Love Notes

 

Sharon was there every step of the way and, while she never told us what to do or how to do it, we knew she would “go to the mat” for us in whatever choice we made.

When asked to describe Sharon, my husband says it best: she was our guide. No truer words can be said about the woman who was our doula for three years before she attended the birth of our second son. Sharon lovingly helped guide us through cesarean recovery, a miscarriage, surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, and, ultimately, the hard decisions about where and how to pursue a hands-off, yet fully supported VBAC.  Over the last three years, Sharon answered all of my tear-filled phone calls and gently, yet firmly, handed me the shovel when I needed to dig deep.

When we were finally expecting our second son, Sharon was an enthusiastic supporter of our strong baby and in my inherent ability to birth him. We initially planned a hospital VBAC, but began to feel unsettled with our decision. Sharon was there every step of the way and, while she never told us what to do or how to do it, we knew she would “go to the mat” for us in whatever choice we made. We ultimately decided on a home GBAC (garage birth after cesarean) and I have Sharon to thank for believing in me before I believed in myself. On the day of our son’s birth, Sharon was the first to arrive at our birth house (my mother-in-law’s converted garage) and let in the labor tub crew to set up and fill the tub. I was in active labor when we arrived and dove straight into Sharon’s strong embrace. She was an ace at reading my cues and body language as I was firmly ensconced in ‘laborland’ and unable to speak. Sharon and my husband had a great rapport and several rounds of priceless banter that still get me laughing. She was equal parts comforting, uplifting, and downright funny!  Our childbearing journey was a rough and tender road and Sharon helped pave the way to a perfect, simple, and powerful GBAC. Thank you, Sharon, from the bottom of our ever-grateful hearts. We did it!!! —Nate, Janya, Glen and Cal, Kirkland VBAC doula client


Watch Sharon in action at the beautiful birth of Baby Cal!
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 After witnessing Sharon in action at a friend’s birth, I knew she was the doula I wanted at my birth. Her calm presence, experience, and compassion are second to none. Though I would have loved to homebirth, medical issues necessitated I birth in a hospital. Sharon was instrumental in helping me create an atmosphere in the hospital where I was able to ‘let go’ and have the unmedicated birth I’d hoped for. Being a postpartum RN I didn’t think I would need much help after the birth, but after my baby was unexpectedly hospitalized for a week, Sharon was right there providing advice, emotional support, home visits, and assistance with breastfeeding. It was invaluable and helped us successfully navigate the transition from life in the hospital to life at home. Thanks, Sharon! –Amelia, James and Jesse, Seattle doula client

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Sharon is compassionate, supportive, straightforward, and insightful.  She knows how to give support without taking away from others, knows how to ask the right questions, and knows how to bring humor and levity all while being very compassionate.  During prenatal visits, Sharon took the time to get to know my husband and I and really understand what our wants and needs were.  She was always available via phone or email to ask questions of or simply to talk to for support on anything related to the pregnancy and upcoming birth.  I also appreciated her desire to have updates after all our prenatal midwife visits.

Sharon was incredibly supportive and available during my two days of prodromal labor and during the earlier hours of my active labor.  By the time she actually arrived at our house I felt as though she had been with us all along.  She knew immediately how to be helpful to both my husband and me.  Throughout a long and difficult labor,  Sharon somehow always knew what was needed and never overstepped her boundaries nor took away the role from my husband.  She helped my husband be so intimately involved in the birth, in ways that he wouldn’t have known how to be without her guidance.  From physically putting food and water into my mouth after every single contraction, to assisting me in breathing and keeping my energy inside, to playing YouTube videos for humor, to reading passages from my BlessingsWay book, to holding my hands while in the tub, to offering new positions that involved the support of my husband, to taking countless photos of the labor and birth (without ever being asked)…Sharon was amazing!  She was no doubt an intricate piece in the success of our home VBAC.  –Erin, John, Miles and Keira, Eastside home birth after cesarean doula client

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Sharon was an incredible addition to our birth experience and without her knowledge and support I could not have had the amazing journey of birthing my son.  What started out as a VBAC, turned into a scheduled C-section.  Sharon was with me all the way throughout my journey and in the end with the birth of my son.  She was sensitive to our needs and was an expert in all things baby and birth related.  I can’t recommend her enough.  I feel very blessed that I was able to connect with her in this special time in our family’s life. –Virgina, Ashley, Aubrey, and Emiliano, Seattle doula client

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The birth of my first child left much to be desired. Although we were ecstatic to have a beautiful, healthy baby, both my husband and I felt really unprepared and un-supported during labor and delivery. I walked away from that experience knowing there had to be a better way to have a baby.

