From Rebecca H
"Choosing Bertha was the best choice I made! Ultimately, my experience with labor and delivery was nothing like I planned- but Bertha stood with us at every twist and turn. She was our rock. Bertha was by mine and my husband’s side supporting us through contractions, providing much-appreciated massage/ice/water/food/counter pressure/humor/laughs/hugs, and anything else I needed that I vocalized was helpful for me. She reminded me of my goals, my mantras, and my strength. Little did we know at the time, my baby was facing the wrong way, and his head was crooked in my pelvis. The labor continued for many more hours- 30 in total. The epidural wore off twice and she supported me, called for the nurse and made sure I was taken care of. Bertha offered positions we could try to help baby progress. Baby had his own plans so after another 5 hours of our best efforts it became time for me to choose a csection. I was devastated. I had never felt so vulnerable and exhausted and scared. Bertha was a rock for me and my husband. I distinctly remember bursting into tears after I signed the consent form. Bertha reminded me how strong I was, that I had done everything I possibly could and that we were going to soon have baby here safely. Although she was not allowed in the OR, she waited in the hospital room and packed up our belongings while we were in surgery. After the csection she stayed by my side for another 2 hours. She helped baby get his first little latches and ensured I had my golden hours with baby. This was so appreciated as I was very tired and was not feeling coordinated or well. She also made sure my husband was doing okay- eating and drinking since he had an equally long day. After verifying we had everything we needed, she left the hospital around 5 AM. Although my experience took many unexpected and undesired turns, Bertha provided much-needed support, reassurance and empowerment throughout the process. Every woman deserves a Bertha!"
From Tiffany Z.
"Bertha is an absolute angel sent from above!!! I always knew that I wanted a doula by my side when I delivered my son and I couldn't have asked for anyone better. She was so helpful with every question I had before, during and after my delivery. We still keep in touch. I wanted a natural water birth so bad, but had complications and had to get an emergency c-section, and Bertha made me feel that everything was going to be fine. I love her so much and consider her part of my family. I'm so blessed to have delivered before the craziness of Covid broke out because I don't know if I would have felt as comfortable not having her there with me. Also, she encapsulated my placenta and brought me essential oils!! She is basically a one stop shop, mixed with love and kindness. If my husband and I ever decide to add to our family, she will definitely be my first call so I can get on her schedule. Next time, i'll try for a VBAC."
From Chris & Ashley L.
"Where do I even begin?! Bertha is heaven-sent. I couldn’t imagine going through birth without her. From the moment we met her, I could tell how passionate she is about her job and making us feel the most at ease as possible. If there was anything I was concerned about or needed to find credible research on, Bertha had it. She answered all my questions and worries and helped my husband and I feel confident going into birth. Her birth class was amazing and she helped me with stretches to do pre-birth and showed my husband ways to get me more comfortable as I grew. At my birth in the hospital, Bertha came very early and helped me through every contraction and helped my husband relax. He has even said so many times how stress free it was having someone so experienced help us through the process and navigate the unknown. If it weren’t for Bertha we more than likely would have ended up in a c section situation. She reminded us of our options throughout the entire birth and made sure that we were able to have a birth we were happy with. Investing in a Doula is definitely one of the best things my husband and I did for our birth. Bertha is incredible and we will always appreciate her being there for us! I seriously wouldn’t have made it through birth without her."
" Bertha, you just have no idea the impact you had on us that day. We both appreciate you so much and are thankful you were there to share that day with us. We love you so much!"
From Lindsey & Glendon Y.
"We were ever so grateful to have Bertha on our birth team!!! From the beginning of my pregnancy through postpartum, she was the biggest blessing and we can't imagine having gone through it without her! She's super supportive of your wishes and strives to help you have the birth you desire, and when things don't go as you'd hoped or planned, she has a wealth of knowledge and we were so thankful to have her to be able to talk things through and ask advice, but she was also a great emotional support!
