I get tearful looking back at my birth experience. It was exciting and powerful! My plan was to have a natural water-birth at the Birth Center of Baton Rouge.Read More
I understand attending a natural birth class and hiring a doula may sound silly to most guys, because it sounded silly to me at first. I thought, what could she possibly do to make this birth go any better?
After the birth, telling our story to other people, I am surprised when people ask me, “What is a doula?” I tell them doula means angel.Read More
Finally, after about an hour of pushing, Charlie FINALLY flipped. What a difference! I could finally feel contractions in my front and all of my back pain disappeared instantly. However, by this point, I was so tired that I didn't know if I could finish it. All the while, the team of nurses, René, Mike and Dr. Barrios provided nothing but support and in those "I can't do this" moments (of which I had quite a few), they looked deep into my eyes and reassured me that I could do this. I was doing this. Michelle Barton
René was a fantastic doula! Having René at the birth was a huge help for my wife and for myself. She did a great job of coaching my wife through the different stages of the process. She also did a great job of keeping me from getting overwhelmed and lost in the moment by giving me subtle hints or gentle instructions about things I could do to help. I was also extremely impressed with René's ability to work with the hospital staff. Mike BartonRead More
I remember very little exact detail, but what I do remember is René's voice in my ear, painting a visual of the beautiful sunset outside our window and telling me that I was a powerful birthing woman, exactly what I needed to hear to have the strength and confidence to keep going.Read More