Testimonial from Heather I
I decided to hire a doula when I read that doulas are also support people for dads/partners - I realized my husband may need a cup of coffee during a long labor. I found Susie's card at my OB's office and instantly felt connected - not only was she someone I could trust and feel comfortable with, I saw her as someone I could be friends with. We hired Susie several months before I was due. I communicated with her via and text with questions and concerns. Even though she has 5 (adorable!) kids, she always got back to me quickly. I felt very much at ease.
As we "finalized" my birth "plan," Susie made sure to go over everything I wanted and didn't want during labor and delivery. I didn't want any medical intervention but knew it was a possibility & ultimately I'd listen to my doctors. Turns out, we had lots of cards not in our favor so it was not the labor I had hoped for. But Susie did not disappoint. At all.
We called Susie to the hospital when I went on pitocin. She worked with my husband to employ comfort techniques and incredible emotional support. Any time I started freaking out she reminded me to breathe and walked me through the contractions. When I finally couldn't take it anymore and asked for an epidural (something I did not want), she helped me remain calm and confirmed that it was something I really did want. (I did)
I felt so supported with Susie (and so did my husband, who was amazing, but we'd never done this before!). She helped me through a painful "labor down" while we waited for my OB to deliver my son. And then she hung around while we got settled after the birth. I was sad to see her go!
Susie's postpartum visit was a life-saver. She helped me set up a breast pump and walked me through the basics of pumping and preparing bottles.
If you're looking for a doula, look no further than Susie. I am so happy and fortunate to have found her and truly could not have done this without her.
Testimonial from Melissa M
My first daughter was born via emergency c-section and the process felt so rushed and frantic (guess that's why it was an emergency). I knew for my second baby I'd want to have a different experience (if possible) so late into my third trimester, I found Susie Conrad. She's the best! As a doula, she's a wealth of knowledge (ranging from superfluous to critical - like which products to buy to help perineal tears and alternate birthing positions). Susie was a calming force as I labored at home with such sage advice that had me checking into the hospital at 9.5cm dilated. Her presence, advice, and sweet words during labor helped to calm both my husband and me - and with her support I ended up having the most amazing VBAC experience. Susie helped me trust my baby, trust my body, and trust the labor process - exactly what I needed! I'd recommend Susie in a heartbeat (and I have time and time again)!
TESTIMONIAL FROM LAUREN S
SUSIE WAS PARAMOUNT DURING MY MARATHON VBAC. MY HUSBAND AND I WERE BOTH SO THANKFUL SHE WAS THERE TO SUPPORT ME DURING LABOR AND DELIVERY. I WOULD RECOMMEND HER TO MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER, I WOULD WANT HER BY MY SIDE AGAIN.
TESTIMONIAL FROM KATY C
I KNEW BEFORE I GOT PREGNANT THAT I WOULD WANT A DOULA FOR THE BIRTH OF MY FUTURE CHILD. I HEARD MANY BENEFITS OF HIRING A DOULA FROM CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS. OUR SEARCH FOR ONE BEGAN AS SOON AS I WAS IN MY SECOND TRIMESTER. WE MET WITH A COUPLE DIFFERENT DOULAS AND AFTER MEETING SUSIE, WE JUST KNEW. SHE HAS A GREAT PERSONALITY THAT FIT WTH MY HUSBAND AND ME. SUSIE WAS ALSO WONDERFUL AT REASSURING AND EXPLAINING TO MY HUSBAND THAT SHE WAS NOT THERE TO TAKE HIS PLACE (A CONCERN HE HAD ABOUT HIRING A DOULA).
WE PLANNED QUITE A BIT AT OUR FIRST PRENATAL APPOINTMENT, AND MADE PLANS TO MEET AGAIN BEFORE MY DUE DATE. AROUND 32 WEEKS WE FOUND OUT OUR BABY WAS BREECH. SUSIE WAS IN COMMUNICATION WITH US IN REGARDS TO WHAT WE WANTED TO DO, ESPECIALLY IF A CESAREAN BECAME NECESSARY.
I WENT INTO LABOR EXACTLY ONE MONTH BEFORE MY DUE DATE. THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF MY LABOR, SUSIE WAS IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH ME. EVEN THOUGH I ENDED UP HAVING A CESAREAN, MY HUSBAND AND I DECIDED WE WANTED TO HAVE SUSIE THERE. SHE ARRIVED AT THE HOSPITAL AND HELPED ME THROUGH MY CONTRACTIONS BEFORE I WENT INTO SURGERY. SHE STAYED OUTSIDE AND WAITED FOR ME, MET ME IN RECOVERY AND SUPPORTED US IN MY POSTPARTUM ROOM. SUSIE FAR EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS OF A DOULA, ESPECIALLY WHEN OUR BIRTH PLAN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN. SHE HAS SINCE BEEN A TREMENDOUS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT WHENEVER I NEEDED IT. I CAN'T IMAGINE HAVING TO GO THROUGH THIS WHOLE PROCESS WITHOUT HER!
