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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Karina van de ven said:   March 24, 2010 11:39 am PST
My husband and I didn't really think we needed a doula but we ended up hiring one 'just in case', and we are so glad we did! Taba was actually my doula's back up, but even though we had only met once before I went into labor she was great! I ended up having a long and exhausting labor with baby not optimal position and and I think if it wasn't for Taba I could have possibly had a different outcome. She was great at supporting me and my husband and I honestly couldn't have done it without her. After the birth she has also been great helping me with breastfeeding and some other newborn baby issues. We still keep in touch too!

Vanesa Correa said:   March 22, 2010 6:20 pm PST
Of all the things I did to prepare for the birth of my first son, the best decision I made was to hire Taba as my birth doula. Taba goes above and beyond as a birth doula and she truly has a passion for her work and cares for every client she works with. Taba will be there for you from the moment you hire her. Many doulas I researched offer a prenatal visit or two and then say â??call me when youâ??re in active laborâ?. Taba is available for all her expectant moms at any time they need her. By the time I was in labor, Taba and I had met together at least half a dozen times and had exchanged many more phone calls. Some doulas I researched stipulated that they wouldnâ??t come when I was in â??earlyâ? labor or that they would charge extra if my labor exceeded a certain amount of hours. Taba will come when you want her to be there with you and will stay until your baby has successfully breastfed. In my case, Taba was with me for 33 hours! Throughout this process Tabaâ??s presence was invaluable to my husband and myself. Of all the things she did for me when I was in labor, the most important was how she made me feel â?? safe, calm, and even joyful that this day had finally come. Just as every pregnancy is different, so are womenâ??s needs before, during and after labor. Taba attends to the needs of each specific client. While you may not even know exactly what you will need from your doula, if you are lucky enough to have Taba youâ??re in good hands.

Chandi Kornegay said:   March 10, 2010 9:57 pm PST
I hired Taba to help with the birth of my second son. I had a C-section with my first birth and I was adamant that I would not have another if there was no medical reason not to. So I was trying for a VBAC and I knew that I would need a lot of help. My husband was not sold on the idea of having a doula because he felt as though our doula would be replacing him. Taba was referred to me by another doula that was not available for my birth and I am so glad. She was so warm and immediately personable upon first meeting her. The first time we spoke on the phone I felt comfortable with her and knew that she would be the "one" She made my husband feel at ease and he was so happy to have her there when I went into labor. I was induced with my first birth and never actually went into labor so my husband and I had never experienced any labor of any kind so this was like being first time parents for us. Taba was great. As my husband was freaking out during some of my harder contractions she was the voice of reason and calm. She kept everyone calm including my 21 month old son whom she held in her arms while comforting me as I labored at home before going to the hospital. I was able to have a successful VBAC with no epidural as I had planned and it was only because of Taba. There were times during the end of my labor that I felt I wanted to give up and Taba would just hold my hand or just climb up on the bed with me hold me and tell me that everything was going to be all right and that I could do it. Her presence was so reassuring and soothing for both me and my husband. He now sings her praises to anyone who will listen. We could not have done so well without her. We love you Taba!!!! Thank you for everything!!!

Lily said:   March 9, 2010 8:49 pm PST
Taba totally rocks! She was an amazing support and advocate throughout the birth of our little girl. From the beginning we knew that Taba was a perfect fit. She was straightforward and honest. When we had to make tough decisions about the birth, Taba was ready to provide information and help us ask questions to make the most informed choices. Whenever I had breastfeeding questions, no matter how small, she was available. And she tells great jokes when distraction becomes important!

Leslie Andersen said:   March 8, 2010 2:53 pm PST
I was Taba's FIRST! She reminds me that I will always have that distinction! What can I say about her? I had not thought of having a doula until a friend of mine met Taba and encouraged me to contact her. That was one of the best decisions of my pregnancy! I was induced and spent a day and a half trying to push out my daughter. She was having none of it and had no intention of coming out! I ended up with a C-section but not without a lot of tears and heartache. I could not have done it without Taba. She was there with me the whole time, even after my husband crashed. She was there when I first saw my daughter and took about a hundred thousand pictures. I had oodles of trouble breastfeeding and she helped me and encouraged me to keep trying. You know what? My daughter is now 19 months old and I'm still nursing! I would never have continued but for Taba. She has been a friend to me ever since and anyone would be lucky to have her as a doula, lactation consultant and most of all, friend!

