Rachel Lime | 2/5/2018
Colleen is an amazing doula, and I know for a fact that my birth story would have been far different had we not hired her. She is incredibly knowledgeable in all things baby and pregnancy and was available to us whenever we needed guidance leading up to the birth of our daughter. And she continues to be a valuable resource to us in managing the proper care of our baby girl. Hiring her will be a pivotal game changer for your birth because she cares for her clients like she does her own children - she’s the most wonderful advocate and friend no matter what happens when you go into labor. We cannot say enough good things about her and what she has done and continues to do for us!
February 5, 2018
Christina Polychroni | 11/30/2017
When i hired a "doula", i did not know much, and it was still early in the process. Who knew what a whirlwind this would become, how i would change providers to the birth center, and then- just when things would be comfortable and easy, the final climax that would really shake my world and lead us to Boston... I remember so many times texting you when i had any question that came to mind, calling you in tears, calling you in joy and laughter , and you were always there to support and provide the best advice you had. I remember so clearly the morning after Micah was born, you came in and i grabbed your hand in silence, looked at you in gratitude and an avalanche of love and blessed THANK YOU came over me. I could not speak in words but my heart was pounding so hard looking at you and realizing what a support system you had become! So i THANK you, i thank you for being who you are, for standing by me in perhaps the most difficult days and decisions i have ever been called to make, for everything you have given me so far- and for this bond that will remain in me for the rest of my life... Keep up the sacred work you do, keep reminding women of the strength we carry in us, and always remember that you have truly changed the life of at least one woman that is now writing this letter in tears of joy, bliss and gratitude.
November 30, 2017
Morgan | 11/2/2017
It's difficult to describe how much I needed Colleen during my birth. I didn't have the easy, beautiful birth that I was hoping for; the one that Colleen and my husband and I planned for. After 20 hours of labor without medication, including 3 hours of pushing, I was given a c-section. During the labor Colleen was there, holding my barf bag, cleaning off my face, applying counter pressure, counting for me when I pushed, telling the nurses to take the oxygen off when I couldn't breathe through the mask, offering different positions when my baby's cord was compressed, telling me everything was going to be alright when the doctor couldn't affix the vacuum to my daughter's head, and holding my hand as I agreed to the c-section that I desperately didn't want. But what impressed me the most was when I was rushed off to 5 hours of emergency surgery for a c-section gone wrong, Coleen stayed with my husband and newborn. She comforted them when they needed comfort the most. She was the rock that I couldn't be for them. I will never be able to repay her for what she did for me and my family that night. Postpartum, she was checking in on me, making sure we were all OK. Not only is she knowledgeable, she is kind and she is safe and she will be there in every way you can imagine, whether you have the beautiful birth that you planned or the traumatic one that you dreaded. I can't say enough about how amazing she is.
November 2, 2017
Tiana Werber | 11/1/2017
My husband and I first met Colleen at a fetal positioning class she was giving at Hypnobirthing of CT. It helped me better understand how a doula could help facilitate the process of labor. We had been considering hiring a doula and I felt like we could be a good match. She is confident, knowledgeable, and very experienced. And she loves animals, too! Something felt so right about it that I feel like I already knew we would hire her before I first called her. Thankfully, she was available for the timeframe of when our baby was expected to be born. Colleen saved us a great deal of last minute stress when she told us at the 36 week visit that it was time to get our bags ready. I still was not quite packed at 37 wks and 3 days, when I went into labor at 2am, but at least I had put together a list of items from the resources Colleen emailed so my husband could help me get ready. We went to Vidone birthing Center soon after showering and packing, and our baby was also ready to go. Within the next few hours, I went from minimal/no cervical dilation to 7cm. Colleen rushed over once she heard labor had progressed quite fast and she was there by my side for the final stages when our little boy was born before 9am. She helped with his first latch and stayed with us to support us through the initial post-delivery hours. She has been an incredible support through the post-partum months, as well. I had so many questions that I didn't know I would have until the baby was born. My family will be moving from CT next spring and I wish I could take Colleen with us to be our doula if we have another baby!
