Testimonials: Birth Doula Care

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Amelia

“I definitely highly encourage anyone who is thinking of having doula(s) to try and see if they are someone you could use. I wish I could have had them for my first two children.”

Hello my name is Amelia (sign name). I used Hand Waves Birth’s service with my third child in 2016. As you can imagine, life was crazy with two children under four years old and a third on the way. They (doulas) were awesome and helped us so much. At our initial prenatal, they brought up things that I didn’t think of and that helped us feel more prepared. Even though I already had experiences with my first two kids, I was still like ‘wow’, that information helped us a lot. They were able to help me out at the hospital after birth, especially when my husband had to go back to our home to check on our children and to make sure they were okay with our friend who were watching them at the time. He also checked on the pets and everything else until my parents arrived to take over, and then he came back to the hospital. During the time he was at home, the doulas both supported me, and made sure I had all the necessities I needed and supported me in what I wanted. They made sure the transition between the labor & delivery room to the recovery room was smooth. They made sure I was okay. You know, when you give birth, you forget everything else and focus on the baby the entire time. Many things you did want, you might just forget them and that is where they stood in for me. It was really nice to have that support. Really, I definitely highly encourage anyone who is thinking of having doula(s) to try and see if they are someone you could use. I wish I could have had them for my first two children but they were not established at the time. Now they are here, grab them!

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Brandi & Paulo

“We can’t imagine our experience without them. They have always been supportive, and shared different tips which we appreciated!”


Paulo: Hello, I’m Paulo, and this is my beautiful wife.

Brandi: I’m Brandi.

Paulo: We have been with Hand Waves Birth since 2016 for our oldest, Abril and recently with LeRoy. We can’t imagine our experience without them. They have always been supportive, and shared different tips which we appreciated!

Brandi: In the beginning, in 2015, we did not originally plan on having doulas. They reached out to me and I thought, sure! At first I thought I did not need them because I felt confident. As we went on, I learned a lot, became aware of resources, and what I could do, and what Paulo could do as a support person. I learned and learned. When labor began, it was around 1:00-1:30 in the morning, I let them know and they responded quickly. They met us at the hospital.

Paulo: First of all, I want to thank you for bringing me the Red Bull drink, I appreciated it!

Brandi: Yes, right, I remember. When they met us at the hospital, they were very cheerful. They were ready to roll with us! The nurses and doctors were impressed with them, Brittany and Ally. Their energy spread in the room. We knew we had to hire them again when I got pregnant with my son last winter. LeRoy is now one year old. I felt the doula service was specifically for Paulo.

Paulo: Excuse me?

Brandi: I am very mellow, I was fine. The labor itself was painful, but it was Paulo who felt helpless. Paulo was not sure how to do hip squeezes, what to say, or something.

Paulo: First of all, I want to say thank you.

Brandi: Yeah, it was a positive experience with both of the pregnancies, both of them.

Paulo: They were mellow too.

Brandi: They did have a postpartum visit with us afterwards at our home with delicious treats.

Paulo: Not with LeRoy.

Brandi: Yes they did!

Paulo: Really? I don’t remember.

Brandi: Yes! LeRoy was a baby! He was sleeping.

Paulo: Wow, time has gone by fast.

Brandi: They brought protein bites.

Paulo: Ah yes!

Brandi: It was delicious! I do wish I took their other services, like the placenta encapsulation.

Paulo: Oh right, because you couldn’t.

Brandi: Yeah, I am severely anemic, and it was not possible. If I ever get pregnant again, I would! Ok that won’t happen.

Paulo: No!

Brandi: It won’t, but if it happens again, I would immediately hire them. It was a positive experience.

Paulo: I encourage you to reach out to Hand Waves Birth! You will not regret it.

Brandi: What is cool is that they sign too! They are transparent, and whenever I was in doubt, they would let us know of other information. Those information would give me different perspectives and with that I was able to plan better. It is okay if your birth plan does not go the way you envisioned, it is okay! I knew Paulo did not like it with my first one because I had wanted certain things and I did not follow through. Ally and Brittany told Paulo it is okay and it does happen.