Romy Haas Lauprecht said:   March 7, 2010 7:42 pm PST
In a few days my daughter will be one year old. I'm watching her as she has fallen alseep in my lap after nursing and thinking back to the day of her birth, everything leading up to her birth and all that happened after. I cannot recall any of these events without thinking warmly and fondly of my wonderful doula, Taba. She is the shit. I could go on all day about why Taba is amazing...but here are a few highlights: My prenatal visits with Taba were empowering, educational and fun. We invented new medical terminology (anyone heard of a vaganus?) and drew parallels between Star Wars geekery and birth. I felt very comfortable with her and trusted that she believed in my ability to give birth. She sent me so much research info about issues and concerns I had as this was not my first birth, which was not so great and why I hired a doula for my second birth. Taba gave me the confidence to stand up for myself and my baby when I was advised to be induced early or just skip straight to a c-section because of "big baby BS" (the doctors thought my baby was going to be too big for me to deliver). My daughter was born at 41 weeks after eleven minutes of pushing...a mere twenty minutes after arriving at the hospital. How's that for too big? And during the delivery, Taba was the BEST leg holder upper there ever was! After the birth, I had a rough couple of weeks breastfeeding. Taba was right there for me! She came over to my house at least twice to help me with engorement and plugged ducts. She milked me like a cow with such skill. Then, when my daughter was three months old and we had a bout of thrush, Taba came right over when I called her, gentian violet in hand! There's nothing Taba wouldn't do to help a mama achieve the birth of her dreams...and breastfeed until the cows come home :-) Taba is a real gem. Any family would be lucky to have her attend their birth! Thanks for everything, Taba!

Ted Skillman said:   February 26, 2010 2:25 pm PST
I actually went into our first meeting with you as our doula with some concern that I would be replaced, because I consider myself a very capable person in high stress situations and I wanted to play that role for my wife at the birth of our first child. But you didnt replace my role as the husband and father at all, you simply were a tremendous resource for me and Belisa, and a much needed member of our team for the whole experience. I could be her support, because you were providing information, perspective and context for what was happening at each stage of the labor. Your being there, and knowing what to expect, actually gave me room to be more of an emotional support to Belisa. You also gave me someone to check in and strategize with on how to best help her through the various stages. I'd be happy to talk to any of your prospective clients about the experience of working with you. As you know, we retained your services very late in the game, we were thoroughly convinced that we did not need a doula, and I will be eternally grateful that we changed our minds.

Eugenia said:   February 25, 2010 10:18 pm PST
Taba has been a wonderful support to us (my husband and me) through out the pregnancy, during labor and postpartum. Many people here talk about depth of research/knowlidge that Taba has on pregnancy and baby related issues, but I want to praise her the most for the emotional support during labor. She was absolutely great as a support to my husband and helped me to make difficult decision by puting me at ease . Also, because of her (taking photographs of my baby as soon as he was out and constantly showing them to me) my C-section was a breeze and I felt totally involved. Taba also provides amazing help with breastfeeding (in my personal opinion breastfeeding is probably one of the hardest things I have done so far)! In short - I know that when Taba is involved she delivers you from pain and worry! In my life I have met very few people who are so soothing. Next time as soon as we get pregnant we will call Taba!

Kari Rahni said:   February 24, 2010 12:49 am PST
I "HEART" Taba! I did not have the birth that I had planned for. I had to have a semi emergency scheduled induction (that actually came earlier than sceduled). I knew in order to stay as close as possible to my original plan of a natural birth I would need someone in my corner that knew her way around a hospital. My midwife suggested Taba right away. So I met Taba the day before I gave birth! I knew with our first meeting that she was a perfect fit! I knew she would be my "voice" and she was. Taba has a gift of being cute and cuddly but when need be, she's a little pitbull not to mention a plethera of knowlege. After the birth she was there to help with breastfeeding not only in the hospital, but because I live close to her, she'd drop by for morning feedings. She even let me borrow a breast pump and other things that would make it easier to stick with it. She'd call to see how we were doing and put me at ease that my baby truely was getting enough to eat and was putting on the weight she needed. She has a  passion that is obvious from the moment you meet her. She is the real deal and I'm so thankful she came into our lives.  

Devin said:   February 23, 2010 11:38 am PST
When my wife first suggested a doula I balked at the idea, Iâ??m a medic and have delivered babies before and didnâ??t see why we needed another person. And then I met Taba and in that first meeting she was able to answer all our concerns, gave us incredibly useful information about our legal rights when interacting with Doctors, and even figured out the babyâ??s position in his Mamaâ??s tummy! During the birth I told my wife I never wanted us to have a baby without Taba again! Taba is kind and smart, she doesnâ??t hold back when she has solid information and research relevant to a problem and yet she is never condescending or pushy in the slightest. She is continually researching and building connections in her areas of expertise and is a fascinating wealth of information about everything to do with babies and birth and beyond.

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