After months of procrastinating educating ourselves about the labor and delivery part of pregnancy, my husband and I finally decided on the recommendation of a friend to hire a Doula. I really did not know much about doula services, but several people in my network recommended Kathleen. Like most first timers, we were stressed out and nervous about labor and delivery; neither of us had a clue what we were doing! The minute we met Kathleen we knew she was the one for us. My husband and I are scientists and enjoy making informed decisions based on science and data. Kathleen’s approach spoke to us because she is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, is well-read in the research and literature, and approaches all of her clients with a completely nonjudgmental attitude. As a team of three we defined our birth plan goals and discussed our fears and reservations. Kathleen educated us about all of the things we didn’t even know we needed to know, allowing us to feel incredibly empowered as we approached our due date. When the big day came, all of my nervousness and fear dissipated the minute I saw Kathleen in our L&D room. I felt a calm and strength I never expected as our team of three got down to business! With her help we met our goals and delivered a healthy baby girl. Kathleen’s confidence, experience, and wealth of knowledge were essential ingredients to us achieving our birth experience goals. I can’t imagine what this experience would have been like without her, and frankly I don’t want to!