We met with Sharon and two other doulas as soon as I found out I was pregnant with my second child. We chose Sharon for many reasons. Besides personality fit, Sharon had the experience and knowledge we sought. Sharon is a great listener, easy to work with, and flexible. She was always available in person, by phone and email during my pregnancy and afterwards. During our meetings with Sharon we learned so much. Sharon presented a great deal of information about birth options and taught us numerous coping/support techniques–which we applied during labor. I also learned many little tips about all things pregnancy and baby along the way.

Sharon helped normalize the birthing process, taught me to trust my body and work with the “sensations” of labor. Sharon was extremely present and encouraging to both my husband and I during my birth.

I entered this birth with confidence and excitement, and left this birth feeling amazed and deeply satisfied with the positive birth I experienced. Thanks, Sharon!!! –Jenn, Jim, Will and Lucy, Seattle doula client

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After moving to Seattle and finding the medical birth community very unsupportive of VBAC, I joined ICAN and found Sharon. My husband and I met with her early in my second pregnancy and found her to be very experienced, warm, knowledgeable, and most of all really believes at her core that women can birth normally. I should mention that my background is that I worked as a high-risk OB RN as well as an Ob/Gyn Nurse Practitioner doing prenatal care for many years, so I’m pretty picky when it comes to choosing my healthcare providers. In conjunction with my CNM, we had a great birth team. Sharon met with us several times prior to the birth to go over coping techniques, talk about concerns, etc. and she was always available to me by phone as well. Unfortunately I ran into some very challenging circumstances at the end of my pregnancy (going very post-dates) and Sharon was reassuring and kept me resolute in my decision to have a VBAC. I ended up having a very long and difficult labor which ultimately ended in another c-section, however it was my choice to have the c-section and I had a very positive experience with it this time around. When I was in labor, Sharon came to our house at midnight and stayed with us at our house until the next afternoon when we went to the midwife’s office. She massaged me, helped with breathing techniques, made me & my husband food, and kept me going mentally. My husband and I both believe that we would have gone to the hospital much, much earlier if she wasn’t with us. When I had the c-section, Sharon was with my husband and I in the OR, cut my husband’s shirt open to have the baby be skin-to-skin right after birth, and stayed with us postpartum to assist with breastfeeding, which was very helpful. Sharon is one of the leaders of Seattle’s birth community, teaching other doulas, attending many births, and also has great connections with many different birth providers in the area. She is the best! –Dahlia, Jeremy, Danielle and Natalie, Sammamish doula client

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He said: “I’m your typical over-educated first-born Northeasterner who has a science background, so when my wife mentioned that she would like a doula at the birth of our first child, my first thought was, “Whatever you want, babe.”  My second thought was, “What’s a doula?”  After I found out, and went looking, Sharon came highly recommended to us to by Penny Simkin and her staff.

We met Sharon and I believed that she would be exactly what I perceived a doula to be – a Pacific Northwestern hippie chick who’ll ask us what kind of incense we want coupled with the Gregorian chants that accompany every birth here in Seattle.

I am here to say that I could not have more off base – – I could not have been more wrong.

We met twice before the birth and she went over what to expect, from the gory details to the beauty that will be our child.  We practiced exercises, and she has a way of explaining things to me that resonated with my background.  She was fantastic, well educated, has an experience level that surpassed most people at the hospital,  and even quoted studies at the birth center when the nurses and midwives were asking us about a certain procedure and if we wanted it.

She knew all the little things that would help my wife get through the birth naturally, something that was very important to her.  Her sense of timing was impeccable, from making my wife eat to making sure I ate!

I can’t recommend her highly enough, and I think a big reason my wife and baby girl got through it as well as they did was directly due to Sharon.  Good luck to you all, and may you be fortunate enough to have a doula as great as Sharon Muza!!!

