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  1. 5.0

    Lorel has a very calm and quiet demeanor. I chose her to be my doula because I thought she would be a calming presence during such a emotionally charged time. She became so much more though. She was my sounding board when I was unsure throughout the pregnancy. She shared experiences from her own births and held my hand when I was feeling lost and confused. She was up front and honest about her limitations and I was honest about my expectations. When the birth came she was there exactly when I needed her and she helped interpret for me with the other birth workers. During down time, she was even able to comfort my mother. She guided my husband and whispered encouraging things to me. I’m glad to call Lorel a friend and would encourage anyone to interview with her and see if she’s the right fit for you.

  2. 5.0

    Lorel was such a vital support to both me and my husband before, during and after my birthing experience with my son! Prior to our due date, Lorel was there to answer questions and offer encouragement; she was a wealth of knowledge! She had so many resources for me to utilize and educate myself for the big day. I had my birthing plan in place, and when things didn’t go exactly according to plan, I was at ease knowing I had someone “on my team.” Having her there to support me gave me more confidence when I was feeling pressured by the hospital staff. I was able to take charge of the birthing process. She was there for each step of the way, in whatever way I needed. She was there with the right words when I needed to hear them, she was there to provide a calm presence when things got intense, she was there to apply counter-pressure when my back labor was peaking. She was knowledgeable about hydro-labor and I was thankful I was able to utilize that option. I was able to have the vaginal birth that I desired, and she was a big part in getting me there! One of my favorite memories/moments after the delivery was her telling me “you did it!” She was like a super-hero-doula-goddess of support through the entire process. I will absolutely use Lorel again for any future pregnancies and would absolutely recommend her for anyone seeking a knowledgable, kind, calming soul to accompany them during their birthing journey.

  3. 5.0

    My doula, Lorel, was absolutely amazing. She was attentive without being overwhelming, comforting without being smothering, everything I needed in the moment I needed it.
    I couldn’t have had such a fantastic birth without her.
    Even before the birth she connected me with a fantastic group of mothers and gave me access to a wealth of AP resources I didn’t even know where available.
    In so many ways she helped me become the mom I wanted to be.

  4. 5.0

    I hired Lorel of Nurturing Notions to be my Doula for the birth of my first child. I was hesitant to hire a doula due to the extra costs and the fact that money was super tight.. But boy am I glad I not only had a doula; I’m incredibly fortunate it was Lorel specifically! Lorel not only helped me prepare for my son, but she also gave my husband & I a lot of much needed guidance by answering many of our questions and lending us her reading material. Anytime I called on her, she was there for support. My plan was to have an unmedicated natural birth at a birthing center, and if it wasn’t for Lorel, I’m not sure I would have stuck to it. She taught me how to cope with the surges, assisted my husband on how he could also help and provided me with a ton of hands on support herself. She listened when I needed to cry and she assured me of my strength. It’s hard for me to put into words just how happy I am with her doula services. My husband and I are forever grateful to her. She has become not only a friend, but apart of our family and I would absolutely hire her again if/when we have more children.

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