My experience with Lyndsay as my doula was nothing short of sublime. I originally sought out a doula because I am a relatively young, single mom who had lots of anxieties about the birthing process. I attended one of the childbirth classes provided by my hospital, and had to leave the class early because the teaching style was only heightening my fear. Lyndsay was referred to me by my OBGYN, who told me she would be able to help prepare me for childbirth in a way that best fit my needs. And she was right!
I was able to have her come and do classes in the comfort of my home, at a time when my mom could be there with me (as she would be in the delivery room with me), and in a style where I felt comfortable asking questions in a conversational way. Not only did she relieve my anxieties about childbirth, but she got me excited for it. Each visit she brought reading materials for me to go through on my own time, and tools we could practice with that would eventually help me with pain management.
She was encouraging of the fact that I wanted to try to have a natural birth, as well as supportive when I felt that I could no longer do so. She helped my voice be heard in the delivery room and gave me the tools to feel empowered throughout my 39 long hours of labor, rather than defeated. I would highly recommend her expertise to anyone who is interested in having a doula! She was a delight to work with, very thorough in making sure I was taken care of, and helped bring my greatest gift into the world.