It's hard to find someone that you're comfortable with for the most vulnerable and intense experience of giving birth. I was unsure that we wanted a doula because I couldn't imagine finding someone I connected to on that kind of level. But since I wanted a natural birth and it was our first child I decided it was important to have someone in my corner. I interviewed a few doulas but when I met Lindzy I knew almost immediately that she was the right fit for us. I love that she is also a personal trainer. I wanted someone with that kind of energy during my birth. I knew it would be an act of endurance and I needed someone who could gently push me to believe that I could do it.
From the very beginning of hiring Lindzy she started helping me get mentally and physically prepped. She is a Mom herself and to me it was really important that I had someone who had gone through birth themselves. Having her on call was really valuable to me in the weeks ahead. She was always a calming voice and helped me get out of fear immediately. When it came to birth day Lindzy helped my husband get more involved which meant a lot to me. I really wanted him to be my partner in the experience. She guided him to be that for me which made it feel like we were entering parenthood as a team.
My birth escalated very quickly in the end and we were filled with fear that we wouldn't make it to the hospital in time. Lindzy was such a calming presence and she told us, "this is exciting." Little words of affirmation like that got my husband and I out of fear and into the moment. Lindzy was there to take pictures and video of the birth which was such a cool treasure to have afterwards. When our daughter was born I was filled with a tremendous accomplishment that I did it. I know that we were very lucky that we didn't have complications during our birth so we could deliver naturally. But I also know that having Lindzy there was a big reason why the birth went so well.
I didn't expect the days and weeks after the birth to be so difficult and Lindzy knew what to expect. She was there for me supporting me through some breastfeeding challenges and was there as an emotional support when I was overwhelmed. It's hard for me to justify spending money on myself at times but hiring Lindzy was invaluable. Hiring her was not only an act of self care and love but it was also a gift to my husband and daughter. The birth will always be an experience we can all look back on fondly. I hope Lindzy will be available to help us again in our next birth because I can't imagine doing it without her.
Birth Doula Client
Katie, July 2019
I am writing to you today to express my sincere gratitude for the personal training you have provided me. I can’t express enough my thanks for the results we have achieved from our many hours in the gym working on losing weight, building strength and growing muscle while learning the proper form and technique in weight lifting and overall good health. With your help I lost over 40 pounds and have improved my health enough to eliminate blood pressure and cholesterol medications I thought I would be taking for the rest of my life. Thanks to your physical training and nutritional knowledge, I have become healthier than I have been in many years.
When we first met, you asked me what my goals were. After using another trainer in the past you were the first one who helped me achieve MY goals. You listened and understood what I wanted to accomplish in my workouts. You were also flexible and willing to accommodate my schedule, which made it easier for me to stick with the program over the long term.
Thanks, Lindzy, for helping me get back into a healthier, more youthful condition than I have been in years!
As a first time mom, I didn't know what I didn't know. I spoke to a friend in Indiana who recommended a doula but I didn't know who to hire. I was referred to Lindzy and in our first conversation, we absolutely clicked. She is the best mix of empowerment, education, and informed consent in my opinion. While I ended up having complications that didn't allow her to be in the room during my c-section, she was there for me the entire time leading up to our daughter's birth and then was the first person, besides my husband, in the room afterwards. Her knowledge and practical tips for breastfeeding made it so helpful and we left the hospital with a baby that breastfed like a champ. Afterwards, I struggled with PPD/PPA and Lindzy checked in on me regularly. She truly went above and beyond her "contractual" requirements and cared for me as a person, not just a client.
If you have any doubt if you should hire Lindzy, it is completely worth the investment. She is such a wealth of knowledge and I couldn't have done this without her. Her patience in educating my husband and I made us feel so informed before every doctor's visit. You can tell that she absolutely loves what she does and truly believes in informed consent and empowered parents.
Lindzy - thank you for helping Joe and I welcome Amelia into this world. You have made an impression on us for the rest of our lives. We are eternally grateful for your support.
Birth Doula Client,
Briana, December 2019