Paulo: Yeah.

Brandi: With my second pregnancy, Paulo was better prepared and aware that things don’t always go as planned. It is okay!

Paulo: Yeah, what was important was the communication.

Brandi: Thank you for your time with us. Looking forward to more.

Paulo: Thank you!

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Carrie

“They are capable of providing you a service that goes beyond your expectations. They are prepared to give any type of support in any kind of situation, any sort of obstacle. Good or bad, they are there. They know what to do, they really do.”

Love you all! I wanted to take the time to share my experience with two great doulas, Hand Waves Birth [shows the sign for HWB]. They were my doulas for my second birth. My second pregnancy was not ordinary. I was alone, pregnant, a single person, and I did not have a partner. My situation was in a very, very, very unique place. These doulas, who also happened to be my friends, actually more than just friends to me. They supported me throughout my entire pregnancy. One day, my water sac ruptured. It broke on my 20th week of pregnancy. There was no way to save the baby, and I still had to give birth. I did. I gave birth. Then I met my baby. Three hours later, he passed away. The whole birth experience with those doulas- I can’t imagine going through this without them. Wow, no, I cannot. My birth is not their ordinary experience either. They knew I am facing death, and they knew what I am going through is not common. They still gave outstanding support. They are heartwarming. It is hard to explain what they were like. This experience is hard on me, and it is hard on them too. Births are usually a miracle, beautiful, full of happiness, life, and all of that. What I experienced was the opposite, so what was tough and different. My point is that they are capable of providing you a service that goes beyond your expectations. They are prepared to give any type of support in any kind of situation, any sort of obstacle. Good or bad, they are there. They know what to do, they really do. I will always, always refer them to everyone because they have this expertise, their hearts, to be able to provide anything you need, and to be able to make you feel you are supported no matter what. I love you. Thank you, beautiful doulas. I love you!
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Erin

“What helped me embrace my birth, be excited, wanting to look forward, it was about being mentally prepared. It was because of Brittany and Ally, they truly gave their support, and shared that it’s all in the mindset.”

My beautiful baby! You just saw my second kid. I used Hand Waves Birth as my birth doulas. They provided prenatal meets, discussed expectations, what I wanted and visualized for the birth. This was throughout my birth and continued for postpartum support. That is the service I used. With my first, I did not have a doula, I felt that many of my friends already have kids so they explained about their birth and their experiences. I thought I read enough to feel prepared. No, I was not prepared. My first birth was long, and uncomfortable. When I got pregnant with my second, I was excited. At the same time, wow, I tensed up with the idea of birth itself. So I discussed it with my husband. We were nervous, scared, and excited at the same time. I decided to read more, because the information I got from my friends about their birth stories is like a cake- the batter, icing, and the fondant. My friends’ stories equals just the fondant, that’s it. Oh, that is how much I didn’t know. I felt I should read more, and the more I read, many mentioned “doula”. I already knew of Hand Waves Birth through Brittany. I discussed with my husband to go for their service, and he supported the idea. We reached out to Brittany and Ally, and we proceeded from there. Before then, I asked a lot of questions, explained about my first birth experience, and I told them I was very scared because of that experience. They were really supportive, remained there for me, and really listened to me. They also shared different tips, different stories, and different experiences. When we met, I was like, “Oh! Oh! Oh!” There was a lot of information I didn’t know about! I learned a lot where I felt, wow! The information given to me equals the entire cake: the batter, icing and fondant. As time neared the birth, covid happened. I got emotional again, I was anxious that they couldn’t be there at the hospital with me! I got worried all over again. They gave their continuous support, they checked in, video-chatted, FaceTimed, they ensured that they would stay in touch. Now my birth with my second kid, it was 6 hours altogether, from water breaking to having the baby in my arms. I looked back and…wow! The water broke first then I had contractions later for about 2 hours. I pushed for about 10 minutes then the baby was in my arms. Unmedicated! If you know me, I would request medication! The whole thing was so fast that I was in awe when I had my baby in my arms and looked up to my husband. Wow! What helped me embrace my birth, be excited, wanting to look forward, it was about being mentally prepared. It was because of Brittany and Ally, they truly gave their support, and shared that it’s all in the mindset. I gave birth quickly and I got the birth I wanted because of them! They helped me find the power in myself. Afterwards, those little things I was unsure about, related to breastfeeding, I would reach out and they would give their support. After things were good, I felt- wow! Honestly, if it was not for them, what kind of birth would I have? Hmm. And if… well I won’t, but if I have more children, ten of them, I would contact them ten times! Brittany and Ally, thank you!

