We are always so excited to receive testimonials from our awesome clients. Here is our latest review from home birth parents Amanda + Dave. I should mention that Dave caught his sweet little baby.
From the moment my boyfriend and I first met Marlo, we knew that she was the perfect doula for us! We were looking for someone who was knowledgeable, experienced, and supportive. It was crucial that our doula support what we wanted for our birth plan and Marlo did exactly that. She helped us have the most perfect and amazing drug-free home water birth imaginable!
Our labour was fast but Marlo was there in an instant and was able to set up everything that was needed for our home water birth despite our labour progressing so quickly. She provided invaluable support for both my boyfriend and I, encouraging us through the whole labour, and in times when I felt like I was going to give up, she took my hand and helped carry me through those intense moments.
Her post-partum support was much appreciated. Whenever we had any questions, we were able to call or email her to get answers. She helped take some of the burden off of us so we could rest and enjoy the time with our new little one. Her wealth of knowledge also helped us get through our breastfeeding issues, as well. Having her as part of our team was one of the best decisions we could've made!
These kind worlds came in from a home birth mama. What a gift to be there and witness her beautiful babes entrance in to the world!
I could not have asked for better support than what Marlo provided for my home birth, both before, during, and after.
She is calm, knowledgeable, intuitive and informative. She made great suggestions as to different labour positions to try, and understood when I was too preoccupied with labour pains to communicate verbally.
I loved the birth pool - it was so relaxing and calming, and Marlo knew just when to suggest using it. It gave me a much-needed rest and recharge. Marlo also helped us prepare for the home birth, so we were well-equipped when my labour began.
Last but not least, Marlo is a great communicator - she responds clearly, helpfully and in a timely manner to emails and text messages, which is important to me.
I really wanted to have a home birth, and Marlo's support was essential to making it happen. I could not recommend her more wholeheartedly!
- Laura -
Bunky Bambino was recommended to me by several new Moms in the newsroom I work in (an environment that's full of people with a very healthy sense of skepticism) ;) I loved the idea of having extra help leading up to and the day of our son's birth.
I'm a 40+ Mom and Luke is our first so I wanted to feel knowledgeable and calm going into delivery day. To say my expectations were exceeded wouldn't be wording it strongly enough. The information, attention and care and support provided to us by Marlo and Jill was phenomenal. Immediately they wanted to understand what experience my partner and I wanted to have in bringing our little one into the world .... what mattered to us. Any questions I had throughout the 9 months were answered promptly and with balanced advice. I felt my hubby and I had been put in the drivers seat - well informed prior to delivery about the many options and the choices we may face make during the labour and delivery process and how each option might ultimately play out.
On Luke's birthday in March, our doula made the difference. 100%!! She allowed my partner not to have to worry about anything going on in a very busy room, other than being right in the moment with me, we were a team and it really felt wonderfully intimate. When I think back on how smoothly that day went and how empowered and at ease I felt (yes tired and yes, at points uncomfortable, but calm and relaxed) I know a large part of that confidence was a result of our doula's expertise and loving kindness and focus on our well being.
Marlo and Jill are in our lives post partum as well, we continue to have their support and know we can reach out at anytime. Any new Mom knows how awesome that is!!
If we decide to have a second babe my very first call will be to Bunky Bambino (okay, right after I call my folks) :)
I have the most amazing clients and because of them I love what I do! Below is our most recent client testimonial accompanied by a few photos they were kind enough to share. What a treat to receive a 5 Star Review with such kind words!
We just had our first son and loved our experience with Marlo. She was very supportive throughout the entire process. She's a very caring and compassionate person. Her house visits were very helpful and informative. We received a lovely placenta print and cord keepsake along with the placenta capsules. I highly recommend Marlo to anybody looking for a doula!
A beautiful testimony from our amazing clients.....
We were hesitant investing in a doula at first but after a lot of research and interviews, we found the best! From first communication, Marlo was professional, knowledgable, open & warm. She went above and beyond answering FTM questions promptly via text, phone or email, giving great advice, relevant articles and a reassuring word. Her experience and attitude helped us develop complete confidence in her care.
When my birthing time came, Marlo was like the friend I needed most: providing encouragement, physical and emotional comfort for me and being the helping hand for my husband who didn't know what to expect. Most importantly, she supported me in my strong desire for a natural birth and helped make it a reality. Both my husband and I don't exaggerate in saying Marlo was ESSENTIAL for my birth. I couldn't have done it without her and look forward to her care for future babies!
This beautiful testimonial came in last week. I was surprised to receive it as it's been nearly 6 months since the birth. The key words that stood out for me were positive, confidence, informative, warm, kind, reassuring and liaison. These are the words I want to hear from every client after their birth. Warms my heart!
