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We had an incredibly positive experience with Lindsey from The Birth Boutique. She was recommended to us from a friend and immediately upon meeting her we felt she was the calming presence we wanted to educate us and stand by us during the birth. She was very knowledgeable and patient. It was extremely helpful, from both of our perspectives, to have Lindsey’s counsel and advice. During the birth, she was right on the mark with her suggestions. Right when we were worried that things would stall and we wanted to be up and moving, Lindsey suggested taking a rest instead and boy did that actually get things moving! Her intuition was invaluable. She was the perfect coach the whole labor through and held my leg upright in the most comfortable position for several hours! Her positive spirit and calm, gentle demeanor were exactly what we needed. A few weeks after the birth, we had her over to take newborn and family photos and they turned out amazingly. She is a true creative professional and we would highly recommend her services.
It was very important to me to attempt a VBAC and after much research, having a doula was top on my list. I was apprehensive at first - unsure about having another person present and if the cost would be worth it; however, after my initital visit with Lauren, I never thought twice about the decision. The experience from the first meeting through to the post-birth visit was exactly what I needed - she provided constant support and much needed encouragement, offerred useful suggestions, maintained a calm perspective, and shared her knowledge without ever being intrusive or pushy. I firmly believe having a doula in general, and Lauren specifically, was vital to my successful VBAC and overall wonderful birth experience. I highly recommend!
My husband and I partnered with The Birth Boutique for our pregnancy/labor after being referred to them by another doula and interviewing quite a few doulas. We were very impressed with their organization and their attention to detail during our phone and in-person interviews. We also liked the idea that they worked as a team and were both present for all prenatal meetings as this ensured that we would be comfortable with the doula who was present on the big day. We scheduled our prenatal meetings and before each meeting they would send over an agenda for us to review so we could be prepared for the meeting. At the meeting they had worksheets, answered all our questions and didn’t rush. Any items that needed it were followed up on in a timely fashion. For all of these reasons we felt amazingly prepared heading into labor. My labor began very unexpectedly with my water breaking around 10PM. Jen was on call and provided great support in helping us making the decision on when to head to the hospital. I truly believe it was serendipitous that Jen was on call as my labor required intervention and she could speak from experience when she answered my questions. This made us feel secure as we made choices throughout the progression of labor. She made great suggestions to help with pain management and was just a great emotional support to have throughout the whole process. After 20 hours of labor that included augmentation with Pitocin and an eventual epidural it was time to push. She coached me through the pushing and was so encouraging when I was tired. She kept my spirits up and prepared us to meet out little guy. Once he arrived she notified our family and made sure we were comfortable before leaving us to settle in as a family. TBB took the fear out of first time child delivery and helped me bring my child into the world with confidence. We are so thankful for all they provided us and look forward to including them on any subsequent pregnancies!
I am forever grateful for Lindsey and her calm and confident presence during the labor of my first child, Veronica. Labor did not progress quickly for me, but Lindsey was with me every step of the way with effective comfort measures and helpful suggestions to speed up the labor. My husband really wanted to be my primary coach, and so Lindsey supported him through that, but then she also gave him some much-needed breaks. She was our biggest advocate in that labor and delivery room, and I felt so secure with her there. When things got a little dicey and Lindsey could tell I was getting discouraged and confused, she gave my husband and me the space we needed and then she communicated with our families in the waiting room. She knew the roles we needed her to play even before we realized it. Her empathetic and reassuring presence was so meaningful to me throughout the entire labor. Birth is such an intimate experience, and Lindsey understands and respects that. Having Lindsey walk alongside me through my labor was such a gift. If you’re looking for a doula who evokes confidence and trust, advocates for you and your baby, and partners with you, call Lindsey Monroe.
As a first time mom wanting a natural birth, I assumed a Midwife, participating husband, and some prenatal classes was all I needed to follow my birth plan. My Midwife was very firm at my first appointment when she said, “if you are serious about having an unmedicated birth, you absolutely will need a Doula”. It was clear at that point that I needed to learn what the heck a Doula was and find one as soon as possible.Lauren was the first referral I received. From the moment I met her, she gave off this incredibly warm and soothing presence. I just knew she was the exact person I wanted by my side when the going got tough.Lauren was instrumental in getting me through the days prior to and during my 10 long painful hours of labor. Her knowledge, strength, and the atmosphere she created in the room were everything I wanted. She was there for every moment and never left my side. Her great depth of knowledge helped me understand what was going on at all times. She and my husband worked as an amazing team to cheer me on and keep me going. Every time I felt like giving up, when I had nothing left to give, Lauren gave me the confidence to truly ‘let go’ and let my body deliver my baby.There are truly no words to describe how blessed I am to have had Lauren as our Doula. She was quite honestly was THE ONLY reason I was able to follow my birth plan and have the delivery I wanted. My incredible experience with Lauren is something I will never forget.
