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Shanna Schultz (7/15/2015)

“Kelly attended the births of both of our children and she was instrumental in helping us to facilitate the natural birthing experience that we were hoping for. Her calm demeanor and ability to work and interface well with our health care team helped to make a calm atmosphere for our births. Kelly was on hand to provide support and guidance when needed, which was a huge comfort, particularly in being able to give my husband a break when needed. I knew that in the hardest parts, someone’s hand would always be there for me to grab onto, and that was a huge comfort. I knew that I could trust that she would speak and let us know if needed if some part of the birthing process was not heading in the direction that we had anticipated and helped us to understand what was going on and give us the information that we would need to make informed choices. We had our placenta encapsulated after both births, and taking the placenta capsules really helped me to recover from the birth, gave me an energy boost and helped to level out my moods in those weeks after the birth. I highly recommend it! Kelly was a huge asset as a part of our birth team, and I recommend her services to anyone looking for a positive birth experience!”

Angela McCormick (1/27/2015)

“Angela had another successful VBAC with me in 2016! I hired Kelly as my Doula for the birth of my 5th child. I had experienced pelvic separation in the past and had a previous cesarean section. I wanted to try a VBAC. Kelly was very supportive of my decision of natural birth and my choice for no drugs. She helped me through a very difficult pregnancy at the end with separation occurring again and terrible sciatica. She helped me manage my pain with oils and massage. I did not take even one Tylenol! Kelly was always there when I needed her and offered many suggestions for my needs. She has a wealth of knowledge and TONS of resources. I was amazed that every time I needed something she was on top of it. My birth was everything I wanted. She helped me during the most difficult part when I was considering abandoning my original birth plan. She helped keep me stay focused and in the end, it was exactly how I planned it to be. Kelly is not just a phenomenal Doula but she has become a friend and I highly recommend her!”

Anna Springer (5/4/2015)

“My husband and I highly recommend Kelly Martin! We tell everyone we know who is expecting about our wonderful experience with her. She came recommended to us by the nurse who taught our Prepared Childbirth class at Northfield Hospital. We were also looking for placenta encapsulation, so Kelly stood out because she also provides this service. Kelly came to our house for our initial meeting and her warm smile and caring and outgoing personality put me immediately at ease. Her passion, experience, and knowledge were evident. Without hesitation, we decided to hire her for Doula services. She visited us again to further discuss our birth plan and share more of her knowledge and experience. At this point, we felt comfortable and confident in ourselves, our plan, and her; we didn’t think we would need to see her again until I was in active labor. Unfortunately, several days before my due date I began experiencing disabling pain in my back that was compounded by false contractions. I went to the hospital but all they offered me was pain medication. The only comfort I felt was when I was slung over an exercise ball, a position I maintained for a day before my husband called Kelly. She immediately came over and guided me through some exercises that moved the baby out of the position that was causing me so much pain. We were so thankful! With a wonderful team that included Kelly, my husband, the nurses and delivering doctor, I was able to deliver my son without medication or other interventions. I could never have done this without Kelly. It was truly an amazing experience. She provided calming touch, gentle direction, and encouragement at just the right times. It was also neat to see her interact with hospital staff – they happily recognizing her from previous births and welcomed her as a part of our team.A few days later she delivered the placenta and compared our memories of the joyous event with hers, which was very insightful! We had a wonderful experience!”

Rhiannon Bigalke (10/30/2015)

“I cannot say enough about Kelly. She was so wonderful! She was very knowledgeable and shared that knowledge with us. She helped me make decisions before the birth and during labor when it was difficult to focus and make the decisions. I enjoyed the DVD;s that she shared with us, very interesting. My ultimate goal was to have a birth without an epidural, and I achieved that with her help. She was wonderful with my husband and coached him what to say and do. She provided the experience and knowledge and passed that along to my husband. She was able to speak with the healthcare staff and advocate for what I wanted and needed. She helped my husband get me into different positions for comfort. I think my husband would not have been able to handle it without her help. Less than a week after the birth she delivered the placenta capsules to our home and gave us a beautiful fleece blanket! We hope to have her as our Doula for any future births!”

Stacey Morris (10/22/2014)

“I recommend Kelly as a Doula. This was my first pregnancy and Kelly helped supply my husband and me with information so we could formulate our birth preferences. Kelly always had ideas and recommendations throughout my pregnancy. When I was in labor she was an amazing supporter to my husband and I. We do not know what we would have done without her there. When we were out of ideas to manage the pain Kelly was always there to suggest something new and provide positive encouraging support the entire time.”

