With our families out of town, we were looking for the extra support -someone to ask questions with a different perspective and knowledge base. Ultimately, someone to help us manage our fear of the unknown.
Mika was amazing, she was there to provide the comfort and confidence to help us follow through with our hope for a natural, unmedicated birth. She helped me relax and focus at the critical moments, while still giving privacy for my husband and I to experience this special event together.
We decided to work with Mika for her presence of mind and calm, steady demeanour. She is conscientious and a good listener. She helped me confront my anxieties concerning pregnancy, the birth process and adjusting to life postpartum. She checked in at just the right times. She also had many useful resources – what I could read, exercises to prepare and references.
During the big day, she was a phone call away to reassure us both before we went to the hospital. She set up a calm environment in the delivery room with aromatherapy, offered tips to help us cope. There were some minor complications during the labor which I was in no condition to grasp in the moment, so it was also useful to hear later her understanding of what passed. She stayed just long enough to help us start breastfeeding before leaving us to bond with our beautiful new baby girl!
Marian and Al