Past Client Experiences

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Leslie has an incredible presence and the perfect qualities that make her a fabulous doula. From the moment I met her, I felt at ease.
— Ashley, August 2018

recommendation FROM Lucy:

“Hiring Leslie was absolutely and hands down the best decision I made during my pregnancy. I felt completely confident and comfortable with Leslie before, during, and after the birth. Our birth was stress-free.

Before our birth, we met and talked about my plans (hardly any plans!) Leslie asked all the right questions to get us thinking about what was important.

In the run-up to our birth, Leslie was available by text message which I found very comforting. I was three days overdue and during this time we kept checking in with each other.

I labored at home for 8 hours. During this time Leslie was just a text or phone call away which helped my husband gauge just how far along we were. When we finally headed to the hospital, Leslie arrived soon after. I was so happy to see her! She immediately set to work familiarizing herself with the room, the hospital staff, and the supplies. Leslie answered any questions calmly and effectively, even when I was at the very end of my labor. I delivered, medication-free, holding Leslie's hand. Leslie not only supported me but supported my husband in supporting me - we both felt more confident knowing she was there. 

After little girl arrived, we had trouble breastfeeding/latching and Leslie was incredibly empathetic and helpful, showing us different ways to feed and comfortable ways to sit. I was so thankful for her at that time that I cried.

Leslie is the best hugger. Leslie makes you feel as though you are the most important person in the world. She is incredibly knowledgable and personable. I am so glad to have met Leslie - Little girl and I will never forget her. I am recommending Leslie to anyone and everyone who will listen. May everyone be as lucky as us to have Leslie, or someone like Leslie, with them during their most special day.”

C&N sHare:

”Leslie and Amelia were so lovely from the moment we met them at our interview. We felt that they had a tremendous amount of self-respect for one another and their work as doulas. They seemed to genuinely love the work they did and we felt that their level of experience was right for us since we had no clue what we were getting into. They were responsive and helpful throughout the entire prenatal experience. Ultimately, Leslie was the person who attended our birth and we couldn't have asked for a more wonderful doula. She is super competent, caring and very easy to be around. As the partner of the birthing woman, I definitely relied on Leslie for guidance during the labor and trusted that she had my and my partner's best interests in mind throughout every moment, including the extremely sleep deprived ones! Just when it felt like we couldn't do anything new or different to ease the labor, Leslie had small little things to offer throughout the 18 hours we spent at the hospital in labor/delivery. Both Leslie and Amelia were able to explain things to us over and over as we had many questions before, during and after. Highly recommend these two.”

Michelle says:

“We loved having Amelia and Leslie as our doula team. They each brought valuable guidance, advice and support before my delivery. They relieved a tremendous amount of my anxieties when thinking about our delivery. This was true even though my husband and I attended birthing classes and prepared a fair bit on our how. In particular, talking with experience about ranges of delivery scenarios was practical and reassuring. Once in labor, I developed eclampsia and had to have a lot more intervention than planned. Leslie was an amazing support to both me and my husband through what felt like a very long night. When the time came to push, we couldn't have done it without her. It was invaluable to have an ally for us in the room. Leslie was intuitive about giving us plenty of opportunities to have moments during just the two of us through the delivery and after the baby was born. For our postpartum, visit we appreciated all the support from Amelia and Leslie too. Now that we were new parents we both had questions about my recovery. As well as a few things about our new baby. It was so great to have them check in after too. In retrospect, we have said numerous times that it was almost impossible to imagine what the process would have been like without Leslie.”

Thoughts from Jane:

“Leslie was our steadfast guide, teacher, and supporter throughout my pregnancy and birth, and I would only entrust my next pregnancy to her care. Leslie brought patience, encouragement, and factual depth to our experience, taking the lead when necessary to interpret medical situations, and gracefully standing by when we needed private moments or assisting when the delivery physician took over. Leslie comforted me during early morning contractions, explained what was happening when our birth plan had to quickly change to a stat c-section, and calmly walked my husband through the steps of the operation. Leslie was again a wealth of knowledge postpartum, decoding everything from pumping to baby gear to our first bottle feed. We are grateful for her wisdom and warmth that has shaped our baby’s earliest days and enriched us as parents.”

