These classes exceeded my expectations, and I appreciate the dedication to each individual. The amount of material covered and information given was more than I expected, both in length of time and in follow up support. Having someone guide you through a new world both in language and in emotional spaces, both as individuals and as a couple. For us as a couple, it was a great resource to be able to come together, learn at the same time and practice together. I also feel like we could ask as many questions as we needed to and get a well rounded answer vs. "shoulds" in a sea of internet information.
Michelle is a very good speaker and approachable teacher. As a first time mom, she really ironed out a lot of uncertainty i felt about breastfeeding/pumping, covered a lot of useful information based on her own experiences and knowledge, and was very happy to answer questions in as much detail as I was looking for. She was very thorough covering a lot of topics and demonstrating techniques she taught. She also created time for parents to practice labor support techniques while she offered support on how to be more effective. When asked, she freely engaged in conversation about sensitive or personal topics of concern, and effectively provided her knowledge and experience. Michelle is a very trustworthy, personable, and friendly doula and educator. I am so glad we attended her classes! i felt much more mentally prepared for labor and breastfeeding
Your techniques helped myself and my husband have the birth we wanted. Even though this was my third, I felt the most mentally and physically prepared of any birth largely in part due to what we learned in your class. I had a new OB for this delivery and felt confident in our plan because of the questions and ideas you recommended to talk through with the provider prior to delivery. I really felt we were all on the same page.
I loved that it was hands on and that you reminded spouses that taking care of us is most important! I felt so empowered and we had a wonderful birth experience!
Thanks SO much!!
“She (Michelle) was very knowledgeable.“
(What was most beneficial?) “Learning about laboring exercises & breathing techniques + all the medicine options”
“The class went beyond my expectations. My husband and I learned so much. Michelle is extremely knowledgeable and answered all of our questions thoroughly. We appreciate that so much was covered in a three-hour session without feeling rushed. We felt the classes were a fantastic value. We also loved Michelle's sense of humor. We will be recommending Michelle's classes to our friends and family. The hands-on nature of the classes was so helpful. We appreciated the opportunities we had to practice things like swaddling, giving a "baby" (doll) a bath, changing a diaper... We appreciate how Michelle took the time to walk us through each step. She gave us a lot of personalized attention and showed us she cared.”
“Exceeded my expectations! I got so much out of trying each carrier! Absolutely, the choices of carriers can be overwhelming and having the opportunity to learn about them in person and try them on helps make the decisions about which ones to invest in that much easier. I had not thought through the different stages of birthing before and it was a wonderful class to begin to envision my process. We did a very useful exercise in prioritizing our desires and I think that was a great opportunity for my husband to feel more a part of the whole process. It's way better than any book or website to be in class with others and Michelle is incredibly knowledgeable."
”Exceeded my expectations! I got so much out of trying each carrier! Absolutely, the choices of carriers can be overwhelming and having the opportunity to learn about them in person and try them on helps make the decisions about which ones to invest in that much easier. I had not thought through the different stages of birthing before and it was a wonderful class to begin to envision my process. We did a very useful exercise in prioritizing our desires and I think that was a great opportunity for my husband to feel more a part of the whole process. It's way better than any book or website to be in class with others and Michelle is incredibly knowledgeable.”
“This class really gave lots of different support techniques - some of which I loved and others of which I learned are not for me. Michelle was happy to answer questions that my partner or I had and took her time giving some context to each technique. Having Michelle actually demonstrate and then observe as we practiced the techniques. We took a hospital childbirth class that tried introducing some of these techniques (specifically massage/touch and visualization), but did so without any context and without any feedback. The exercises ended up seeming useless and hokey as a result. This bad experience is what made me immediately start researching education alternatives so that my partner and I will be strong for one another during birth. This labor support techniques class taught us so much more and also encouraged us to think of other things that might be of comfort during the laboring experience."
“Learning the numerous positions that can be used during delivery. Also, the class gave my husband a better idea on what to expect and how to handle different situations that may arise."
“Michelle was very knowledgeable and had some great information to share with us. I wish I would have taken this class the first time I was pregnant instead of the classes we took at the hospital. The hospital classes scared us and painted some very negative pictures. Michelle focused on the positive things you can do during birth and on positive outcomes."
"I would want other women to get the benefits I did during the birth of my son."
“Yes! We learned a lot of hands-on ways to work as a team and allow my husband to assist with pain management during labor. He also learned some tips about how to interact emotionally with a laboring woman :) Being able to try all the techniques that were explained - this is especially helpful for my husband."
“Michelle exceeded my expectations time and time again. Even after my expectations were exceeded, she exceeded my exceeded expectations. I think she made me feel confident in myself and my ability to do it and that everything I was going through was normal.”
"I cannot explain how grateful I am for Mothering the Mother and the doulas who are gracious enough to provide their time, energy, expertise, and finances to help others. After all of the horrific things we hear about going on in the world, Mothering the Mother reminds me that the heart of mankind is good, caring, and loving."
"It was more for reassurance that things were being done right. I was worried about my baby’s latch and that she was feeding enough. I just had so many questions that I needed answered about breastfeeding in general, as well as newborn care, pumping and just being a first time mom!"