New Little Life
Birth Doula, Lactation Counselor, Birth and Bereavement Doula
New Little Life – Birth Doula and Lactation Counseling
After losing a pregnancy and having difficulty becoming pregnant again we were anxious. We had planned to meet with a few doulas but after meeting with Allison, we knew she was who we wanted. She was so great even in the first meeting about reassuring us that our anxieties were normal and that everything would most likely be fine. We met with Allison a few more times during the course of my pregnancy and discussed our birth plan, rebozo, breastfeeding, infant care and postpartum expectations. Allison has so much knowledge and is great at sharing that knowledge in a way that was easy for us to understand.
About a week before my due date, I was diagnosed with preeclampsia. On top of being disappointed that I was being induced, I was also worried because I didn’t really know what to expect. This was 100% the opposite of my all-natural birth plan. I told Allison when I was sent to the birth center for monitoring and she stayed in constant contact via text and phone. Once we decided to proceed with the induction, we let her know. She arrived at the hospital and was calm and upbeat. I may have been a rattled but she never was. I still wanted to try for a natural birth so she helped by gathering resources from the hospital, managing visitors, having me try laboring in different positions and helping me control my breathing. Everything was going really well until the extreme headache combined with labor was just too much for me and was causing my blood pressure to skyrocket. I decided that I should have an epidural. Thanks to Allison’s support, I have never doubted that it was the right decision and I have no regrets about my birth. Allison is amazing because she can and will support you through any birth situation. Nine weeks later, Allison and I still text regularly and she is still supporting me as I figure out being a working mom and breastfeeding/pumping. I will always be grateful to Allison for her support at my birth and after.Valerie
Before meeting Allison, I wasn’t really sure what a Doula even did… but boy am I glad we crossed paths. I couldn’t imagine what my birth would have been like without her. She is not only a very dear friend to me she was there for me when my husband couldn’t be. (He was on a plane coming home from deployment.)
Allison is very kind, outgoing, and was supportive of my decisions. Some things I absolutely loved about having her as my Doula are
1) Any time I had a worry during my pregnancy she was more than willing to find an article to give me relief.
2) When I went into labor she was willing to come to my house and labor there with me until it was time to go to the hospital.
3) She is so easy to talk to, Professional, but also personal in the best ways, I felt so completely comfortable around her, and she’s very knowledgeable.
4) During labor she motivated, encouraged, and cheered me on.
5) After my delivery she came over to help answer some of my questions and concerns I was having about breast feeding.
I could go on and on about how amazing Allison is as a Doula and person in general, but the bottom line is that if it’s possible I will have her at all my deliveries.Brisha
Allison helped me out with the delivery/birth of my third baby. I didn’t use a doula with my previous two children, and now I wish I would have. Allison was able to anticipate ways to help me before I even realized I would need anything. She has a very calming demeanor that comforted me through the stress and discomfort of the delivery. Further more, she is a lactation specialist and her advice and guidance is the reason I have been able to be successful in breast feeding my baby. She’s never been judgemental and I’ve never felt like any of my “silly” questions were a burden for her.
If you’re trying to pick a doula, Allison is the whole package. I would whole-heartedly recommend her to anybody!Nakelle