Kind Words From my Midwifery & Doula clients

“Absolutely wonderful during my labor…

“Her calm demeanor and intuition was so comforting. She was able to keep me hydrated with water and cool using wash cloths before I even had to ask her for help. She also comforted my husband when my labor made a turn for the unexpected and ended up in an emergency c section. I seriously don’t know how I or my husband would have gotten through my labor experience without her!

She stays with you after labor to help breastfeed as well and visits with you a few weeks after you have your baby to see how things are going. Susanna was such a wonderful part of my pregnancy birth and postpartum experience. She is very knowledgeable on many topics relating to pregnancy and is such a comforting person during labor.”

“An excellent doula and midwife…

“I highly recommend her. We hired Susanna to be our doula for the birth of our daughter. During our prenatal meetings she was easy to talk with, provided valuable knowledge, and helped us prepare for labor. We felt very prepared and excited for the birth of our baby knowing Susanna would be working with us. My labor was extremely different from what we expected, and we are so thankful for Susanna.

We planned for a hospital delivery, but when I found myself with a very rapidly progressing labor and unable to travel to the hospital, Susanna kept us informed, calm, and safe, and she arrived at our home as soon as possible. She ended up calmly and skillfully delivering our healthy daughter for us in our house, unplanned! Susanna’s post partum care was excellent too. She stayed with me every step of the way, helped with nursing, answered questions and visited. I cannot recommend Susanna highly enough!”

“A consummate professional…

“I was concerned that some midwives might have such strong beliefs about how childbirth should go that I might feel judged if I deviated from them; that is impossible with Susanna, who truly can and does honor and respect all choices. However, while she is just a lot of fun to be around as a person, she is a consummate professional guided by great experience and training. She knows what she is doing. I can honestly say there is nothing better than having prenatal visits at home in my living room or on our back porch, hanging out with our dogs, drinking tea, and generally appreciating a less medicalized view of pregnancy.”

“Susanna helped me embrace my labor…

“As a first-time mom, I knew that I wanted to have a doula to help with the birth of my baby. I couldn’t have been happier with Susanna. Her support, knowledge and kindness from pregnancy through postpartum were indispensable. Susanna has a true presence and responsiveness that makes her an incredibly wonderful doula. Through all the unexpected twists and turns of labor, I never felt alone. Susanna helped me embrace my labor, assisting me in coping with every contraction as I endured a long active labor. She also helped me feel empowered to make good decisions throughout the entire process. My partner and I are immensely grateful for her role in my pregnancy, particularly during labor, and we hold her in the highest esteem.”

“We were able to see Susanna’s true skills…

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“We were able to see Susanna’s true skills during a lengthy and somewhat complex childbirth. We wanted a home birth and I labored for 12 hours or so at home. During that time Susanna was indispensable. She understood perfectly what I needed before I even had to say anything and set the energy around the birth to be positive. After many hours she noticed the baby’s heartbeat became irregular and she quietly made some calls and conferred with her assistant and then informed us we needed to go to the hospital. I trusted her completely to know that the trip to the hospital was necessary, and she was right.”

“An empowering and deeply meaningful experience…

“I found Susanna when I was pregnant with my second baby. For my first labor and delivery, which was natural, I didn’t have a doula. After that experience, I knew I wanted the extra support a doula would provide the second time around. Susanna provided exactly the help and coaching and care that I hoped for.

During labor, she kept me hydrated, kept me cool, and most importantly, was able to help me focus on what mattered and direct my thoughts in a positive way instead of the fearful direction they would have gone on their own. She turned what would have been just an experience to get through into an empowering and deeply meaningful experience. I do not regret for a minute having a Susan present as my doula for my delivery.”

“She made us feel comfortable in a hospital setting…

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“During labor and the birth, Susanna was instrumental in helping us communicate with one another, the nurses, and the nurse midwife. She made us feel comfortable in a hospital setting. Susanna cared for me with massage and cool rags for my head, while making sure Vinnie kept me hydrated and encouraged me with love and positivity. I will never forget my beautiful, perfect birth!

