This was my third birth, and I was convinced that no one would be as good as my doula for my second birth. So much so, that I almost didn’t hire a doula this time around. I’m so glad I changed my mind... What a wonderful blessing to have found Diksha!! She was PERFECT! She was so quick to click with me and understand my needs. With previous loss and trauma, I had a unique situation and she was incredibly supportive and understanding. I never felt pressured into anything and she was exactly what I needed during pregnancy and especially during my birth. This was the quickest birth I ever had, but also the most intense. Not only was she exactly what I needed... helping me with the right words and touch to help me focus and deliver my baby... but she somehow miraculously managed to capture amazing photos of my birth amongst the fast chaos! I was so depressed thinking this was probably my last baby and I missed out on getting the birth photos I so desperately wanted, given the quickness of the birth. So I was shocked and elated when she brought me these amazing photos at my postpartum follow up. I will never understand how she managed to be there for every moment I needed her AND captured such perfect photos. She has become a wonderful friend and I thank God I was blessed with the most perfect doula for this birth!❤️
"Diksha brings a strong and knowing confidence to her work as a doula and an unshakeable, embodied belief in a woman’s ability to rise to the amazing challenge of labor and birth. She has built a rock-solid reputation both in the home birth community and amongst hospital personnel as a birth professional who provides loving and comprehensive care to her clients that both precedes and extends beyond the birth. I especially appreciate the added knowledge she brings about homeopathy, placenta medicine, and breastfeeding. I love having Diksha by my side at births! ~Audrey Levine LM, CPM
"As a midwife, I have seen firsthand the powerful positive impact Diksha's loving support and strong doula hands can have on a laboring couple and even the course of a labor. She is truly dedicated to her calling as a doula. I have also benefited as a client from her expertise with placenta encapsulation. Just as Diksha honors the laboring woman, she also has reverence for the placenta. Through placenta encapsulation she seeks to provide her clients with all the placenta's potential healing and balancing properties in the postpartum time. I use the beautiful placenta print Diksha made me to teach my clients about the wonders of the placenta!" ~Megan Dunn Midwife CNM
"I have shared patients with and collaborated with Diksha Berebitsky professionally for many years and have always been impressed with her capabilities as a Doula. She is compassionate and knowledgeable. She has my highest recommendation." ~Evan Hirsch, MD
"I have had the opportunity to work with Diksha at several births, and she continues to amaze me with her knowledge, tricks, and tools. She is very present with her birth families and attentive to the mothers' every need. Diksha has a beautiful energy about her, enhanced by her training and experience. She is hands on, and her hands work magic! I always look forward to attending births with her". ~J. Michelle Gober, Midwife LM CPM
“Diksha is an amazingly talented and experienced doula who is both treasured and admired within the birthing community. It has been an absolute gift to witness the impressive combination of her soothing voice and magic hands as she serves each unique family. She knows how to give just the right amount of support and guidance, from the questioning days of pregnancy to the most challenging moments of labor. Regardless of your own personal vision for your birth, Diksha has the skills and wisdom to support your family throughout this journey of family life.” ~ Rhonda Grantham, Midwife CPM
Compliments from Clients
Adirah Born at a Hospital in Portland Diksha went above and beyond for us and was ever present to support and guide us through the unpredictable process of birth. She was very adaptable and helped us transition to a hospital birth (due to medical complications) in another city. Diksha had not worked in the hospital we were in before and we were very impressed at how well she got along with our nurses and doctors, they loved her! More than anything Diksha’s guidance kept me safe, strong-willed, and focused in my labor and I was ultimately able to have a natural birth despite the odds. She was my labor guide, my birth shaman and absolutely crucial to supporting me in fulfilling the birthing experience that I had hoped for under challenging circumstances. Hiring Diksha will be the best decision you could make to ensure a positive outcome with your birth, whether at home, a birthing center or the hospital. Thank you for everything Diksha!!! ~Hannah and Ryan
Wilder Born at Home Diksha is the absolute Pinnacle of amazing doula-ness!!! First off she's preeminent. At the time of this review she's helped at over 300 births! That's insane. Second she's absolutely brilliant. She was so knowledgeable in birth related matters, there were a couple of things in my first birth where she was more accurate than our midwife about what was happening. Third, she's got the exact combination of kindness, warmth, presence, energy, but calmness you need in a doula. She's always there, but never sucking any energy away. She steps up with her strength and amazing thriving with no sleep skills at any point needed, and then she's back to the background the right moment. I am a total people pleaser and it was so important to me to not have to worry about the needs of my doula, and this was Diksha! She was selfless, and beyond a blessing. We didn't know what we would have done without her at our first birth (which was planned at the birth house and then had an emergency transfer to the hospital). She never left our side. When baby number two rolled around we switched our birth team but knew unequivocally we didn't want to do it without Diksha there. She's literally phenomenal. If you're reading this and thinking about a doula, hire her!!!!
Avea Born at St Peter's Hospital My entire experience with Diksha was superior. From the beginning, she took time to sit down with my husband and me and determine what mattered most for our birthing experience. She never tried to persuade us on certain preferences which was a breath of fresh air. She was there throughout the whole pregnancy to provide advice on things to do to promote a successful delivery. During labor, she was the perfect amount of guidance. I wanted my husband to be my main partner and she ensured that happened but was right beside us, recommending position changes and pressure points so they my husband could continue being involved in each position. I had my parents and in-laws involved in my labor as well and there were times that I had family surrounding me to assist me and she would step back to let them help and only jump in when needed. I felt her presence and knowledge there constantly but it wasn’t overpowering and instead was comforting. Her photographs were phenomenal and they truly captured the emotions and beauty of my labor.
I have no complaints about any of my experience with Diksha. I think the thing that really made her phenomenal for me was the post-partum care. I was determined to breastfeeding but my little one had a hard time nursing. She checked in with us regularly, gave advice even in the wee hours of the night when I was having meltdowns, and was the only professional to accurately identify a posterior tongue tie on my baby (we saw four different lactation consultants!). She had excellent resources for professionals we could take the baby to for her feeding issues and inconsolability and continued as a part of our care team (without charging extra) until our baby was making improvement and I wasn’t such a mess. She even got me in contact with previous clients who had an oversupply of milk so that I could supplement with borrowed breastmilk. She just went above and beyond for our family every single chance she could.
My husband was hesitant about my desire for a doula (he had two prior births from his ex-wife without one) but if anyone asks him now , he says he couldn’t imagine our birth experience without Diksha and he was so thankful to have her there. He attributes our successes to her.
Working with Diksha is always the right decision! You won’t regret it
Finn Born in May at Home We have been blessed to have Diksha at two out of three births. Our first was born in the hospital with an epidural and no doula. Before we hired Diksha for our second, I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to “do it naturally.” From the first time meeting her, I could sense her wisdom gained through so many birthing experiences and felt a new confidence in the team we would become! She helped me through my hospital birth unmedicated, sharing with me her many ways of centering myself and relieving the labor pains (essential oils, tuning forks, soothing music and lighting, counterpressure, the list goes ON!). In my moments of fear, she was calm and collected, encouraging and loving. When I found out I was pregnant with my third, it was a no brainer that we would hire Diksha again! This time, we planned a homebirth. My labor started fast and furious, and Diksha was there right away to help me with all of her magnificent “tools.” Then, it stalled for 3 days. What a terrible feeling! However, she encouraged me to not feel disappointed, and instead took time out of yet another day to help me with positioning the baby and to work through the emotions I felt. When labor started again, it was so fast that she was the only one who made it to the birth! Many might have panicked, but I knew I could handle it with Diksha there. She helped me catch my son in the bathtub that wasn’t yet completely filled, waited with me patiently for the midwife as we kept him warm and cozy, and ensured all was well. I can’t begin to thank Diksha enough for being the calm in the storm that can be labor and birth, for her wisdom and knowledge she passed on to me, and for the kindness and love she has always shown my family. I now consider her a wonderful friend!!!!
Theo Born September at St. Joseph If you are looking for a birth doula, do not look any further! Diksha was everything I could have hoped for and more. I am currently in WA due to the military, so my husband and I do not have family in the area. As a first time mom, I was looking for extra support during my birth because it was not guaranteed that our families could be present. I met with a few doulas to see what they were like and how they could support me on one of the biggest days of my life. My husband and I agreed that Diksha was the obvious choice. She has many years of experience and has supported hundreds of women through child birth. It was also important to me that she is certified with DONA and has training in breastfeeding. We had two prenatal appts to get familiar with my wants/needs/expectations of birth and to work through birthing positions and exercises to prepare. She also has an extensive lending library that I took advantage of. All of the books were great and offered different points of view of the birthing experience. My original plan was to have an unmedicated vaginal birth at the midwifery center at St. Joe’s. As most of you know, nothing with the birthing experience goes as planned. Diksha was there to support me through every twist and turn of my birthing journey. Everything I expected to happen, didn’t and everything that I didn’t want to happen did, but she was by my side supporting me every step of the way. In the hospital, Diksha was an excellent advocate for me. When I felt like I couldn’t survive another minute through the pain, she helped me change positions and try other techniques to help me cope. I did end up getting an epidural, but there was no way I could have made it as long as I did without her. The postpartum visits were extremely valuable. I was thankful to have the help of my mom, but it was nice to have Diksha checking in with me and helping me through breastfeeding struggles. Because the birth was such a blur, it was helpful to revisit the experience and talk about what happened and why and how I felt about everything. My husband and I are very happy with our decision to work with Diksha throughout our pregnancy, birthing journey, and beyond. I honestly feel like I couldn’t have done it without her. She is a supportive, compassionate, and wonderful person. I highly recommend working with her. It was worth every penny. Kim & Larry
Chase Born June at St. Joseph (VBAC) I have such a deep sense of gratitude for Diksha. She has a natural gift and exceptional skill. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to have her by my side through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Diksha has a network of recommended providers in the area that were so valuable to me. It's very clear that she is admired in the community. She was there for me with advice and comfort when baby was breech at 37 weeks. We got this little nugget flipped! Diksha was there to talk me out of a 3am drive to the hospital when I thought I was in labor two days too soon. Her knowledge of pain coping techniques were invaluable. The TENS is a magical distraction! A couple weeks ago Diksha asked me what led to my successful VBAC and what advice I would have for others. At the time I hadn't really processed that question but I've thought about it a lot since. Surrounding myself with strong, gifted, skilled, loving and encouraging women such as Diksha and Kay Jackson (midwife) were my biggest advantage. Even when I doubted myself, I trusted the both of them. I knew in my core that the two of them wanted me to have a VBAC as much as I did. I didn't realize how much I held onto my previous cesarean experience until I accomplished the medication free VBAC I had been dreaming of! With eternal gratitude and love, Connie and DJ
Wilder Born June at Home Diksha is the absolute Pinnacle of amazing doula-ness!!! First off she's preeminent. At the time of this review she's helped at over 300 births! That's insane. Second she's absolutely brilliant. She was so knowledgeable in birth related matters, there were a couple of things in my first birth where she was more accurate than our midwife about what was happening. Third, she's got the exact combination of kindness, warmth, presence, energy, but calmness you need in a doula. She's always there, but never sucking any energy away. She steps up with her strength and amazing thriving with no sleep skills at any point needed, and then she's back to the background the right moment. I am a total people pleaser and it was so important to me to not have to worry about the needs of my doula, and this was Diksha! She was selfless, and beyond a blessing. We didn't know what we would have done without her at our first birth (which was planned at the birth house and then had an emergency transfer to the hospital). She never left our side. When baby number two rolled around we switched our birth team but knew unequivocally we didn't want to do it without Diksha there. She's literally phenomenal. If you're reading this and thinking about a doula, hire her!!!! Lauren & John
Porter born June, Madigan My husband and I are firm believers in birth advocacy. We had a fantastic experience with a doula for our first birth and were looking for a repeat for our second. We've known Diksha since our first child was born - she did our placenta encapsulation and we took a class from her; we immediately loved her then and couldn't have been happier that she helped us bring our second child into the world this time around. Diksha supported our family in achieving our birthing goals - namely an unmedicated birth-through amazing comfort and compassion. Diksha represents everything one could ask for in terms of a doula. From her calming presence, to her birthing knowledge, Diksha becomes a family member almost instantly. Katie and Ryan
Nora born March, Birth House/ St Peters Hospital (transfer ) We had the absolute best experience with Diksha (and her apprentice Cami)! There is no way our birthing experience would have been the same without her. She served as a solid and unwavering pillar of support for us from the start. Being first time parents, we needed the strength and confidence that comes with lots of experience. Our labor came on suddenly and our baby was born after only 5 hours. Diksha was critical for navigating the confusion of such a sudden labor with a first baby. She took charge and we put our complete trust in her and and her intiution, experience, and compassion guided us at every step. In addition to taking beautiful photos during such a short and intense labor, Diksha visited us frequently after the birth in the hospital and at our house. She prepared placenta capules for us and helped us immensely with breastfeeding, swaddling, soothing, sleeping and taking care of ourselves. She is a kind, compassionate, and highly skilled presence to have by your side through the entire process of bringing your little one into your family. Her constant smiling will lift you up even at the hardest times. She was truly meant to do this! Maggie, David, and Nora
Kennedy born January, Madigan Army Hospital I could not have achieved the natural birth I desired without Diksha. Not only was she an amazing support pillar for me, she was for my husband as well. When I told my husband I wanted to hire a doula for the birth of our daughter he said, "as long as she doesn't take my place." And she definitely didn't. Rather, Diksha enhanced my husband's participation in my birth. She guided him and showed him how to help throughout my labor and birth. Afterward he said that if it weren't for Diksha, he wouldn't have known what to do or how to comfort me while I was in labor. With her direction he was even able to assist with the delivery! Diksha's support prior to and after my birth were amazing. Our baby girl had turned breech at 38.5 weeks and we agreed to attempt an external cephalic version (turn the baby head down). Diksha was with us every step of the way. I wholeheartedly believe that her support, knowledge and presence during the version allowed it to be successful. She helped me get into the proper headspace and comforted and coached me through the tough parts. Diksha's unwavering support didn't stop with the birth of our baby. She continued to follow up with us post-partum. After a rough start with breastfeeding (tongue-tie), a trip to the ER and a 48hr admission to the hospital, Diksha continued to be available to us and support us. I could not imagine going through this experience without her. She was instrumental in the birth of our daughter and I will definitely seek out Diksha's services for our next baby! Erin & Jeremy
Conifer born September, The Birthing Inn (TBI) in Tacoma
From the moment we first met Diksha, my husband Ryan and I felt an instant connection. Diksha spoke about birth as a sacred experience and about learning to harness my power. I knew after that first meeting that we spoke the same language. There are not words to describe how profound of an experience it was to have Diksha guide us through the journey of birth, but this is our story. Our son came two weeks early and the birth was long and strenuous. You know when you're scared, and you are going somewhere you've never been before, but you look to your guide and know from her eyes that's going to be ok, that was Diksha. There were moments in my birth when I didn't know if i could go any longer, didn't know what I could trust, and when I looked to her she reassured me, held my hand, guided my husband. When everyone in the room didn't know what else to do to get Conifer out, Diksha demonstrated some new positions that kept our baby moving. When tensions were high, she helped bring laughter, she kept my husband and I nourished and she worked symbiotically with our midwife team. After Conifer was born, Diksha continued to support us, visiting us multiple times, checking in with postpartum, nursing, and offering general support. I have since taken Conifer to two of her infant massage classes and look forward to working with Diksha in the future. She is an incredible human being, her love and hospitality is tangible. Having Diksha guide us through Conifers birth was one of the greatest gifts, she is truly a goddess and we love her so much! Catherine & Ryan
Colette born September, Madigan Hospital We chose Diksha to be our doula for the birth of our first child in September 2016, and after our first visit with her we knew that she would be the right fit for us. We are so pleased with our experience with Diksha, she was so supportive and helpful during the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Diksha came to our home and spent many hours helping us prepare for the birth by teaching different positions and relaxation techniques. During the birth she was a great coach and advocate for us at the hospital and was so valuable in reaching our goal of an unmedicated birth. She also took some great pictures throughout the whole experience that we can look back on. Diksha’s support continued after the birth as she came to the hospital and our home to help with breastfeeding. Our daughter was born with a tongue-tie, which made breastfeeding very difficult at first. Diksha was able to refer us to a specialist that released the tongue-tie and lip-tie and we saw an immediate improvement in breastfeeding. We would absolutely recommend Diksha to anyone looking for a doula! ~ Dane & Ashlee
Mercer born September, Birth House
My name is Andy, and me and my wife met Diksha June of 2016. This is our first child, and we were nervous about the whole process. All I can say is Diksha is a great Doula. She has a very calming nature that helps you relax no matter how intense things are. She is also very available for her clients. She always returned our calls and text messages. We had a few complications a month before our due date that caused us to think we were going into premature labor. We called Diksha in the middle of the night and she was at our house in West Olympia in 35 minutes. Another attribute of Diksha is her experience and overall knowledge about pregnancy. She was able to accurately diagnose some of the issues we had, and came up with effective solutions for relieving some of the pain. Which brings me to my final point, she has a tool or cool little gizmo for everything. Oils, back massagers, electrodes, positions for contractions. You name the problem, and I bet she has the solution in her bag.
Diksha has also been great for us post birth. She explained what our experience with a newborn in the first few months would be like, she coached my wife on how to breast feed, and even helped her with some belly binding techniques to help her regain her pre-birth figure.
If you're shopping around for doula's make sure you meet up with Diksha, it was one of the best decisions we've made regarding our pregnancy.
