Andrew, father to Maggie
My spouse and I had an incredible birth experience with our first child that was filled with both joy and pain and a few challenging situations. Justine was there for us every step of the way helping communicate, comfort, coach and advocate for us with her calm, steady, strong presence. As the father, I especially appreciate Justine's inclusive approach which helped me be as involved in the process as I wanted and cared for my needs as well. In prenatal care, labor, delivery, and postpartum care, Midwest Doulas have been an essential source of support for our daughter and us. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for professional, caring, and knowledgeable birth partners.
Jennifer, mother to Rosie
"My first birth was very traumatic and resulted in an unplanned c-section. Many of my friends went on to have doulas during their births, so I was determined to have one help me with a vaginal birth after cesarean for my second child.
Although I was late in my pregnancy for hiring Midwest Doulas, they were a life saver. I loved that there was a team of doulas that got to know me so that whichever one ended up at the birth, she would be sure to know me. Plus, they were very knowledgeable and able to inform and reassure me during my pregnancy and labor.
Staci Baker, the one who helped during the actual labor, kept me moving and worked hard to help me accomplish my goals. Although I ended up with an emergency c-section, I know I only got as far as I did with her help. In addition, she was the most amazing advocate for me during the surgery when my husband needed to be with our newborn daughter.
I highly recommend Midwest Doulas for their vast knowledge in pregnancy comforts, labor prep, labor, baby positioning, and cesareans and VBACs; their drive to continually educate themselves and other women; their extremely personable team; and their professionalism and work ethic."
Taylor, mother to Wesley
"During labor, Staci was the best emotional and physical support we could've asked for. She helped me focus my energy to get through our planned natural birth. She also helped my husband feel comfortable with what was happening. I missed her terribly in the brief moment she stepped away to use the restroom! She knew just how to rub my back and what to say, which seemed like a miracle at the time.
Staci helped keep the atmosphere calm, nurturing, and supportive. Her voice and words and touch were more comforting than I can express."
Erica, mother to Willimina
"My sister gifted us the service from Midwest Doulas, and it was the best thing anyone could have done. This was our first baby, after a number of losses. Due to anxiety, fear, and sadness from my history with childbearing, it was very difficult to think ahead, research options and make decisions about anything having to do with pregnancy or labor. All I could think about was wanting to see my baby, healthy and happy. I didn’t feel like I even cared about the rest of the details.
Working with our doula team did so many wonderful things for us! They were able to help us work through a number of the decisions that needed to be made for planning our birth. By presenting options, evidence-based information, and experiences they have encountered either personally or in their work they truly prepared us for the days to come! They did so much to build my confidence, all the while giving my partner the tools he needed to be the best support person possible.
The most amazing part of working with our team at Midwest Doulas was just how comfortable we were with each woman! It was automatically like we were old friends or siblings. They’re all very easy to talk with, relatable and full of knowledge on everything pregnancy, birth, and baby! The best part of it all is, unlike friends and family who have opinions that come with every piece of advice, the Doulas are all very objective - no personal feelings or preferences included! 100% here for you and supportive of your decisions along the entire process. They help you to run your show, not replay their own.
There is nothing we could do to show just how much we appreciated this gift from my sister or all of the love and support we received from Staci, Justine, and Kelly! With the help of a team of Midwest Doulas, I truly believe you can make any pregnancy, be it your first or fifth, the best experience possible!"
Megan, mother to Adelyn
"Working with Justine as our Doula was an amazing experience! I highly recommend her services. She was well educated, informed on all birthing questions I had and was a big comfort. My husband and I both felt really connected with her, and she valued our birth plan. She was my advocate and a huge help in the delivery room.
Justine became our friend through this experience, and now as a new mom, I can still connect with her with any questions. Justine was a great Doula, and I plan on having her by my side for our next child!!"
Courtney, mother to Bryson
"I now recommend Midwest Doulas to anyone I know having a baby. At first, I thought Doulas were only there for birth support, but these women have been there for me and my family more than I could have ever imagined. Their expertise, advice, referrals, and support around all things pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum have been so helpful and such a comfort (even to a 2nd-time mama).
We were so thankful to have Mary by our side during our son's birth, and all of the doulas are very responsive to all our questions (any time of day). Their postpartum doula services are also such a huge help!!"
Robin, mother to Avery
"Midwest doulas are amazing; I can't say enough good things about them. I am a single mother by choice, and they were enthusiastic and supportive before, during, and after my birth. All of them are extremely knowledgeable and give suggestions based on science and experience only when asked. I felt empowered all through my birth journey. And their postpartum care and breastfeeding help were essential to getting me and my little one off to a good start and avoiding depression. They are worth every penny."
