From Amelia S. and Chris S.:
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.