Testimonials

Central Alberta Doulas birth doulas

Some beautiful words of love from our clients

“Everything about my birth was wonderful thanks to Holly’s support! I would not of followed through with a all natural delivery if she hadn’t been there to encourage me!”

“They were always there for me when I needed to talk about anything.”

“Christine was great to have by my side for the birth of my second daughter.  There were things I would have never thought of for my birth plan, and I felt confident going into my VBAC. She is very knowledgeable in all things “pregnancy and birth”, and she has a great network of people in the community for products,  services, and other specialties.   If you could have her on your birth team, you would be lucky!” Tamara

“I cannot express how thankful I am that we found Holly. Once finding out we were expecting twins, we knew we needed someone. Holly was always available to answer questions whenever I needed, she was a calm presence that helped me to refocus when I didn’t think I could make it. Without question, I would turn to Holly again if expecting. “

“We couldn’t be happier for making the decision to have a doula for our birth. Who better to have chosen then Christine. She is very experienced, knowledgable and such a positive person. We are very happy with our experience and so thankful we had Christine through the whole process. We feel very blessed to have met her. ” Janelle

“Thanks to the both of you guys again. We couldn’t have brought Seth into the world without your guidance & support. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Special thanks to Holly for obvious reasons, you were my rock. You both will come highly recommend by both us, thanks again!” Ryan

“I found having you there was a huge help and a huge relief. I think you’ll make an amazing doula Christine cause you have the biggest heart and I’m forever grateful for everything you did for us that day and I don’t know how we could of done it without you.” Chrissy

“Thank you for being our doula. I am glad that we decided to go with you- you have such a warm, supportive personality. Although this was our second baby, I was glad to have your presence in the room. The extra support for me and my husband helped make our labour and delivery go smoothly. The cookies you brought disappeared quickly too-they were amazing!
I also appreciated the post-partum visit and the suggestions of ideas to keep my older son entertained-I’ll be making some sensory boxes soon :)
Thanks again, and all the best!” Bronwyn

“Christine provided the emotional support I needed to have the more natural birth I was seeking. I was traumatized by my first birth experience and wanted a better experience with my second. Christine made all the difference. The visits leading up to my due date were long enough to answer all my questions. One the big day Christime made sure to talk to me about my feelings. She was never in the way, instead she quietly kept an eye on things and supported my husband while never taking over for him. She was a team member with the nurse and my husband. She also reminded us of our original birth plan and encouraged me through the hardest parts of labour. I especially appreciated the follow up visit and supportive comments around formula and breastfeeding etc. We weren’t sure we would need her but when we did need her it was great she was there. ” -Dayna

“Doula was great help. Very emotionally supportive to family”. – from a nurse at RDRH

“Christine was a calm and knowledgable support for our labour & delivery. She knew how to be the most helpful for both of us and her quiet support made our experience that much more positive. We were so glad to have such a great doula with us!” P&D

“I just want to thank you so much for all the support you gave us especially during labour. Without you and the amazing nurses I would have probably ended up in for a c-section. Having that support made it easier for me to keep pushing forward and achieving the vbac I was desperate for. Recovery was amazingly quick and we were out of the hospital the next afternoon. I was still trying to recover 3 months after having my daughter so to feel this great not even 2 weeks after Grayson’s birth just amazes me.

I know Mark is also so glad you were part of our support team. He didn’t feel like he was stuck in a corner not able to help like last time. He was an incredible help to me and another person I couldn’t have done without.

Thanks so much for the pictures. They will be ones we cherish always.” Leah

“Chelsea was our doula for the birth of our first baby. Our plan was to have a home water birth, and I truly believe I wouldn’t have been able to give birth the way we envisioned without the support of Chelsea. She was by my side for more than 12 hours, giving me support and encouragement throughout the entire experience. Initially my husband didn’t understand why we needed a doula when we had a midwife, but he soon found that Chelsea’s role of personal support and encouragement was every bit as important as having someone look over the medical side of the process. She guided us through labour and delivery with warmth, and addressed our questions, concerns and fears with sincerity and an overflowing wealth of knowledge. Thank you, Chelsea, from the bottom of our hearts.” Emily

“We were fortunate enough to have Christine support us with our last birth, and it was a blessing to have her there. She showed us so much compassion and I absolutely felt supported in every way leading up to, during and after the birth. She went above and beyond to make sure everything was taken care of, and worked so well with the other members of our birth team. Our baby’s journey earth side was a beautiful chapter in our lives and we couldn’t have asked for a better doula to be a part of it. I wouldn’t hesitate to invite Christine back for our next baby, we would be lucky to have her. ” J.L.