Rachel Elwood (10/20/2014 For Baby #1) 

“Kelly is amazing! She met with me when I was pregnant to make sure I was comfortable and well informed. All the paperwork and information she gave was very helpful for making informed decisions and preparing for a natural labor. The aromatherapy, prenatal massage and DVD’s that she gave me were just a great bonus to the info. Kelly stayed up through the night with me when I labored! She coached my husband to help at early morning hours! She didn’t get mad when I threw caution to the wind in the end and took over my labor! She ways had a kind or encouraging word to say! Kelly walked around my neighborhood with me in the middle of the night to help progress labor! The exercise ball she let me borrow was another great bonus. She knew when it was time to go to the hospital and helped a ton with my indecision. She was my advocate in the hospital and most importantly kept my energy up! Afterwards, she stayed until I was comfortable and came for a very pleasant postpartum visit. She knew that coming to see me after I was settled at home after the first week was important. She gave me my placenta encapsulated and it was the only thing that naturally kept my energy up and allowed me to not be so anxious.Love her like my favorite aunt! I would recommend Kelly to anyone especially my friends and family for a totally natural birth and a very pleasant experience all around.”

Melanie Johnson (10/18/2014)

“I had Kelly as a doula for both of my births. I was a nervous birthing mom and Kelly helped calm me with massage, essential oils and with a variety of things to help with labor. She was also helpful and calming to my husband. When we had questions, she was able to answer them for us.If I were going to have more babies, I would definitely use her again. She is awesome!! Kelly is very sincere, caring and always available. I highly recommend her to everyone!

Sophia S. Lee (7/15/2014)

“We had such a wonderful experience with Kelly Martin as our Doula! She was extremely knowledgeable and comforting to have for our first baby and we were able to have a water birth! I have a huge stack of evidence based articles from her. Kelly was a great teacher to our questions and patient to our worries as first timers. She provided much support to me and my husband and we could not have done it without her.My husband was able to focus on me and the birth and let Kelly guide us through everything. He did not comprehend how much she helped until the birth actually happened and is even more grateful she was there. She played relaxation music, provided aromatherapy (every nurse/staff that came into our room remarked how good it smelled), and of course helped me with positioning and explained/reminded me what was happening to my body through the labor process. There were logistics of labor she helped with too such as transporting from room to room, ordering food, taking pictures, etc.My husband states he would not have been able to fully support me without her and we would probably have deviated from our birth plan. Kelly became our advocate which gave us courage to verbalize our needs/wants to the hospital staff. It was encouraging to stand up for our birth plan. Even after the birth Kelly stayed and made sure we were cared for before her own needs were met. I cannot say enough great things about our experience with Kelly and the impact she has had on our new family! She is truly invaluable and also provides placenta encapsulation as part of her services! We will always remember her and consider her a fairy godmother to our newborn daughter.”

Sara Benedict (4/30/2014)

“We have used Kelly’s services as a VBAC Doula and for Placenta Encapsulation. She is awesome! My birth with her was a successful VBAC and she was always available to me via the phone if I needed a shoulder to cry on or for words of encouragement. We also took her birthing series. We had done a class before with our first but I found Kelly’s class to be much more helpful and comprehensive. My husband and I really learned a lot. Because of her classes, I felt very comfortable and confident about the VBAC labor process, and attribute much of that to Kelly’s help in preparing.”

Trisha May ‘Anderson’ Peine (4/21/2014)

“Can I say AMAZING? Kelly was a wealth of knowledge for my husband and I’s first everything when it came to having our little Synthia! Her 10-week series of childbirth classes answered any and every question we had. Kelly has experienced it all and is so comfortable to talk with that none of our questions went unanswered. Not even the questions that may be a bit embarrassing to discuss with even your closest friends. The information and support we received from Kelly before, during and after our birth was invaluable!”

Nellie Vargo (3/24/2014)

“Kelly provided Childbirth Education classes to me, as my husband was overseas stationed in the military during my pregnancy. We were planning to have a home birth. Kelly is very knowledgeable about birthing and conveys it clearly and concisely in her classes. She helps you understand the pros and cons of both hospital and home births so that you can make a decision that you feel comfortable with and are able to stand up for. Kelly never condemns the choices you make, which makes for an inviting atmosphere.”

Brea Barker (8/19/2013)

“My husband and I cannot say enough wonderful things about Kelly. This is our second child, Our first birthing experience was far less than desirable. We decided we wanted the birthing experience God had intended for us, completely natural. Throughout the pregnancy Kelly was 100% available to us, she answered questions, gave us resources and was so encouraging and supportive when I started to question my ability. My labor started and she was exactly what we needed to have the baby without any interventions. If we have any more children, we will definitely be seeking Kelly out again. We would recommend her to anyone wanting to hire a Doula, or Birth Assistant.”

