Hanieh Rad & david Spisack,
San Francisco, CA
We had our baby (our first, by the way) back in September. 2014. My husband and I were sure about one thing: we had no idea what to do with a newborn. In comes Caroline Meagher, doula extraordinaire. We hired Caroline to help us get settled with our new little one. I had learned about the huge difference having a doula could make but my husband was at first hesitant. He was concerned about the cost and wasn't certain it was something we really needed. After just 1 week he not only understood the value she could bring - he wondered why she did't cost more! Not only does she have years of experience under her belt (over 15 years as a nanny followed up by 12 years as postpartum doula), but she is also a sleep consultant and lactation educator. She taught us everything from bathing and feeding to getting our boy down to a predictable sleeping rhythm. She helped me find the confidence to leave the house with the baby for basic errands like supermarket shopping and doctor's visits (just as important to know what NOT to take as it is what you need). Most importantly, she took care of ALL of us.....she was an not only an advocate for the baby but was also an advocate for us as new parents.
My husband and I appreciated her help so much and we are forever grateful for the lessons, patience, and care she brought to our home at such a special time of chaos. The impact was so remarkable that literally every one of our friends with new babies (there are 9) seriously regretted not making the investment we did. Because it not only made a difference in those critically important, and normally very challenging first few weeks - they have seen us benefit from what she taught us long after she was our daytime doula. To this day, I attribute my little boy's sleep schedule and how we have learned to trouble shoot sleep challenges to Caroline's wisdom.
I would strongly recommend Caroline for any expectant mom (and dad). Her presence was absolutely priceless and worth every penny. We miss her presence, wisdom and guidance on a daily basis. Making the decision to hire her was absolutely the best and perhaps most important one we have made as new parents. Now we are pregnant with baby #2 (due in May) and of course, we have enlisted Caroline's help once again. There is no way I would let my new little one miss out on her special touch.