"Noreen is an excellent night doula who went above and beyond to care for our son - and entire family. Noreen is extremely loving and we loved the compassion that she showed our newborn. Noreen is very communicative and helped us navigate many ups and downs through the first couple weeks of being home from the hospital. Noreen went above and beyond by ensuring that our entire apartment was clean, organized and ready for the next day! She has continued to stay in touch, and even watched our little guy so that we could have our first date night. I highly recommend Noreen!"
"One of the single best decisions we made as new parents was working with Frances. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable but she also helped us figure out what worked specifically for our baby and for our family. She was the calming presence in our lives in the midst of the chaos in those early days and I truly do not know what we would have done without her. A number of times my husband and I would look at each other and encourage each other by saying something like "don't worry! Frances will be here tomorrow!" She helped me interpret what was going on with our baby and truly taught me everything I know. I could not recommend her more. We look forward to working with her again if we have another child!"
"I can't imagine having a newborn without the guidance and support from Bay Area Night Doulas. Two years ago we were lucky enough to work with Tara who offered an incredible amount of care to our family. From spending nights at our house to suggesting helpful baby items to getting us through Mastitis, and then diagnosing my infant with RSV, without Tara we would have been lost. Becoming a mother for the first time is very overwhelming, and having someone who you can trust is a blessing."
- KayEl H.
"My husband and I met Gillian Croke, one of the Bay Area Night Doulas, during a childcare class at Day One in Laurel Village. We had been half-heartedly looking for a night nurse, not really sure if we needed it or wanted to spend that kind of money. During the class, I fell for Gillian because I loved her confident and easy style and great way with people and new parents. I got her card. By the second night in the hospital, with a jaundiced baby, beyond sleep deprived and with multiple bruises and sores on my nipples, I texted her. Could she come that Tuesday? She was working with another family (she books up very quickly and far in advance) but could squeeze us in. From that moment on, we were in the greatest care imaginable on the nights that Gillian was in our home. She comes in at 10pm, assesses what kind of day it's been and takes it from there. She devises a feeding plan for that night, takes the baby into another room with the bassinet and sends you to bed. She then wakes you throughout the night to feed - changes baby, helps with feed, changes baby again if necessary and then sends you to bed while she soothes baby and puts her down. What this does is that instead of being up for potentially 2-3 hours, 2-3x night (change, feed, change, burp, soothe, change, soothe...), I am up for 1 hour, 2x a night (feed, burp, feed, off the bed). Further, the KIND of sleep that I have gotten with her caring for my girl is the kind of sleep I used to get before I had a child. Though only 3-4 hours at a time (she's 5 weeks old now), it's a very thorough and restful sleep, knowing that the best care is being taken of my baby and that when I need to be awake again, I'll be woken and called to action. Most importantly, I'm not waking in an anxious sweat every time my baby makes a peep in the bassinet and this is because I trust Gillian completely. My initial instinct about her as a confident care-giver was backed up time and time again through watching her work. She handles our baby with ease, confidence based on years of experience and a loving touch. She is now lovingly referred to as "Saint Gillian" in my house. We are still working with Gillian and are now phasing in pumping and bottle feeding. Expensive - yes. Worth every penny - yes."
"Judith took care of our newborn daughter at night for the first 3.5 months of her life. Judith is gentle, kind, thoughtful, quietly confident, trustworthy, and compassionate. She is highly experienced with newborns and I implicitly trusted Judith at night with my precious new baby. And my daughter loved Judith as well. Judith had some great suggestions to work towards getting our daughter to sleep in larger time chunks at night. We didn't have a night doula with our firstborn and not having any family in the area, we decided to spring for it the second time around and it was the best money we have ever spent. Severe and prolonged sleep deprivation makes basic tasks and everyday living incredibly difficult. Having Judith stay over 3-4 nights a week during my daughter's first months so we could catch up and get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep was a game changer and has made all the difference for us as a family. We feel so blessed that Judith came into our lives during this very important time. Judith is a very special and compassionate woman--any family would be very lucky to have her in their home during those first fragile postpartum months."
- Annie W.
