Testimonials

  • "Her classes were amazing and not without merit. What we learned, we applied during birth and it really helped. Brenda is incredibly experienced and informative. There isn’t a single person in this world I would have intrusted as a doula other than her. Her aura and energy can be felt from hundreds of feet away and calm the angriest of storms…Even at 1:30 in the morning….. :) When my wife was in her last hours of labor and I was at my last wit, her expertise and spiritual energy kept us all going. I want her to be there for our second child and every child after. What an amazing woman! Thank you Brenda, for everything!"

    "Her classes were amazing and not without merit. What we learned, we applied during birth and it really helped. Brenda is incredibly experienced and informative. There isn’t a single person in this world I would have intrusted as a doula other than her. Her aura and energy can be felt from hundreds of feet away and calm the angriest of storms…Even at 1:30 in the morning….. :) When my wife was in her last hours of labor and I was at my last wit, her expertise and spiritual energy kept us all going. I want her to be there for our second child and every child after. What an amazing woman! Thank you Brenda, for everything!"

    Geovhonni Winn
    Dallas
  • "One year ago today, the dear Doula Queen, Brenda Shumway, appeared before me as a ray of light and helped me birth my beautiful daughter into this world. Brenda, I will never be able to express in words how much you mean to me and Natalia, and how thankful and lucky I am to have met you. You empowered me that day and showed me how strong I could be. Thank you for holding my hand through the pain all day and for proving to me that walking through the contractions was way better than curling up into a ball! You were my comfort through this miraculous process! With your awesome guidance, Natalia was born au natural and organic — a total dream come true. We love you so much!!"

    "One year ago today, the dear Doula Queen, Brenda Shumway, appeared before me as a ray of light and helped me birth my beautiful daughter into this world. Brenda, I will never be able to express in words how much you mean to me and Natalia, and how thankful and lucky I am to have met you. You empowered me that day and showed me how strong I could be. Thank you for holding my hand through the pain all day and for proving to me that walking through the contractions was way better than curling up into a ball! You were my comfort through this miraculous process! With your awesome guidance, Natalia was born au natural and organic — a total dream come true. We love you so much!!"

    Manny N Sandra Melendez
    Dallas
  • "Personality-wise, Brenda and I just clicked. She’s professional but not pushy. She reminded me of an expert teacher/nurse/mom type who I knew I could be around for hours on end and not drive me crazy. I had read about some crazy experiences with over the top doulas that have to be kicked out and Brenda is the complete opposite. I always felt in control and she listened and really helped me listen to myself. Basically, it boils down to the fact that she’s been at a lot of births and seen all this stuff before whereas it’s all new and kinda scary to us. But she’s calm and soothing and never talked down to us. Because I was attempting a VBAC, and couldn’t have Pitocin, I appreciated Brenda’s techniques to move labor along. She had me walking, on the labor ball, doing back massage, stretches. The variety was great and then my water broke, on its own! A truly magical and memorable event. To think that Dr’s do this to most women and we don’t get to experience that is a tragedy right there! Pretty soon after that, I wanted my epidural and Brenda made sure my wish was heard quickly to the nurses. I think some people think doulas will talk them out of drugs but Brenda never did that. I got to rest and then was checked and it was time to push. Again, Brenda was a calming presence for both me and my husband. She was a cheerleader but not cheesy. There was just something about how confident she was in me that made me believe I could do this and I did! My husband was supportive of hiring Brenda but I think he didn’t understand how great she’d be until we were in labor. He also believes that her years of experience brings so much to the table."

