Empowerment through education and support
"We have a secret in our culture, it's not that birth is painful, it's that women are strong." ~ Laura Stavoe Harm
Elizabeth Bowes was my Bradley birth class instructor as well as my doula. She is a wealth of knowledge. As soon as she entered the room when I was in labor it was like a calming force. She is supportive and really listens to what you want and what makes you comfortable during labor.
When deciding to have a doula my husband was a tad reluctant. After all we were studying Bradley, or 'Husband Coached Childbirth'. He was afraid that his role might get overshadowed. When I spoke with Elizabeth she was understanding, and reassuring that this would not be the case. I was persistent in my wanting Elizabeth to attend the birth, and my husband finally agreed. And he was very happy in the end!
I came to Elizabeth late in my pregnancy, but I am so happy I found her when I did! I found out I was pregnant the same time my husband received orders to be deployed to Afghanistan so at 7 months pregnant, I made the difficult decision to return home to be near family. I was becoming very anxious about the multiple changes taking place so late in my pregnancy but it was at this time that I met Elizabeth. As a military wife herself, she was very understanding of my situation and offered much comfort in going through labor without my husband present. And although we only had 2 months till my due date, she managed to meet with me a few times to discuss a plan for my delivery. With experience assisting in multiple births, attending doula certification classes, and being a Bradley Method instructor, Elizabeth was very knowledgeable about the labor and delivery process and was able to provide me with a lot of information while preparing for delivery.
Elizabeth was incredibly supportive and knowledgeable throughout my birth journey. She is very educated about birth and has a wide range of experiences to draw from. She was excellent as a birth educator and as a doula. I am so grateful to have found her!
I started Bradley Method classes with Elizabeth after deciding I wanted to have a natural childbirth. The whole experience was positive for me and my husband. The knowledge I got from the classes really prepared me mentally for labor. The classes were informative and enjoyable. Elizabeth is great at what she does. I really felt comfortable contacting her when I had questions and concerns. She's well informed and truly an excellent supporter of women and their husbands.