Sincerely Andrew Baga I'm beer chugging Hawks fan from West Olympia. Feel free to call me for a reference. 253-254-3667 mobile
Sylvia born February, St Peters Hospital (VBAC) Diksha was our doula for the birth of our second child in February 2016. We were so pleased when our daughter decided to turn from breech to head down at 34 weeks (unlike her older sister who stayed breech and was delivered via c-section) and wanted to do everything we could to improve our chances of a successful VBAC delivery. Although we only had 6 weeks until our due date (and then our daughter came early at 37 weeks 4 days so we only ended up with 3 and a half weeks) Diksha was enthusiastic about meeting up with us to see if she would be a good match for our needs. We though she was great, so positive, knowledgeable, calming, and good with our toddler. Both my husband and I work and Diksha worked around our schedules to make our pre-natal meetings happen. Labor at 37 and a half weeks was a surprise to everyone except baby – we, the doctors, and Diksha all thought it was just bad Braxton Hicks or prodromal labor. Luckily Diksha made it back to the hospital just in time for the delivery. Somehow she took the most amazing photographs while also guiding me on when to push and when to wait – I credit having no tearing entirely to her! Diskha was also great about post-partum visits and had helpful breastfeeding tips even though this was my second child. Her nipple cream is amazing and it seemed to help more than the big in-store brands. Through the whole peri-natal period Diksha was great, very respectful of our wishes, vey knowledgeable about different things to think about and ask about at the hospital. It was so nice to have her there to take away some stress and worry and make the experience really wonderful. I can’t say enough about how happy I am that we decided to have a doula and that we chose Diksha. I also want to add that we took our daughter to a four-week infant massage class taught by Diksha and found that to be extremely fun and a good way to bond with baby. The environment was low-key and relaxing and her instructions and guidance were great. I would have signed up for another session if my maternity leave hadn’t been ending soon. ~Emily M.
Wren born November, St Peter's Hospital
Diksha is a dream, and if you're considering hiring her as your doula, stop considering and DO IT! I hired Diksha, over the phone, in the middle of my fourth pregnancy, because my husband's job transferred us to Washington, and despite having a history of quick, unmedicated births, I wanted to have support for my labor, as I knew no one in town and knew there was a good chance that I would be laboring alone. Thanks to Diksha, I never felt alone or unsupported, not during my pregnancy nor during my birth. She is warm and engaging, wonderful with my other children, able to make my spouse comfortable. She worked with me to create a payment plan so that I was financially able to hired her despite moving across the country. She was fabulous during my labor, brought my encapsulated placenta the next day, taught me how to wrap my belly for postpartum support, and has stayed in touch with me since. She also took beautiful pictures of the birth for me. It could not have been a better doula experience and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to birth with her! ~ Jamie & Kaleb
Zella born November, Birth House I highly recommend Diksha to anyone looking for a doula in the Olympia/Lacey area. When I told my OB/GYN practice I was considering hiring a doula, their first recommendation was to find someone experienced in the area who knows the providers and the hospital. Diksha's experience prompted me to contact her originally, but I chose her because her calm personality struck me as one that would be a helpful offset for my sometimes anxiety-filled approach to stressful situations. I was so pleased with Diksha in so many ways - when I first started meeting with her, I was considering switching providers. She supported me through the process without pushing me in a particular direction. She helped me feel that even if I couldn't switch providers - for whatever reason - I would be OK with the provider I had chosen. My husband and I met with her twice before I went into labor, and she provided good support and resources for us to review, as we were not able to take a birthing class. During the labor process, Diksha was a huge emotional and physical support. During contractions, she applied pressure to my hips in a way that took my pain level down at least 3 pain points. During labor, when I was annoyed with the incessant dings of my cell phone, she asked me to take note of everyone who was rooting for me (without me even telling her I was bothered by the dings). She kept water coming, applied cold compresses to my head, and made sure I had food and water after baby arrived. As I was adjusting to being a new mom, Diksha provided valuable breastfeeding support and help with positioning and latching. I purchased placenta encapsulation and tinctures, and also had positive results from these. Later I attended one of Diksha's infant massage classes. Diksha was there for me from about 6 months pregnant through well after I gave birth. I am so thankful and so glad I chose her! ~ Melissa and Nick
Emma born February, Birth House (repeat client)
I love Diksha so much! I highly recommend having her as a doula. She's been my doula for both of my births and she was so amazing. She knew just what to do and say to give me comfort and confidence during my labors. The meetings before and after the births were great, too. Diksha helped me so much with breastfeeding. It was hard for me at first with both of my children and her guidance is what got us through. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping make both of my pregnancies and births such positive and amazing experiences. ~ Krystal and Henry
Maya Born December Birth House (repeat client)
After having Diksha as my doula with my first child, I actually planned my pregnancy with my second around her vacation. THAT is how incredible she is.Diksha finds the perfect balance between stepping in vs falling back and being firm vs comforting. She is incredibly intuitive and manages to adapt herself to be exactly what you need at any given moment. When I was losing myself, Diksha got in my face and brought me back so that I could finish my labor process successfully. I could have never asked for what she did, but even without words she knew exactly what I needed. The photographs she takes are irreplaceable and she has a gift for capturing the most precious moments and expressions without you even realizing she’s taking a picture.She is caring, full of solutions and ideas, and she goes above and beyond the minimum. She will do every possible thing she can to give you the birth experience you dream of and to make you feel empowered and strong. Kristy and Adam
Finn born November, Home
Diksha encapsulated my placenta for my second birth, and it made post partum so much easier. When I found out I was pregnant with my third I knew I wanted a home birth and after searching and meeting with Diksha again I knew she was fitting for our family. She was so amazing the entire time, she is supportive, understanding, and to say knowledgeable is a understatement. She came into our home and from the second she walked in I relaxed, and birthed a beautiful 9lb 8oz little boy. She was there for my husband and my other 2 children and put them all at ease. I had a rough after birth and don't know what I would of done without Diksha. A wonderful doula like Diksha is worth her weight in gold! Thank you so much for everything! ~ Christine
Casimir born October, Birth House
My family feels so lucky to have had Diksha on our birth team. She embodied the physical, mental, and emotional support that I needed during the time of labor. I felt confident throughout my entire pregnancy with my second child, but when it came the day that we decided to induce with castor oil I began to feel anxious and very afraid. Diksha stepped in and supported me through this emotional process, never telling me what was right but guiding me to trust in myself for the answers.
With Diksha's support we were able to experience the perfect birth with our son. It was everything we wanted down to the beautiful photos she provided and the aid of the TENS unit, which felt so good I decided to not even get into the tub. When I first went into active labor and Diksha arrived to my home, her wise and caring touch literally cut my contraction pain in half. It felt like her hands were made of magic. Throughout the labor she welcomed and involved my sister who was initially wondering how she could be involved without seeming in the way. Diksha has such a confident and gentle way of including everyone in the birth process while focusing on what's needed every minute. She helped me and my partner connect in such a loving way that again reduced the labor pains sometimes to almost nothing. Every contraction felt like it was worthwhile and moving forward.
After the arrival of our son, Diksha provided us with swift placenta services, emotional support and ongoing reassurance. I gained so much physical support from the encapsulated placenta, and now am able to benefit from the mother tincture and my child from the homeopathic tincture. Diksha made us a beautiful dream catcher from the umbilical cord and provided us with beautiful placenta prints. She paid extra attention to our older son who became so fond of her as to name his toy baby Diksha. She went above and beyond her job description every step of the way. We will definitely seek Diksha's services again for our next birth and highly recommend her to all! Carly & Patrick
Baby I born June, St Joseph Hospital
After reading about doula services and deciding the route I wanted to take for my first pregnancy I knew it was something I needed. My husband was initially concerned about the expense. Our military insurance wouldn’t even cover a birth center birth let alone doula services. I was determined to have a doula and saved the cash necessary. We interviewed a Tacoma doula before meeting Diksha. We were not impressed. The meeting was very business like with a primary focus on fees and contracts and what that doula wouldn’t do for us. Our meeting with Diksha was totally different. My husband is not a fan of most people, but he instantly liked Diksha. He was impressed by how clear her love for her work comes through. Her excitement was comforting and reassuring. Everything was positive. All three of us were on the same page. We canceled an interview with a third doula after meeting Diksha. We had our birth guide. Throughout my pregnancy I was able to email Diksha with questions and curiosities. I’m sure I could have phoned her, but I don’t like to bother people if my needs are not urgent. Our last trimester meetings were clarifying and encouraging. Having an experienced opinion to back what we were already feeling was amazing. Diksha came to our home for our final meeting. It was helpful to my husband to review the positions and techniques we learned in our birth class. Our favorite lesson was the legs free swaddle. We were enlightened with this technique! We use it for our girl every night.
My water broke prior to significant contractions beginning. My midwife never mentioned this being a concern. In a way this was good for me. Because I didn’t know to worry, I didn’t. After talking with Diksha I learned of the standard “rules” about this situation. With this education we were able to make the decision that was best for us. We continued to labor at home as planned. We managed the first 24 hours on our own before asking Diksha to come over. With my husband literally holding me, hydrating me, helping me breath and remaining vigilant Diksha was a peaceful addition. Nothing can make the pain stop, but Diksha’s massage and soothing touch are very relaxing. In between contractions a foot rub is really comforting. Those little things help to restore the peace before another wave of pain comes. After about 12 more hours with Diksha in our home the three of us made the decision to head to the hospital. I wasn’t nearly as dilated as I had hoped. I was informed of some policy changes preventing me from delivering in the birthing tub. I was exhausted after 36 hours without sleep. My husband and Diksha continued to support me in the deteriorating state I was in. My labor wasn’t progressing fast enough for the medical team. Antibiotics were being mentioned. I was adamant about NOT being pumped full of antibiotics. After thorough discussion with my husband and full support from Diksha we decided to have an epidural and pitocin. Without the pitocin I was at risk for running out the clock. Another 12 hours went by with the pitocin and pain relief. I still felt every contraction. Diksha and my husband were finally able to eat and rest. Finally it was time to push. We pushed my beautiful girl out in under an hour rounding out our saga to almost 52 hours. I am happy with every decision made and couldn’t have felt confident throughout were it not for Diksha’s priceless guidance.
My placenta pills were ready the following day right as we came home from the hospital. I can feel the difference they’ve made in the first week postpartum. I’ve been up and about every day. My milk came in after 2 days and is bountiful. My bleeding is moderate. My energy is manageable. Diksha has visited us three times postpartum including delivering my tinctures and guiding me through some new feeding positions. I have not tried the tinctures or remedies yet, but look forward to seeing how they help. We feel that we are a success. We have the most beautiful baby girl in the world. She is healthy. She is strong. I believe her health is a direct result of our healthy labor and peaceful environment. I will recommend Diksha to anyone I come across. We are moving to another state soon and will eventually make another baby. If I could click my heels and have Diksha with us, I would. Whether or not I hire a doula next time I will take this experience through that journey. I feel better equipped and educated. I am confident in my body and my abilities. Diksha helped us maintain that confidence. ~Cara
Logan born May, St Peters Hospital
We're so lucky to have snagged Diksha as a Doula (and I literally mean "snagged"). Not only did she support us through the pregnancy, but she was an invaluable resource during labor and well beyond the birth. When I switched providers at 35 weeks, she was incredibly supportive and helped to facilitate the transition. When I got induced at 39 weeks, and I had no idea what I was in for. She helped us learn all about the process, and went with us to settle into the hospital. When my water suddenly broke (we thought we were going to be sent home due to a failed induction) and I started to panic, she was amazing. It's all kind of a blur from there, but her and my husband were a wonderful team. She helped him as much as she helped me. After Logan was born, she continued to offer her service above and beyond the call of duty, delivering my placenta package as a surprise and within a day. I had the best care team a gal could ask for, and - although I ended up needing a c-section because the baby just wasn't going to come - I have absolutely no regrets. I felt so completely supported, informed and advocated for, and it's all thanks to Diksha and her amazing network of birth professionals. ~Emma
Marian, St Peters Hospital
My husband and I desired a hospital birth with the added support of a doula and Diksha was everything we could have asked for and more. Our daughter’s birth was lengthy and complicated, but the tools and support Diksha provided made it a positive experience we approached with calm and confidence. We will hire her again for our next child—the way we look at it, we will only have a few birth experiences in our lifetime and Diksha’s services are a great investment. ~Jen & Danny
Hudson born February, St Peter's Hospital
When I first got pregnant I lived thousands of miles from my family and to make the experience even harder, I was receiving poor, detached care from my provider. When I finally moved home, I was desperate to find someone who would help me, someone who would listen to my wants and visions...someone who was on my team. I searched around and finally found Diksha. She was so knowledgable about the entire pregnancy and birth experience. I felt so confident knowing that her suggestions were good ones, not only because she's been doing it for a long time and has worked in a variety of hospitals, birth houses, etc., but it was more her personality that left me with such a feeling of peace, knowing that I had someone to reassure me when I was scared and point me in the right direction when I was lost. The birth experience was magical, she coached me through at all the right times, and I couldn't have had a more peaceful experience in bringing my child into the world. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone, and would hire her again in an instant if there's another baby for us in the future! ~Kayla & Zach
Cohen born December, Birth House
I appreciated that Diksha spent time with both me and my husband to establish a relationship with us before we entered the third trimester. She knew what questions to ask to get a sense of how I was feeling about the prenatal care I was receiving and when I disclosed that I was reconsidering my provider, she facilitated a transition to another provider for us. She also provided guidance on which birthing classes would best fit our style and help us obtain the birth we hoped for. Diksha provided guidance on our draft birth plan and answered many questions throughout the pregnancy. She was very accessible and helpful.
Once labor finally began, Matt and I felt confident that we would have the support we needed with Diksha only a phone call away. She helped Matt get organized so that we could transition to the Birth House successfully. She kept the mood light and calm. Before we left, she suggested Matt make me a protein smoothie which was very helpful during labor. She was able to stay one step ahead of what I needed throughout labor. She tracked on things we didn’t know that we wanted during labor and was able to adapt to the changing circumstance with grace. For example, she took incredible pictures of the experience. When I asked Matt about Diksha’s support during labor, he described her as a “rockstar.” He added that she was skilled at balancing the need to stay grounded with a connection to the sacred process I was in. During my postpartum period, Diksha has been incredibly helpful. A few examples include lactation coaching and resources, providing a TENS unit for the after pains, teaching us belly binding techniques, providing placenta medicine, and teaching us a great swaddle technique. In addition she plans to help us capture our birth story. I’m not sure what I would have done without Diksha in my post partum period. I’ve definitely learned the importance of “mothering the mother” and “swaddling the parents” during this time. I’m very grateful we had Diksha to help us during this time. She was committed to checking on us and providing whatever resources and support we needed. Also, her perspective on how we handled various challenges helped me emotional process my experience. Diksha’s support was a critical factor in making our pregnancy and birth experience one we can reflect on with pride and a sense of peace. I wouldn’t want to experience this process without her. Thank you for everything! ~ Matt and Jamie
Travis born December 1st 2014 at home
There are so many things I could say about Diksha, but it would take up too much space! She is warm and loving and passionate about what she does and the services she offers. We had Diksha at the birth of our 3rd child. In the beginning she helped me contract more effectively and at times physically held me up. During the more difficult moments, she was the only voice I heard and she kept me centered and focused. We birthed at home for the first time and without her, I'm not sure I would have trusted myself as much. She helped me harness my own power to help birth my rather large baby :-) I also had complete placenta package and I'm not so sure the rest of my family would have survived me without it! The benefits I received from that were huge!! I felt like I was able to function at a level I had never felt postpartum before. She is truly gifted at what she does and really cares about her clients. I know I will continue to see her and keep in touch. She wasn't just someone who was there at a moment in my life, she became part of my life. XO Diksha, you're amazing! ~Kristin
Charlotte born December 11th, 2014 at the Birth House ( repeat client) We were blessed to have Diksha as our Doula for the birth of our son 2 years ago. Just this past Thursday she helped us welcome our daughter into the world too. This is what I have learned, every daddy needs a doula. The value of having someone who's sole purpose is to support my wife and I is immeasurable. She helped me remember all the things I could do to support my wife so I didn't have to keep a list. I could just be there, with her, and love and support her. She has been a continued support for us since our first pregnancy and I couldn't have asked for more. One of the greatest gifts that I don't think she advertises too is you become part of this extended community of parents who have used Diksha as their doula. We have met friends, set up play dates, and even found baby sitters all from the hundreds of people that are part of her extended family. Diksha is more than our Doula, more than our friend, she is part of our family and we couldn't recommend her more. Thank you Diksha. We love you. James & Kat
Lukah born November 10, 2014 at home
Diksha changed the course of my entire pregnancy and delivery. She made my dreams come true by suggesting that I have a home birth. Being active duty military I did not think that this was possible. Diksha was there every step of the way from helping me find the perfect midwife, to suggesting birth classes, breast feeding help postpartum, her delightful nipple cream and continuous love and supportthroughout my entire pregnancy. During the birth she provided support not only to myself, but to my husband as well. Her TENS machine was very useful as were her positioning techniques for pain. I loved that she was here to take my placenta and then brought it back the next day in capsules! Hands down having Diksha as my doula was the best decision I made. Danni & Tom
Aurora born September, 2014 homebirth/hospital transfer From our first meeting, Diksha was kind and compassionate. My husband and I were running late from getting off work. On top of that, we had mixed up the location of our meeting with Diksha and went to the wrong place. She was patient and gracious about our mistake, even though she was exhausted from recently attending a birth. I had many questions and concerns, and Diksha was knowledgeable, helpful, and encouraging. I shared that I was fearful of breastfeeding, because both of my sisters had a difficult time with it. Diksha reassured me and gave me ideas for how to prepare for breastfeeding. As we walked back to the car from this first meeting, my husband pronounced Diksha the “Godmother of all doulas!” Needless to say, he liked Diksha very much and readily agreed to hire her for doula services and placenta encapsulation. We met several times throughout my pregnancy. In addition to listening to our desires for our birth plan, she provided a fair amount of birth education. The final meeting was at our house. When I approached my due date, and then went several days over 40 weeks, Diksha was in touch often. She even visited me again and massaged my feet with essential oils.
