Courtney Decoteau "I hired a doula because this was my first baby and I felt I need some extra support during labor since I was doing it naturally. All of the information Miranda gave me was so helpful prenatally. During my birth she used massaging techniques, counter pressure, hip squeezes, and was just a positive voice in my ear. She let me know I can do this! My birth cheerleader! I felt 100 percent respected during my birth. Miranda's overall genuine care and compassion was very helpful and kind. The most beneficial part of having a doula was the physical and emotional support. I think all pregnant women could benefit from a doula because in that moment of birthing, family or no family, it's just very comforting to have someone who focuses on helping you and only you."
Kara Jordan "I hired a doula because I really wanted extra support during labor. I also hoped to avoid the use of medications in labor. I was so blessed by all the time Miranda spent with me talking and helping me sort through my fears, options, past experiences and expectations for this birth. After the birth, Miranda listened to me sort through my birth experience and let me talk through my feelings. Birth is such an emotional rollercoaster, it was a great relief to have someone ready and willing to listen. She also came to my home twice after the birth to check on the baby and I. She watched my older children, allowing me some much needed rest. I think every woman should have a cheerful, helpful, informed and dedicated support person. Birth is a momentous event for the mother and her family. Miranda obviously loves what she does. She is kind, sincere and very generous with her time and attention. I hope to use her again for my next birth."
Jessica Eschbach "As a first-time mother and a person who has had almost no experience with babies, having someone available to answer questions and act as a supporter was very important to me. I knew a doula would be a great option for me. Miranda was able to answer many of my questions, no matter how big or small, and was also able to present me with many birthing options that helped me really determine what I wanted as far as my birth experience. I didn't know about all of the options that were available to me. The education Miranda provided was invaluable. I felt like she was extremely helpful, even with the less common questions and interests I had (for example, cloth diapering). Despite the fact that my birth was totally not what I was planning or hoping for, she were still so helpful! Miranda talked me through options for coping with my pain when I wasn't able to think about them on my own. She helped me go unmedicated longer than I ever expected. I appreciated her being willing to offer suggestions and assist the nurses to make sure that my wishes were being respected. Despite my total inability to communicate after birth, she were once again extremely helpful. I think the best thing that she did was just contacting afterwards just to find out how I was doing. It was nice to feel important and recognized during that time since so much attention was on the baby. The most beneficial part of having a doula was the extra support and knowledge that was given to me. While my husband is great, I think he was also overwhelmed with the whole idea of us having a baby and to have someone else there who can communicate with everyone and offer suggestions that align with our plan is amazing. I think a doula is a great idea for any woman, regardless of what kind of birth they will have."
Courtney Stewart "I hired a doula because it was my first pregnancy and I needed someone who knew what to expect and help keep me calm. Before the birth Miranda checked in on me frequently and asked how I was doing. During our prenatal appointments, she helped me understand what is normal during labor and what isn't. She helped me to develop my birth plan and held my wishes to a high standard.Miranda was so amazing during my birth. I ended up having to have a cesarean with my child, and she kept me very calm during the whole labor. She asked how I felt, what my pain rate was, and if I needed anything. She was very in tune and knowledgeable about what was going on. She was a big part of my delivery and I would recommend her to anyone hands down."
A gallery of photos from births attended by Miranda All images have been published with the permission of the owners