It Takes A Village Birth + Family Support LLC
"Anna first acted as my doula with my oldest daughter, and I have no doubt the experience was so positive due to her guidance. Anna was not only there to help me care for the baby, but also for myself as a woman before, during and after the birth. I knew Anna was the perfect person to ask to be my doula because she is caring and sweet--her personality oozes calm, comfort, competence and maternal instinct.
In the months leading up to delivery she took me under her wing and was there to answer all my questions, even lending me some of her favorite maternity books. Anna was there to kindly guide and teach me, but she did not take the reins. Instead, she empowered me as a woman. At the hospital, she coached me through labor, advocated for my birth plan, and helped us understand. With Anna I wasn't merely a 'vessel' for a baby, I was a woman going through an amazing, beautiful rite of passage. I felt safe and aware because of her vigilance.
Anna was a knowledgeable and welcome presence after I came home from the hospital. She showed me techniques for rocking and swaddling that I may have been shown at the hospital, but in the whirlwind and recovery after having a baby, I simply did not absorb it. Anna was also able to assist me with successful latching for nursing and answered all my questions such as suggestions for nutrition. She also made sure I understood how my body would be feeling and healing, offering advice. Many friends and family visited, but I will cherish the amazing experience of having Anna afterwards because she was looking out for me as a new mother, something I desperately needed at the time. She enabled me to be the mother to my newborn girl that I desired to be by giving my knowledge, confidence, and encouragement.
Eighteen months after this experience, I had twins and while Anna was not able to be in the operating room, she was there immediately after. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. She is an angel!"
"Anna is an excellent adoption doula (who happens to also be a labor and delivery registered nurse!). Anna provided doula services to us both pre and post adoption. Pre adoption, she helped us to read and interpret the medical information that we received from our adoption agency. We're so glad that we used her, because we would have otherwise passed on our perfectly healthy, beautiful daughter. Anna helped us to translate our baby's medical data to understand that what sounded terrible to us as laypeople wasn't actually a big deal at all.
Post adoption, Anna was a godsend. We had no idea how to care for a baby and we had so many questions about every aspect of our baby's care. Anna gave us great tips on feeding, transporting, entertaining, and diapering our baby. And, she was welcome relief when we just needed to sleep. When we left our baby with Anna, we knew that she was in the most loving and capable hands with a doula.
On top of Anna's training as a nurse and her love for babies, she is an amazing photographer. So, every time we used Anna, she captured the most gorgeous shots of our little one. I can't imagine a doula who is more qualified and passionate about her work. We were so lucky to have had Anna serve as our doula."
"Anna Bonick is an absolutely outstanding doula. We had the good fortune of having Anna with us during the birth of our first child. Induction was necessary, and sometimes that can snowball into a cascade of interventions. While we understand that interventions can be necessary for the health of the mother and baby, sometimes more natural approaches can be taken (even in an induction situation), and unnecessary medical procedures can be avoided. This is where an experienced and properly trained doula can be extremely beneficial, and you will not find a better one than Anna.
Anna is a labor and delivery/postpartum nurse in addition to her doula training. Her extensive medical knowledge was so helpful in our situation. Not only was she able to provide comfort measures and birth position strategies to help the baby descend (she was suggesting techniques to the less experienced nurses!), but she was also able to advocate for us and explain to us what was happening when the hospital needed or wanted to intervene during labor. This is what makes Anna's experience unique - she combines a wealth of medical training with natural techniques to assist the mother (and father) during intense labor. I was able to deliver vaginally, and my husband and I believe I most likely would have had a C-section if Anna hadn't been there.
Furthermore, Anna will provide wonderful postpartum care to new mothers. She is the most nurturing, compassionate person you will ever meet. Anna is excellent at reading people and will know when to step in and help, as well as when to let mother and baby be. Anna's extensive nursing background assisting postpartum mothers with healing and lactation makes her an excellent doula. She will not only be able to help a new mother and baby get their proper rest and nutrition, but she will also be able to recognize when a new mother or baby may need further medical attention.
I give Anna Bonick my highest recommendation."
Eleanor was an wonderful addition to my postpartum care. I was able to depend on her for anything I needed - from something as simple as holding the baby while I prepped supper, to prepping supper so I could hold the baby! She came a couple times a week to just be there for me and I was easily able to plan for the time she was there to do anything I needed. Something this was sleep, sometime it was go for a walk, and sometimes it was just chat a little with her. It sounds so simple but I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. This was my second child and the difference of having postpartum care like this and not (which I didn't with my first) made the experience night and day different. Eleanor is kind and attentive and I couldn't recommend her more!
"Eleanor was a kind and calm presence throughout my labor. She knew just when to step in to be an active participant and when to hang back and let my husband provide comfort. She provided an immeasureable level of support just by being someone we could turn to to ask questions and get advice on how to move labor along in a way that was comfortable for us. She also took photos of the experience (with our permission, of course!) and we now have those memories documented for a lifetime. Thank you, thank you!"