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Nancy Eisenmenger
Nancy Eisenmenger
18:13 20 Oct 20
How does anyone survive childbirth without a Doula? That's what I keep asking myself every time I think about how amazing Crystal Broer was at supporting me through labor, delivery, and postpartum. Part coach, part therapist, part advocate, part cheerleader, she was an incredible birth partner who was always in my corner. She combined the perfect amount of evidence based practice with empathy, confidence, and kindness. As I write this, my baby is one month old and still every day I think about how grateful I am that I had Crystal by my side.read more
Lindsay Miller Stokes
Lindsay Miller Stokes
22:56 18 Oct 20
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Rebecca and Birth First Doulas!This was our 2nd baby and we loved our doula (back in Colorado) that we had for our 1st baby, so we had high expectations. Rebecca did not disappoint. Because of COVID restrictions at hospitals we knew we wouldn’t be able to have a doula with us in person. We opted to do a couple of consultation sessions on Zoom with Rebecca. This was the best decision we could have made. Rebecca was warm, thoughtful, and able to share her wisdom and experience with us. We felt so supported and well informed and prepared for this labor. She sent us a number of helpful resources and she really met us where we were at and was able to tailor our meetings to best meet our needs! We really felt she was cheering us on even though she wasn’t physically with us during labor-and we remembered her tips and words of encouragement. We highly recommend Rebecca and Birth First Doulas!!read more
Jared Dayton
Jared Dayton
18:34 12 Oct 20
Rebecca with the Birth First team was awesome. Had a very engaging pre both online session to go over not only useful positions and ways I as the husband can assist my wife in home birth, but also how we should communicate during the process. Thanks to this I was coaching on new positions to try during contractions and it REALLY helped. Not only that but the placenta encapsulation process was quick and efficient. Would highly recommend working with them for your home or birth center delivery.read more
Hannah Lawton
Hannah Lawton
03:02 08 Oct 20
My husband and I were fortunate enough to hire Atika and Camilla through Birth First Doulas, and as my husband said, “they are the best investment we’ve ever made.” Atika and Camilla helped us to feel informed and prepared for our labor, delivery and postpartum.We began working with Atika and Camilla at the beginning of my third trimester (via zoom and outdoor masked meetings). During these sessions, we discussed what my husband and I hoped the rest of my pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum would look like. They offered a variety of ideas and strategies, ranging from evidence-based practices to more spiritual guidance. This was tailored to meet our needs, and I know they have a plethora of resources, experiences and more to pull from to meet the needs of whoever they are working with.During my labor, Atika came over and eased any sort of anxiety that me and my husband were feeling. She helped remind me of a number of positions we had discussed to ease discomfort, as well as introduce some different ideas to target my specific pain. I felt infinitely more confident as a result of her presence which allowed me to spend most of my labor at home. I believe that spending my labor at home, in my natural environment, correlated with the fact that my labor was on the shorter side. When I finally went to the hospital, she helped me to advocate for my birth preferences and continued to help me find comfortable positions. Beyond that, she cheered me on and kept the mood positive.After the delivery of my sweet little guy, she stayed until my husband and I were comfortable. The following day, and coming week, Atika and Camilla checked in on us to see how we were adjusting.When I have had any concerns, both during pregnancy and now postpartum, they are just a phone call or text away. I feel so fortunate to have found them, and any mom-to-be would be lucky to work with them.read more
Ari Bissinger
Ari Bissinger
20:05 05 Oct 20
We hired Kim just after the COVID lockdown started and didn't really know what having a doula during COVID would look like. Thankfully, our hospital started allowing doulas in person again just before our baby was born and Kim was such a warm presence throughout our journey. She really gave us both the confidence to have the birthing experience we wanted!read more
Mikayla Fieri
Mikayla Fieri
18:50 05 Oct 20
I had a wonderful experience with BFD! I can confidently say my delivery was shorter with Kathy's support & guidance.