"Maria Baalbaki was a great night doula for our baby and I highly recommend her. We have gotten to know her over the course of the first few months after our baby was born. She took care of our newborn every second night during 8-hour shifts. Maria intuitively understood our baby's needs and helped us to understand. Under Maria's guidance our baby slept well and she helped equip us to function on our own after her departure. She was everything I hoped for in a doula: loving and patient with our baby (and our other 7-year old child), intuitive, experienced, a calm and supportive presence for us as parents, a partner in caring for our baby, knowledgeable, trustworthy, respectful, punctual and easy to work with, and the added bonus was that she brought us amazing food. Our baby and us were so lucky to start out with somebody like Maria!"
"My husband and I had our baby right in the middle of Covid and had cancelled our night nurse from New York. We came home and after a week of doing it alone we decided that we wanted some extra hands at night. We were able to set up a phone interview with Lynda, who was so sweet and I could hear her warmth right through the phone. Lynda and Sinead were able to start right when our baby turned 2 weeks and stayed with us on and off until around 3.5 months. (We had been traveling for about 3 or so weeks in between.) They both had been tested, offered again to get tested and wore masks around the baby. When Lynda left, our baby was sleeping 7:30pm to 7am with a dream feed at 9:30/10pm. Lynda will be my first call when I get pregnant the next time around!!"
- Salima J.
"Joan is simply the best - truly wonderful! After working with two other sleep consultants that didn't quite work for our family and leaving us without much hope, I can honestly say I wish we had contacted Joan in the first place. I had so much anxiety and stress around our son's sleep challenges - not to mention sleep deprivation. I had almost given up hope in sleep consultants, but was desperate and tried to give it one last shot. Even in the first phone call, Joan was so patient, kind, warm, knowledgeable, and very genuine. We immediately started working with her and she was always available, quick to respond, supportive, and just full of so many ideas and great insight! Such a relief after all we went through. Honestly, she felt like a therapist at times or close family member and really went above and beyond the scope of a sleep consultant. I can't say enough good things about Joan and I will be forever grateful for all of her guidance and support!"
- Martina M.
"Dorin is amazing and I highly recommend her. Dorin arrived to help us on our first night home from the hospital with our newborn; as first time parents she helped put us to ease and was absolutely amazing with our son. She was incredibly thoughtful and supportive throughout our entire experience".
- Lauren H.
"Siobhan Clare was a great Postpartum Night Doula for our twin boys. She came weekly when they were two months old and my husband started back to work. We were so thankful for every full night of sleep we got when she was working! She always arrived promptly on schedule and quickly absorbed the info we provided about baby updates. Her insights were very helpful and reassuring. I highly recommend Siobhan for any family postpartum. Her services helped us feel supported and get much needed rest."
- Mary J.
"Lisa Cooper was a daytime doula for our son for approximately 3 months from late Aug 2020 until early December 2020. He was about 5 weeks old when she started, and she was absolutely wonderful at taking care of him and our family during that time. Since this was amidst COVID, we did not have the anticipated help of family or friends as originally planned, particularly my mom, so it was great having Lisa step in to assist with newborn care, including diaper changes, burping, swaddling and bathing. I was breastfeeding at the time so Lisa would also offer feedings with my pumped milk when I needed a break to either get some much needed sleep or some fresh air outside. She would also use the time during which I was breastfeeding or my son was napping to do light housework, baby laundry and meal preparation for me and my husband which we found immensely helpful. Lisa's personality is one that immediately stands out as warm, loving, caring and giving. She never hesitated to offer help of any kind and always wanted to make things easier for us where she could. In addition, since I was an older first time mom with many questions and concerns about doing things the "best" or "right" way, she always offered support and guidance to help steer me, or if it was something she did not have experience with or know the answer to right away, she was very willing to reach out to other doulas or contacts in her network to give me information/direction. I completely trusted her my son and knew he was in safe, happy and cared for with her.
We had a truly great experience with Lisa and would highly recommend her."
- Deepa D.
"Karen is the best thing that happened to us when we had our first kid! She is calm, thoughtful, experienced, a wonderful coach, partner and friend."
- Molly G.
