What surprised you most about our work together? I was surprised to realize there was so much about the birthing and post-partum process that I had not considered, did not fully understand, or did not fully think-through on my own. For example, I remember that at our first meeting, you asked me how I would like you and my birth partner to respond if I indicated that I would like to receive an epidural. This question made me realize that I had not fully thought through the birthing experience. I was extremely grateful to have your help with considering this possibility well before the birth rather than in the midst of it.
What do you know now that you didn't know before you started? So much! I learned that the most important thing is to be flexible with one's birth experience . . . and I learned what it *really* means to be flexible.
What was your greatest take-away or the lasting value from your Bamboo Birth- Doula Services?
This is a tough one. I think that my greatest lasting value was that although my birth experience was not at all what I had planned or expected, I felt as though I was an active participant in the experience. Through our discussions with you, I realized that no matter the circumstances, it is appropriate to ask care providers for a moment to discuss the options with one's birth partner before proceeding. By doing so, I felt as though I was "on-board" with subsquent procedures.
What would you tell others who are considering working with me? A birth doula in general, and Jun-Nicole in particular, is an invaluable tool to have in one's birthing "tool-kit". Jun-Nicole provided accesses to many different (and useful) resources throughout the planning process. She also helped us to fully consider and think-through all aspects of the brithing process. She not only served as an advocate for me during the birthing process, but also helped me to better advocate for myself.
What did you NOT get that you expected to get or were promised? Nothing!
If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about my service, what would that be?
I honestly cannot think of anything.
• Although our birth experience was quite different from what we had planned or expected, Jun-Nicole was an invaluable resource to us. In particular, she was extremely helfpul in the postpartum period with learning to breastfeed, as well as with learning to use a sling in order to "wear" one's baby. Jun-Nicole made herself readily available during the postpartum period, and we felt comfortable contacting her with specific questions and concerns. In retrospect, it was important to be able to discuss our specific concerns and challenges regarding breastfeeding with someone who worked outside the hospital environment, as we did not always feel as though the hospital staff were fully understanding of our perspective. It was clear to us that Jun-Nicole truly *listened* and *heard* our concerns, which helped to put us more at ease.