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NORTH VANCOUVER, BC

Planned Cesarean Birth

Monika was my doula for the birth of my second child. My first was delivered ten days past my due date, and after induction, I had an emergency c-section. With my second, I felt I needed more support to prepare for what was to come with the pregnancy and delivery and as such asked Monika to be my doula.

 

Monika regularly checked in and visited to ensure I had talked through various scenarios for my upcoming birth. In the end, the OB and I arranged for a planned c-section. I felt comfortable with this route as I was quite ill during my pregnancy, and although this typically isn’t the route with a doula, Monika stayed on to support.

Monika was right there with me at the hospital from the moment I went in, through the surgery, and post op. I felt calmer having her extra support throughout as well as diligence in ensuring I had what I needed. Once home, Monika visited, brought healthy treats and offered support around the house or just chat for the extra company.

 

I would definitely recommend Monika to someone else looking for extra support through pregnancy.

Jordana

Home Birth With First Baby

It wasn’t until I met with Krista and Monika of Moonrise Doulas that I really felt like I was in control of my upcoming birth. Instead of having the mindset that birth was something that was going to happen to me, I was able to approach it as something to educate myself on and choose how I wanted it to go. I very quickly felt completely supported and safe, surrounded by a group of women who knew birth and would help guide me through it.

 

Over the next weeks/months Krista and Mons helped us prepare our birth plan and walked us through how they could help support me through it. We talked through every detail as my pregnancy progressed, and as the final days approached, I felt prepared that we were doing everything we could to encourage the best possible outcomes for our baby.

 

Looking back now, my labour and birth seems almost magical. When Mons and Krista arrived, they walked into our home and were able to read the situation. They immediately had me feeling more comfortable with where I was at and the journey ahead. Having their support and experience with birth by my side through early labour really helped me let go and let my body do what it needed to do.

They timed and tracked my contractions and were an amazing liaison between us and our midwives, keeping them informed on my progress. My husband and I didn’t have to think about if we should be calling the midwives or guessing how far along I was. They were also an incredible support for my husband, assisting him with setting up our home for the birth but also emotionally guiding him and keeping him focused on the best ways he could support me. 

 

Most importantly, they did an incredible job at keeping our home calm and quiet, almost sacred, as our birth team was coming and going, setting up equipment, the birth pool, preparing food, etc. One person was beside me the whole time, watching calmly and silently holding the space, reminding me that everything was normal and safe. This really allowed me to focus inward and progress in my labour one contraction at a time.

 

I feel so blessed to have had Krista and Monika support us through the birth of our baby boy. Their guidance and encouragement through pregnancy and birth allowed us to bring our son into this world in the most incredible way and allowed me to experience the most empowering moment of my life. I will forever be grateful for that.

Meghan and Steve

Homebirth

Monika was such an incredible support to me throughout my pregnancy and birth. Leading up to the birth she was so supportive with ensuring that I always had what I needed whether it be books to read, answers to questions, home birth supplies or fears discussed. She made me feel 100% sure of all my decisions especially the decision to have a home birth. On the night of the birth she was ready to go at a moments notice and was the perfect partnership with my husband to support me through my fast and intense drug-free delivery.

Monika has such a calmness about her and when I thought I couldn't do it, she gave me the confidence & support I needed to push on. Monika, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping to make my birth experience a beautiful one.

 

Kathryn and Chris

Hospital VBAC

My first pregnancy I had my doctor deliver my baby. My baby was breech and my doctor said I had no option, but to have a c-section.  I was sad that I didn’t get a chance at vaginal birth and never felt like the doctor had my back in terms of my ideal birth plan. With my second pregnancy I wanted to take control of the birth. I found an amazing mid wife team and toyed with the idea of getting a doula. My husband, Tim, was skeptical. He rolled his eyes whenever I brought up the subject of a doula and felt like a doula was going to be a hippy lady who would push home birth on us. When we met with Monika and Krista with Moonrise Doula Services we knew they were what I needed to complete my birth plan. From the very first meeting, they empowered me to feel confident about my ideal birth plan. 

 

Krista and Monika were open and honest about all of the different options and provided great, inspiring material to read. They allowed us to talk and explore our options, and were available to answer all of our questions and concerns. Their philosophy is to help you have the birth experience that YOU want.

During the labour and delivery, Krista was my rock in which I relied heavily upon. She provided a calm and confident energy. She helped to coach me through the pain and provided an immense amount of support for both Tim and myself. She helped me through the tough times when I felt I couldn’t go on and helped me to focus and stay positive. As I result I had a healthy 8lbs 10oz baby boy without any drugs. This was no small feat; I can assure you.

 

Both Tim and I are so thankful for having Krista in the delivery room and could not imagine having to go through the delivery without her. Through the whole pre and post pregnancy experience Krista and Monika have been supportive, informative and empowering. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a doula.

Brittany and Tim

My first pregnancy I had my doctor deliver my baby. My baby was breech and my doctor said I had no option, but to have a
c-section.  I was sad that I didn’t get a chance at vaginal birth and never felt like the doctor had my back in terms of my ideal birth plan. With my second pregnancy I wanted to take control of the birth. I found an amazing mid wife team and toyed with the idea of getting a doula. My husband, Tim, was skeptical. He rolled his eyes whenever I brought up the subject of a doula and felt like a doula was going to be a hippy lady who would push home birth on us. When we met with Monika and Krista with Moonrise Doula Services we knew they were what I needed to complete my birth plan. From the very first meeting, they empowered me to feel confident about my ideal birth plan. 

 

Krista and Monika were open and honest about all of the different options and provided great, inspiring material to read. They allowed us to talk and explore our options, and were available to answer all of our questions and concerns. Their philosophy is to help you have the birth experience that YOU want.

During the labour and delivery, Krista was my rock in which I relied heavily upon. She provided a calm and confident energy. She helped to coach me through the pain and provided an immense amount of support for both Tim and myself. She helped me through the tough times when I felt I couldn’t go on and helped me to focus and stay positive. As I result I had a healthy 8lbs 10oz baby boy without any drugs. This was no small feat; I can assure you.

 

Both Tim and I are so thankful for having Krista in the delivery room and could not imagine having to go through the delivery without her. Through the whole pre and post pregnancy experience Krista and Monika have been supportive, informative and empowering. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a doula.

Brittany and Tim