Marlo was a truly excellent doula for us, and was a major factor in making our birth experience a positive one. When we met prior to the birth, her questions were thorough and definitely gave me the confidence that she really understood our specific desires and what kind of birth experience we were looking for. She was also able to fill in some of the information that was missing from other sources - what to bring to the hospital, what the birth and post-partum rooms in the hospital are really like, etc. Not only was she informative, she was warm, positive and kind, and I felt very reassured that she would be there for the birth.
On the day of our son's birth, events went much more quickly than planned (not at all what we were expecting!), and without Marlo's help and expertise we would not have understood where I was in the labour process and would probably not have gone to the hospital in time. Once she arrived at our place, she helped me with some very clear suggestions for breathing and pain management, helped my partner support me better, and acted as a liaison with our midwife. Throughout our time at home and at the hospital, I really felt that Marlo was the one person who was both there completely for me, and who had the experience to reassure me and help us understand various parts of the process. It was like having a friend there who had been through it all hundreds of times.
I recommend Marlo wholeheartedly!!
As your birth doula, I am there for each step of the birth journey. From prenatal to postnatal, I work to offer the assistance and support that you need. No matter what your birthing preferences are, I will focus on you, work with you to establish your birth plan, and work to support you in accomplishing your goals.
From guided relaxation and massage during labour and encouragement to facilitating communication between you and your birth team, I am there for you in whatever way you need. I strive to bring the best care, professional work, and compassion to you throughout the journey.
Once again, I am so pleased to have been able to serve and meet the needs of one of our families. I am truly blessed to be doing this work!
It's so hard to find the words to describe how amazing Marlo is as a person, but also how talented she is as a Doula. My Husband and I had hired Marlo and her partner Jill, however we'd only ever met Jill prior to the birth of our daughter. The day I went in to labour Jill was tied up with another client and Marlo came to my rescue.
Not having previously met Marlo I was a little nervous, however she was incredibly helpful to my husband on the phone, and the moment Marlo walked in our front door I felt completely at ease.
She is such a kind and nurturing person with a calm and insightful spirit. Her just being around I knew everything was going to be ok. The birth of our daughter progressed a lot faster than anyone had expected and Marlo had so many tricks up her sleeve to help with pain managment. If one position didn't work, she already had another one in mind. The calmness she exudes helped my husband and I go through a natural labour - we couldn't have done it without her!
I will be reaching out to Marlo for baby #2. Could not do this without her!
Marlo was the perfect support person for our twin, vaginal, hospital birth. Marlo made the hospital feel like a comfortable safe space. In the lead up to delivery, knowing Marlo would be there, even if my doctor wouldn't be, meant that I knew I'd have a friendly face at the hospital. She knew where to get all the little things that make life easier for labouring moms and spouses: blankets, juice, the fridge etc.
When I had to be admitted to monitor pre-eclampsia, she came by along with her partner Jill to make sure we were okay, and to get us settled into the hospital. They offered support, and advice, including tips on the best food available in the area (which was useful for a longer stay on the ward).
During labour, in addition to providing coping techniques, she gave us space to make decisions that were important to us, and supported those decisions (epidural, induction etc.). She was hugely helpful in getting my head around how to push, and had loads of suggestions to help me figure out how to do that with my own physical limitations. When things went a bit crazy after the delivery, she was a huge comfort to my spouse, who could be with our babies without worrying that I would be alone.
After delivery, she made herself available to discuss what had happened and to celebrate the moments that made the labour amazing.
I was very anxious about labour and delivery, and Marlo gave me the confidence I needed to succeed.
I have the best clients in the world and I love what I do because they are so amazing. Below is our most recent client testimonial. What a treat to receive an email with such loving and kind words!
We had an absolutely amazing experience with Marlo as our doula. When we first chatted with her, we weren't really too sure of the role that a doula plays. We knew we didn't want someone who would take over my husband's role in our baby's birth or make him feel inadequate in any way, but as Marlo explained to us "You guys know each other, and I know what to expect in the birthing process" which totally made sense and helped us clearly see how the three of us could work together as a team.
Marlo really helped Nick and I feel at ease and remain very calm throughout my whole labour. She was unbelievably reassuring and supportive from the moment she arrived at the house in the middle of the night. She helped me work through the contractions by practicing my deep breathing techniques and instinctively seemed to know when I needed a rest, to change positions, to have some food or to just have a good old scream and let it all out! I absolutely know that without her we would have gone to the hospital much sooner and undoubtedly had a longer labour.
In the delivery room she was incredibly supportive and worked really well with our midwife Kate who had recommended her to us in the first place and our nurse Angela. I vividly remember looking round at them and my husband and thinking that they made a great team and it was exactly who I wanted present at the birth.
I wholeheartedly recommend having Marlo as your doula!