“The group works with a professional, warm and open approach…”
I highly recommend Balanced Beginnings Doulas. The group works with a professional, warm and open approach, helping their clients to have the best experience possible, whatever that looks like for each client. They support both allopathic and integrative medicines, allowing for Western and Eastern philosophies to come together. Having been a labor and delivery nurse prior to my being an acupuncturist, I always recommend a doula to those planning a hospital birth. I send those I care about and work with to Balanced Beginnings Doulas.
– Molly McIntyre, RN, L.AC – Boulder
“I am immeasurably impressed by the dedication, skill, and insight that this team offers the moms and families…”
As a specialist in postpartum depression prevention and treatment, I am consistently collaborating with other professionals in the community when supporting moms. Having a doula at a birth and/or postpartum is a proven way to reduce symptoms of emotional distress postpartum and, because of this, I have had the honor or working with Lisa and her team on numerous occasions. I am immeasurably impressed by the dedication, skill, and insight that this team offers the moms and families who they support, and I wholeheartedly trust their professionalism and skill in providing doula care. There have been occasions when Lisa and Balanced Beginnings Doulas have played a major role in the reduction of postpartum depression and anxiety symptoms. Moms are more likely to be emotionally healthy because of them.
– Kate Kripke, LCSW, The Postpartum Wellness Center of Boulder
“Lisa is an exceptional doula in our community and truly is loved by all her patients.”
Lisa is an exceptional doula in our community and truly is loved by all her patients. Her experience alone helps my patients feel confident in their birth through her guidance and support. However, her communication, love, and support are just a few other reasons why she is so loved. She has helped so many women feel empowered and encouraged in their births, which is invaluable to a woman and her family. Without a doubt, she has made every birth she attends a better birth by her presence, her experience, and her ability to know exactly what each client needs. While many doulas are only present for a short period of time, she keeps relationships with her families for years and always is first to offer resources to help those in need.
– Dr. Nichelle Gurule, Chiropractor specialized in prenatal, postpartum, and pediatric care Gaia Health
“The Balanced Beginnings Doulas begin their relationships with their clients long before the labor process begins.”
The Balanced Beginnings Doulas begin their relationships with their clients long before the labor process begins. The doulas do things with their clients that establish a familiarity and trust that is invaluable during labor and after the baby is born. Perhaps that is a shopping trip to purchase the “mama-must-haves” and/or the “baby-must-haves”. Perhaps that is a hike in our foothills. Perhaps that is a trusted referral to a community professional. The “sisterhood” that the doulas establish with their clients is critical to supporting the birth of a child. The trust is also what makes inviting one of the Balanced Beginnings Doulas into ones home a familiar comfort and not an imposition.
-Stephanie Moore, RN, BSN, IBCLC
“We’re lucky to have Balanced Beginnings Doulas in our community.”
Over the years, I’ve seen Lisa work with numerous patients and families from birth through adolescence; she is reliable, responsible and wholeheartedly dedicated to any task she undertakes. We’re lucky to have Balanced Beginnings Doulas in our community; their kind, loving spirit and resourcefulness benefits so many young families. I recommend their services with absolute confidence.
– Jill Kamon, MD Pediatrician – Boulder
“Haley was incredibly helpful, with practical things to help us through the process, as well as with mental/emotional support.”
Working with Haley was absolutely one of the highlights of our daughter’s birth. Haley was incredibly helpful, with practical things to help us through the process, as well as with mental/emotional support. She was our rock! I wouldn’t hesitate to trust her with the care of my family or friends. She combines a very helpful blend of knowledge and caregiving. When we have another child, she will be there with us again.
– Ryan, Father
“Jamie had the courage to face our pain and walk alongside us through our sorrow, anger, and confusion.”
Jamie had been our nanny and doula for six years when our family suffered a tragic loss. Although Jamie had never been through a loss like this before, she was guided by her intuition and empathy. She showed up at our house, day after day. She cooked for us, comforted our other children, cried with us, laughed with us, made art with us, and helped us heal. Her overnight support was crucial during this season in our lives. Jamie had the courage to face our pain and walk alongside us through our sorrow, anger, and confusion.
– Beth, Mother – Boulder
“Jessica has been such a godsend!”
Jessica has been such a godsend! She was also the first to arrive as my doula. She knew exactly what I needed while I was in the tub, and helped my husband help me, as well as provide calming cues and counter pressure. Throughout my trial VBAC, she was supportive and professional, and helped me understand how things were progressing. After I gave birth, we hired Jessica as a post-partum doula. She jumped right in with supportive words for all of us, and did everything we needed to be able to relax and cherish our time with our new baby.
– Robin Mentasti, MA, NCC
“I have observed Lisa’s valuable contribution to our families in helping moms cope with the uncertainty that may accompany pregnancy.”
Lisa’s expertise is coupled with compassion and skill in her work with women and their families. Pregnancy is a special time of nurturing for mom and baby, yet often anxiety and stress accompany pregnancy for many reasons. I have observed Lisa’s valuable contribution to our families in helping moms cope with the uncertainty that may accompany pregnancy.
– Nancy English Ph.D. RN
“We felt like we had an advocate, someone who was there to make sure that the entire experience was a positive one…”
We decided to hire Lisa after the recommendation from friends who had a wonderful experience with her. Having her there for the birth of our son made the entire process beautiful and special. Her expertise and support put both of us at ease and made us feel much more comfortable through the whole process. We felt like we had an advocate, someone who was there to make sure that the entire experience was a positive one, and I don’t know how we would have gotten through the birth without her. She especially helped take the pressure off my husband and eased his mind when things got tough. It was also great to have Lisa help with the baby after birth – I felt completely comfortable leaving him with her long before I would have hired a sitter.