I had painful back labor for over 18 hours at home and required constant physical pressure to my back, which my husband and Diksha took turns doing. Her TENS unit was also extremely helpful (I even used it for a few days after labor, when my back muscles were recovering). Diksha helped me try every position during labor, helped me get into different positions and used various equipment like the rebozo, “peanut,” and yoga ball. She brought essential oils that helped with the nausea and vomiting. My husband was right by my side the entire time, and Diksha supported him and relieved him when he needed to rest. The next morning, we made the decision to transfer to the hospital. Diksha drove there too. She brought her essential oils and her “peanut.” She massaged my feet and shoulders. She continued to support me throughout my labor at the hospital, which turned out to be another 18 hours. The entire time, Diksha interacted very professionally with the hospital team, making helpful suggestions based on our birth plan, but never stepping on anyone’s toes. Finally, I was at 10 centimeters and ready to push! Now that the midwife, birth assistant, and hospital team were all hands on deck, Diksha stepped back and turned on her camera, capturing the final moments on video. Diksha brought the placenta pills to our house the day we came home from the hospital. She came a few more times over the next week or two, and was very helpful with postpartum issues and breastfeeding. Diksha stayed in touch, and she brought the other placenta remedies when they were ready. She also loaned me the Bekung belly binding and showed me how to use it to support my postpartum healing. We are so glad we chose to add Diksha to our birth team. This is particularly true because our birth turned out to be long and difficult. But even if it had been easier, I still would have wanted the amazing support and guidance Diksha provided before, during, and after our birth. Richelle &Ben
Gabriel born June 24th, 2014 VBAC at St Joseph Hospital (Repeat-client) A Fathers perspective…. The idea of being there (for my wife) emotionally, and supporting her for any reason really appeals to me. I wanted to be her hero supporting her exact needs during labor. Before my wife gave birth I was always pondering the idea, how can I best support her? It turns out that this feat is quite simple accordingly to literature….look in her eyes, just be there for her, help her through transitions…and before we know it, we would welcome our precious little being into this world. Although, the more I thought about the birthing process, went to Lamaze classes, planned and prepared for the birth the more scattered and panicked I became. I was unsure of what to do, when to do, and what Daniella was going to need next. To be clear, I was a bit frightened…this was a new experience for me. I hated the “unknown” and was terrified. One day, my wife discussed getting a Doula. My initial thoughts were: 1) What is a doula 2) Does my wife think that I’m not up to the task 3) What can this Doula provide to my wife that I can’t? After a couple meet and greets with various Doulas in the area, my wife and I chose a Doula- Diksha Berebitsky Through this entire process, I have learned many things! Specifically, the answers to the above referenced questions. I have learned that the birthing process is an extremely emotional process. It goes far beyond just taking a few deeps breaths and pushing a person out, in other words, it’s more than a physical process. I have learned that a Doula (specifically our Doula Diksha) is someone who allowed me to offer love and support to my wife without worrying about the other details during labor and delivery. She is a strong and highly regarded advocate between mom, dad, and the nurses/doctors. ~Chris & Daniella
Vincent born May 3rd, 2014 at St Peter's Hospital
Diksha is an amazing doula! I had so much anxiety over the birth of our second child because my first labor had been so long, exhausting, and challenging. And then we met Diksha. She provided us with the insight and tools I needed to gain confidence, understand my fear, and ultimately have a wonderful birth experience. Diksha was always there for us in a sensitive, knowledgeable, non-judgmental, and active role. My husband was particularly impressed by her hands-on support during labor in addition to the emotional support she provided before, during, and after our son's birth. The postpartum visits and placenta encapsulation were also wonderful. Both lifted my spirits and helped me feel capable, strong, and a little less exhausted! ~ Kristine Graham
Loraine born April 22nd 2014 attempted VBAC at Madigan Medical Center
"For me, Diksha is the essential embodiment of a doula - the woman I think of when I hear the word. I respond best to both empathy and expertise, and she demonstrated both of these from our very first interview. Her mentorship and partnership with other women through support groups and classes ensures that she has an ever wider knowledge and resource base, and that is encouraging when you are a transplant to the local community, without family and friends close by who are experienced in childbirth. I really enjoyed the VBAC support group in Olympia that she is part of. I especially benefited from her knowledge of local healthcare systems, including the midwifery department at Madigan Army Medical Center, where I gave birth. She already had excellent rapport with many staff there, and this also was calming to us. Diksha is adept at addressing each family member's needs and roles in the preparation and arrival of a new person, from our 3-year-old to my husband and me. Even though I ended up with a second caesarian, I am so thankful to have had the help of a great doula during my trial of labor. It not only helped me prepare body, mind and spirit, but made labor more rewarding and sped my recovery afterward. Thank God for women like Diksha! ~Heather
Claire born March 28th, 2014 at home HBAC
Diksha saved my birth When she walked in the room, I was hysterical. In transition. In a few words, she brought me back, helped me calm. And I was okay. My birth was very hard. It was a home VBAC and had my team been almost any other team, I would have transferred. I would have had a repeat cesarean. Her skills with the robozo and her amazing long arms helped me to move my baby so that she was less stuck. I did it. I had my home VBAC. My doula, my midwife, and the birth assistant trusted me,trusted birth and trusted their amazing skills and knowledge and we met the challenge and brought my amazing daughter into the world safely. Diksha is a gift. There aren't words adequate to describe what a good doula is to a person. They meet you in the most vulnerable times in your life and they help you through it. They are there at the moment you bring a new human into the world, and they hold you through it. When it is hard, when it is slow, when the baby has her head in a bad position, she met me there and had an answer for the, "What do I need to do?" (Drink, eat, a little belly dancing and PUSH) ~Becky
Charlotte born June 3rd 2014 at Madigan Medical Center
Diksha was such a wonderful person to work with. She was here for the birth of our second child and really made the entire experience great. She is an advocate for the mom first and foremost which is many times deeply needed in hospital births. She is professional, friendly and an all around great person. She worked with us for almost 12 hours straight and gave guidance and encouragement and was very interactive and physical with my wife throughout the whole experience. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone looking for a great birthing experience. I cannot rate her highly enough. We are so grateful for her help! ~Russ & Stephanie
Kylan born Sept 20th, 2014 attemted VBAC at St Joseph Hospital
In 2012 I had a cesarean birth due to breach position. I wasn't aware of any other options at that time. After my birth I felt sad, lonely, robbed and so much more that I wasn't even able to identify. My baby was in my arms, but I missed him so terribly it hurt my heart.
When I became pregnant with my second child I was terrified of having the same experience. Knowing i wanted something different I set out looking for answers, and found Diksha. She was the answer for me and my family. From the first moment I met her I felt comfortable to be venerable with her. She embraced my feels, calmed my fears, and bestowed priceless wisdom from her many years of experience. With no judgement, she excepted my wishes, and was even able to support them by offering more detailed information so I was more able to make an educated decision. Diksha is so familiar with the birthing community she gave me excellent recommendations on everything from stretch mark cream to the hospital she thought best suited my family's needs.
I could continue on forevermore raving about this beautiful woman of birth, but to make it short, she help in a huge way to make my birthing experience 100% more satisfying for me.
Along with my birth, Diksha played a great role in my postpartum and recovery. She taught my husband and I how to belly bind, gave me AMAZING rash and nipple salve, made a beautiful and delectable quiche for my family to enjoy, and the BEST part, she encapsulated my placenta and took lovely photos to remember it. The placenta is a lifesaver! Made my recovery a breeze! I have been using the remedies now and I am excited to see what happens.
Thank you Diksha Berebitsky! We love you! ~Tarah & Mike
Ary born March 27th 2014 at home HBAC As a doula and cesarean and hospital VBAC mama myself, I had very high expectations of my HBAC doula when interviewing Diksha. She went above and beyond! I can't imagine what my HBAC would have been like without her. Her confidence and personality are just as valuable as her skills and training. She is a true gem. ~Sarah H.
Kilian born March 27, 2014 - HBAC
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted a doula. The last time I had a baby I knew what type of delivery I wanted, but ended up with a c-section instead. This time I wanted a natural VBAC and knew I needed an advocate in order to have a chance. Since I’m not from the area, I started my search online with the help of a long-distance relative that was also a midwife. Of all the ones I saw, Diksha Berebitsky had the best credentials for what I was looking for, but I did interview a couple of others just in case. What set Diksha apart from the other doulas was her knowledge of what it took to have a VBAC as well as her experience with them. I also liked that she was educated in her field, was once a massage therapist, and that I could see how open-hearted and open-minded she was when we spoke in person.
My biggest goal was to have a VBAC. Although the hospital I was going to was VBAC-friendly, there were some issues with the due date. Because I got pregnant with an IUD, it was hard to know exactly when I got pregnant. The hospital policy said all pregnancies would be induced at 41 weeks. With my past c-section, they would have gone down that road again since I ended up going into labor 18 days after hospital’s due date. There was no c-section because I did not have a hospital birth. Diksha gave me some midwives’ names in the area and I chose Rhonda Grantham to be my midwife and prepared for a homebirth. At mid-pregnancy I told the hospital thank you, but this is not the path for us. Our baby was born at home safely weighing 7# 10oz, well past the due date given to me by the hospital. Diksha’s education proved to be helpful in the decision-making process in regards to a homebirth, during the birth itself, and post-partum. She had excellent resources, knew information on both home birth and hospital birth benefits as well as experience within the local hospitals and with private midwives. Diksha did not have an agenda, but wanted to inform us and support our decisions. In the later weeks of pregnancy she educated us in common birth practices, birthing positions, natural remedies, keeping nourished during labor, post-partum practices, belly-binding and how to get my baby to go in the right position. This was helpful since my baby was what some doctors call “sunny-side up” for the first 10 hours of labor. Diksha knows how to use long pieces of fabric creatively during labor and post-partum, including exercises that help the baby turn. After we started these positions and exercises at the beginning of labor, Rhonda arrived. It took about 10 hours for the baby to flip into the right position and stay, but it happened. All the knowledge she had shared was coming into play. If for some reason you have made it this far, but are not into birth stories, this is your time to stop reading. Otherwise, read on…
We had a box full of food and drinks that Diksha had recommended. Since my stomach turns at the slightest bit of pain, I spent about 13 hours on and off throwing up or as I call it having “protein spills”. Keeping nourished and hydrated was important. Before labor I decided that I would like an I.V. occasionally due to some information my midwife and I discussed. During labor, I realized that was ridiculous. Who wants a needle in their arm during labor? Rhonda politely reminded me of my previous wishes and left the room for me to think. Diksha then spoke to me about my wishes and asked me questions as well as informed me on the situation. She made sure I was making a sound choice of my own free will. In the end I chose not to have an I.V. and am thankful. Along the way Diksha used natural remedies to assist me including some kind of device that made a peppermint smell. Her knowledge of the placenta was extremely helpful in regards to post-partum care and immediate post birth. As soon as our son was born I started losing a lot of blood, like many women do, but since I struggled with anemia during pregnancy there was little concern. Diksha took action as soon as the placenta was delivered and the cord blood was drained. This may come as a shock to some people and even slightly to myself, but in order to slow the blood loss, I consumed a little piece of my placenta shortly after birth and it worked. It sounds gross, but I did not eat it like a steak or anything. Diksha had a tiny piece and blended it in a smoothie that tasted like blueberries. Her and my husband made it in our kitchen. After 23 hours of labor, 2 days without sleep, and lots of protein spills, I felt like it was the best smoothie of my entire life. She encapsulated the rest of my placenta to help with post-partum recovery and breastfeeding.
Although knowledge of massage therapy seemed important to me before labor, during labor it was not so critical. Physically I thought I would want a massage or hugs, but really I just physically needed strong people who could help me hold all the positions I needed for labor, including the ones that helped me turn the baby. Labor felt long and included 2 hours of pushing, so it was exhausting. Sometimes my muscles would give out without warning. The contractions distracted me from feeling the muscle burn that would normally warn me of that happening. My body felt like it needed to hold certain positions regardless, so I had to make up for it by using other muscles, and by using Diksha and my husband. Diksha’s experience working with the body helped, and she guided my husband along the way of what I needed. After I started pushing she and my midwife asked me how important was for me to have a water birth. By that point, I realized that I really did not care where I had my baby, but that he was coming out soon. So I stayed in my bed and pushed for 2 hours while I dug my leg into Diksha’s amazingly strong shoulder and arms. I know she was strong, at the time I was squeezing my husband’s hands and accidently bruised them.
After my past C-section, I was terrified to have another one for many reasons, including that it left my immune system compromised during and after recovery for several months, causing multiple trips to the hospital. Because my husband’s job sometimes takes him away for long periods, I did not have the support system or nearby family a mother needs to recover from childbirth, let alone recover from surgery. Not only did my past C-section affect the breastfeeding relationship, but I have also had some physical issues since. Aside from all these reasons I knew a C-section was not right for my body based on evidence, and I felt another C-section unnecessarily done was a violation of my body. Diksha was so open-minded and open-hearted when she heard my fears and my past birth and post-partum experience. She introduced me to others in similar situations that I’m grateful to know. My husband was fortunate to be there with us this time around and Diksha and Rhonda educated him on how to care for a post-partum mother physically and emotionally. This was especially important since I was not in a monitored hospital setting at all after birth.
During labor and birth, Diksha remained calm, kind, flexible and receptive. As soon as she arrived, I wanted my hair in a French braid to get it out of my face, but I am horrible at braiding. I did not feel up to trying during labor so she did it for me. It sounds simple, but I suddenly felt more at peace while she brushed my hair. Her presence was so soothing. My labor was not at all what I expected. Come to find out I have a sensitive nervous system. Bright lights and even candles seemed brighter than before. Whispers were like yells, and when people touched me it somehow felt like they were pulling me down even though I could see they were not. Later I learned that during part of the labor my body did something that is extremely uncommon. I went backwards from 8 cm to 2 cm. Diksha, my husband and my midwife turned off all the lights and candles, turned on white noise, and whispered from then on as I labored in a huge tub of water and it helped. I recommend Diksha Berebitsky as a doula to anyone or any couple expecting a baby, especially if you are looking to VBAC or HBAC. She is educated, receptive, flexible, VBAC intelligent, experienced with body work, placenta knowledgeable, open-minded and open-hearted. She will always be in our hearts wherever we go. Stephanie Olivier-Smith
Parker born Jan 1st, 2014 - VBAC at Madigan Medical Center
When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, the first thing I did (besides show my husband the very faint pink line) was to start looking for a doula. I knew I wanted a VBAC when I was told I would have to have a caesarian while in labor with my daughter.I had done my research, I had replayed what had happened in my previous labor and delivery and was certain that I would get my VBAC.
Diksha was the 3rd doula that I had contacted and the first one I had met with. Not even halfway through our first meeting, I knew that she was who I wanted to share my birth space with. Her presence made me feel calm, I could tell that she truly loves and believes in what she does. Talking with her made me feel validated. For the first time I felt like someone was actually hearing my fears and understood my emotions from having a previous cesarean. talking with her about how I envisioned my labor and delivery gave me confidence in myself and my body. I felt like someone finally understood how important it was for me to have a vaginal delivery. I knew she was perfect for me.
When my membranes had ruptured and I had realized it was green I knew that unless contractions started in a timely matter that the hospital I was delivering at would want to induce me. Induction was not what I wanted at all, but it was what was needed. Diksha arrived when I was about 4 cm, things were still pretty slow going and contractions were still very manageable. Things did not get tough until after I was given some IV pain meds. I had fallen asleep and about an hour later I woke up to the peak of a contraction. I had about three before my husband asked if he should go bring Diksha back into the room, and as if she had known I needed her she showed up. The meds were so strong that I was passing out between contractions and only waking, or being in a semi- conscious state, when the peak of a contraction would hit. But each time I remember Diksha there with me. Being so soft and kind and supportive. After I had gotten a cervical check and found that I was still stalled at 5cm, I knew that I was fighting against the contractions. I knew that unless I got the epidural that I would not dilate. I did not want an epidural at all, but I wanted to avoid another cesarean delivery. If an epidural could help then I would try. Diksha though had done what I had asked. She tried to buy me time before I got one. She knew I did not want one and as I had asked her to do she tried to remind me of that. I am thankful she did that. I am also thankful that when I told her that I needed one and I knew I needed one to help my body relax and dilate that I did not feel judged. After I had the epidural she was still just as supportive and helpful. When I had stalled out at 7cm and my babies heart rate was dropping she mentioned an amino infusion. That helped get my labor back on track. She also suggested a hands and knees position and I do believe that without that I would not have dilated further. After my son was born (vaginally!! Yay!!) And it came time to deliver the placenta my body was so beat, the pain in all my muscles and the pain from contractions was making it very difficult, not to mention my epidural had fully worn off by then. I was in so much pain, I was afraid to hold my new baby out of fear that I would drop him. But she was there and supportive and helped me to breastfeed. She did not leave until after we were settled and she knew we had what we needed and were OK. My husband has since told me that he was so glad she was there for us. He had never seen me how I was during the contractions and having her there gave him strength. We are both so thankful that she was there for us, we could not have chosen a better person to be there for us on that day. ~E & R
Wesley born December 16th, 2013 - VBAC at St Peter's When my first son was born by caesarian, Diksha arrived to prepare my placenta medicine and found my grief stricken that my birth had not gone as I had hoped. She sat by my side, soothing and counseling me for far longer than she needed to, she checked up on me as the months passed and even gently encouraged me to think about a VBAC for the second birth. After talking with Diksha, I felt that I could really start the process of healing and forgiving myself (and everyone else) for the medical interventions that had occurred. So within moments of finding out that I was pregnant for the 2nd time, I thought, "And Diksha can be my DOULA!" I knew that the only way that I was going to VBAC successfully was to have her by my side throughout the pregnancy and birth.
