"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."
"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!"
"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.
 
After giving birth she met with my husband and I to help process the birth and life after birth. We really liked this because we really didn't know what to think about our birth story. Helping us process life after birth was great because we didn't know what to expect and know that we had someone to talk to and who would listen was really refreshing. She would not give her opinion or tell you how to do something unless you asked for it. I am truly, extremely grateful for her, without her I honestly don't think I could have done it."

© 2020 by Anna Sutkowski Doula LLC.

St. Louis, Missouri

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