"I've used Ann Darcy from Bay Area Night Doulas for each of my three babies. She is wonderful! Each baby was a completely different lovable monster, and she took them all in stride. With my first, I was a disaster and my son and I both cried nonstop. Ann came in with confidence and sent me right off to bed, where I belonged. She was comfortable taking charge, but was never pushy. She gave advice on nursing and good recommendations on different types of gripe water that benefitted my first tremendously. My second was completely different. And my third was, again, totally different! She took them all in stride. I've sent her number to several friends whom all have wonderful things to say about her as well. My last experience was cut short by the SIP on March and I still miss her! She's fantastic and I have to assume her colleagues in the collective are wonderful as well."
- B. D.
"Ciara is amazing and I cannot recommend her more highly. As new parents, we didn't know what kind of help we would need, and the best decision we made was hiring Ciara. From the very first night Ciara made us feel so much more relaxed and confident. Within a few weeks, Ciara had our daughter sleeping through the night! Because of Ciara's guidance, we didn't have to sleep train at 4 months because our daughter was able to put herself to sleep. Our daughter is 7 months old now and is still an amazing sleeper because of the good habits Ciara started from the day she was brought home. Ciara is so knowledgeable about every question we had and every stage our baby went through. She helped us with feeding and the daytime routine which made our lives as parents so much easier. She cares about the development of our child and her honesty and advice shaped us as parents in the best way. We have recommended her to our friends and we will be so fortunate if she is available to help us raise another child in the future."
- Margaux G.
"Kaya was a wonderful night doula and we couldn’t be happier. She took excellent care of our daughter Zuri. She was warm, loving and kind. Kaya sang Zuri songs, conversed and played with her in the morning when she woke up. She worked with us to improve Zuri’s sleep and eating patterns. I trusted Kaya completely with Zuri. Kaya also took care of me both physically and emotionally. Labour is exhausting and when we arrived home from the hospital, Kaya was there to help from day one. She always kept us updated with Zuri’s latest activities, developments, diapers, issues, sleep, feedings, etc both through our night and morning conversations, as well as through the Baby Connect app. Having Kaya help us also gave us space to really bond and cherish those early weeks with Zuri. She taught us so much from handling mental development leaps and cluster feedings to developing consistent sleep and eating hygiene with Zuri. Kaya helped soothe my emotional concerns ranging from trying new experiences like taking Zuri to the park for the first time during covid to breastfeeding issues. Kaya’s time with us fell directly within San Francisco’s shelter in place policy in April and May 2020 for the covid outbreak. She really took every precaution to quarantine with us and went above and beyond what I could even ask. Without asking, Kaya always wore a mask outside of the house, washed her hands, changed her outfit and self-quarantined. The only places she was going were our home and her own. In addition to the physical precautions, Kaya was very reassuring emotionally during these changing and chaotic times. We weren’t able to have family visit us due to covid. With not having the help we were expecting originally, Kaya made it feel manageable. We really couldn’t have done it without her. I would have her help us again in a heartbeat if we ever have another child."
- Sonya J.
"Julie brought a breath of experience and empathy with her support for me and my new baby. She held my hand through the trials of new parenting and was a sounding board for both my anxieties and successes. We laughed a lot and sometimes I cried, and Julie was always there to provide sound and non judgmental advice and support. Julie is a fantastic resource and a wonderful postpartum doula."
- Brenna & Bob
"We recently hired Jenette Francis of Bay Area Night Doulas to support my family with the birth of our son, and could have not gotten through the first six weeks without her. From the get go, Jenette, became my confidant and helped me work through all the challenges (and celebrations) of becoming a new mom. She taught my husband and I simple things like what diaper cremes to use, how to give your child a bath and how to introduce a bottle to harder things like how to read baby cues, effective ways of soothing your child, and how to establish a predictable, consistent routine that works for your baby. Jenette also provided a lot of support to me emotionally, which was something that really helped in those early weeks when everything really is out of whack. Even after she has stopped working with us, she happily takes my occasional calls with questions and is eager to see pictures of our son as he develops and grows. All-in-all, my husband and I were really thankful to have Jenette and couldn't recommend her enough!"
- Christine B.
