Pauline Crisci-Goncalves | 1/12/2015
I do not know what my husband, Alan, and I would have done without our birthing doula, Colleen Myatt. Colleen was an integral part of our birthing experience. She was the most caring, compassionate doula you could ever hope to have while journeying through the labor, birthing and postmortem process. Colleen was kind, soft-spoken and extremely attentive to my husband and me. From late-pregnancy to postpartum, Colleen was always available by phone and text to answer our questions and concerns.
Two weeks prior to my scheduled induction, Colleen helped us write a birth plan, go over birthing positions and provide information regarding breastfeeding. When Colleen arrived at the hospital to deliver my baby girl, she brought a wave of serenity to the room and gave me the confidence I needed to know everything was going to be all right. Unfortunately, my labor and birthing experience did not go as planned due to unforeseen complications. After two days of being induced, I had to have cesarean- section because my baby, Alexandra could not fit through my “small pelvis.”
The day after Alexandra’s delivery, Colleen came to the hospital on Thanksgiving Day to check on us to make sure everything was okay after surgery and delivery. The following day after being discharged from the hospital, Colleen came to our house and helped take care of Alexandra, while my husband and I needed to catch up on much needed sleep. Colleen was our rock during this stressful time and I cannot thank her enough for helping us “keep it together. “We refer to Colleen as our guardian angel.
January 2, 2015
Alyssa Joy Lewis | 8/14/2014
I was so impressed with Colleen when we first met her. She was very knowledgeable about the birth topics that were important to me, and I knew that she supported my birth preferences no matter what her own views might be. She was extremely professional and personable. I could always call her with my questions or concerns. She provided me with unbiased advice and told me what options I had, and offered her personal experience or opinion when I asked for it. She was also so kind to check in with me regularly to ask how I was feeling physically and mentally, and to make sure I was taking care of myself (I always needed help remembering to drink water).
She also was good about including my husband, Adam, in the process. She showed him how to help me with certain positions and exercises that would help in labor. There was never a point that I felt separate from Adam in my birth experience. Colleen worked with us like a team player. She also got along great with my mom, who was with us at the birth as well. It really meant a lot to me seeing everyone working together to make sure baby and I were doing well. No one was stepping on anyone’s toes. It was perfect.
I wanted to have as natural a birth as possible in a hospital setting, without pain medication or interventions. Colleen was familiar with hypno-birthing, on which Adam and I had taken a class, so she knew how I wanted to labor. But when I was almost fully dilated and my water hadn’t broken on its own yet, I started to worry that I wouldn’t be able to hold out much longer on my own. I started asking if it was too late for pain relief. Colleen suggested and explained an option that was more in line with what I wanted, and that wouldn’t require medication, even though it was a small intervention. I decided to do it and am so glad I did. I don’t think I would have made the same choice without her advice, calm encouragement, and support. She played a major role in our birth experience, the result of which was a healthy, beautiful baby boy!
After delivery, Colleen came back to our house to check in, to help me and baby latch, and to encapsulate my placenta. I love that she is a placenta encapsulation specialist because it was something I was really interested in doing. She went over all the great benefits with us and I was all the more convinced I should do it. She was very thorough. She came to the house with all of the equipment and made sure everything was done properly, from the preparation to the finished product. And she made sure I understood how to take them. Even after this was all done, she checked in with me to see how things were going. And she even sent us a little photo album of the pictures she’d taken! What a nice gift for us to remember our special day!
Overall, a great experience with Colleen. Wonderful doula, wonderful lady.
August 14, 2014
Lea Toussas | 7/15/2014
I met Colleen two weeks before my scheduled c-section. I was looking for post partum help once I was home with my newborn. I knew instantly that this was who I wanted to be with me an my new baby during this time. Colleen would follow up with me all the time sending me helpful tips etc... as my due date approached. She was always concerned with how I was feeling.
When I left the hospital I could not wait for her to come to my home. I really needed the support.
