A Few Kind Words
Chelsea’s virtual guidance felt as if she was right there with me through my entire pregnancy up until and after delivery. It was everything I needed to help me through the emotional roller coaster of trying to have a vba2c. It was a very anxious time for me and Chelsea was always just a call, text, or FaceTime away with ease to any questions I had and plenty of love and support. I knew I could always count on her to clear my head, breathe, and relax. I always felt as though I had just talked to a long time friend with all her love and support. After having two you would think I had it covered but I clearly did not. Sometimes I just needed some reassurance and guidance – someone to talk to me through my emotions – sometimes just a simple question or two. Knowledge is power and I received so much information from them via text and phone… printable instruction sheets for labor and delivery with custom instructions directed to my needs and size. The peanut ball was new to me and something that helped me immensely during labor – via pictures and FaceTime she helped me learn how to use it correctly before I went into labor. Chelsea offered lots of suggestions and help to fit my needs. She was always checking up on me – she really is in love with her job and it shows! This was truly an amazing experience for me. I couldn’t have asked for more! I learned and grew so much with her help during this last pregnancy. This together with working virtually with Korrin at Om mamas postpartum kitchen was golden! Nothing like having hot, nutritious, healing meals delivered to you after childbirth! I am forever grateful to them for helping me achieve my dream of a successful vba2c! You girls rock. Love you!
I wish there was an option for 10 stars. Chelsea flew across the country to be there for the birth of my first baby and there is nobody I'd rather have share the most important day of our lives with. I trusted her completely to get me through every moment of my 40+ hour labor. My husband and I literally couldn't have done it without her. My birth was a rollercoaster and her emotional and physical support was what got us to have a beautiful vaginal birth when everyone thought we would have to have a c section. I love Chelsea like she is family and would highly recommend her to anyone considering her services. Having her at my birth was a gift that I will always cherish.
From our first conversation on the phone to our most recent postpartum meeting and the subsequent texts and phone calls, Chelsea has been an amazing support, source of knowledge and comfort for my husband and me – and now our new son! As an older first time mom – I knew I wanted the support of a doula for my labor and birth. What I did not expect was how amazing it was to be able to contact someone at any time and at any point during my pregnancy and postpartum! Chelsea is amazing and I cannot recommend her highly enough! From the very first contact, I knew that Chelsea was someone I could trust and count on immediately. Her warmth, calm demeanor, and quiet strength are so welcome and comforting throughout the entire pregnancy and new motherhood journey.
My husband and I could never have imagined finding such an amazing doula like Chelsea. She was there by my side every step of the way before, during and after the birth of our daughter Clare. During the birth of our daughter, she was that voice telling me I can go on when I thought I couldn't. No matter what turn my labour was taking, Chelsea was right by my side to support me physically and emotionally. Chelsea' s passion for being a doula is incredible and she makes you feel like you are her one and only client. When our baby Clare was born we cried together and in my heart I knew she was experiencing every moment of my labour and birth along side me. Our family will never forget what Chelsea did for us and we are beyond grateful for her in helping to bring our daughter Clare peacefully into this world!
What a beautiful experience
we had with Chelsea as our birth Doula. This is our 2nd Vbac and we really appreciate d the extra support in labor and delivery. She was attentive , supportive and so caring before , during and after the entire process. This experience was calm, positive , and full of laughs (yes laughs) . Having someone that's so sweet , and caring helped to keep us cool and calm during the unexpected moments during child birth.. Chelsea your amazing ... #doulasroc k
As first-timers with a plan to have a natural birth, my husband and I prepared ourselves for labor more than the average couple probably does.That preparation helped immensely, but there were times during labor that Chelsea gave us exactly what we needed when we needed it. As we reflected on our labor experience, with our beautiful baby girl in our arms, we kept saying how glad we were to have Chelsea there to guide us through those extra challenging moments. Thanks again!