She said: I had a great birth experience, and much of that had to do with the fact that Sharon Muza was my Doula.  I felt Sharon really used the pre-birth meetings with my husband and I to get to know us, to learn what we wanted out of our birth experience, and to share her vast knowledge and resources with us.  During the birth, Sharon never took over, she came out of the woodwork and supported us as needed- often even before we knew we needed support.  My husband initially worried he would be replaced by a Doula– he says now that wasn’t the case at all.  Instead, Sharon would help, support, and suggest so he could concentrate on being there for me.  After the birth, I had some minor problems.  Sharon was there for me with advice, support, and calls way beyond what was expected.  I will always be grateful to her for that.

Take a look at Sharon’s resume.  She is incredibly experienced, and knowledgeable- I would say one of the most experienced in town. We were very impressed.  She doesn’t flaunt this, however.  It becomes evident with the way she works with you- she tailors her work to your needs and your wishes. I never found her to impose her beliefs on me.  As far as my husband and I are concerned, you cannot go wrong with hiring Sharon as your Doula.  If we ever have another child, we will use Sharon.  I can’t imagine getting through the birth without her. –Bernie, Tina & Aine Ruddy, Seattle doula client

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I met Sharon through ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) of Seattle after my first son was born by c-section after a homebirth transfer. When I got pregnant with my second child, Sharon was one of the first voices of encouragement of a successful VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.) She wrote me, “The story is not written and NO ONE knows how it will end up! I believe in you, your body and your baby! And I know, deep down, you do too!” It was an easy decision to hire her to be our doula. I carried her trust in me through my pregnancy and into the birth, even when I doubted myself. We were planning to have the baby in Seattle, but my labor came on really quickly so our midwife made the decision to come to us. Sharon dropped everything to drive from Seattle to Whidbey Island. She arrived and immediately offered special support when I needed it most. During the birth, there were times I would begin to cry after pushing, not believing that this time would be different, wondering when I would be told that it was time to transfer. But, then I would hear Sharon whisper words of encouragement into my ear giving me strength to keep going. And in the end, I was able to have a beautiful (albeit unexpected) home birth and such a sweet welcome into the world for my second son. After he was born, Sharon made us all grilled cheese sandwiches, apple slices, and chocolate chip cookies — such a simple act that meant so much. Her visit and phone calls afterwards helped me to celebrate this birth, heal more from c-section birth, and adjust to becoming a mother to two. I highly recommend Sharon as a doula. –Vanessa, Mark, Leon and Carl, Whidbey Island home birth after cesarean doula client

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I have had the pleasure of working with Sharon often, and wholeheartedly recommend her services.  As a labor nurse, I frequently worked with doulas, and Sharon has a special knack for empowering her patients within the hospital setting while still maintaining strong professional relationships with the midwives, physicians and nurses who care for her clients.  She is a cheerleader, a coach, an advocate, a mediator, and a knowledgeable voice for her families.  It has been my honor to attend births with her clients, and I look forward to working with her as a midwife.Meghan Eagan, CNM, ARNP, PhD, Midwife, Seattle

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Sharon was wonderful! I had the idyllic home and water birth, lasting less than 20 hours from the first contraction to the birth of our beautiful son. I have worked extensively in health care at the bedside, and know the value of supportive care. Sharon has been there for me in the weeks before, reviewing what our wishes were, what we could expect, and additional pregnancy support. She was wonderful during the labor experience, making sure I was well fed and hydrated, holding my hand, encouraging me to try different and supportive positions, and coaching and supporting my husband. Postpartum, Sharon has been available to answer any questions I’ve had about nursing, newborn care, and adjust to a postpartum body.

With the support and love I received from Sharon before, during, and after the birth of our son, I’m confident that she was an integral part of what I consider an easy pregnany, labor, and postpartum period. I can recommend her to anyone, because I will be using her services again with our next child.” –Jessica, Brad and Ze’ev, Seattle home birth doula client

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Sharon was everything we could have asked for in a doula even though we didn’t know it yet when we hired her.  From the beginning she helped us plan and prepare for the homebirth of our first child through thought provoking questions and exercises as well as providing information and resources.  When we found out things weren’t going to go as we had planned at 36 weeks (baby was breech), Sharon helped us deal with and process so much of what that entailed.  Sharon helped us to smoothly navigate a medical/hospital system that we did not think we’d ever be apart of by providing support and information.  When the time came, the birth that we had was not at all the birth we had hoped and planned for, but Sharon helped us to keep to our goals and values during a time that we might otherwise have felt helpless.  Looking back, our birth was awesome and I have so many good memories that she enabled us to have. –Jennifer, Chris and Callie, Seattle doula client

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In a world that can be less than supportive of moms attempting vaginal births after cesarean sections, it was Sharon who planted the idea in my mind that not only could I achieve my VBAC, but I could do so in an environment and manner that felt comfortable and safe for me. At times during my pregnancy I felt scared, angry, and defeated. When this happened, Sharon was inevitably my sounding board and knowledgeable mentor–always helping me to regain my focus, shut out the naysayers, and find my inner strength.