Ashley Wu
Ashley Wu
14:54 18 Sep 20
We had the pleasure of having Atika and Camila as our Doulas. We could not have been more fortunate to have these two support us during our pregnancy, labor and postpartum journey. This was our first pregnancy, which not only comes with its own challenges and unknowns it was also during COVID-19, which added a whole new layer of uncertainties. Atika and Camila worked together wonderfully as a team and were able to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them as they clearly answered our questions and explained different processes and topics. Unfortunately, I had to be induced and because of COVID-19 they were not allowed in the hospital. However, they were still with us during the laboring process via FaceTime providing encouragement and suggesting different labor techniques to use during the laboring process. After our baby was born, they continued to be a great support team with answering all our new parent questions. If we have another child in the future, we will definitely be calling them again. I highly recommend both of them to support you during your pregnancy journey.read more
Jena Passaretti
Jena Passaretti
17:29 09 Sep 20
My husband and I had heard many great things about hiring a Doula and we decided to go with Birth First Doulas. From the get go, Rebecca was amazing to work with and I felt very listened to and cared for. She helped match us with Crystal who was a great fit for us. We were excited to meet Crystal and she really helped us throughout our journey. Crystal is kind, warm, funny and really easy going. What none of us expected to happen was a global pandemic. Unfortunately, this limited any in-person support she had planned to give. Nonetheless, she consistently went out of her way to be available and a fantastic resource. She was very available over text and I felt I could ask her any question. My biggest concern with a doula was having a certain type of birth experience pushed on me, but that was not the case at all. Crystal was very affirming with our choices and if we weren't sure about something, she provided ample resources. She pointed us to some amazing accounts and experts to follow online and they have saved us! Crystal wasn't able to be with us during the birth of our son, but she still was able to provide support via video and help my husband throughout the process. She also helped us make informed decisions at every step in the process. I was induced and she helped us understand what would happen at every step. After 30 hours of labor, my beautiful son was in my arms and it was all worth it. I would have loved to have her in person but that just wasn't in the cards. When I wasn't able to breastfeed for a few reasons, Crystal helped me through my decision to move to formula while helping me feel comfortable with my decision and work through the guild I had. I highly recommend Crystal and Birth First Doulas. Thank you so much!read more
Katrina Rogers
Katrina Rogers
21:47 07 Sep 20
We are so happy we chose to work with Birth First Doulas. They were so good at listening to what we were looking for and hooked us up with the perfect doula for our family! From our first meeting with Kim we knew that she was the person we wanted to help us bring our daughter earth side. Her kindness, warmth, knowledge and wonderful energy were all qualities that helped us before, during and after birth of our baby. She set up in person visits and adjusted to COVID-19 restrictions by providing virtual visits for us to check in and taking all the safety precautions very seriously, we always felt safe. In our visits she provided valuable materials and resources- from stretches and yoga to informational exercises and advice for the both of us to work on to prepare for our labor journey, she had it all! Kim is so easy to talk to and is a great and patient teacher. When the day finally came she met us at the birth center and was such an amazing support for both my husband and myself. She had a grounded and calming energy and knew exactly what to say and do when we needed it. When we were transferred to the hospital she was able to join us, and we were so thankful that she was there. After 19 hours of hard labor we were both exhausted, and when we thought things might be taking a turn for the worst, she helped us remember to advocate for our birth plan and that we were allowed to ask for a second opinion. We will be forever grateful for that, and for her presence with us for those two days. When it was time to deliver she was there to take pictures, hold space, and make sure we had everything we needed. We truly couldn’t ask for a better experience with a doula and cannot speak highly enough about her! We truly feel she was meant for us and our birth story may have turned out very different if we hadn’t had her knowledgeable influence, advise, and support; for that we are SO GRATEFUL. We miss her so much already, and know that we will be reaching out to her when we are planning for our second baby! From the bottom of hearts, we love Kim and would recommend her to anyone wanting a wonderful doula experience.read more
Carmelle Cooper
Carmelle Cooper
01:55 07 Sep 20
We had an amazing experience with Birth First Doulas! We hired Kim Kovac, our doula, in the last few weeks of my pregnancy, and she provided incredible support! Her knowledge and guidance was so valuable as I entered the last few weeks of pregnancy and during my labor. We cherished getting to know Kim, even during the pandemic; we were able to foster a wonderful relationship via virtual and socially distant means. Kim was able to come to our house to help me comfortably labor at home, and she helped me get all the way to 9cm! It was truly an incredible experience and I am so grateful for her calming presence, as it made my birth experience so memorable. It was so disappointing that the pandemic prevented her from being in the hospital when my baby was born, but her calming spirit kept me going, as I pushed for 4 hours. Kim is full of knowledge and positivity and will be a wonderful support for every birthing person and their families. Thank you, Kim!read more
Maarika Krumhansl
Maarika Krumhansl
23:50 04 Sep 20
