Julie R – Home Birth
I had the birth of my dreams

Our experiences with the Orchid Nest were everything we had hoped for and more. When we found the birth house we knew this was going to be an amazing journey but we didn’t know just how incredible it would be. Lorie is with you every step of the way. The emotional and physical support she provides is what every woman (and their family) deserves. She helped me to trust and listen to my body throughout the entire journey. I still cannot believe we had a home birth! I am not a super woman. I am an ordinary woman who was supported and empowered by the most amazing birth team to have the birth of my dreams.

Our experiences with the Orchid Nest were everything we had hoped for and more. When we found the birth house we knew this was going to be an amazing journey but we didn’t know just how incredible it would be. Lorie is with you every step of the way. The emotional and physical support she provides is what every woman (and their family) deserves. She helped me to trust and listen to my body throughout the entire journey. I still cannot believe we had a home birth! I am not a super woman. I am an ordinary woman who was supported and empowered by the most amazing birth team to have the birth of my dreams.

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Doreen - HyponoBirth
I HypnoBirthed my twins

When I met Stacy I remember telling her I want this to be the best experience of my life! Being pregnant with twins and wanting a natural birth was having all odds in my favor according to the doctors, but I was still so positive and Stacy made sure I was always on the path I wanted! From visits to Dr. Ian, my chiropractor to induction massages at the Orchid Nest, it was the perfect journey! 38 weeks came along and my doctors insisted that the amniotic fluid was not enough. When I walked into the hospital they told me there were no rooms available and I would have to come back or wait so we called my doctor and let him know what was going on. He insisted that they check me and see if there was anything going on, it's turns out I was 6 cm dilated and having contractions every two minutes or so but yet I didn't feel much. I was admitted at 9:06 am and contractions started slowly getting stronger. Twin B was not in the perfect position doctor and warned me about not being able to manually flip her if needed and having to put me under General Anastasia since I didn’t have an epidural. I ended up giving into the epidural as much as I did not want to, but I really just want to make sure my babies were safe and healthy. I was able to rest for a few contractions and once the doctor came back in I was ready to go at 10 cm dilated! My babies were born shortly after..Eric James at 4:58pm and Elisa Grace at 5:28pm. I was able to pull them out myself and there was no better feeling than that! Both babies were born healthy and had a great weight. I truly am so thankful to my doula Stacy and for this beautiful journey that I will never forget!

When I met Stacy I remember telling her I want this to be the best experience of my life! Being pregnant with twins and wanting a natural birth was having all odds in my favor according to the doctors, but I was still so positive and Stacy made sure I was always on the path I wanted! From visits to Dr. Ian, my chiropractor to induction massages at the Orchid Nest, it was the perfect journey! 38 weeks came along and my doctors insisted that the amniotic fluid was not enough. When I walked into the hospital they told me there were no rooms available and I would have to come back or wait so we called my doctor and let him know what was going on. He insisted that they check me and see if there was anything going on, it's turns out I was 6 cm dilated and having contractions every two minutes or so but yet I didn't feel much. I was admitted at 9:06 am and contractions started slowly getting stronger. Twin B was not in the perfect position doctor and warned me about not being able to manually flip her if needed and having to put me under General Anastasia since I didn’t have an epidural. I ended up giving into the epidural as much as I did not want to, but I really just want to make sure my babies were safe and healthy. I was able to rest for a few contractions and once the doctor came back in I was ready to go at 10 cm dilated! My babies were born shortly after..Eric James at 4:58pm and Elisa Grace at 5:28pm. I was able to pull them out myself and there was no better feeling than that! Both babies were born healthy and had a great weight. I truly am so thankful to my doula Stacy and for this beautiful journey that I will never forget!

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Arian
When plans change, you just embrace them

I had a peaceful and confident birth because my doula Lorie was there with me every step of the way! My plan to have a home birth went out the window when my water broke at 34 weeks. She eased my fears and reassured me throughout my labor. This was especially important because my partner was out of town at the beginning of my labor. She made sure I was comfortable the entire time. She went above and beyond to make sure that I had a great experience even though the plans changed. Lorie knew what I needed before I did. It was like I had an angel with me the whole time!

I had a peaceful and confident birth because my doula Lorie was there with me every step of the way! My plan to have a home birth went out the window when my water broke at 34 weeks. She eased my fears and reassured me throughout my labor. This was especially important because my partner was out of town at the beginning of my labor. She made sure I was comfortable the entire time. She went above and beyond to make sure that I had a great experience even though the plans changed. Lorie knew what I needed before I did. It was like I had an angel with me the whole time!

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Erin Broadus
I had a surprise home birth

I wasn’t planning on hiring a Doula, I thought my husband & I were well prepared for our birth plan. I developed preeclampsia and had to be induced at Boca Regional Hospital. In a panic and completely unprepared for this hurdle we hadn’t planned for, the Birth House offered to send a Doula over. At 11pm exactly 12 hours from hearing I wasn’t going to have the birth I planned, Samara showed up ready to go. She walked in the hospital room (the last place I wanted to be) ready with essential oils, music and so much more.  She was an amazing help, pushing on my hips when needed, reminding me to relax, placing cold wash clothes on my neck, reminding my husband to eat, keeping the music going. I honestly don’t think I could have achieved a natural birth without Samara.  I could not have imagined not having my doula there, don’t think about hiring a doula, just hire one! Take this advice from a mommy who thought there was no way she ever needed a Doula.  

