by Katie Verlander
katie.verlander - at - gmail.com
I had a great experience with Ashleigh Trimble! I found her WAAYY late in the game (like 36 weeks) and she was so understanding, non-judgmental and supportive. I interviewed several doulas and I selected Ashleigh because she was so knowledgeable (teaches Birth Boot Camp classes), honest, laid-back, and very focused on learning what we desired for our birth and supporting us with that. She was super available and supportive via text when labor was just starting and she ended up coming over to our house at 4:00 in the morning happy as if it were lunchtime! Ashleigh was a calming presence and helped me and my husband stay focused and at peace during labor at home. She helped us decide when to go to the hospital and once there, she helped explain what was happening and what the hospital needed (the triage nurse was NOT nice, or informative and so I would have felt totally confused and upset if she hadn’t been there.) The abruptness of the transition stalled my labor a little bit, but I think it would have been much worse had Ashleigh not been with me.
Ashleigh asked for one of our phones and ended up taking some awesome pictures immediately after our son was born. It was SO sweet of her and I absolutely treasure the pictures she took. She also kept a timeline of our events and gave that to me at our follow-up visit. The coolest thing was that she wrote down my first words when I got to hold my son. She wrote down that I said “Aww, my baby!” when they handed him to me. I didn’t know she was going to do that and I wouldn’t have expected it to mean so much, but I am tearing up just thinking about it! I also had a friend that used Ashleigh and was also very happy. I won’t share all of her details, because they aren’t mine to share, but I will say that if Ashleigh hadn’t been there her baby probably would have been born in the hospital waiting room at Dekalb!
Long story not so short...I highly recommend Ashleigh! She helped me have a great first birth and exactly what I wanted; an unmedicated, vaginal delivery after laboring almost entirely at home and spending minimal time at the hospital before delivery.
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