I can’t say enough good things about my experience with y’all! Everyone I interacted with was kind and warm and well informed. The sense that pregnancy and birth are a joyful, normal but totally sacred part of life permeates the atmosphere at third coast! I always felt high as a kite after the Thursday evening info sessions, and when it came down to labouring I had the exact right support from Renee. It took three days of contractions for me to go into active labour but I felt so supported and confident that I didn’t panic. When she arrived to support us in active labour at the birth centre, she brought a calm joy that stayed with me the whole time, easing the transition. She also offered practical solutions I would never have thought to ask for, and simple things like a new position or a warm blanket made a huge difference in my ability to cope. It was amazing to just trust that she had my back, and would worry about all the little things while I got this baby out. We tell everyone who is considering having kids that they need a doula! Renee was absolutely instrumental for us in having the wild and wonderful natural birth we had dreamed of. Now that wee junebug is here in our arms, it is invaluable to be able to ask questions of someone who has the best information and knows our story! I look forward to continuing to learn and grow as a parent with all the fun community events third coast offers.