenna was a great help during a long labor process. She was a wonderful emotional support when we needed it and also allowed me to get some rest and take short breaks. I would have been much more confused had she not been there to help guide me through the process and ensure us that everything was going to be fine even after many hours of labor.
Dwenna is clearly an experienced doula who has amazing energy the moment you meet her. She provides an open space to discuss your birth plan without judgement.
Dwenna and my partner were with me through 18 hours at the hospital with only 1-2 short breaks each. I lost my will at some point late morning and while Dwenna had been motivating me all along, at this point she somehow gave me space to admit I was losing steam, not feel judged for that, and simultaneously helped me dig deeper to find more strength.
After that, things happened very quickly. Dwenna took photos of the delivery, and these are now some of my most treasured possessions. She advocated for me. She was a wonderful resource for my partner. She took notes of the entire process, so I have a detailed record the birth. When she came for a postnatal visit, we debriefed and she made sure to check on my mental and emotional health as well as my physical recovery.
The times when action was necessary, Dwenna was there getting us what we needed or providing words of encouragement. The times when a passive approach was needed she instinctively gave us space or was soothing in one way or another....Had it not been for Dwenna, I would not have had the wherewithal to ask the hospital staff what they were doing. Dwenna stepped in only at the appropriate times and that allowed us to be informed about what the staff recommended.
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!
The most amazing doula! She was with me through 46.5 hours of labor. The toughest time of my life and she made it so much smoother. Ready to help with anything, always cheering my husband and I on, she is a real jewel. Personal, professional, and always positive. Loved working with her!
My husband and I were a little hesitant at first about hiring a doula. We interviewed with a couple and Dwenna was the only one I felt comfortable with immediately. My husband was still a bit hesitant about hiring a doula, he thought hiring her would leave him out of the birth. On the contrary, hiring Dwenna was the best thing we did to help welcome our baby girl to the world. Dwenna was amazing through the whole process. She allowed my husband and I to be connected... Her massages helped ease the pain while my husband was able to comfort me.
I don't even know how to begin expressing what an amazing job Dwenna did supporting my husband and I through our daughter's birth! While we had planned for a natural birth, we found out at 38 weeks that our baby was breech and that I would be having a c-section.... She stayed with us in recovery, helping me initiate breastfeeding and making sure we had what we needed....We will definitely be calling her for the birth of our next child!
Dwenna was calm and encouraging and solely focused on me and my needs while ensuring my husband wasn't left out. She was completely supportive with our birth plan and did not impede in any way or try to influence our decisions. Our birth experience was so positive and relaxed that my husband, Dwenna, and I found ourselves able to crack jokes and actually make the process of birthing fun!
Dwenna was instrumental in getting me through the days prior to and during labor. I had experienced prodromal labor for several days before my son was born. Dwenna helped me through that difficult time over the phone and even driving to meet me for lunch at a time when I thought I'd lose my mind if I didn't give birth soon.