New Little Life

Allison Tolman

Birth Doula, Lactation Counselor, Birth and Bereavement Doula

Client Testimonials

Allison Tolman

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

From the moment I spoke with Allison, I knew she would be a great part of my birth team. She was very supportive with everything I wanted to do and was willing to offer suggestions when I wasn’t sure. When it came time for my daughter to arrive, Allison kept me calm and helped me make decisions when I couldn’t always think clearly. I really wanted to have a VBAC and fought very hard to have one, but in the end I felt it was better to have the c-section because of the limited hospital staff who were comfortable doing a VBAC. Allison supported me throughout my 12 hours of labor and then was there to help with my 2 year-old daughter when I had to go to the OR. She was very patient, kind, and helpful to my whole family during entire process. My husband really appreciated all the help she gave us as well. Overall, even though I didn’t have the birth I had hoped for, it went well. I have Allison to thank for helping me and my family get through the whole process. She is a great doula and a wonderful person who I would recommend to anyone! Tamara

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 was my doula and was fabulous. She did a great job of keeping in touch with me throughout my pregnancy, but was never pushy or overbearing. She helped me stay calm through a bout of nerves and was reassuringly calm about the whole stressful situation. When it came time to labor, she was at my house within minutes, talking me through different positions, reminding me to eat, encouraging my husband to be as involved as he wanted to be. I really didn’t want to have my water broken, but it got to the point that it was either that or the baby wasn’t coming that day. Allison helped me work through my fears and desires surrounding that and come to a calm and satisfying conclusion. She was invaluable when we got to the hospital and it was wonderful not to have to answer the nurse’s questions about how I was doing, but to just be able to focus on doing instead. As the contractions got harder and harder, she was right there and talked me through the whole thing. It was still the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, but I had support through it and that made such a difference. Allison has a firm, quiet confidence in her chosen profession and she is absolutely the best decision we made with this birth. I would highly, highly recommend her. Erin

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

Allison was very helpful and comforting during my labor. I went into labor 5 weeks early, so we were not quite yet prepared for the hospital! Allison came and sat with me so my husband could go home and pack our hospital bags. She helped to relieve a lot of my labor pains, and helped me stay positive when I wasn’t progressing at all. Allison stayed with me and my husband all night, and was extremely emotionally supportive when I found out I needed a c-section. With all the craziness of labor, I was so grateful to have had her there! Paige


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