Extremely satisfied with our experience with Birth First Doulas. This is my second birth. We used a doula from a different company for my first birth, and I am so glad we switched to BFD for this birth because my doula experience this time has been much, much better. We worked with Kili and I cannot recommend her highly enough. What I most appreciated about her was that she met with me and my husband virtually several times before birth, which helped us build a strong relationship and foster trust. Kili also gave me lots of targeted pelvic floor and back exercises, which made this pregnancy the most comfortable pregnancy I could have imagined! No aching back! No round ligament pains! No sore hips! With Kili's guidance, we were able to achieve our goal of a completely unmedicated and intervention-free labor and delivery, and our baby girl was born quickly and without any complications. We are so grateful to Kili and Birth First Doulas!read more
Tara Sova
Tara Sova
00:06 30 Aug 20
My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Alicia and Bri during my pregnancy and the birth of our first baby. Although we never actually met in person due to COVID, we had plenty of FaceTime meetings, text conversations, and emails. I never felt a lack of communication! Through the multiple forms of communication, they guided us through the final weeks of pregnancy, helped prepare us for the upcoming labor, and answered any and all of our questions and concerns. They were very caring, fun, supportive, and responsive. They were well-informed, organized (even though this was an unusual situation), and provided a great deal of educational pieces. And even with all of their experience, we still felt in control of the process. Due to visitor restrictions, I was sadly unable to have either of them with me in person during my labor. However, they were available via FaceTime when I needed them. Overall, I am happy with Alicia and Bri (and this group!). Their personalities complement each other well, acting as a true team. I can only imagine how much more elevated my experience would have been if COVID were not an issue. Please consider this group if you are in search of a doula/doulas.read more
Heather Wolfgang
Heather Wolfgang
18:02 24 Aug 20
We were blessed to have Kim as our doula and teammate during our pregnancy. Kim was supportive with all of our choices for our birth and we are so grateful to have had her by our side. We <3 Birth First Doulas!!read more
Felisha Bahr
Felisha Bahr
16:48 24 Aug 20
Our experience with Birth First Doulas and specifically, our doula, Crystal, was nothing short of amazing. Crystal was there with us every step of the process. From the planning and counseling to the actual birth - she was the exact support we needed through the journey with our first daughter. The resources provided by Crystal and classes from the Birth First Doula program were invaluable. Thanks so much to Birth First and Crystal for everything!read more
Whitney Riggins
Whitney Riggins
20:11 11 Aug 20
Taking on a doula for my first birth was totally the right decision. Brooke and Rebecca gave me all the resources I needed to feel confident as well as providing emotional and actual physical support if needed! I felt endlessly supported throughout pregnancy and beyond. Knowing that I had assembled the best team I could find gave me so much confidence to birth my baby! Rebecca and Brooke being a part of that team made it 110% of what I needed. They even encapsulated my placenta afterwards which was awesome. These folks rock!read more
Kara Brody
Kara Brody
13:51 28 Jul 20
Brooke and Rebecca are AMAZING. We had a wonderful experience with them during my pregnancy, during labor itself, and postpartum. Their expertise and years of experience made me feel supported throughout the process. They both made sure that I was informed, understood my options, and helped me emotionally, mentally, and physically through the birth process. Additionally, they took the time to understand my husband's needs as well which made us both more confident and comfortable throughout the process.I had a very long and intense labor and luckily was able to deliver vaginally. I truly think that without the support of Brooke and Rebecca I would have needed a c-section.I HIGHLY recommend Birth First doulas and Rebecca and Brooke to any expecting family!read more
Joanne Albertsen
Joanne Albertsen
21:01 08 Jul 20
Wonderful experience from our first meeting through the birth and after! Brooke and Rebecca were such a knowledgeable, warm and reassuring team at our appointments and were easily available via text and email as we got close to the big day. Rebecca arrived at our house before we left for the hospital to help me through labor, and was so focused, calm and supportive. She offered a lot of different positions and techniques throughout my labor. She was a wonderful advocate at the hospital when I felt overwhelmed and unsure in the face of the staff (who were great too, just not necessarily on Team Me). Even when I decided to get an epidural, she was totally supportive and nonjudgmental. Due the baby's position I ended up needing a c-section, and she stayed until the last few minutes before I was wheeled out. She came back to check on me while I was in the hospital and again after a few weeks to see how we were doing. I was so glad to have her on my side! Cannot recommend Birth First Doulas highly enough for supportive, knowledgeable, and attentive care.read more
Carley Berkey
Carley Berkey
18:40 08 Jul 20
I cannot say enough good things about Brooke and our experience with Birth First Doulas. Despite having a baby during a pandemic, Brooke managed all of the changing information and guidelines with grace, compassion, and empathy. I looked forward to our weekly calls leading up to the birth because she was able to answer all of our questions, listen to our concerns and give us tools to handle the physical and emotional turmoil that happens in any birth and was especially true for having a baby during the time of COVID. At the birth we had Brooke attend virtually. Even though this was not the original hope when we started, having her support via text and video helped my confidence and I am certain led to a faster and less stressful birth experience. Brooke has the magic of being able to listen deeply and meet people where they are; I felt that she really understood my needs and concerns and tailored our sessions and information to meet my needs.Postpartum I have had the privilege of working with Kili to do exercises to heal and strengthen my body after childbirth. Kili is awesome - she has been so positive, supportive, and attentive to making a program fit my life. I feel like my posture, pelvic floor, and body awareness are improved so much more by working with her after this pregnancy - I only wish I could have worked with her for my first birth as well!read more
Nikki Gaither
Nikki Gaither
21:59 09 Mar 20
