Taba Depaep
Certified Labor Doula
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In their own words, what it is like to work with me

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Megan said:   January 5, 2016 5:09 pm PST
Taba has been a close family friend of ours for almost 10 years, and the moment I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted her to be my Doula. She made herself available for all of my concerns and struggles throughout my pregnancy, was my source of peace and sanity throughout my labor, and was my emotional rock postpartum during my breast-feeding struggles and hormonal ups and downs. Initially I had mistakenly only thought that a Doula helps during your labor, but Taba has pretty much spent the last year (from early pregnancy to weeks postpartum) helping me adjust to mommyhood! My husband has even said that "Taba is worth her weight in gold," as he was a very anxious new daddy! I can't recommend Taba's services enough, and I definitely plan on using her to help with future babies to come!!!

Julia said:   January 4, 2016 10:49 pm PST
I LOVED Taba! First a word about price. Taba charges a lot. Here’s the thing: It’s not enough, by far. Normally, I find that life conforms to the truth that you get what you pay for, but in Taba’s case, you get more! She was absolutely a God-send. I had planned a birth center VBAC with South Coast Midwifery using Hypnobabies, but I was transferred to the care of an OB at 35 weeks due to gestational hypertension. Eventually, my doctor and I agreed that the safest thing for me and baby would be to induce labor. Taba stayed with me and my husband through my incredibly slow labor. The induction had to be done, shall we say, “gingerly” due to my blood pressure so it took 33 hours from start to finish. My nurses were awesome but weren’t always able to give me an explanation of what the doctors wanted to do and why. Tara stepped in to translate several times. Her confidence and knowledge of hospital procedures helped ease my fears and gave me the confidence that I was making well-informed and therefore good decisions. She also kept my spirits up and encouraged me to continue to use my hypnosis tools so that I could still have that experience. While my birth experience was nothing like the natural, hippy birth I had originally envisioned, I am convinced that Taba’s expertise in the hospital setting helped me the have what I truly wanted: a successful VBAC and a healthy baby!

Trevor said:   April 19, 2015 5:18 pm PST
When my wife first told me she wanted a birth doula, I was confused about the role this person would play in the birth. Taba came over and she has such a depth and breadth of knowledge that I knew would be helpful during the birth. My wife spent 26 hours in labor, and Taba helped us through all the hard decisions. She helped ease my wife's pains and made labor more productive. I know we could not have had a vaginal delivery without her help. You should hire this woman!

Mary Boessow said:   March 11, 2015 8:08 am PST
When my son and daughter-in-law said they wanted a doula to help with the birth of my grandson, I have to confess, I had no idea what that was. When I did the research I was still not so convince a doula was necessary but was content to leave it up to them. Then quite by accident I ran into Taba at a restaurant in Long Beach. When she told me she was a doula it seemed fate had intervened so I gave her number to my son. A few months later I was privileged to be in the hospital room when my grandson was born. Here is the thing: if you don't work in a hospital every day you don't really understand that it is a business and they have their own agenda. Even though you walk in with a rock solid birth plan, everything can go off track so easily. At one point things got pretty tense and if Taba was not there, I believe my daughter-in-law would have had a much different result. It was such a blessing to have Taba -with her breadth of knowledge- there to navigate us through it all. She has an incredible loving demeanor. But she can be strong when warranted. It was her strength that kept everything on track. My grandson's birth was natural and without medication. My son and daughter-in-law were well prepared thanks to Taba. I was utterly amazed. Best experience of my life. Today, at two years old, my grandson is kind, smart and a joy to be with. I love who he is and who he is becoming. Thank you Taba for giving him a great start!

Debra said:   December 27, 2014 9:18 am PST
We decided that we needed a doula because we didn't trust our obstetrician to give us scientifically sound advice, and we wanted someone experienced and knowledgable about labor and breastfeeding to advocate for us. Taba was perfect. She gave us all the information we needed to know ahead of time to make our decisions, and advocated for us in the labor room in thoughtful and creative ways. We can't thank her enough and would heartily recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.

Alicia Barnes said:   December 14, 2014 1:41 pm PST
Taba was one of the best decisions we have ever made. We looked for a Doula for a long time and could not find anyone who could offer something beyond what we could provide for ourselves. We ended up very displeased with our Doctor and knew we needed help knowing what to fight for, and an advocate in the room when I was delivering. In speaking to Taba on the phone, we quickly realized how perfect she was for us. Her intelligence, compassion, and understanding only enhanced the information, suggestions, presence, support, and care that she offered. We know we would have ended up with a subsequent C-section were it not for her help, support, and empowerment. Our pregnancy and birth experiences were wonderful, and she is primarily to thank for that. We even had 2 Labor and Delivery nurses comment on how good she is, in the hospital (and she was referenced to me by a L&D nurse friend, who has found no other Doula to recommend). We know that Taba is one of the best decisions we have ever made and we cannot recommend her enough.

Jaime Dunham said:   July 22, 2014 4:27 pm PST
Taba was the best decision we could have made for the birth of our first child. We wanted to achieve a natural birth in a hospital and felt that Taba's skill set was the perfect match to support us. Taba is warm, kind, and very knowledgeable in how to support a laboring mom and her partner. Thanks to Taba and her support we had an amazing, all natural birth experience that we will never forget. She is amazing. My doctor even remarked that she is the best doula she has worked with. Thank you Taba!!

Ibeth Echepetelecu said:   December 21, 2013 7:38 pm PST
I just wanted to thank you again. I had a wonderful birth thanks to you! You are amazing at what you do.

Jason said:   September 23, 2013 1:27 pm PST
We decided to hire a doula because of the birth experience we had with our first baby and because statistics show that people with birthing doulas have fewer medical interventions like C-sections, less chance of needing an epidural, greater chance of success with breastfeeding, less likely to have postpartum depression etc. After talking with Taba just for a few minutes on the phone I knew I had found the right doula for us. Buying Taba’s doula services for my wife was the best decision I made in a long time. She eased a lot of my wife’s anxieties during her pregnancy just by knowing she would be there for us. She gave us great relevant info when requested and catered to our needs. I wish we knew about her for our first baby. My wife’s hope (and mine) was to have an epidural free birth with minimal intervention. Taba helped us achieve this goal. My wife had a lot less anxiety during this pregnancy and had success with an epidural free childbirth. Worth every penny.

Shari Stewart said:   January 27, 2013 9:59 am PST
Thank you Taba for helping me with the incredible delivery of my first baby Coulter! You were amazing...... Words cannot describe how perfect everything was.

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