What Our Clients Say

I can't say enough about the value of a doula.  Most certainly, you take the cake.  My births were amazing experiences, dark moments and all,  and you were the even keel that made it possible. I could be 80 years old, talkin' birth, and the memory of your presence at my births will still fill my heart with gratitude.   - Jen Tronconne
Giving birth the way I wanted was THE most powerful and incredible experience of my entire life. Before having your first baby there is so much uncertainty, "can I do this, will I be a good mom, will I be able to give birth without drugs, etc...?" Having a doula help me along the way gave me confidence to know that my body was made to do this and I would be able to handle any obstacles along the way. Michelle met with us several time prior to the birth of both our children in preparation for their arrival. She provided books and reading resources to help inform us of how many people give birth this way every day and that it's truly a life changing experience. I would HIGHLY recommend Michelle and the use of a doula during the birth process as it made me feel like I had someone in my corner who had lots of experience helping bring babies into this world in a natural, peaceful, beautiful way!
-  Molly Ferguson Welch
I was nervous about the birth of my first child, so I wanted a doula with experience that I trusted to help me and advocate for my and my husband’s wishes in the hospital. Michelle and Chris were recommended to me by a friend, and I was so thankful we found them. They listened to our birth goals and made us feel extremely comfortable with our plan and backup plans if anything didn’t go the way we hoped. Chris attended my birth, and was there with us through my entire labor that lasted through the night. She not only supported me, but helped my husband as well and showed him ways he could help me throughout labor. She even took pictures for us - photos I now consider some of the most special in my life. It was an amazing and empowering birth experience, and I’m so happy we had Chris there every step of the way. – Danielle Bates

Michelle took the time to get to know me so that during labor she knew just the things to say and do that would be most helpful for me. Even though I was in labor for about 14 hours, she was tirelessly focused on my emotional and physical comfort the entire time.

The best part of having a doula is that they don't have to be splitting their time and focus between you and the medical side of things. It's all about supporting you, emotionally and physically.   - Megan Frederickson
Michelle made the birth of my second child one that was as close to perfect as possible. She was the soft voice that wouldn't let me give up, that encouraged me to push that one last time and that congratulated me when it was over. She helped my husband understand different ways to help me so he felt involved in the process and she caught a few perfect pictures just afterward of my little man. Also, the prenatal and followup visits were irreplaceable, since knowing someone was there for me and checking up on me helped me know where I could go ask questions. - Sarah Godwin
A direct quote from my husband following the birth of our daughter: "The best money we've ever spent!"  Not only was the support from Michelle during the birth so paramount, but she was a supporting hand throughout our pregnancy, as well as post-birth where she took the time out of her day on more than one occasion to sit with me and discuss areas of concern that any new mom may struggle with.  There's so much to be said for having someone as experienced as (her) with you in the delivery room - she made herself right at home from the very moment we walked in the room, which provided me with the confidence that I needed to focus solely on myself and the baby.  It wasn't until afterwards, when I spoke with my husband and mother about that day, that it was pointed out to me all of the things that she had done that went unnoticed by me at the time, because I simply didn't have to worry about it - from fighting to ensure that I was able to use the shower, to kindly requesting that the doctor not require me to use stirrups to push as it was clear that my body and the baby had other plans.  Just wow - little did I know what a huge impact she had on the experience going so smoothly, and we truly can not thank her enough!   - Courtney Hagmaier
Michelle was my doula for my first birth 11 years ago. She connected me with books, childbirth education classes, lactation consultants and other local resources. I prepared for a natural birth but my baby was persistently breech and so I had a scheduled c-section instead. Michelle helped me adjust to my change of plans and prepare for a surgical birth. She helped me understand what was happening every step of the way and kept my family members calm and informed. The photos she took in OR are precious. After the birth, I had trouble breastfeeding, but because of the resources Michelle connected me with pre-natally, I was able to overcome the early difficulties and successfully nurse.

Though my son's birth was much different than I had originally envisioned, it was a positive experience and set me off on the path to be a breastfeeding counselor, birth doula and Hypnobabies instructor. It has become a passion to give the support to other women that I received from Michelle. I've gone on to have two other babies (in other cities or I would have hired Michelle again) with doula support via unmedicated, Hypnobabies VBACs. Michelle is highly experienced, responsive, compassionate and professional. If it is related to birth and babies in Erie, Michelle knows. I encourage every pregnant woman to explore having a doula-supported birth.   - Karen Zamperini

Having a doula gave me the strength and knowledge that giving birth my way was possible. After having my first child, which was a negative experience, I was comforted and encouraged that I could have a positive, empowering birth!  - Erika Albano 

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