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Justine & Lance

“I did not feel stressed nor felt pressured with needing to keep on asking for reasons for certain things.  We were able to go through the process by being patient, trusting the midwives, nurses and the doulas as everyone was working together. Everything and everyone went together smoothly.”

Justine: We used [Hand Waves Birth’s] doula service too. It was virtual as we are in Minnesota.

Lance: It was a nice different experience. I think it was a bit less for her, but more for me. I was able to ask them (doulas) what I should do, they shared advice, how to support her and to make sure she was relaxed. They made suggestions of breathing, and what we could do. They mentioned that she didn’t have to start pushing every time she had a contraction and all these little details. That really helped me be able to support her as we were progressing up until birth. I did not feel stressed nor felt pressured with needing to keep on asking for reasons for certain things. We were able to go through the process by being patient, trusting the midwives, nurses and the doulas as everyone was working together. Everything and everyone went together smoothly. The doulas were able to take pictures of the birth and that was nice. Videos too!

Justine: Right!

Lance: That is an advantage of it being virtual. If it was not for their virtual service, things might have been different. It was really nice to have that advantage.

Justine: Yes, and as for my experience, when I was 40 weeks, the doctor started asking and pressuring me into being induced. They suggested for me to try different things, to get the baby out. I was unsure as I was feeling fine. Honestly, the baby was okay, and I was okay, we were both fine. The doulas kept on reassuring me that I should follow my instincts. The medical system has their own views, and reassured me that I was doing just fine. That was a nice reminder that I should stay strong with my feelings and what I wanted from my birth. As time progressed, I reached 41 weeks, and they (medical team) were still putting pressure on me. I did not want to go that route. Then later my body decided to start on its own, everything went by quick. So I thank them (doulas) for that too.

Lance: Thank you for making all of this a smooth experience with your service. Thank you!

Justine: Yes, thank you! [hands on heart] Such a special place in our hearts for sure!

Lance: Yup!

Justine: Bye!

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Kerrie & Andy

“Having a doula made me feel relaxed, informed, and I felt like I had a friend who was there to assist me and provide support.”



Kerrie & Andy: Hello!

Kerrie: I’m going to introduce my name, I’m Kerrie Tao.

Andy: I’m Andy.

Kerrie: It has been five years, congratulations to you two for your five year anniversary! We had them five years ago when I was seven months pregnant with Connor. They shared their news with us that they set up the business, and I asked Andy if he was interested.

Andy: When she first told me about it, I was like doula? The first thing I asked was what is that? Doula? I had never heard of it. They explained their services, and that they provided support. I was like oh okay, I was fine with it. We already had a first-born son, and this was our second pregnancy. I was like okay, sure with a lot of questions to be honest. Now I will let her explain more.

Kerrie: Yes, we used the doula service to help me understand VBAC: ‘vaginal after cesarean’, wait, VB, that is ‘vaginal birth after cesarean’. I had a cesarean with my first one, and I wanted a vaginal birth with my second. During my 39th week, it was confirmed that the baby was breech so we planned for a scheduled cesarean. They both came, and it was a good experience for me to have them present. One word that I learned was the clear drape, where you would be able to see through it and see the baby be delivered. I was like yes! I learned that from them.

Andy: Yup, good information.

Kerrie: That was the key information I wanted to know. Unfortunately I was not able to have that because the hospital we attended did not offer that. That is okay, most importantly, I learned something from them, and that was cool.

