birth stories
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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L. Dennis
I had a 10 lb. baby naturally!

We had the most amazing experience with The Orchid Nest. We live in Fort Lauderdale and were having trouble finding a doula in our area. With one visit and Meet the Doula at The Orchid Nest we knew that we would be choosing them. We used Johanna as our doula and took HypnoBirthing with Lorie. We would have not have been able to have the birth experience that we did without them. Our baby was almost 10 pounds and I was able to have him without any medication whatsoever. I love how Johanna was available before, during, and after the birth itself. It was amazing being able to have someone there to help throughout our whole pregnancy and even postpartum. If you’re thinking about a doula or hypnobirthing, you’ve found the right place. They’re the best!!!

M. Gray
My doula was worth her weight in gold!

I can not say enough good things about Julie! My husband and I decided that we wanted to have an unmedicated birth and thought that a doula would really help us achieve that goal. We went to a “meet the doulas” night and got to meet all the wonderful doulas there, but we really felt like Julie was the perfect fit for us. She was so great at answering my unending questions about pregnancy and labor and calming me down about anything I was worried or nervous about. I really appreciated how encouraging she was during the whole process. She was really worth her weight in gold during labor! I went into labor at night and texted her, we thought it would still be awhile, but things started happening quickly and she came right over to my house and helped me relax a little longer before heading to the hospital. She was such a great support for me, I was starting to panic and wanting an epidural, but she was able to help me focus and breath, reminding me to make low sounds and suggesting positions that could help. It was also great to have her there to pay attention to what was going on and make sure that things were going as close to my birth plan as possible and be a voice for me when I couldn’t. She anticipated any needs I had, and ones I didn’t know I had, it was so helpful. She held my hand when I needed it and helped my husband to be there for me and give me the support I needed. Seeing her joy when I finally delivered my baby girl was awesome too! It was great having her come over the next week also to check on us and be able to talk about our birth story, and tell me about the little things I missed too. You would not regret having her there to support you through one of your biggest moments in life!

E. 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.  

J. DeMutiis
Above and Beyond!

If you are interested in having a beautiful labor and birth, I can not recommend the Orchid Nest more. I was personally interested in taking the HypoBirthing classes when we found out my wife was pregnant and approaching the third trimester. I knew I wanted to be a supportive partner during our labor and birth of our first child and the experience was everything we could have asked for and more. Because of all the valuable knowledge from the classes, and hiring Lorie McCoy as our doula we felt completely prepared and empowered as a couple, but more importantly my wife was incredibly strong and confident and delivered our baby naturally at Boca Regional hospital. It was unbelievable seeing my wife’s strength throughout the labor and delivery and without our amazing doula support and guidance, I am not sure how the process would have gone. The entire staff is incredible, and will go above and beyond for you and your future family.

D. Fortman
Worth every penny!

I was so afraid of the whole labor process since this was my first. I’ve listened to my friends that recommended a doula although at this point I didn’t even know what that was.
I cannot tell you how happy I am I did. Throughout pregnancy and birth Julie was always there for me and I can truly say I had an amazing birth experience thanks to her!!! I can highly recommend attending the meet and great with all doulas so you can find your perfect fit. The best money spend during pregnancy by far!!!! (My husbands words: Julie was worth every penny 👍🏻😃) it’s not just for you but also a great support for your partner and takes the pressure of them!!! Thank you Julie and the whole Orchid Nest Team for everything!!!

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!!

J. 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!!

I. Spasovska
Don't hesitate!

I’m so happy I found out about Orchid Nest and used their services. My and my husband live in Hollywood and after doing a lot of research on labor and having the birth experience I imagined we decided to go to the meet the doula event. There we met Julie and the other doulas but our heart was set on her and we sure were right to trust our gut feeling. All the other ladies were amazing as well! My last trimester was when covid-19 happened so you can imagine the nerves on top of just the general anxiety of being pregnant. Julie was there to ease my concerns every step of the way. Also,The orchid nest at the time offered a free comfort measures class which was very helpful!
Throughout my last trimester I spoke to Julie numerous times, she was always very helpful and gave amazing advice. The simple piece of mind of your concerns being acknowledged is more than anyone can ask for.
The actual birth was more that I could hope for, my goal was to have natural, unmedicated birth without any interventions unless necessary. That is exactly what happened and it’s been a week since my little girl came into this world and I cannot believe it. Julie was instrumental in this, I couldn’t have done this without her and I’m forever grateful for her constant support, encouragement and knowledge. She was by my side for every single contraction. I consider her a friend for life and both me and my husband highly recommend her to anyone we have spoken since. Please don’t hesitate to use Orchid Nest – having a doula should be the standard for every new mama.

Thank you Julie and The Orchid Nest for the wonderful work you do!!

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