The experience we had with Dishawna was amazing! Best decision I have made for the most intense and wonderful time of our lives. I honestly could not have done it without her help. She knew just the type of pressure to apply when I was in the most pain, and was always right there when I needed her most. When things got tough I knew she was there, whether it be massaging or telling me words of affirmation. She created a very soothing atmospohere in the labor room as well that helped keep the experience serene and special. One of the most significant things to my husband and I is that she was able to help my husband help me through the entire labor and delivery process. He was not able to attend the birthing classes with me (we are a military family), so it was incredible that she was able to help him while not replacing his presence in the birthing process. We had a hospital birth, and though no birth goes exactly how you anticipate, she encouraged my husband and I throughout the birth experience and this made all the difference in the world. I cannot recommend her enough!!! You will not regret having her by your side during this most special time!
Dishawna provided a wonderful and enlightening experience for my wife and I. My wife's labor and birthing process were much more manageable thanks to Dishawna. She provided excellent massage and counter pressure when needed, as well as instructed me on ways to soothe my wife in correlation with her technique. Dishawna 's service and care was exceptional and she'd be a great choice for any mommy to be seeking the aid of a professional doula.
My name is Annette Johnson. My experience with Dishawna Barnard as a doula was wonderful. Here are just some of the ways Dishawna helped me:
- Used invaluable pain management techniques
- Well prepared
- Coached me during the entire processes
- Provided additional support at the hospital and advocated for my birth plan to be implemented?Her postpartum doula services were just what I needed
- My other children were safe in her care as I took much needed naps and woke up to a tidied house!
- Was there for me 100% although my baby was 10 days "overdue"
- Helped me stick to my own birth plan
- Gave postpartum emotional support
- Gave suggestions regarding the birth and postpartum topics
- Provided articles and websites to address my questions and/concerns
- Excellent investment
- Reasonable rates
- Worth every penny!
- Supported my Christian beliefs
- I know that God brought Dishawna to our family for such a time as this!
Dishawna has been a wonderful friend and helper for three of my births. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a Doula's care. The first birth she assisted me with was my first VBAC. It was very comforting to have her presence, as my positions were limited due to pain at the incision site. She was able to help me fully relax with massage, counter pressure on my back, and reassuring words. She helped me to change positions as needed. Her help was greatly appreciated and she nearly caught the baby for me, as he made his appearance 15 minutes before the midwife arrived! During my second VBAC labor, she helped me through rough contractions and again her massage and support through contractions was very comforting. She took turns with my husband helping me and helping to care for my other children. She did a great job of occupying them while they waited! After the birth she assisted me in bathing and dressing the baby so that I could get showered and cleaned up. My third birth experience with Dishawna was a very intense labor. It was only about 6 hours from start to finish and she was there with me through it all, helping me to cope with contractions, reminding me to drink, walking with me, and helping me change positions as I needed. As we are both Christians, it was wonderful to have her support in prayer as well. I nearly had to transport to the hospital with Nathaniel's birth but with the loving support of my birth team (my husband, Dishawna, and my midwife) they helped me get through transition and second stage for a safe delivery of our son. I have always appreciated her care for me after delivery as well and her helpfulness in cleaning and tidying up after the birth. In short, I would have Dishawna at every birth I have if possible. She's very kind, compassionate, and patient. I would highly recommend her to others as well.Posted 7/26/2015
Having Dishawana Barnard as our Doula was one of the best investments I have ever made. Her dedication, commitment to her clients, vase knowledge and experience, and constant professionalism made our labor experience wonderful. My wife was in labor for over 50 hours, during that time Dishawana was there the whole time and would not leave our sight. She provide different techniques and methods to assist with the labor process. She provided words of encouragement and a caring personality, which kept motivating us to continue the original birth plan. At the hospital, she was a vital part of our labor team. She provided great feedback and suggestions, worked amazing the Kaiser/hospital staff to make sure we did our birth plan.
Ultimately, my wife was not able to do a natural birth due to unforeseen circumstances that were putting her and our baby in danger. She had to undergo a C-section. However, during that conversation Dishawna displayed a nurturing and kind heart. Providing my wife with the strength, comfort and encouragement she needed during that difficult decision.
I highly recommend Dishawna’s services to all my friends and family and would use her again in a heart bet for our next pregnancy...she is worth every penny and more.