"We had the pleasure of working with Dahlia as our night doula for a few nights with our newborn. Additionally, I attended the weekly virtual moms group (thanks to Covid) that she and Dorin facilitated. Under their guidance I felt that the group was open and supportive for new moms, and enjoyed having the opportunity to still connect with other new moms despite being stuck at home."
- Ingrid R.
"I could not be happier with my experience working with Kathleen Gaffney of Bay Area Night Doulas. I found Kathleen to be incredibly warm, thoughtful, and flexible. In July, I gave birth to my second child. I was interested in finding some help in the evenings so that I could get some much needed rest. We had just moved into our new home, and much of the day was spent getting life back into order. Kathleen was prompt, would quickly get up to speed on the baby's progress, and get me off to bed. She always washed the bottles and the parts to my breast pump. And was extra quiet knowing my son was a light sleeper. In the mornings, she would send me an email recapping the evening. My daughter is now 5 months and does very well going to bed. She is still up once per night, and when I'm absolutely exhausted, Kathleen comes to the rescue."
"I don't know what we would do without Barbara. We worked with her for both of our kids. When our first son came, we knew nothing about babies. She taught us how to take care of him, helped me with breastfeeding, and gave us the precious gift of sleep. She shared so many useful tricks that we have since passed on to many friends. By the time she left us at 10 weeks our first son was sleeping through the night! When we found out we were pregnant again one of the first calls we made was to Barbara. We are currently working with her again for our second son and we do not know what we would be doing without her."
- Jenny L.
"We found Lolly through the BAND group, and we consider ourselves lucky to have gotten to work with her.This is my first baby, I am almost 40, and he came right during the middle ofpandemic.We had NO idea what we were in for, and because of the pandemic we didn't have as much family and friends able to help and visit as we had expected. I was nearly at my wits end when I contacted Frances and she said that Lolly just happened to be available.We spoke to Lolly first on the phone, and met with her the next day and there was an instant connection.Even in this first meeting Lolly did not hesitate to help me and my husband when she saw us struggling.I had issues breastfeeding and Lolly helped me greatly to understand my baby more. And when exclusively breastfeeding was no longer an option, Lolly helped me through the brave new world of pumping. Her knowledge of babies is endless.She noticed immediately that our baby had bad acid reflux, and gave us tips and suggestions of how to help, and encouraged us to speak to our pediatrician.However, she was not pushy at all, she simply pointed out the advice and offered solutions, but never told us that we had to take it or that her way was the right way. Eventually our baby was diagnosed and put on Acid Reflux mediation, but Lolly's early intervention greatly reduced the daily screaming fits.This is just one of several instances of Lolly instinctually knowing what was bothering our baby before we or the pediatricians figured it out.
But the most incredible things about Lolly are not necessarily things you can put into words.She has a heart of gold, and a laugh that makes you smile even if you are feeling sad.She is so sweet and kind and just a pleasure to be around.She truly loves and cares for the babies she takes care of, and it is evident in everything she does. Lolly is incredibly professional, she takes the pandemic very seriously and is a stickler for always wearing a mask, washing her hands, and taking all the precautions necessary.
It is hard to put into words how much Lolly helped my family.I really don't know how I would have made it through the "4th trimester" without her...My husband and I now have a saying and that is "Lolly says".If we ever are wondering out loud if we should do this or that for our baby one of us will say "Well, Lolly says" and then repeat the advice that she gave us.Her advice reigns supreme in our house. We will be forever grateful for the care she gave both us and our son during those early months, and *if* we have a second child, we hope to have Lolly there for us when we get home from the hospital.I cannot recommend Lolly highly enough.She is a master at what she does, an incredible person, and we now consider her a part of our family."
- Connie O.
"Laura was our post-partum night doula for our second baby girl. We have a 1.5 year old as well. I hired her so I could be awake and more present for both babies during the day.
Laura was my night angel!! I breastfed for 6 weeks and then she helped me wean to 100% formula at 8 weeks. As a new mom, breastfeeding can be challenging, but she helped coach me through the struggles and quietly brought baby to me during the night for feedings. She would then take her to a different room and settle her back to sleep. We used a bassinet in the living room so I was able to maximize sleep separately in my own bedroom. She also helped out with dishes and laundry.
