Place of Birth: Vincent Pallotti Hospital
I knew from the very first moment I met Charlene at our hypnobirthing course, that I wanted her to be our Doula. Unfortunately, with it being our first pregnancy, I was a little deluded about childbirth and thought that it was something that I would very easily be able to manage, with a little help from hubby.
Boy, was I wrong! It was an extremely long, and hard labour and although my midwife was amazing, and hubby really did try his best to help me through it, he just really didn’t know ‘what to do’, even though there isn’t much that he was really able to do, apart from hold my hand and help me with breathing and tell me ‘you can do it, you can do it’. It was only when I thought back on this, that I knew that for our second time around, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted another lady there with me, all for me, on my side completely, to help me through, and I just KNEW that it had to be Charlene.
From our very first conversation, I felt instantly calm, relaxed, tranquil. Every conversation you have with Charlene you can truly feel that she is deeply listening to everything that you are saying to her, that she truly cares about you, and that she is a fierce warrior that you need on your side during the most important, arduous task you will ever endure in your lifetime! She helped guide hubby, so that he felt like he was being useful, even if it was just asking him to go and fetch some ice, or go to the shop for water. He really felt like he was more helpful this time around just because he had a little womanly guidance when I was unable to be there for him. He wasn’t convinced the first time I told him that I absolutely had to have a doula for the birth of our second son, but afterwards, his first words to me were ‘I’m so glad we had Charlene’.
Charlene, I can’t thank you enough for everything you were to me on that day. For the eye contact, for the love, the support, the advice, the sounding board for many ‘bad words’, and for driving me to the hospital when hubby had to take our little toddler to school. Even for afterwards, when I was back at home, for coming by to chat, for rubbing my feet and for showing me how best to latch our little Logan while breastfeeding. For the photos you took, and sent to me that captured Logan’s first breaths, absolutely everything you did will never, ever be forgotten and I am so grateful that you shared that day with us because you were 100% part of every single moment and I will never forget you!
Watch “Birth Story Of Logan Newman – 3rd July 2015” on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/137132828
All the images used in this testimonial were taken by Sherra-Lyn Breebaart – Maternal Birth & Photography; 0829218244, firstname.lastname@example.org.