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TESTIMONIALS

Working with Stacey made my unmedicated home birth such an amazing and empowering! As a first time mom, I had no idea what to expect from labor and she helped me feel confident and prepared. In our first prenatal appointment, we discussed any fears my spouse and I had and went over ways to help progress my labor. She encouraged us to determine what we wanted to prioritize in my labor and delivery. 

When my labor started fast and furious, she knew when to come to our home and how to assist. When laboring in the pool was not progressing as quickly as we would have liked, she suggested that we change positions and get out of the pool. These adjustments helped my baby descend so when we were finally at the pushing stage we were ready to go. 

Not only was Stacey aware of how to help, she also ensured that my husband was fully involved which was amazing for both of us. She stayed out of the way until she needed to step in. She also captured photo and video footage of the labor and delivery which has been wonderful to have to remember that incredible experience.

Following the birth, Stacey ensured we were feeling good and stayed until our midwives were done everything they needed to do as well. We also chose to hire her for postpartum care, which has been wonderful to have some extra support in which Stacey got groceries for us, held our baby, and made energy bites.

Stacey loves what she does and it shows!

~Sarah, 1st time mama~

I had initially reached out to Stacey as I was hoping for a VBA2C and knew I wanted someone who was going to be able to advocate for me, and support both myself and my husband during labour, but plans changed and I ended up with a scheduled cesarean. 
Stacey encouraged us to still advocate for our wishes, and I’ll forever be grateful we did, because we still got to do delayed cord clamping/my husband was able to cut the cord, and we even got to do a little skin to skin while still in the OR. 
Stacey stayed with me overnight for my first night in hospital, and I don’t think I can put into words how incredibly grateful I am. Having her with me for the first night to help with breastfeeding and to help with baby while I got some rest, and honestly just having someone to talk to was the greatest. 
Stacey is so kind, easy to talk too, knowledgeable and a fierce advocate. I would recommend Stacey to anyone, and truly believe hiring her was one of the best decisions we made for our birth experience. 

~Allisa, 3rd time mama~

 

At first, I was not sure if we should bother hiring a doula, but as it was our first baby/birth experience, my fiancé and I decided that having extra help and a larger support team could not hurt. I am very glad we did! 
 

We hired Stacey after meeting her at a "meet your doula" event hosted here in Calgary. Upon our first meeting, I knew that she was the gal for us. She is incredibly knowledgeable, very friendly/ easy to get along with, respected our birth plan and wishes completely and without any judgement/pressure to change anything and was very adamant that she would advocate for us if need be.

With her help, we had a successful unmedicated home birth. She was there from the second I went into active labour, and was a great support for my partner as he navigated supporting me during my contractions. She stepped in when needed to help with positioning, grabbing whatever we needed/I requested, reminding me to relax/ breathe when I tensed up and provided me with lots of reassurance when we got to the pushing stage (which was by far the most challenging for me). 
 

Stacey also worked super well with my midwives, and the whole support team were amazing chearleeders in my times of doubt and struggle. 
 

Highly recommend!! 

~Emelie, 1st time mama~

Stacey was just the kind of Doula we needed, someone who was calm, encouraging and who also knew when my husband and I needed some help or direction during labour and birth. She helped set up a calm and relaxing birth space in our home, and was a great resource both before and after the birth. She helped us talk through our fears beforehand and figure out our birth preferences. She is very knowledgable and was invaluable during the labour especially, knowing where we were at in the labour, and when to call our midwives, etc. We highly recommend Stacey as a Doula, she is easy to work with and answered and talked through all our questions with us. 

~Sarah, 1st time mama~

Stacey was a saviour after we had our baby. As first time parents with family out of provence we were so happy and relieved we were able to have her help. Stacey helped us with all kinds of things, including breast feeding (including how to place baby, shoiwng us different position to burp baby, how to take care of yourself, etc), bathing, showing us how to put baby in the carrier, taking care of baby when we were in need of rest, etc. Even when we didn't have instructions for her she would help around the house, like clearing kitchen counters, which was a huge help when you you are so tired and barely surviving by the hour. She also made us healthy snacks to have handy. Stacey is a wonderful person, pleasent and understanding, and she is calm when handling babies which is really reassuring. An amazing resource, we would highly reccomend her!

~Itzel, 1st time mama~

I was searching for first time to use a doula for my 2nd birth as I didn't use one for my first. Which ended up in a c section cause I did the epidural cause the nurses didn't remind me of the pain meds to use first. The epidural helped me relax and fall into a deep sleep where I awoke to the panic in nurses telling me baby heartbeat was dropping. I wasn't thinking clearly and opted for the c section asap. It went well in surgery but my baby couldn't nurse first 24 hrs cause we were both drowsy from epidural.

My 2nd  birth is a surrogate journey. And Stacey also being a surrogate connected us. Week after due date I went in for induction after being informed of the procedures by Stacey. I did the foleys and oxytocin. After oxytocin started it was 5 hrs labor where I called Stacey in at 1am. The nurses kept pushing for me to have epidural and stressing me out. She was quick to action and helping me relax and do my breathing. While taking care of my needs. She stayed post partum still I was back in bed resting after being showered and fed with her help and encouragement. 

