Kristin Barendregt | 4/30/2018
Colleen came highly recommended by our midwife practice and I'm so glad we found her! As first time parents, working with Colleen gave us confidence during every stage - pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. From the beginning we appreciated her personalized approach and responsive communication. Throughout my very long labor Colleen was an unflagging, warm, and knowledgable partner when we needed it most. I was particularly grateful for her deep experience in techniques to support optimal fetal positioning as well as managing pain. Additionally, she worked seamlessly with the midwives and my husband so I felt the whole team supporting me. We are so grateful for her!
Heather Susman | 4/19/2018
I learned about the doula profession in my hypnobirthing course as my husband, Ben and I were preparing for our first child. My hypnobirthing instructor, Cynthia, highly recommended using a doula and thought very highly of Colleen. At first, my husband and I were hesitant about using a doula, but after a few family members decided to overstep their boundaries about the birthing process we decided to give Colleen a call. All we have to say is that one of my biggest regrets during my pregnancy is that Ben and I did not contact Colleen sooner. Colleen completely put my worries and fears about the delivery at ease. She is so easy to talk to and provided me with suggestions on how take care of myself physically and emotionally. I went to the doctor earlier the day I was in labor. At the time, I was having contractions but was not dilating so I was unable to go to the hospital. As my contractions got stronger, I called Colleen and she came over at 11:00 at night. She recommended different positions to speed up my dilation and made me feel at ease with the labor process. When she felt I was dilated enough, which was at 3:30 in the morning, Colleen followed my husband and I to the hospital. She not only stayed with me until I delivered our daughter, but for a little while after that to make sure I was settled before she had to go to another hospital for another client. My entire labor was around 38-hours and Colleen made me feel at ease the whole time. Colleen knew how important it was for me to have a natural birth, and was able to help me achieve my goal. She also recommended positions to help my water break and mucus plug come out naturally, which helped me avoid any medical intervention. Ben and I plan on calling Colleen right away when I am pregnant with our second child, and highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to use a doula during their pregnancy.
Sarah Garfield | 4/10/2018
We met Colleen through HypnoBirthing classses my husband and I took and I knew from our first conversation that I needed her support and experience for my pregnancy and labor. Colleen was professional, knowledgeable but most importantly extremely genuine and kind. My pregnancy had multiple complications at the end which resulted in changing plans multiple times and Colleen remained flexible and positive throughout. The guidance she was able to provide us beforehand helped us feel more confident going into the birth of our son. When the time came, despite a major snowstorm leading to a tree being knocked down in her driveway, Colleen was able to make it to the hospital for my labor. When I could no longer handle the pain of my back labor, Colleen remained calm and supportive of my pain management decisions. While my husband was extremely supportive during labor, I don’t know that I could have made it through without Colleen’s support and guidance. After our delivery, she visited the house and was able to talk me down from the very intense emotional rollercoaster i was experiencing And has continued to check in and provide resources to help me through. As someone who wasn’t familiar with doulas or the services they offer, I can honestly say it was the best decision we made and worth every penny and then some to hire Colleen! Thank you Colleen for everything - you don’t know how much we appreciate it!
Tiffany Kozlowski | 4/9/2018
Colleen was our saving grace. My husband was hesitant about hiring a Doula at first but after meeting her, he not only felt comfortable with her but also walked away with more knowledge than what we had gained from our birthing class. She was there for all three of us throughout the process, answering and helping us with all of our questions fears and concerns. You can never be too prepared and Colleen made sure we had all the tools necessary throughout our pregnancy to ensure we would meet all our goals as best as we could during labor. We delivered at a high intervention hospital because we loved our doctors. When Colleen met us at the hospital she was fully prepared and equipped with balls, music, snacks, and anything I needed to be comfortable. She was loving and encouraging throughout the whole process and made sure my husband was a part of the process telling him how to help. She gave me the strength to stand up to the nurses and doctors and make sure they followed all of our wishes. I stalled so ended up being induced, we had asked everyone to step out of the room and Colleen, my husband and I discussed if it was necessary and at this point, we felt it was so proceeded. She showed me different positions, help with the shower, squats walking around and encouraged me to have the best labor and delivery possible. Our team of doctors loved working with her and so did everyone at the hospital. I have not only referred her to many of my friends but throughout my journey of motherhood have come across many people who have used her during their pregnancy. I feel this is a huge testament to who she is and how wonderful she is. We would have not had the most beautiful labor/delivery if it wasn't for Colleen my husband agrees and he is thrilled that we hired her. She is far more than a doula but a friend and someone we will continue to keep in contact with for many years.
Kristin Dell’Anno | 2/5/2018
My husband and I loved having Colleen as our doula. This was my first pregnancy and I was very anxious and scared about giving birth. We decided to hire a doula to help ease my anxiety and to give us extra support. Colleen was warm and answered all of my many questions. She never made me feel stupid for asking so many questions or for being nervous. She sent me many helpful articles to read about pregnancy and childbirth. When I finally went into labor, Colleen was there very soon after my husband called her and stayed until after the baby was born. My labor was long and difficult. She was a huge support to not only me but also my husband. My husband told me after that he was getting scared because of the complications but Colleen knew he was silently freaking out and calmed his nerves. She comforted me when my birthplan didn't go the way I wanted it to and when complications started to occur. She knew what questions to ask the medical staff and advised me on other choices that needed to be made. She never got in the way of the nurses or OB and never pushed her opinions on me. I felt completely comfortable and trusted her 100% that she had my best interest at heart. I honestly couldn't imagine having gone through all of that without Colleen there. I can't recommend her enough.