Susanna made sure we had post-partum support as well. She continued to help us with nursing, caring for baby, and caring for mama. Susanna helped me to recover quickly, and with as little discomfort and stress as possible. We look forward to our next pregnancy, labor, and birth with Susanna!”

“Open heart and mind…

“We are so grateful to have had Susanna as our doula. Along with our Bradley education, she was the reason we had the natural, unmedicated birth we hoped and planned for. Susanna provided support and education throughout our pregnancy. She answered our many questions honestly, and with an open heart and mind. She always let us know our options, and explained why some mothers choose one way or another. She offered homeopathic remedies for my ailments. She explained our options when it came to birthing and birth education. We never once felt judged or pressured, only supported.”

“I felt comfortable to be myself…

“I felt comfortable to be myself and follow my own instincts and I trusted their support when it was time for me to make difficult decisions. When an intervention was offered I could think it through with them, was it the right time? the right intervention? what were the pros and cons? They were completely present through the very end and beyond.”

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I felt so safe…

“After birth, Susanna encouraged me to take good care of myself (which was tough since I was so focused on the baby) but it was exactly what I needed to hear. The postpartum care was so helpful for me as a first time mom. Susanna was very thorough and really did a great job evaluating baby as well as me. I felt so safe with her and think of her fondly. She helped create a beautiful birth for my child and for this, I will hold her dearly in my heart forever. Susanna is meant for this work and anyone who chooses to work with her will be very lucky and blessed.”

“I was treated with so much love and compassion with Susanna as my midwife…

“My labor was long and intense but every moment of it, I was treated with so much love and compassion with Susanna as my midwife. I remember Susanna would sit next to me, encouraging me, telling me I was doing great and really being in tune with me. During those moments when I felt like I was in such a sensitive space, she was able to hold that sacredness and bring me peace and help me keep going. Before the baby was born, I couldn’t imagine giving birth. It felt impossible. I just thought I was too weak. As soon as the baby was born, I remembered saying “I can do anything!”. Those early moments, I really saw how I was reborn into someone much stronger who was able to do anything.”

“She helped me find the strength and courage…

“I’m so grateful that we had Susanna! I had a long, complicated labor and she was at the hospital with us for over 2 days. It was wonderful to have her there to discuss options, help me advocate for my needs, support me, and remind me that everything would be okay. She helped me stay calm, focused, and strong. I really believe that without her support I would have ended up needing a c-section, but she helped me find the strength and courage to push my baby out on my own!”

“Susanna was recommended to me by my OBGYN…

“Susanna was recommended to me by my obgyn at Mt Auburn Hospital. As a first time Mom her expertise as a doula put me at ease before, during and after labor:) I would highly recommend her to anyone needing assistance throughout your pregnancy, labor and postpartum. We had two meetings before labor where she thoroughly goes through many topics including things that I was unaware of as a first time Mom but so glad Susanna was able to explain them to me! It was also comforting to know you could always text email or call Susanna with any questions you had during your pregnancy and postpartum. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.”

Birth Stories

Violet’s Birthday Story

Enjoy this blog post from one of my midwifery client families telling the story of their home water birth of their daughter. Click here to read their story

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A charming, funny, down-to-earth person…

It is daunting to even try to find the words to describe how incredible Susanna was as a midwife. I cannot imagine what my pregnancy and birth would have been like without her. She is completely dedicated, passionate about what she does, and committed to her belief that women’s and families’ choices about childbearing should…

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From doula to midwife

I had a baby boy last year and I had initially hired Susanna as my doula. I found Susanna to be extremely kind, loving and emotionally supportive. It was obvious that she loved the work she did. I had been getting care at a nearby hospital and having a normal, healthy pregnancy but because of…

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The day of delivery was magical.

We were lucky enough to be referred to Susanna during our search for a doula, and immediately knew she would be a perfect fit for our adventure within minutes of our meeting. Her kindness, her passion for her work and vast knowledge was evident and comforting. As new parents we were excited but admittedly a…

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