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I cannot recommend Veronica enough. She was the consummate professional, from the moment I asked her "So, what does a doula actually do?" through the preparation process and, finally, through an 18-hour labor. Long before contractions started, she helped me prepare physically and mentally for the no-epidural birth I wanted to--and ultimately did--have. She helped me build confidence that I could handle it and also was 100% onboard with my use of birthing hypnosis, which she immediately got up to speed on. Veronica knew I was scared, but also noticed I was a very motivated student, and she was eager to answer all my questions, recommend books and videos, and be my cheerleader through the entire process leading up to labor. Once contractions started, she worked with my husband to help keep me calm and as comfortable as possible, and create the environment I needed. That leads to a key point worth mentioning: I know a lot of fathers-to-be think, "Well, I'll be there for my wife. What do we need a doula for?" To that, I would say, "Well, dude, have you ever been at a birth?" My husband and I certainly hadn't and, for us, it was absolutely invaluable to have Veronica, who's doula-ed dozens of them, there to guide us. You never can know exactly how things will play out, and, for me, the benefit of her presence became immediately clear when we arrived at triage and I, in midst of full contraction, was standing at the front desk trying to answer check-in questions from an oblivious receptionist who, in retrospect, should've recognized I was in no condition to do so. Veronica immediately shuttled me away to sit down and rest, while my husband finished the paperwork. There were a million things like that, where her presence of mind and experience dealing with hospital staff was absolutely critical. Veronica is a fantastic advocate for moms and babies. You want her on your team. Trust me