It is hard to express how much Chelsea means to our family since she helped us bring it into existence. As a first time mom at the age of 36, I was very worried throughout my pregnancy. Since I had also lost my own mother more than 8 years ago, I was feeling extra sensitive and anxious about the pregnancy, the birth, and actually being a parent. I have a wonderful supportive and funny partner, but there is something about having a woman, a mother, to go through this experience with you that makes you feel more capable of doing it. Since the moment we hired Chelsea, I felt more confident and at ease. She has a way of making you feel comfortable and at ease in her care. I was able to call or text her with any questions, concerns, and fears any time of day or night and she was always quick to reply and offer advice and encouragement to put my mind at ease. I didn't start my labor until I was 10 days past my due date. I labored at home for 2 days of which Chelsea and I were in constant contact and she came and did a home visit. She helped me with techniques to get through the pain of my contractions. She helped me with breathing, counter-pressure, massage, and positions that would help to ease my discomfort and open my pelvis. Having her there was such a relief and it allowed me to relax and get some sleep which was crucial to allowing me to labor as long as I did. After the two days of pretty irregular contractions, it was time to go to the hospital. Chelsea met us there and stayed by my side for the next 24 hours while I labored! I think to date we are still her longest labor. My labor was rough to say the least. My epidural was one-sided and I wound up with a lot of referred back pain that was much worse than the contractions. And then there was the intermittent vomiting! Chelsea helped me to advocate for myself and to try to make me as comfortable as possible. She massaged my back for what seemed like hours, breathed with me, helped me move around to open my hips, placed cold compresses on my head, gave me sips of water, did aromatherapy, and encouraged me the entire time. Since I progressed very slowly, she was also a constant companion for my partner, Justin. The two of them were such a great team and they tried to keep me smiling as long as they could. When it finally came time to push, Chelsea was the leader of the effort. She counted down my pushes and was so encouraging. She and my nurses and doctors worked as such a cohesive team that it was hard to believe they had never worked together before. After two hours of pushing, my sweet baby boy, Cole was born. Unbeknownst to me, Chelsea had captured many great moments of the labor and birth for us so I now have a photo history of the making of our family. I was so afraid of so many aspects of birth but having Chelsea there with me to help and walk me through it all, gave me the strength to do it. I am certain that without her guidance and support, I would have wound up having a C-section which I really did not want. Chelsea helped me give birth to my son the way I wanted. She encouraged me at every step and was such a blessing. I would encourage you to hire Chelsea to be by your side. She has helped me become a Mom and I can not express how much she means to me and my family. We love you Chelsea!
I cannot adequately express how grateful I (still!) am for my doula. I found Chelsea purely by accident, too.I was out for a walk long before I started showing and ran into Chelsea’s husband (what a salesman!) and he told me about her. At the time I thanked him but didn’t plan on contacting her--I didn’t need a doula, I could do this on my own. A few weeks later I changed my mind. I don’t know what brought me to the Om Mamas website, but the more I learned about what Chelsea could do for me, the more I realized that I needed her. She was an emotional rock for me for the last 7 months of my pregnancy. I texted her questions about every ache, pain, push, or pull and she not only eased my fears but educated me about what was going on with my body. Eventually, the big day came--she had walked us through every step of the process--and although we had planned on a natural delivery, my health prevented that from happening. I called her 3 times the night I found out I had to deliver my babies and cried over the circumstances. She listened to every detail of our situation, advised us, and came to the hospital quickly to support me and my husband. She held my hand and mourned with me over the loss of my dream to have a vaginal birth and assured me that going forward, everything would be okay. She ran through what would happen, who would be there, and she told my husband what to expect as well. She stayed throughout my c-section surgery, met me after recovery, helped me learn how to nurse my babies, and again, offered me the emotional support I so desperately needed. Even long after I came home she checked up on me and gave me resources for all my needs. I will tell you this...even if you think you don’t need one, understand that raising children takes a village, but pregnancy and birth take a doula. Thank you, Chelsea (and Jay)!
I would definitely recommend Chelsea to anyone who inquires to me about using a doula. She was encouraging, helpful, empathetic, full of energy, and genuinely motivated to help me succeed with the birth experience I wanted for my son.
Chelsea was there for my VBAC and i could have never done it without her! Thank you so much for being there to bring our baby boy into the world.
I admit as a husband I was skeptical at first. After several interviews my wife and I felt the right connection so I agreed to give it a shot. Well looking back at the very dramatic and tough time we had (my wife) I dont know what we would have done with out Chelsea. Her calming spirit and her ability to keep my wife focused and trying new positions and new ways to manage the pain was amazing. I truly believe after this experience that we were given the right people at every moment of this pregnancy and Chelsea was the right choice for us. She is now a life long friend and family member.