We hired her because it was our first time and we knew having someone experienced there to guide and support us was best for both us and our sweet baby but thought it would probably be a one-time thing because after this we would know more what to expect for the next one. But, we already know we want her for the next one as well!
Both my husband and I would highly recommend having a Bertha as your doula no matter what number of pregnancy it may be, but especially if it's your first!
She makes you aware of and prepares you for things you would not have thought of on your own, and being informed beforehand is something you can't put a price on!"
From Gracia & Vaughn F.
"Bertha was a God-send for our labor and delivery! She helped us out during active labor, pushing and birth!! She worked with my husband to show him techniques to help with my contractions. She used essential oils to soothe my pain and to create a warm environment. She was definitely my advocate and helped me to keep a natural birth even when I thought I couldn’t! Bertha was kind, considerate and I would recommend her to any mama looking for a doula! I couldn’t imagine doing it without her and all of her birthing knowledge!! SO GRATEFUL!!"
From Celeste R.
"Bertha was my Doula! I loved working with her, she was a professional and I highly recommend her services. She was there for me before, during and after birth. I contacted her day and night and she was always there for me."
From Khadejah S.
"Bertha was an amazing doula and God sent. She was so helpful up to my delivery date, during labor and postpartum! She always presented me with options I had and will put together an amazing birth plan that's easy for the nurse's to read. She was also so prompt and would respond to any questions I had in a very timely manner. If you're looking to have someone to support you during your labor, I would highly recommend her!!"
From Katherine & Chris Y.
"From pregnancy through delivery, Bertha was an incredible support system for both myself and my husband. She walked us through everything and answered questions we had and did an amazing job of helping me through labor and birth. Could not have done labor without her!!!"
From Chelsea C.
"With my third (and possibly last) pregnancy, I decided I wanted a natural birth with no pain medication. Being new to the idea, I began my research and decided I needed a doula to help me on my journey before, during, and after. I was in a local baby store one day and came across her card so I reached out and we met one evening to see if we were a good match. Bertha has one of those faces and demeanors that makes you feel like you've known her forever. Her sweet smile and genuine, listening ears made me realize she was perfect for the job. Over the next few months until my delivery, Bertha would reach out to see how things were going and answer any questions I had. In my last month, she gave some great advice on how to speed things along and help get my body ready. She came to our house and met with me and my husband for about two hours to go through our birth plan and show us a few exercises for mom and baby. When the time came, it was the middle of the night and I text Bertha around 2am. She responded right away and said she'd be at my house within an hour. (We live 45 mins apart.) She walked my neighborhood with me at 3:30 in the morning until contractions got closer. My labor went fairly quickly (arrived at hospital around 4:30am and delivered at 5:45) but Bertha was there as a coach, guide, and advocate. She has "all the things" although I needed none of them. As I said, my baby came quickly. But she is so amazing! She visited the baby and me after we were home from the hospital with the sweetest gift. I am so thankful for her and blessed to consider her my friend now. I highly recommend her whatever your birth plan may be."
From Emmalee S.
"Bertha was excellent in guiding me through/educating me during my pregnancy. She is very knowledgeable on any topic that I had questions about natural pain management techniques, essential oils, encouraging labor to begin, VBAC advice and so much more. During labor and delivery, she is steady, encouraging, attentive calm and so very helpful! I am so happy that I chose Bertha as my doula and would definitely recommend her to any woman looking for a positive, relaxed birth experience!."
From Lisa & Ryan Y.
"She did great. She massaged my belly and ankles with essential oils, applied hip pressure once contractions got stronger. After delivery, she massaged my lower back. She checked up on me postpartum too. I’d recommend her to anyone."
From Janelle & Micheal K.
"If you are looking for someone to support you through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum, look no further!