November 1, 2017
Holly Fisher | 9/12/2017
We hired Colleen as our doula when moving from NYC to CT in the middle of my pregnancy with our first child. While we originally intended to strive for a natural birth (I also preferred a hospital birth setting and the option of an epidural), complications arose towards the end of my pregnancy which required a scheduled cesarean section. I wasn't sure what the role of a doula would be if I wasn't going to labor, but Colleen met us at the hospital that morning and we were so grateful to have her there. She helped me relax and keep me calm before surgery, and sat with my husband while I was in surgery (I went under general anesthesia so my husband was not permitted in the operating room). Colleen helped us ask questions of the nurses that we wouldn't have thought to ask -- notably, she prompted us to request that our son to be brought straight to my husband while I was still in surgery. As first time parents, we learned so much from our prenatal sessions with Colleen. Her suggestions for sleeping alignment helped me maintain quality sleep through the end of my pregnancy. To me, the most valuable support was Colleen's follow up after the birth of my son, when I was experiencing insomnia and anxiety. It was very comforting to have her as an ally and a resource. Even though I wasn't able to have her coach me through labor, Colleen was such a great asset to my pregnancy and birth experience, and I would highly recommend her!
September 12, 2017
Heather Breslin | 7/7/2017
Asking Colleen to be my doula was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I could have made for my pregnancy and birth experience. There is so much information out there about pregnancy that it feels overwhelming for a first timer; having Colleen to guide me gave me the tools to feel not only reassured, but empowered to make informed decisions.
I ended up being induced at 41 weeks and had a very long, mostly unmedicated labor, Colleen went above and beyond during that time, staying with me for over 24 hours. Labor is a rollercoaster, and she adapted to my needs and helped me through every stage. She was strong, knowledgable, kind, compassionate, encouraging, and firm when I needed it. She helped make me more comfortable during contractions and was a calm voice of reason for me and my partner. It's difficult to put into words how much her presence contributed to a positive bith experience, despite some challenging circumstances. I truly don't know what I would have done without her.
After my son was born, Colleen was, and continues to be, someone I know I can reach out to and rely on for guidance. There are some people you meet in life that you can tell have truly found their calling and what they do seems so natural to them. That's Colleen. I would 100% recommend her to anyone in my life!
July 7, 2017
Sarah King | 7/6/2017
Colleen was incredible! She and her apprentice were crucial during my very intense labor. her kindness and constant support i was able to calmly deliver my son with very little intervention. She provided me with constant counter pressure on my back during surges, helped me navigate the day with loving guidance, and helped me feel completely confident. what was really incredible was that she had already been up 24 hours due to another mother who was in he room next door. I never felt like Colleen had split her time she was literally always there and ready to help. she also provided me with awesome pre and post natal care.
Couldnt have done it without her and her wonderful apprentice Hannah.
July 6, 2017
Cassandra A | 4/3/2017
From our first meeting with Colleen I knew we were in good hands. Colleen has a calm and confident spirit. She had practical and timely advice of how to care for myself and my baby throughout the pregnancy that I did not recieve from my OB. Colleen guided me in what exercises to do, nutrition advice, and had a VERY helpful resource page with articles and links about different preganancy topics. She always responded to a text message or email within several hours the following day. I trusted her knowledge and guidance as she has four children of her own and I could sense the dedication she had for all her other clients. Colleen was reassuring that I would go into labor naturally and finally on day 11 it began. I was elated to finally get the ball rolling. Labor was scary and I was relieved Colleen was there to light the way at every turn and explain what was going on with my body. I could NOT have gotten as far as I did (8cm and 20ish hours of labor) without her support. I did not want my husband touching me during the surges. Colleen was there to emotionally and physically help change my position to make me as comfortable as possible while sitting or standing next to a hospital bed hooked up to the fetal monitor. Colleen was a sounding board for us during the trying times with the doctors and nurses but never overstepped our boundaries. She was encouraging and loving during this life changing event and I truly feel blessed to have had her walk us into parenthood. She is an outstanding doula with a heart of gold that I would highly recommend to any mother.
April 3, 2017