By the time my labor started, I was as ready for my unmedicated, homebirth as any woman could be. And yet, when I hit “transition”, the most challenging part of labor for many women, I began to feel overwhelmed and unsure how to cope. I remember calling out for Sharon, who then knowingly placed her reassuring, confident hand against my face, looked me in the eyes and reminded me that I could do this. And so I did.

Sharon was crucial to my success. Thanks to her help, her unwavering belief in me, in the power of all women, and in the process of Birth, I had the VBAC I had so desperately wanted. Thank you Sharon, from the bottom of my heart.  —Johanna, Kris, Madeline and Isabella, Home VBAC Seattle Doula client

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I had no idea what a doula was and after doing some research, a doula was exactly what we needed for the birth of our baby. We interviewed a couple and Sharon was the obvious choice for us. After our initial meeting, we followed up to see if she was able to fit us into her birthing schedule and to our relief, she took us on as clients. Sharon was extremely professional and we learned a lot from her vast knowledge and suggested advice (I wish I would have contacted her earlier, she would have saved us time & money on things we did not need). Not only were her teaching techniques extremely informative and helpful, she also provided excellent reference material. In addition she is very well connected in the birthing community and was able to recommend many excellent resources. I can honestly say she was the most important factor in preparing my husband and I for the most life changing event of our life. From our initial meeting, we felt a strong connection with Sharon. Her advice and wisdom were very much appreciated and her wonderful sense of humour helped us through some difficult times. We would highly recommend Sharon, she is experienced, educated, intelligent, caring, sympathetic, straight forward, tell it like it is, hilarious and above all a doula who wants the best for you. She truly is amazing and I felt very blessed to have had her be a part of such a significant event in our life. Now that the birth is over, I not only consider her an excellent doula, I also consider her a good friend.Mike, Mitzi and Monet, Seattle Doula Client

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We feel so fortunate to have had Sharon by our side and advocating with and for us, every step of the way, throughout our birth experience. We were VBAC candidates and we were very focused on having a good opportunity to have a successful VBAC…and we did! Sharon was supportive, confident and well-informed which helped to guide our decision making process from the beginning all the way through the birth of our second daughter. From prenatal vists through post-partum care, Sharon knew how to be supportive to us intellectually, physically and emotionally. Sharon comes highly recommended by us to anyone looking for a doula. We would not do it again without her. –Laura, Adam, Hazel and Rebecca, VBAC Doula client

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I moved to Seattle about 6 months before getting pregnant with my 4th baby.  Baby #3, just 1yo, was a VBA2C in Atlanta.  Since I knew nothing about the birth climate here, I joined ICAN and met Sharon.  I felt comfortable with Sharon right away.  Sharon was incredibly supportive and knowledgeable – and having had a VBAC herself really understood what I was going through.

I came to doubt my  providers’ support for my rpt VBA2c and mistrust some of what I was being told.  Sharon agreed to be my BS meter.   We had two great prenatal appointments as the big day approached.  As I got further past my EDD, Sharon helped me deal with my worries about being transferred to OBs at 42w.  (Fortunately, I went into labor before then.)

During my birth, Sharon was great – encouraging, supportive of me & my husband, making sure I was staying hydrated between contractions, reminding me to use my voice and to ride out the contractions.  When my contractions were so intense that I couldn’t get out of the birthing tub, she literally lifted me out!  I remember Sharon telling me the whole time I could do it, telling me she knew it was hard but that I could do it, if I wanted pain meds that was o.k. but lets try one more thing (we’d agreed on that tactic in the prenatal visits b/c in my mind epidural = cesarean).