Testimonial from Samantha W
If you are in the market for a doula, Susie is your gal! After having a not so great first birth experience I decided on hiring a doula to help me achieve the experience I longed for. Susie gave me reassurance that women can have natural births. She gave me the tools and the confidence to know I can do it too. She has such a calming presence. I wouldn't change my son's birth for anything and I have Susie to thank.
Testimonial from Jayne K
I highly, highly suggest hiring Susie! Being able to contact her, throughout my pregnancy, (with questions you probably shouldn't call the doctor for) gave me complete peace of mind. She is a great listener and has a confident sweetness about her. She is easy to be around, but was amazing when she had to take charge while I was having intense contractions. She listened to what I wanted and when I was having complications, was able to tell me what the doctor was probably coming back in to say or do. That helped me make educated decisions instead of being pressured into doing something I didn't want or know what it was. She was very flexible and definitely had our best interest in mind. Having an advocate in the delivery room and throughout my pregnancy, coupled with Susie's expertise, confident sweetness, flexibility, and integrity truly was invaluable.
Testimonial from Tracy B
Moms in the market for a doula - this review is for you!
Moms considering/planning for a VBAC - this review is for you!
My little Archer was born via unmedicated VBAC with the help of God, my husband, and Susie!
I had a smooth hypnobabies-assisted delivery in the hospital with my beloved husband & incredible doula Susie Conrad by my side. I had a supportive provider & a wonderful experience. I delivered at St. Luke's in Bethlehem. (In the interest of full disclosure, I am an employee of St. Luke's, in a different capacity and at a different entity.)
You CAN have a natural labor in the hospital. You CAN have an unmedicated vaginally delivery (women and our bodies are incredibly strong). You CAN have a safe, successful VBAC.
Prepare yourself with facts, a supportive partner & care provider, and an awesome doula. I cannot say enough positive things about Susie as our doula. She was wonderful, compassionate, hands on when I needed it, hanging back to let my husband help me labor when I needed that. I am so thankful we found Susie and had her share in the incredible experience that was Archer's birth!
Be confident and empowered in your birthing experiences and your choice of doula, Mommas. You are strong.
TESTIMONIAL FROM MARGIE M
ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH, I GAVE BIRTH TO MY 4TH CHILD, AND 1ST SON, JAMES. IT WAS A SCHEDULED INDUCTION (AS WITH MY PREVIOUS 3 BIRTHS), BUT THE FIRST TIME GOING THROUGH LABOR WITH A DOULA.
BEFORE BEING INDUCED MY BODY KEPT GOING IN AND OUT OF LABOR. I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY MY BODY KEPT FOOLING ME LIKE IT DID, BUT WITH SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FROM SUSIE CONRAD, I PUSHED THROUGH THE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS OF PAINFUL CONTRACTIONS THAT ALWAYS SEEMED TO STOP. TOGETHER WE FIGURED OUT THAT MY LABOR WAS CONTINUOUSLY STALLING BECAUSE OF BABY'S POSITION IN THE WOMB. SUSIE WAS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ON NATURAL WAYS TO WORK THROUGH HIS POSITIONING AND PROVIDED ME WITH INFORMATION ON THINGS I COULD DO TO HELP HIM TURN (HE WAS IN RIGHT OCCIPUT POSTERIOR POSITION).
I BEGAN PITOCIN LATE SUNDAY EVENING, AND AS SOON AS I FELT THE NEED FOR HER SUPPORT SUSIE ARRIVED QUICKLY AND READY TO GO. SHE STUCK WITH ME THROUGH EACH AND EVERY CONTRACTION, REMINDING ME TO BREATH, HELPING ME TRY DIFFERENT POSITIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT OF ON MY OWN, RUBBING MY BACK AS NEEDED, CALLING FOR THE NURSE WHEN I ASKED, KEEPING MY SPIRITS UP AND MY MIND DETERMINED DESPITE HOW BADLY THE CONTRACTIONS WERE HURTING. I HAD NEVER GONE SO LONG WITHOUT AN EPIDURAL WITH MY OTHER PREGNANCIES, AND FOR ONCE I FELT PRIDE IN WHAT I HAD DONE. IF IT WASN'T FOR SUSIE I WOULD HAVE BEEN CONFINED TO MY BED, FULL OF FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY (AS I HAD WITH MY PREVIOUS BIRTHS). INSTEAD OF FEELING TRAUMATIZED AND ALONE AS LABOR CAN SO OFTEN MAKE YOU FEEL, I FELT LIKE SUSIE, MY HUSBAND, AND MYSELF ALL WORKED TOGETHER AS A PERFECT TEAM. SUSIE NEVER ONCE LEFT MY SIDE.
OVER ALL IT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LABOR AND DELIVERY I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED, AND I AM BEYOND GRATEFUL FOR SUSIE BEING WITH ME EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. :)