“Having a baby was never anything I had ever planned on doing. So when I found myself ‘knocked up’ at 33, I was very surprised. I remained in shock until about month eight of my pregnancy. I did very little reading/ research. I was scared that it would freak me out. I figured not knowing anything might be a good birth plan. Like, ‘stay calm till the end & I would just figure it out’ . My sweet boyfriend, Mark, finally told me he thought that my plan wasn’t too great & he wanted to hire an expert to help us through the birth. I resisted at first because of the cost, but I eventually admitted he was right & we found Devon online. This was around two weeks before my daughter was born.
As soon as we contacted Devon, she came over to meet us. We liked & trusted her right away. She seemed smart, organized & calm. She talked to us for hours, helped us figure out a birth plan & helped us to understand how things might go. When she left the house, Mark & I were so much calmer about the whole thing. My water broke at home on the full moon in November. I was really scared and didn’t want to wake up anyone in the middle of the night (I know now this was stupid). As soon as I texted Devon & the midwives I was able to calm down. My real contractions started around noon. I never imagined that they would be so crazy feeling. Devon reminded me to keep my feet on the ground (I wanted to leave my body) & to drink water/ smoothie. She let me know what was happening, as it was happening. She was in my ear the whole time & she didn’t let me leave my body like I wanted to. She was great about seeing when a certain position was or wasn’t working & she had me change positions quite often. My sweet little baby was born at 2:00 pm and it was much easier/ better than I ever could have imagined. I know I would have had Rosie without Devon, but it would have been with a C-section or epidural. Her calm confidence in the situation was what got us through such a crazy experience with such joy & magic. If you are considering Devon as your doula, just know it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.
She is worth every penny.”