    "Personality-wise, Brenda and I just clicked. She’s professional but not pushy. She reminded me of an expert teacher/nurse/mom type who I knew I could be around for hours on end and not drive me crazy. I had read about some crazy experiences with over the top doulas that have to be kicked out and Brenda is the complete opposite. I always felt in control and she listened and really helped me listen to myself. Basically, it boils down to the fact that she’s been at a lot of births and seen all this stuff before whereas it’s all new and kinda scary to us. But she’s calm and soothing and never talked down to us. Because I was attempting a VBAC, and couldn’t have Pitocin, I appreciated Brenda’s techniques to move labor along. She had me walking, on the labor ball, doing back massage, stretches. The variety was great and then my water broke, on its own! A truly magical and memorable event. To think that Dr’s do this to most women and we don’t get to experience that is a tragedy right there! Pretty soon after that, I wanted my epidural and Brenda made sure my wish was heard quickly to the nurses. I think some people think doulas will talk them out of drugs but Brenda never did that. I got to rest and then was checked and it was time to push. Again, Brenda was a calming presence for both me and my husband. She was a cheerleader but not cheesy. There was just something about how confident she was in me that made me believe I could do this and I did! My husband was supportive of hiring Brenda but I think he didn’t understand how great she’d be until we were in labor. He also believes that her years of experience brings so much to the table."

    Brooke and Andy
    VBAC
  • "As first-time parents, we were so grateful for the professional and passionate instruction given to prepare us for our baby’s arrival. The Lamaze Healthy Birth class series came recommended to us and we would encourage all others to participate as well. It is worth your time and attention! We learned such informative details that will be helpful to us during our birthing experience and beyond. This class series was all about “knowledge is power” which not only provided us with strong support but also made us aware of the patient position to ask more consent questions. Many thanks for the wonderful childbirth prep course!"

    "As first-time parents, we were so grateful for the professional and passionate instruction given to prepare us for our baby’s arrival. The Lamaze Healthy Birth class series came recommended to us and we would encourage all others to participate as well. It is worth your time and attention! We learned such informative details that will be helpful to us during our birthing experience and beyond. This class series was all about “knowledge is power” which not only provided us with strong support but also made us aware of the patient position to ask more consent questions. Many thanks for the wonderful childbirth prep course!"

    Meaghan and Michael
    Dallas
  • "We are back home safe and sound and are all working on little sleep! I just wanted to take a moment and write to say thanks for the best birth experience ever. Words cannot express what you mean to me and the arrival of my daughter. This was truly a wonderful experience and I owe it to you. I was very anxious about the induction and all of the unnatural things the doctor wanted to do with me and I wish now I had been relaxed because it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The best part about this baby’s delivery was that I was in control. I can’t say that for my first baby’s labor (with an epidural) or my second baby’s (no epidural but no control over my fear either.) I felt in control through each contraction and through the pushing because of you. I remember saying that I needed to push and the nurse said, “you can’t push yet.” As she was saying that, you said, “Do what your body is telling you to do.” I needed to hear that. When a nurse says that she doesn’t want you pushing, all kinds of things go through your head. Am I not fully dilated? Is there a problem? etc. When you told me to do what my body needed to do, it took the pressure off of me. I know the nurses have their job and so do the doctors. That is why no one should go through labor and delivery without a doula. You had a job and it was to be there for me. You did that amazingly. I truly cherish my birth experience and it is because of you."

    "We are back home safe and sound and are all working on little sleep! I just wanted to take a moment and write to say thanks for the best birth experience ever. Words cannot express what you mean to me and the arrival of my daughter. This was truly a wonderful experience and I owe it to you. I was very anxious about the induction and all of the unnatural things the doctor wanted to do with me and I wish now I had been relaxed because it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The best part about this baby’s delivery was that I was in control. I can’t say that for my first baby’s labor (with an epidural) or my second baby’s (no epidural but no control over my fear either.) I felt in control through each contraction and through the pushing because of you. I remember saying that I needed to push and the nurse said, “you can’t push yet.” As she was saying that, you said, “Do what your body is telling you to do.” I needed to hear that. When a nurse says that she doesn’t want you pushing, all kinds of things go through your head. Am I not fully dilated? Is there a problem? etc. When you told me to do what my body needed to do, it took the pressure off of me. I know the nurses have their job and so do the doctors. That is why no one should go through labor and delivery without a doula. You had a job and it was to be there for me. You did that amazingly. I truly cherish my birth experience and it is because of you."

