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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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!!

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