Andy: For me, as a parent, my role was to come and support her giving birth. With the second experience, having a doula made a big difference compared to my first one without a doula. Having the first one without a doula, and the second one with a doula, I am able to compare both experiences. Wow, different! Having a doula made me feel relaxed, informed, and I felt like I had a friend who was there to assist me and provide support. I felt overwhelmed by myself, especially that I had another child to think about. With their support, I was able to feel relaxed while I was supporting my wife through the process.

Kerrie: Communication access too!

Andy: Yes, communication!

Kerrie: Communication access was the key. With the first one, I only had the interpreter, which lacked full information. With them, I was able to have more access to information, and that is one of the bonus of having deaf doulas.

Andy: It is awesome to communicate in American Sign Language, peace of mind.

Kerrie: After the delivery, I was able to breastfeed this time. I had never experienced breastfeeding with my first one. They taught me to breastfeed, champ! If it was not for them, I might not have been able to breastfeed with my second one. Thanks to you both.

Andy: Yes!

Kerrie: Happy five years anniversary!

Andy: Congratulations!

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Krystal & Francis

“It was nice to have someone who is deaf and having that access to be able to call someone directly and ask for advice on what we should do.”



Krystal: Hi, I’m Krystal.

Francis: Hi, I’m Francis.

Krystal: We have a three month old baby.

Francis: We used a doula, Hand Waves Birth Services.

Krystal: We really want to thank Brittany for supporting us throughout pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. We had planned to give birth at a hospital, but then we had Sage at home.

Francis: Unexpectedly! It was nice to have someone who is deaf and having that access to be able to call someone directly and ask for advice on what we should do. Especially that it was a homebirth, which we were not prepared for. It was nice knowing we have someone who would be able to suggest what we should. We did not have to call the doctor through an interpreter to ask what we should do, that would take too long. We had direct access to a deaf person, and she met us at our home to make sure things were okay. That did make me feel more calm and was able to go along with what was happening.

Krystal: Yes, after Sage, our baby arrived, it was really nice to have someone in the room that knew what to do. We are first time parents and it is easy to feel overwhelmed, especially throughout the contractions where we were mentally and physically exhausted. Brittany gave awesome support, helped us cut the cord, change the diaper, and breastfeed. It was really nice to have guided hands. He is right, especially access in ASL [American Sign Language].

Francis: We continued to keep in touch after birth, making sure things were going well, and other important things. She wanted to make sure our needs were met, sharing advice on why the baby was not sleeping, spitting up, and more. She was an easy “text away” where we could rely on a quick response.

Krystal: Brittany and Ally always emphasized that whatever you find on the internet could not be true. With that, it was nice that we could reach out to them anytime and ensure that we receive accurate information rather than having questionable information. Thank you Brittany and Ally for champ service and organization.

Francis: Yes, thank you!

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Lauren & David

“Brittany made me feel good about my birth, rather than feeling guilty for not following my birth plan. Really, thank you! Also, Ally couldn’t come, so she sent text messages with videos. Really wow, the videos were positive, they made me feel good, felt great as a mother.”

Lauren: Hello!

David: I’m David.

Lauren: I’m Lauren. We used Hand Waves Birth Services as our birth doulas. I became pregnant in the beginning of the pandemic. It was a tough experience, I had to go to appointments alone and everything without him. As time neared, Frederick Health Hospital announced that we could have a doula with us, unfortunately we could only have one doula. I was like ‘yes!’ I reached out to Brittany and Ally. They went ahead with us and made it work even though I was in my third trimester. We made quick progress, we had a consultation and prenatals. We had three prenatal sessions. We created a birth plan, cool! My birth plan was thrown out of the window. Brittany made me feel good about it, rather than feeling guilty for not following my birth plan. Really, thank you! Also, Ally couldn’t come, so she sent text messages with videos. Really wow, the videos were positive, they made me feel good, felt great as a mother. Really, thank you!

David: Thank you.

Lauren: Also, what is cool about having their service is that you will get delicious treats! He ate one, I ate most of them! Thank you! Bye!

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Marie

“Although I did have a repeat cesarean with my second, I still ended up feeling it was a positive experience because of them, Ally and Brittany.”



