BIRTH & POSTPARTUM TESTIMONIALS
"I had no idea what a Doula was, until my maternity yoga teacher spoke about it in class one day. She recommended Cindy and I decided to call her and meet with her at my home. I liked Cindy right away. She rang the doorbell and when I opened it, she gave me the most amazing, comforting hug ever. Right away I felt an instant comfort with her. Cindy was very warm and loving and really paid attention to what I said and felt.
A few days later, I had my husband meet Cindy at a Starbucks, and he too instantly liked her (my husband is very picky about people). I knew from this that Cindy would be a great doula. Cindy came over to our home for the first initial meeting, where she thoroughly explained everything to both of us. We also had a lot of fun paperwork to go over. As a team we set a birthing plan set in place. Cindy kept in touch from time to time to see how I was doing, and continued giving me support during my last few months of pregnancy.
Finally the day came and Cindy was here at 6am at my house with fresh flowers (because she knew how much I love flowers, that it would put a smile on my face and also calm me down). It was so very thoughtful of her. We all went to the hospital together and the journey began.
I was in labor for over 24 hours. I'd decided to be induced and therefore the process was much longer and more difficult for me than I'd expected. Unfortunately, I also had a horrible relationship with my Ob-Gyn, who was unkind and very un-empathetic. I’m telling you now, if it weren’t for Cindy I have no idea what I would have done! My husband and Cindy were both in the room with me at all times, but having Cindy was so important to me because what my husband couldn’t do, Cindy could. Also Cindy stayed up with me the whole time! She was constantly comforting me, encouraging me, and giving me detailed information about what was going on (as I felt severely sedated after receiving the epidural).
Especially since my Ob/Gyn was so unkind, having Cindy there really helped to smooth things along. I highly recommend Cindy as a doula. She is fantastic, and was born to be working in this field. I am very thankful to Cindy and will always have wonderfully fond memories of my birthing experience because of her!"
-Tuli Roy Kirwan
"When we talked to Cindy for the first time, my husband and I knew she was 'The One'.
Cindy was an angel. Not only was she there for us before the birth, informative and supportive of our birthing choices, but she was there for me postpartum, kind and sympathetic like a friend.
From the day I met her, she gave me confidence that I could go through the natural child birth I had dreamed of. She was caring and sweet through every contraction, she was encouraging when I thought I wasn't going to make it through the next, she was considerate when my husband and I needed some space.
We are thankful we found her and are truly happy that she was there when our Penelope came into the world."
-Alice & Alessio
"When I first became pregnant it seemed there was so much I didn’t know about babies and giving birth and parenting. It can seem very overwhelming. I kept hearing about moms-to-be hiring a doula. I didn’t really understand what a doula was and if needed one or if it was some new fabulous, unnecessary fad. A few friends gave me names of doulas and I began conducting interviews, not really even knowing what to ask these potential people that would be helping me with my birth.
Cindy was the third person I interviewed and as soon as we chatted on the phone, I felt at ease and an immediate connection (especially since we both were born and raised in Colorado). She explained her role as a doula was to enhance the experience of giving birth. The best way Cindy explained it to me was in the following scenario. When you are in a car and you are driving some place you have never been, it can be stressful. Perhaps you get lost and maybe you have some poor directions to that destination. And if you’re a married couple like my husband and I, being in a car and lost can be pretty tense to put it nicely. But if you have a third person in the car who has been to this destination before and knows the way, you can more easily enjoy the ride and the scenery.
My husband was obviously a bit nervous to have a stranger in our presence during such an intimate moment. But he was supportive of whatever I wanted and whomever I chose, because lets face it, he had no choice! But he also immediately felt comfortable with Cindy when we had our first meeting. Having Cindy in the hospital room was exactly like that car ride. It allowed my husband to relax and not have to feel like he needed to be the one in charge. Cindy was a nurturing, calming presence for both of us. We were a great team. There were no mean words towards my husband like those images you see on television. Having Cindy there singing, coaching, massaging and reminding me to breathe while my husband held my hand and looked scared but proud of me was the best experience. I would recommend every first time mom to hire a doula, especially Cindy. Save your money by forgoing those unnecessary and boring Lamaze classes. Although Cindy and most doulas recommend birthing classes, she provided me with many online videos and books to reference, I felt it was more informative than the group classes.
