Zaina is like having the coach by your side all season and at the championship game - even though this wasn't my first pregnancy and birth, this time felt completely supported and personal. She met with me, my partner, and even my tween kiddo (who wanted to attend the birth), checked in with us on during unhurried midwife appointments, lent us books, and encouraged my partner and I to share our confidence and concerns throughout the pregnancy. When a routine ultrasound found something potentially difficult, she listened and offered suggestions and research to help me process my anxiety. For the birth itself, Zaina brought a calm, confident presence to our home, moving gracefully among my surges (contractions), recognized that Baby wasn't in the best position and recommended positions for surges that would engage Baby. I went from a few centimeters to fully dilated and ready to push in a very short time because of her expert guidance. Probably most importantly for me, she made me feel like the only person in the world when she was with us, whether on Zoom, texting, or in person for the birth. I wasn't a bother, or an inconvenience, or taking too long, or being too loud. Zaina accepted everything just as it was, and I believe that underlying feeling (along with a great doula and the hypnobabies program) is why my birthing time was 1/4 of the time of my first, unmedicated, with a fast recovery. If you want a safe, empowered birth on your terms with skilled, caring people around you, Zaina needs to be in that circle.
I don’t even know where to begin when writing this review, because Zaina and Erin were exactly what I was looking for and couldn’t have asked for a better birth team from prenatal care, birth, and throughout postpartum! Zaina and Erin are loving, super laid back, low stress, and judgement free. They treat you like family during office and home visits and are always willing to have phone conversations in between appointments and whenever you need them for support. They are very knowledgeable and made me feel very confident throughout my entire journey with them! Always offering words of wisdom, loving on my toddler who accompanied me to prenatal appointments, always listened to my many questions and concerns. Always educated me, made me feel confident in the entire process, reassured me along the way and I couldn’t recommend this loving team of competent care providers enough! It was a healing experience for me and I will absolutely reach out to Zaina and Erin in the future and recommend them to those seeking personalized care with highly competent and loving care providers. Thank you Zaina and Erin and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to birth my beautiful baby boy into the world with you by my side in the most peaceful and quiet environment (in the water—in my living room) I could have ever imagined!
Excellent midwife-kind, professional, attentive, affirming, and reassuring! Highly recommend for a safe and natural birth experience!