It is truly amazing to work with someone like Diksha - birth is her true calling and you can feel her passion for her work in every interaction with her! Her warmth and wisdom, encouragement and acceptance are such a blessing during such a nerve-wracking stage of life. Her birth preparation sessions are 3 hours long and incredibly thorough, with lots of great birth information, learning your story, teaching you various birth coping techniques along with lots of laughter and support. She was able to offer her opinions but was always very respectful and kind when were in disagreement and we were able to have a wonderfully open dialogue at all times. But all that preparation pales in comparison to the work she does during the birth.
I texted her at 8 to let her know that I was in very early labor - she was at my door by 9 am with a TENS unit (it is awesome and I wish I had it attached to me 24 hours a day - so relaxing!) and a full account of everywhere she would be that day and when she might be in cell phone patches and what to do if I had trouble reaching her. When I was sent to the hospital immediately after "low fluid" levels became apparent and was in a fit of tears, Diksha was by my side quickly offering comfort, advocating politely to keep interventions minimal and allow me rest before we induced labor, rubbing my feet and helping me organize my life as it was quickly shifting into a new one. Diksha is such an amazing communicator - she is warm and polite and deferential to the nurses but still informed and advocated for me without making anyone uncomfortable. We were able to minimize the amount of pitocin given to me and labor around the room.
Diksha was so incredible at guiding me through positions and using her amazing strong hands to reduce my pain. She was also able to be an amazing support to my husband and really effectively allowed us to have a sense of togetherness while still offering her support and guidance. And that is the most amazing thing about Diksha - aside from her amazing hands, her extensive knowledge and network, her savvy diplomacy - she has this amazing emotional heft that she brings to you as a support person. She has taken all this time to get to know you and when she is in the delivery room she is there, rooting for you, comforting you, encouraging you, guiding you with the full belief in YOU as a person and grounded in her belief that all women should have the best possible birthing experience.
When Diksha wasn't massaging, guiding or comforting me, she was taking beautiful pictures of our birthing experience that I will treasure forever. When I was about to deliver, she encouraged me to laugh and joke to ease my tension and gather my courage and when my baby was born it was such a joy to have her to celebrate with. Her post-partum visits were extensive and covered my feelings both physical and emotional, nursing issues, sibling integration and just warm celebration of this exciting little life she had helped usher in. She offered tips and tricks, referrals for any problems that my baby or I might be having and gave the sense that she would be there and on-call for us until we felt our feet firmly under us.
I cannot imagine my son's birth without her - I wish I had her for the first birth and if I find I'm having another child she is the first call I'll make. I can't imagine a more caring, thorough and amazing doula than Diksha.
With much love, The Graves Family
Ryan Born December 15th, 2013 at Madigan Medical Center
My name is Amanda Napolet. I am a 36 year old first time mom. I enlisted Diksha’s services for my birth experience in December 2013. Despite the fact that I am an experienced OB nurse and a certified lactation consultant, I knew I needed her. What she gave me was permission to be “the patient”. I was not used to being on the receiving end of care given during childbirth, but every woman deserves it. She was everything I needed, despite my ever changing needs. She was whole-heartedly committed to helping me realize the birth experience I’d dreamt of. But what stands out most, was her work ethic. It was unmatched by any other doula I’d ever encountered. When she was with me, I was always the priority. I felt special and cared for and extremely empowered. Her services were worth every penny spent. Thank you Diksha, from the bottom of my heart. Your practice is an art form only a few have mastered. ~Amanda
Emilia born October 27th, 2013 at St Peter's
I know that many elements have to fall into place in order to have the ideal birth experience. I feel that we were able to have the birth we wanted in large part because of Diksha’s help as our doula. I was able to labor at home first using the TENs unit and then once Diksha arrived; she helped me to labor in multiple positions that provided additional comfort. By the time we were admitted to the hospital, I was fully dilated! My labor still took four more hours, as my active labor contractions were not very productive. Diksha, however, was right there with our midwife to offer support, both emotionally and physically. Diksha also took care of all those other details like candle lights, taking photographs throughout our birth experience, and keeping my family in the waiting room updated.She was amazing. The next day she had my placenta medicine ready and the umbilical cord dried and beautifully presented in a heart shape. Later when I had breastfeeding issues, Diksha was there to offer a lot of support. For any woman expecting, I would positively recommend having a doula like Diksha. --Brandee and Eric Miller
Finn born September 29th, 2013 at home
When I decided to have my fourth child I knew I wanted a better birth experience than I previously had. After researching more about placenta medicine, I knew I wanted to encapsulate my placenta and that's what lead me on my journey with a birth doula. After my partner and I met with Diksha to talk placenta medicine we both knew we also wanted her as our birth doula. She was so warm and easy to talk to, and very professional. I was a little unsure if I really needed a doula because all of my previous births had been pretty smooth, but I also had interventions that I believe were not needed and I wanted to have an unmedicated home birth. I'm so glad we went ahead and went with hiring Diksha to be by our side during the labor and delivery of our son. I labored for 12 hours, many of which I thought " I can't do this!" and Diksha was right there with her sweet voice and big smile reassuring me that I could. Her knowledge, and passion for peaceful and safe birthing experiences for all woman is what makes her so special, this is her passion and it shows. She not only made sure all of my needs were met, but that my partners were as well. I would hire her again and again, I think all woman should have a doula there for her and her partner. Thank you for all you do! ~Melissa and Jarrod
Jasper born September 22, 2013 at home
When I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to have my baby naturally with as least interventions from others as possible. Diksha made that happen and so much more. With just a glance from me no words she knew where my pain was and where to put pressure to ease it. When it was nearing the end of labor she was my rock. I remember getting lost in her warm loving eyes. After Jasper was born the placenta was retained so I was sent to. the hospital. Diksha was by my side the whole time and I absolutely loved her placenta capsules and tinctures. She is also a lactation counselor which came so helpful to me as I am a first time momma and breastfeeding was a bit of a challenge to grasp. I am so happy Diksha and I met. Now I have another beautiful magical person to call friend♡ ~Sarah
Mikaela born September 26th, 2013 at Madigan Medical Center "My husband is stationed at Fort Lewis. He was deploying and would return home 2 weeks before my due date so I knew that I wanted adoula to help us both during the birth. A local friend recommended Diksha and I was surprised when two separate Army friends mentioned that Diksha had been their doula as well. I loved Diksha as soon as I met her. She's very good at reading people and knowing how to tailor her style to individual needs. I was going to deliver at Madigan and I was surprised and delighted by Diksha's experience there and great rapport with the midwifes and L&D. She was able to assuage any fears of delivering at a Army hospital and recommended Madigan L&D over other hospitals in the area due to their c-section rate being one of the lowest in the state. After the birth, my midwife, who hadn't worked with Diksha before, told me that Diksha was one of the best doulas she had seen and that I was very lucky to have her because she had seen plenty of doulas who were not very helpful. My husband was not originally convinced that we needed a doula, but after the birth he was extremely happy that we had her and was very thankful for the help and support. Diksha enabled us to be able to fully enjoy and appreciate our birthing experience without having to worry about what to do or what came next. She prepared us very well and we had an amazing birth that I wouldn't change a single part of. Also, her post-partum help was the icing on the cake. While I was pregnant I did not even want to think about breast feeding or baby care. I was so grateful to be able to contact Diksha with any questions. Diksha seems to know exactly what you need. I recommend hiring her, she is worth it!" ~J & M
Marie born August 21,2013 at St Peter's hospital
The birth of our little girl would not have gone the way we wanted if Diksha weren't there with us. We wanted to have a natural childbirth without any drugs, but wanted it in a hospital setting since this was our first child. Diksha helped us come up with a plan and was there to guide us through it. And she was there to talk us back from the edge during the most difficult parts of the birth. Like most first-time parents, we weren't entirely sure what to expect. We took the childbirth classes at the hospital, but they were geared toward people who were going to get an epidural. Diksha provided us with the information and expertise that we needed to have the birth experience that we wanted. Our little girl was born without an epidural or the use of any pain drugs. Before the birth, Diksha was there with advice on books to read and helped us come up with a plan for the birth. She also discussed effective techniques for pain relief and showed us body positions that would help us during the birth. She was also there after the birth with lactation support and advice for dealing with the post-partum phase. We appreciated having an addition perspective beyond what we were getting from the nurses and medical providers. I would wholeheartedly recommend her. She was an outstanding asset for us -- before, during and after the birth. Thanks to her, we got to the start our family the way we were wanting. ~Renee and Brian
Sander born August 9th, 2013 - cesarean breech birth at St Joseph Hospital
After all the research, interviewing and other seemingly endless preparations, the best thing we did in planning for our son was to hire Diksha as our doula. All the planning and classes in the world could not have given us the emotional support and experience that Diksha provided us. She helped support our vision for how we wanted the birth to go, present options to us when we didn't think we had any left, and continues to support and care for us and our sweet boy four months postpartum.
Having Diksha as our doula brought my husband and I closer together by helping us focus and process what was happening and what we wanted. She helped us clarify and communicate our wants and needs to medical personnel and to each other more effectively.
We had originally planned on a having our son at a birthing center and "risked out" when our son turned breech after being in position for weeks. Diksha made sure we knew all our options and got us in contact with other families who had had similar experiences. In the end we decided on a surgical birth in Tacoma, in a hospital and with a surgeon that supported how we wanted our birth to be. Diksha was there every step of the way checking to make sure we had what we wanted and needed. When we had family challenges, emotional challenges, bedroom arrangement challenges, baby carrier challenges, and nursing challenges, she was there and continues to be. I cannot express enough how much Diksha has improved our lives. From her amazing nipple- and diaper-rash creams to a referral to a specialist for our son's lip and tongue-tie, I cannot express enough how much Diksha has improved our lives. ~K & J
Clara born Oct 1st, 2013 at St Peter's Hospital Dad's Perspective For any first time fathers, there are many questions and fears. I know I had my share. When my wife mentioned hiring a doula, it’s clear what my first question was. After understanding a doula’s role, I thought it was mostly for the soon to be mother; was I ever wrong! Before, during and after labor the challenges we faced as a couple were not only eased, but solved. The help and support made my experience less worrisome. Diksha’s expertise made my wife’s experience planned out and alleviated unforeseen problems. If my wife and I decided to have another child, we would not be without Diksha. Mom's Perspective I don’t remember when I first heard about a ‘doula’, but after I researched the ways a doula can improve with the birthing process, I knew this decision was right for my birth experience. After calling a couple of local doulas in the Olympia area, I found Diksha’s information and gave her a call. I was immediately impressed with Diksha’s professional and warm demeanor. My husband and I set up a meeting with her and from that point on we knew we found our perfect doula match!
Diksha helped us to mentally and physically prepare for the birth of our baby. She made sure we knew what to expect before, during and after labor. She came to our home to educate us on everything from the physiological perspective of labor to the emotional perspective of having a baby. Diksha answered all of our questions. We had an ultrasound result with some concerning findings. Diksha eased our worries and in the end everything was fine, but without her reassurance I would have been even more worried. One thing that impresses me about Diksha is her communication and follow-up with Kelly and I. She has made it a point to email, call and text me to check on our well being and our child’s well being.
Without Diksha by our side at the hospital, we would have been lost. Diksha has the wonderful gift to calm and reassure you during the entire process. Kelly and I completely trusted her and we weren’t pressured into doing anything we didn’t want. For me personally, I had a relatively ‘easy’ labor, but after labor was the hardest for me because I needed stitches. My body rejected all numbing agents and I was in excruciating pain. Diksha made sure Kelly could have skin to skin time with Clara while she stuck by my side to comfort and guide me through the ENTIRE process of repairing my tears. I cannot express in enough words my gratitude and relief of having Diksha by my side during this trying time. It makes my heart swell with appreciation for everything Diksha has done for us educationally and emotionally.
I would like to touch on a couple of other details. After reading Diksha’s website and talking to her about placenta encapsulation, I was not sold on the idea. But after thinking about it, Kelly and I made the last minute decision to do the encapsulation and Diksha worked with us. It was not our goal to wait until the last minute, but we talked with Diksha during our check-in at the hospital about it and she didn’t have any hesitation or reservations with our last minute decision. She went above and beyond and gave us a very special gift with the capsules. We have also met a couple of really great people through Diksha. After our daughter was born, I was not having much luck producing enough breastmilk to feed our baby. Diksha set us up with a wonderful woman who donated her breastmilk to us. We are so grateful and humbled with the connections and generosity of others with special thanks to Diksha!
Mia born August 2013 - home birth
Diksha was a much needed grounding presence at the birth of my daughter. She spent above and beyond the amount of time with me that most doulas do. I had the privilege of having her there as labor began and it was such a secure feeling. As a doula myself, knowing what to expect in doula care, I was very humbled by her presence and energy. I never once felt or noticed her arms tire from the double hip squeeze, or sense any impatience at the slowness of my labor. She was my cheering squad, but in the most subtle way, small words of encouragement and simple touch went a long way. Without even having to say a word she sensed when I needed some alone time and like clockwork was there as soon as I needed her. I didn’t have to think or worry about the other people present because she helped everyone find a place and a job. Her knowledge and experience with placenta medicine was very helpful to me when she thought on her feet and quickly made me a placenta shake due to excessive postpartum bleeding, I immediately felt better. Diksha is very naturally gifted in caring for women in labor. As a birth professional myself I would never hesitate to refer her to an expecting family, and without a doubt would want her presence if ever I were to have more children. I cannot put into words the appreciation and overwhelming emotion I feel about the care she provided. ~Sarah B.
Brodie born July 30th, 20013 home/St Joseph Hospital
Hi Diksha I just wanted to thank you again for everything. I keep tearing up thinking about how great you have been to me and my family. My husband was quite a skeptic about all this doula stuff and the placenta encapsulation. You have completely changed his heart. He is so glad you were with us. ~Nicole
Amelia born May 19th, 2013 at home
As a student-midwife, doula and birth assistant, I recognize the importance and value of a doula. When I got pregnant with my third child, I knew right away that I wanted Diksha present at my birth. She had immediate resources and referrals for any issues I was dealt with, I was truly impressed with her knowledge of the entire childbearing cycle. I felt confident that not only was she an experienced, professional doula attending my birth, but a dear friend. When I went into labor, Diksha came over immediately, I felt relieved by her presence. From the moment she arrived, she was instantly “in” the moment with me. She was constantly anticipating my needs before I even know I was needing them. She helped guide me in labor with comfort measures and gentle guidance. I remember her soft words encouraging me during transition, it kept me grounded and calm during the hardest part.
My husband was especially thankful for Diksha's services during my labor because he felt that he could focus on me and knew that she was taking care of everything around us. After a very fast and intense birth, my husband and I settled into bed to admire our little girl. Diksha helped clean up the birth room and had put together a lovely snack for us. She took my placenta home, encapsulated it, and had it back within 24 hours! My birth was an absolutely beautiful and magical experience, I am so blessed to have had Diksha has my doula! ~Rachael Cook
Alana born May 16, 2013 - VBAC at Madigan Medical Center
When we found out we were pregnant with our second baby, my husband and I knew we didn't want to go through what we went through with the birth our first child. Some staff were demeaning and unhelpful and we ended up needing a C-section. I just knew that I never wanted to go through that again.
So this time around I wanted to take more control of the situation. My husband and I hired Diksha for two reasons. 1) We wanted a better birth experience and hopefully a VBAC 2) I wanted to be able to breastfeed my baby since I had trouble with breastfeeding my son. Also, as a wife, I didn't want to place all the pressure on my husband's shoulders. I knew he would need help and support during the labor too.
Now our baby is 5 months old and as I reflect back on our labor and birth, we are so glad we hired Diksha! I labored for about 52 hours, pushed for 3 hours and finally our daughter was born with forceps. I honestly don't know how we would've been able to go through that without her support and encouragement. Her strength helped carry us through the difficult times and we are so grateful for everything she provided. Her presence is a gift for both the mother and the father.