We hired Atika Hagen with Birth First Doulas for the birth of our first baby last month. She was an invaluable asset from pregnancy through post partum. But where Atika really shines is during labor. I know that she had a major impact on the positive outcome of our natural birth experience. She knew what to say and how to help make me feel comfortable and how to coach my husband in participating as well. Her wealth of knowledge and experience brought peace of mind to our family during what could have otherwise been an uncertain or potentially stressful time. We love Atika and highly recommend her to anyone seeking additional support during labor.read more
Karissa Deane
Karissa Deane
20:04 04 Mar 20
Working with the Birth First Doulas and our Doula Kathy, exceeded our expectations from both the doula agency and our amazing doula herself. Kathy was a joy to work with and provided the perfect combination of being fully present and available during the birth process, while allowing my husband and I to share an intimate and powerful experience between the two of us. She gave us the confidence during our first laboring experience that enabled us to deliver our first baby trusting she had our backs the entire time. Kathy has continued to go above and beyond in our postpartum period, by visiting and holding baby, talking through our thoughts and experiences and continuing to support us and become a lifelong family friend. I couldn't recommend Kathy more. If you're looking for a sweet, loving, bubbly and strong energy as your Doula, Kathy will bring that and more. We love Kathy!The BFD agency themselves were amazing as well. Facilitating a speedy response when I began looking for our doula at 17 weeks pregnant. They handled the financial aspects allowing us to create a pure connection with our doula outside of money. They provide many extra services including a wonderful birth class and nurturing circle, and so much more.read more
Madeleine Miller
Madeleine Miller
19:08 17 Feb 20
Choosing Birth First Doulas was one of best decisions we made during our pregnancy. The support, advice, and resources provided by Brooke and Rebecca throughout the pregnancy were invaluable. I knew that I would have the guidance I needed regardless of how the pregnancy or delivery unfolded.Brooke and Rebecca's calm, positive, yet confidence demeanor put my husband and I at ease. From the beginning they listen to us and made us feel like they were on our team. I couldn't imagine not having their support during the pregnancy, delivery and after coming home from the hospital. Brooke's care and attention to my needs as a mother was especially helpful as we transitioned home with our new baby. We plan on using them again for any future pregnancies and would recommend them to anyone.read more
Sydney Smejkal
Sydney Smejkal
00:44 06 Feb 20
My husband and I had a great experience working with Bri and Alicia! Having their guidance and expertise while navigating first time parenthood was invaluable. We took full advantage of the BFD class offerings as well! We really enjoyed each class experience and felt knowledgeable and well informed when the birth finally took place.read more
Ashley Jemes
Ashley Jemes
00:30 06 Feb 20
Our family’s experience with Birth First was wonderful. Our doula, Crystal, was amazing and I felt empowered and excited to have her as part of our birth team. She was so knowledgeable and professional, and and had so much grace in how she discussed birth and our upcoming labor and delivery. It is clear that the birthing process is Crystal’s passion! My partner and I both really appreciated the peace of mind in having her support. She was my rock during pushing and allowed my partner to focus fully on the birth of our daughter—an experience we both cherish. We are so grateful and highly recommend Crystal and the entire Birth First team (the classes were also excellent—informative and practical).read more
Adrianne Barlow
Adrianne Barlow
22:00 05 Feb 20
It's tough to express in review format how grateful we are to have had Brooke and Rebecca as our doulas. My husband and I have said so many times since our daughter's birth that we don't know how we would have made it through without Brooke, and her postpartum home visit was so powerfully helpful in processing a difficult delivery. We've told all our pregnant friends that the money spent at BFD was the best we've spent on anything, ever!read more
Samantha Reynolds
Samantha Reynolds
20:05 13 Jan 20
Brooke and Rebecca are the dream team when it comes to doula's in the area! If we could give them 10 stars we would! My partner and I had no idea even what a doula was before we hired them. My birth experience was exactly what I had imagined it to be because of their expertise. As soon as we hired them when I was 20 weeks pregnant we had a resource to text or call whenever we had things come up. My pregnancy wasn't easy emotionally due family drama and Brooke and Rebecca were always there to help with my stress. They didn't only help me with my stress they were a always there for my partner as well. We learned so much from them from the prenatal appointments where we made our birth preferences and learned labor positions and pain relief techniques. To the false labor contractions I had weeks before she was born. Then most importantly the one on one support I got during labor that got me through 9 hours of contractions from Rebecca before getting an epidural. Even after I got an epidural Brooke was there to rub my feet, keep the room very peaceful with fake candles and dim lights, she was always there to help me understand what the nurse or doctor was suggesting (when you are in labor you don't know what to choose when things come up and they are your advocate). One of the most special things that Brooke did was take photos and videos of our daughters birth so my partner and I got to enjoy that moment without distractions and the photos are absolutely incredible to look back on! They also got to check on us at our apartment when our daughter was 2 weeks old which was wonderful. When we have another baby in the future we know without a doubt we will be hiring Brooke and Rebecca again!read more
Nancy Price
Nancy Price
17:32 07 Jan 20