“I will always be so grateful for you being there with me, not only during my labor, but during my pregnancy as well. It was comforting to know I could turn to you for questions I had and get back reliable answers. Thank you for everything!” N.

“I watched both “Business of Being Born” films and attended the health unit provided prenatal classes as well as taking the hospital tour, without even a Google search those in itself left my head spinning. That is why having you at my birth made it so much more reassuring that when the time came I would have someone to help me decipher the 9+ months of information I took in.” Ashley

“Christine was great.  She really listened to me and knew what kind of an experience I was looking for.My birth was short and uncomplicated, and she was engaged for all of it. I think she helped my other support people feel more at ease. She knew what I needed from her when I didn’t even know. Christine was a great support, ultra encouraging and I would not hesitate to hire her again. This was my second birth, and this was a far better experience than the first, and I give Christine much credit for that.” -Treslie

“I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get in with the local midwives for my pregnancy so I decided I wanted a doula.  I read up on a few different places around Red Deer and contacted a couple of different doulas.  The first one we decided to meet with was Christine Catherall of Heartfelt Doula (Now Central Alberta Doulas)  and right off the bat we both loved her! we cancelled all the other meetings! she has an easy going personlality that was laid back enough to keep us comfortable but we could tell she knew what she was talking about and had a real passion for birth and all things associated with pregancy and birth.   We did several appointments with Christine to prep us for the birth and really to help my husband feel involved and comfortable with everything.   We ended up going 2 weeks overdue and had a full week of false labor that would build up, it was timeable.. I would message christine and then it would just stop.  I was sure I was driving her as crazy as I was driving myself but she was always supportive! always there for me reassuring me it WOULD happen!   We ended up with an induction and pretty much the polar opposite of the birth I wanted because of medical issues but Christine was amazing through the whole process supporting both myself and my husband, giving him and taking over massaging my back or getting a heat pack.  She did what she could to make the room homey and less sterile which helped more than i realized at the time.  I cannot imagine going through the process without her and will definetly have her at any and all future pregnancies!!” Ayla

“I couldn’t have brought her into the world without  you! I’m at a loss of words to express my joy and gratitude. Christine you’re the best.” L.

“Simply perfect.  
Christine was my post partum doula after my triplets were born.  It took a long time for me to be able to welcome anyone into my home as the adjustment phase once they came home took several weeks.  It was completely overwhelming to even suggest someone come into my home – HOWEVER, Christine has a natural calm ease that radiates from her.  She was so very willing to spend ALL DAY with me to just create some sense of normal so that I could at least make a coffee for myself.  She was always willing to talk, hold a baby, get puked on from the same baby over and over and likely even pooped on a few times.  
She watched me covertly for PPD and always made sure I was doing as well as I could despite being so enormously overwhelmed.  
It is hard to sum up an experience as excellent as Christine was to me and my family during one of the most stressful times in our lives, however as a 33 year old mother with 4 children under 4 she was a gift that I was reluctant to accept but so extremely grateful came into my life – especially at that time.” – S.T. 

“Hi Christine, Just a little gift from our family to you. We can never say thank you enough to you. Good work, well done Christine. We appreciate you. We love you. Thank you so much! ” Cindy

“Christine, I cannot express how much we appreciated ALL you did for us! All my questions I had, you were always there to answer them. It made an exciting, but uncertain time for us, so much easier! Thank you!” C.

“The classes were great! I knew ahead of time that I wasn’t having a natural birth and knew that traditional prenatal classes talked a lot about delivery, I loved these classes because Christine was able to tailor them to my husband and I’s needs. She also helped us with info on introducing our baby to the family pet. I also was a huge fan that she makes her own baby products and had tried and tested recipes for me to copy! My husband and I are very thankful for Christine’s info!!”  Nicole- prenatal class client

“Christine provided the emotional support I needed to have the more natural birth I was seeking. I was traumatized by my first birth experience and wanted a better experience with my second. Christine made all the difference. The visits leading up to my due date were long enough to answer all my questions. One the big day Christine made sure to talk to me about my feelings. She was never in the way, instead she quietly kept an eye on things and supported my husband while never taking over for him. She was a team member with the nurse and my husband. She also reminded us of our original birth plan and encouraged me through the hardest parts of labour. I especially appreciated the follow up visit and supportive comments around formula and breastfeeding etc. We weren’t sure we would need her but when we did need her it was great she was there.”

“Loved having them as our doulas! Educational, supportive and just perfect!” Darcy M.