The best and most treasured gift Cindy provided me was a letter she composed of my birthing journey. She gave it to us when she came to our home for a follow up visit after my son was born. It was nice to have the journey written down in a story form to be able to share with our son when he is old enough. She recommended we write our own letter from our point of view while the memories were fresh. Good advice for sure. You think you'll never forget those precious 24 hours but trust me, a year later, those memories fade. I love that we have that letter to read from time to time.
Hiring Cindy will be your best decision and money well spent. If you are hesitating at all in hiring a Cindy as a doula, I hope his helps. She is the best!"
- Leslie Lee Merlucci
"I feel completely and utterly blessed by the good fortune of having the presence of Cindy at the birth of my third baby in my home. Cindy is not only a dear friend but the kindest, sweetest, calmest and cheeriest person I know and I was so lucky she could be present for my last baby's birth. During the pregnancy Cindy was never more than a phone call, email, text or check-in visit away and available for questions, concerns and for mother-care body work when needed. Cindy worked wonderfully alongside my midwife and along with all her love and support, applied much needed counter-pressure against my backside to aid in the final portion of the delivery. Oh my, I wish I had known about that wonderful technique for my first two births! Afterwards we asked Cindy to help us out with some postpartum doula care. Because of her special care of our newborn, I was able to sleep for several hours in a row for the first time after having a baby which really aided in my recovery and ability to relax into breastfeeding and bonding so sweetly with my last, special little one. I remember looking up at one point from my sleepy haze and seeing Cindy singing a lullaby to my precious baby, Phoenix, just like she was an angel sent from heaven- which is exactly what she was to me! I am forever grateful for her honoring of my wishes and helping to support me in creating the ecstatic home birth of my dreams for me. I love her so much, and so does her little god daughter, Phoenix! Any couple would be so lucky to have the privilege of having Cindy be their doula!"
- Jenellen F.
I don't know where to begin with Cori! From our first meeting Cori was truly a birth partner. She is so easy to talk to, took the time to truly understand what we envisioned our birth experience to be like, and she did a wonderful job providing feedback about our expectations. We planned on laboring at home and giving birth at the Swedish Ballard Midwifery Center.
Our son ended up coming 10 weeks early. My water broke and I was admitted to antepartum until I gave birth. Given that our son was arriving so early, we weren't sure that Cori would be able to assist us. She was honest with us in that she hadn't attended premature births before, but if we wanted her there (whenever he should arrive) that she would be there for us, would reach out to her network of doulas for more information on premature birth, and she would research more information on premature baby births. One of the scariest and hardest parts of being in antepartum was not knowing when I was in labor, but also when I felt contractions hoping they would stop so that my son would have the extra time inside. Cori was there for us completely (emotional support on the phone, visiting us in antepartum, and spending the night with us when we thought I was in labor). She really worked her magic when I went into actual labor. Never would I have imagined that Cori would be able to help us have the birth experience we imagined during one of the scariest and most challenging times of our lives. She created a beautifully calm environment, fully included my husband while also allowing him to rest, and literally held my hand through the night. Our birth experience was truly beautiful and made my relationship with my husband even stronger. I wish every family could start with Cori by their side!"
"I loved reflecting back on the birth experience with our doula. It was amazing to relive the experience and get perspective from her since she witnessed the process from the outside looking in. You miss so many details when you are concentrating on giving birth and there are things that you and perhaps your husband, forgets. This was one of my favorite times. Cori asked me a lot of questions about my recovery and how I was doing emotionally and physically. She also asked about breastfeeding, about the babys progress and how my husband was doing in all of this. I thought that was amazing that she wanted to make sure we were ok and coping on all levels as we were transitioning into parenthood. I felt like I could really open up about every detail and that she genuinely cared, had time for us and wanted to listen. It was really great to share some of the challenges and hear her take on those. She was very comforting and offered much support and advice in great detail. All our questions were answered, and some! We had an amazing connection, like we'd been friends for years. Cori is so great and it was an all around awesome experience." -NWB Client
"We truly can't say enough about how great it was to work with Cori. We interviewed another doula first, and although she was more experienced, we decided to go with Cori based on her incredibly warm and welcoming personality. We ended up having a very long 46 hour labor with lots of curve balls thrown at us and Cori was so present and so encouraging the entire time. Not only did she go above and beyond to support me during this difficult time, but she was instrumental in getting my husband through some scary parts. She made him feel at ease and helped him to be as efficient as possible throughout labor. I can honestly say that I don't think I would have made it through labor the way I did without Cori by my side. Not only is she a great doula, but she is also a beautiful person and we feel so blessed that she was able to play such a large role in the birth of our son. You will be so happy you chose Cori as your doula! (Also, she took the time to knit my son a beautiful green hat after he was born. We will treasure both it and our experience with Cori forever.)"