Hiring Brooke and Rebecca as our doulas for the birth of our first child was truly and absolutely worth every penny! These ladies are true professionals: knowledgable, respectful, supportive, and experienced. We wanted a doula for two reasons, 1. fear of pregnancy/childbirth and 2. an understanding that we had no idea what we were doing and needed help.We met with both Brooke and Rebecca leading up to the big day. They provided us with the information and assurances we needed to be prepared, emotionally and physically. I spent time early on on Google trying to teach myself, which only made the fear worse. I quickly learned that I could trust our doulas to educate us on what we needed to know to build a birth plan and know our options. They helped make me feel like childbirth was something I could handle. Of particular note for these meetings, they didn't just focus on the mom-to-be, but also on the dad-to-be and on the couple as a unit. This was important to us and a big reason why we decided on Rebecca and Brooke to be our doulas over others.Then came the big day. From the earliest pre-labor to birth was a day and a half. Rebecca was our doula "on call". She was on the phone with us from the beginning, suggesting ways to make early labor more comfortable and helping us as much as possible to maximize the time we were able to labor in our home. It felt great to not be alone during this time! Once we were admitted to the hospital, Rebecca was there making the experience a positive one, even for someone with great fear of the process; I am so very grateful for that! I wanted to labor naturally (without epidural, if possible), and I can honestly say I could not have done it if Rebecca wasn't there. When I felt at my weakest, Rebecca was there to support me with techniques to help me through. Even the nursing staff at the hospital complimented Rebecca on the wonderful job she was doing for us! Of course, she wasn't just there for me, but was also there to coach my husband, showing him how to help in ways he was comfortable with and to guide him on his own self care so that the experience was as positive as possible for both parents.We are so happy to have had Rebecca and Brooke as participants in our first pregnancy and birth experience. They were essential to making what could have been a scary and traumatic experience into the positive and empowering experience that it was. Thank you!read more
Natalie Dickinson
Natalie Dickinson
05:50 07 Jan 20
Atika and Camilla are absolutely incredible! They were thoughtful and knowledgeable, with a good sense of humor, throughout all of our time together. We loved our house visits, where they instantly connected with our daughter and made us all feel at home in their presence. They balanced listening to our needs with adding their own advice and perspective. They are such a great pair! As soon as Atika entered the room during my labor, I instantly felt calm and that I knew everything was going to be okay. She was a grounding support for me and my husband-- I was so happy she was there! When it was time for them to trade shifts, Camilla was respectful of our decision to be alone, and waited in the wings. When she did come in, it was so wonderful to see her beaming warm smile. We love them and are forever grateful they were part of the birth journey of our second child!read more
Natalie Kim
Natalie Kim
19:26 01 Jan 20
Camilla & Atika were the perfect doula team for us! They came with their own perspectives and balanced both the intuitive/emotional part of childbirth with the evidence-based information we were looking for. They tag teamed our birth in a way that never left us feeling abandoned. Camilla was a steady and calming presence (and a hand to squeeze) during the most intense parts of labor and pushing. Atika came by (on Thanksgiving no less) our house a couple days after we got home from the hospital. We also appreciated their advice on postpartum baby gear and how to set up our house. Overall, we were thankful that Camilla & Atika were part of our birth experience!read more
Lauryn Morrow
Lauryn Morrow
04:31 22 Dec 19
Kim was absolutely AMAZING. As a single mama I wanted to have someone who would be there consistently through the process. Hiring a Doula was the best investment I ever could have made. Kim went above and beyond for me and my little babe. I can’t recommend her enough & I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her!read more
Olivia Kroening-Roche
Olivia Kroening-Roche
17:33 04 Dec 19
I first encountered Brooke and Rebecca through my job as a midwife working in the hospital. I get the opportunity to care for women and work with many different doulas throughout the birthing process. When I myself became pregnant, I knew immediately that I wanted to work with Brooke and Rebecca. After our first visit with them, my partner agreed they would be the perfect fit to help us welcome our first child into the world. They have a wonderful model of care, where one of them is always on-call for the birth. I loved this set-up and the confidence I had knowing one of them would be there to support us. Brooke was ultimately with us during the birth. She met me in my most vulnerable moments, loving and supporting me as if I were family yet also with the utmost professionalism. Our birth was challenging and long and beautiful and we are so grateful we had Brooke on our team to care for us as our family grew to three. We are forever grateful.read more
Leah Schaab
Leah Schaab
04:37 03 Dec 19
We were so thankful to have Brooke and Rebecca be a part of our birth experience. They were both amazing resources during our pregnancy and postpartum. We had a positive birth experience because of their involvement, knowledge and care. I would highly recommend hiring them.read more
Kristin Eberhard
Kristin Eberhard
21:37 25 Nov 19
We are so grateful that Brooke and Rebecca helped us through our birth journey. The pre-natal visits with them helped us feel informed and confident, they were always available for any questions or worries we had, and I felt so much better with Brooke there at the hospital with us. If we had another, I would definitely want them by our side again.read more
Wylie Robinson
Wylie Robinson
18:30 25 Nov 19
Rebecca and Brooke are amazing at what they do. We hired Birth First Doula's for our first child and it made a huge difference in our experience. Prior to labor, all of the consultation and advice we received was invaluable. On 'labor day' Rebecca was on call and helped talk through early labor signs over the phone before we got in the car and headed to the hospital. Once in the hospital labor room, Rebecca was able to coach with positions, breathing, and relaxation throughout the entire birthing process. Without her we would have never tried some of the positions that really helped progress labor. She was level-headed and a great leader in a situation that was very foreign to both my wife and I. I cannot recommend Birth First Doula's highly enough!read more
Kelsee Hobbins
Kelsee Hobbins
20:10 24 Nov 19
Brooke and Rebecca were an amazing resource throughout our pregnancy and labor. I can’t imagine going through that experience without their knowledge and compassion.
