“Here I sit at 3:30 am nursing, reflecting on our birth experience. Phone in one hand typing and my sweet baby boy with a beautiful latch cradled in the other. Thanks to Hannah’s guidance, nursing is going far superior to the last time around.
There was fear and doubt in me about the ‘pain’ of birth. Day after day, reading blog after blog I sought to fill my mind with stories about pain free and bliss filled births. As if somehow I could control my birthing experience to have the desired outcome by holding my thoughts around others births that sounded like what I wanted. Hannah fully supported me through this process and answered the myriad of questions that came along with it.
My due date came and went and in came more fear about my body failing, which logically I knew was a ridiculous thought, how could God have created a life within me and then just stop a minute short of the finish line? Hannah was there to pray for me and speak life into my doubt.
Induction was then scheduled for close to two weeks late and in my mind I kissed goodbye all my hopes and dreams of natural childbirth. I completely broke down, Hannah was then there for my husband guiding him in the best way to be my rock solid support, unwavering in love.
Labor started the morning we were scheduled for induction and Hannah proved to have prepared both my husband and myself enough to labor mostly at home, for when I was ready for her to be there with us, it was already time to go to the hospital. We delivered just about 30 minutes after arriving at the hospital, achieving my hope of a natural childbirth. Thanks to Hannah’s advice and great support we succeeded in our dream. “
“Hannah brought a peace that is almost inexplainable to the room…she took care of everything!…In the most intense moments Hannah prayed with me, believed with me and kept me completely relaxed, and she helped my husband to relax so he could be present with me. There is one moment I will never forget. I was in transition and feeling defeated. Hannah spoke up and told me to let it all out and express what I was feeling. That it was OK to let it all out, cry, and to embrace what was happening. I have never felt so liberated or free. I will forever be grateful for her presence at our birth, her knowledge, and her confidence in me. This is by far what Hannah is supposed to do in life and I would recommend her to anyone who is expecting!”
“Hannah was very helpful during my birth while I was experiencing strong labor pains. My plan was to have a natural birth. My strong contractions started around noon and they came very quickly and with a bang. Hannah helped me manage my breathing and we tried different positions to get me more comfortable. We then moved to the shower because they were still very strong, the shower helped a lot but I quickly became exhausted and I was not progressing at all. I ended up getting an epidural and Hannah remained with me for the rest of my birth. She stayed with me until Jasper was born in the middle of the night. Even after the epidural there were some hiccups in my labor and she helped to keep me calm and explain what we would do in each circumstance. She made sure I was comfortable the whole time and kept the room as stress free as possible. I would definitely recommend her if you are looking into having a doula at your birth.”
Hannah Yaksich is the owner of Sweet Spirited Birth, LLC. She is an Approved Birth Professional of the Eden’s Promise Initiative, a Holistic Christian Birth Movement committed to the Faith and Freedom approach in Colorado Springs, CO.
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