"Astrid is an excellent doula. I was suffering from postpartum depression and in need of help, especially at night. I found Astrid’s site through another postpartum resource and as luck would have it, she was available to come for the night the day I called her. I cannot express the vulnerability I felt as a new mom with severe ppd allowing a stranger to come into my home and take care of my child. As soon as Astrid stepped into my home, I felt immediate relief and my gut told me she was trustworthy. She knew I needed rest and swooped in and took care of my baby boy all night while my husband and I got the best night of sleep we’ve had since before I was pregnant. We were so happy we immediately increased our initial contracted hours! Astrid is smart, gentle and kind and works beautifully with children. She also helped address many questions I had as a first time mom. I don’t think I could have gotten to a place of healing without Astrid’s help and we plan to always keep in touch."
"Astrid worked with our family from the day I left the hospital to a few days before I returned to work. She balances both understanding and incredible warmth with a competent and capable nature, which is very much needed for first time parents. We interviewed several doulas and are very happy we went with Astrid. During our initial meeting, Astrid’s genuine personality and wealth of knowledge set our minds at ease. She came to our house between one and three times per week for four months and helped us with everything from laundry to helping with breast feeding (which was a struggle for me and my baby). She is great with babies and had a magic touch that would put my son to sleep. I cannot recommend her enough for those looking for post-partum support. Astrid helped us gain confidence with our new role as parents. My family was very lucky to have her during what was one of the hardest transitions of our lives."
"We worked with Astrid starting when I was about 6 weeks postpartum and she absolutely saved our sanity and rebuilt our confidence about being brand new parents. I had major birth complications which meant that all our carefully laid plans were utterly useless and we were feeling a bit at sea. Astrid came in and not only took care of our son overnight so we could get some sleep-- she also taught us so much about our new baby that we couldn't learn from books or the internet. Our pediatrician even told us he was impressed with some of our questions and comments at the 2 month well visit!
To say I recommend Astrid is an understatement. She's knowledgeable, caring, listens to the parents and helps optimize for what they want for their child, and-- bonus-- she's a very cool person, too. We miss seeing her every week, but we're so happy knowing that she's helping others as much as she helped us."
"Astrid was a lovely postpartum Doula. She provided support for me in the hospital so my husband could go home at night and be with my first daughter. It gave me piece of mind to know that he was with her and I felt safe with Astrid as my personal advocate and support system at the hospital. She also helped me at home, bathing and caring for my baby, as well as entertaining my toddler. It was very important for me to have her expertise, advice, assistance, and care, and I would highly recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Thank you Astrid!"
"Astrid is excellent. She is not a "night nurse." You are paying for much much more than that. She really helped get our lives back in order and in control after the birth of our daughter. Her advice, calming demeanor, and wisdom were golden. Not only does she have the experience but she also went through many of things we went through with her own child. Her contacts were invaluable and helped with our daughter's issue. She is a holistic (and I don't mean that in a granola way) post-partum doula that will give you and your, let's face it, wife, that extra help that is so often needed by new moms and is rarely there. She is not cheap, but I can honestly say she was worth every penny. I'm not being paid for this review. It is true and honest. After Astrid left we got a night nurse and the differences were astronomical. They just simply don't compare. Thank you again, Astrid, for all your help and for helping us keep it all together to remain sane (well, our version of sane)!"
"As a first time mom at 35 years old I was nervous and apprehensive about child birth and the entire postpartum experience. When I started working with Astrid I felt a sense of relief as she reassured me in all the areas of child birth and child care that I was unsure about. She gave great suggestions and had real life experience to back it up. We discussed everything from my birth plan to what products will work best for breastfeeding and baby. Astrid was very flexible with her schedule and always tried her best to accommodate any of my last minute requests. She took pictures of my baby being born that are priceless and I will have forever and I didn't have to worry about hiring an additional photographer. She was my support system during my entire delivery process and I dont know what I would have done without her, as I delivered out of state away from family and friends due to a last minute birth plan decision. She also assisted me with postpartum care which was so critical because I had a C-section and needed the extra help once I returned from the hospital. I would highly recommmend Astrid to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and compassionate Doula."
"Astrid gave us many nights good sleep, as we knew our newborn was in good hands. Our newborn is our third child—given that we needed to also be present and energetic for our older children, Astrid’s help in giving us a restful night was invaluable! Astrid is extremely professional and reliable. She is also exceptionally warm and will take the time to discuss the baby’s nighttime care, as well as newborn care in general."
"We had a great experience with her (Astrid). She's very amenable to schedules, punctual, gentle with our son, and keeps our goals in mind."
Astrid was very pleasant and polite. She was very calming to the baby. I was never interrupted overnight to step in and help.
"Astrid is very respectful of other people’s ideas, she communicates very well, and is extremely dependable. She can always be trusted to remain calm when handling difficult situations. She is a wonderful advocate for families to have the birthing experience that they prefer and is able to give her opinion without imposing on other people’s beliefs."
"Astrid and I met at a breastfeeding group at our obstetricians office. My first day there Astrid was welcoming and supportive to everyone and even went out of her way to personally invite each person out to lunch following the group. I declined the first week and the following week I told her that I wanted to go but was nervous about taking my baby out. Her response was the perfect balance of understanding and validating the hesitance I was feeling and yet also supporting my desire to go out. Since then I have noticed Astrid consistently has a way of listening closely to what people are saying and helping them come to their own decisions without imposing her own opinions. She clearly places a high value on honoring and respecting a diverse range of personal beliefs and parenting styles."
A note from my big sister:
"She (Astrid) has always been dedicated and driven in all of her endeavors. When Astrid has an interest or curiosity, she pursues it with determination and passion; she has always been that way. One of her traits that stands out the most is her thoroughness. She will research something so that she completely understands what she’s doing and has as much information as possible. This comes through in her teaching skills as well. When she was teaching and developed a new lab for her science students, she would always want to give me a demonstration and without fail, had so much enthusiasm!"