“Madison Desjarlais was present for the birth of my first child, Wynn Rose at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. My husband and I met with Madison a couple of times early on in the pregnancy to get to know each other and generally assess whether we all would be a good match. Madison made us both feel comfortable and encouraged as we discussed the type of birth I was hoping to have.
One of my biggest fears was that the medical staff would want to push an intervention that I was uncomfortable with or didn’t know anything about, but that I would be unable to advocate for myself or stop to think about it. I felt so much relief going into labor knowing that Madison knew us and was on board with our wishes and generally our outlook on labor and delivery, I felt like we could relax and focus on the task at hand, like she was going to looking after us.
During the actual labor and delivery Madison was quiet and reassuring. She was a support person for myself and also my husband. The two of them took turns applying pressure and heat to my lower back and generally I felt that I could ask her for anything or conversely ask her not to do something. She made it clear there would be no hard feelings in labor and delivery!
Madison is knowledgeable and her presence feels warm, calming and accepting, all of the things I wanted to help me bring my first baby into the world. ”