Being a single mom or even having a first time dad helping I would choose a doula everytime. She is focused on healthy mom and delivery. Knowing what they do as drs and nurses and the positive or negatives behind procedures. her calm relaxed demeanour helped me to relax knowing I would get through birth pains.

~Lisa, 2nd time birther, 1st time surrogate~

Hiring Stacey was one of the best decisions we made for our daughter's birth. My goal was to have a natural birth if possible, but I also developed a medical issue which meant I couldn't have an epidural even if I wanted one. I don't think the birth would have gone as smoothly as it did without Stacey's expertise and guidance during labour. When contractions slowed down a bit a couple of times she suggested new positions which kept things moving and I wouldn't have tried without her encouragement. She also helped a lot with breathing techniques and relaxation techniques and helped make sure the hospital staff were aware of my birth wishes. Overall I was very happy with the birth and would highly recommend hiring Stacey. We haven't had a chance to use her postpartum services yet but I'm sure those will also be very helpful.

~ Sara, 1st time mama~

Stacey has been an absolutely wonderful doula to work with. The education, knowledge/ research based information, preparation,  and confidence she gave us prior to birth was astounding. Sje helped to create the perfect birthplan for us and gave us the strenth and vpurage to be our own advocates when needed.

On top of that, her tips and tricks for so many little things like hip pain or nausea came in handy almost daily! This was our first baby and as new parents we have had so many questions and concerns. She helped to alleviate all of those topics and offered sources that backed up the information given to us. She is friendly, patient  and never made us feel like we were asking silly questions (even though I'm sure we were haha!).

We have kept Stacey on for postpartum care as well and it has been the best investment we could have ever made. She has helped us with breastfeeding and latching issues, allowed us stress free hours to catch up on sleep or chores, and even helped my husband and I have the time to go out for our anniversary. Knowing your child is in great hands is something you can't get with just anyone. Knowing that the doula looking after your baby is educated, experienced, loving, kind, and generous? It makes for the easiest time trusting the health and safety of your little one to another person.  

I would recommend Stacey to family and friends  whether it be a first pregnancy or 10th. The support and care you will receive is 100% worth it. 

~ Jennifer, 1st time mama ~

I was around 38 weeks pregnant when I decided to ask for help from a doula. My husband and I thought we both need someone with knowledge and experience to support us. I found Stacey on Calgary Pregnant Mom and New Moms group on facebook. Her comments were always based on evidence-base science and with respect and kindness. I also followed her on Instagram to know her better and I loved everything about her. 
She was with me through labour for vaginal birth and when we have to change our birth plan to an emergency Cesarean she came with me as the main support to the operation room. and I felt so safe with her. She didn't left the hospital until making sure I'm in my postpartum room and in good condition. She also supported my husband all through the long process. 
I suggest her to all moms. 

~ Samira, 1st time mama~

Stacey was our birth doula (and currently our postpartum doula) for the birth of our second son at RGH. I had found Stacey through many searches for a doula and took an instant liking to her. She is very forthright, non-judgemental and a great knowledge resource. She is great at helping you advocate for yourself and for helping you achieve the birth experience you want. Leading up to birth, Stacey met with us twice and provided me with exercises and information to prepare myself and my husband. During my birth experience, Stacey was invaluable both to my husband and I, and to our midwives. She is definitely the supporting character that works hard behind the scenes, assisting in ways you don't even realize until after! It was her suggestions also that helped to make sure my son was in a good position for delivery that resulted in a way less severe tear than my first birth. I know I wouldn't have had as good a birth without Stacey there. And I know my midwives were super grateful to her being there! Thank you Stacey!!

~ Stephanie, 2nd time mama~

Stacey is a wonderful Doula! She is confident, knowledgeable and supportive, which is exactly what I needed to feel comfortable through the labour and delivery of my second baby. I didn't feel nervous through the process, because I knew Stacey was there to help and support me. She used a few techniques that helped keep me calm during contractions and I think helped progress the labour. She provided the extra level of support that I was looking for in a Doula. I would highly recommend Stacey!

~ Rebeca, 2nd time mama~

Oh dear Stacey! 
I experienced true sisterhood with Stacey as my doula. With my family far back at h
ome and in a different time zone, Stacey made me feel a lot more assured and ready that everything in the labor room will be just good. As a first time mommy though, skepticism was not so far fetched from me especially after most hororrific labor room stories that other moms shared with me, but Stacey was emotionally available to tender to me with reassurance- (little did i know that her own labor room experience was interesting until later afetr giving birth!)

Not only was she emotionally available, she was physically present whenever we needed her as well. I recall her offering me to meet up with her for walks just so that I can get enough moving about- that was the sweetest thing under the circumstances that i was in as well as the harsh weather conditions.

