It's such an honor to be invited into a family's birth space! I am so grateful to the family's that offer me the opportunity to do the work I love.
Working with Anna is such a pleasure! We can't say enough good things about this woman. She is knowledgeable, accepting, supportive and everything you could possibly hope for in a doula. I felt completely safe and at ease with her by my side. She was the perfect balance of firm and soft when it came to both encouragement and physical techniques. She reminded me to eat and drink in a way that I never felt pestered but lovingly looked after. No matter what I requested to help with the pain she obliged happily. I was worried about being self conscious during labor but Anna was so kind, I never felt judged or insecure. Instead, I felt lifted up and empowered. My husband was grateful to have her there as well. I needed counter pressure with every contraction and with a 17 hour long labor it was nice to have someone to tag team and offer him support as well. We would recommend Anna to anyone and everyone. You will feel so supported and safe with her by your side. I truly believe having her at our birth was key to my being able to follow through with a natural unmedicated birth.
After all is said and done, we felt we had a new close friend, not just a doula. If you are looking for a doula who will honor, echo and support your wishes - Anna is your lady! –Danielle
There are so many positive things I can say about Anna! She is very knowledgeable and gave us very reliable and narrowed down resources since it can be overwhelming looking things up oneself with the plethora of information out there. She showed my husband and I techniques we could use not only during labor but pregnancy as well. Knowing she was always a text away when I had any concerns or just needed to talk was very reassuring. She offered a lot of emotional support. My husband is working for 14 hours during the day and I felt very nervous about being able to be reach him when the time came. Anna made sure to talk me through those feelings and always checked in each week at the very end. When I had questions she always went over the pros and cons of anything and also confirmed things I wasn’t sure about. Anna also was very supportive of my birth plan and ultimately when things completely changed during labor and how I chose to bring my son into the world. During early labor I was doubting that what I was feeling were actually contractions. She told me they were and ended up talking me through them over the phone since I was alone during that time. During labor she was so gently spoken and calm which helped tremendously. She always gave good recommendations and also made sure to get my husband involved and then took over when he needed sleep. During labor my husband and I were able to open up and talk to her about things because we felt safe and trusted her. When I ultimately ended up choosing to have a c section she was very supportive and nonjudgmental. Her being there during it was essential to help calm me when my husband wasn’t allowed in the room yet. Anna was able to step in that supportive role to me so that way my husband could be with our son once he was born. She also was able to take pictures so my husband and I can forever have those beautiful memories! Anna truly has a passion for being a doula and it comes out through her work! I would highly recommend Anna no matter your birth preferences! Even my OB said she was a wonderful doula! Thank you so much Anna for being such an amazing human being which makes you an outstanding doula! –Vanessa
Anna was a fantastic doula for us as we welcomed our third child into the world. I have done childbirth differently with all three and without a doubt, my third, and last, was the best experience and that was largely due to Anna being a part of it. She was incredibly caring and took time to know us as a family prior to the birth so she was ready to be there for us in exactly the way we needed when the time came. She was ready for each situation we encountered with a steady voice or hand. She advocated for us with the doctors when I couldn’t articulate what I needed or wanted. She was a calming presence for my husband when he needed that as well. It couldn’t have gone more smoothly and I’m very grateful to have had Anna with us through it all. I give her the highest recommendation. She will make a huge positive difference in your birth experience. –Laura
During pregnancy with our third kid, Anna showed up in our lives and I learned a new word- doula. Now, I wish I knew about doulas for our first kid! Anna supported my wife (and myself, for that matter) in such a unique way. She helped plan the best path for what was coming. Doctors paid attention to the baby. I was paying attention to my wife, my kids, my family, our friends and everyone else. Anna was there for my wife and I. I cannot find the words to define all that she did. I am just glad that in our last birth she was next to my wife as one! –Daniel
Having my first baby during the COVID-19 pandemic was not ideal. Having Anna as my doula was the best decision I made during my pregnancy. When I was uncertain of a decision she would help me weigh the pros and cons and feel good about it. She was always there via text or phone call when I had a question or just needed to talk. During our doula sessions the first thing she would ask was how my husband and I were doing mentally, as a couple and as individuals. Our sessions weren't strictly about me but also about my husband as well, if he had any questions, how he could support me, ect. Because of our sessions we felt really confident about giving birth. During labor she was there for us to help coach us through each contraction. Because of the coronavirus I was only allowed to have one person in the hospital with me, so obviously I had my husband there, but Anna was there virtually, constantly checking in (without being annoying). At one point during birth I was crying uncontrollably, the nurses were only focused on the medical stuff and just telling me not to cry. My husband called Anna and without needing to be told what I needed from her she started talking to me and calling me down, encouraging me, and suggested things that my husband could do to help me as well. –Leah
Since I moved to a new state at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, I was set up for a very lonely pregnancy because I didn't know anyone in my new area and all social gatherings were canceled. To make matters worse, my mother passed away when I was very young and none of my siblings have children. I didn't have many resources to lean on for wisdom or support during such a special, unknown, and, honestly, a scary time for me. What got me through my pregnancy without being discouraged or feeling scared and inadequate was Anna Sutkowski's support! Although Anna lived in a different state and became my "over-the-phone doula", this never got in the way of her job; I never felt alone on my journey. She was there for me day and night, and she answered all the questions that I had without delay. A perfect example of how amazing and helpful Anna was for me was the day that my doctor told me that I was going to be induced. I was so upset that I would not be able to go into labor naturally and was slightly confused as to why I needed to be induced in the first place. I contacted Anna immediately so that she could explain to me my situation as well as help me process whether being induced was the best route for me. Anna responded instantly to my text message and helped me process my options. Throughout my labor and way after giving birth, Anna was my constant companion who helped me cope with the stress of breast feeding, teaching me techniques about how to relieve engorgement and sending me a multitude of videos of how to have more successful latching and burping. I am thoughouly convinced that Anna played a vital role in helping me avoid postpartum depression! All in all, I HIGHLY recommend Anna to be anyone's doula, whether in person or even over the phone. She is not only very professional and informative, but she works with you in a way that makes pregnancy challenges a breeze and turns stressful situations into positive experiences. –Hayley
Anna was an absolute joy to work with. Her clam demeanor always brought me peace about the upcoming birth. I got to work with Anna during the strange time of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was completely open to working in different ways to suit the times and was always ready to brainstorm to ensure safety during our meetings. She made herself available via text, call, and email. Anna was very responsive when I would reach out pre-birth and was always super supportive. Anna did a great job of making sure to let my husband be my main support during labor and birth, but also knowing when and where to step in and help. She quickly adapted to the flow of my labor when she arrived and started making helpful suggestions within minutes. Many items that we discussed beforehand were used and she brought plenty of helpful additional ideas. She was aware of my birth plan and was very respectful and helped me think through things as we started moving through unexpected changes. I am extremely glad we had Anna with us for our birth. If we ever decide to have another child, I would look forward to working with her again. –Sandy