A patient of doula Emily Logan discusses their care and support they received during their unmedicated hospital birth.
I always dreamed of an unmedicated birth; however, I still wanted to be in a hospital setting to help ease some anxiety about the unknown. I took comfort in the fact that medical staff and equipment would be available if absolutely necessary. Emily fully supported this desire and gave me the confidence to advocate for my birth plan, which helped make it a reality! As soon as I started feeling contractions, Emily was there for us. She was extremely responsive and super helpful when we needed assistance navigating the first challenge of determining when to go to the hospital. Once at the hospital, my husband and I remained in close contact with her about my progress. She helped us talk through some tough decisions after it was recommended we go home to continue laboring until I was further along. Fortunately, I did not end up having to leave the hospital, and Emily was able to arrive shortly after my contractions got more intense. She came prepared with essential oils, snacks, pillows, etc. When she entered the room, my husband and I felt comforted and energized by her kindness and positivity. She can read the emotion in the room and know how to best work with it. As the laboring became more intense, her expertise shined. She could recommend different positions using things like the birthing ball, the rebozo technique, and the bathtub to help me get through each contraction! She helped ease any worries that arose and was there every step of the way as we welcomed our baby boy into the world! We can’t thank her enough for her encouragement, positivity, and care during the most monumental and transformative day of our lives! Whatever type of birth you desire or whatever unplanned events occur, Emily is the best doula to have by your side. We simply could not have done it without her. Thank you, Emily!!