I am going to have my VBAC...I know I can, I know I can..
I am planning on birthing at Morristown Hospital with the Avalon Midwives, and am looking for recommendations for a proactive and creative doula, one who will not be redundant with the midwife, one who has experience with VBACS, one who will not become passive during the birth (my experience last time), one who is creative with moving mamas into positions beyond just kneeling, one who can help me heal some of this birth trauma from my first birth. Oh...and one who is supportive of Hypnobabies would be a bonus.
Please, NJ mamas and doulas out there, please respond. I need your input!
I would love to hear your experience with Avalon and MMH and VBAC'ing, and things you wish you had known before, etc....anything you think might be helpful. I am also wondering if a doula is redundant with Avalon, but I want to do everything in my power to have this VBAC. Confident in my body, not confident in the hospital experience.
I can't say enough good things about her, and neither can my husband or my mom.
I definitely do not think they are redundant. I can't picture any of the Avalon midwives getting on the floor with you and squeezing your hips to relieve pressure, etc...
Mom to DD1 8/09 and DD2 4/11
I have heard good things about Kim Collins. Looking forward to some more info and recommendations!
I had a very fast and easy labor (in retrospect!) and most of her support was verbal encouragment and keeping my head in a good place, but SOOOOOO good and exactly what I needed. The only time I started to cave for drugs was when she left me for 5 mins to get coffee.
Mom to DD1 8/09 and DD2 4/11
I don't know Kim as a doula either but I know her pretty good as a person and she is wonderful. I will also recommend Kelli DeFlora. She is a good friend and was also the doula for my last birth. She is a prenatal and postpartum yoga Goddess, A reiki master and a Shiatsu massage therapist. I adore her! She also run a new mom's group:
Best of luck with your VBAC!
You've probably made your choice already, but I had to offer my ringing endorsement of Kim Collins, especially for a VBAC. She was my doula through a lot of challenges, culminating in an amazing VBAC of my 11lb 15 oz baby girl (no GDM) at 41 weeks & 4 days. It literally would not have happened without her, and I am not overstating that! She is my hero (my husband's too), and she was definitely hands on. Best of luck to you!!
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