April, mother to Oscar
"Staci was our doula for the birth of our second baby (and our second home birth!). It was very important to me to have a doula that my 2-year-old daughter would be comfortable with since she would also be a big part of this new baby’s birth. I was drawn to Staci initially because not only was she incredibly warm and comfortable to be around, but she was very kind to my daughter.
At our birth, Staci was a very helpful, comforting and supportive presence. She is also incredibly intuitive — she seemed to know exactly what we needed and when (position changes, cool washcloths, photographs, etc.). I appreciated the time and attention Staci gave to our 2-year-old after the birth (and that our 2-year-old was so comfortable with Staci). She was a seamless addition to our birth team! Staci was super quick getting our placenta capsules back to us, and also dried bits of the cord and did two beautiful prints with my placenta.
During our prenatal and postpartum visits, I always felt comfortable and valued with Staci — she is very present, warm and knowledgeable. I felt like she really understood what my vision of my birth was (even though I had a hard time putting it into words), and she treated my whole family with love and respect.
If we have another baby, I would definitely call Staci to be our doula again!"
Jenne, mother to Oscar
"When my husband and I met Justine, her warm, professional, and passionate personality made us want to interview her right away. We could not have made a better choice in working with her. Our labor ended with a healthy baby and a healthy mom, for which we are so grateful.
But it was nothing like we'd imagined: we went from hoping for a water birth to induction to a failed vacuum extraction and eventually to a C-section. It was all unexpected and quick, and it would have been much more traumatic if we hadn't had Justine. She prepared us well in our prenatal appointments to be flexible in labor, and she always made sure that our priority was to be comfortable with the decisions we made while in labor.
Because of this preparation and in spite of the "dream labor" we had in mind, we were able to own all of the decisions we made, and there is no grief for the vaginal birth that might have been. During and after the labor itself, she was a source of endless comfort and steadiness for both my husband and me.
Justine was a key member of our labor team, and my husband and I will be forever grateful that she was present with us during our son's birth. We highly, highly recommend her."
Claire, mother to Aaron
"The best decision we made to prepare for the birth of our son was hiring Midwest Doulas. All of the doulas we met were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and kind, and prompt to respond to all our communication. The pre-natal meetings and excellent in-home education classes made us feel prepared to welcome and care for our son when he arrived.
I had a long labor and a challenging delivery, and I don’t know what I would’ve done without Justine by my side. During birth, Justine was right there to offer support and advice when I needed it and was a source of comfort and inspiration when I felt like I couldn’t keep going.
Since we’ve brought our son home, Midwest Doulas has continued to support and help us adjust to life with our new baby. We love and unequivocally recommend Midwest Doulas!"
Skye, father to Calista
"Working with Midwest Doulas was an absolutely fabulous experience. We connected with them instantly and felt extremely supported along the way. They were always available to give their advice and provide research-based information as we had questions. Mary was our doula at our daughter's birth.
Things did not go according to our birth "plan," but she was with us every step of the way, and helped us feel confident and more relaxed during the experience. We were so happy she was there with us. We highly recommend Midwest Doulas to others, and in fact, have two close friends who have worked with them and loved them equally!"
Tom, father to Talya
"It is my pleasure to provide this letter of recommendation for Midwest Doulas, Staci Baker, and Justine Temke. As a single father of two children, I worked closely with their team over the past six weeks, as they helped support my family. Midwest Doulas showed excellent communication, exceeded my expectations, and proved to be the exact support I needed during this special moment in my family’s life. The entire team was well spoken, professional, and knowledgable.
First, Midwest Doulas brought great value to my family and home. They were compassionate and sensitive to the needs of each family member, my mother, my son, (22 months) and my daughter (newborn). If it wasn’t for their support and continuous 24 hour 7 day a week care, I know the transition would have been a lot more difficult.
Second, Midwest Doulas non-judgemental support was clear, and I never felt I was being told how to parent or how to do what I was doing with my newborn daughter. I would observe, and they would explain exactly how to bathe, feed, or change my daughter, to name a few. I was given the tools to make sure that I could be the best father to my newborn. They even helped me introduce my son to my daughter, how to address any issues that may arise, and how to support my son with all the change. This part was invaluable for transitioning into a family of three.
Finally, Midwest Doulas personalized approach to support is priceless. They were always ready to lend evidence-based information on questions I would have."