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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