New Mama Meagan:
“Sierra was a wonderful support to both my husband and me during the birth of our first child. We decided to work with a doula only a few weeks out from my due date and Sierra was flexible and accommodating in arranging to meet with us quickly and discuss our plans. She listened to both mine and my husband's hopes and worries offering support but never imposing her own advice unless we asked for suggestions. She helped to ease both of our anxieties around the birth process. Just two days after meeting I went into labor and Sierra was available throughout the entire process with us. She met us at the hospital after my water broke prematurely and I had to be induced. While some aspects of the labor process did not go as we had ‘planned,’ Sierra's support throughout it all helped us both to cope and remain positive. Some of the concrete techniques/help that I found really helpful were back massage, supporting with managing labor/contractions with walking and using spinning babies and positioning techniques after I had an epidural and was not able to be more physically mobile. Apart from specific techniques Sierra is a calming presence and always seemed to know what was needed without having to be asked. My husband I would both work with Sierra again and definitely recommend her to anyone looking to work with a kind hearted and open minded doula.”
New Mama Tess:
“I am so, so grateful to have found Sierra. I always knew that I wanted a doula to support my birth, but had been discouraged by my doctor early in my pregnancy. However, as my due date drew nearer, my anxiety only increased, and I reached out to Sierra.
Even though I was already 35 weeks or so, Sierra was able to fit us into her schedule and meet with us right away. As soon as we met I was struck by her calming demeanor and knew that I wanted to have her by my side for birth. Sierra visited our house and talked us through our fears, hopes, and expectations for the birth process. She showed my husband some relaxing techniques that he was able to use to make my last few weeks of pregnancy more comfortable. Sierra is a great listener, and just by letting me unload my anxieties helped me immeasurably. When I went in to the hospital to be induced at 41 weeks, she texted me throughout the night until I was ready for her to come to the hospital.
Sierra communicated wonderfully with everyone at the hospital, helping me understand my options, and advocating for me. I was so impressed with how she collaborated with the nurses, and even though I had an epidural, she was able to help me labor in a variety of different positions. When contractions started getting rough, Sierra used massage and other techniques to make me comfortable. Having her there also took a lot of pressure off my husband, who was able to rest so that he could be present and support me when I needed him the most.
I cannot imagine going through labor and birth without Sierra by my side, and my husband and I are so happy with the experience. I can't recommend Sierra highly enough.”
New Mama Sam:
“The best decision my husband and I made related to my delivery was choosing Sierra as our doula. We met her at a ‘Meet the Doulas’ event and liked her instantly. Over the course of several months, she helped my husband I learn coping techniques to deal with pain, define our birth plan, come up with affirmations, and plan for the hardest part to come - postpartum. I never felt judged or pushed, only listened to every time I was with her. During the labor itself, it was like Sierra was everywhere, but in the background at the same time. She let me and my husband take the lead, but supported us constantly. Because of this, I had the natural delivery I wanted and the strength to do it. When we have another child, I know who we’ll want by our side again!”
“Sierra prepared us beautifully for our birth experience. Her expertise in working with non-binary and trans clients was immediately evident; she uses non-gendered language with ease and in a way that doesn't feel forced. It felt like such a relief to have one person in the whirlwind of providers, lab techs, receptionists, nurses, teachers -- everyone we interacted with used ‘women’ and ‘mothers’ without thinking, and Sierra was like an island of easy comfort in talking about birth without estranging me.
Sierra is an excellent listener, and brings her entire presence when she's hearing what you fear, hope, and imagine. My partner and I were coming into our second labor after a traumatic first labor, and Sierra was able to hear our fears with incredible compassion and thoughtfulness. She included my mom as a support person by meeting my mom's needs as well as ours. When we said that my mom was hoping for concrete ways that she could be helpful, Sierra came with a plan for teaching us comfort measures as a group, and took as much time as we needed to practice and feel comfortable.
Sierra was very interested in what would work for *me*, and made sure to know what kind of suggestions, direction, or space I would want. We talked a bunch about the book on mindfulness I was reading, and she worked to integrate my learning with what she knew and had to offer.
I found out several days after my labor that Sierra took the nurses aside who were working with me and my daughter to ask them to recommit to calling me by the correct pronoun. I love that this happened without my even being aware, taking any burden or embarrassment away for me. She's not afraid to talk to providers about her clients' desires and needs, and to be compassionate and generous in working with providers.
I highly recommend Sierra for any birthing person and their support team!”
Second-time Mom Danielle:
“For my second birth, I was looking for a doula that could help me achieve a much desired VBAC. Despite knowing that I wanted a VBAC, I was nervous about potential complications and any adversity I might encounter from my OB and hospital staff. Sierra really helped give me the confidence to stand up for myself and my baby. We worked together to discuss my ideal birth and explore all the options and put together a birth plan that made me feel supported and heard. Leading up to my due date, Sierra was very responsive and frequently checked in with me to see how I was doing. Even when I had 5 days of prodromal labor she was a great support person to have over text messaging. The night my water broke was the biggest snow storm of the season and she made it to the hospital without any delay. During my labor, she supported me and my husband in every way possible. She made sure that whenever the OB or nurses suggested an intervention that we took time to discuss it before making a decision. This helped me to feel in control and not under any pressure. I ended up having the beautiful VBAC I wanted and couldn't have been happier with the birthing experience. Sierra's guidance and support was a major contributor to my positive experience. I highly recommend Sierra to anyone looking for a doula- she is highly knowledgeable, supportive, and kind.”
New Dad Andrew:
“Sierra was an absolute pleasure to work with. My wife and I found her to be caring, informative, funny and highly knowledgeable about the birthing process. As new parents, all of these were qualities that were extremely important to us. Sierra met with us twice prior to my wife giving birth, explaining options and listening intently to all of our crazy questions - and giving her insight. Sierra offered hands on techniques and showed me how to provide care to my wife when she was experiencing labor pains.
When the big day came, Sierra answered right away and followed up with us several times until we went to the hospital. Sierra met us at the hospital and was an invaluable doula to my wife and to me. She offered comforting words to both us, listened to us, and helped me mentally prepare to go into the operating room (my wife had an unexpected C-section). After birth Sierra continued to follow up on my wife and to see if there was anything she could continue to do for us. She visited us after Amanda gave birth and checked in our little boy.
Sierra was undoubtedly a major help to both Amanda and I. I found her to be such a caring doula who, above all else, wanted to ensure that my wife was well cared for and understood her options for birth. And for that I am deeply thankful. I also personally found her to have an easy way of communicating and a pleasure to speak with. For new parents, I could not recommend her highly enough!”
New Mama Karlee:
“We made a wonderful decision when we decided to hire Sierra to be part of our birthing team. She helped us feel knowledgeable, empowered, and supported throughout our birthing experience from preparation through postpartum. She helped us meet our goals while delivering our first child for a very successful delivery. It was successful not because it went exactly as we planned but because we felt prepared and informed to make decisions along the way that were right for us. Also, because of her experience and approach, we felt fully prepared for what we could expect along the way. A big bonus for us, her warm approach to supporting our family made the experience even more special than we could've expected.”