From Megan & Dan:
Anne was an amazing resource before, during, and after the birth of our first child. She is incredibly personable and has a great sense of humor. She made several home visits before my due date and sat with both my husband and I to provide education on what to expect, pain relief/coping mechanisms, and even wrote up a birth plan. With her support I was able to have the unmedicated hospital birth that I envisioned. She also made a post partum house visit which was great to catch up and discuss any issues during the first few weeks with a newborn. I will definitely call her again for any future births and I recommend her for anyone seeking doula services.
From Kate & Joe:
Anne was an attentive, well educated, and trustworthy doula. She is prompt about returning email/texts/ calls, has a great sense of humor, and makes a pregnant lady/ new mom feel very comfortable. The cost of hiring her was well worth it and I will be contacting her for my next pregnancy.
From Allison & Sudip:
My husband and I attended Anne's childbirth course in preparation for our October 2019 baby's arrival. We came to her because we were feeling unsure about our options for a hospital birth and we lacked confidence about the birthing process in general. Anne completely changed our outlook on our birth options by walking us patiently and thoroughly through the entire process. She's such a breath of fresh air that cuts through all of daunting information that's thrown at you about birth when you're pregnant. She gave my husband and I several useful methods for not only dealing with the pain of labor but also communicating with each other during birth in a way that is loving and supportive when it gets tough. It never felt tricky or complicated because Anne always reminds you that you're in control of your birth process and that when you're armed with knowledge and support, you can make the decisions that are best for you and your baby with confidence. I now feel like birth is something we can handle and we're walking into our hospital informed and fully prepared for any scenario! We went from feeling bewildered and overwhelmed to calm and empowered. Having taken her class, I wish we lived closer to Anne because I would hire her as our birth doula and postpartum doula in a heartbeat. She clearly remains calm under pressure and keeps things light with humor, yet manages to remain a strong "backbone" for you when your confidence in low. I could actually see myself giving birth to our child naturally with Anne our side-something I was really nervous about before meeting her. I wish I could see her awesome educator skills really come to life as a doula that would confidently guide us through the birth of our first child. Someone else will be the lucky one, though! Don't hesitate to hire Anne-she's exceptional at her job!
From Amelia and Chris:
Anne Stefanski came to my home to give personalized birth instruction to me and my husband a few weeks before my due date. Before our scheduled class, she sent me some questions in order to best suit my needs and knowledge level.
Anne offered a full day Lamaze class which allowed time for instruction on the labor process, which included visual aids, and time for question and answer. One of the best features of her in-home visits was the ability for her to point out places in the house to lean into as contractions progressed, but before leaving for the hospital. She had many visual aids as well as ideas for what to bring to the hospital and to have at home for early labor. I took copious notes and put them in my hospital bag for the big day. If I lived in Albany, I would have definitely hired her for doula services as well.
Flash forward 3 weeks. Luckily, Anne took my call late at night and I frantically quizzed her, guessing that my water broke.
She sent me encouraging texts over the next hours of my labor, and I kept the class notes handy and tried to hear Anne's self advocacy advice in my head. I took her advice on using the birthing ball, movement, and breathing strategies as the contractions became more painful. Although I had a tough labor, I felt better in control of the situation and empowered to ask the doctors and nurses questions as things changed.
Anne is a natural educator who is at ease talking to future parents, and is able to draw on prior experiences and her own birthing story to strengthen others to meet labor head on.
From Lindsey and Chris:
Anne came to our home in Norwich for an in-home birth class. She taught us about the stages of labor and delivery, and all of the options we would have to deliver. She showed us how we could use the features of our home (like the stairs) to aid in my labor before we go to the hospital. Although we had already taken a birth class, my husband and I learned so much from Anne. We enjoyed the class and highly recommend her services.
**All of these reviews are copied & pasted from Heart Tree Birth Services' Facebook page**
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