| Class Pictures and Letters of Recommendation
Steve, Elisa and Sebastian successfully
finished classes, and just gave birth
naturally with no intervention or
medication to a healthy baby girl they
named Julianna! Congratulations!
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
"As a mother of an 18 year old, unmarried daughter I knew the birth of her baby could potentially be a stressful
time for her. My daughter was adopted, so even though I was going to be with her during labor and delivery,
I had never given birth and had no first hand experience to share with her. I wanted so badly for the birth to be
a positive and healthy experience for her and the baby, but I couldn’t help feeling ill equipped for the task. I
started searching on-line for information on getting assistance during labor and delivery -- and I was thrilled to
find that there were individuals who specialized in this kind of support. They are refered to as a “Doulas”. In
my search for a Doula, I came across Kelly Martin. She was a God Send! She provided my daughter with
helpful information on what to expect during delivery, prior to the “big day”. She was also there to answer our
questions and concerns as the first signs of labor set in. At the hospital, she was present the entire time,
making sure she was comfortable and suggesting techniques that proved to be incredibly helpful as the labor
progressed. Kelly was extremely flexible and my daughter was free to choose to have as little or as much
coaching as she desired, at any given time. Kelly’s knowledge, experience and genuine caring were
greatly appreciated. The birth proved to be an extremely positive experience for my daughter…and for me, too!
Sincerely, Linda Soukup (Posted March 22, 2010)."
"Giving birth is kind of like driving a car with the cruise control on -- it keeps going on its own, but someone still
needs to guide the car in the right direction. A good doula like Kelly, helps with the steering so you don't feel
like you're going to lose control and crash. Without my asking, she seemed to know what I needed, even before
I felt like I needed it. Speaking as someone who has now had three babies, with two of the births attended by
doula, and one (the first) without such assistance, it felt much more natural to have an experienced woman
like Kelly to come and offer guidance. I was a lot more relaxed and the whole experience was what I envisioned
a traditional water birth to be. Unlike my first birth, I needed no medical intervention! It is human nature to seek
to have an experienced woman accompany us, who stay with us throughout labor and birth, to be a consistent
and supportive presence while medical personnel come and go. As for recommending Kelly personally as a
doula, she made me feel confident during the birth. She had the experience to help me through my birth with no
medication, which is exactly what a laboring mother needs. She provided the guidance that helped me succeed
in having the birth that I wanted. Sincerely, Kristin Istre (Posted April 12, 2010)."