Alejandra Garrido
I had TWO incredible births

We just experienced our second miracle with the birth of our second baby girl, Catalina. Our first experience with the Orchid Nest was in 2012 when we were pregnant with Sofia. I was terrified, as she was my first child. I had heard so many stories of painful births, problems at the hospitals, etc. that I was terrified. I knew I wanted a natural birth, but was worried about the pain. I wasn’t sure that I was strong enough to experience a drug free delivery. Upon hearing about HypnoBirthing, I wasn’t sure what to expect. My experience was amazing! First, through the classes, I was able to understand many aspects of the birthing experience including physiological issues that I would experience as the birth progressed, as well as, countless administrative issues and decisions with the hospital that we would have to decide on prior to delivery. Not only were they able to mentally prepare me to cope with the potential pain, but I went into delivery confident that my birthing plan was based on my values and wishes, and not the hospitals. Stacy Greenberg, was my doula. I can’t say enough good things about her. She not only worked with and coached me and my husband through the delivery, but she also helped me manage the hospital staff effectively. Because of the confidence that I had built in the previous months through the HypnoBirthing class and Stacy’s warm and caring demeanor, my delivery was an amazing experience. I was lucky to give birth to my baby girl within 2 hours of having checked into the hospital, no drugs…no pain. Stacy was beyond wonderful and I am so grateful for her support. Everytime I look back and think about how she helped me make it through, I realize, I wouldn’t have done it without her. The second delivery in 2016 was just as amazing. I returned to the Orchid Nest for a refresher (free of charge) and to fine tuned my HypnoBirthing skills. I chose to use Stacy as my doula again, and again she was amazing. This delivery was extremely fast. Less than 35 minutes after being admitted into the hospital my wonderful Catalina was born. Again, no drugs, no pain. Just an amazing experience! I would strongly recommend the Orchid Nest to anyone looking to have a wonderful birthing experience. They are truly dedicated to helping the mother to be to have a great experience to go with the miracle of birth.

Mercedes Atkinson
My doula went above and beyond

We happened upon Samara by chance and boy am I glad we did!!! I believe my birthing experience wouldn’t have been the amazing experience it was if it wasn’t for her supportive and calming demeanor. Samara helped me (try) to keep a cool head when I wasn’t quite sure I could. I kept my eyes focused on her while she kept calm and guided me through with confidence. She is someone you want around- a kind, fun, open, and knowledgeable person. It felt like a had a friend in the room- and she fast became one. She went above and beyond the call of duty and played the role of photographer as well and documented the arrival of our son with amazing photos we will treasure forever. The day you welcome your child into your family is unlike any other and I’m so grateful that that day was made easier and more beautiful by having Samara by our side.

Courtney McMillan
I love working with Team Orchid

Highly recommend Lorie and her team. As a midwife, I have seen the difference a doula can make first hand – before, during and after birth. Thank you for the work you do!!

Joelle Taylor
The best classes and doulas

I believe it was during the second trimester that Matt and I went to “Meet the doula night” at the Orchid Nest. We both immediately felt connected to Elle. And we had a lot in common!! We met quite a few doulas that night but I remember while talking with Elle I started crying out of no where (no it was not just the pregnancy hormones lol). I cried because I was SO happy to feel like my support system was finally complete. I was a total basket case the first trimester of pregnancy always in fear that something bad was going to happen to our baby. I knew what I needed most was an amazing support system by our side and Elle completed it along with my awesome midwife Courtney McMillian and Perinatologist Dr. Lowe. I felt like from then on I could have a calm and exciting pregnancy and a beautiful birth. I wanted to feel totally connected to our baby and love him from the inside and not always fear the worst. Elle was such an essential part of my pregnancy and birth. Anytime I needed her she was always available. Any concerns or questions I had she knew how to help me through them and guide me in the right direction. We loved having her over for our prenatal visits! And so did our fur babies! Haha. Elle continued to encourage me and support me not just with her professionalism and knowledge but also with so much compassion. Anytime I would feel anxious about anything she knew how to calm my nerves. I don’t know what I would have done without her at the hospital by our side every single day we were there. The two days of labor before our babe was born were physically and emotionally exhausting and Elle stayed by our side helping me through it all. She walked the halls with us what felt like a million times. Helped me breathe and work through some intense contractions. And was the calm and encouraging voice I needed when making the difficult decision of how to meet our baby safely. Like most birth plans our didn’t go exactly how we had planned. But we knew it was the way our baby needed to enter this world to finally meet us safely. Thank you Elle from the bottom of our hearts for all of your invaluable support and helping us welcome our sweet baby boy into this world. You totally rock at what you love to do! Thank you for the amazing priceless photos you took for us. Thank you for visiting me postpartum and helping me with breastfeeding! Even though I had visits with Lactation consultants beforehand, it was your postpartum visit that seriously was the turning point for me and gave me the confidence I needed to know I could do it and not to give up! And omgosh those controversial honey sticks were my lifeline!!

Candace Stanley
I love the prenatal yoga class

Prenatal Yoga with Tracey is beyond outstanding. I look forward to her class every week. She’s such a calming spirit and makes my day every Saturday! I’ll definitely be taking this class through my entire pregnancy. Not to mention, the ladies I’ve met there are super sweet and we update each other every week on how our pregnancy is going. It’s like a second family!

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