Emily has been with our family for the last 3 years. Honestly, I don’t know what we would do without her. Not only is she one of the most responsible nannies we have ever used, she is also one of the kindest. She is so knowledgeable with children and she also knows how to provide a warm and nurturing environment for them to thrive. She is very passionate about what she does. Not only with my children, but with her work as a doula or really any other endeavors I have seen her take part in. She really enjoys helping others. If you are looking for someone who can provide a strong and gentle presence at the same time, especially while experiencing childbirth she is a perfect match. Our family is forever grateful for having her!
“Anna is an amazing doula! Her knowledge about all things birth and baby related is really impressive. And she is so warm, kind, and reassuring, just having her in the room brings everyone a sense of peace. I absolutely recommend her as a doula.
I first met Anna as my hypnobirth instructor. My husband and I hired her for in-home private classes because he had recently had Achilles’ tendon surgery and it was more convenient to to it in home. I was so terrified of labor that I was almost in tears when I opened the door to Anna. She answered all my questions and her peaceful and wise words calmed me. I wasn’t sure I wanted a doula before the class, but after meeting Anna, we decided to ask her to be our doula. She just felt like a wise and comforting friend. The thought of having her there for our birth was very reassuring.
During the rest of my pregnancy, she was always available to answer questions and offer supportive words. My son came 11 days late and I really did not want to induce labor. Anna encouraged me to go with my instincts and suggested I discuss it with my doctor. Anna never pushed an agenda or opinion, but encouraged and supported me to be a confident parent who listens to my own parenting instincts. I postponed the induction twice and ended up going into labor naturally. Anna had great advice on natural induction ideas and in the end, it was one her suggestions that finally helped to jump start labor.
During labor, Anna was awesome! She came prepared and even brought me chap stick and a ponytail holder, two things I needed but forgot to bring. She even made me a rice sock that we could heat up and use for pain relief. She rubbed my feet with peppermint oil and pushed on my back during contractions and talked me through the surges. Her calm, wise, and comforting presence was soothing to both my husband and me.
At one point, after 10 hours of labor, I was not dilating and the doctor wanted to manually dilate me with a catheter, she suggested instead that we try to shift the baby’s position first through a series of squats and other exercises. The baby moved his position and I dilated to 7 centimeters in an hour. In the end, I ended up having an emergency c-section due to the baby having the cord wrapped around his neck, but had I induced or done the manual dilation, he may have been forced out too soon and died. Anna’s wise advice likely saved our baby’s life.
During my c-section she helped my husband cope with his anxiety. Afterwards, she stayed with us and helped us with first feeding, breast pumping, and getting settled. She stayed in touch after the birth answering questions about breastfeeding, newborns, and recovery. Then she came to visit us for the postpartum follow-up bringing food, gifts, and tea to help with milk production.
I can’t imagine a better experience with a doula. Anna has not only an amazing amount of knowledge but is truly a loving, strong, and empowering person. She made me feel more confident as a new mom. The hospital staff kept remarking that they had never seen such an engaged, active, and all around good doula. I recommend her without reservation. She is a gem!”- Charlynn and Camillo 12/15/2014
Emily was our postpartum doula/night nurse over the course of several nights when we had our second baby and that whole “sleep when the baby sleeps” option was no longer. We started after i was not nursing, so it was amazing to go to bed at 8, and wake up at 6 with clean laundry, cooked food in the fridge, dishes done and a baby who was well cared for all night there to greet me. I could go to bed feeling confident that my little guy was in great care. Great investment for my mental health and sanity.
“Anna was an absolutely wonderful doula to work with for my second homebirth, and was the perfect person to work with my family. She is so down-to-earth, a very grounded person who is passionate about supporting birth the way the family would love to have it go.
I first learned about Anna through my midwives’ FB page. I looked at her website and read a few testimonials and just had the sense that she’d bring an element of peace and centeredness into my birthing experience. Having had a previous home birth, I had a decent idea of what to expect and what supports I’d more intentionally need this second time around. Anna was able to put together a support package that factored in those needs.
Anna met with me once for a consultation, once again for an official pre-labor visit, and put together a detailed support plan. She was very professional, very organized and very detail-oriented. I was even able to gain additional comfort measures insights from her, as she is a hypnobirthing instructor. The wealth of knowledge she brought with her regarding labor support was a tremendous asset for my husband
and I. Anna knew exactly what to say to me to keep me motivated and focused in labor. She alternated with my husband in supporting me and talking to me (as well as in taking photos per our request). She also knew EXACTLY where and how to apply pressure to my back when I’d have a contraction, especially when surges just almost felt like too much. She used a variety of additional comfort measures (like cool washcloths with fabulous essential oil blends) to make the surges as manageable as possible.