I cannot say enough good things about her. She was such an amazing help, has so much experience, and took such good care of our baby. I truly trusted her, and could get a nights sleep knowing our baby was in great hands!"
- Stephanie T.
"Wow, where do I begin? Hiring Kathy was the best decision I could have made as a new mom. She started working for us the very first night we brought our son home from the hospital and stayed for about 12 weeks. She clearly LOVES babies, and we felt so comfortable leaving our son with her. Kathy also has a very empathetic nature. It's easy to talk to her, she listens carefully, and has a warm and loving energy about her. Besides just taking care of the baby at night, we also had great little chats each evening. When I was waking up to breastfeed those first few weeks, she focused on also taking care of me by bringing me water and snacks. Being a new mom can be overwhelming and exhausting...it was so nice to feel like I was being taken care of those nights. She also likes to keep busy when baby sleeps and helps with cleaning dishes, bottles, laundry and doing research for you on any topics you are interested in. My husband also loved her...so much that we extended our nights per week with her soon after she started. I so very much looked forward to every evening she came over and was basically in tears on her last night with us. She was such a help in those first few months, I can't imagine what the experience would have been like without her. I know for certain that if we do have another child Kathy will be our first phone call!"
- Sarah E.
"Melissa Koning was our night doula and she is the BEST. She was so incredibly good with our son and she answered all of my questions (and I had so many). I think I saw every lactation specialist at our hospital and pediatrician's office and it was Melissa who finally helped my son and I nurse successfully. She is gifted. I truly do not know what we would have done without her. She is worth every penny and more and I cannot imagine a more patient, kind and peaceful person to help guide you through the wonderful (and incredibly challenging at times) first months with your little one. She will make you a better mom and you will be so glad she is by your side."
- Rebecca Y.
"If you look up the definition of "Kim Lucchesi" in the dictionary, it would say "lifesaver". OK, I made that up. But honestly, I don't know if I would have survived without her help. This is my first child, and suffice to say, I have no idea how to care for my baby. But, from the day we came back from the hospital, Kim was there to help us along the way. She was really proactive about caring for my newborn. In the first couple of days alone, she helped us packed our travel diaper bag and trimmed our newborn's nails (something I was really apprehensive about). In the time she was with me, she taught me the most efficient way to change diapers, little tricks on how to soothe my baby, stressed the importance of having a strict feeding schedule, making sure my baby is latching/feeding properly, how to bathe my baby, helped set up the diaper changing station, put together baby's swing, went to the pediatrician with me when my husband couldn't make it, etc. She also helped out with some household chores. It's very easy for me to go on and on. She is everything a doula should be! And trust me, I've worked with a few other doulas since her departure, hoping someone would fill in her big shoes, but no one has come close to how great Kim is. She is very professional and easy to talk to - a big plus since you'd be spending A LOT of time with her! 😉 I'm sad that she had to move on to her next client. I have no plan on having a second child at the moment, but if I do, it's because I need her back in my life! Yes, she is that awesome. Go get her!"
- Ariana C.
"My husband and I decided to hire a night doula a few weeks in to having a newborn. We didn't quite understand what we were in for until we brought our baby girl home and realized pretty quickly that #1). we didn't know what we were doing and 2). we needed some supervision :). We were so lucky to have been able to work with Tina Maguire. Tina is so knowledgeable and helped us learn what our baby was asking for/needing while simultaneously helping us feel more confident/relaxed as we learned new skills. She really helped put us at ease and made us feel confident. We recommend working with her highly. She's very easy going and fits right into what you have going on at home. 5 stars."
"While Denise isn't my regular night doula (reviews on them to come..ps..they're awesome), I felt compelled to leave a review for Denise as well. When you meet Denise you'll immediately feel how warm and nurturing she is. She came over last week when my baby was less than a week old and I was frustrated, tired and having trouble latching. She explained the latching to me equivalent to the way a lactation consultant would have. I was very pleasantly surprised by her warm and caring demeanor, the level of her professional knowledge and skill and how well she communicated her advice to me. If I didn't love my current doulas (Julieann and Tina) so much I would absolutely have chosen Denise. She's an absolute gem."
- Shreya C.
