Ivin & Mylene
When I had to give birth prematurely, I was in a state of unpreparedness and fear. We made a very last minute decision to look for a doula the same night and Jamie responded even though we didn’t know each other at all. Two hours later she came down to visit me and her presence and her words were so reassuring to me as I was in a state of fear. I didn’t know her at all, but she asked me all the right questions, gave me a listening ear, and held my hands throughout. I felt like she was the only person who understood how I felt at that moment even though we only just met each other.
I had more than 24hours labour, and she was there for most part of it. Even when she had to leave for two hours because I engaged her so last minute and she couldn’t make arrangements in time, but she made sure another doula was present with me, and she rushed back to the hospital past midnight just to be with me. I chose to have natural birth with no painkillers or epidural, and you can imagine how long drawn it was for her to stayed by my side throughout, always so calm, caring, and encouraging. Even when she was tired, she didn’t seem to show it and always checking to make sure I was comfortable, hydrated and well fed.
She knew what was coming at each stage of my labour and prepared me, supported me emotionally, held me and let me lean on her when the pain was intense. I honestly didn’t think I could go through it without her and my husband feels the same as well. In the critical moment of delivery, she was present and she cheered me on. It really was so precious to me to have her witness the birth of my first child and without a shadow of doubt, I would definitely choose Jamie as my doula again.