Brie Schiebout (4/27/2013)

“Our experience with Kelly was the best. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing she is! Our situation was unique and different than most being that I was in labor for 3 days. When it comes down to it, I/we couldn’t have done it without Kelly by our side. Not only was she a wealth of knowledge before, during and after…she was so much more! An example of her dedication: she slept on the floor at the foot of my bed to make sure that I was okay after receiving some medication that she was concerned about, while I got some rest one day.She had an abundance of tools and helpful things up her sleeves to help me cope with my drug-free labor. She is awesome and amazing and I will recommend her without hesitation to everyone I know and love! She will be forever a friend after our experience.”

Kelly Schamberger (4/22/2013)

“We found Kelly through the recommendation of another Doula. We wanted to find someone in the south-metro who could help us have as natural of a birth as possible (no medications, or unnecessary procedures). Our first impression of Kelly was that she was very kind, calm, and soothing, and very knowledgeable about pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. She listened to our desires and was supportive in helping us prepare for, and achieve, the kind of birth that we wanted for our daughter. Kelly met with us on multiple occasions during the pregnancy. She gave us a lot of really important information. I could call her anytime with questions. Closer to my due date, she provided me with much-needed encouragement to let the birth happen naturally and avoid an unnecessary induction. As we went past my due date, she was there to help us through, teaching my husband massage techniques, and providing us with essential oils. When I went into labor, Kelly proved to be a total rockstar. She was available for me 100% while I was laboring at home, answering all my questions over the phone. She came to our house when I needed her, and then accompanied us to the hospital when I was ready to go. She was completely prepared with music, aromatherapy oils, battery-operated candles, and snacks for my hubby.While the nurses checked me in, she set to work creating a beautiful atmosphere for me to labor in. She was there for both my husband and I, holding my hand when he needed a break, and helping him focus, and giving him ideas to make the experience more comfortable for me. When I thought the pain was too much, she reminded me how strong I was. When a position wasn’t working, she recommended something else. With her encouragement, we got the birth we wanted and it was beautiful. I would completely recommend Kelly to anyone. If we have another baby, she will absolutely be by our side again.”

Marinda LaBrosse and Marcu Whitlock (11/27/2010)

“The experience we had with Kelly Martin was nothing but exceptional. We had never heard of aDoula before and didn’t know what to expect. We met with Kelly Martin for the first time and were blown away by not only her professionalism but her ability to connect with us as a couple expecting our first child. Kelly gave us all of the information we could have ever wanted, or needed in regards to pregnancy and birth. We had specific needs for information and she obtained it for us and taught it to us. Kelly offered herself to us as an in-home Childbirth Educator. She came to us weekly and was so very devoted to us as a couple and new parents.I had to be induced, so when we arrived in the hospital to get ready for the birth, the nursing staff and Midwives were taken aback by our knowledge of the processes. I knew what to expect at every step. Kelly Empowered us as parents with the knowledge and confidence to start parenting before our son even arrived.Without Kelly Martin, our birthing experience would not have gone the way we wanted at all (of course you always have to leave room for the unexpected). Even with the changes we needed to make in our birth plan, we were knowledgeable about our options and what pros and cons came with each.Kelly Martin is someone I would recommend to many people, and if I ever have another child, I will be calling Kelly to be my Doula.”

Jamie Golde (11/24/2010)

“I couldn’t imagine going through our birthing experience without Kelly. She was well equipped with a full suitcase of things to aid in our labor experience, like aroma-therapy oils, flameless candles, and etc. She was very supportive and made our hospital room a calm environment. She did great at getting me to move around, making sure I stayed hydrated, getting the nurse as needed, and helping my husband help me through it. She helped us feel well informed of our options as we made some decisions in our long labor and she supported us through it all. She stayed around after our daughter was born to make sure that everything was alright and made sure we didn’t need anything else before she left. She even came back while we were still in the hospital for a visit which meant a lot to us. She has also been available since for any questions we might have had since our birth.”

Rachel G. Elwood (June 24, 2017, for Baby #2)

“Kelly Martin is great! She was my doula for my second pregnancy, she was super knowledgeable and gave me the courage to go through with my first natural birth! She knows many remedies through aromatherapy and massage. She counseled me about using raspberry leaf tea, making pregnancy and lactation smoothies and taking placenta pills. All of which carries me through each pregnancy I have. She was there for me on the phone when I needed advice with my third, about when to go into my birth center. If it hadn’t been for her I could have had my son in the car. She is gentle and sweet and knows when to tell you to be determined as well. She knows all the birth methods to help with turning the baby and empowered my husband to help me during labor. I fully support all her endeavors and have posted fundraising efforts on my Facebook page.I recommend her to all my friends and hope I get to see her for another birth!”

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