Choosing Lindsey as my doula was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Near the end of my pregnancy, the ultrasounds and my midwife’s measurements showed that my baby would be on the bigger side and from that moment on, the OB in practice with my midwife was determined to have me induced before my due date despite no clear medical reason. Lindsey was so helpful in talking through things with my husband and me and giving us articles to read to prepare us for the OB’s constant badgering in those last weeks. I felt confident in my conversations and questioning of what the OB wanted because of Lindsey’s support and knowledge. I was eventually induced at 41 weeks after conversations with my midwife made it clear an induction was probably necessary to ensure a vaginal delivery. What I thought might be a 24-36 hour induction at most turned out to be a very difficult and painful 2 1/2 day induction that fortunately ended with a successful vaginal delivery of a healthy 9 pounds, 11 ounces baby. Lindsey was there for all of it! I can’t say enough nice things about her. I’m certain that I would not have been able to physically or emotionally handle such a long and painful labor without Lindsey’s comfort techniques and kind words of encouragement. I knew I would have to be flexible and prepare for the possibility of compromises along the way to deliver my baby naturally, but I had no idea how many decisions my husband and I would have to make during those 60 hours. Lindsey helped us talk through each decision and helped me feel comfortable with my decisions to eventually get an epidural and allow the OB to perform an episiotomy to avoid a rectal tear despite being adamant originally against both. Lindsey’s calming presence and techniques for relief and comfort were the only way I was able to labor as long as I did and successfully deliver my baby vaginally. My husband and I are so thankful we chose Lindsey as our doula!
My husband and I were comfortable with Lindsey within seconds after meeting her. She had a very calming presence in-person, over the phone, and throughout my labor. My pregnancy was a bit nerve-wrecking because I had been diagnosed with an infection early on. We were nervous because she had never worked with a mother who had this infection, but she did her research.During our prenatal visits, she provided me great resources, encouraged me to read positive birth stories, and even let me borrow some of her resources. After our visits, she was very responsive to texts/calls and even sent me very specific follow up readings to validate what I was feeling. On the day of my daughter’s birth, Lindsey and I stayed in contact throughout the day while I labored at home. As soon as I asked her to come over, she dropped everything and was there within the hour. By the time we got to the hospital, Lindsey was right there rubbing my back, counting contractions and helping me walk - all things she had observed my husband doing for me. When my water broke and I was feeling a bit gross, Lindsey was right by my side. I would have been mortified asking my husband to do some of the things Lindsey did for me and helped me with! There’s something about having another woman present that makes labor a bit more bearable! During my labor, Lindsey managed to take the most amazing pictures to document our first moments with baby. She stayed right by my side while my husband watched the baby get measured, which was nice for me because the pain does not stop after the baby comes! Lindsey stayed with us for 3 hours after our daughter was born, helping me eat, go to the bathroom, and change. If we hadn’t hired Lindsey, I can’t say with certainty that I would have had the birth experience I wanted. It was because of her that I had the strength to have an unmedicated birth! We will definitely work with Lindsey again for future pregnancies!
Hiring Lindsey as our doula was one of the best decisions we could have made for my daughter’s birth. I had a c-section when my son was born, so this time around, I was attempting a VBAC. I had some anxiety surrounding this birth since I didn’t have a great experience the first time around, to put it mildly. Lindsey was an incredible support from the time that we hired her. She clearly has a lot of knowledge about childbirth and everything surrounding it and was really helpful with any questions we had. But honestly, the most wonderful part, for us, was Lindsey’s calm, kind, and gentle presence at the birth of our daughter. When I was in early labor (all day on Mother’s Day!), she kept in constant contact with us, checking in and making sure we were doing ok. When it was time to head to the hospital, she was right behind us and got there just minutes after we did. We both immediately felt more at ease when she walked in the door. She’s a very intuitive person and she seemed to instinctively knew when to talk me through a contraction and when I needed quiet to focus. She made suggestions for different labor positions that really helped deal with the contractions. There wasn’t a moment when I didn’t feel supported; Lindsey was completely focused on me. After our little girl was born, Lindsey took some beautiful pictures which was awesome- what treasures! I really feel like part of the reason I was able to VBAC successfully was because we had Lindsey there to help and support us. Lindsey is an incredible doula and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her services to anyone. We feel so blessed that she was part of our birth experience! Thank you, Lindsey!
