Doula and Birthing Class Testimonials
Thoughts about Dee as my Doula
Thank you for your support, your advice, your encouragement and your friendship, Dee. Words can't express how much it meant to have you there for the arrival of our little boy.
I would have been lost without you.
S & J
Dee was my doula for the birth of my 2nd baby. She was most helpful giving me advice during labour which allowed me to look at pain from a different perspective. She removed the feeling of being overwhelmed by pain. Dee took away a lot of the fear of the unpredictability of pregnancy/labour and explained labour in both emotional and medical contexts. This deeper understanding enabled me to look at the whole experience as natural and normal. This was helpful on days when I was finding pregnancy hard, and during the most difficult stages of labour.
Dee was also helpful in that she guided my husband through the labour and showed him the best techniques for helping me along.
Dee was amazing! Both my husband and I were extremely happy to have her support us through the birth of our daughter. She really listened to and understood our needs; respecting all of our wishes during labour. She was very organised and flexible to cater for our needs during the prenatal period. I feel Dee went beyond what she needed to do (coming to our house before the hospital and staying for hours after the birth while my husband left because he was so tired). During labour the verbal cues (the languages she used) was perfect encouragement and ressurance for me. Throughout the whole experience (pre and post natal) she was able to answer all my questions and provide me with additional information. Talking to me after birth and later through text messages helped me reflect on the whole experience. This made me feel like I had made the best decisions possible for my birth and later caring for for my baby.
N & M
Dee was most helpful by providing support and encouragement to me. We attempted a natural birth after caesarean, as a natural birth was of great importance to us. We feel that Danera (Dee) provided us with excellent care and support to achieve this.
Although a natural birth was not the end result, we feel fulfilled and complete knowing that after a long labour and a late arrival, along with wonderful pre-natal and birth support, we gave it our all.
Dee provides expert birthing support by having great birthing knowledge and skills.
Thank you Dee, we have been blessed with your support throughout our pregnancy and our birthing experience.
Dee was invaluable for my 3 day labour, I was so calm, happy and didn't worry about the birth. That would have never happened without Dee's training and support. I was so grateful to have Dee's experience. she is an amazing person and I would recommend her to any woman! She couldn't have done anything more for me.
Thank you so much, Kylie
Birthing From Within Classes
Dee explained the birth experience well without sugar coating. My partner with 2 children from a previous relationship found Dee's class much more beneficial than those taught in hospitals. She prepared me mentally for childbirth. Dee also kept in contact after my baby was born - showing the care she has for people attending the class. Dee was an excellent mentor!
Dee was engaging, approachable and happy to answer any questions clearly. She facilitated lively discussions amongst us all. I found getting the practical information, like info on hormones and drugs, and what to take to hospital very valuable. The class positively influenced our relationship as it identified the strategies that may be more effective for us during labour. By the end of the classes, Dee doubled my confidence in pain coping! The classes also gave my partner knowledge and confidence to have a more active role during the labour.
Tex & Son say:
In my birthing classes with Dee I felt really comfortable asking questions and in fact this was encouraged. The classes were more of a discussion than just receiving information. The classes gave my partner insight and lots of tools to help cope, thereby giving him more confidence. It was a great bonding experience & united us in our feeling that we were doing all possible to prepare ourselves for the upcoming arrival. I really appreciated our small class and Dee's fantastic calming way that made us feel that no questions were silly or invaluable and no answers were wrong.
All of the work we did on pain awareness exercises in the birthing classes seemed a bit over the top at the time, but on the day was very very helpful. The classes were fun to do with my partner and I learnt a lot about her from her art & comments during the classes which makes me love her more. For me as a first time father the classes were fun, very informative and Dee was a great teacher.
My partner and I both thought that Dee's attitude towards the topics & delivery of the discussions are what took the class from helpful to amazing. The group discussions where partners were asked how they feel, helped make us feel like we were taking the journey together, and therefore I felt more supported. It made us think about how the other person must be feeling too. The ice and breathing techniques were what I liked most about the classes.
I had a great positive birth experience and I think Dee helped me achieve that.
Thank you, Clara
The classes were so intimate and personal, so Dee really understood each couple as a result. The most helpful/valuable things I learned were exploring the various pain coping techniques, the stages of labour, and having my husband learn the same info. I was surprised to find the vocalisation most valuable during labour! In class learning about the postpartum period was great as it showed the reality of how much our daily routines would alter to meet our newborn babys needs. We also learned how vital it is to create time with each other. I would absolutely recommend Dees classes to any other expecting parents!
I look forward to the prenatal classes every week! Having a group of like minded women to share the excitements & challenges of pregnancy has been such a blessing through my pregnancy. I would highly recommend the class to anyone looking for a gentle, supportive & social yoga class. Thanks for all your help so far Dee, looking forward to continuing through & into Mum's & Bubs in 2017!
Loved doing prenatal yoga with Dee - she's the best teacher and so chilled, just what I needed! My husband and I also did the birthing from within course and it helped us so much to stay calm and positive throughout the whole journey. Plus we met some amazing people doing it! Highly recommend this to everyone...
When I first tried Dee's prenatal yoga I instantly felt peaceful, calm and alive after the first class. And I thought, you know what I think this Yoga teacher has a beautiful pure heart! Im a fan! As I continued doing yoga with Dee, I started feeling better and better and better in terms of back pain, siatica and cramps. I can now say the yoga has 99.9% made all my body pains gone! Dee also gave me a wonderful pregnancy massage and I really did go into that deep peace state! So thank you Dee for your wonderful work and sharing it with us to benefit us all! Thank you
I feel so good after coming to your Beginners Yoga classes. My legs don't ache and I have much more energy for the rest of my busy week standing all day at work. I especially love the relaxation at the end where you talk us through it. Thank you, I can't wait for next week!