"Beyond my expectations!! I could never sum up how much I appreciate Veronica in one review. I had Veronica came to my home after we left the hospital. Right from the first night l felt incredibly confident. Veronica made my parenting experience joyful and empowering. She taught us how to transition our new environment when we brought our beautiful baby girl home. She created a realistic non judgmental holistic approach and she coached me on how to breastfeed, understanding baby cues, scheduling and feeding. Most importantly she made sure l got enough sleep. Did I mention, l didn't want her to leave us in the morning". Lol!! She treated our daughter like her own and cared for her in the most gentle and nurturing way. Veronica is extremely observant and detail oriented. She would notice a simple thing like, knowing when l didn't sleep well or looked tired. As a new parent insomnia and sleep deprivation is something one experiences. The anxiety and fear I felt making a mistake as a new parent , or leaving my baby with someone completely melted away the second I met Veronica. You can tell this is Gods calling for her, she has a gift of working with newborn babies.She is what I call a baby expert, her expertise is priceless. Some of the things I learned from her were how to hold my baby, the proper way to burp and change a diaper, also feeding .... oh! and how much to feed my baby. She even taught me how to bath my baby! Which is the best thing ever!! l extremely enjoy that now. I also learnt how to " shush" her to sleep, and so many more little cues. l now feel I know my baby so well and am actually able to sleep at night which makes bonding with my baby magical, "it's perfect!!" My husband ever says l have become"a baby whisperer" thanks to Veronica!! Her techniques have taught me how to cherish parenting, being able to bond with my daughter is very special!!"
- Anna K.
"We worked with Kathleen O'Connell as our night doula for months and we cannot say enough great things about her. We will be hiring her for all our children moving forward. Kathleen has been an absolute asset to our family since we hired her. From the very beginning, before the birth of our child, she was very supportive: checking on my health, addressing any questions I had and providing very helpful suggestions for how to prepare. Coming home from the hospital with our little one, we were so thankful to know that Kathleen would be there. If you don't have time to read all the baby books, or have a great network to learn from, and can afford it :), this really is the best way to learn everything you could possibly need about having and caring for a baby (and most importantly, actually being able to sleep). For us, it was money well spent."
- Lauren J.
"We worked with Ann O'Connor and can't say enough great things about her! Ann was absolutely fabulous and it is obvious that she has tons of experience with babies. Ann puts you immediately at ease with her calm and confident nature. It is such a relief being able to sleep knowing that your baby is in good hands. She taught us lots of newborn tricks for swaddles, burping etc and got our newborn on a great sleep and feeding schedule. She also helped us navigate when to start pumping and how to introduce bottles at night. She was one of the first people we called when we got pregnant again with our 3rd baby, and we're so excited we get to have her again!"
- Kate C.
"We had the pleasure of working with Jackie O'Flynn with our son, and honestly words cannot express how grateful we are to have had her work with us. Jackie was our night doula from the day we got home from the hospital through sleep training (about 14 weeks). She helped us learn how to be parents and truly became a part of our family. She got our son on a good sleep schedule and assisted me with all nighttime breastfeeding sessions. My husband and I (and our two pups) always looked forward to Jackie arriving each night. We would have been completely lost with Jackie and cannot recommend her more highly!"
- Jessica C.
"We worked with Rhona in the first weeks after our first child was born during the Covid lockdown. With our parents on the other side of the country, we were separated from the support network that we had expected. Fortunately, Rhona was able to provide the calm, expertise, and experience that we needed at a time when it mattered most."
- Joe H.