We hired Lindsey as our doula for the birth of my second child. We didn’t have a doula the first time and I regretted that. What I liked immediately about Lindsey is she is a good listener and not pushy or dogmatic. I felt like I learned more about what I wanted for my birth just by doing a consultation because she had good questions and was honest in answering my questions. Once we hired her, I really liked that she is very quick to respond to emails, and she went above and beyond to be helpful. That made me feel assured she would always be there when we needed her. For our prenatal sessions she had good materials and information to share that really helped me prepare for the birth. We hired her to do a prenatal family photo session, and we got some lovely photos. She was up for whatever we wanted and was quick to turn them around. For the birth itself, we ended up having a super fast ER birth, but she was there taking photos that are absolutely priceless and stayed afterwards to help take care of me. I recommend Lindsey as a kind, knowledgeable, trustworthy person who can help you make your birth the best possible.
I had such a positive experience with Lindsey. She was easy to work with leading up to the birth - we had two great meetings where we really hashed out my expectations, previous experiences (second time mama here) and hopes for this birth. Talking with her was like catching up with an old friend - she is so warm and so knowledgeable about everything related to the birth experience. As my due date approached, she checked in on me regularly, and then at “go time”, she was great, staying in touch with tips to get things moving after my water broke and arriving promptly at the hospital once things got painful. She had such a calming presence, and also handled the crazier, more hectic portion of my very fast transition and delivery with ease. On top of everything, she brought her camera and blew us away with the gorgeous photos she captured of my son’s first moments after birth. We couldn’t have been happier with Lindsey and would highly recommend her to those seeking doula support.
I can’t say enough about what a great support Lindsey was to our family. I contacted her about a month before my due date and was nervous to get everything taken care of in time. She was quick to respond from the first moment I reached out to her. I appreciated the time she took with me during our first visit. This was our second child and she took the time to understand how our first birth went and the fears, goals and desires we had for this birth.One of the reasons we wanted a doula was because my husband’s schedule is currently extremely busy and unpredictable and I had no idea at what point he would make it to the birth. She was very understanding of our circumstances and after talking to her about our situation and the desires for our birth I felt completely at ease that with her help we could have the birth we desired.I was a week overdue and Lindsey was a great support during those last days of uncertainty. She kept in touch frequently to make sure I was doing ok. As I started going into labor Lindsey was quick to respond and quick to arrive. Lindsey’s calm presence helped me to be at ease and really allowed me to manage my labor much better than my first birth. She was able to help with some physical relief so that my husband could be where I could see him and most needed him. Lindsey also knew the exact thing I needed to hear to help me focus and keep going.Recording important events in my life is important to me, so I also appreciated that she kept notes of when things happened throughout the labor. It better allowed me to put all my focus on my labor but still be able to write an accurate record after. My husband, who was skeptical of having a doula in the beginning, expressed afterwards how grateful he was to have Lindsey present and supporting us through the labor process.We love Lindsey and would recommend her to anyone.
I have so many great things to say about Lindsey that it’s hard to figure out where to start.My husband and I were initially on the fence over whether or not to hire a doula. We were working with a Midwifery group, so I questioned if a doula was necessary. After meeting with Lindsey, we both left with such a good impression that we decided to hire her. BEST DECISION EVER. As a first time Mom wanting a natural birth, I honestly don’t think I could have done it without her! Here is a list of some of the things Lindsey helped us with:-Lindsey was gracious enough to let us use an installment plan for payments.-She loaned us several helpful pregnancy books and even found us a great “pay-what-you-can-afford” childbirth class.-My husband’s job schedule changes frequently and she was flexible when we would have to adjust the time of our meetings.-She was always easy to reach when I had questions.-She is just an all-around wonderful person! My husband was very supportive during my labor process, but there is no question that Lindsey’s presence was absolutely essential. There is no way that I would have gone through with the natural, drug-free birth if she had not been there coaching me.I really can’t recommend Lindsey highly enough! I’ve been telling all my pregnant friends- if you want a natural birth, hiring a doula will be worth every penny!