The Sheren-Mani Family | Baby G
I can't possibly recommend Ami enough! We worked with her for the birth of our first child, and from the start, Ami was a knowledgable, caring, and supportive presence on our team. My goal was for a natural, totally unmedicated birth experience, and Ami proved invaluable before, during, and after the birth. She was available via text, phone, and email for any and all questions, helping me navigate medical decisions (should I get rhogam? should I switch to a birth center?) and giving us practical advice for managing early labor.
During my 17-ish hours of labor, Ami was a constant and reassuring presence. I never once wondered where she was - every time I needed her it was as if she magically appeared by the tub or bedside. She brought along her birth ball for the triage room, and she helped to set the atmosphere with little electric tea lights. Ami is also a master of the hip squeeze, and this got me through the worst contractions. My partner and I planned this birth meticulously, using midwives, childbirth hypnosis, and laboring/pushing in water, but I can say with confidence that the best decision we made (of all those) was to go with Ami as our doula. At the end, our son was taken off to the NICU, and my husband was able to go with him while Ami stayed by my side. I was calm and reassured throughout that he would be just fine (and he was).
At our first postpartum visit, she also brought the most delicious food, helped us recount our birth story, and just allowed for us to process everything that had happened. Ami has a deep curiousity about all things birth-related and a natural gift for supporting women (and partners) at this extremely vulnerable time. This makes her a phenomenal doula, and again, I recommend her to anyone, regardless of the kind of birth you are planning.
- Ila Sheren | Oct 2nd, 2017