Bertha was a huge blessing to us during the birth of our son and is so much more than just a birth coach. From providing information and support during pregnancy to continuous support during labor, her presence is gentle and calming and she’s definitely someone you want by your side. Preparing for labor and being informed ahead of time is so helpful and hiring a doula is a great way to educate yourself. Bertha went above and beyond in caring for us and I truly don’t know what we would’ve done without her. Every pregnancy and birth is different and the flexibility and support she showed us through everything was amazing. It’s definitely worth investing in a doula and my husband and I highly recommend Bertha!"
From Judith Y.
"I had requested of Bertha to do the placenta encapsulation for me after the birth of our sixth child. She was happy to do it for me and she did a great job at it. Within 24 hours after picking up the placenta she had the capsules ready to take."
From Mellissa Y.
"She was an important part of our birthing team. She was very attentive and helpful throughout my labor and delivery. She was encouraging and helped my husband know how best to help me. She was a blessing through my long labor! ."
"She did an absolutely wonderful job! If you're looking for a doula I highly recommend her! It was very calming to have someone there that knew what was going on and had ways to make laboring easier!"
"I can't say enough good things about Bertha. This was my first time hiring a doula (baby #5). From the first meeting, she had with my husband and me, to labor, delivery, and follow-ups and visits postpartum, she was so knowledgeable and always made us aware of our choices. She's such a comforting and peaceful presence and helped me know just when I needed to head to the hospital. During labor and delivery, she helped to get the baby into the proper position which sped up the labor and was a positive encouragement the whole way through. We love her to death and she made our experience a very happy one! Please do yourself a favor and gift yourself with Bertha as your doula. You won't regret it! "
From Amanda H
"I reached out to Bertha about doing my placenta encapsulation. She and I were in communication quickly and I was provided a thorough detail of services/contract that answered all of my questions and possible concerns. We maintained communication up until I delivered and she made the process easy and seamless. She had my capsules back to me with 24 hours of my delivery. I highly recommend her for any Doula services. "
"To anyone looking for a doula, my husband and I highly recommend Bertha! This was my first pregnancy/birth, and I so appreciated how she was there for us, answering all our questions, making us aware of our options, always checking up on me to see how I was doing, and being available day or night whenever I needed to contact her. She was also so helpful with figuring out a birth plan. During labor, she was so supportive and encouraging, and a lot of thanks goes to her for everything going so well! Bertha was amazing and we are so thankful that we were able to have her there with us!"
From Lauren L
"I couldn't imagine my pregnancy journey and the birth of my first child without Bertha having been a part of it. I felt prepared and informed going into delivery, having been given the tools and guidance to truly educate myself about my rights and options when giving birth. Bertha empowered me to make my own decisions for my birthing plan with guidance, reassurance and introducing science-based evidence. I was able to feel confident and knowledgeable going into the tumultuousness that occurs naturally giving birth for the first time. Bertha possesses and omits positive energy that is infectious; she is an incredible source of calm. I am blessed that she is part of my daughter’s story."
From Caroline U
"Bertha helped me have a successful VBAC!!! I had a long 78 hour prodromal labor and I don't think I could have done it without her help! She is very knowledgeable with techniques for getting the body ready for labor & pain control during labor. Anytime I had a question or would tell her what was going on with my body, she had a list of things I could try and responded very quickly, even at 4 in the morning! Her overall presence is very calming and made everyone in the room feel comfortable. My other child was home when I was in the beginning stages of labor and she involved my child in a special way, my daughter still talks about mommy’s friend Bertha! I will definitely use her for next pregnancy! She even makes awesome essential oils for baby and mama and can encapsulate your placenta (major health benefits). She checked up on me after the baby too. Bertha was meant to be a doula! Thank you for the wonderful birthing experience!"