J Burs
J Burs
04:36 19 Nov 19
Brooke was there for the rescue! there aren't enough words to express are praise for Brooke. We have used her multiple times and have spent the week after delivery saying how lucky we were to have her there at our sides We have had some rough delivery experiences and when all the chaos is streaming around you in that hospital room, Brooke is like a guiding light to lead you through the journey. Before we had kids, I wouldn't have thought hiring a Doula was necessary with all the nurses, nursing assistants, students, midwifes, and doctors coming in and out of the hospital room trying to help. But when the final minutes are upon you, she was the person, actually the only person in the room who really knew us, what we wanted and how to get us there. Not only did she help us get through it, she also helped the doctors/nurse/midwifes get through it. These medical professionals, while doing the best they know how, are only human. And the stress in that room when things aren't going well, even overwhelmed them. Each time we have used Brooke, she has given the medical staff helpful suggestions, in Brooke's polite way, and I truly believe she was the difference between a healthy outcome and potential disaster. Her services were priceless as they not only bought us peace of mind but a healthy baby! While her services do cost money, for the rest of our lives we'll be thankful we spent it. Thank you Brooke!read more
Anna Kraemer
Anna Kraemer
16:24 18 Nov 19
Rebecca Durlin Smith was our Doula for the birth of our son. We are first-time parents and knew we needed extra support during labor and delivery. Having Rebecca as our Doula was one of the best decisions we've ever made. I had a very long labor and she was with us every step of the way. Rebecca was supportive, informative, comforting, and helped me and my husband welcome our amazing baby into this world. We can't thank Rebecca enough! Our birth experience was immensely better because she was by our side.read more
Kate Newton
Kate Newton
18:36 17 Oct 19
I did an extensive search to find the perfect doula team for my journey, and I couldn’t be more impressed or pleased with what I’ve found through Birth First Doulas! My Doulas, Alicia and Bri, have gone above and beyond to support me throughout my pregnancy thus far (5 weeks left to go until the big debut.) They are attentive, incredibly accommodating, as supportive as close family members, and there for every up and down I’ve experienced, and there have been more than a few unexpected surprises along the way that made things more of a struggle than I had ever anticipated. What impresses me the most about Birth First Doulas is that the whole team, not just my Doulas, have been there for me every step of the way and then some. Rebecca and Brooke, the owners, are just as invested as Alicia and Bri have been, and not just with me. They have been at classes to meet clients, they check in with me regularly to see how everything is going, and from what I’ve seen, they treat their entire team like one big happy family. I can’t recommend this company enough, and I strongly believe that Doulas should be recognized annually in the form of a National holiday!read more
Candice Mayan
Candice Mayan
00:40 08 Oct 19
My husband and I hired Birth First Doulas to guide us through our first birth experience, and we are so incredibly grateful for all of their loving guidance and care throughout the process. We truly feel like we couldn't have done it without them!When we initially hired them, we knew we wanted a knowledgeable team to help us outline our birth preferences while I was pregnant, as well as inform any decisions that needed to be made during labor. Brooke and Rebecca were an integral part of our team every step of the way, leading up to, throughout, and after the birth of our son. What we didn't anticipate was a complicated labor that spanned several days, and we felt so fortunate to have had Brooke and Rebecca by our side providing resources and care throughout it all, including home visits and multiple trips to the hospital.If you are looking for a compassionate, professional, supportive, and informed team that is highly respected among the medical community too, I highly recommend Birth First Doulas! Hiring Brooke and Rebecca was hands down the best decision we made leading up to the birth of our son.read more
Jessica Lancaster
Jessica Lancaster
19:32 07 Oct 19
The best decision we made in our pregnancy journey was to hire Brooke and Rebecca. I had no idea if I would like having or need a doula, but after we had our baby girl, I continue to tell my friends and family it was invaluable. Rebecca ended up being our doula on the day of the birth and helped me and my husband immensely. I wanted a medication-free birth and Rebecca helped me achieve my goal with grace and strength throughout the entire process. I didn't think I could do it once active labor got going... but with her strength and assistance our vision became reality. I'm so glad we had an advocate for our hypno-birth plan once in the hospital; I knew I could concentrate on my breathing and body and she could help me communicate my goals and preferences to the staff. She also helped my husband stay calm and cool as he was a nervous first-time dad and unsure about how to best assist. She empowered him and made us feel calm and confident. We are so thankful for Rebecca and believe she helped us achieve the most beautiful birth experience we could have ever imagined. Thank you!read more
