#1 Tunisia was the "best thing since sliced bread"! My husband and I were thinking about hiring a doula for our intended natural birth of our first child, we interviewed Tunisia and from the first moment I met her, I knew we had the perfect match! My husband and I did not really understand the true value of a doula, in general, until we went into labor, and I can say with 100% certaintly that Tunisia went above and beyond her responsibilities as a doula.
Tunisia had a meeting with us prior to giving birth to understand our birth plan and special requests, and her professionalism and expertise in the field truly made us feel safe and even very excited to go through our natural birth for the first time. Before we were able to have our second meeting, I went into labor and Tunisia came over to our house at 11:00 in the evening, she assisted me through my "waves" (a.k.a. contractions) by pressing on my lower back to relieve the shooting pains. She also assisted in pain relief during labor with the exercise/birthing ball and massages with essential oils. She provided my husband with suggestions on how to help me get through the contractions, mentally and physically, I felt as though I had the support I needed in order to achieve my goals of giving natural birth. She also played my preferred music in the hospital room and stood with me in the shower for an entire hour as I was laboring. Tunisia stayed by my side and my husband's side for the entire birthing process from Tuesday evening at 11:00pm until the baby was born on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 and I assure you, I would not have been able to give a natural birth without her assistance.
Tunisia is the best Doula and we highly recommend her to all of our pregnant friends!
#2 I had the privilege of working w Tunisia Macklin as my doula for my second pregnancy and what fitting day like Thanksgiving to show my appreciation for such an amazing doula. I sought out the assistance of a doula for my 2nd pregnancy because I felt as though I hadn't had control over anything during my very 1st labor and delivery experience, and it should hv been my special moment, but ended up w a c-section which I was very distraught over for a long time. I knew if God blessed me with another baby I would need some help, and I was lucky enough to have met Tunisia. She matched my determination, ensured that we stuck to my birth plan, and was incredibly creative with her labor tactics. Tunisia collaboratively worked with my doctor to get the labor and delivery I wanted for myself and after what seemed like many ups and downs during labor, she never lost her drive which kept me motivated. Tunisia has a strong sixth sense and caught moments I was getting in my own head and pulled me out to stay focused and driven for pushing time. She was my strength when I had begun to grow weak.
It's been five days since our successful VBAC with Tunisia and I'm still on a high. I knew my body could do it. Tunisia, I will always be grateful for having had you by my side and hope to work with you again in the near future!
Tunisia was amazing in every way. From the moment we first met her she felt like one of the family. She was so easy to talk to and gain information from that I never felt anything but at ease with her talent and ability. She came to our home when my labor started and took control of everything. Tunisia was so supportive to both my husband and I from the start to finish. Without me having to say a word, she knew what I needed and made sure I had it. She told my husband when to rest and when to eat so that he wouldn't miss anything. Our son was delivered at home, his birth was made perfect by the fact that Tunisia was there helping and supporting us. Having her come for my post natal visit was reassuring. She showed me infant message that we still use on our son to this day, he is 19 months now. If you are looking for a doula with experience, compassion, knowledge and understanding look no further than Tunisia!
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