From Cali E
"Where do I even begin? I couldn't imagine going through pregnancy and birth without Bertha. She was such a big part of helping me navigate my decision with home birth and I couldn't be more grateful. She was supportive in every way and always there for me, even if it was just to chat. When I had complete doubt in my hospital/OB plan at 28 weeks pregnant she was as calm as ever to help with the transition and even put me in touch with a midwife. I truly couldn't have done it all without her. She made our experience so wonderful with her calming and comforting presence throughout the entire process and I can only hope we have the opportunity to have her there for our next babe. THANKS FOR BEING SO AMAZING BERTHA! We will be forever grateful! Brody, Cali and sweet baby Chip <3"
From Natalee B
"My experience with Bertha was absolutely phenomenal. We chose Bertha when I was about 30-32 weeks pregnant, and we wouldn’t change it for the world! She’s extremely informative, attentive and compassionate about everything we wanted for our birth plan. There was never an awkward moment or misunderstanding, we felt incredibly comfortable with her. She answered every question I had and empathized with me about my deep want for a VBAC. I highly recommend Bertha to anyone needing someone who will actually be there for you. My husband was excited every time I told him that she was coming to visit because she's such an easy going individual. She also taught us a virtual childbirth class which is a major plus! :)
p.s.- she will most definitely be our doula again for baby #3 in the future!"
From Eva K.
"One of the best decisions Rhett and I made was bringing on Bertha to our birthing team. We knew we knew little to nothing about giving birth (and taking care of a baby - yikes!) so we met with Bertha and instantly knew we wanted her to guide us through the whole process.
Bertha taught us all about labor and delivery, helped us make decisions that were best for me and our Callie girl and was invaluable the day(s) of bringing our girl into the world. She calmed my nerves, helped advocate for us, and helped make our day fun!
Rhett and I are so so grateful that Bertha was on our team, and HIGHLY recommend anyone looking for a birthing doula to reach out to Bertha. Seriously- she’s a game changer."
From Keri J.
"Bertha is the wonderful, loving, calming, supportive presence that I wish all women could have at their births. She provided valuable education and unlimited support prior to our daughter's delivery and was an amazing source of encouragement and advocacy during labor and delivery. In the sensitive early postpartum days, she was so caring and checked in regularly to make sure we were all well. I so appreciated her and I would work with her again and again!"
From Tessa H.
"Bertha was not my doula, but she encapsulated my placenta, and I was so happy to work with her. She was kind, considerate, and very accomodating and easy to work with.
5 out of 5 stars for this gal!"
From Katalina M
"Having Bertha was truly a blessing! I was unsure about using a doula until she was recommended by a family friend who had worked with her previously and it was so worth it. She went above and beyond to support me through this pregnancy no matter the concern or time of day, she was always available to me. I had a few issues during my pregnancy and would have been lost without her help. I intended on a natural birth for my twin boys but due to positioning I was scheduled a c-section, I was very disappointed by this and struggled with not having the birth I had imagined; however, she was extremely supportive and I was able to come to terms with it. My boys decided to come early and Bertha was right there as soon as it started, in the middle of the night. I was very anxious about having surgery and being in the hospital setting but she was such a great calming presence to have! She continued to check on us and I credit her to having such a positive experience which allowed me to begin such a speedy recovery post surgery. She is the ultimate advocate for mom and baby and has the sweetest spirit, you cannot go wrong with her as your doula as she will do everything in her power to support mama and family."
From Rachel H.
"We were very pleased with our experience using Bertha as our doula. Shortly after taking us on as clients, she provided a course which was very informative and then in a later meeting she provided instruction on prenatal exercises and pain management techniques, and these were very helpful during labor. Bertha is simultaneously warm and very professional. It was great being able to reach out to her any time of day or night with any questions or concerns. She helped make our labor and delivery experience a positive one and I would recommend Bertha to anyone interested in a doula."
From Amber S.
"Bertha was amazing! She was very calm, helpful, and attentive through the whole process. She gladly answered questions, took care of things with the nurses, etc. We are very thankful to have had her with us, and would highly recommend her!"
From Arah A.
"Bertha was amazing! She was very quick to respond to my initial inquiry and was accommodating throughout the whole process. She was even able to return my pills the day after delivery! I'd highly recommend her and"if" I birth again, she's a for sure go to."