I’m honestly a little sad that my birth has come and gone. Anna is not just a doula, she’s a great person, the kind of person that anyone would love to become good friends with. I cannot recommend her highly enough for any family’s birth experience! You’ll be so grateful to have her by your side.” – Posted by Annie on 11/15/2014
My husband and I decided to hire a doula less than two weeks before our due date after realizing we needed knowledgeable support to help guide us through the birthing process. After quite a bit of research we contacted Chicago Family Doulas and met with Emily. Her experience and personality put us right at ease. I ended up having an extremely long labor and delivery and Emily never wavered in her commitment to help us though the entire process. She stayed the entire time and provided constant support, reassurance, and techniques to help us through the delivery. We were very happy with her help and guidance. My husband and I both agree that we made the right decision in hiring Chicago Family Doulas and would hire Emily again in a heartbeat.
“Anna was a perfect match for us! As this was my first birth I really appreciated her knowledge and encouragement to birth naturally. She really went alongside with what we wanted and was such a source of support I don’t think I could have done it without her. She went above and beyond what she said she was going to do. My birth was much longer than expected and she hung with me the entire time. She is so personable and sweet and not having family nearby made this especially important as she filled the role of mother and a sister at the same time while having experience too! I definitely recommend Anna! My husband and I both loved her!” – Posted by Dana Conlan on 11/3/2014
Emily is professional and reliable and was a godsend during my labor. She came to my apartment at the perfect time, was decisive in telling me when we needed to go to the hospital, and was amazingly helpful riding in the car with us to the hospital (she and I rode in the back seat and she applied pressure to my hips during each contraction). Once at the hospital she was on her toes the entire time, getting me anything I needed, voicing my needs to hospital staff when I was uable to and helping me through each stage of labor. I couldn’t have done it without her! Highly recommend.
“I used Anna for a twin pregnancy. I wanted to do natural delivery and was in a difficult relationship and felt like I needed some extra support. I found out that I most likely would not be able to deliver naturally, but we still tried to come up with a natural plan hoping that I would be able to. She was very knowledgeable and educated me to help me prepare and make choices in what I wanted with the birth. There was so much I didn’t know and had no idea about! I ended up having a c-section, but she was there by my side the entire time; and I really felt like she was my advocate throughout the process and that is what I needed. I am so happy I had her there and I cannot recommend her enough!” – Posted by Raychelle Kroma on 9/28/2014
My experience with Emily was great. We got such peace of mind knowing that she would be with us for labor and the birth. Having had a scary experience with my first born (c-section), my husband and I wanted to have an advocate for us in the hospital. With number two, I was most worried about the long car ride to the hospital, which had the possiblity of being up to an hour and a half if we had to leave during rush hour. We did end up having to leave during rush hour, and Emily came quickly to the house and helped us get in the car. She helped keep me calm in between contractions and helped ease the pain during contractions by pressing on my hips. She offered different positions too, which I wouldn’t have thought of. Overall, I can’t imagine that car ride without her!
Once we were at the hospital, Emily was by my side, offering various comfort measures and helping me to breathe through the pain. She did not judge when I decided to get the epidural. Then during the pushing, she cheered me along. I am so happy to have made the decision to have the support and advice of a doula and I highly recommend Emily!
“I was fortunate to have Anna guide and soothe me through the birth of my second son. When my water broke and I was nervous, she was the first person I called (even before my midwife). Her voice was always calming and she stayed cool and clear-headed in even the most intense moments. During my labor, she intuitively cooled me down with cold compresses. She listened to my body when I couldn’t find the words to say “I need counterpressure on my lower back”. She pressed tirelessly for hours, a job which required major exertion. She was my guide in labor and I can’t imagine having accomplished a natural birth without her. When I doubted myself and my body, she gave me the encouragement to take labor one contraction at a time and breathe right through to the end.
Anna has a deep respect for all human beings, and a true awe of the birthing process. She epitomizes selflessness. I hope Anna can share her gifts with other laboring women.” – Michelle Young
Sandra Han’s Testimonial:
I am a career woman. I waited 37 years for this day to arrive…I gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby girl. During my pregnancy I tried to get everything in order -OB GYN, books to read, reached out to friends, signed up for bogus hospital classes and learned about a Doula. Immediately, I was stunned, DOULA!!!??? YES! I need one. Then, weeks passed by, and I wasn’t sure how the hell I was going to find someone who would be nothing less than EXCELLENT….and then, I crossed paths with Emily and Anna. A team of feminist divas who empower ever decision you make in the labor room. I was 27 hours in labor and Emily coached me and Gary through it all. A Doula does everything…calms you, gives you a bath, cleans up your piss, makes eye contact, coaches your husband, greets your family….there isn’t one single thing EMILY was not willing to do for me. One thing I regret is not taking advantage of the after birth visit. I had breastfeeding challenges and didn’t even know. My kid lost 14% of their birth weight, and passed crystals in her urine from deyhration…I learned all of this on day 3. Oh well, you live and you learn…today Braelyn is nearly 5 months -babbles, smiles, holds her neck, rolls, nurses we just love love love her. Emily was apart of my once in a life time experience and we salute her! Thank you Emily for supporting us to have our baby BIB (her initials) join the world.