Almost two years ago I used Hand Waves Birth for their birth doula care service. Really wow, It was a positive experience because with my first baby-I did not have a doula. I ended up having a cesarean, and it was a rough experience. Later on with my second child, I decided to hire the Hand Waves Birth team to come and give their support. We felt Ally and Brittany made an awesome team. They both worked with me and my husband. We four were a team. Really amazing. Also, I felt empowered to make all the decisions. Although I did have a repeat cesarean with my second, I still ended up feeling it was a positive experience because of them, Ally and Brittany.

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Maya & Spencer

“If we started all this over again, we would hire them again, immediately. If there are more pregnancies for us, I would definitely want them again.”

Maya: Hi! Hi!

C3: Hello! Our baby here says hello too!

Maya: [Waves hello from the baby’s direction] They are waking up, we will go ahead. I’m Maya.

C3: I’m C3. [Points to baby] This is Peri, born about two months ago in Washington, DC.

Maya: Yup! How did we go ahead with Hand Waves Birth? Really, before knowing of Hand Waves Birth, C3 was excited to learn about their sister’s experience with a doula before and wanted to look more into this.

C3: I wanted one!

Maya: I was unsure. We discussed the idea and figured there would be no communication access so we put aside the idea. After some time, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw Hand Waves Birth! They use [American] sign language! Finish! I told myself, yes! I did not even think twice. I told C3!

C3: They have two, not one, but two doulas!

Maya: We thought alike and went ahead with them!

C3: Yep! Um. I feel that I want to share what was most profound for me as the supportive partner. This was my first experience. I wanted the best for Maya and Peri.

Maya: And you too! [Points to C3]

C3: Well yes, but really it was about them both going through life, body-changing experience.

Maya: For them too! [Points to C3]

C3: Peri is smiling, saying yes, yes, agreeing with that! Um. Our experience was sorta, I think, easy. We had a healthy, no complications, type of birth. It was quick and happened at a good time. We had the resources we needed, the support we needed from our family and friends. The doulas did not get to share much because we did not ask for much. We felt confident in what we were doing. I felt that, it was just that glance at each other, anytime I looked at them, I felt that boost of confidence! I knew that if anything bad or tough happened, we would be able to ask them. They were there at our disposal. So, I felt, just.. Their presence was what I loved the most. Second of all, when they came [home] after the birth, I was like oh wow, they were the only people who were there. Really, Ally, the doula who came to the hospital because of the hospital policy of allowing only one doula to come in the room. Ally was the only one other than the medical team who was able to interact and experience the most intimate, the most life-changing thing we’ve ever gone through in our relationship.

Maya: Precious.

C3: Ally is that dear person for us.

Maya: During that experience at the hospital, [Ally] was wow. Sometimes we would be asked a lot of questions and we became overwhelmed. A lot of questions, more than what we expected. Some we were prepared for and some we weren’t prepared for. It was nice to have Ally, she was able to clarify them, and to explain some things in detail which helped us to have a clear understanding. It was nice to have her presence and support. It was amazing and we felt everything fell together wonderfully. If we started all this over again, we would hire them again, immediately. If there are more pregnancies for us, I would definitely want them again.

C3: The reason for that is because for every birth, even with the same partner, the same family, the experience will be different. As doulas, they would support us whenever we go through something different.

Maya: It is nice to have options, to know what our birth plan could be. We did have our mind set on one plan, until we took the childbirth education class, we shifted our plan to another way. When it was time and labor started, we shifted our plans again a little bit. They continued to be supportive.

C3: They did not make us feel bad if we changed our minds.

Maya: [I love you in sign language] Ally and Brittany.

C3: [I love you in sign language]

Maya: Hand Waves Birth! [I love you in sign language]

C3: The best!

Maya & C3: [I love you in sign language from Peri’s direction].

Maya: The best!! Tru-Biz! [Points at her shirt that reads ‘TRUBIZ’]

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Niesha

“Life creates a connection between us all. I wanted to thank you both, our doulas, for your service. Remarkable.”


