Tammy Soderling, Madison, WI 608-220-8836
Tammy Soderling, Madison, WI 608-220-8836
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I am grateful to Tammy for helping me have a very positive birth experience. From our preparatory sessions, which were relevant, helpful, and full of useful resources, all the way to being with me after the birth and gently helping baby latch for our first breastfeeding session, it was clear that Tammy is an experienced doula.
Due to COVID-19, Tammy provided several hours of initial labor support by phone instead of in person. While I was skeptical about the usefulness of phone support at first, it was actually incredibly comforting and felt very supportive. Tammy provided many helpful suggestions for managing labor while I was on the phone with her, and I particularly appreciated her calm and steady presence and encouraging words throughout. My arrival to the hospital was a bit hectic because labor had progressed quickly, and I was close to having the baby at that time. Knowing Tammy would be there when we arrived and seeing her there when we did provided me a sense of calm that allowed me to continue to focus inward on my baby and labor while everyone around me took care of safely getting me to a delivery room. My son’s birth story is one that I am proud of and love sharing. I am so grateful for the journey that gave me my new identity of mother. I highly recommend Tammy’s doula support services to anyone having a baby in or around the Madison area.
"From the moment I met Tammy I knew I wanted her as our Doula. Tammy guided me and my husband through each step of labor, always keeping our desires at the forefront of the experience. During a long and trying labor, Tammy stayed calm and intuitive. Tammy was honest, knowledgeable and empowering. She believed fully in each choice we made when we made it and she brought strength and courage to us when we were lacking it. When we finally made the choice to give birth to our son by C-Section, I asked that Tammy stay with me during the operation. When Odyn was born, Tammy was holding my hand. My experience with Tammy as my Doula was just what I had hoped for. Not only was she a rock to lean on and a voice of reason, but she also took amazing photos from the start of labor to the birth of our beautiful baby. I actually have a picture of our son being lifted out of my belly. I do not know any other Doula who would get a picture of that." -Samantha Harris
Tammy's words, presence, encouragement and support were treasures that we are extremely grateful for during the birth of both of our children. She made such a wonderful difference in helping to create a safe, peaceful and sacred space for both of our children to enter into, She is an incredible doula and we are blessed to have had her beside us. With gratitude always, ~ ~Camille and Sam
Like many dads/partners, early in the pregnancy I thought I had it figured out and was skeptical about having a doula. I was wrong! As time passed, I was stilled filled with so many questions. Looking back, choosing Tammy as our doula was the best decision we made in preparing for our birth.
Before, during, and after the birth, Tammy helped my wife and I understand our options, explained what was occurring, and helped us to advocate for our birth preferences when needed. She helped to manage the whirlwind of questions that needed to be answered, recommended comfort measures, offered insight at just the right time, and gave me a an opportunity to take a few breaks and recharge my batteries during a long labor. This is what I appreciate most about Tammy’s support as our doula, she brought focus to the countless details so I could be attentive to my wife and fully watch our birth story unfold.
What makes Tammy stand out as a doula for a first time dad is the effort she took to get to know me and understand my hopes, fears, and desires for the birth in addition to my wife. She helped me be an active participant in the birth process and not just a bystander sitting on the sidelines. I cannot imagine our birth story without Tammy in it! Thank you Tammy.
We are so appreciative of all Tammy did to make our birthing a wonderful experience. From changing my mind from fear and negativity to an optimistic, hopeful more educated outlook, to eventually having the birth experience of my dreams! -Jen & Tom
Tammy played an especially important role in our birth because my husband was living overseas and, despite trying very hard, did not make it here in time for my labor and delivery. Tammy was a lifesaver, guiding me every step of the way through my labor. She always knew just what to say to make me feel better, whether that be a suggestion for a position change, encouragement when I felt frustrated because it felt like things weren't progressing, or even a firm "you can do this" when at one point I asked for meds despite my strong desire for a natural birth (in hindsight, I'm so glad she helped me stay true to my commitment to a natural birth). Thanks to Tammy, I was able to labor for almost two days (through two virtually sleepless nights) and birth our son without any drugs or interventions. Tammy covered so many bases, including bringing this amazing aromatherapy blend, which she put on a washcloth to help me relax during labor, and facilitating phone calls and Skype video chatting with my husband at several points during labor while he was traveling to get here. Tammy's support during my pregnancy and after the birth was also amazing. She suggested having my husband join us by Skype for our prenatal meetings, and she made us both feel so much more comfortable going into the birth. I had a lot of fears surrounding the anticipated pain of natural childbirth, so Tammy led me through several exercises to help me recognize and then release those fears. The morning after the birth, she voluntarily came back to the hospital to capture photos of my husband's arrival and our first moments together as a family of three. I will treasure those pictures forever. We couldn't have asked for a better doula than Tammy. She listened to our needs and preferences and was nothing but supportive throughout our pregnancy and birth and afterwards as well. We are so thankful to have found her.
~ Kristin & Hiro
Tammy was instrumental in helping us to have the drug-free and empowering birth experience that we were hoping for. She had a calming and grounding presence throughout our entire labor and delivery. She was encouraging and in tune with what we both needed, making helpful suggestions throughout labor. We had a longer labor and we were so impressed with how present and dialed Tammy remained throughout it all. We would highly recommend Tammy as a doula, we are forever grateful to her for our beautiful birth experience!
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