Joelle Taylor

orchidnestadmin - August 25, 2017
Sara Spillas - Hospital and Home Birth

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!!

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