Hello! Really, it is amazing! My daughter who is now two years old. She is blossoming. Your doula service is blossoming. You are all connected. That is beautiful! Life creates a connection between us all. I wanted to thank you both, our doulas, for your service. Remarkable. My husband, Dale, whew. He was mentally exhausted [during the labor/birth], and in the end, he was happy with a big smile. Awe. (Thumbs up) Again, thank you!!
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Niki & Andrew

“Their service empowered us throughout the journey. We made it through the whole thing. And now we are excited to invite them to join our journey again because the first experience was wonderful.”

Niki: Hello, I’m Niki.

Andrew: Hello, I’m Andrew.

Niki: Almost two years ago, we gave birth to our first baby, and we hired Hand Waves Birth Services. They supported us throughout our birth. Before the actual birth, the communication between all of us was great! When we had questions or any concern, we could reach out to them, and they would respond quickly.

Andrew: Quick, yes! We could video chat, text, and really any communication method was great.

Niki: In their responses, they never shared their opinion, they would only provide information, and options. That was wonderful and helpful for us to prepare for our birth. When it was time for the actual birth, wow.

Andrew: Yes, it went by quick! Fast.

Niki: Before the birth, we had a plan, but it was funny. Ally and Brittany let me know that ‘birth plan’ does not always go as planned, so it was better to use ‘birth preferences.’ Births are not predictable, and the ‘plan’ can be changed quickly. When we arrived at the hospital, almost right away, our preferences changed.

Andrew: Yes, that is right.

Niki: Things kept on changing, and Ally and Brittany were wonderful, they adjusted to the kind of support we needed. That was really helpful for me because I remember one time, the midwife came into the room and asked whether I was ready for the next step, the next intervention. I really did not want to, I wanted to follow my plan, my preferences as much as possible. Brittany told me ‘it is up to you.’

Andrew: Right.

Niki: She reminded us that it was our decision. It was helpful because by the time I was finished, it had been a long labor.

Andrew: Right, we felt mentally exhausted.

Niki: Yeah, to have that support, that reminder, and that the decision was ours. It was helpful.

Andrew: I agree, yup.

Niki: When I gave birth, well I remember when the baby was in my arms, the first few minutes were very busy.

Andrew: The room was in scrambles.

Niki: The nurses, everything was all over the room, Brittany called out to me.

Andrew: Brittany noticed that something was up.

Niki: Brittany was wonderful, she truly made sure our preferences were being followed as much as possible in those first few minutes. She reminded us that we did not want our baby to be wiped down, and that we wanted other things instead of those.

Andrew: The nurse was like oh that is right!

Niki: At the time, I was really mentally exhausted, physically exhausted, and emotionally worn out. To have their support was wonderful.

Andrew: Champ!

Niki: It was a wonderful experience.

Andrew: Right! I agree, their service empowered us throughout the journey. We made it through the whole thing. Wow.

Niki: Now we are expecting our second baby, and we are excited to invite them to join our journey again because the first experience was wonderful.

Andrew: Yes, right!

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Reut & Noah

“I felt secure, had 100% communication access, and it was so nice that they are deaf and we could communicate in American Sign Language.”

Reut: Hello! We used Hand Waves Birth Services for our son’s birth in the Fall of 2019. (Gestures towards Noah) I’ll let you share your positive experience.

Noah: Really, the experience with the Hand Waves Birth Service was very positive and very supportive. Basically they stayed with us all the way from the beginning to the end. It was nice having someone who is very comfortable and familiar with the environment, to provide words of affirmation/support and encouragement. They helped us throughout the entire delivery experience.

Reut: Yes, I felt secure, had 100% communication access, and it was so nice that they are deaf and we could communicate in American Sign Language. We could communicate without any problem. We felt good going on without feeling stuck. The whole experience felt smooth. I’m glad we used their service. Worth it. Thank you, Ally and Brittany! Love you!

Noah: Thank you!

Reut: Congratulations on your upcoming five years! Yay!

Noah: Yes, congratulations too!

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Samantha F.

“I think you should have birth support… it doesn’t matter who you are, you deserve to have birth support. Choose Hands Wave Birth Service!”