My husband and I had interviewed several doulas prior to meeting Chelsea- and it was a complete breath of fresh air when we met her. I knew immediately, at that initial meeting, that she would be the perfect doula for my husband and I, and that we needed her at our birth.I am so grateful I trusted my instincts. From the start Chelsea listened carefully to my husband and me with an open mind and responded to our endless questions with confidence. She drew on her own experiences with birth to bring empathy and understanding to our every interaction with her. From that initial meeting Chelsea was our cheerleader, fueling us with confidence, providing endless support for our birth plan, checking up on us in the days leading up to our birth, and providing reassurance in moments of doubt. In the end, our birth took a complex turn of events; from the very start Chelsea was at the hospital with us to guide us through an induction; she was a beacon of light during a stressful beginning. My labor took a course of events my husband and I could not have anticipated, and Chelsea was there in every moment, guiding us to adapt and allowing us to stick to our birth plan as best we could while navigating some very foreign territory. Chelsea remained calm through every twist and turn; my husband and I say all the time now, we would not have survived my birth without her there. She provided comfort and warmth, expertise and gentle care, love and light. She was there in every moment, giving us every opportunity we had asked for in our birth plan even when events took complicated turns. In the days after my birth Chelsea has continued to be there for us, helping us process the details of my labor and providing my husband and I with endless support and new perspective. Chelsea is a true professional but we now think of her as family. She will be the first call I make when my husband and I plan a second birth. We are so grateful to have had Chelsea as our doula; I cannot imagine having gone through my birth without her there. Chelsea will always be a huge part of our lives and we are so grateful for her
After each of my first three births I have rushed to capture the birth in words so that the details wouldn’t grow fuzzy. My fourth child and second daughter was born at 7AM on the last day of March. Today, two days later, I still have not written the story of her birth. I can’t find words. The words I try to put to the experience fall short each time I try.I will write the story out eventually. For now, though I want to say this. Sometimes the heart can want something and the soul can need something that you can’t figure out, can’t explain, can’t logically understand. Your mind may dismiss it, and if you try to think about it being a possibility for you, you might think it to be this impossible impractical thing that just isn’t a part of your life. It’s part of someone else’s story. Coming up on Wren’s birth I realized that I was scared. I reached out to a doula friend of mine to figure out if there was a way that I might be able to have a doula there with me. And I did. An amazing woman from Om Mama Jersey Shore Doulas. Chelsea Nicole Alders. Because she was there, I did not have to be alone while my partner parked the car. I did not have to choose which things would come with me. I had my birthing ball, my bag, all the things I felt I might need to bring me comfort and make things feel safe. I had become familiar with her, and her with me over the weeks before the birth. She stepped into the role of sister, of mother, of that missing tribe we so often yearn for in moments like these. She held my hand, rubbed my arms, offered sips of water, and spoke to the nurse about the things she knew were important to me. She made it so no one was guessing, and so that I didn’t have to try and explain things while I was trying to focus through contractions. My OB was wonderful. The labor nurse was wonderful. My partner was wonderful. And my doula was wonderful. I have been floating along in this wonderful bubble of peace. Some experiences stand alone on the timeline where they happened. Some experiences stretch into the future and color parts of our lives going ahead. And some experiences have the strange power to reach back in time and heal old wounds. This was one of those experiences. And… the peace I feel now is indescribable. Giddy. Freeing. Glorious. Beautiful.
My husband and I are so grateful that we found Chelsea. Her warmth, experience, knowledge, and commitment gave us calm and security during a process neither of us knew anything about. I was especially worried about having an induction a week and a half after our due date, but at each part of the process, Chelsea reassured us and answered our questions. I wasn’t sure I was capable of labor without an epidural, but hoped not to have one; without Chelsea’s support and understanding and clear explanations of the physical process, I would not have found the courage to continue. Our nurses and doctor were amazing, but Chelsea was there just for us–it is exactly what we hoped for, exactly what we needed.
I just birthed my precious baby girl on May 13th. I had my husband by my side and Chelsea. Chelsea was truly amazing and I thank God for her. We hired her in the second trimester and it was the best thing ever. I feel like with any doctor you have to call the office, leave a message, and they will get back to you- so little questions i didn’t want to call for- but Chelsea I could text anytime and it was truly helpful. It helped so much through my weeks of pregnancy. Loved meeting up with her and sharing my concerns, worries, and goals and working through them. My water broke before I was dilating and ended up going to the hospital. Chelsea came there- it was a true comfort. To have someone by your side that is there to just assist you, to keep you calm, and has knowledge about birth, and can be your advocate is beyond words. Nurses come and go and doctors come in and out but Chelsea was there by my side. My husband was thankful for her as well. And she did a great job with helping him help me and both of them worked great together to help me. It was a comfort when my husband would need to step out to speak to a nurse, doctor, or update my family, Chelsea was there by my side. I was never alone. Just thinking back over how she would assist me in anything I needed, when my husband needed to rest she took over, she had essential oils to keep me calm, took pictures and captured beautiful moments, encouraged me, and told me I was strong. She was a truly amazing support person. My birth experience was amazing to me because it helped me learn so much and I had an amazing team supporting me. I Highly recommend Chelsea! she is truly amazing!