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I can’t speak highly enough of Emerald City Doulas and our doula, Christi. We worked with Christi for both the birth of our daughter 4 years ago and our son 2 months ago, and we were fortunate to also purchase postpartum support the second time. From the start, Paula was very response to my questions and getting all the administrative pieces set up. Christi contacted us quickly too and was there every step of the way for both pregnancies. My second pregnancy was more difficult, and I reached out to Christi several times for support. Once I was struggling with dehydration (I didn’t know it at the time), and I contacted Christi who suggested what to do and to contact my OB, and the OB confirmed everything Christi already said. So she knows her stuff!! Both of my labors were challenging too, back labor with babies positioned such that they needed to be turned during labor. Christi helped support both me and my husband, her knowledge of pressure points to reduce pain were vital to my comfort, and most importantly, she was supportive of me and whatever decisions I made regarding delivery. Lastly, Christi provided 5 overnights with our son and provided detailed reports to me on how they went. It was great to discuss feeding and toileting of our newborn with someone knowledgeable. I really think that helped ease our transition into a family of four. We are so appreciative of Emerald City Doulas and Christi, and I couldn’t imagine my pregnancy and delivery without their support!
We are using Emerald city doulas for labor support, postpartum support (100 hours) and prenatal massage. Since first speaking to Paula in my search for a doula I felt immediately comfortable and have had nothing but an amazing experience thus far. We felt that every doula we interviewed was extremely qualified and would have been someone we would have been happy using for both labor and postpartum support. The most difficult part of working with Emerald city doula so far was choosing between the doulas we interviewed. My two prenatal appointments with Christi so far have been so informative and made me feel much more prepared for labor. She has consistently checked in on me and been available for any questions I’ve had throughout my pregnancy. I started receiving in home prenatal massage from Tori in my second trimester and it has made such a difference in how my body feels and my overall stress levels. She always asks my preferences for pressure and focus for the massage. I started getting bad lower back pain during my second trimester which significantly improved with her massages. I also love that she can come to my home and that she has such a wealth of knowledge on pregnancy and birth to help me with any questions I’ve had regarding any new pregnancy symptoms or sensations in my body. I will update my review after our experience with labor and postpartum support but thus far cannot recommend Emerald City enough!
I hired Christi to help a friend through labor and delivery and beyond. Christi connected easily and was a great help coaching, advising, and nurturing her.
We contracted with Emerald City Doulas for Labor, Postpartum (100 hours), and Placenta Encapsulation for my first birth in August 2021. I cannot recommend Emerald City Doulas enough! From beginning to end, they were so easy to work with and super accommodating. Our labor doula, McKenzie, was there for me any time I needed anything! Any question or concern I had, I went to her first. She was very reassuring and a wealth of knowledge. During the birth, she was super helpful and supportive.
Christi and Jessica were our post-partum doulas. Due to the nature of my husband’s job, he was gone for the first 4-ish weeks of our daughters life, which was super challenging for both of us. I don’t know what we would have done without Christi and Jessica during that time! They fed me whenever I woke up to feed the baby and helped take care of little things around the house. They were super flexible when we needed to add ~50 extra hours. Jessica’s kids were feeling under the weather one time so out of an abundance of caution they arranged for another doula to fill in for her. Everything was made super easy and seamless, and I would recommend them to anyone who is pregnant.
With impending childbirth being so stressful (especially if both partners have full time jobs and another kid like we did), booking our post-partum doula through Emerald City Doulas took a huge weight off our shoulders. We got to interview the doulas who were available in our time frame and pick one to be our "main" doula while the other one we liked was available as a backup if needed.
The booking person was also incredibly helpful in walking us through the options. We ended up booking a short-ish amount of time to see how things would go, then ended up adding on some time to get us up to the point when I would be going back to work full time and our baby would have alternate care. Our doula (Christi, she was so fantastic!) was able to make the schedule work with our added time.