mark schopmeyer
mark schopmeyer
02:52 10 Sep 19
Rebecca was the first person we called after learning my wife was pregnant again. Before parents, before friends, we called Rebecca. She was an invaluable part of our first birth and we never doubted the choice to enlist her a second time.Having done this twice now, here are a few things I learned about doulas, from a dad’s perspective:1) Yes, you should hire a doula. Brooke and Rebecca really proved their value. They were extraordinarily committed to our family throughout pregnancy and labor. They were a reliable source of information, answering our questions and helping us navigate the often overwhelming sea of resources on the internet and elsewhere. Then when it came time for labor, Rebecca’s supportive presence, physically and emotionally, never wavered. My wife and I truly believe Rebecca made a difference in preventing a cesarean delivery. Although our birth experiences had some challenges - they all do - we came away feeling overwhelmingly positive about the whole thing.2) Your doula better be someone you easily bond with and implicitly trust. Birth is perhaps the most personal and vulnerable of life experiences. Who do you want in the room with you? From the moment we met Rebecca we felt a shared understanding. She listened to us and communicated like an old friend. We never once felt like just a “client.”3) Ideally, your doula is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced. There are a lot of doulas in Portland and I’m sure many of them are wonderful. That’s because Brooke and Rebecca might have trained them. From my admittedly limited exposure, my sense is Brooke and Rebecca are members of the small, elite tier of doulas who have been practicing for a long time. They know the answers. They know the drill. They know the midwives. They know what position to try next. They know where the ice machine is. They know when to speak up, and when to give you space. They know not to pretend. They have seen it all before, yet they approach your birth as uniquely yours.I would be surprised if you could find a more experienced pair of doulas than Brooke and Rebecca. Their knowledge is vast. Their support is unwavering. Having them on our team allowed us to approach birth with confidence and excitement rather than utter terror.Brooke and Rebecca are total badasses. With them in charge of Birth First Doulas, you can be sure you’re getting the best possible support.read more
Eddy Chaltiel
Eddy Chaltiel
21:01 29 Aug 19
Rebecca & Brooke were great, what else is there to say! They were both incredibly insightful during our prenatal visits, helping answers all of our questions and guide us through our birth planRebecca ended being our doula day-of. Julia had a very long and complicated labor - needless to say, we were really happy to have the support during such an emotionally and physically exhausting process. Rebecca was fantastic!When the time comes for #2 and if we feel like we need the doula support again, we will definitely be using Birth First Doulas.read more
Maryann Bylander
Maryann Bylander
14:26 29 Jul 19
Rebecca and Brooke were invaluable sources of knowledge, support and care during our pregnancy. I am convinced that the only reason I had the birth I wanted was because of Rebecca. She knew just what to suggest, when to suggest it, and how to help us physically, emotionally, and mentally go through the intense process of birth. I couldn't have asked for a better advocate and supporter. We are huge fans!read more
Steve Boyd
Steve Boyd
03:02 26 Jul 19
Hiring Brooke and Rebecca as our doulas was the single best decision we made during our pregnancy. As an expectant father, I initially questioned the value of having a doula. After meeting with Brooke and Rebecca for the first time, I quickly realized how much I was mistaken. This team of doulas helped to reduce our anxiety about our first pregnancy and feel more prepared and confident moving forward. They thoroughly presented our options in an unbiased manner, took the time to fully understand our preferences, and respected our decisions without judgment.Like many pregnancies, we encountered various challenges along the way. Brooke and Rebecca consistently supported and guided us through all stages of the pregnancy and birth and advocated for us more than we could have done on our own. It was reassuring to know that we were in capable hands of two extremely professional and highly experienced women. During the labor, Rebecca provided unfailing support for both my wife and myself. She gently guided and encouraged me to provide comfort and care for my wife without making me feel incompetent. Although Rebecca was the doula at our birth, I felt confident that Brooke would have been equally effective and awesome had she been on call during our labor. We highly recommend doula services for any expectant family, and we couldn’t have been happier with our choice to work with Brooke and Rebecca .read more
Stephanie Willis
Stephanie Willis
21:23 25 Jul 19
Rebecca and her team are the best. I am confident that I was able to have the birth we wanted because we had supportive and experienced Doulas! Also for the record my husband says it was the best money we spent overall on baby prep!read more
Mollie Harris
Mollie Harris