I was so excited to breastfeed our baby for the first time soon after her birth.....so when it came time, Diksha helped me to position the baby and I swear I heard a drumroll somewhere when my daughter latched on perfectly and sucked vigorously as if she had done it a thousand times. Beside me, I'll never forget the way Diksha danced.=)
Diksha helped make our birth beautiful and helped us achieve everything we wanted. She took pictures and videos and freed my husband to be there for me and helped to guide him when he needed it. We love Diksha and if we ever decide to have another baby, I would hire her again. ~Mitch and Sammy Finnesgard
Micah born April 2013
You are an amazing doula Diksha. I'll never forget everything you did for me. I remember very well every detail of every thing that you did, and how much of a difference it made in making me comfortable during Micah's birth. The TENS machine, the rebozo, the double hip squeeze, the homeopathics for the nausea (which worked amazingly by the way... I hate puking and was pleasantly surprised when the nausea subsided after taking those), all the placenta medicine, the pictures, the cord.. I didn't know a doula could be so awesome! You definitely go above and beyond! ~Shawna
Micah born April, 15th 2013 - home/ hospital transfer St Peter's
Words cannot even express how grateful I am to have met Diksha. She is a fantastic doula, a master of all things placenta, and an all around caring and sweet person. When I had first met with Diksha, it was solely for placenta encapsulation. My husband was deployed and I knew I needed all the extra energy I could get after the birth! Especially since I have a 2 year old to chase after too! I spent much of my pregnancy trying to find the 'right' doula for me. When the big day came, things didn't work out with my doula so I contacted Diksha.. she came right over and jumped right in with helping me through my contractions. This was so different from my first birth where I had no doula.. and while I had an unmedicated birth with my first baby, it was VERY painful, and nobody helped me at all.. I was in pure agony.. I feared the worst again as my contractions began and once again I was having back labor. Diksha was amazing at finding out what helped me... and boy did she help! I was cooking dinner at 7cm! I never dreamed I would be doing that! This labor was so much more bearable, and I attribute that to Diksha. Not only was she amazing at helping me through labor, she was there for me through the entire process of my hospital transfer. She stayed with me through it all, and boy was it a looooooong day and night! While I didn't get the home birth that I had planned (though definitely no fault of Diksha's! It was a positional issue with baby), Diksha was there for me through it all. She helped me make educated decisions at the hospital at a time when I was emotional and vulnerable. She seems to always know the right thing to say at the right time. Just her presence was calming to me. I wish I had known Diksha when I had my first son! Now the placenta pills, those things are amazing! With my first son I was LAID OUT for oh gee I don't know.. weeks??? and he was a natural birth, no complications, etc.. this time around I started the placenta pills, which by the way Diksha delivered them to me at the hospital the very next day. I was out and to the playground on day 6! I felt so much better than I did after my first birth. I got my color back right away. I felt so much more alert and less weepy. My post partum bleeding was a whole week shorter than it was with my first. I am a believer! Diksha also captured some amazing pictures of my placenta, which I was thankful for, because I hadn't even thought to ask to see it while at the hospital. I also cannot say enough about the Homeopathic remedy and the Mother's Tincture.. I used the homeopathic remedy when my older son was starting to get sick.. I used it on both kids and my son's fever went right away within a couple hours and his cold symptoms went away too! I used the Mother Tincture for myself when I was getting sick and I only ended up being sick for a day! My sister also used my Mother Tincture after her traumatic birth. Her baby was in the NICU so she was very emotional and the first day of using the tincture was the first day post partum that she hadn't cried! It definitely helped her emotionally! Diksha even dehydrated the umbilical cord for a keepsake for me! I cannot say enough wonderful things about Diksha and her services. I'm just sad that I likely won't be having any more babies! If I ever did, I'd be sure to have Diksha there again! Thank you so much for everything ~Shawna
Dylan born March 12th, 2013 - hospital birth I am so incredibly grateful that Diksha was present for the birth of my son. She was a very important member of my birth team and her gentle guidance, before, during, and after the birth, had such a positive influence on our experience. The education and reassurance she provided at our prenatal meetings were great for helping my husband and I feel at ease and prepared, and it also gave us all a chance to get to know each other. By the time our day arrived, we felt completely prepared and supported. Diksha made herself totally available and accessible to us when we needed her. When my water broke unexpectedly, she gave me sound advice and reassurance. There was huge value in knowing that someone with Diksha's knowledge and experience was just a phone call away, and this gave me the confidence to carry out my plan of waiting at home for my labor to start and then laboring at home as long as I did. When we called her to join us in the wee hours of the morning, she was there before we knew it and I immediately felt more at ease and in control with her there. She helped us decide when it was time to get to the hospital and was an amazing advocate and guide when we arrived there. We were completely vulnerable and so glad to have her with us. As I labored in the hospital, Diksha's presence was more valuable than I can express in words. She has a very calming disposition that kept me focused and at peace throughout my labor. Her gentle suggestions, words of encouragement, and constant support helped me achieve my goal of having an unmedicated birth. Diksha was by our side every step of the way and I am so grateful for it. After we returned home with our new baby, Diksha was so sweet to visit a couple of times to make sure we were all doing well and offer any additional support we needed. To anyone who is considering hiring a doula, I say do it for sure!! Diksha is amazing and we will forever cherish her friendship. ~Tiffany & Matt
Callum born March 11th, 2013 at the Birth House
Early in pregnancy, we were not sure we needed a doula, we wondered 'what this could mean for us?' Having now experienced birth, I understand how intimate the process is, and Diksha showed us that her role was to adapt and help us meet our own individualized needs as a unique family. Diksha helped us to create a well-informed birth plan and helped everyone on the birth team understand and respect our wishes, even when things didn't go as planned and my water broke two weeks early! Diksha educated my husband and I about the stages of labor with real, practical, applicable information in an approachable manner. Our work with Diksha helped us feel so prepared, we did not feel the need to pursue any other formal coursework, working with Diksha was like having direct 1:1 tutoring in childbirth and breastfeeding education. Diksha took time to get to know us as individuals, answer all our questions, laughing and crying with us through the strong emotions of late pregnancy and new parenthood, and opened her heart to show us loving care. Diksha empowered my husband's involvement in the labor and parenting processes, showing him truly helpful ways he could support me in labor and ease my pain, and involving him in every step of new parenthood education. Diksha drove out to our rural house for all our meetings, and also in the wee hours of the morning the day of my labor. Some people are surprised when I tell them my birth was unmedicated, I tell them, "Diksha was my epidural!" because the pain relief she brought through massage touch, use of labor tools, and position coaching was real, tangible, and very impactful in helping me through the labor process. My labor was better than I ever could have imagined- it was transcendentally spiritual, beautiful, and empowering. I will cherish the memories of my son's birth all my life. My son spent the first two hours of his life feeding at the warmth of my breast, I cannot think of a healthier transition into life, and I than Diksha's lactation education and the support of my midwives for this wonderful beginning. Diksha saved us hundreds of dollars with helpful tips about how health insurance would cover the cost of a breast pump. Diksha provided me with early pre-delivery breastfeeding education, lactation consultation imminently after delivery, and follow-up support in the following days and weeks when things got hard. I believe Diksha's supports, along with the supports of my midwives, were key in creating the conditions necessary for me to have a successful nursing experience. Diksha taught me that breastfeeding should be comfortable and enjoyable. I love breastfeeding now, and so does my healthy son! Diksha was still around several weeks after birth with practical advice about how to minimize sleep deprivation and find balance in the new role of parenting an infant. Diksha is a knowledgeable professional who cares sincerely about her clients like they are family. I am very grateful to have involved Diksha as our doula - she will be a special friend to our family always. Mo & Trail
Sydney born March 5th, 2013 - VBAC at St Peter's
My journey to finding Diksha started with the realization I wanted to try to have a VBAC, after my first birth ended up with an emergency C-section. I say try because, I think my heart knew I was strong enough to do it, but my head wasn’t convinced yet! It took me awhile to commit to attempt a TOLAC but once I did, thankfully, Diksha was still available to be our birth doula with only one months notice before my due date.
I can’t explain the relief it brought me to have her on our side. I no longer needed to worry about when to go to the hospital or if my husband or the nurses would be able to offer the support I would need during a natural labor. Although she didn’t direct my healthcare decisions or guarantee my birth outcome, I trusted her knowledge of what was ‘normal’ and what my body was capable of. If she thought I could do it, I trusted she was right.
At 39 weeks and 3 days, my water broke at home and my first call was to Diksha. I know if we wouldn’t have had Diksha as our doula, this would’ve been a time of nervousness and worry. Instead, I was able to do some last minute housework, visit with our friends (who came to take our 3 year old for the night), and just be excited for what was to come. My contractions started slowly and Diksha arrived before they became uncomfortable. She helped me hookup the TENS unit and we talked, ate dinner, and went for a walk (even though she had forgotten her warm jacket and it was nearly freezing outside). I wanted to labor at home for as long as possible and finally, by midnight, I was ready to head to the hospital. Even though she knew I was still in early labor, she supported my decision.
Once I got settled in, my contractions became stronger and from that point I can only explain her presence and energy. I was deep in my mind; focusing on working thru each contraction and trying to rest between. She was such a calming presence and I felt a sense of safety with her there. Not safety in a medical sense, but a safety in her knowingness and support of my needs. With her knowledge of helpful labor positions, honey sticks when I needed an energy boost, and countless other remedies she had;I was able to get the specific support I needed in each different stage of labor.
The added beauty of her support was in what she was able to do for my husband; it took the pressure off of him to have all of the answers and just allowed him to be there to support me. Also, by the time we got to the hospital, he had been awake for nearly 20 hours. With Diksha there, he was able to take a nap for few hours while she massaged, comforted,& help me find optimal positions I worked thru my contractions.
Approximately 12 hours after we arrived,with my husband and one of my closest friends holding my hands for support, and Diksha comforting and coaching me thru 3 ½ hours of pushing- our beautiful, healthy, wet and warm baby girl was placed on my chest…. I did it! I had a successful VBAC!This time I was able to feel every sensation I was meant to feel and my precious baby never left my sight (completely the opposite of my last birth experience). I am certain I would not have been able to have the un-medicated birth I wanted without a doula. I will never forget how I felt throughout my labor process and the birth of my baby. I would say to anyone considering Diksha for their birth doula: You will not be disappointed in your decision to work with her. She is very professional and completely present in the time we shared together. Diksha is truly passionate about what she does and it shows. She has a wealth of knowledge and was available for us anytime we needed her, even after our birth. We got SO much more than we had expected from her; it was the best decision and money I have ever spent. I am forever grateful to Diksha for the experience she helped me have and what she helped me achieve. -Holly Reed
Soren born Feb. 11th 2013 at the Birth House
As I sit down to write this our baby rests peacefully on my chest after having just finished (yet another) meal on my breast. I don't really know how to thank Diksha for her part in getting us to this moment "on the other side" of pregnancy. A doula provides birth support, but I could never have guessed what that really meant until Soren arrived.
I imagine "birth support" is different for every family but for us Diksha has been a teacher, a guide, and a compassionate friend through what I can only describe as an opening of our mind, body, and spirit. She helped us prepare for birth andparenthood in the pre-birth meetings, was an understanding ear during the two weeks that I was overdue and miserable, provided constant and expert support to me and my husband during the birth, was a chemist and an artist in preparing the placenta encapsulation and nipple creams, is a breastfeeding encyclopedia/hotline, and finally she was a witness to this extraordinary moment in our lives. Her support helped my husband and me to be fully present to our son's birth and we feel profoundly grateful to be able to bring Soren into the world in a loving and peaceful way. Giving birth is not an easy or fun thing to do but Diksha was a huge part of showing us that, nevertheless, it can be a blissful experience. ~K & J
Finn born Feb. 9th, 2013 at St Peter's Hospital "During my pregnancy, my husband and I went back and forth on whether we wanted a doula. We didn't think we really needed one, but thought it would be good to have someone help us decide when to go to the Birth House. Eventually we decided to do it and we were fortunate enough to have Diksha. She did so much more than just tell us when to call the midwife. She stayed with us in complete support for 27 hours. She was amazing. Her comfort measures helped tremendously with contractions and she managed to help us stay calm and present. I felt so safe having someone with the incredible knowledge that she has with me throughout this intense experience.
Diksha was also an invaluable resource after the birth. She helped with that difficult first week of nursing and provided sincere and tender emotional support. It was so wonderful to have her with us every step of the way. My husband and I are completely sold on the amazing work that doulas do, and Diksha is truly one of the best. We are so fortunate to have her in this community." Callie and Nuri
Theodor born Jan 18th, 2013 at Madigan Medical Center From the first meeting that we had with Diksha, she felt like an old friend. We decided to hire a doula mostly because we weren't sure if my husband would make it to our birth due to his training schedule in the army. Diksha put our minds at ease, taught us all about labor, and was eternally patient with us (and with our rambunctious toddler at all of our sessions). When I went into labor alone at home, I was in denial that the baby was actually coming. But Diksha convinced me to call my husband back from training (thank goodness, because he made it just in time). She came to my house, breathed and rocked with me at home through my contractions, and I'm convinced that Diksha's calming presence was the only thing that kept me from delivering my baby in her car on the way to the hospital. Everyone should have a German doula because she was great at getting me to the hospital in record time- must have been all that autobahn driving in Germany! Diksha kept me sane, calm, and assured through my super fast 3 hour labor and delivery. I will always treasure my memories of that experience with her, and the photos and videos she took for us were amazing. Diksha has the most calming and serene disposition and I would recommend her without reservation to anyone looking for a doula ~Jackie and Max
Isiah born Dec. 28th, 2012 at Capitol Medical Center Every daddy needs a doula. The misconception is that doula's help the mommy when in fact, I think they are really there for dad. I would have been lost without Diksha. Because of her, my job during the delivery was to hold my wife, shower her with love, and support her in every way I could. I didn't have to remember every detail of our birth plan or what stage of labor we were in. Diksha did. Imagine having someone in the room, other than the doctor, that has seen over 90 births. Now imagine that this person's sole purpose is to support you, your wife, and your new baby in any way possible. This is the gift of a doula. If you can get a doula, get one. If you do, chose Diksha. James & Kat
Betsy born Dec. 12, 2012 - VBAC at St Joseph Hospital
I first learned about doulas (and placenta medicine) in the childbirth education class my husband and I took during my pregnancy with our first daughter. At the time I didn't totally "get it." My knowledge of pregnancy and birth up to that point had been influenced entirely by my OB nurse mother. It was my general impression that birth should occur within the safety and security of a hospital. Doctors would be present, as would be nurses and my husband. Why on earth would I need ANOTHER person to support me?
Then I had my first baby. She was born via a scheduled Cesarian for breech at 39 weeks. It was noon on a Wednesday. I was not devastated by my experience but I was also not overjoyed. I identified three things I wished had been different. One, I did not feel fully informed about my options - for example, it turns out that a scheduled Cesarian at 39 weeks is not the ONLY way to approach a breech baby. Two, I did not feel very "present" during and after delivery - I didn't labor, I had a spinal for the surgery, followed by IV pain medication, then oral narcotics. I was doped up for days and felt removed, sleepy, just not myself. Third, I felt there were considerable gaps in my support network, particularly postpartum. In the months following birth I became extremely isolated. My world had shifted - I now had a BABY, I left my day job, I stopped seeing my childless friends because it felt logistically difficult. An introvert by nature, I sat at home and ruminated about how my life now lacked purpose because I was no longer DOING enough. I ended up in a pretty dark place.
When I became pregnant with baby #2 I knew I wanted the pregnancy and birth to be different, but I wasn't sure what that meant. At the beginning of my second trimester I attended a monthly meeting of the Cesarean and VBAC Support Group seeking information and resources. It was there that I met Diksha. I was immediately taken by her kind, gentle manner, and her well-informed, holistic approach to pregnancy and birth. At the time I was feeling frustrated and unsupported by my OB care provider. Each question I asked about VBACs was met with a noncommittal response - no one seemed to believe my body could deliver this baby on its own. I was beginning to feel like I had failed before being given a chance to start. (I eventually ended up entirely changing my OB care.)
Our initial meet-and-greet with Diksha was eye-opening. I had no idea how much a doula could offer! Having Diksha in our corner made a tremendous difference before, during and after labor.
During our prenatal meetings numerous questions arose that, despite efforts to research on my own, I had not previously considered. At our first prenatal visit I was surprised and intrigued when Diksha turned to my husband and asked what his hopes and concerns were for the birth experience and what support he thought he might need. This was the first time in either pregnancy that anyone had addressed his role in the process. His chief concern was whether he would be "good enough" at supporting me. He felt tremendous pressure to give me what I needed during labor, even though neither of us had a clue what that might be. It is interesting to me that although the vast majority of us will experience or bear witness to childbirth not more than a handful of times, there can be so much pressure on the laboring woman's partner to be the person in charge. It's a big, intimidating event for them, too! What an amazing option it is to have someone with a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide you through the process.
In planning for the birth, my hope was to avoid pain medication. This had far less to do with any philosophical belief about medicated vs. unmedicated birth and far more to do with my desire to feel as present as possible in the experience. Diksha was absolutely fantastic on this front. Numerous times during labor I expressed concern that I wouldn't be able to finish without an epidural. Diksha met my concerns with a variety of comfort measures. She normalized everything that was happening and empowered me to trust that my body COULD do this, it WAS doing this. I had a successful VBAC with no interventions. The experience was indescribable.
In the days and weeks following delivery Diksha checked in on me regularly. Her encouragement that I take things easy and focus on healing my body and spending time with my family was invaluable. I have a very hard time slowing down and am quick to judge myself for not doing enough. It was incredibly soothing to have these regular reminders that I need not be in any kind of rush and that in fact, I am "doing" plenty
Life is busier this second time around - in addition to a baby I also have an active toddler - but I feel much healthier and more together than I did following the birth of my first child. Maybe it's that I've done this before, maybe it's the external support, maybe it's the placenta medicine. Likely it is a combination multiple factors. Regardless, I am SOLD on doulas and on Diksha. Although we don't plan to have more children, I have found myself thinking (MUCH to my surprise, at 8 weeks postpartum) that I'd enjoy having another baby simply because this experience was so amazing and empowering. I would recommend Diksha over and over - we ALL need support! ~Whitney & Luke~
William born Sept 21, 2012 at St Peter's Hospital
When my wife first talked about hiring a doula, I was very skeptical. I was worried that my role in our child's birth would get taken over and I wouldn't have any say about anything. When my wife went into labor the feeling in our house quickly grew to panic. As soon as Diksha arrived we immediately calmed down and she helped us, as a couple, to get into the right frame of mind and prepare for what was about to happen. At the hospital Diksha made sure that our labor team knew what we wanted, and our son was born totally naturally. Had we not had a doula, we probably would have panicked and who knows what would have happened. I would highly recommend Diksha and her services to anyone, especially if having a natural birth is important to you. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to talk more about my experience. ~Jeff S.
