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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Bethany said:   February 23, 2010 11:34 am PST
I was Tabaâ??s 6th birth, with a host of medical issues and problems with the baby, from thrombophilia to excessive bleeding to threatened miscarriage, CPCs and intra-uterine hematomas. Taba took it all on her stride and we were impressed with the depth of research she did into the relevant issues and their impact on my birth plan. Having her attend the birth made it a much safer and meaningful experience for all involved, including my son, who is now completely healthy :D She gave me back the power and control that had been stripped away by aggressive and obnoxious medical personnel. Taba is the perfect blend of support and tough love. She knows exactly how to handle all kinds of people, and keep the panic, and unnecessary medicos, at bay. Her extensive knowledge beyond the birth process has also been invaluable to us and we put her advice into practice regarding feeding and sleeping on a daily basis. I also appreciated her gentleness when I needed it, and firmness when I needed that. I am SO SO glad I avoided and epidural and pitocin and it was all down to Taba. And yet when I was despairing she was never judgmental. I dread to think where I would be without her friendship, I thank God for her. I didnâ??t notice so much at the time, but she kept a record of the events of the birth and then sent it to me afterward and I was immensely grateful to have it, and the photos too. One last note: donâ??t miss her playdates/nurse-ins, they are a great source of camaraderie and support!

Gizem Karaali said:   February 22, 2010 12:29 am PST
Taba was amazing in all aspects. We got the fully natural birth we had hoped for, but above and beyond that Taba was indispensable. She was always happy to listen when I was worrying or complaining or whatever, throughout the pregnancy, she was a pillar of support, both for me and my husband, during our labor, and she helped me immensely with breastfeeding when I was about to give up. After our sleepy baby lost more than ten percent of her weight and two weeks in she still was not back up to her birth weight, Taba gave me the support and guidance I needed. Today, more than a year later, we are still a happily nursing family :) If we do indeed go for a second baby, we will definitely ask Taba to help us, and if she is willing to take us on once more, we will feel ready to do it, once again.

Gemma Fowler said:   February 16, 2010 5:44 pm PST
4 and a half months ago I gave birth to my beautiful son Leo, and I could not have done it without Taba! Taba helped my husband and I to achieve a fully natural birth, med free, not even an IV to be seen. She educated me on various topics, helped me to write a birth plan, and answered all of my worry-wart questions. Labor lasted 17 hours, 12 of which were at home, and I truly believe that I would not have made it through without Taba's calm voice telling me that Yes, I COULD do this! I will definitely be calling this wonderful lady in a few years when we're ready for baby number 2! Love you TABA!!!

Dawn said:   February 16, 2010 12:44 pm PST
Where do I begin? Taba was hands on from the beginning of my pregnancy to the delivery and way beyond the birth of my daughter. We meet with her numerous times during my pregnancy and she even accompanied me to my NST appointments. If there was something she didn't know she quickly found out and passed on a wealth of information to me. Besides the incredible asset she was to my birth her post partum support was even more valuable. She made me breakfast, took walks with me, helped me nurse, brought me books and anything I needed. She is an angel and someone who will help you through your greatest and most difficulty times in this beautiful journey you are about to embark upon.

Breana Trevino said:   February 15, 2010 3:59 pm PST
I met Taba in a Bradley class. She was studying to be a Doula. I believe I was her 2nd birth as acting Doula. I would see her in class every week. Between Taba and my husband I was getting pampered with leg massages and back massages! Taba was extremely helpful in writing up a birth plan for me. It made me think about some things that I had not even considered. I wanted to have a drug-free birth in a hospital. In a previous pregnancy I was positive for group B strep. In the current pregnancy I was negative, but they still treat you as though you are positive. The doctor really couldn't give me a very good explanation as to how this can become an issue. I am allergic to Amoxicillin. This is another issue. Well Taba was on the job and in no time she had a stack of info on how to deal with the situation. My doctor loved Taba and learned something new too! Thank God she had done this research because this wasn't my first birth and baby came FAST! There wasn't enough time to do a 2 hour IV for Group Strep B. I could go on and on about the things Taba helped me with. She became my Lactation consultant and I successfully nursed for 11 1/2 months with supplementing. I dealt with some post pardum depression and Taba was always checking on me. This is Taba's passion. My husband and I just found out we are pregnant again and are planning to talk Taba into helping us with a home birth this time! Hopefully she'll accept. :) We love you Taba!

Emerald Farmer said:   February 15, 2010 9:27 am PST
the definition of Doula is Taba! she helps with everything she let me use a bump, gave me info on v-bac, breast feeding, let me call her any time i had ?'s or worried, she "got my back"! lol

Belisa Balaban said:   February 14, 2010 9:50 pm PST
To the lucky soon-to-be-mama's considering Taba Depaep as their birth doula- I recently gave birth to a happy, healthy baby girl with Taba right there with me. Let's just advance of the birth - I was terrified. I think I'd put off having a child for years because I was so scared of labor and delivery. My idea of a birth plan was: I'm going to get to the hospital and ......well, the rest was really too scary to think about. Taba changed all that. She helped me wrap my head about the fact that, like it or not, I would one day go into labor, and it was up to me what happened next. With her help, I was able to figure out the intentions I wanted to bring into the hospital with me. She was calm and confident and she made me feel like what lay ahead might actually be doable. And her sense of humor got me through 38 hours of labor and a delivery with no pain meds. It was through talking with her that I figured out that was what I really wanted, which came as a total shock to me - I never thought I would have natural childbirth as my intention. And I certainly never thought I'd be able to do it. Even through nearly two full days of labor, Taba's spirit and positive energy never faltered. I know I never would have made it through the marathon that was my labor if not for her - and I know my husband would agree. He wanted to be deeply involved, and as essential as she was, Taba still allowed the space for him to be my primary birth partner. She made it possible for both of us to find our way through the experience - surely one of the most intense and joyful of our lives. Good luck!

Karen Vescial said:   February 14, 2010 9:37 pm PST
Sixteen months ago, I gave birth to my precious son, Zach. Our doula, Taba, provided us with incredible support, encouragement , education and love. She got me through the hardest parts of labor(without drugs!) with comfort and I have to say her massage techniques were amazingly effective. Although my VBAC was unsucessful due to medical complications, I will always be thankful that Taba was with us for the attempt. Thank you again for everything, Taba!

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