Ashleigh's Calming Presence

by Katie Verlander
katie.verlander - at - gmail.com

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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.

Learn more about Ashleigh here and how she can help you achieve your desired birthing experience.

Guided My Husband How to Best Support Me During Labor

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by Katrin Ades
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I am so glad I hired Cynthya and could not have been happier with her service. She was a tremendous help before, during and after delivery of our first child. Her wealth of knowledge and passion for her profession made it a pleasure interacting with her. She was very easy to get a hold of whenever I had questions in regards to my pregnancy or upcoming delivery. 

I delivered my son via water birth at North Fulton Regional Hospital and Cynthya played a huge role in helping us to achieve the birth I had envisioned. She was by my side the entire time, gave me positive energy and reassurance to succeed in my desire for an unmedicated birth. She helped me to visualize the “finish line” and set milestones throughout the whole process. I was able to put my faith in her hands and follow her guidance as it relates to changing positions, food/fluid intake and progress. It made me feel at ease knowing that she was there to help me make the right decisions and move things along. In addition, she was a great help for my husband to give him guidance in how to best support me. I am so glad that we got to share this incredible adventure with her. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula. 

My husband was not interested in attending a multi-week childbirth class, so we scheduled a private in-home class in preparation for my delivery. I was a little skeptical whether a 3.5 hour session could sufficiently prepare me for delivery, but it exceeded my expectations. My husband and I very much enjoyed the class and felt it covered everything we needed to know for our special day. I felt well prepared and empowered for the delivery.

The Tough Love I Needed

by Amanda Cherry
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Cynthya was an invaluable resource before and during my labor with baby Z. She helped me pack my hospital bags, helped me feel calm about the whole process, and was very certain that I could successfully have a natural birth even though he was breech (I was not as certain--her confidence really helped). On the night I went into labor, she helped us labor at home for as long as possible with text and phone support (and she would have come over if we had asked!) and met us at the hospital with her usual upbeat, chipper attitude at 4:30 am. After many hours, she could tell when I was getting tired and made sure I had food/drink, and near the end (she knew it was near the end even though I didn't) she gave me the tough love I needed and made me get up and move around to get things going. If we have any more kids, she will be my doula! (Yes, I got my natural breech birth, with about 6 residents watching, plus the nurses, the NICU team--in case baby had breathing issues, the doctor, my mom and husband, and Cynthya. It was awesome.

My husband had a sigh of relief the minute she stepped into the hospital room

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By Heather Friedman
heatheralon -(at)- hotmail.com

We loved having Cynthya by our side for the birth of our first child.  During the delivery she was calming and really helped to ensure we had the birth we had visioned.  She was a great coach for my husband and a source of comfort, calm and reassurance for me during the birth. Her passion & enthusiasm for babies and delivery made her a critical partner for us and we were thrilled we had her by our side to get us through this adventure. My husband had a sigh of relief the minute she stepped into the hospital room; she is a great coach for husbands to help them provide the maximum amount of comfort to their laboring partners. She was also a great source of knowledge and advice for postpartum needs. Thanks Cynthya for being a part of our special day and helping us welcome our beautiful son into this world.

I would absolutely recommend Cynthya to anyone looking for a doula

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By Katie Trokey
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The choice to hire Cynthya as our doula was easy. Her knowledge and capabilities in supporting childbirth were obvious, but what set her apart for me was how comfortable she was to be around. It was very important for me to choose someone whom I did not feel judged by or felt uncomfortable with at such an intimate time in my family's life. She was always just a text, email, or phone call away whenever I had questions in regards to issues with my pregnancy or choices we would make during and after the birth of our son. I had heard good things about Hypnobirthing through a friend and she sent me in the direction of choosing the Hypnobabies program, which I absolutely KNOW helped me during my quick and intense unmedicated birth. Cynthya also helped me realize why my choice of prenatal care and hospital would be so important to achieving the birth experience I was desiring. We switched to Intown Midwifery, on her referral and could not be happier with that choice. I would absolutely recommend Cynthya to anyone looking for a doula...in fact...I already have! She is an amazing woman!

Helped calm a chaotic and intense delivery room

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By Jennifer Determan
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As first time parents we wanted a doula who would work well with BOTH of us and help us achieve our desired birth plan. Cynthya was the perfect doula for us. Cynthya made a conscious effort to listen to my husband and help him be as supportive of me as possible. She helped us write, stick to, and achieve our birth plan and also helped calm a chaotic and intense delivery room to welcome our little girl. My labor progressed very quickly and having Cynthya there to help us understand our options and communicate with the doctors and nurses was a tremendous help. Looking back on the entire pregnancy and birth process, my husband and I agreed that choosing a doula that was there to help us achieve our goals, and not push her own particular preferences, was one of our best decisions. Cynthya was a tremendous asset for us both pre and postpartum and we highly recommend her.