Rowan born Sept 25th, 2012 at St Peter's Hospital
My third pregnancy was wrought with misfortune. Diksha helped me survive. I know most stories have a happy connotation but let me tell you what I saw of this strong woman; Miracles. Alright maybe it was not ground-shaking, earth quaking acts of god she was able to perform however she did take my situation which felt completely unmanageable (impossible!) at the time and it became something so beautiful and happy and GOOD in my life that it is literally the best of all my birthing experiences.
Sometimes all a person needs is perspective and support, as well as a little education. This is what Diksha was able to provide me and her help was invaluable. I know many people are capable of performing this crucial role in any pregnancy however I feel this lovely German lady soared above the rest! Her holistic approach to my labor was greatly appreciated and while I had decided long before going to the hospital for induction that I would certainly want an epidural (I had the ‘glory’ of natural birth with my first child) she was able to manage my pain so well with her various labor techniques I thought to myself when it was my last opportunity for the epidural ‘you know I really do not need one!’.
I knew beyond any doubt I could accomplish the labor and delivery naturally without the frantic stress and pain of my prior experiences, all because of her help. Many doctors and nurses had failed me before in a birthing situation and things have been scary before but this time? I felt prepared and ready for the Big Day because I had the support of someone I had come to trust, and I shall until the end of my days.
I had heard of doulas being great in the past but I had always used my husband as my labor coach and support partner. After this? He was fired!! And actually he liked the demotion because it allowed him to enjoy the experience in his own manner, supporting me but not coaching as avidly as I had demanded in the past. During our second child I made him breathe through contractions with me and he hyperventilated and almost passed out, sobbing for mercy because as he reminded me many times he was not enduring the pain of labor with me! It turns out there aremuch better techniques than deep breathing but I admit toward the end I utilized that tool also. Did you know Diksha can also encapsulate your placenta to help with breast milk production while reducing the risk of postpartum depression? She has all kinds of tricks up her sleeve!
I would highly recommend this woman not only to first time mothers but even those who think they are an ‘old pro’ when it comes to birthing. There is something she can teach everyone, and it will enrich and empower you for LIFE.
Love and Light, Kris K.
Kadyn born August 26th, 2013 at St peter's Hospital We found out about Diksha through some friends of ours who had her assist them at their birth. I was privileged to see glimpses of her in action as I was watching their daughter for them during the labor process. I was impressed with Diksha’s presence, her energy, and her knowledge. I had just found out I was pregnant, and after meeting with Diksha we decided she was a good fit for us and we asked her to be our birth doula.
From the day we hired her, Diksha was available to me for any questions or concerns I had. She provided me with tons of information, books, and DVDs about any subject relating to the birth process and parenting that I could come up with. She took the time to get to know me and my husband, and in every conversation we had with her you could tell she was really listening to what we were saying. Our meetings with Diksha were invaluable and I believe they contributed to the incredible (albeit unbelievably intense) labor and birth process we experienced.
Diksha was exactly what I hoped for during my labor process. She gave me support, compassion, strength, and inspiration to keep going. She worked side-by-side with my husband to help me and make the process go as smoothly as possible. She used her many years of experience to help me figure out different positions to keep labor progressing. When at the hospital, she served as an incredible support system to both my husband and myself. She was also my advocate any time an advocate was needed. She supported us physically, mentally, and emotionally from start to finish. When we had a complication after our son’s birth (everything turned out fine), Diksha did everything in her power to reassure me and make me feel safe. She also stayed by my husband’s side while I was in surgery and provided him with all the comfort that was possible. Her postpartum visits are something I look forward to as she provides helpful guidance and suggestions, and she also gave us the space to process the labor and delivery process with her as much as we needed. Diksha also took photographs for us during the process and they are perfect; they’ve allowed us to remember so much more about the process and the start of our son’s life. I felt that Diksha went far beyond the contract we signed with her both in terms of her level of support and the time she gave us through meetings, emails, visits, phone calls, and of course, the labor and delivery process. I know that she and my husband are what carried me through this incredible journey so successfully. Kristy & Adam
Rowan Rose born July 19th, 2012 at the Birth House
From the moment my Husband and I met Diksha we knew instantly that she was supposed to be a part of our birth story. As first time parents we were scared and uncertain how to navigate the crazy, yet beautiful process of pregnancy and birth. Our midwives suggested that we strongly consider hiring a doula to ease our fears and my Husband and I weren’t sure about inviting a stranger into our birth space??? We felt we didn’tneed a doula and that we could get the support we needed from our friends and family. But we kept having unanswered questions and an uneasy feeling…
I had asked my midwife for recommendations on a good doula and she said “Diksha.” She’s like the Cadillac of doulas. She’s the best.” It was of course part of the great plan that my midwife had mentioned her because I had already made an appt. with Diksha to talk about placenta medicine. The moment dear Husband and I first met Diksha everything sort of fell into place and we knew instantly that we had to have her as our doula as well. We asked to work with her and she said, “But you don’t even know me!?”
And that was just it; we didn’t have to know her. It just felt right. She had such a warm, loving, positive energy, it wouldn’t be like she was a stranger in our birth space. She instead was a comforting and experienced sheppard. A birth steward and a healer. It is not often you meet people who are living out their true calling and Diksha is one of the fortunate few. She was called to do this great work with women and births and her passion shows through in everything she does.
Diksha met with us numerous times before the birth and made sure we were properly prepared. We practiced comfort measures and she dropped off her TENS unit, which turned out to be a major source of pain relief throughout my labor.
When the big day came Diksha arrived and took care of me like my own mother would do. She used her bag of doula tricks and her rebozo to help me through the contractions. Before I knew it I was entering transition and it was time to get to the birth center. As I finished laboring in water Diksha took photos of Rowan’s arrival. I am SO grateful for the photos and video she took and 5 months later still look at those birth photos often, and of course, get a little teary…
Afterword, she explained my placenta to me, showing me the different parts (which I thought was truly fascinating,) and then photographed and processed it and had it back to me right away. I was skeptical at first about the power of placenta medicine, but any reservations I had were gone after just the first day of taking the medicine. It works. I was so grateful to have her support in the post partum period. Helping me breast feed and assuring me that the craziness I felt was normal was the most valuable to me. It was such a tender, raw, emotional time, that just having her there checking up on us made those tough early days as a new Mama a lot better. I remember her hugging me as I cried, sweat pouring out of me from my crazy hormones, and she assured me that every day was going to be easier… and she was right. Diksha consistently went above and beyond my expectations of any birth worker. Not because she had to, but because that is just her nature. She is a nurturing and loving woman who is very skilled in her craft and any woman in labor is lucky to have her around. I am whole-heartedly grateful to have had her as my doula and now as my friend. Her unfailing support was key in our birth story. Without her, we might still be searching for that story’s happy ending. Thank you, Diksha. Love, Jerica, Sean and baby Rowan
Baby C born June, 2013 at St Peter's Hospital
After learning that the doula we used for the labor and delivery of our first child had moved, and knowing how instrumental she was in achieving a positive birth experience, we sought out referrals from friends for another doula and Diksha’s name came up again and again.
We found a gem in Diksha; what a blessing she has been to our family. She is a true healer. Her work as a doula is clearly not just a job, but a higher calling. She is calm and intuitive and her presence, before, during and after the birth of our son was positive and totally non-judgmental. With Diksha, there is no agenda. She supported us in pursuing the kind of birth we desired. We never once felt judged for any choices we made before, during or after the birth of our son. When life threw us a curve ball with a very intense and somewhat traumatic labor (polar opposite from our first birth experience), she remained calm and present during a very stressful situation, which helped us to do the same.
In the weeks leading up to our delivery, my husband and I met with Diksha several times to go over birthing positions, our birth plan and pain management techniques, which were all immensely helpful. She is a wealth of knowledge, and, in fact, I was able to use one of the positions we had practiced, which, very likely saved me and my baby from further medical intervention. In addition to her support before and during our birth, our postpartum meetings was priceless, namely with regard to breastfeeding. She helped my son and I achieve a correct latch and position, which saved me from the tremendous discomfort that accompanied the early weeks of breastfeeding my oldest.
After much research and discussion with friends whom had taken the placenta capsules, I decided to take the placenta medicine and am so grateful I did. My husband, who was initially a bit skeptical, is the first to attest to its benefits. I felt balanced and even and better equipped to navigate the transition to a two kid family. We are so grateful to Diksha and recommend her without hesitation to anyone seeking the support of a doula. Sincerely and with much gratitude, Jessica, Michael, Big Brother “K” and Little “C”
Avery and Sawyer born June 15th and 17th at home
When my wife told me we were having twins and wanted to have a home birth, I knew we would need a Doula. We had a Doula with our first son and having her help was one of the best decisions we have ever made. Diksha came very highly recommended by our friends and those recommendations were spot on.
My wife's labor was difficult and spanned three days! Diksha was there for us from start to finish. 72 hours of non stop help, always there every step of the way. I state that because when you think about how amazing that is, its hard to think how anyone could do that. I know through that helping women have a great birth is her passion. She will do whatever it takes to make that happen, I have seen this first hand.
While we did not need the pre birth meetings so much as we have already had a baby it was still very helpful and informative. In addition her per birth and delivery services, her postpartum care is invaluable as well. Her placenta encapsulation was great and made us both feel much better. I would highly recommend placenta encapsulation to any new mother! I can not put into words how grateful I am to Diksha for all her help and love that she has given to my family. I would give her my highest recommendation! ~Tony and Dana
Placenta Testimonial I quickly became interested in the Placenta Medicine after reading that it may help with the baby blues. I have a history with depression and I was well aware that I may be a prime candidate for Postpartum Depression. My husband and I met with Diksha and we knew right away it was something that we wanted to try. My husband was so intrigued that he even asked if he could take it! ( She said he could, but suggested he might want to save it for me.)
I started the pills the day I received them ( just a day after birth). I was having some major breastfeeding challenges, but despite the sad feelings about that, I didn't feel depressed. Diksha was a wonderful support for us. She came to our home to help us with breastfeeding multiple times. She also brought a scale for us to borrow so we knew if Little V was gaining weight. We were not Doula clients of Diksha's, we had just done the placenta meds, and we are forever grateful that she took this time to help when she had no obligation to. I also had a huge abundance of milk, I'm not sure if that was the pills or just my body, but the milk was definitely there!
After the pills ran out, I started taking the tincture. The very first time I had such a burst of energy that I cleaned the whole house! I continue to take it when I am lacking energy, feel emotional, or feel out of sorts. I LOVE the tincture probably take it more often than the average person, but I feel that it really balances my mind and body.
At four months old I gave Little V her first cold. We used her homeopathic remedy and it seemed to knock most of it out. She only had a bit of a runny nose after, but no cough or sneezing. We have also used it a few other times when she was not herself or a change was happening. I am anxious to see it work as she gets older.
I cannot say enough good things about the Placenta Medicine. In all honesty, I could barely look at a picture of a placenta without getting a little queasy, but as I learned about it's amazing properties, I now see it as a life source and a life saver. I truly believe that it saved me from PPD, and it let me enjoy the new life that we had just brought into this world.
Ada born June 2, 2012 cesarean birth at St Peter's Hospital Diksha helped prepare my husband and I for the birth and care of our infant by meeting with us well before the due date to answer our numerous questions. As first-time parents, the knowledge we gained during these meetings put our minds at ease, making us feel more comfortable about the birthing process and we became educated on our options. When my water broke three weeks before my due date, Diksha arrived at the hospital shortly after I called her and she stayed with me, acting as my advocate during the birth experience and providing a calm, reassuring presence during a time when I was concerned about the safety of my child. Also, the postpartum information and support she provided to me after the birth was extremely helpful, especially the lactation advice. I'm delighted that Diksha was our birth doula, and feel like it was one of the best decisions I've made for myself and my daughter. ~ Jen & John
Aveline born April 23th, 2012 at St Joseph Hospital
Birth is hard.
Our first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. Diksha offered the most abundant support; she helped us heal. She gave us hope to move forward and was there for us again during our second and most successful pregnancy.
Diksha is an angel! We feel so blessed that she was an intimate part of my pregnancy and the birth of our daughter. Diksha by my side was the greatest monetary and spiritual investment I have ever made in my life. If it weren’t for her I’m sure I would have had to surrender early to an unnecessary C-section and formula feeding my baby.
Throughout my 50 some hours of labor Diksha was there. All of her –Diksha’s years of experience, wisdom of life, tools of comfort, soothing techniques, humility ; at times calming both me and my husband with words of assurance, and endlessly massaging me (Seriously!! 24hrs of massage at least!!). I felt fiercely protected, safe, and able to slip into the other world of Labor Land knowing Diksha had my back completely. She seemed to always know exactly what I needed without me having to ask… During the pushing phase, what to me seemed like out of nowhere Diksha was fanning me. That cool breeze allowed me to forget that I was hot, and focus on each breath bringing me closer to meeting my sweet baby girl.
After delivery Diksha ensured I did not miss the beautiful birth of my placenta and confronted the nurses in the hospital who threatened my experience of an empowered birth. The nurses informed me minutes after delivering my baby that she didn’t have a good suction and my nipples were not equipped to breastfeed.Diksha blocked further comments, spent hours at my bedside and at home working with baby and me to get a good latch. She gave me a strong mantra—“Women breastfeed not nipple feed.” She coached my husband on how he could assist in our learning process to make this a more gentle experience and lent me breastfeeding videos. During those first few weeks I would watch them at night boosting my confidence and reassuring me when I was most vulnerable. Diksha checked in with us routinely until I felt comfortable with nursing my baby.
The placenta capsule’s and tinctures provide tremendous support. They made a big difference with the transition during the early postpartum period, and the tincture helps soothe my baby.In retrospect I can’t believe some people see this practice is odd…once you’ve experienced the benefits you’ll know. Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to hire her again. Birth is hard, but having Diksha by your side will certainly soften the experience. ~Linnea & David
Hazel born April 16, 2012 cesarean birth at St Peter's Hospital
It's difficult to say in words how much Diksha's presence at Hazel's birth meant to us. Diksha graciously accepted our request for her to be our birth doula with very short notice. I learned so many things from her in a short time and will forever be grateful. Her steady and calming presence at my long labor was just what I needed. She worked with us as a team, making sure both my husband and I were well. She also brings knowledge of the ins and outs of hospital life; which helped when we needed interpretation of what the nurses were telling us. We feel very fortunate to have had an amazing doula like Diksha at the birth of our daughter. Thank you! ~Miranda & Dan`
Jonah born April 1st, 2012 at St Peter's Hospital I was scheduled to have a c-section on March 16th due to a complete placenta previa. On March 2nd, I found out my placenta had moved and I was given the ok to have a vaginal birth! I had met Diksha in December 2011 and thought she was very sweet and knowledgeable. When I found out the good news, I contacted her to see if she would be our doula. My due date was only 4 weeks away so I didn't expect her to have an opening. I was so excited when she told me she could fit us into her schedule!
I didn't have a lot of knowledge about natural births because I had spent most of my pregnancy preparing for a c-section. Diksha provided us with a ton of essential information during our prenatal visits in the comfort of our own home. She also gave us insight into certain aspects of birth we weren't aware of. During our prenatal visits, my extremely shy cat came out of hiding and let Diksha pet her. Witnessing this touching moment further confirmed my decision about having her has our doula. I felt a lot more confident about the idea of giving birth and becoming a mother after our visits.
Diksha truly shined when the big day arrived. Even though she had just finished attending another birth, she stayed by my side during my 24 hour labor. I wanted to labor in water so she made sure we had the room with a large tub. She transformed the hospital bathroom into an inviting space, complete with candles and music. She seemed to know exactly what I needed during each stage of labor. If it weren't for Diksha, I probably wouldn't have made it through the toughest parts. Being in her calm and experienced hands made my husband and I feel safe and reassured. Diksha also took beautiful pictures of my labor and delivery which we'll cherish forever.
Diksha's postpartum visits were invaluable as well. She gave me much needed breastfeeding support and her techniques did the trick. We reviewed my birth experience which helped me process the journey and ingrain the details into my memory. Diksha provided me support in addition to the postpartum visits which really I'm thankful for. I utilized Diksha's placenta encapsulation services and I believe it helped stave off postpartum depression and increase my breast milk supply. The dehydrated umbilical cord, placenta photographs, and print she provided are such wonderful keepsakes for my son.
My birth experience was all that I dreamed of and so much more. I attribute this to having Diksha as my doula. My son was brought into this world gently and naturally which I'm eternally grateful for. My family and I are so blessed to have Diksha in our lives. I highly recommend Diksha's services to anyone who is considering having a doula.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Love, Krystal, Henry, Jonah, Major, and the cats
Emilee born March 8th, 2012 at home
One night I decided to attend the Meet the Doula Night at Around the Circle Midwifery. Not sure exactly what to expect, or knowing much about doulas. All I knew is I wanted to create a better birth experience for my second pregnancy. The first person I saw when walking in was Diksha. She greeted me with a warm smile. She asked questions to get to know me right away. She even took me on a tour of the birth center, as I was curious of what a birth center actually was. I knew after interviewing her that I wanted my fiance to meet her.We set up a date and time to meet. Ethan absolutely loved her. There was no question that she was going to be our doula. This was the best decision we could have made for our birth experience. Not only because we were going to have an awesome doula, but Diksha recommended a wonderful midwife to us, as well as a chiropractor. She helped build my birth team. She was there for me during the most difficult times in my pregnancy. Being a person with high anxiety, I was constantly worried about the position of my baby and ending up with a c-section. She helped reassure me everything will be OK, no matter the outcome. My birth was going to be beautiful no matter what. The calming, confident attitude she presented helped me to stay calm. When we were certain baby was staying in the breech position, we attempted an ECV (external cephalic version). Diksha came with us for support (twice). Even though it was unsuccessful, I was able to stay confident and happy because she helped prepare me for either outcome.