Sharon’s belief that I could again birth vaginally helped me immensely in the midst of my own self doubt and mistrust of my care providers.  She really gave me the strength to be able to choose what I would consent to as opposed to “routine” procedures being done to me.  I would have had a very different experience had she not been part of my birth team – one that was not as joyful nor memorable in such a positive way.  My husband and I can’t recommend Sharon enough. –Stephanie, Lance and Owen, VBA2C Seattle Doula Client

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Sharon has been instrumental in both my deliveries and I cannot imagine a birth without Sharon being there. I was truly blessed to have had short labors with both pregnancies, but Sharon’s presence, her guidance, her encouragement and her support aided me much. She breathes a sense of calm, and this along with her positive attitude helps make the birthing process a whole lot easier. Those last few intense moment of labor was when I heard Sharon’s voice the most; her encouragement, her reinforcement that yes I can do it, her caring nature in hydrating me in between, her breathing with me and massaging my back all contributed much towards the beautiful deliveries I had. I commend her for her expertise, skill and knowledge as a doula and her loving nature makes her a friend to all. I highly recommend Sharon as a doula to anyone and I truly am an advocate for doulas and will support them and their work in making birthing a beautiful experience.Ashish, Cammy, Rohan and Nora, Two time Seattle doula client

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We can’t thank you enough for helping us through our birth experience.  I am certain it would not have been as positive without you!  You gave us a great deal of confidence in our abilities and decision-making, and I think that made all the difference.  It felt really good to walk into the hospital knowing we had you to guide us.  Instead of being terrified, we felt very empowered, and as a first time mom and dad-that was exactly what we needed.  You are an amazing doula!  You played such an active role in our birth, and before and after as well.  You also coached us right on through the delivery, where Jeff and I could have easily slipped into panic.  We are so grateful for that!  I am also very thankful you helped me feel good about my birth experience, even though it wasn’t the natural childbirth that I wanted.  I accomplished something great!  I am very proud of myself and Jeff too, and we couldn’t have done it without you! –Cory, Jeff and Henry, Seattle doula client

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As new parents, we had plenty of anxieties and concerns surrounding birth, specifically home-birth.  Sharon, with all her exuberant charm and knowledge, became a steadying force for all concerned.  There was a good deal of chaos as we eventually succumbed to transferring to hospital; but again, Sharon was strong, supportive, and authoritative without being the slightest bit domineering or overbearing.  She was somehow able to single-handedly keep Jenni as focused as possible for hours on end at the hospital.  We felt privileged and lucky to have such an outstanding and compassionate doula.  Bravo, Sharon, bravo! –Bert, Jenni and Soren, Seattle doula client

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We just wanted to thank you for all you have done to make the birth of our first child the most amazing event of our lives. We distinctly remember during our interview process that you envisioned creating a “ring of support” to help guide us through this journey. It was also during this interview that you shared one of your greatest client compliments … something to the effect of “you allowed us to be closer as a husband and wife team during labor and childbirth than we thought possible”. We couldn’t agree more. I know that your support, encouragement and general presence, raised Michelle’s level of strength to another level. Your insight in varying labor positions (did we set a record for greatest number of different positions?!) and providing encouraging words and guidance were invaluable. Your preparedness for the situation at hand was second to none … from having goo for energy boosts, to a hand held fan, to battery powered flickering votive lights, etc. In general, you created a birthing environment destined for success and for that we are forever thankful. –Michelle, Tim and Amos, Seattle doula client

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We chose Sharon as our doula for our second baby’s birth. We had a c-section with my son so I wanted to have my second baby naturally. We needed a doula we trusted to be confident when/if doctors and nurses weren’t. Sharon was perfect, she is very knowledgeable and was able to be confident yet diplomatic with the nurses and midwives. I would use her again, in fact I wouldn’t use anyone else. She asked a lot of important, specific questions during the prebirth meetings, gave a lot of great advice (also in how to prepare my son for his sister), and had a fabulous sense of humor. She remembered to find our camera and take pictures when we forgot and the nurse had stashed it in a drawer. She ran to buy my son a gift “from the new baby” because we had not had time. Sharon really went above and beyond! –Wendy, Nathan and Nova, Seattle Hospital VBAC Doula Client