"If it were possible to give Rosalie Shaffer 10 stars, we would - working with her during the first 6 weeks of our son's life was one of the best decisions we made as first-time parents. Rosalie was there on our first night home from the hospital and guided us through what could have been an overwhelming and stressful time for us. Instead, we gained confidence in caring for our newborn and felt refreshed and rested during the day to really enjoy those first few weeks with our son. So many of our friends and family remarked on how great we were handling things and we would immediately sing Rosalie's praises. In fact, we've already convinced a pregnant friend to get in touch with BAND and to see if Rosalie is available. Not only did Rosalie help us get the rest we needed to feel functional during the day, but she also was crucial in getting a solid breastfeeding rhythm established, helped us introduce his first bottle, gave us really amazing product recommendations, and gave expert advice on how to soothe and calm our baby. Rosalie has so much experience in working with babies and new moms and we were impressed with her ability to field just about every question we had - and for the ones she wasn't sure about, she was quick to reach out to her doula network and have an answer by the time the next feed rolled around. On top of all of the amazing things about Rosalie, I would be remiss to not mention how kind, friendly and sweet she is. I spent a ton of time with Rosalie and loved talking to her about our families, interests and lives. There were times where my son had stopped eating and I didn't even notice because were caught up in a good conversation! We will always look back on this very special time of our lives and have tons of gratitude in our hearts for Rosalie. She really felt like a part of our family and it was clear how much she loves our son. One of the first calls we'll make when we get pregnant again is to Rosalie."
- Rachel P.
"I didn’t really know what to expect when I decided to hire a night doula. I just knew I needed more sleep. Brenda Sheehy provided that and so much more. She was proactive in making sure everything was prepared for the feeds; her advice on eating, sleep and general baby behavior was invaluable; and her easy way with babies modeled for me how I could be with mine and helped me grow my confidence as a new mom. The best part is that Brenda is a pleasure to be around, and I came to enjoy the time we spent together."
- Dana W.
"Bay Area Night Doula Martina Smolova is a lifesaver - when we got our son home from the hospital she arrived to help us get through 3 evenings per week. Beyond the obvious - helping us sleep and retain our sanity - she showed such love and attention to our son and we immediately felt at ease putting him in her care. She also helped slowly create a structure that even a newborn and his exhausted parents could understand. No baby is a perfect sleeper but my son really has been a dream and I attribute so much of it to his time with Martina. She also helped me through my struggles with breastfeeding and made sure I didn't have to live with the burden of the world's expectations. Everything I read said that going to a bottle early would mean an end to any chance of breastfeeding - and I was so worried about failing. Martina helped me realize that no matter what happened, my son would be OK as long as we loved and nourished him. He was little and I couldn't let his weight drop any more so I started to exclusively pump and bottle fed him for the first 6 weeks based on the issue - but with Martina's support I didn't feel like I was giving up or failing him - I know my sanity was tied to his ability to thrive. And then low and behold, flying in the face of what the web and research said, my son started breastfeeding at the 6 week mark when he just decided one day he was ready. Without Martina's support, I don't think either of us could be in the right head space to have made it through that time and him breastfeed on his own on the other side. Now, he's 13 months and breastfeeds and bottle feeds (and sleeps through the night) like a champ. Thanks so much Martina!!! "
- Julie C.
"If you're considering a night doula, stop reading right here and go call Ita Walsh! After a much longer than expected delivery, and several days of no sleep in the hospital, we called Ita desperate to start the night we came home. She showed up that night with her calming presence and joyful smile and we knew we were in good hands. Ita put our son on a feeding schedule from day one that helped him to gain back his birth weight, and then some, quickly, which meant longer stretches of sleep for all of us. (At our first pediatrician appointment, several different nurses commented on how happy and well-rested we looked for new parents--we called it the Ita effect.) I was exclusively nursing and Ita recommended the timing for his first bottle perfectly--he didn't even blink the first time he had one--and now my husband can just as easily bottle feed him as I can nurse. We also decided to sleep train and Ita walked us through every step, providing instruction, encouragement, and a shoulder to cry on for this distressed mama. After just a few short days our son was sleeping better than ever before and was even happier during the day because he was so well rested. He's become a fantastic sleeper, which I credit to Ita. The amount of knowledge Ita provided us was invaluable. Every night we had a list of questions that she would patiently answer. Often she would show up the next night having done even more research on topics we discussed to give us greater clarity on things. She also would check on us during the day and respond to questions via text. Ita was so much more than our doula. We loved hearing her come through the door at night and would often stay up talking and laughing, then she would send us off to bed insisting that we get the sleep we so needed. Most importantly, she truly cared for our son. Even at such a young age, he was always so happy and content in her arms. We tell everyone that will listen that second to having our son, Ita was the best decision we made. Because of her we are better parents and also better partners. If we have another baby, Ita will be the first call I make."