I have friends who have worked with other doulas and none of them offered the full range of support and services that Balanced Beginnings Doulas does. After all the hours Lisa spent with us, we feel that she is worth every penny – and we would actually pay triple the price for everything she does. We would never consider having another baby without having Lisa with us the whole way.
– Jennifer, Mother – Louisville
“Jessica’s care took stress off of me AND my husband, keeping a peaceful dynamic at home.”
Jessica is a beautiful person and wonderful to have around. After having her by my side for our birth we also hired her for postpartum care. After a month in the NICU my baby was still recovering and on oxygen. She was so helpful treating me like a queen and helping with my baby. On an emotional level, I loved having Jessica to talk to. She made my transition home from the hospital such a good experience – which could’ve been very stressful. Jessica’s care took stress off of me AND my husband, keeping a peaceful dynamic at home. I would hire her again tomorrow.
– Ashleigh, Mother
“On top of helping me care for my babies, allowing me to get sleep, helping with light housework and cooking healthy meals, they were there to listen and give much-needed advice.”
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Balanced Beginnings Doulas! They came to me when my twin girls were 9 weeks old, and I was most overwhelmed – my daughters were premature and quite small; they had feeding troubles, terrible reflux, and issues with nursing. On top of helping me care for my babies, allowing me to get sleep, helping with light housework and cooking healthy meals, they were there to listen and give much-needed advice. Their care and positive attitudes gave me the confidence I needed. One of my dearest wishes was to nurse my babies. Breastfeeding did not get off to a good start in the hospital, and I was terribly sad to think I may not ever be able to nurse my babies. They worked tirelessly with me to help that wish come true – their encouragement helped me to not lose hope. By the end of their 6 weeks working with us, both of my babies were nursing happily!
– Kellee, Mother of Twins – Longmont
“She is very knowledgeable about a variety of comfort measures during labor and birth…””
Haley was our doula for the birth of our first born son. We birthed at Boulder Community Hospital and Haley was with us every step of the way. She is very knowledgeable about a variety of comfort measures during labor and birth and was a god send for both myself and my husband during our whirlwind 3 hour birth. Whether it was rebozo method, counter pressure, essential oils, nutrition and everything in between, she knew what to do and when. What I found most comforting with Haley is that she was so open minded to my birth plan. I needed someone who would be non judgmental yet help me understand the different options available during labor and delivery. She was perfect. My husband appreciated the support as well and felt Haley was such a helpful presence in the birth room. She even helped set up a meal train with our friends and family after birth. Could not recommend her highly enough!
– Kim, Mother
“She had great advice for setting good sleep habits and getting our little guys to nurse.”
From the first time we met Jamie, we knew that she would be a great addition to our growing family! Before our identical twin boys arrived, Jamie visited us at our house and discussed how she works with families. Her flexibility, expertise and positive attitude put us at ease.
Once the babies arrived I had 100% trust in Jamie. We had her help us 3 nights a week for nearly 3 months. She offered her insights and experience when we asked for her advice, but never directed us to do things a certain way. Our babies slept in their own room from the first night home, and she never made us feel like this was a bad parenting decision. She had great advice for setting good sleep habits and getting our little guys to nurse. She showered us with encouragement and showered our boys with love.
I fully credit Jamie’s support of our sleep and eating schedule for my ability to get much needed sleep to maintain my sanity in those early weeks… and my partner, too! I was expecting utter chaos overnight, but Jamie kept us on track and helped us stretch feedings when okayed by our pediatrician.
As a first time mom, I would not be where I am today (boys are 6 months, are great eaters and awesome sleepers) without Jamie. I feel so indebted to everything she did for us–she even came early some nights to give us an opportunity to go out to dinner and feel somewhat normal!
The amount of support Jamie gave us was so valuable. I’m so grateful we found her! And she’s a great cook!
– Dave and Kirsten – Boulder, CO
“We couldn’t be happier about choosing Sarah as our doula and would do it all again in a heartbeat.”
My partner and I were terrified of what our experience would be like giving birth in a hospital. We felt unheard, uneducated and overwhelmed. Then we met Sarah and everything changed. We both knew immediately that we wanted her to be a part of our birthing experience. From day one, Sarah took initiative to get to know us, our values and our priorities. She was very accepting, she listened intently and come the big day she seemed to remember all of it. She also kept in touch regularly, providing support and comfort to what seemed like a never ending waiting game. When I went into labor she was my first call, she met us at the hospital shortly after and she stayed by my side for over 24 hours. During that time she provided unwavering support, and honestly i cannot even imagine what the experience would have been like without her. NOTHING went as planned, yet Sarah remained calm and helped coach me through it. I’m pretty sure I would have been totally panicked without her, but instead I was able to relax knowing that she was there to support and advocate for me. We couldn’t be happier about choosing Sarah as our doula and would do it all again in a heartbeat.
– Rayna M
“My partner and I both felt incredibly supported by Sarah throughout our pregnancy.”
My partner and I both felt incredibly supported by Sarah throughout our pregnancy. She always made sure to check in on us, after appointments, throughout the week, and was always readily available to answer any questions. When the time came she was our first call, and as things progressed quickly and earlier than expected it was so valuable to have Sarah’s warm, grounding presence with us. It was a true pleasure to have Sarah with us on such an important day. The pictures she took were also amazing, and we cannot recommend her enough!
– Katherine G