From the first time that we were put in contact with Ash, we could immediately sense her expertise based on the advice she gave and questions she asked. When we met her, she was so warm and offered ideas and suggestions to help us build our ideal birth plan while listening to what was important to us. When it was time for the birth, Ash was available when we needed her. She was very supportive and helped me to feel as comfortable as I could during a long labor. When our birth plan did not go as planned due to medical reasons, Ash was a calm and reassuring presence during a time of uncertainty. Soon after delivering our baby girl, I had to be rushed to the operating room due to a hemorrhage and at the same time the baby was taken out of the room due to being distressed. Ash stayed with Megan and reassured her that everything would be okay. "With Ash being by my side, I found myself giving her all my uncertainties and worries in the present moment, and she sent the energy back to me in a calming way. I constantly turned to her for support and found her by my side every time I needed her. She was very nurturing and motherly. We cannot imagine our birth without her in the room with us." We highly recommend her as a doula and will ask her to be present during our next birth.
-Megan and Val, parents of Vera Rose
My husband and I are so happy that we hired Ash as our doula! This was my first pregnancy, and prior to working with Ash I had no idea what to expect during labor and delivery. However, after a few pre-labor meetings with Ash, I felt totally prepared and unafraid of the birth process. She gave me confidence to trust the process, and because of that, my delivery went incredibly smoothly. I might even say it was enjoyable!
During labor she was a great support, there to comfort me, show my husband how to help, and give advice. She is open-minded and non-judgemental, qualities that were important to me since I wanted an epidural.
I would hire Ash again without any hesitation!
-Caroline and Sabri, parents of Remy
Ashley is the best and I'm so so glad she was my doula. Ash is the perfect blend of knowledge, zen and happy, positive energy. She is extremely knowledgeable in the mind and body connection and I love that she has a background in nutrition. Ashley was an amazing support for me and my husband throughout my pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. Ashley was always available to answer my questions, calm me down, listen to me and provide support. I had a planned c-section and I thank Ashley for keeping my husband and me calm and happy the entire time. We were even laughing during the pre-operation tests. She explained everything that was happening and kept my spirits high. I'm pretty sure my husband and I would've had a nervous breakdown had it not been for Ashley!
I'm so thankful to have had Ashley as my doula and she will forever be part our family story.
I would hire Ashley again in a heartbeat; having her as my doula was the best money I've ever spent.
-Janet and Paul, parents of Callen
I can’t say that I went into my wife’s pregnancy thinking that we’d want or need a doula. But I am so profoundly glad that we ended up not just with a doula, but with Ash. She helped us prepare for our son’s arrival with calm, thoughtful guidance and advice shared during a number of meetings that quickly evolved into a friendship fueled by her laughter and insight. When my wife was admitted to the hospital with low amniotic fluid and told that her planned delivery in the Birthing Center was no longer possible, Ash was not only available to support her, but deeply present throughout a terrifying 48 hours of labor. She kept us both calm and focused on bringing our baby boy into the world with selflessness and positivity. She also helped keep me on task, focused and positive through those stressful days. And her support, grace, humor, and wisdom proved invaluable in the days and weeks following Otis’s birth by emergency cesarean. Ash checked up on my wife and baby, and her compassion and empathy helped us make sense of those dizzying, terrifying, and ultimately magical days. I know I speak for my wife as well as myself when I credit Ash with helping us lay the foundation for the loving, supporting home we are making every day for our child.
I could not recommend Ash more wholeheartedly. She is caring, sensitive doula with all the knowledge and insight into pregnancy and birth that one would expect. But she is also wise beyond her years, an exceptionally empathic person and gifted listener. Ash possesses a calming energy that stripped away so much of the anxiety, fear, and tension that accompanied our birth experience. Even under the best of circumstances the arrival of a new baby can be scary, overwhelming, and exhausting. We should all be fortunate enough to have a doula like Ash there to ease that journey and celebrate the wonder and magic of this life changing experience.
-James and Meg, parents of Otis
We had a great experience with Ash as our doula. She met us at the hospital where unfortunately there were no labor rooms available. I ended up having to labor for three hours in a tiny curtained area in triage. There was no space to move, no fans, very little privacy, but we made it work. Ash had brought a fan which was so needed! And a hot water bottle which saved me since I had very intense back labor between contractions. She was such a support to myself and my husband. I used one of the breath visualizations she had suggested and found it so helpful. She also captured our little one's birth on video which I was so grateful for! We would definitely recommend her to anyone.
-Colleen and Jeremy, parents of Hannah
Deciding to work with Ash was the best decision I made towards having the birth experience that I wanted. My labor was very long with some complications. It could have been very traumatic, but Ash was at the center of my care helping me and my husband, Stephen, to stay relaxed and informed. Stephen said later that hiring Ash was "the best investment we ever made", and commented on how helpful Ash was in helping him to help me through labor. I'm thankful for her skills in accupressure and massage during labor, cheerleading during pushing, and calm presence in talking me through post-partem hemmorhaging. With Ash's help, I was able to have the labor experience that I wanted, and I will be forever thankful for her help.
-Michelle and Steven, parents of Nathan
I hadn't originally hired Ashley, but my original doula had another birth at the same time, so luckily Ashley was able to come to my apartment at the last minute and help me just in the nick of time as my contractions starting getting really intense. I am so grateful that Ashley was with me during labor . The constant massaging at my apartment, during the ride to the hospital and at the hospital helped so much and I truly feel without her there I would have needed an epidural. instead I was able to have the natural drug free birth I had hoped for. Ashley has a calm relaxing demeanor. She was very attentive to my needs. I felt confident when we got to the hospital that everything would go smoothly. Additionally, she was able to show my husband how to help and massage me. She and my midwife worked together as if they worked together all the time, even though they had just met. I had a pretty smooth birth experience, with a few minor twists and turns, and I feel without Ashley there I would have felt more panicked and just not as in a good state of mind. Instead I felt confident and informed.
Although I'm no longer a rookie, I feel that having a doula is an essential part of going into labor for a natural birth, and I wouldn't hesitate to hire Ashley again for a 2nd pregnancy.
-Elisa, momma to Ella