“The thing that really shines, though, is her
personality. She was always supportive without
getting in the way. Her philosophy as a doula is
that she doesn’t take over and do the tasks for you,
but supports you in your role as a new parent.”
Whitney was an acquaintance, someone in my circle of friends and I knew that she was in Doula school at the time. Without even interviewing doulas, I knew that I would prefer to have her even as a student over anyone else. I She’s an herbalist as well, so I knew that she would have a lot more in her arsenal and than the average Doula.
I had a very difficult labor. I spent five days in labor, mostly in a birthing center that did not believe I was truly in pain or truly in labor. It was a very trying experience. They continuously sent me home to labor there, which was very difficult. Whitney came over and relieved my husband from pressing on my back and giving me sips of water. My experience was that my baby was turned in the birthing center did not know because they did not have a ultrasound machine at the time. This created a situation where my labor was extended, and it looked as though I was not dialating due to not being in labor when in fact I was laboring the entire time but not dilating because my son’s position was off. Whitney with me for at least 10 hours a day running my forehead to relax me, giving me tiny bit of food & water, pressing on my back when contractions began and communicating to the birthing center and my midwife for me. She advocated for my preferences at the hospital as well. Above and beyond that she dealt with my difficult mother during this time — who can be very overbearing. I felt comfortable voicing my concerns about what might transpire beforehand and when events did occur that I was frightened of she followed my plan accordingly. When events occurred that were not planned for she took care of everything single thing my husband and I asked of her.
Not only did she check on me consistently but she still does - 15 months into my son’s life. She has supported me through breast-feeding and I constantly text her to tell her how grateful I am that she was there for the birth. When I have the next baby I will 100% hire her again.
- Sabra, 1st time mom, birth doula client
“We are a family in Singapore who decided to do something extravagant. When our 2nd baby was about to be born, we flew Whitney over to stay with us for a month as a postpartum doula. She had already done some babysitting for us with our 2-year-old toddler when we were vacationing in the Bay Area. We had been impressed with the way she spoke to our toddler respectfully and calmly at all times, acknowledging her actions and emotions while setting clear limits. Still, it was a big risk for both parties, as neither of us knew what we were getting into. Whitney exceeded our expectations by miles (might I say 10,000 air miles?).
Her knowledge of postpartum issues is deep and comprehensive. She helped with sitz bath herbs and broths and meals. She took turns looking after the baby so we could get some rest, even doing some nights. The thing that really shines, though, is her personality. She was always supportive without getting in the way. Her philosophy as a doula is that she doesn’t take over and do the tasks for you, but supports you in your role as a new parent.
Even my husband, who is a solitary hermit and would have preferred to keep our privacy as a family, found her to be a warm and reassuring presence. She has a way of being always positive, while keeping it real and telling you the things you need to know. An added bonus for us is that she is a voracious reader, and we enjoyed talking to her about books we were reading, which was a nice break from the unrelenting experience of looking after a baby. I might also add that she was extremely independent and resourceful, taking public transport around Singapore on her own from day 2, helping us with grocery shopping, making contacts with others to obtain herbs, and enthusiastically eating every variety of food we had in Singapore (Malay, Indian, Chinese, Peranakan, and durians!) — operating in a foreign environment was not a problem for her. I highly recommend Whitney as a postpartum doula, in any part of the world! “
- Elisa, 2nd time mom, postpartum client