She helped me champion the labor period with the massages/ compressions that she and my husband interchangeably gave me, the walking exercises that she helped me through, as well as the breathing exercises she encouraged me on- it was not a walk in the park! But her presence, prayers and encouragement were all spritually uplifting. My husband and I love and appreciate Stacey for having her as our doula. Our baby boy's birth was a wonder- Glory to God!

Thank you Stace, we wish you all the best in all your endeavours- we love you and we will recommend your wonderful services to anyone that may need them.                                                                                                                                  xoxo

~ Precious, 1st time mama ~

Stacey is very involved, very on top of things and wants to be as much help as possible. She said during our first meeting how she wants to help me make my pregnancy, labor and birth experience all I want it to be - and she made sure it was by listening to my hopes, but also supported me with my concerns, or back up plans for the birth. Covid definitely through a wrench in things as she was unable to be at the hospital with me during my sons birth, but she was on video chat with me the first moment she could until after he was born. She gave tips on things to try and support during it all. I felt way more relaxed during this labor and birth than I did with my first and couldn't thank Stacey enough for all she did to help me!

~ Ali, 2nd time mama ~

I found Stacey through google when I was looking for a midwife in the last few weeks of pregnancy. But I got no luck with midwife and then looked for a doula. Until I met Stacey in person, I was not very clear what a doula support is like but I really wanted a normal birth this time. When I first met Stacey at my house, I felt very confident that she is the girl and had full trust on her. She was very confident, strong and very well informed which you want in your labour support person. Me and my husband felt very comfortable with her. 

I had my first child with an emergency c-sec 5 years back and this time I did not want another c-sec. I did whatever I could during my pregnancy to stay fit and healthy so that my body supports it. But there is one thing I realized after having a vaginal birth. It is more mental game than physical and it is your support person who will give you that mental strength to bear the pain. And throughout my labour, Stacey was the person and of course my husband too. Stacey was a rock solid support with me every second and her techniques like the right breathing, walking, squatting, the ten's machine, the birthing ball, the rebozo, her positive vibes and words, her eye contact and just her presence is what made this VBAC successful. If she was not there, may be I would give up with all the pain and ended up in a c-sec. It was Stacey's support that I did not take any pain medication during my labour pain and it progressed smoothly as I followed her techniques. She is an amazing person and this birth is very emotional to me as I trusted my body and Stacey gave me confidence that you can do it. I am so proud and grateful that I found her just in time and she had an availability when I needed her. Thank you very much Stacey. We did it finally :)

~ Sparshi, 2nd time mama VBAC ~

Stacey was incredibly supportive, steady, and attentive throughout the entire process. She offered suggestions for labouring, and used several methods to help manage labour while listening attentively to what was helping and what wasn't. Post birth, she made sure I was fed well by fetching several pieces of PB and jam toast from the kitchen (haha!). She's truly an advocate for informed birth choices and is passionate about what she does. She's a fantastic doula and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking out an excellent support during labour, birth, and post-birth.

~ Ashleigh, 4th time mama ~

 

I am so thankful that we connected with Stacey! 

This was our first pregnancy and from the beginning I was followed closely by the fertlity clinic and an OB. Being a plus size mama with past miscarriages, I had experienced more than my fair share of testing, appointments and negative comments about my risks and potential complications to this pregnancy. I knew that I wanted some form of personal care and support over and above the health care system, and searched for a doula to come alongside us. 

Stacey calmed my anxiety from our very first meeting. She was knowledgable and supportive and was a great support to my husband and I throughout the pregnancy. She met us for prenatal sessions and discussed our hopes and fears for our birth. She listened and gave advice when needed and quickly became a friend that we both could reach out to when she was on call. 

Stacey taught me the importance of advocating for myself in my birth. She gave me the courage to find my voice and demand the care that I deserved. I ended up switching to midwifery care with the support of Stacey and had the birth that I dreamed about!

On delivery day, she recieved a text at 6:30am from me and kept in touch until my contractions were more intense. She then came straight over and supported us throughout the evening and into the morning hours. She took amazing photos of that day that we will cherish forever. 

Stacey was able to support us in postpartum care and checked in often.

I would recommend Stacey Tweedle as a doula without hesitation!

~ Melissa H, 1st time mama~

 

My baby decided to come 1 month before the due date. I was very anxious since I didn't feel prepared yet. Even though I was only 35+6 weeks, Stacey showed up for the birth of my baby and having her there made a huge diffence since my husband and I were very anxious first time parents. She was amazing and helped us through the whole process which I am glad to say, it was a success. We also have her as a postpartum doula which is making ou experience with a premature newborn a bit easier. 

~ Ana, 1st time mama~

 

Stacey was a fantastic addition to my birth support team.  I was eager to try to birth without an epidural and Stacey had some fantastic pain relief methods that really helped me. I feel like she got quite the workout! With her support I was able to dilate up to 10cm and push for a couple hours without an epidural. She was very hands on and made me feel supported the entire time. It was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend Stacey!!

~ Amanda, 1st time mama~

 

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