We were able to birth our little girl at home. She stayed by my side the whole time. Talked with me in between contractions and helped me stay calm during them. She remembered everything we had talked about before the birth, which was wonderful as I wouldn't have been able to remember anything I wanted for my birth during that time. Never once did I feel judged for my decisions. Having this strong,wise, and confident woman by my side during this most intimate time in my life was very special to me.
After the birth she checked in on me often. She even took our 2 year old for a day to let us rest. I truly believe I gained a wonderful life long friend. I don't know what I would have done without her. There is no question that our birth experience would not have been so perfect without Diksha. It's hard not to fall in love with her.
She encapsulated my placenta, as well as made a tincture and homeopathic from it. She made a picture of my placenta, and it hangs above my daughters crib. The way she positioned the placenta for the picture reminds me of a "tree of life". I smile every time I look at it.
The primary meaning of Diksha: a transfer of spiritual knowledge. There is no doubt that Diksha is exactly this.
Thank you Diksha for everything. You not only helped with making our birth experience wonderful, but I feel you helped me grow as a woman. I'm stronger from this for so many reasons. My family absolutely adores you. Isla asks about you often, and I will always remember Emilee responding to your voice in my womb. You will always hold a special spot in my heart.
We love you! Ethan, Amber, Isla, and Baby Emilee
Niva born December 5th,2011 VBAC at St Peter's Hospital Fairly new to town, I was expecting our second child and was hoping to have a VBAC delivery. Frustrated with the lack of information among providers and hospitals, I felt that I needed the support of a knowledgeable and experienced birthing coach. I attending the VBAC and Cesarean Support Group Meeting one evening and met Diksha. Throughout the meeting, I was struck by her calm, confident, non-judgmental, and sensitive demeanor. I appreciated that she was such a good listener. In addition, I was delighted to learn about all of her education and prior experience with VBACs. She had a great rapport with my providers and hospital staff, and those I spoke with held her in high regard. Our time with Diksha was precious. I immediately felt great comfort after our first prenatal meeting, and my family and I continued to love our interaction with her. During the birth of our daughter, she was strong, supportive, and nurturing. I remember multiple times throughout my labor, being impressed that she knew exactly what would bring me relief and how to handle situations. Likewise, following birth, her services were very thorough. We have deep gratitude for our birthing experience, and feel blessed that Diksha was part of that experience! ~John, Heidi, Liv and Niva
Garrett born November 15th, 2011 Tacoma General
I'm huge on first impressions, and as soon as I met Diksha, I knew she was the calm and confident partner that I wanted at my son's birth. She provided a wealth of information and resources leading up to my labor, and in the final days of my pregnancy, she offered excellent and trustworthy advice when I passed my due date, and Diksha has the talent of knowing just the right things to say (and not to say) to pregnant and laboring women. She knew exactly what I needed at each stage of my pregnancy and labor. I will always be grateful to her for that wisdom. Her strong voice and gentle nature soothed me through all of the stages of my labor, letting me know that everything I was experiencing was normal and natural. When we had an early-labor scare, she was my rock. When I was too shaken up to voice my needs, she remembered exactly how I wanted things set up in the room and got everything in place. She found my favorite affirmations and began reading them to me. She reminded me that my husband was right there with me, and that I could draw strength from him. She got me back on track and moved me back into the smooth and spiritual labor I had hoped for. Without Diksha, Garrett's birth would not have been nearly as beautiful as it was with her there as our guide. Her work and her methods are invaluable. If we are ever blessed enough to give birth again, we won't do it without her! ~Joy
Elias born September 6th, 2011 VBAC at St Peter's Hospital
When I found out that I was pregnant, I knew that I wanted to have a vaginal birth, after my first child was delivered C-Section. Attempting a VBAC ended up being a lot more work than I anticipated, especially communicating with my health care providers. I felt trapped, not being able, legally, to have a home birth or deliver at a birthing center... going to the hospital was my only option. I felt extremely discouraged by some of the doctors who were in charge of my care. They were less interested in helping my obtain my VBAC goal than in their own personal liability. Meeting Diksha was a total confidence booster and I knew after our meet and greet that she would be present at my son's birth. Our prenatal visits were extremely informational, fun and bonding, not only for myself, but my husband as well. It seemed like the odds were stacked against me, especially after being admitted into the hospital and having to decline pain medication (multiple times!), being asked to remain in bed and asked by anesthesiology to be transferred to another hospital. I don't know how we would have gotten over these hurdles if it hadn't been for Diksha. She was ready after ever consultation with information about interventions, she got me up and moving which progressed my labor and she filled me with encouraging words... calling me "Buddha Momma" and "strong and powerful"... making me believe it even when I felt like quitting! I am so grateful to have found her, she is not only an amazing doula, but a friend that I plan on keeping for a life time. We all love you so much Diksha! We are blessed to have you in our lives! Jacci, Phil, Kaya and Elias.
Samantha born September 9, 2011 at home
Samantha is our first child and as we prepared for her arrival we researched the birth options available. We choose a home birth with midwife and began to make plans. At first we did not even know what a Doula was or how integral a role one could play. We interviewed several Doulas and selected Diksha. She has a wealth of information and presented topics to us that we had not thought of even though of. Diksha’s professionalism is top notch and we appreciated how she asked questions to be sure our birth experience was everything we could ever want.
Diksha was extremely helpful and a part of the birth team we had assembled. When labor began she was a great resource for both encouragement and as a coach to remind us of comfort measures first on the phone and then when she arrived in person. During Active labor Diksha used her Rebozo to help in the final birthing position, we thought Wendi would pull her in the tub but didn’t. Diksha even found time to meet our needs between contractions which included water, cold compresses for Wendi’s head as well as loving encouragement which gave us strength to continue. In addition to all the support Diksha somehow found time to take the most amazing photos of the process including the moment of birth of our sweet Samantha. After the birth of Samantha, Diksha helped with thoughtful help around the house so we could devote all of our time to our new baby for the precious hours after birth.
The follow up visits with Diksha have yielded even more information to help us on our journey with Samantha. As a new breastfeeding mother Diksha’s help and knowledge has made this experience better. We also decided to take advantage of the Placenta Medicine she offers and are happy with the current and future benefits that it all will provide.
If we have another child we most definitely want Diksha to be part of that experience. Although we were not sure we needed a doula for our birth, we can’t imagine not having Diksha be part of it. We would encourage anyone who isn’t sure if they need a doula that you not only need a Doula, you need it to be Diksha and you will not be disappointed, she will exceed all expectations. Wendi & Stan
Julian born August 3, 2011 at St Peter's Hospital My family is truly grateful for the honor of working with Diksha. During my previous pregnancy I worked with a different doula whose knowledge and level of support did not come close to the gift we received in Diksha. From the very first meeting, she shared a wealth of helpful information and planning tools. She also became a close, trusted member of the support team through her generous, accepting and loving spirit. She made our entire family feel at ease and supported.
My delivery was much earlier and faster than expected, so all of our excellent plans went out the window. The birth was so quick that Diksha made it after our little Julian was born. With that said, I thought of Diksha and the many things she taught me as I labored. Even without being there, she was a comfort to me. When she arrived at the hospital she was by my side making sure I knew what was happening, that my wishes were being honored, and that my family was supported in every way possible. She followed up with several wonderful visits to provide nurturing, sustenance, advice, help with my older son and our dog, and even help around the house. I took advantage of the placenta medicine and was happy I did because I did not experience postpartum blues and had energy despite the extensive trauma to my body following the birth. My family loves Diksha and will always be thankful for all she did for us throughout this birth experience. She made it an unforgettable one in which we all felt supported and loved. Olivia & Andy
Cora born July, 25th 2011 at home
We were so thrilled with Diksha as our doula! Diksha was our support for the birth of our second child and our second home birth. We had a wonderful doula for our first birth so I already knew that a doula was an important part of a natural birth.Diksha brought so much more to the birth experience than I had known before. I was especially grateful to her for her massage skills, comfort measures, the TENS unit was a life saver, and being able to take advantage of her placenta encapsulation services was a real benefit. Her services before, during and after birth are so thorough.I wonder how we ever did it without her! -~Kristy Woodford
Olive born July 19th, 2011 at Tacoma General
Two months earlier than we were "supposed" to be greeting our child; lower back pains and spotting and it was time to go to the hospital. our wonderful, wonderful midwife came to meet us and helped us through the rough procedure to attempt to slow contractions. they were all successful and the contractions slowed down dramatically. she would be leaving on an important trip the very next day (the only trip she was taking the whole season) and we were very worried that if the baby came and there were problems that we would be facing some very scary hospital protocol and heightened emotions all by ourselves. she left that night and came back the next morning with a woman whose tall and capable frame radiated an ease and comfort in the strange plastic environment of the hospital. Our midwife introduced her as Diksha and told us that if the baby was coming that she wanted us to have the same care and love that she would give us and that no one would be able to do that better than Diksha. We again felt safe and so, so lucky and even blessed. we said farewell to our midwife and bye to our new friend and doula.
The next day the contractions started to escalate and it became very apparent that the baby was ready. We called Diksha and she came all the way up to Tacoma as quickly as she could. Once there she began to weave her presence with ours. The mood changed from one of worry to one of acceptance and allowance. The new task was to allow the child to be born and to be brave, ever so brave at whatever that might mean.
Diksha melded with the process in such a beautiful way. She firmly applied pressure, with her long fingers and strong hands, on my partners hips, to ease the huge rising of inner pressure against them. she swayed and hummed to the rhythm of the contractions, holding my partners hand, channeling the strength that is inside every woman to undergo the magnificent process of birth. Diksha was forward, plaintive and open in dealing with the staff at the hospital, helping us to get exactly what we wanted and needed to have a harmonious birth inside the strange hospital setting we never expected to have to visit.
After nearly three days of labor i saw a change come over my partner and knew inside myself that her and the baby had made the agreement. Her water broke in the bathtub, lit dimly by small electric candles that our doula had brought. Diksha stepped back as my partner and I bonded as we never had before in the final thirty minutes of labor. A beautiful baby girl was born. More beautiful than anything else I can imagine. kicking screaming and in perfect health.
Diksha was ready with her camera to capture an amazing picture of our baby girl taking her first breaths in her new outside world of constant changes. She immediately scooped up the placenta as it fell out and signified the childs true biological independence from her mother.
She was so pleased and so proud of us, and us of her. She left quickly so as to begin processing the placenta (those things don't keep don't-ya-know) giving us all huge hugs and her wonderful smile.
Diksha came to our home the second day after we had been home. She had processed the placenta into capsules, that my partner took regularly as to help her recovery, and tinctures, one for baby and one for mother, that were used in times of transition and one stuffy nose. It had all been processed in such a way as to make the benefits and the nutrients most easily available. She had also taken beautiful pictures of the placenta, showing all the beautiful branches of the tree of life that had built our child. Diksha understood that we have no excess of wealth and we were able to easily set up a convenient payment plan with her. The experience was much valuable to her than any monetary reward, anyway. Although she is very, very busy we have kept in contact with Diksha, and she has helped us with other parenting sundries, whenever possible. But really keeping in contact doesn't even seem so important. Diksha is forever linked with us in a way that nobody could ever explain or give words to. Her role in bringing our beautiful daughter into our lives is not anything to be understood, but it will be with us forever. Thank you Diksha. Mell & Clell
Braedon born June 3rd, 2011 at St Peter's Hospital This is our first child and without the support of Diksha, I don’t know how things would have progressed. Braedon was very active throughout the 37+ hour labor and didn't want to leave his comfy world. I fought through what I'm told was a hard labor - starting at 4:30am June 2nd. I labored at home with my husband until 5pm when Diksha arrived. With her support, we managed to continue to labor at home until 11pm in the evening before going to the hospital. Labor progressed and we thought he would be here the morning of the 3rd, but after several hours of pushing, he wouldn't budge, forcing me to stop and wait until the right time for all. Braedon was finally born at 6:52pm, June 3rd - 7lbs 3oz, 20 inches - and perfectly healthy!
Diksha played a major role in the birth of our son. She provided the encouragement and support that both my husband and I needed. When I felt like I had failed because things did not go as planned, Diksha provided the comfort I needed to push forward and have a successful birth. She and my amazing husband stuck by my side throughout the long, stressful and tiring labor. Her guidance and support gave my husband the confidence needed to help me through this process. I don’t know what we would have done without her. She continues to be a support as we transition into parenthood. She’s an amazing person, a true friend, and if we ever decide to have another child, I will call on her again!
Thank you for all your support! Kris, Patrick, and Braedon
Luna born May 11th, 2011 at the Birth House
Within all the transitions that starting a family brings, we highly recommend having Diksha as your Doula. We enjoyed her care tremendously! Diksha is highly-skilled, professional, and extremely caring. She is one of the hardest working people we know. Diksha has a huge heart and gives all of it. We love you Diksha! Thank you for helping our family ;-) Satori & Jason + Isis & Luna
Lucas born April 14th, 2011 at Madigan Medical Center
Considering my family history our birth was supposed to be a difficult one. With both my mother and my sister having to have cesarean births due to being diagnosed with CPD (cephalopelvic disproportion) we pretty much expected the same thing. Still, I was hoping and praying to have a natural birth. And I firmly believe that including Diksha in our travel to parenthood was the decision that made the difference. The prenatal care was amazing. I could call Diksha anytime for any questions I had. Her extensive knowledge, books and resources empowered us as a couple to trust in my body and in the process of birth. Our birth was amazing. It is hard to describe with words what transforms into a new human being. But it was due to Diksha that I and my husband brought our son into this world surrounded by trust, peace and love.
Diksha's commitment did not stop with the birth. It was afterwards that we truly needed her and she never failed us. It was our postpartum time that was the true challenge and it meant the world to me that I could always count on her. I am truly grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful birth and thank Diksha for her companionship and friendship. To anybody who is considering to choose Diksha as their doula I can - without any hesitation and a joyous heart – only recommend her! ~Vanessa & Jeremy
Gavin born February 13th, 2011 - cesarean birth at St Peter's Hospital
When we decided to have a doula, we interviewed several.Immediately after meeting Diksha we knew she was the one for us.She was warm, genuine, and very attentive to our needs and plans for our birth and our baby.During our 38 hour labor, NOTHING went as planned except for the end result, our beautiful baby boy Gavin J .Diksha pulled out many tricks in order to make me feel special and taken care of.We don’t know what we would have done without her.It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, and she helped me with that.I wouldn’t have wanted to share this experience with anyone else.She was so knowledgeable and could even tell just by my contraction pattern what was going on in there!It was amazing.Not only was she essential for our labor, but the prenatal visits and post-partum visits were a God send.She provided us with books, DVD’s and advice that helped us with sleepless nights, breastfeeding, and being new parents. I am truly thankful for her and my husband swears by doulas now!Diksha will always be a part of our family. I feel that I didn’t just gain a doula, or a positive birth experience, but a friend as well.For that I am so thankful. Daniella & Chris
Connor born January 29th, 2011 at St Peter's Hospital
Having the constant, supportive, reassuring, optimistic and nurturing presence of Diksha as our doula during a 12 hour labor was absolutely the most important factor in being able to successfully birth my first child, Connor, weighing 8 # 10 oz completely naturally at St Peter hospital. I didn’t even have an IV started or my blood drawn during our hospital stay. My husband was able to relax and really be present for me and the birth of our son, because he also felt supported in his role as birth partner by Diksha. Diksha used a lot of different techniques including massage, hot tub, aromatherapy, position changes, hot and cold compresses, music, and more to keep me as comfortable and relaxed as possible during labor and birth. Diksha provided a lot of resources prior to delivery that helped Steve and I prepare for our sons birth and make informed decisions. Steve, baby Connor and I are very grateful to have had Diksha as our doula. Thank You!!! Gabrielle O’Sullivan
Nico born December 19th, 2010 at St Peter's Hospital
The final month of pregnancy, we decided to find a doula – in the hopes of bridging the gap between the gentle, non-medicated birth we desired and the hospital environment in which we’d be birthing. We were given Diksha’s name, and within minutes of meeting her over coffee for the first time, we felt that it was meant to be. We can’t imagine having given birth with anyone else.
Diksha’s presence in our hospital room was incredibly calm and grounding. She protected our little temporary birthing space and helped to transform it into someplace very sacred – more than just bridge the gap, she actually made the hospital feel like a great place for us to be. When the second stage of labor ended up being longer than expected, she was amazing at helping both Mom and Dad to focus, keep our energy up, try different positioning, and to journey through it. Diksha is truly in her element as a doula. She has both a powerfulness that made us feel safe, and a softness that welcomed the very private and spiritual side of birthing.
Within twelve or so hours of welcoming our little one, Diksha had already encapsulated the placenta and was back in our hospital room with much needed advice for aftercare, breastfeeding, and simply processing the birth -- and of course, this care continued after we were back home, where we continued to receive her generosity and compassion. We’re so thankful to have found Diksha, and we’re so thankful that she was there to help welcome our son into the world. Anna & Spencer Nico was born at 12:19 am and was 10 lbs. 1 oz, 23" and his head was 14,5" big. His mom pushed for almost 5 hours and was incredible strong. The whole labor and delivery floor was very impressed.
