Very quick birth at RPA birth centre
It was great to have Virginia as part of our birthing team. We engaged her services very late in my pregnancy (about week 36) and found Virginia to be very willing to work with us in terms of scheduling meetings and talking on the phone at short notice.
In our pre-birth meetings she really helped Doug and I to think through and further understand many things about the birthing process so that we could develop a birth plan that worked for us. I originally was not going to have a birth plan, however found the exercise really valuable.
Unfortunately, due to a very fast delivery, Virginia just missed the 2nd stage, however, arrived for 3rd stage and helped me to identify feelings of shock after a quick birth. Her verbal reassurance and assistance with massage helped me to calm down and deliver the placenta without an injection.
Although early in her career as a doula, I found Virginia to be competent and honest about her experiences and her knowledge. She was eager to research areas she wasn’t sure about and conveyed a genuine interest in helping to make the birth experience positive for Doug and I. She also provided a detailed summary of our work together which forms a written memory of the birth of our daughter, Hannah.
We are glad that we chose to have a doula support our birth and really enjoyed working with Virginia.