Emily was my doula for the birth of my first baby Kailynn last summer and I would highly highly recommend her! Em is passionate about what she does and is extremely supportive no matter what birthing plan you personally choose to go with. I really felt like she was my advocate- she has the educational background to be able to explain to you what your choices are and answer your questions...from having a heathy pregnancy and prenatal care to birth and post-partum...she's there to help you through it all.
My husband and I didn't exactly see eye to eye on spending the money for a doula...but if you asked him today he'd tell you it was worth every penny. Em was incredibly nurturing during the delivery, kept me calm when I needed it, and helped guide me through the birth with little reminders like shifting the position of my pelvis or turning over to my side when the baby was stuck which ultimately unlodged her. She stayed with me after the delivery and was a great support for breastfeeding and even helped out watching Kailynn a few weeks later when we were moving (she's incredible with kids too!). I had a natural childbirth and with Em's help it made the impossible seem possible...and I would totally do it again!
--Alissa, second time mama
We had the privilege of having both Jasmiene & Emily at the (home)birth of our son, though we were working primarily with Jasmiene to begin with. She went over & above the call of duty, giving me a massage & bringing "Get Well" goods when I was sick (& about to have my baby!). She was very thorough in all of her pre-natal visits, wanting to make sure she understood my intentions for my birth, & wanting to be sure to have a connection with me before entering into this very powerful "birth space" together with my family. She & Emily took many turns rubbing my back, repeating affirmations throughout the labor, & basically taking care of essentially any other random thing that needed to be done. Jasmiene ran to the store to get me a very particular smoothie after the birth, & I think they were the last two to leave, as they made sure they had helped deal with laundry & any other odds & ends. Thorough, compassionate, passionate, & empathetic. They are who they say they are: Empowered Birth Doulas. Thanks, ladies!
--Kelly, second time home birth mama
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My husband and I have been using Emily as a postpartum doula for our 3 month old and it has been amazing! I wish I knew about her from the beginning and didn't choose to white knuckle it through the first few weeks and months. Emily is great with my baby, an amazing cook (!!), and pleasurable to be around. I have been able to feel like myself again by having her help me out. I recommend anyone looking for a doula to highly consider their services for birth and after birth. Set aside the money in advance and just do it, you will be glad you did!
---Amoreena, first time mama
I will always be very grateful to Emily for all her support and encouragement during my postpartum recovery. It was very comforting to know that she had always a positive idea or suggestion when I felt overwhelmed. The best part is that she is such a great listener. Overall I had a wonderful experience working with her.
--Regina, first time mama
Emily has been an amazing partner throughout pregnancy, labor and postpartum. This was my first baby and I knew I wanted to have as nature a labor as possible, but I had a lot of questions and concerns about giving birth in a hospital. Emily was a huge help and quickly answered all the questions I had, everything from concerns about a non stress test after a doctor appointment to what foods I should be eating towards the end of my pregnancy.
During labor she was an incredibly calming presence in the room and basically took over for my husband at the side of the bed (he was a deer in the headlights). She helped establish a latch right after birth and was very respectful of what i wanted and felt comfortable with throughout the labor process. She explained what the doctors were doing as things came up and helped me understand what to expect, which is exactly what I was looking for in a Doula.
A few days after giving birth my milk came in and i was very engorged and uncomfortable. For a first time mom still recovering from delivery, this was a pretty scary and exhausting experience. Emily came over as soon as I asked for her help and explained what I could do to alleviate the pain and ways I could establish good milk production moving forward.
Overall, I approached labor and breastfeeding with a lot less apprehension because we had Emily as a resource, I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to have a knowledgable partner throughout your pregnancy.
I highly recommend Emily Flynn who was our doula for the birth of our second child in September. Emily was wonderful -- she's warm, very knowledgable, and has really good instinct about how involved to be throughout the intimate experience of delivering a baby (before, during, and after).
My husband and I felt immediately comfortable with Emily when we met her during our consultation visit. She was very pleasant, inquisitive about our preferences for doula support, and provided a wealth of information (solicited by us; not at all forced!) for consideration regarding our birth plan. She was also playful and engaging with our preschooler who was quite curious about her visit!
Emily was reliable and an excellent communicator throughout our work together. She supported my labor expertly by providing guidance over the phone when it was unclear whether labor had started, and then days later by promptly meeting us at the hospital (across the Bay) when it had begun. She was a source of great comfort to both my husband and I, as we weighed the various options throughout the labor; she would gently-without pressure-remind us of considerations important to us but also help to make sense of the situation along way as it progressed.
I am so pleased that we found Emily and had the chance to work with her - and that she became part of our 2nd birth story!
-Sheila, second time mama