22:38 23 Jul 19
We were so fortunate to find Rebecca and Brooke. While I had many different interviews scheduled with doulas I researched in Portland, when I first sat down to meet these two, I knew my search was over. In fact, I immediately cancelled all the other interviews! I couldn't imagine finding anyone I felt better about joining us in this journey.From our very first conversation, they made me feel at ease, heard, and inspired. Not only did they give me peace of mind and confidence (amidst a lot of complexity and uncertainty), they continued to humanize the experience for me. They helped me get in touch with my maternal intuition and trust it, while also providing credible resources and recommendations along the way. Because of them, I never had to just "Google it" when questions popped up--such a relief because there is a lot of misinformation out there that elicits fear.Both of my births ended up being 20+ hours with lots of twists & turns that meant making some difficult decisions on the spot. Rebecca and Brooke were the stability and spirit we needed to think clearly, feel strong in our choices, and also ensure I was getting into all the right positions (plus they put some major muscle behind those counter pressure points)! With them there, we could worry less about the logistical steps and just stay focused on the present moment--each other and the little one we were bringing into the world.I would recommend Birth First Doulas in a heartbeat. They enriched our journey at every step along the way. We are forever grateful.read more
Taryn Gutierrez
Taryn Gutierrez
22:27 23 Jul 19
We can’t thank Brooke and Rebecca enough! After our first informational interview, my husband and I knew they were who we wanted to trust with our first birthing experience! It ended up being a magical ride and we are so so so grateful that we invested in a doula for the birth of our son. Rebecca ended up being our doula on the day of our baby’s birth, and she did a marvelous job at administering to both my husband and I, helping to facilitate a smooth transition to the hospital and a creating and maintaining a peaceful and safe water-birth. I felt empowered and honored throughout the entire experience. I honestly cannot recommend these two enough! Thank you Rebecca and Brooke for all your love and support!read more
Meredith Jaggard
Meredith Jaggard
19:02 11 Jul 19
There aren't enough words or thoughts or ways to express how helpful Brooke was in making sure our girl got here safe and sound. From the first meeting to the last we instantly felt like she was a family member. In the hospital, she helped us decide in the week hours of the morning after many hours of pushing what the best plan was for moving forward with a healthy delivery. She held my hand, hugged my husband, spoke up for us when we needed a voice, and did it all with grace and ease. If we were having another child she would be the first phone call I made. But since it will be the three of us we consider her one of the biggest parts of our story in making us a family of 3.read more
Angela Potter
Angela Potter
16:46 03 Jul 19
Brooke and Rebecca are wonderful and I highly recommend them! They are incredibly knowledgeable about all things birth. They are very supportive and open minded about many different ways to birth, offer excellent advice and are available to talk through whatever it is that you're going through leading up to birth. They both have calm, accepting, and friendly demeanors, both my husband and I felt very comfortable right away. 5 stars all the way!read more
ladawn sheffield
ladawn sheffield
03:42 02 Jul 19
I feel so lucky to have had Brooke share in the birth of our first child. Both she and Rebecca helped us build confidence in our abilities to navigate labor and trust our hearts in preparing for birth. Brooke was a strong advocate at the hospital and a caring and steady presence during labor. I had no idea how much we would also rely on her perspective, (born I think of both deep experience and plain human kindness), during the tender days after we brought our daughter home. I really can't recommend them enough. I asked my husband what he wanted to add and he said, "she's perfect."read more
Kindra Skrydlak
Kindra Skrydlak
01:23 24 Jun 19
I got the pleasure of having both Rebecca and Brooke at my labor/birth (except for the whole long labor part!). In order to stay 'fresh' Brook and Rebecca switch off every 8 hours or so and as a first time mom, my labor was about 23 hours from my water breaking. Rebecca met us at the hospital and immediately jumped in to assist me in coping. She approached me gently and not in a way I found annoying (unlike the hospital nurse). She was exactly what I needed. She was great about reminding me of my birth preferences and helping me with asking the right questions of the hospital staff. Brooke arrived as I was getting to 'complete' status. The epidural made me extremely shaky and nervous and Brooke kept me calm by talking with me, rubbing my hands and feet and generally being a very reassuring presence. She gave my husband a break and coached me through pushing and the final moments. She even took a video and lots of pictures I will always be thankful to have. I can't recommend this team highly enough and am so glad they were part of bringing our baby girl into the world!read more

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