So, second birth! Why again after I’ve gone through one already?  Yes, it is important to have doulas for every birth! The reason I had doulas again is to lift burdens I had, so I could laser-focus on my birth. That certainly helped a lot. I asked for their service before the pandemic started, and we both went through huge adjustments. We figured it out together and it worked. They were presented virtually at my birth via Zoom. It was great for me because my husband and I were alone in the hospital room with nurses. It gave me peace knowing I have my advocates available. So, that gave me great experience during and after the birth, many thanks to Ally & Brittany. I think you should have birth support… it doesn’t matter who you are, you deserve to have birth support. Choose Hands Wave Birth Service!

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Samantha G.

“Treating me as their client, they sat down with me, had prenatal meets, they asked me what I wanted, what I visualized, and I was able to explain all that.”

Hello! It is me, Samantha, again. I just made a vlog about the childbirth education class. It is worth it as the class prepared my husband and I well. First of all, I would like to explain about myself, I am usually mind-set on things, I am a planner, I don’t like surprises or anything unexpected. I don’t like that, however I know with births that things can happen unexpectedly, but still! I had a consultation with… luckily, I already knew Brittany and Ally before I got pregnant. So, I asked them to treat me like a client and they both did that. They both treated me like a client rather than a friend. Treating me as their client, they sat down with me, had prenatal meets, they asked me what I wanted, what I visualized, and I was able to explain all that. I had a book of dreams, where I wanted a natural birth with easy labor. I wanted to labor mostly at home then go to the hospital. We discussed a lot, and I am sure they both knew that births don’t always go as planned, however they were still very supportive. They did not show any doubts and continued to give their support. They listened and they were there for me. When it was time, at my 39th week, my doctor told me I had to go to the hospital right away and that was not what I expected of my birth. The doulas continued to be supportive and assured that it would still be a wonderful birth, to make the best out of it. They encouraged me to go to the hospital and were always very supportive. I went to the hospital first, then they arrived later. I had envisioned not having an epidural, but I couldn’t help it. They gave their support and shared that there was nothing wrong with having an epidural. The pain lessened, and it was long. It was 21 hours in total, I had wanted to give up, I was mad, I was tired, I wanted a cesarean, and I was finished with the labor. They were very positive. They were able to distract me from the labor, and that helped me forget what I had wanted to do like the cesarean and giving up. They distracted me, gave me different tips, and gave physical support. With that, I was able to forget about the pain, and continued to progress. When I gave birth, I was like wow. It was 21 hours long, and time went by fast. Wow, let me tell you, they both did not even complain once! It was 21 hours long, come on! My husband was exhausted, my mom was exhausted, and they both continued to give their support. They stood up for a long time, barely sitting down. They didn’t share if they felt tired, wanted to sleep, or wanted to eat. They did not check their phones to check on their children. None of that. They prioritized me. Wow, Ally and Brittany continued to stand around and gave me the physical support I needed. Amazing. After birth, I closed my eyes because I was too tired. They both left to give me space. They texted me wanting me to let them know when we get home from the hospital. They had some gifts for us. I feel like… wow, they both were there throughout my tough times. They left to give me space when I needed it. When we got home, they gave us gifts, see for yourself! They gave their support regarding breastfeeding, as it was a new journey for me. They have both experienced breastfeeding themselves, they have three and four children each. Worth it! They are worth the investment and they are really worth it. They were both there for me. They are contributing to the deaf community. I did ask what number client of theirs was I, and I was their 34th! That was only last year, and I am sure they have reached their 40th-50th clients by now. They are both just wow. Thank you Brittany and Ally. By the way, congratulations on your upcoming five year anniversary! More and more to come, ten, fifteen and twenty years! Love you
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Wendy

“It helped me understand what to expect, what to ask, knowing my rights as a pregnant person, and my husband’s rights as a support person.”