From Shoshona M.
"Absolutely amazing! Bertha, you are a true angel! You made my pregnancy and birth experience magically, with every good moment and every obstacle I faced you were there. I’m truly appreciative of your service, wisdom, and patience. I’m so glad I had a chance to work with you.."
From Ellen C.
"My husband and I could write a novel on Bertha and what she means to us. She's officially become a part of our family and we wouldn't have been able to do a 43 hour labor without her. She is kind, gentle, non-judgmental, and so wise. She was with us every step of the way in our pregnancy and never left our side during our (almost) 2 day labor. She is the reason we were able to labor so long and manage the pain. She was beyond friendly with the hospital staff and all of the nurses and our midwife were so appreciative of her. She is so special to us and was the most wonderful asset and cheerleader for us. She helped us honor our wishes and continued to check on us once we were home. She took calls from us at 2AM, prayed over us, and we are forever grateful for her support and love. Bertha is the biggest blessing and we will definitely be using her again in the future."
From Arjarki S.
"My experience with Bertha was wonderful. I thought I was too late in my pregnancy to receive any services but she was able to encapsulate my placenta with no problem. We discussed a plan due to COVID protocols and she was always available via email, text, or by phone. She was able to answer all our questions and relieve any concerns we had. I'm so happy that we decided to take on this experience. I have now been taking the pills for 3 weeks and 2 days and have seen tremendous differences compared to my first child. My milk supply has increased, maintaining weight loss, have no signs of depression, more energy, and my postpartum bleeding ended within two weeks. I was also able to keep my cord and get an imprint of my beautifully heart-shirt placenta.
From Nova B.
"Hiring Bertha was one of the best decisions we made. She was calming and supportive throughout my labor and I would absolutely hire her again.
My goal was to have a natural childbirth without pain killer. Bertha encouraged me to try different positions to increase the labor pains in order to move things along faster. While putting pressure on my back to give me relief.
When I was having self-doubt she encouraged my decision to get something for the pain and told me I did an amazing job"
From Hannah C.
"Bertha was absolutely amazing. I’m not sure how anyone gets through labor without her. She was not only an advocate for me at the hospital but an amazing motivator and calm within the storm. We were so thankful for her and would recommend her to anyone and everyone going through childbirth. I had an induced hospital delivery and she was necessary every step of the way. Thank you so much Bertha!"
From Madison C.
"First off, WOW! This was by far the most incredible experience my husband and I have ever gone through! This was my husband and I's first child, and we had never thought of a doula until I was 5/6 months into my pregnancy. I still wasn't completely set on a birth plan, but multiple of my friends encouraged me to seek out a doula for their knowledge and encouragement during this season of our lives. That was the best piece of advice I received during pregnancy. I found Bertha and immediately connected with her! She has the type of voice you want to read you a bedtime story and tell you you're going to be ok. Not only did I hit it off with her, but my husband did as well! She immediately felt like family! She did zoom meetings with us because I was an out-of-town client, and answered any and all questions and concerns. She helped my husband and me nail down our birth plan and talked us through the possibilities of what if plan B or C were to happen. I felt so prepared going into this birth because of her. My husband would joke that we found Bertha for him during delivery and not me. She was a rockstar when the days came - yes days! She was everything my husband and I needed in that room + more! We had some changes to my birth plan because of the positioning of my son and she walked us through every conversation with our nurses and doctors. My husband and I felt so confident with her and her wisdom as we were trying to navigate some decisions. This birth was a team effort! I don't believe my birth would've turned out as positive as it did if it weren't for Bertha being there. Even after all the education, we received from her my husband and I will without a doubt use her in all our future pregnancies! She is a no-brainer! Thank you Bertha for encouraging my husband and I to be confident in pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Thank you for becoming part of our family!!! You will be so glad you picked her to walk you through this incredible season of life!
Love you Bertha! -yes I may have shed a tear writing this. Darn hormones! haha
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