I hired Kyndal at the last minute – less than a week before I gave birth! I had decided at 8 and a half months to do a home birth and decided that getting the most experienced doula possible was a good idea. In fact I wasn’t SURE It was necessary - I was having 2 midwives present, but hiring Kyndal turned out to be the best decision I could have made. From the moment she arrived, she knew exactly what I should do to best cope with my labor. She showed me positions, even holding me in several, coaxed me through ones I really didn’t want to do, encouraged vocalizations, massaged me, applied cool rags, you name it, she did it. I had lots of other help available, but it was Kyndal I relied on and... I can’t imagine having done it without her! My boy was born at home 20 hours after contractions began, happy and healthy. It was a wonderful beginning. And it has only gotten better since!
Our birth experience was very challenging, and ultimately involved over 40 hours of active labor. There are not enough words to adequately share just how much her constant presence, support, and guiding wisdom helped us through perhaps the most difficult night of our lives and into perhaps our greatest joy. Kyndal worked seamlessly with a team of midwives, and with us, to provide whatever was needed at any given moment (and there were many). She was a true servant to our birthing process, and always honored our wishes. Ultimately, we were able to have our daughter naturally, but had it not been for Kyndal and the midwives, we would likely have forfeited our desire for natural childbirth and gone to the hospital. We cannot recommend Kyndal more highly to any couple hoping to have someone serve them, their birthing experience ideal, and honor the sacred process.
Kyndal May was a “must have” for Jami’s pregnancy and birth…an invaluable guide, friend, coach and counselor throughout the birthing process. I would have felt vulnerable and ill prepared for any of the unforeseen circumstances that require couples to deviate from their original birth plan. Jami and I were blessed to have her as our doula.
Throughout this whole event, she was amazing when it came to reassuring us about what was happening. Her wisdom and the peace that surrounds her gave me strength. During the entire 37 hours of labor we were taken care of. While we were still laboring at home Kyndal was attending another birth and sent over to us her “backup” doula Sheila Taylor, we had never met Sheila but from the moment she walked into our home I felt peace. Sheila was a great asset to our labor team. She was attentive, knowledgable and seamlessly meshed with the rhythm and routine my husband and I were in. After arriving at the Birth Center Kyndal was able to join us once again and even when at times things seemed a little hairy she was calm and very present. She really helped me to feel strong, confident and at ease with what my body and baby were doing.