When the mother of your child says "I want to hire a doula," reactions are always different.
From "Alright!" to "Hmmm. Umm." to "What is that?"
For the Dads and partners that I work with however, the outcome has a happy pattern!
- Please read some testimonials straight from the mouths of Dads -
"When my wife first said she was thinking about a doula I truly had no idea what one was and thought it was pointless. As soon as we met Cat I completely changed my mind. There was so much that I had no idea about birth, hospitals and Dr's. Cat was so unbelievable and the amount of knowledge that she has is amazing. Wise well beyond her years. Throughout the whole process she was so easy to get ahold of and answer any questions we had. She is such a calming presence which is what my wife really needed. I joke with my wife that we have to keep having kids just so we can have Cat be there. She is worth everything and more and I would highly recommend her to everyone. I could go on all day about how great she was for our situation and how well she is at dealing with everyone involved. If you are thinking about a doula call her CALL HER. You won't regret it.
P.S. I find myself with random situations still going ,"What do you think Cat would think about that?" " - Brian
"Cat LaPlante went far above and beyond what my wife and I expected from a doula." - Joe
"I wasn't we sure needed a doula, but having Cat present during labor and delivery made a world of difference in our birth experience." - Matthew L.
"Being a husband & first-time dad, I was skeptical of the whole doula idea. I hoped that, with my wife’s research & my desire to support/encourage her, we wouldn’t need anyone else’s help along the way. But once we met Cat (at a Babies"R"Us class) and had our initial meeting (at a Whole Foods on a weekend, proving from the get-go she’d be willing to work with our busy schedules), I began to be more comfortable with the idea that a doula would not only support my wife but also me during the process. And as new Philly residents, we knew we’d need to find support since our family/friends weren’t nearby.
Cat was always available to answer my wife’s questions and to generally hold our hands through our many prenatal appointments, etc. She was always super responsive, which (regardless of the question or her answer) was comforting in & of itself. And when we had an unscheduled visit to triage for a non-stress test, remembering her words from our meetings helped us avoid the suggested intervention/induction measures we were feeling forced to take.
And for the actual delivery—I can’t really describe how wonderful it was to have her with us. Every time there was a decision to make, I could lean on her experience to help me feel informed & confident even when my wife was having contractions so I had to take the reins. If I was uncertain whether to push the staff on an issue (moving to the L&D room, checking my wife again, giving us freedom to walk the triage halls instead of going home, etc), I could look to Cat to confirm whether what we were hearing/seeing was “normal” or worth questioning. And when my wife & I were almost at a breaking point, Cat’s encouragement kept our eyes on the prize (our beautiful baby boy), not the pain/semi-chaos in the moment.
Long story short: Working with Cat was one of the best (if not the best) decisions we made."
Not only does she support Moms, she also supports Dads, which is absolutely crucial in the whole birth process, leading up to delivery day, and even post partum." - Mike
This might sound like hyperbole, but it's the god's honest truth: I'm not quite sure what we would have done without Cat. To say our birth didn't follow our "plan" is an understatement.
As our baby girl was making her own plan known to us, Cat's calm and present demeanor helped to guide us through some muddy waters. She kept us dialed in and informed of our options with her obvious knowledge and experience.
When things didn't go as planned, she made the impossible seem possible and helped to lead the way. In a world where there seems to be so many complicated maternity decisions, choosing Cat was the easy choice for my family. – David Velez