Anakiah born December 17th, 2010 at the Birth House
Anytime I needed Diksha, she was always there (in person or to talk), no matter what time of day or night it was. Her visits are completely tailored for you and your whole family's needs. She works with whatever you want for your birth and does not try to push you toward another direction.
During my long labor, she made sure I stayed hydrated, and had protein and food in my system even though it was not the first thing on my mind. One time, she spent hours with me walking in a park at snail speed and at 6 cm dilated... in very cold weather. It was nice to know that she had been through this herself before, and that she has a lot of wonderful experience from helping other family's bring their babies into the world.
The encapsulated placenta was something that I thought was pretty weird and wanted no part of, but I ultimately did try it. The pills were awesome and I felt great! Alyson & Blaque Anakiah Mya Williams was born at 12:32 pm and weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces and 18 2/3 inches long. Her mom labored for 5 days and had a unmediated birth. Wow, what a strong and president woman.
Kalani born November 22, 2010 at home
When my partner, Candace, and I met Diksha for the first time we felt as if our prayers had been answered. She respected our birth philosophy completely, which felt wonderful coming from someone so experienced and well-informed. Whereas the hospital we'd been going to for prenatal check-ups felt sterile and machine-like, and tended to stress us out, every visit with Diksha was reassuring, full of information to give us confidence and faith in the ability of Candace's body to do what it had been designed to do: deliver a healthy baby. As we got closer to Candace's due date, Diksha continued to keep us fully informed of all our options and made sure that we didn't feel pressured to do things only one way. This stood in stark contrast to our care providers at the hospital and even our extended family, all of whom were determined to be anxious and stressed about the process, as if billions and billions of women haven't successfully given birth outside of hospitals all over the world for millennia. When we finally decided to opt for a home birth, she helped us to get in contact with wonderful midwives who quickly showed themselves to be just as much a blessing as Diksha was. When it finally came time for our son to be born (active labor began at 5am), Diksha arrived ready to go, clearly in her element, her presence once again putting our minds at ease immediately. It was obvious that she recognized birth to be a beautiful, natural, exciting process, which was exactly how we felt. She and her energy were so welcome in our lives at this wonderful transition point; we really couldn't have asked for anyone better. Candace & Travis
Kalani Sephirot Leenheer LeBlanc was born at 11:37 AM on November 22nd, 2010. He came out 18 inches long, weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces (about 3 kilograms).
Atira born August 13, 2010 at the Birth House My midwife had said a kind word about Diksha to us at a prenatal appointment and a couple of weeks later I attended the birth and beyond event at the library and saw a women across the room who I was instantly drawn to. Minutes later I discovered that this women was Diksha the doula. I listened to her speech at the event and liked her presence. I knew in my heart already that I liked her energy and would end up choosing her as my doula. My husband liked her too and we hired her as our doula. Our prenatal appointments with Diksha were great! We talked for hours and it was so comfortable, she always made us feel we could say anything and not to be judged. She is sweet funny and a pleasant person to be around. She had lots of good information and answered a lot of questions. During my labor she had a mother like feeling to me, in a good way. She helped me with massage and just her presence was calming and made me and my husband feel safe. The extra confidence she gave my husband was invaluable. I had a amazing beautiful labor and natural birth and truly believe that the safety and confidence I felt from my doula and midwife played a huge role in that. I had Diksha encapsulate my placenta and make a homeopathic tincture and that has been very helpful and just cool to have for the future. We now have a beautiful baby girl and I look back on the birth experience with intense happiness and love.
Thank you Diksha, from the bottom of our hearts. XOXO, Kate & William & Atira Thompson
Annalisa born May 3, 2010 at St Peter's Hospital
I was so fortunate to have found Diksha! I was put on bed rest for the last 8 weeks of my pregnancy and I needed a doula that could support me during this time. Diksha helped tremendously by caring for my 2 year old son who developed a bond with Diksha and her children. She also brought me wonderful birthing books and videos. The video "Birth as We Know It " inspired and empowered me and was exactly what I needed to watch in order to have my water birth. I had a dream of a birth and Diksha was instrumental in making that happen. My water broke at midnight and I immediately went into labor. I called Diksha on the way to the hospital and she arrived within minutes after us. I forgot our camera but Diksha had brought hers and took photos. While I was in labor she stayed present with me massaging my back and knowing exactly what to say to help my body relax and transform the intense energy of my contractions into feelings of bliss. After my daughter was born she suggested that we move the baby warmer over me so that I could continue to hold my daughter skin to skin. I would not have thought to ask the nurse to do this but Diksha made it possible. At one point I became dizzy and felt like I might pass out and Diksha gave me honey sticks, which immediately relived me. Before saying goodby she left me with food, peppermint oil (in case I felt dizzy again) and some tea lights to create a warm and magical ambiance in our room. When I returned home I had a array of beautiful waiting for me. She encapsulated my placenta and dried part of my daughters umbilical cord and placed it in a lovely box. I took the capsules and noticed a significant difference in my mood and energy level as compared to the birth of my son. Diksha embodies all the qualities I was looking for in a Doula. She is thoughtful, caring and compassionate and was always there to help with anything I needed. ~Marissa & Marius
Annalisa was born at 1:03 and was 6lbs. 3oz. at 36 weeks. Her mom had a super fast and blissful labor.it.
Shawn born March 25, 2010 at St Joseph Hospital
Two weeks before my due date, I had decided to switch from birth center to hospital birth. Diksha moved right with me through this difficult decision and helped me stay focused on my natural birth intent, despite my hospital fears. She prepared me in only two visits with knowledge of birth positions, birth situations and various comforting methods during labor. Because of her own experience with HypnoBirthing, what was also my way of approaching birth, Diksha was totally in tune with me, and Shawn Maximilian arrived fast and safe in this world, and on my chest. I still ingest capsules with powder made out of my placenta that Diksha had prepared after my birth. I am so grateful that also this wish of mine came full circle. ~Katrin Rippel Shawn was born at 11:57 am and was 6lbs. His mom beautifully danced the dance of labor.
Owen born January 13th, 2010 St Peter's Hospital
We are so thankful to have met Diksha and to have her support as our Doula during the labor and birth of our baby. Her attention and focus was much appreciated. She provided a strong, steady energy that filled the room with comfort. Her pre-birth consultations were social and purposeful, helping us determine and visualize what we wanted in a birth. Since our birth was not without complication, Diksha again provided a "big picture" perspective when she reminded us to get some 'skin on skin' time before Owen was whisked away. For this, and much more, we will always be thankful for. Drew and Coral Macy
Thurston born January 29, 2010 at home
Diksha’s confidence, knowledge, and willingness to answer any of our many questions was a gift. Her experience and calming presence was a large part of allowing us to be relaxed enough before and during our labor to have the kind of birth that we wanted, safe and comfortable in our own home. Knowing that we could call her with any concern we had was a great source of comfort and we would recommend her to anyone expecting a baby in the Olympia area. Audrey & Rick
Thurston was born at 10:50 am and was 8lbs. 14 oz. .
Agnes born January 10, 2010 at home
For my second child, my husband and I initially planned a hospital birth with nurse midwives. I hired Diksha to provide labor support, for my husband as much as for me. From the start, her compassionate presence and sustained generosity told me that I was wrong not to expect love and support from the people attending my labor. She was fully engaged with my physical and emotional progress as I moved toward birth. She cared about my first birth experience and truly helped me to heal from it. Midway through my term my husband and I decided to return to the same licensed midwife practice we used for our older child's birth, and to have our baby at home.
After 19 hours of labor, Agnes was born at home in the water. Diksha helped me with positioning, offered massage and aromatherapy, and encouraged me to draw from my own reserves of strength. She also brought us delicious food to eat! Having both of my daughters caught by the same midwife--the first baby in the hospital, the second at home--closed the circle for me in a way that is difficult to describe. If I endured my first labor, I can honestly say that I was nourished and strengthened by the second. Diksha was instrumental in allowing this to happen.
After Agnes' birth, Diksha helped to clean our home. She preserved and encapsulated my placenta, an incredibly valuable service that she performed joyfully. During my term, I appreciated the books and other informational resources Diksha lent me; the time she spent with my husband and me; and the friendship her children forged with mine. She is a special person, and my husband and I recommend her and her services wholeheartedly. Carrie & Toni
Sweet Agnes was born at 2:01 am and was 8lbs. 14oz. Her parents are just amazing!
Dahlia born September 4, 2009 at St Peter's Hospital We are completely amazed by the assistance that Diksha has provided us on every step of our journey of parenthood. When I was 41 weeks pregnant, I suddenly found myself in need of a new doula. My husband, Zakk, and I knew that our first call would be to Diksha, who we had met when she assisted in our childbirth education class. Thankfully, her schedule opened up. She instantly made us feel comfortable and secure that she would be a strong advocate and source of strength. She brought us resources from her lending library and stayed with us until she was sure she understood our desires for labor. I am particularly grateful that she helped me avoid a scheduled induction, which I did not want, by encouraging me to trust my instincts and lending me a book of natural home remedies for pregnancy. I took a castor oil induction (which my midwife said was okay) and, less than a day later, Diksha met me and Zakk at St. Pete's Hospital.
Diksha's help was invaluable during my labor and delivery. We were relieved that she knew the procedures, so we did not have to worry about anything. Once in the room, she instantly created a more pleasant environment by dimming the lights and making an alter of comfort items I had brought. While I underwent the annoying fetal monitoring, she reassured me that the warm tub was waiting for me and she showed my husband how to rub my back and sooth me. Throughout my short, four hour, labor, she made sure that I was comfortable and relaxed, which helped tremendously with my pain management. She made me feel secure in following my instincts to labor primarily alone on the toilet.
Crucially, I trusted that she was alert on my behalf of decision-making moments. In each such moment, Diksha served as an invaluable, intelligent, and compassionate advocate on my behalf. Most importantly, she helped us avoid a vacuum extraction, with its increased probability of cesarean birth, by instructing me to push my baby out before the midwife had time to get the equipment. I was completely oblivious to the midwife's concerns (and happily so), making Diksha's alertness even more important. I will always remember that Diksha's gentle voice was the spark that brought my little Dahlia into the world.
I am particularly awestruck by Diksha's postpartum support. She visited in the hospital and made sure I was well taken care of and had sitz bath herbs and arnica for healing. She came and sat with me when I felt devastated that Dahlia had to stay in the NICU for jaundice. After coming home with a healthy baby, I saw or spoke with Diksha several times a week. She brought us a breast pump, videos, and books from her extensive lending library. She had intelligent answers to all my questions and helped mentor me in motherhood. Diksha even fostered a friendship with another new mom and connected me with other resources in the community.
I had a difficult postpartum healing process and do not know how I could have made it through without Diksha's help. Whether I needed a shoulder to cry on, someone to come and hold my baby for a while, or answers regarding how I could better heal, Diksha was there for me. At eight weeks postpartum, I underwent outpatient surgery to restitch my tear, and I knew that she would be there for me. She not only drove me and stayed with me through the surgery, but she came to help with the house and baby in the days following recovery. She made sure my house did not dissolve into chaos, I had healthy food to eat, and I had time to recuperate while my baby was happy in her arms.
Through her diligent efforts, compassionate soul, and vast knowledge of birth and beyond, Diksha has far exceeded our expectations for a doula. She has become part of our family. I recommend her services without reservation. -Rebekah Zinn
Sweet little Dahlia was born at 7:01pm and was 9 lbs. 8oz. Rebekah was just amazing, 4 hours of labor for a first time mom with a over 9lbs baby .... She told us right after the birth that she could have a thousand babies.
Rippley born September 13, 2009 at Madigan Medical Center At one point in time I felt that I could never overcome my post traumatic birth experience. I needed someone to tell me that how I was feeling was perfectly okay and in no way reflected what kind of person I was or what type of mother I would be to my child.That person for me was Diksha. Diksha became more than just a doula, she became a friend. And, like friends do, she supported me and reminded me of all the positive things about myself, my body, and my baby. In the end she took what I already knew and re-enforced it. My birth was a quick one, everyone (including my husband and children) missed it but I was able to walk into that hospital, alone, and birth my baby knowing that I wasn’t the only one who had faith in me. Without fear and without doubt, birthing my baby became just as natural as nature intended it to be; A beautiful and loving life changing experience. ~ Vontrice
Sweet Rippley was born at 5:21 am 5 to 10 min. after her mom arrived at the hospital. Her mom only pushed once. Ripley is the fourth child and was 7lb 13.8 oz.
Magnolia born August 30, 2009 at St Peter's Hospital Diksha, thank you so much for the warmth and loving spirit that you brought to Maggie's birth. Your knowledge and support helped us to have a fantastic birth experience. We really appreciated the positive attitude and intentions toward relationship building that you brought to the hospital and your interactions with the staff there. Having a natural childbirth in a hospital setting was what we wanted and that's exactly what we got. Thank you! ~Dawn
Tobi born August 29, 2009 at St Peters Hospital Diksha helped to make the birth experience for our son so special. We had an epidural with our first child and really wanted to experience natural childbirth the second time. Diksha made it possible for the awesome experience of natural childbirth to happen for us. We still talk about how wonderful it was to walk through the different stages of labor together as a couple and to have Diksha there to navigate us through. She had great suggestions for my husband to help me through labor.She came to our house to teach us different positions and relaxation techniques during a prenatal visit.She helped to set the mood in the hospital room.She knew when to step in and assist – giving foot massage during active labor and speaking words of encouragement when the labor was really rough. We could tell that she was honored and excited to be there as our son came into the world.We would want Diksha present at all of our births in the future because she made it so meaningful.Thank you Diksha so very much!! ~ Sarah and Chris Little Tobi was born at 1:23 am and 8 lbs. 4 oz. What a healing experience and wonderful birth.
Max born July 9, 2009 at St Joseph Hospital
Diksha was at the birth of our son, Max. As first time parents we are very grateful that she was! Max was 4 weeks early and we had not finished our birthing classes let alone all of the other last minute things that get done when your having a baby.
We had our first doula appointment with Diksha 2 days before Max was born and she was so helpful with letting us know what to expect, and what she could do for us. She also helped us find the answers to a bunch of questions that we had been pondering.
The next time we met Diksha we were in labor and she was fantastic! Once active labor hit there was no way I was able to focus on anything but the contractions and because Diksha was there, my partner was able to focus solely on helping me with labor. And Diksha was there to coach him so he didn't have the pressure of trying to remember everything he'd read and learned in the few classes we had.
After Max was born, Diksha was so helpful in giving us resources to help us on our new journey as parents. She was also great and checking in with us to make sure we were doing ok.
We were so blessed to have Diksha with us during this time. She is an excellent doula, and we would recommend her services to anyone having a baby, especially first time parents. - Erika, Matt, & Max Sweet Max was born at 4:05 am .He was 7lbs and 19 inches. Good job Mama .
Ishani born July 6, 2009 at St Joseph Hospital Diksha was truly an invaluable part of my birthing experience!
Though I’d planned on a home birth (I was born at home and always wanted the same when I had my own children), my water broke and labor started a month before my due date. So, instead of my vision of midwife, doula, and a couple of close family members at home, we were sent to a hospital birthing center thirty miles away. I was fully laboring when we arrived and fortunately, Diksha had been summoned and arrived very soon after my mum, sister, and I. From the start, Diksha was an advocate for me and for the birth experience she knew I desired. While laboring, the kinds of intake questions, probes, arrangements, forms, inspections, and injections required by nurses and staff were challenging to deal with. I felt like I was on another planet and what they wanted seemed so irrelevant and invasive during the intensity of labor. But Diksha stayed by my side and made sure I got what I needed. She offered good suggestions to make the whole process easier and was simply very encouraging, letting me know that things were going exactly as they should and that I was doing great. Because it was my first time and I didn't know what to expect, it was incredibly helpful to have this support.
Diksha felt like the only link between me and the world around me. She was able to understand and empathize with my altered state and create a bridge between me and the hospital staff and my family who were attending the birth. Even though it was a hospital setting, I had a birthing tub and was able to have a natural birth free of drugs and other interventions. With Diksha’s help, I was able to create a birth experience that I feel very good about. My little girl stayed with me the entire two days I spent at the hospital and I was not coerced into anything that I really did not want. What could have been an unpleasant experience with unnecessary complications, turned into the most positive experience we could have hoped for. I felt such gratitude for having had Diksha there with me. I knew that things could have gone very differently without her. Thank you Diksha! ~ Jehan Little Ishani was born at 12:21 pm was 5lbs. 10 oz. and 18 inches long.Her mother labored for only 6 hours.
Jonas born June 3, 2009 at St Peter's Hospital
We are so thankful to had Diksha guiding us trough Kara's labor and the birth of Jonas. Diksha made it possible for us to do this naturally-the way we hope will benefit both mother and child. We feel blessed by Diksha's knowledge and friendship. Kara & Howard
Little Jonas was born at 5:25 pm after 18,5 hours of mostly back-labor. He was 7lbs and 19 inches. What a strong mama.
Henry born October 14th, 2008 at St Peter's Hospital For my second baby, Diksha helped me to fulfill my wish of having a natural childbirth. Diksha's open-hearted presence throughout my birth provided comfort, reassurance and constant emotional support. Her loving, consistent postpartum care (over the phone and in person), helped me navigate the challenges of my body's healing process, as well as intuiting my emotional needs during the often turbulent first weeks after birth. Henry Stephan Walter came into the world very peaceful and healthy (8lbs 12oz) on October 14th, 6:25 a.m. 2009.