    A New Mom
    Forney
  • "I just wanted you to know that we LOVE our postpartum doula. She is doing an amazing job. I was just telling your coordinator that I wish we could keep our doula long term…. The help she provides is unbelievable. I have and will continue to rave about you to friends and family. You are a godsend."

    "I just wanted you to know that we LOVE our postpartum doula. She is doing an amazing job. I was just telling your coordinator that I wish we could keep our doula long term…. The help she provides is unbelievable. I have and will continue to rave about you to friends and family. You are a godsend."

    Carla
    Mesquite
  • "How lucky we feel to have had your gentle presence and skilled experience in the birth of our son… Please accept our most sincere gratitude."

    "How lucky we feel to have had your gentle presence and skilled experience in the birth of our son… Please accept our most sincere gratitude."

    Stacy
    Dallas
  • "Thank you for your servant’s heart in assisting my birth. Truly you have a gift! You, of all my assistants, have been my favorite. You had such an ease and joy about you that was very comforting. I hope we will get to work with you again. Thank you for doing the dirty work :-)"

    "Thank you for your servant’s heart in assisting my birth. Truly you have a gift! You, of all my assistants, have been my favorite. You had such an ease and joy about you that was very comforting. I hope we will get to work with you again. Thank you for doing the dirty work :-)"

    Trish
    Dallas
  • "I wanted to thank you for everything you did for me and my family during my pregnancy and delivery of Gray. What a wonderful way God works in our lives, placing us with JUST the RIGHT people! Greg & I both agree how blessed we were to have you with us during the delivery. I was most certainly happy to share with my bible study that the last thing I remember before “surgery” were your words to the Lord. I truly believe your path is clear and you are doing God’s work."

    "I wanted to thank you for everything you did for me and my family during my pregnancy and delivery of Gray. What a wonderful way God works in our lives, placing us with JUST the RIGHT people! Greg & I both agree how blessed we were to have you with us during the delivery. I was most certainly happy to share with my bible study that the last thing I remember before “surgery” were your words to the Lord. I truly believe your path is clear and you are doing God’s work."

    Paula
    White Settlement
  • "It is difficult to put the MotherMe experience into words. Our doula worked for our family as a postpartum doula after my second child was born. I wish I had her help with the first. I did not use her services during pregnancy/delivery but again wished I had. She was very energetic and is always one step ahead of her new mom. She was great at taking direction and always completed the work down to the last detail and often throws in things you didn’t even think of. She was very supportive emotionally and frequently reminded me that I was doing a good job and that its a tough time for every mom. She did well offering advice without being intrusive and being a mother herself NEVER tried to persuade me to do something I wasn’t comfortable with. By the same token, she had a special way of doing things for her new babies and usually what she does works even if you are hestitant to try it yourself. She is a teacher and a mentor and a cheerleader and a resource and the four extra hands you didn’t realize you would need. She is easy to trust and always comes to work with a smile. She works hard to keep the lines of communication open to ensure that you are getting all that you need from her services. Finally, if I can be blunt. Don’t look any further, you’ll be wasting your time. MotherMe doulas are the best, the end."

    "It is difficult to put the MotherMe experience into words. Our doula worked for our family as a postpartum doula after my second child was born. I wish I had her help with the first. I did not use her services during pregnancy/delivery but again wished I had. She was very energetic and is always one step ahead of her new mom. She was great at taking direction and always completed the work down to the last detail and often throws in things you didn’t even think of. She was very supportive emotionally and frequently reminded me that I was doing a good job and that its a tough time for every mom. She did well offering advice without being intrusive and being a mother herself NEVER tried to persuade me to do something I wasn’t comfortable with. By the same token, she had a special way of doing things for her new babies and usually what she does works even if you are hestitant to try it yourself. She is a teacher and a mentor and a cheerleader and a resource and the four extra hands you didn’t realize you would need. She is easy to trust and always comes to work with a smile. She works hard to keep the lines of communication open to ensure that you are getting all that you need from her services. Finally, if I can be blunt. Don’t look any further, you’ll be wasting your time. MotherMe doulas are the best, the end."