Madelaine shares:

“We loved Leslie and can't imagine our birth story without Leslie.

In prep for the birth of our daughter, Leslie met with us and helped us really think about how the birth might go, but also about what life would look like the first weeks home with our new kiddo. Although nothing can really prepare you for those first weeks/months, the questions and conversations Leslie had with us really helped us as new parents.

Once we found out the baby was breeched and we would have to have a scheduled C-Section, I feared we had wasted Leslie's time (and our money) since we wouldn't need a birth doula, but I am so glad she was there! Not only did she help my husband while I was being prepped, but she was with me from the moment I came out of delivery and was a non-drugged, clear thinking partner. She knew what was important to us and helped me feel comfortable, supported and was exactly the pair of hands we all needed. 

We adore Leslie and are so glad she is a huge part of the story of how we became a family.”

Thoughts from OJ:

“Leslie was amazing in every possible way. She was really there for me, and was very adaptable to my needs, whatever that meant. I felt very comfortable communicating with her what I needed. Sometimes that meant her stepping back to be out of the way, sometimes that meant swooping in to physically support me. Labor is an intense experience, and I felt so comfortable having her there with me to support the process. From our first meeting I felt comfortable with Leslie and she fit very well into our family environment, which included a toddler welcoming her new baby brother into the world. I would highly recommend Leslie as a doula for anyone who wants a very down to earth and capable doula who is able to quickly adapt to the wildly changing needs of the laboring woman!”

Liz shares:

“Leslie was absolutely amazing. Because she was there throughout the entire process (including the lead-up and postpartum), my husband and I were reassured and comfortable in an otherwise overwhelming situation. She was attentive and helped us in ways we didn't even know we needed. 5/5 would do again.”

Karen says:

“Leslie has the most calming presence. I can still remember when she arrived at my side in the hospital while my husband and I were stuck in triage in the over crowded labor and delivery ward. It was such a relief to have a new energy in that cramped space before finally getting moved to a labor and delivery room. I was nervous about giving birth in a hospital, because my goal was to avoid unnecessary interventions. Knowing that Leslie was there to help me communicate my wishes with the hospital staff gave me a great peace of mind. She is a warm and kind person- the perfect doula.”

Emily shares:

“From the first time I met Leslie, she was helpful, calm and like a drop of sunshine in my life. Leslie patiently answered all my nervous questions leading up to the birth. Once it was go time, she helped me and my husband understand what was going on during the labor and even held my leg up during the pushing! Leslie is a fantastic addition to the birth process.”

from CASEY:

“I connected with Leslie right away and appreciated her approach, which was non-judgmental, completely respectful of my opinions and feelings, and laid back but confident. I knew she would be the relaxing presence I needed during my labor. Leslie traveled to our home for our two extensive prenatal visits. She not only helped me to plan for the birth process, but importantly she was willing to listen to me talk about my hopes, fears, and anxieties about such a major life event. She devoted a lot of her time to those discussions and I will always appreciate that. Her love for what she does is evident in her commitment to her clients. During labor, Leslie was the calm but forceful presence I needed, quietly and effortlessly directing the movement and energy of the room. I highly recommend Leslie, no matter your birth plan.”

