Thank you, Pascale, for being there, for all of us. Instead of simply “getting through labour”, I was able to be uplifted and empowered by it. So glad you are a part of my birthing story. You clearly excel in this field. Read More..
I like to boast that my story with Pascale is a little bit special because I was her first birth client. In fact, after I gave birth to my baby girl, I told my midwife that this was Pascale’s first delivery as a doula, she was very surprised and impressed at how natural this was for her. Indeed, she was so intuitive that she knew what I needed before I even had to mention it.
She was extremely prepared: she even had lip balm and a hair tie set aside just for me. Trivial as these things may seem, they make all the difference. My labour was made so much more comfortable because she was able to draw from an impressive gamut of pain relief techniques and manipulations.
Pascale was calm and confident which is really what you want in a doula. But she also knew when to crack a joke and get me laughing.
More importantly, she was an advocate for me. My husband was not really useful in that department simply because he simply hasn’t experienced the physical and emotional duress of labour. My midwife had a very difficult time assessing my pain levels because I was very calm throughout the entire labour, while Pascale could read me like an open book. So when the midwife would suggest that I hold off on various forms of pain management (such as the bath or laughing gas), stating “we usually wait until labour progresses further”, Pascale intuitively knew that I was “there” and she was my voice and always made sure my needs and wants were met.
My husband also appreciated her because he needed a few “time outs” as he would sometimes get dizzy or tired. This was a luxury he didn’t get for our two previous labours. Doulas are great support for new, emotional and tired daddies too!
I truly appreciated her post-partum visits as well. She even accompanied me to one of my baby check–ups at the midwifery clinic and offered to do all the heavy lifting for me. It’s at that time that I realized an unforeseen benefit from having a doula: another point of view that can help with the narration of your birth story.
Finally, she was a great help at home and I looked forward to her visits. What a relief it was to have someone come over and you don’t have to worry about making your house or even yourself presentable.
She was there to take care of me and answer all my questions. She is very knowledgeable: no question of mine went unanswered or unaddressed. We are all familiar with the quagmire that is turning to the Internet for answers and if you’re like me, you would rather not bother the midwife or doctor for your every concern. Having Pascale being accessible by phone, email or most often, by text, was great help.
Thank you, Pascale, for being there, for all of us. Instead of simply “getting through labour”, I was able to be uplifted and empowered by it. So glad you are a part of my birthing story. You clearly excel in this field.