Baby Ben
August 4, 2016
Baby Cole
January 21, 2017

Colton and Philomena

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)! – Lindsay