ASHLEY shares:

“Leslie has an incredible presence and the perfect qualities that make her a fabulous doula. From the moment I met her I felt at ease. She took the time to address all of my concerns as well as my husband’s as we prepared and was responsive to all my questions leading up to my labor. There was a lot of pressure in my situation as well given that I was attempting labor after c-section with my first. We strategized together and prepared to the max. I always felt like Leslie was in my corner and anticipated my needs well. After developing a fever half way through labor, it wasn’t looking good. But Leslie, my husband and I fought hard together. She was prepared with every tool and worked tirelessly to keep me as comfortable as possible and hopeful. To the last second, Leslie was even massaging my hips, helping me get ready to push. And we avoided the emergency c section with only minutes to spare. I’m still on cloud nine from this incredible experience and accomplishment that I could never have achieved without her. I highly recommend Leslie without hesitation and will be using her again if we have more children. :)”

recommendation from GEORGE sr.: 

"Leslie was simply amazing during our birthing experience! My girlfriend was going to be a first time mom and Leslie helped to construct a birth plan that completely catered to my girlfriend's needs and wants. Based on her prior experiences Leslie offered advice on what to expect leading up to the big day and on the big day itself. During the actual birth, both my girlfriend and I felt very lucky to have Leslie in the room. She was very supportive, but not overbearing which is exactly what my girlfriend wanted from her doula. Also, Leslie provided such important advice on lactation that my son was able to hit the ground running! My girlfriend and I definitely recommend Leslie and think she is an amazing doula whom will contribute greatly to your birthing experience."

ALEXANDRIA says: 

"Leslie was an absolutely invaluable support to us! She is warm, kind, and her passion for her work was evident immediately upon meeting her. Appointments never felt overly business like, awkward, or rushed and Leslie seemed like an old friend by the time our birthing day arrived. She truly knows how to make you feel comfortable! Leslie is a wealth of knowledge and was beyond helpful during my labor, providing unwavering physical and emotional support not only to me but to my husband and mother as well. Her sense of calm and positive energy are contagious. She worked so well with my very-involved husband and our care team, supporting our preferences and acting as an advocate for us throughout the entire experience. I could go on and on about how wonderful working with Leslie was, she is everything we could have ever wanted in a doula and we are so grateful to have found her!" 

recommendation from JENNY: 

"We loved Leslie! From the moment we met her, I knew she would be the perfect fit. She was warm, knowledgeable, understanding, unpretentious, and had a great sense of humor. She clearly has a passion for her work and is committed to her clients. I recommend her completely!"

words from RAPPAPORT MILLER: 

"We were initially on the fence about having a doula, but after the coaxing of some friends, we decided to go for it. We now tell everyone that Leslie was one of the best decisions we made. Leslie's calm demeanor made us both feel at ease. She easily managed two women, with different expectations and feelings about birth and motherhood, normalizing our experiences. She is very intuitive, giving us space and encouraging strategies when needed, and without prompting. She had lots of information to provide, and made us feel as though we were prepared for the process. She seamlessly handed our expectations for a vaginal birth turned to last minute C-section. She quickly responded to all texts, even middle of the night ones. Honestly, what was a stressful experience was made so much more comfortable by knowing that we had Leslie there to rely on and to help guide us. We only have wonderful things to say. We loved having Leslie be a part of this of this excited and nerve wracking experience - she provided guidance, warmth and comfort, and we are so grateful."

baby S's DAD says: 

"Leslie was a conscientious, committed, caring and fun doula! She helped me find good resources that I could use (books, videos etc) and made the challenging parts of the experience (before, during and after) very understandable. I was never afraid to sound silly or ask the wrong question - because she just made it feel so comfortable to share what she knew. Leslie dived into many areas and then raised points which we never considered and some that would often be slightly uncomfortable to ask, but were always relevant (e.g. postpartum and how to deal with it). I believe that this is a sign of a great professional - to raise the areas that the client is oblivious to. At the delivery, Leslie was very attentive and allowed my partner to feel super comfortable in all that she was going through! She danced and sang with us and when the time was here to begin the final stages of delivery she was an uber supportive and dedicated coach! If you believe in it, she has very warm and calming energy and it was easy and comfortable to spend 30+ hours in close quarters with her. She visited us twice before the birth and then once after and was on call when ever we needed her - (pretty amazing since we called her at 2am a few times with contractions!) I would highly recommend Leslie McGhee and there should be more of her around on a day to day basis."