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Dav was the third doula we met, and the best was saved for last. I was very interested in finding someone that was not judgmental and helped me make decisions that were in my best interest, as I tend to be a people pleaser. Dav really got to know me on a personal level and understood the child trauma I had been through in my life, having lost my mother in a car accident at age 8 and my father in 2016. This trauma affects you in many facets in life and especially after having a child. Her background and experience provided comfort and support that was very much needed during this process.
During labor, Dav showed up at the hospital shortly after we called her. She was a calming and comforting presence for my husband and I. She helped me stick to my birth plan and encouraged me (like I asked in the plan) to try other positions and options before the epidural was given. Although I ended up having the epidural, she offered other solutions first and supported my decision. I appreciated her encouraging words! Having a baby is like running a marathon and as silly as it may seem, having someone say to you, "You got this Mama. You're doing great!" is just what you need to hear during labor, when the stakes and adrenaline are high, and your energy is waning.
I ended up needing a c-section and Dav provided a safe place, encouragement and in-the-moment education in the operating room, so I understood what happens in the process. She took some AMAZING photos of the birth. And I mean SUPER AMAZING. I can’t imagine not having her there for that special moment. Dav is forever imprinted on our hearts and the heart of our baby girl. Thank you Dav for your calming and beautiful spirit and heart. -Tracy, Bellevue, WA
When my partner and I started our search for a doula one thing that was brought up was my partner feeling like a doula may make him less involved in our birth so we knew we were looking for a doula who would be a member of our team not just a partner for me (the one giving birth). The first time we met Dav she instantly treated my partner and I equally asking him specific questions and forging an individual relationship with each of us as well as us as a couple. This inclusiveness made her stand out from the other interviews we had and carried through our entire relationship. Dav was/is warm, fun, relaxed and informative. She was always there for us throughout our pregnancy and birth. Our birth experience ended up being drastically different than we expected and for that we couldn’t be happier that we choose Dav to come on the journey with us. During our birth she was a great advocate, support, and collaborator in making our unforeseen circumstances as good as we could hope for during the birth of our daughter. Dav also did some postpartum work with us and I can not recommend that enough, having her come and help continue to get us settled into our new roles as parents was so helpful and much needed. Choosing a doula is a very personal and fascinating choice to be made, for us we feel we could not have made a better choice. Dav just got us, our wants and hope for our birth experience and whatever was going on, wherever the day took us Dav got it and in the end that’s what we needed; a support person on our team who got us, and that was Dav. -Tara, Seattle, WA
As my pregnancy progressed and my husband and I learned more about labor and birth (including the realization of how little we knew about such a momentous time in our lives), we decided that hiring a birth doula would likely benefit both of us while we navigated the exciting but stressful time surrounding the birth of our child. We didn’t begin our search until my third trimester and were concerned that our options would be limited, so we were even more grateful to have connected with Dav! From our first meeting, it was easy to be open and candid with Dav, which is typically not the case for me when I first meet someone. She has a warm presence that provided comfort and reassurance throughout this process. Dav provided useful information and support during our prenatal visit, as well as via text and email in the days leading up to my birth; however, she was most invaluable during my labor. It was incredibly comforting to arrive at the hospital (in pain and full of anxiety) and know that we had the support and expertise of someone we trusted. Dav provided helpful suggestions for positions and strategies during labor and ensured that my husband and I were presented with and understood all the necessary information from nurses, midwives, and doctors, and that we had enough time and space to discuss our options and decisions as they were presented. She was also able to seemingly effortlessly read our emotions and act accordingly, including bringing levity and a sense of humor into the situation as appropriate. I feel very fortunate to have had Dav’s support throughout my pregnancy, labor/birth, and postpartum period, and I would highly recommend her to anyone! -Liz, Seattle, WA
