First Time Momma
I can’t say enough good things about our experience with Cheryl as our doula. Both my husband and I felt that she did an exceptional job and we feel incredibly grateful to have had Cheryl as our doula. Frankly, without Cheryl’s help, I’m fairly certain that the birth of our son would have gone quite different than we had hoped as we were aiming for a natural birth and I labored for several days.
From the moment that we met and hired her, she was incredibly warm, inviting and non-judgmental, as well as professional, prompt and knowledgeable. However, the real icing on the cake was that Cheryl skillfully provided support for both my husband and I before, during and after labor. She has the gift of intuition and used it to identify when to support us individually, or together as a team.
Our prenatal meetings not only helped educate us on various birthing positions and ways to deal with labor, but also provided an opportunity for us to get to know each other. When things got really tough after hours and hours of labor, it was really nice to be working with someone who we knew already and trusted. The three of us worked as a team—it made the experience so much more amazing. I highly recommend Cheryl!
First Time Daddy
My wife and I conducted a few interviews looking for the right doula for us. After talking with Cheryl for about 20 minutes, we both knew she was the perfect doula for us. She was knowledgeable, warm and caring.
Cheryl was always available to us pre-labor to answer any questions or concerns and her two pre-labor visits at our home were very informative and fun. Before working with Cheryl, I was a little nervous about my ability to provide the right support to my wife during her labor but Cheryl gave me the knowledge and the confidence to be best support partner I could be.
Our labor lasted about 70 hours and Cheryl was the reason we were able to stick to our birth plan and deliver our son naturally. For the first two days of labor, Cheryl was always available by phone, email and text. She gave us advice on positions and comfort measures. It was extremely reassuring to have Cheryl there to guide me and help my wife with her contractions over those two days. On the third day, we asked Cheryl come to our house, as my wife’s contractions were ramping up and we both felt that we needed her to be with us. Having Cheryl with us at our home helped me relax and to take a couple of breaks, which I sorely needed after not getting much sleep the last few days.
Once we got to the birth center, Cheryl continued to help and support the both of us. She also was able to take many pictures, which we are eternally grateful to have. I highly recommend Cheryl to anyone who is looking for a doula. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, warm and caring doula who will support both the mother and the partner, Cheryl is the doula for you.
Second Time Momma
After spending a long time considering whether or not to hire a doula, then even longer trying to find a handful in the Twin Cities area who were DONA qualified, experienced and who seemed like they may be a match to my personality, I came across Cheryl. Luckily she was available. From her well-organized website to her punctuality/responsiveness, she is most professional. She is also very knowledgeable, empathetic and open-minded, without being too "alternative" in her approach, which was a big plus for me.
During our prenatal sessions she helped me fine-tune my very detailed birth plan, helping me keep realistic expectations yet encouraging me to voice my questions and issues which were important to me.
Eventually my birth did not go as planned, meaning that I needed medication including for pain relief, which at the time I found emotionally challenging. Cheryl helped me remain more positive, feel somewhat in control, and aid the baby in her difficult journey. After the birth she was also very supportive, in many ways, from helping with establishing breastfeeding to taking photos and thinking of our nutritional needs when we were neglecting them. My husband and I both needed the emotional support, despite this not being our first child. She worked well with the medical staff and I felt she was genuinely concerned about our welfare the entire time, which was very reassuring. Most certainly a good investment in our opinion.
First Time Momma
Cheryl was such a valuable asset to this whole experience. She really helped me prepare for the birth and put thought behind vague ideas and quantify intangibles, such as my tolerance for pain, etc. She really helped me get an idea of what to expect overall and what techniques and tools were available to manage pain so I could spend as much time at home as possible. Then while in hospital, she really helped support my boyfriend. Everyone was so focused on me, that I am glad he had someone who was also looking out for him.
First Time Momma
My husband and I decided relatively late in my pregnancy to use a doula and we could not have been more happy that Cheryl was there for us. She really helped us mentally and physically prepare for the unknown through a non-bias and non-judgmental frame of mind. It was very clear from the moment we met her that she was there to provide support and make sure our birth story brought us happiness no matter how the process of birth occurred. We didn’t fully understand the importance of that focus until after our daughter arrived. It was a long, complicated couple of days that was not part of our birth plan. However, we view our birth story in a positive light due in large part to Cheryl’s guidance.
I’m a stereotypical type A person who likes being in complete control. So, when it was suggested to me that we use a doula I laughed. However, what I didn’t realize is that good doulas, like Cheryl, aren’t there in the room to 1) take any control away from me, 2) take the place of my husband, or 3) just be in the way of private moments. She’s there to provide support to the mom and dad in whatever way that means to the parents and we were quite grateful that she did just that.
Second Time Momma
Cheryl was everything I needed in a doula. She is extremely attentive and caring. She made suggestions in areas I was struggling with throughout pregnancy, in a very supportive and non-judgmental manner. While I was in labor, she suggested different positions to help keep things moving along. She helped to comfort me in between contractions and keep me focused on the end goal. After our baby arrived, she came to our home the next day to answer some of my questions and to assist with nursing. Cheryl has a warmth and energy about her that can't be beat.
First Time Momma
When my husband and I found out we were expecting our first little one we knew we didn't want to travel this journey alone. We are so blessed that we had Cheryl as our doula!! Cheryl not only helped me physically prepare for childbirth, but also helped both my husband and myself emotionally and mentally prepare for what we were going to go through. Being a first time mommy I had many fears entering pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. Thanks to Cheryl and her excellent communication skills we faced and conquered each fear together!! I felt so comfortable sharing my concerns and fears, as well as practicing various breathing and laboring techniques. I couldn't have had a better coach than Cheryl, helping me "train" for the big day....or should I say days??? During my 24+ plus labor and delivery, Cheryl did not leave my side and gave both my husband and I full support and encouragement the entire time. Bringing our daughter into the world is something I will never forget and I cannot thank Cheryl enough for being by my side every step of this amazing journey!!