Testimonial from Stephanie Dock:
Olya has an amazing presence – she is incredibly calming and supportive, competent and quietly confident in a way that helped me to stay calm and comfortable throughout labor.
As first time parents, my husband and I were looking for a doula to help keep us from getting overwhelmed during the birth process and keep us both calm. We were quite late to line up a doula, but Olya worked with us quickly to answer questions and provided suggestions and templates. I was confident she supported and understood my preferences. I wanted someone who would support me in laboring without much intervention, but also wasn’t dogmatic about any one approach. Olya fit that.
When I went into labor, Olya came to our house and helped me to labor there before we transferred to the hospital. She gave us the confidence to labor at home for awhile and she helped us to decide when to head to the hospital. At home and at the hospital, she suggested positions for comfort and talked me through breathing exercises. She made sure my husband was able to support and comfort me. With her quiet voice and calm presence, she talked me through what I later learned were hypno-birthing techniques. It was an amazing combination and I spent labor in a surprisingly zen state.
Once baby arrived, Olya took pictures to capture the moment and quietly left my husband and I to recover. When we got home, I also discovered she had washed a load of towels that had gotten wet after I labored in the bathtub for a little while. Olya has checked in several times since baby arrived and even helped me figure out a baby carrying wrap when she did her postpartum visit.
I highly recommend Ola and will be calling her if we have a second child.