I’m happy that my wife and I decided to bring Dav onto our team before the birth of our son. Dav was a huge help to my wife during her pregnancy, but I was most thankful for her support during labor. We are transplants to Seattle and we did not have a strong support network in town. Having Dav in the delivery room was invaluable; she gave me suggestions on how to support my wife, coached us as we worked with our midwives, and allowed me to take breaks without having the feeling of guilt. Imagining going through this experience without Dav is difficult; as first time parents we absolutely depended on her. She was excellent through and through and I would recommend her to anyone with a child on the way. -Eric, Seattle, WA
I’m so thankful that we chose to work with Dav for our birth. I appreciated her expertise and support as we made decisions about our birth preferences and navigated prenatal care. She took time to really get to know us, and then was able to provide the guidance, resources and support that fit our personalities and desires. Labor was where she really shined, however. My labor experience was pure magic! I’m not kidding. I’d do it again in a heartbeat, and a huge part of that was Dav. Dav’s positive energy, encouragement and creative ideas gave me energy and confidence throughout my delivery. One of my favorite things, however, was how she supported my husband. Rather than stepping in, she gave him the tools to be my rock during contractions, which made the birth experience intimate and romantic. We were able to be really present with one another, because we had a kick ass care team behind the scenes. Dav has also been huge support after she was born. She’s been my go to with questions and ideas for resources. -Amanda, Seattle, WA
Simply put, Davinah just intuitively knows how to be around pregnant mamas, new mamas and babies. She uses her warmth, kindness and ability to read people to be what you need when you're feeling elated about your newborn or exhausted from the intensity of birthing a baby into the world. She'll be gentle and sensitive when you need it and use humor to lighten things up when you're ready. She has helped me with both my babies in their early days and knows how to see what would be helpful or ask directly what kind of help I need. I joke with her all the time that I am tempted to get pregnant again just so I can have her be my doula. She is the best. You won't regret hiring her. -Lindsey D. Bay Area, CA
Davinah was a wonderful doula! Her confidence, expertise, and sense of humor helped my husband and i tremendously as we navigated the birth of our first child. She is a prompt communicator via text and email, conducts herself very professionally, and provided us with extensive unbiased resources about a variety of birth topics. I experienced painful back labor and Davinah taught me maneuvers and coping mechanisms in attempt to turn the baby. She also helped my husband and i advocate for ourselves in a challenging moment with a hospital staff member. This encouragement was a pivotal turning point in our birthing experience and i am truly grateful. Davinah was calm and composed throughout the entire labor and birth which is what we needed in a highly heightened personal experience. I communicated my fear and trepidation as the labor progressed and she reminded me of my body's capabilities. This helped me throughout each stage and transition. Finally, her post-partum visit and de-brief of the birth experience was very valuable for my husband and I both to express our version of the events. She shared photos, funny moments, and her own reflections as well.
I highly recommend Davinah as a doula. Her commitment and passion for her work is evident. She is a kind and compassionate human being and i am so glad we choose her to help us bring our son Jack into the world! -Bryn, Renton, WA
Davinah is incredible! I was attempting a VBAC and at 38 weeks, panicked a bit and felt like I needed more support. Dav stepped right in, asked the questions I needed someone to ask to help me get my mind right pre-birth. She was amazing during my labor, supporting both my husband and me through the whole thing. She also met with us post-partum and asked more questions that helped us process the birth. We highly recommend her! -Annika, Kirkland, WA
My husband and I loved working with Dav and would recommend her to any expecting parents! Dav took time to get to know us personally and provide resources as we discussed our birth preferences. She checked in with us regularly leading up to our due date and following our son's birth. I frequently texted or emailed her questions, and she was always thorough and prompt in her responses. During labor, she provided support for both of us and helped us identify questions to ask our midwife when we weren't sure how to proceed. It was clear that Dav is excellent at reading people and situations, and she used her strong intuition to provide support at the right moments and coach us through the process. Being first time parents, we were very relieved to be able to leverage Dav’s expertise, and we really enjoyed getting to know her! She’s amazing, and I hope to work with her again some day! -Shannon, Seattle, WA