    Wanda
    Flower Mound
  • "We loved working with our doula. She was wonderful. I think that the thing that helped the most was the way that she knew how long each contraction was going to be an how you get through the each peak and valley. We couldn’t of made it with out her!!!!! Tom felt the same way. Her calming presence made our labor the experience that we wanted it to be!"

    "We loved working with our doula. She was wonderful. I think that the thing that helped the most was the way that she knew how long each contraction was going to be an how you get through the each peak and valley. We couldn’t of made it with out her!!!!! Tom felt the same way. Her calming presence made our labor the experience that we wanted it to be!"

    Kristee
    Lakewood
  • "I can not say enough positive things about Our doula and the service she offers to pregnant women. My birth experience was SO positive, it was exactly what I wanted and Our doula was a large reason for that. She was totally supportive of my choices. She was extremely helpful while I was pregnant both in preparing me for the birth and in giving me advice when I asked for it. My husband was initially leery of hiring a doula but after meeting with Our doula and in particular after we had Katy he has said several times that it was great having Our doula there to support us and that it was the best money we spent. Our doula was there to support me before I had Katy, during the actual birth and was very helpful to me during a particularly difficult period I was having with my daughter shortly after having had her. She came to my house and spent several hours with me to help me when I called crying about a week after I had Katy. One of my closest friends has just found out she is pregnant for the first time and she will be hiring Our doula as her doula based on the positive experience I had and the glowing recommendations we have given her. In short I simply cannot say enough positive things about Our doula and the service she provided to our family."

    "I can not say enough positive things about Our doula and the service she offers to pregnant women. My birth experience was SO positive, it was exactly what I wanted and Our doula was a large reason for that. She was totally supportive of my choices. She was extremely helpful while I was pregnant both in preparing me for the birth and in giving me advice when I asked for it. My husband was initially leery of hiring a doula but after meeting with Our doula and in particular after we had Katy he has said several times that it was great having Our doula there to support us and that it was the best money we spent. Our doula was there to support me before I had Katy, during the actual birth and was very helpful to me during a particularly difficult period I was having with my daughter shortly after having had her. She came to my house and spent several hours with me to help me when I called crying about a week after I had Katy. One of my closest friends has just found out she is pregnant for the first time and she will be hiring Our doula as her doula based on the positive experience I had and the glowing recommendations we have given her. In short I simply cannot say enough positive things about Our doula and the service she provided to our family."

    Lara
    Arlington
  • "As a single, first-time mother, I was pretty scared about giving birth. Having a doula as a part of the birth of my son made a huge difference in my experience. My doula provided a positive presence during the weeks prior to the birth, keeping my spirits up, answering questions, and calming fears. During labor, my doula helped me to stay focused and explained what all of the medical options being proposed by the doctors meant. I ended up having a ceserean section after a long labor. My doula communicated with my family to keep them updated and calm. She stayed with me through the procedure and followed up in person to provide much needed breastfeeding guidance. All of the doctors and nurses at the hospital were focused on the health and wellness of my baby, as they should be. My doula kept her focus on me. When I think back on the amazing birth of my son, my doula is a wonderful, integral part of it. Thanks!"

    "As a single, first-time mother, I was pretty scared about giving birth. Having a doula as a part of the birth of my son made a huge difference in my experience. My doula provided a positive presence during the weeks prior to the birth, keeping my spirits up, answering questions, and calming fears. During labor, my doula helped me to stay focused and explained what all of the medical options being proposed by the doctors meant. I ended up having a ceserean section after a long labor. My doula communicated with my family to keep them updated and calm. She stayed with me through the procedure and followed up in person to provide much needed breastfeeding guidance. All of the doctors and nurses at the hospital were focused on the health and wellness of my baby, as they should be. My doula kept her focus on me. When I think back on the amazing birth of my son, my doula is a wonderful, integral part of it. Thanks!"

    Jennifer
    Oak Lawn