In addition to the extra sleep we got with this service (we booked nighttime only), there was also a huge value-add. Christi talked to us ahead of the birth and gave us some info about the hospital I was delivering at (thank you for the nitrous oxide tip, it was amazing) and helped later on when I was comparing breast pump options. She also gave us her expertise in relation to possible tongue-tie and lactation problems. She even recommended a lactation consultant, who also turned out to be great. AND she helped us figure out which formula would be best for our baby given that our older kid had a bunch of food allergies when he was born. We checked in with her every evening that she worked (though sometimes just my husband because I was already in bed!) and she sent an extremely detailed summary via text at the end of her shift in the mornings. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
We enlisted the help of Emerald City Doulas for the birth of our second son, prenatal massage, and post-partum care (which is ongoing). We've had a truly wonderful experience will all doulas who have cared for us.
Meaghan supported us during labor last year. She was present, compassionate, creative, and eloquent in explaining to us status and options. She really listened to our wishes and deftly navigated hospital staff and procedures with me. We could not have had a better experience.
Tori has given us post-partum support - both night and day shifts - since my son was 2MO, and has gone and beyond in caring for our family. She's been understanding of our crazy family schedule and flexible with scheduling, and always very reliable. More importantly, she is very respectful of our family values and routines, and our parenting style. I trust her fully with our son.
Tori also helped lessen rib pain I experienced throughout my pregnancy with prenatal massage (something no other massage therapist was able to help me with).
Based on my experience with Meaghan and Tori (and Janie and Amy, who have filled in some shifts), I wholeheartedly recommend Emerald City Doulas to anyone in need of prenatal/labor/postpartum support.
Return customer here. Recently had our 2nd baby in March and looking for overnight doula support. Since we used ECD before, we did not need to interview doulas since we know we wanted Christi to continue providing care for our family for continuity. All communication went smoothly and we determined when Christi will start and what time her shift will be as long as it works for her schedule and both party agreed. Christi also checked in on me prior to our contract and she was able to introduce me to Tori, who specializes in prenatal and postpartum massage when I told her I was having really bad sciatica pain during my pregnancy.
Tori was a lifesaver during my 2nd and 3rd trimester of my pregnancy. It's hard to find a prenatal massage therapist, let alone one that travels to your home!! Her massage was awesome, she will check in on you on the pressure and if you want any abdominal work done. I felt completely relieved and relaxed after her massage. Yes, you will feel sore the next day but that's what a good massage is and you don't need to ice it or anything unless you want to! I have yet to try her postpartum massage to help with my fascia post c section because it's that good and you want to return to get more so you can get some proper self care.
We are so happy we hired doula Amy for postpartum support. She is very cordial and sympathetic and I felt comfortable with her right from the first moment. It is such a relief to have someone so experienced and calm by your side in the first couple of weeks. She was very supportive, open to any question or request, and offered a lot of good advice and information. Some nights she provided help and support when I was breastfeeding, and other nights we just let her take care of the baby all night so we could sleep. She is truly a professional, exceeded our expectations and it is obvious that she loves what she is doing and does it with all her heart.
We feel that Shannon and Jessica’s support the first three days was invaluable. We have been telling all of our friends that postpartum doulas are game changers. In just three days they provided us guidance, structure, and most importantly rest so that we started off parenthood with full tanks and our first week home with the baby was an absolute joy.
My partner learned so much from just watching Jessica handle the baby and having some extra hands to get things done until we built our routine was wonderful.
Shannon is so loving and kind, we slept amazingly well knowing our baby was in good hands. She gave us soothing tips and such wonderful detailed notes that helped us learn about our baby's behaviors.
They both encouraged us and told us we were doing great too, which was a wonderful boost of confidence as first time parents.
By the end of our month with Jylane, we were routinely calling her our Fairy Godmother. We felt so supported and our baby loved her. Not only did she provide us with much needed overnight respite from our cutie pie, but she also cleaned our house and did our laundry, which helped us a ton! Jylane was always there to provide resources and answer questions. Five stars, hands down! We will miss her so much.