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Words cannot begin to cover the depth of gratitude we feel towards you.  You were instrumental in bringing about the birth experience we’d dreamed of for so long.  Thank you simply doesn’t cut it. Please know that we will be forever grateful for your strength, calmness, and confidence.  These emanated from you and infused us, allowing us to work and labor beyond what we thought we could. You gave us…Radiance… positive vibes from the end of pregnancy, through labor and beyond–we are still high!  Clarity…the focused confidence that we would be successful.  The ability to meditate…you were so in tune with the changes we needed to get through each contraction, letting us focus only on the moment at hand and forget all else.  Harmony…never have we worked so well together as a couple, you made it so easy for us to be in charge yet rely on you at the same time.  What a gift you have for finding that balance.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! –Kamila, Josh, Jackson and Keegan, Seattle VBAC Doula Ciient

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I had a successful natural VBAC birth with Sharon. She was so very supportive and knowledgeable and I always felt that she was the only one who really believed in me. Having her with me made the big difference. I felt heard and safe. She is a wonderful person and great doula. I would highly recommend Sharon to anybody!!Sabine, Ken, Mia, and Audrey, Seattle VBAC Doula Client

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Sharon’s advice and wealth of information proved invaluable every time for me.  Even at the interview she suggested a group of midwives who became a perfect fit for my partner and me. All of us worked together so harmoniously during labor that the hospital staff and midwives claimed, “This is exactly why we do what we do.” Sharon lead us through an experience that could have been intimidating, frightening and painful, yet because of her deep understanding of the birth process as well as our personal choices, my labor was empowering and surprisingly enjoyable.  Through the most difficult contractions, Sharon followed my breathing style and helped me keep a rhythm until she knew I had peaked and was coming down from the intensity.  I relied on her wholeheartedly for each one until the excitement of pushing arrived.  After the birth of Cash, Sharon showed me her favorite football hold position for nursing him and he took to it effortlessly, bringing our new family confidence and joy.  Her guidance prepared us well and now our birth story includes a high recommendation for hiring an experienced doula, especially for first time parents. –Jodi, Shawn, Cash and Brazen, Two time Seattle doula client.

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Sharon helped me to identify, and then create, the perfect birth experience for myself, my husband, and our baby.  She was knowledgeable when I needed information, compassionate when I needed a friendly ear, supportive when I needed a backbone, and strong when I sought security.  Sharon has a gift for giving you the pieces to the puzzle, but allowing you to put them together as you see fit.  She is a strong advocate for choices in birth, and taught me to listen to my own intuition about what choices were right for me and my baby. I will always be grateful to Sharon for helping me to see what is possible, for guiding me through the many choices I made, and for helping me achieve a completely natural and peaceful VBAC. –Cindy, Mark, Caleb and Elia, Home Birth after Cesarean Seattle doula client

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Sharon was the absolute best! She met with me several times prior to my birth and was very open to helping me have the birth I wanted. She calmed my fears about going to the hospital and we talked at length about techniques to switch a breech baby and my gestational diabetes. She arrived quickly after I was at the hospital and immediately sprang into action.  We tried dancing, aromatherapy, swaying, the tub, drinking lots of water – lots of different techniques to help during labor.  She took all my pictures and thank goodness as it was so fast, no one else really thought about taking pictures!  I was able to have my second VBAC and an all natural birth due to Sharon’s wonderfulness.  I would highly recommend her to anyone! –Carrissa, Jim and Sophia, Hospital VBAC Seattle doula client

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Words cannot begin to express the gratitude we feel for the support and guidance you provided before, during and after Finn’s birth.  Even after all the hurdles, we can still say we did it our way and that is due to your guidance.  We are so glad that we found you!  We couldn’t have gotten through the labor and birth without you and we will be forever grateful that you were there with us through it all.  –Kitty, Woody and Finn, Home birth doula client in Seattle

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I don’t think we could have had a more knowledgeable, resourceful, prepared, and available doula than Sharon. I was strongly committed to having as natural of a birth as possible and was convinced that having a doula was my best shot at achieving it. I was so thankful that we had Sharon to help me and my partner through the process – she was an excellent source of information, support, and motivation, and just the right coach when times got very tough during labor. Although my birth didn’t go 100% according to plan (whose does?), I was so glad to have Sharon by my side to help me weigh my options and, most importantly, support my decisions. Thank you Sharon,  for being a part of one of the most special moments in our lives. –Christie, Tanya and Freddie, Seattle doula client