"My wife an I shared one of the most beautiful experiences in our lives with Cori as our Doula, the birth of our first son.
Cori went far beyond our expectations, she was warm and supportive. She made us feel comfortable and she was always in connection with us.
Even after she was done with the post-partum visits she always went the extra mile and was still willing to help answering questions and she kept in touch. Cori always cared about us and our baby.
We feel blessed that we had Cori with us in what was the most beautiful but also most challenging experience in our lives.
Thank you Cori!"
I truly believe that Cori has the hardest job in the world. Her heart is SO big! Cori fills a void that is missing yet necessary in a mom’s birth story. These days the women geographically closest to an expectant mother aren’t always exactly what she needs (or wants!) during her pregnancy, birth and postpartum times. Cori is! She’s the friend, mom, grandma, sister, cousin, aunt and female extraordinaire that will support you and your family through the transition into mother hood. I wasn’t exactly sure what my needs were or what I wanted from a doula with my first pregnancy/birth. Cori, it turns out, knows what you need even if you don’t. She’s perfect. Before I had my first daughter Cori and Angela came over a few times. We chatted and had tea and discussed everything baby. It was like getting together with girlfriends, not someone you’ve hired to do a job! With my second baby Cori was the doula during birth. All I needed for support during that short birth were: kind words, hair bands, drinks of water and most importantly helping my husband be a great birth partner. She, of course, provided all of these beautifully.
Cori listens to every word you say. I always felt “heard”. None of my concerns were silly or minimal to her. Her wealth of natural medicine knowledge makes it possible for a mom to have the healthiest pregnancy, birth and baby possible.
To sum Cori up in a few words: supportive, understanding, patient, encouraging, funny, easy going, SMART, gentle, and compassionate. She understands that all families are different and require different care. She’s an angel sent to pregnant mom’s everywhere. Be careful when you hire her for you’ll find a spot in your heart that has been needing and missing her and you’ll want to keep her forever. I’ll never forget her and will always have a special spot in my heart for her.
Cori is everything you will ever want in a doula. From the first time I met her, she never felt like a stranger. Cori is a breath of fresh spring air- She is cool, calm, and sweet. She is not simply my doula, she is now a friend. Cori is incredibly knowledgeable. She listened to my fears and gave me information when I needed it. I always felt heard, supported, and respected. She is HIGHLY intuitive. There were times in my labor when she was everything I needed without ever having to ask me to define my needs. I could always feel her presence and hear her words of encouragement. My birth was fast and intense yet natural and healing.
She empowered me.
She is invaluable.
Hello all, I'm Brooke, my husband Shane and I welcomed our first baby on my 36th birthday! We named her Violet and Cori and her resources were a huge part of her birth story. We delivered with Puget Sound Birth Center, with the Eastside midwifes who referred Cori. I could tell by the way she was being described that she was a perfect match for us. I called her and we had an immediate connection. She was easy to talk to, had great confidence and professionalism. She asked me to check out a few of her colleques. I looked, maybe called one. Truth is we had already decided on Cori and called her back to ask her to be our Doula! The best part about having Cori is that she is so easy to talk to. There was never a time or subject matter that I was embarrassed to discuss. She has an easyness to her and wealth of knowledge, she provided so many helpful documents and exercises that I have no doubt contributed to Violet's beautiful and successful natural birth. Cori is extremely intuitive, she has a way of knowing what momma's need and when. She checked in on me often and I always wanted to talk to her and loved how easy it was to express myself to her. When your pregnant, with your first baby, that's huge. You need to have someone who you can spill beans with, without being embarrassed and Cori was that person for me. She got me through a lot of emotions and physical pain. Cori was never unavailable to me, even when she took a short vacation. I couldnt have found Cori on my own and she means so much more to us now. It's a beautiful thing to deliver a baby surrounded by strong, smart compassionate and amazing women and Cori was one of them. There's isn't enough space to write everything I want to say because this girl has so much good in her. She is amazing and never failed us in any way. She is still here for us 8 weeks later and I have no doubt for the rest of our lives.