VBAC STORY (Kristin Toro)

 

 

 I came across Juliet’s photo & bio after being introduced to the Westchester ICAN chapter and informed to search the website Hudson  Valley Birth Network. I was new to researching a VBAC but knew I deeply wanted to experience a natural birth after having had a  cesarean 5 years ago. As soon as I saw Juliet’s photo and read her bio I felt a connection. I hoped and prayed that she would be  available for my birth. After the opportunity to speak to her over the phone, I knew she had to be my doula! Her voice was calming and  words reassuring. She was supportive from day one. Due to the pandemic, I didn’t actually meet Juliet until I arrived at the hospital in  labor but she kept in close contact with me through my pregnancy and offered support along the way. I switched doctors many times, to  which her response was, follow your heart. I finally found peace with the midwives at Full Circle Midwifery at Harrison and knew they’d  be critical to have on my team as well. Juliet was familiar with the midwives and the hospital I would be delivering at, which was so  reassuring. 

Fast forward to the early morning of January 3, 2021, I called Juliet around 3:30am and she answered right away with pure excitement  that I was in labor! She immediately got her things together and went to the hospital. She even beat me & my husband there! Juliet  came with all of her essentials to help ease the pain of labor. Prior to this she took the time to listen to my wishes and was ready to be  my voice of reason. During labor it’s like she knew exactly what I needed when I needed it. Wether it was rubbing pressure points with  oils or placing a heating pad on my lower back or just talking me through it all, Juliet was an angel in that delivery room! Her demeanor  was always calm and nurturing. I knew as a fellow mother she would best understand what I was feeling and prioritized my goal of a  VBAC. 

On January 3, 2021 my daughter was born via a successful unmedicated VBAC. I couldn’t have done it without Juliet’s positivity and  encouragement. She is a light and so so kind. I’m forever grateful for her support as my birth and postpartum doula. 
I came across Juliet’s photo & bio after being introduced to the Westchester ICAN chapter and informed to search the website Hudson  Valley Birth Network. I was new to researching a VBAC but knew I deeply wanted to experience a natural birth after having had a  cesarean 5 years ago. As soon as I saw Juliet’s photo and read her bio I felt a connection. I hoped and prayed that she would be  available for my birth. After the opportunity to speak to her over the phone, I knew she had to be my doula! Her voice was calming and  words reassuring. She was supportive from day one. Due to the pandemic, I didn’t actually meet Juliet until I arrived at the hospital in  labor but she kept in close contact with me through my pregnancy and offered support along the way. I switched doctors many times, to  which her response was, follow your heart. I finally found peace with the midwives at Full Circle Midwifery at Harrison and knew they’d  be critical to have on my team as well. Juliet was familiar with the midwives and the hospital I would be delivering at, which was so  reassuring. 
Fast forward to the early morning of January 3, 2021, I called Juliet around 3:30am and she answered right away with pure excitement  that I was in labor! She immediately got her things together and went to the hospital. She even beat me & my husband there! Juliet  came with all of her essentials to help ease the pain of labor. Prior to this she took the time to listen to my wishes and was ready to be  my voice of reason. During labor it’s like she knew exactly what I needed when I needed it. Wether it was rubbing pressure points with  oils or placing a heating pad on my lower back or just talking me through it all, Juliet was an angel in that delivery room! Her demeanor  was always calm and nurturing. I knew as a fellow mother she would best understand what I was feeling and prioritized my goal of a  VBAC. 
On January 3, 2021 my daughter was born via a successful unmedicated VBAC. I couldn’t have done it without Juliet’s positivity and  encouragement. She is a light and so so kind. I’m forever grateful for her support as my birth and postpartum doula. 

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