"I met Darlene through her prenatal yoga class and also took her “Yoga and Massage for Labor and Delivery” workshop. In addition to being impressed by her extensive knowledge, I thought she was an extremely warm and encouraging person. I asked her to assist me during labor as a doula because I thought she would be able to bring a very positive, supportive presence to my delivery experience. We had meetings prior to the day of delivery and discussed my preferences for a birth plan. Darlene listened attentively, offered information and suggestions when needed and was completely respectful of my ideas. I was open to the idea of a natural birth but did not exclude the possibility of an epidural, which I ultimately felt I needed. Darlene advocated for me in the hospital, in order to allow labor to progress on its own, and helped me with pain relief through massage, breathing and relaxation techniques. She was encouraging throughout the labor process, giving positive feedback about what a good job I was doing, which was very helpful. I felt completely comfortable and very supported throughout the whole experience, and I found it to be empowering rather than frightening. In addition to valuing the emotional and psychological support she provided, I was grateful for her broad repertoire of techniques to deal with the various situations of labor. I am so grateful to have had her help and support during the birth of my daughter."