The Richardson's Story
Pregnancy during a pandemic can be scary and isolating, especially for a first-time mom. As a yoga instructor, I knew that I wanted to incorporate mindfulness into my pregnancy and birthing plan. I also knew that google wasn’t the best resource to find the answers to my questions, but I did not know where else to go. That’s when a friend referred Birthing Noire and I instantly signed up for the Mindful Birth Program!
The Mindful Birth Program exceeded my expectations. Mitsuzi was very attentive and helpful, even through our video sessions and text messages.
We met weekly, via video call, for 7 weeks starting at the third trimester. Each day, Mitsuzi sent a text message checked in on me and sent an affirmation or encouraging thought. I appreciated our daily check-ins immensely. The tail-end of my pregnancy was filled with unexpected events. At 33 weeks, I was informed I had developed gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension, which led to an induction at 37 weeks. Since things changed so fast, it was very easy to spiral into the “what-if’s”, but Mitsuzi tailored her support to fit my individual needs. She shared resources with me and made sure that I was well-informed, while also helping me stay grounded in mindfulness.
My husband participated in the final 3 sessions. Mitsuzi shared strategies for how my husband could support me during labor. She helped us develop a birth plan that helped us both prioritize mindfulness. We felt confident and prepared when my husband and I went to the hospital, even in the unpredictable moments of the induction and labor process. In my 4-day induction journey, I remained in control of my labor. I did not yield to the pressure of doing something I was uncomfortable with just because the nurse or midwife recommended it. I felt empowered with each decision that I made. I used all of the strategies from the Mindful Birth Program. When it was time to push, it only took 7 pushes for our baby boy to arrive.
As I reflect on the weeks leading up to the birth of our baby, there were so many moments that I could have easily felt defeated. I can not imagine what I would have done without Mitsuzi’s support. I sincerely recommend her Mindful Birth Program or any of her services.
The Stewart's Story
When I found out I was pregnant, I was elated! But soon after I became very lonely and afraid in my pregnancy. I knew I needed support, but didn’t know where to turn, that’s until I came across the birthingnoire’s page via Instagram.
After reaching out, I found that her services were exactly what I was looking for and that her fees were reasonable.
At 22 weeks weeks we began the journey. What I got from having a doula as support was the mental preparation for what was to come. She shared daily, affirmations which reminded me that I could truly manage my pregnancy and that I am strong enough to do so. She also prepared me for labor and delivery with breathing techniques, positions and tactics to help get through it.
She was also ALWAYS available. I mean ALWAYS a phone call, FaceTime or text away for whatever questions or needs you may have during the time. FULLY THERE FOR SUPPORT. She also helped with my birth plan and the understanding of procedures that may/can occur allowing me to be well informed and educated. This way I wouldn’t be taken advantage of; Especially being a black woman. We all know the statistics.
With all the knowledge and practices over the weeks, I pushed for 5 minutes. 5 minutes!
I encourage all women, especially black women, to invest in these services. The Birthing Noire services. I found that mindfulness, being aware truly helped my pregnancy be a smooth one and I couldn’t have done it without her. Thank you!