Testimonials

IMG_2635To read more complete accounts from folks who have worked with me as a birth doula, check out my DoulaMatch.net profile.

“Emma has been such an amazing resource to both my myself and my husband during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Her sage advice and calming presence made a world or difference, and her personal care and attention far exceeded any other medical professional we had worked with. When some unexpected issues came up during labor at MGH, Emma really helped my husband and I stay calm and focused on the end result (our beautiful baby girl!) Small things she provided like essential oils, candles and organic chicken broth (since I couldn’t eat with an epidural) made our hours in the hospital somehow feel a bit more like a relaxing spa. Her responses to all of our questions were prompt and thorough, and all of our meetings in person felt like chatting with a friend (who happened to know anything and everything about pregnancy and childbirth!) When I was having some issues breastfeeding postpartum Emma was the first person I reached out to for advice. As a first time mom I often feel overwhelmed and like I have no idea what I’m doing, but knowing that I can reach out to Emma makes me feel a lot more confident. We can’t recommend her enough!” -Megan

“We immediately felt a connection with Emma upon meeting her at the Mama&Me Meet the Doulas night in JP. Her vibe is laid back, friendly, organic and soothing. …During labor, she was a constant source of strength and encouragement, keeping my focus on my own goals and intentions. …She is for sure dedicated and I would easily recommend her to my friends.” -Andrea

“Emma is amazing! We got to know her through a series of prenatal visits, and she made us feel incredibly comfortable with the idea of having someone so new to us in the delivery room with us. By the time I went into labor, she felt like a friend, and I was thrilled to have her as a support person. She was with us through a very long and traumatic birth, and she was calm, encouraging and supportive of both of us (my husband and me) throughout the birth. It was so reassuring to have her with us, both because of her delighful personality and presence and because of her wealth of knowledge. When I had an emergency c-section, Emma met me in the recovery room while my husband with with our son to the nursery. I was so, so happy to see her. After our birth, Emma visited regularly to provide postpartum support. She knows exactly what new parents need and she fit herself right into the rhythm of our postpartum life, tossing the laundry in, emptying the dishwasher, and creating delicious and inventive meals for us using whatever happened to be in our refrigerator. She knows all about food intolerances and has made us wonderful gluten-free and paleo meals. We also can’t say enough about how she interacts with our infant son — we’ve felt so comfortable leaving him in her arms while we nap! I wish I had had the opportunity to use her placenta encapsulation services (unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take my placenta due to infection), but as an herbalist, Emma has supported my postpartum recovery with hormone-balancing and milk support teas that are so delicious and nourishing, they’ve become a part of my daily routine. She has reassured two brand new parents that our experiences are normal — this is invaluable! — and she has really helped us to process the challenges of our birth experience and adapt to our new life as parents. We would strongly recommend Emma to anybody looking for a birth or postpartum doula.” -Elizabeth

“Emma was and continues to be an incredible and reliable resource; any recommendation she makes, she backs up with literature and research. …And thanks to her, I made it through a very heavily-medically-monitored non-medicated birth! During labor she was a constant, yet somehow non-invasive calming presence. She made suggestions about how to move, how to cool off, how to warm up, how to massage, and how to leave me alone when I needed it. I would recommend her to absolutely anyone, and know without a doubt that she could make any birth or reproductive experience or choice more informed, more comfortable, and more peaceful. I’m so grateful to have met her!” -Sophie

“My husband and I really enjoyed working with Emma.  She was very accomodating with our little one’s early arrival on Christmas Eve and stayed with us through the entire labor.  She brought electric candles and essential oils, which were a great help during the tough times.  She also wasn’t afraid to jump in for whatever was necessary.  In terms of post-partum care, Emma has been a huge help with our new little one and helping me adjust to motherhood.  Again, she’s great at taking inititiatve and doing what needs to be done without me telling her.  The best part though is that she’s a fantastic cook, which is so necessary when the last thing you want to worry about is what’s for dinner.  We love working with her! ” -Caroline

“Emma supported me through my VBAC. Instead of a birth that came naturally as I had expected, I had to be induced for preeclampsia. This involved a 3 day induction that Emma supported my husband I through. I was very committed to having a VBAC but felt a little under pressure from OBs at the hospital to go for another C section (despite no medical necessity). Emma gave me information and the confidence to wait it out and allow the pitocin to do its work over 2 days and then progress into actual labor. I truly believe that without Emma’s support and guidance I wouldn’t have made it there. She was such a great support during the 2 hours of pushing as well and encouraged me through such an intense experience. I am so happy we worked with Emma and wholeheartedly reccommend her.” -Therese

“We’re so happy we chose Emma as our doula. From the first email through the first phone call and then the first meeting, we just felt like she got it-both who we are and what we wanted from a doula. …At the hospital, she helped with pain relief, she helped us make sense of what the doctors and nurses said, she got waters and juices or stayed with my wife while I stepped out to make a phone call or get snacks, and she was just there. All night, and all day, and all into the second night. …Truly, she did all we’d hoped and more, and we can’t imagine making it through having twins without her!” -Diana

“I gave birth at the Cambridge Birth Center with Emma and my partner attending. She was a calm, positive presence and an excellent partner to my partner. Between the two of them I received constant care and attention. It was a natural, no drugs labor and throughout the process I felt loved and supported.” -Chandra

“Nothing but calm, supportive and positive. …Her suggestions on herbal remedies for both health and relaxation helped out tremendously.” -Nataly