Hello, my name is Wendy Brehm. My husband and I used Hand Waves Birth’s birth doula service and placenta service for the birth of our daughter, Luna Rose. Really, we planned on doing this video together, but we are still in this phase where only one of us gets a break at a time. He has the baby with him now, and I’m grabbing this opportunity to share my experience. I couldn’t, I couldn’t have gone through the prelabor, labor, and delivery without the doulas’ support. I can’t imagine what it would have been like, and I honestly don’t want to. I was absolutely lucky to have both Ally and Brittany’s support throughout the whole process. We also participated in their childbirth education class in January before giving birth in June. That class really helped me feel more comfortable with my birth plan. I originally had planned on having a cesarean. The doctor was pushy, but I felt I was capable of having a vaginal birth as I really wanted to try that. At the time, I was not educated, did not know what to expect, and the class was really helpful. It helped me understand what to expect, what to ask, knowing my rights as a pregnant person, and my husband’s rights as a support person. Wow, we learned a lot. I highly recommend their service. During my labor and delivery, they were very patient with us. I was in prelabor, it is called prodromal labor, for about three weeks before delivery. My due date seemed to be off, the baby was late, and it did not go as planned. I was pregnant for a long time, a very long time. I had contractions every night and every time I thought it would be the ‘go time’, it wasn’t. They were patient with us, continued to support us, constantly encouraging us that my body will know when it is time. They reminded me to trust the process, they were very supportive and at the same time made me feel comfortable in knowing my body. My body will tell me when it is time, I should just rest and go through them (waves). When it was time for the actual labor, I went into labor at around 9:00 PM, and arrived at the hospital at around 2:00 AM I believe. Doula met us there after we got settled in and got admitted at around 7:00 AM and stayed with us for around 11 hours. Wow, the baby was born at 5:00 PM, and she stayed with us for several hours after to make sure everything was okay. Brittany’s support was incredible. She was there at the birth and she held my hand throughout the process. She made sure I knew I was able to express my feelings with what I felt safe with and assure what I did not know about. Really, wow, she supported my husband with being able to hold me as I got through the labor. When the baby was born, she was there, and it was nice to share this incredible experience with the two people that meant a lot to us, and to our family. It was nice to have the ‘we did it!’ moment and she witnessed it. It felt empowering. After the birth, we had their placenta service, and honestly I have nothing to compare it to because I haven’t had another kid before. However, my moods were stable, yes I did have some tough times, of course, but I felt very regulated. My nursing experience was good, and my energy was good. They came to visit a week later, to make sure everything was good, checked in on us, and provided support. It was a very all inclusive service, and I felt like I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I highly recommend them, Hand Waves Birth! You won’t regret it. I love you both, thank you for your support!

Parker

It was a blessing to work with Hand Waves Birth services!  Brittany and Ally ensured my partner and I were informed and supported during our pregnancy and birth. Our labor was an unexpected journey that was trying, however, simultaneously affirming thanks to the knowledge, care, and support of our doulas. I’m thankful to have had them as a part of our birth team and would love to work with them again!

Aimee

My husband and I requested Hand Waves Birth service for labor and delivery when I was expecting my now-six-week-old. We are first-time parents and our families are far out of reach in other states. So, we were nervous and in search of comfort and support. When a doula named Brittany Noschese reached out to me and informed me of this service, my husband and I grabbed the opportunity. OH MY! We are, still to this day, VERY GRATEFUL for Hand Waves Birth Services. We couldn‘t imagine going through everything without their support. First, Hand Waves Birth Services offered sessions as in explaining what to expect, how to prepare, what to bring, how to breastfeed, and any expectations during labor and delivery. We met twice because my husband and I accepted service when I was two months away from due date. However, we were in touch frequently through texts and emails just to follow up, ask questions, etc. It was AMAZING. Our questions were answered immediately. Second, when I was in labor, I texted doula (Brittany) who came and supported my husband and me for 19 and half hours in hospital. She brought techniques and tools to soothe my contractions. Brittany also explained my husband how to relieve my contractions and supported him through long, long, long and long hours of labor. We were thankful for her presence during labor and delivery. Keep in mind that these doulas will not take over any of your partner’s role during labor and delivery. They will stand in the background until you need them. Long story short, my husband and I highly recommend them to you. Grab the opportunity and learn so much through them. Hand Waves Birth Services are full of great support, understanding, and care.