As a new mom, I honestly struggle to find words adequate enough to describe how wonderful it has been to have Nicky with us during this transformative time. At the beginning of my pregnancy, I hadn’t given much thought to birth plans and birth options. I was working full time and pursuing a degree part time, so I honestly just didn’t have time to think about it! I knew I wanted as natural and unmedicated experience as possible, but I hadn’t thought through what that meant or how to prepare for it. At the suggestion of a midwife and my step mom back home, I started looking into hiring a doula. I’ll confess it felt indulgent to invest in myself in this way, but I am so grateful that I did!
Nicky has offered so much more than I could have hoped for. Initially she coached my husband and I on hypnobirthing techniques in our home, which also included useful antenatal information… something I also hadn’t scheduled the time to do! Her calm and positive approach really helped me to relax and feel more positively about my upcoming delivery. Once I started going into labor, she was only a text/call away and she helped me and my husband make the call of when to go to the hospital. Thanks to Nicky, who worked brilliantly with the hospital staff, I ended up having a very positive hospital birth experience (I arrived at the hospital dilated at 7 cm!) and my OB even asked for Nicky’s information to refer future clients to her.
All of this only scratches the surface if how invaluable Nicky has become to me. As my family lives in the US, it will be some time before they can make it out to visit me and my now 1 week old. In the time that I’ve been discharged from the hospital, Nicky has remained in constant contact, checking in on me regularly and reassuring me through bouts of baby blues, infant fussiness, breastfeeding woes and so much more. Without fail, after each of her visits, I feel more aware of the resources available to me out here and confident and prepared to face what’s ahead. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her and I know my family are reassured knowing that there is someone who will look after my physical and emotional well-being as if I was her own daughter.
For all that she has done and continues to do for me and my baby, I cannot recommend Nicky highly enough!