Sophie was truly an amazing doula. She stayed with me from the very beginning to the bitter end, never once considering leaving and coming back later when I was in active labor. It was a long labor and she was a dedicated doula who felt more like a best friend throughout. She stepped back when my husband needed to step in—she knew when to let us be alone and when to be involved. She let us take the initiative with steps and tips we had learned in our birthing class, and provided educated support for us when we needed it. She brought along essentials which, to my surprise, proved invaluable: aloe water, a hand held fan, and other items which I would never have thought of. She was amazing with my family, and with my midwife—never overstepping complicated boundaries, and being my advocate and supporter the entire time. Sophie is a smart, studied, dedicated doula who I trust beyond words. I cannot recommend her highly enough! —Mckendree
The birth of our son was magical and powerful and thanks to Sophie—beautiful and natural. We had actually never even thought of having a doula involved in our birth experience. A few months before our son was born, we were talking to some friends, who asked about working with a doula and that they knew a great one. We talked about it and said why not meet her. When we did meet her it was like meeting an old friend. She was open and receptive to all our expectations involving our birth experience. She helped us immediately feel more relaxed with the whole process. She understood how important a natural birth was to us and encouraged and supported us to be as intuitive as possible every step of the way.
Like us, Sophie is an artist, and we were thrilled to discover how closely we shared the idea of “awe and wonder" surrounding the birth process. She is a person filled with compassion and trust in this process, and it was an incredible gift for us to meet her and share this journey with her. We are so grateful to how she so generously gave us strength and wisdom throughout the whole experience.
During the birth, in many ways it felt like Sophie was there and not there at the same time. She helped to create the space we needed as a family to be fully present and open. She was amazing at empowering us to be ourselves and fall in love with what was happening. —Nadja and Jomar
I was matched with Sophia for her doula service through an organization called Joy in Birthing Foundation, a non-profit that matches doulas with low-income pregnant women. Sophia contacted me and we met for the first time when I was around 7 months pregnant. Since it was my first time pregnant, I did not know what to expect and had a lot of questions and concerns. During our meeting, I told her my concerns. She listened well and was very supportive. I like the fact that she told me how other women went through it, which made me feel that I was not the only one going through this. After our first meeting, she stayed in touch with me regularly to see how I was doing. The week before my due date, she checked on me almost everyday and told me her schedule, coordinating with her co-doula to make sure that there was always one of them available for me in case I need their assistance. Knowing that she was available for me 24/7 on the week that my due date approached really keep my anxiety at ease.
In my case, labor did not happen on the due date and my OB suggested I should have a C-section. I was stressed and did not know whether or not I should go ahead with a C-section or wait for nature to run its course—I didn’t know which would be best for the baby. I did not feel like my doctor was helpful in helping me to make the best decision. I called Sophia when I was very upset and told her what happened. She let me vent my anxiety and frustration. She talked to me (mostly listened to me) and to my surprise, it calmed me down a great deal. Sophia reassured me that I made the right decision to wait for labor to happen as opposed to proceed with a c-section.
To this day, I am still grateful to her support. Even though I ended up having a C-section, I was able to experience labor for 8 hours, which was good for the baby. My delivery was trauma free, and I felt like I was in control the whole time. Sophia came to the hospital and stayed with me until I was brought into the recovery room. Her service made my delivery and staying in hospital a joyful and stress free experience. I strongly recommend her service. Sophia makes a very pleasant companion and with her knowledge and experience with birthing, you are in good hands. —Lumi
We are so happy we chose Sophie Grant to be our doula for the birth of our first child. She’s a natural! She was supportive when we needed support, and a leader when we felt overwhelmed. To call her an advocate is just the beginning. Not only was Sophie open-minded and accepting, but she was also so empowering!
I gave birth without an epidural and it is the single most empowering act of my life. Sophie was undoubtedly an integral part of the birth of our first child. Beforehand, she helped us prepare by recommending a great birthing class and meeting with us to discuss our birth plan. She really understood us and our desire to have a natural birth; we immediately felt that she was onboard and part of the team.
When I began early labor, I remember telling Sophie on the phone that my contractions were just Braxton-Hicks, but she knew better. Within hours, she was by my side along with my partner, Brian; the three of us roaring together through each contraction. I continued to feel so comfortable and confident with Sophie while Brian called the hospital and packed the car. As labor progressed, Sophie was always one step ahead. When I started to get chills, she was ready with a heating pad. And when the plan spontaneously changed, she was the first to adapt. I remember hearing Sophie and Brian discussing how to get me down the stairs and into the car, only to scrap that plan when I started crawling down the stairs backwards. (We all had a good laugh about this afterwards!)
I’ll never forget hearing the sheer excitement in both Sophie’s and Brian’s voices as the birth neared the end. I felt so exhausted at that point; the only thing keeping me going was Sophie’s enthusiastic cheers. I certainly did not feel encouraged by my midwife, who was bound to standard hospital protocol: my time allotment for pushing was nearing the end, which meant the threat of interventions loomed. I couldn’t tell if I was making any progress and could have easily given up except for Sophie’s enthusiastic play-by-play. I will always remember hearing Sophie say “You’re doing it… you’re doing it!” I have no doubt that hearing those words gave me what I needed to find that little bit of extra strength when I thought I had none left. Our daughter was born!
Hospitals tend to be such impersonal and intimidating institutions. I had hoped to give birth in the hospital birthing center but was risked out for momentary high blood pressure (it came back down after being transferred to the Labor and Delivery Unit). I now know that if you want any say in how you’re treated, you must have a savvy advocate who understands the hospital culture and also knows what you want. Sophie is that advocate. —Akemi
I highly recommend Sophie as a doula. Overall, she was very knowledgeable, prepared, communicative, and a calm, soothing presence. Prior to the birth, my husband and I had two prep meetings with her. Those meetings were invaluable to a successful birth. We talked through our ideal birth, how she could support us, and how to handle difficult medical decisions. During the pushing stage, the doctor's and nurses' instructions were confusing. Sophie physically put me in the position they wanted, which was a relief from the stress of trying to understand the instructions and it all made perfect sense when she put me in the position. During an hour of stitching, Sophie was by my side the entire time, encouraging me. She got food for us after the birth and helped me get situated in the recovery room. About a week after, we met to debrief about the birth and had a great time processing, laughing, and reliving the birth with someone who had experienced it with us. She played a huge role in making our birth experience a positive one, and we are so appreciative that we had her support. —Katharine
It’s actually hard for us to put into words how fabulous Sophie was, and how vital she was to our birth experience. We couldn’t have done it without her. Sophie was a calming and reassuring presence who internalized our personalities from our initial visits, and knew just what to do and say to each of us to be the most helpful. Having Sophie next to me as I labored, encouraging me and reminding me that the contractions I felt were “good pain” and that my body loved this pain, helped me relax into the experience, allowing my body to do the work it knew how to do. But Sophie was at least as helpful to my partner, who felt infinitely more confident in her ability to make decisions and support me once Sophie arrived on the scene.
Sophie made us both feel like no matter what was happening or how unsure we were, everything was going to be okay. Our fear melted away as Sophie seemed to remember everything we forgot – positions to try, imagery to focus on, pictures to take, sustenance, breathing strategies. And when things didn’t go exactly according to plan, Sophie didn’t miss a beat. It felt like we were under the watchful eye of a guardian angel – Sophie was ever-present but unobtrusive; able to lead but willing to follow; she was the MVP of our team. —Christin and Sarah
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