Colleen provided me with so much help and knowledge when it came to breastfeeding my baby. She also gave me so much support and comforting during my brief 'baby blues' period which lasted a week after I came home form the hospital. She made me feel so much better she always had a postive attitude. Most of all, the love she gave to my newbown was as though she was part of the family. She also was so loving with my three year old son who was having a difficult time adjusting to the new baby. I don't know what I would have done without her. The best thing I did was hire Colleen without a doubt.
July 15, 2014
Jamie Towie | 6/29/2014
Colleen was an amazing doula for the birth of our first baby. I was a little skeptical about hiring a doula at first, but after talking with friends and famiy, I decided having a doula would ease my anxieties about labor and birth. I hired Colleen 24 hours before I went into labor. She was by my side every step of the way and was so supportive to both my husband and me during the entire process. She was professional, knowledgable, caring. Hiring Colleen as a doula was the one of the best decisions we made.
After the birth of our baby, we hired her as a postpartum doula. She cooked and cleaned for us as well as answered any questions I had about the baby and breastfeeding. I highly recommend Colleen to any mom (and dad) looking for support during labor and birth and beyond.
June 29, 2014
Haley McCarthy | 5/11/2014
Colleen was a wonderful doula and I highly recommend her services. For a first time Mom I had no clue what to expect but Colleen's personal and professional experience boosted our confidence. My labor was very quick for a first time and with the help of Colleen and my partner we were able to get through a very quick and intense experience while still meeting our birthing goals. It was great to have non-judgemental, kind and caring support available to my during the end of my pregnancy as well as labor and delivery.
May 11, 2014
Stephanie Pearson | 4/30/2014
This past weekend I delivered my first child...A healthy baby boy. I contacted Colleen to be my doula in my 7th month of pregnancy. From the beginning she was prompt with communication. She met with me for an interview and 3 other times before my delivery: To discuss my birth plan and teach me the techniques we would use during labor to keep things calm and smooth. From the moment I met her I felt comfortable and safe in her care. She listened clearly and respected all my wishes while also giving me information which better informed me and enabled me to add some things to my plan that I wouldn't have known were possible without her. Not once did I ever feel judged for my decisions--only supported completely. My membranes broke before I went into labor and things didn't go exactly how I had hoped. She kept me calm and focused regardless. She was absolutely 100% my advocate at the hospital. I wanted a doula so that I would have a voice in the event that I wasn't able to get what I needed on my own, and I had exactly that. She was persistent with my requests to the nurses. I truly believe without that persistance my requests would not have been made a priority. She also made my husband her partner and I know he had a beautiful experience as a result. I am so grateful that I had her with me and I wouldn't change a thing. Thank You Colleen!! --Stephanie, Jim, and Baby Liam.
April 30, 2014
Jonathan David and Mary Nalubega | 1/22/2014
We were referred to Colleen by an nurse who taught our birthing class at St Mary's hospital in Waterbury, CT. We met with Colleen multiple times and really got to know her and her style. She taught and trained us on breathing techniques, labor positions, stages of labor, how to use birthing ball. With her assistance we were able to complete a birth plan and list of item to make the experience as enjoyable and relaxing for Mom as possible. She gave us a lot of confidence and courage going into the experience. The night before the Birth,m she came to our hotel and guided us through pre-labor and labor. We helped really calm Mom, running a bath and helping with breathing. She was essential to us getting successfully through Labor and to the hospital. Everything she taught us came in handy and was a big part of our successful birth. She helped with the initial skin--to-skin contact and first latch on. With her guidance, Mom was able to successfully breastfeed within an hour and half after birth. Since arriving home, she has been even more essential to us. She has helped as a Lactation consultant, helping us try to establish successful breastfeeding techniques and schedule. She was so incredibly calming and reassuring to Mom, helping her deal with the emotions, hormones, joy, confusion and all that goes along with the birth experience. She will continue with us for a few weeks and we're so thrilled to have her. She has a great way with Mom, shes a natural mother and great with our daughter, and she clearly enjoys her work/role. I would recommend her and her services to anyone considering using a Doula.
January 22, 2014