Hiring Hannah as my doula was one of the best decisions of my life! With my first pregnancy, I was uneducated and a product of the health care system by receiving pain interventions, and laboring from a hospital bed. Because of my unpleasant experience, it was my immediate prayer for a natural delivery and healthy recovery with my second pregnancy.
I toyed around with the idea of hiring a doula after taking an online natural birthing class. The financial investment took some convincing on my husband’s part, but he eventually gave in – partly due to my constant badgering, research and overall persuasiveness. :) He feared that Hannah would take his place, but I knew that she would help assign tasks to make him feel more included, which is exactly what she did! My prayer was that we would have another opportunity to experience all that God had in store for us with the natural design of labor and delivery. Hannah was a direct answer to that prayer! She has a calming presence about her, which made me feel more relaxed and confident in having her join us. The class provided me with a lot of knowledge, but I needed an enforcer of my birth plan.
It was disappointing to hear that I still had to be induced due to gestational hypertension at my 37th week. I assumed my plan was pointless and second guessed my decision to hire a doula. I remember calling Hannah to announce my scheduled induction and she responded with just as much assurance in our plan and met me at the hospital shortly afterwards to help me experience a natural induction! To my surprise, she knew more than the nurses and midwives by setting the stage – mind, body and spirit – for a natural delivery to take place! She never wavered and continued to advocate for my birth plan, even when the odds proved otherwise. In fact, my midwife became doubtful and began to promote the usage of Pitocin to help move my labor along. I almost became discouraged and started to rethink my plan but Hannah immediately stepped in and redirected my focus and attention. Consequently, I went from a 4 to a 10 in less than 30 minutes because she had me labor in the bathroom at “dilation station,” as well as in the shower. It was totally unexpected and a surprise to us all!
In fact, my husband ended up delivering our baby with his own hands, while the medical staff were out busy with other patients. Simply stated, Hannah has a calling on her life at such a young age. She is mature beyond her years and without question, has landed in the right place. Because of her wisdom and guidance, I was able to experience a natural induction, labor and delivery! It's a special story that my family will always share, because of God's hand in connecting us to the right person - Thank you HANNAH!
"All I can say is Hannah is a rare diamond at Mothering Memories Doula Services. I originally was looking for a doula to help provide back pain relief for my third birth just in case my husband wouldn’t be able to be present during birth. I hired Hannah right away just because I loved her confidence, passion, and engaging personality as a doula. Not only does she love her job, but she is very knowledgeable and provides realistic expectations so you don’t go into labor like a deer with headlights on. I was particularly impressed by Hannah’s ability to continually keep me comfortable throughout all my labor contractions and phases. It was as if she put herself in my shoes and knew exactly what I was feeling during each contraction. Never have I ever labored without assistance with someone pressing my hips in to alleviate the back pain until I met Hannah. I loved that she empowered me with her encouraging words even when I was in terrible pain and provided easy breathing techniques I could mimic to alleviate tension. One selfless thing my husband noticed while I was in labor was Hannah kneeled on the hardwood floor my entire labor. I admire the fact she never complained once and stayed continually focused on me. I would highly recommend Mothering Memories Doula Services with Hannah simply because she is beyond wonderful to work with, and you will never look at birth with fear ever again but with confidence. For these reasons, anyone looking for a doula would be lucky to have a dedicated doula like Hannah be a part of your beautiful birth story." -Courtney Garcia
Thank you, Hannah. For just being you and having such a Godly spirit that I knew would be a source of strength for me. Your support means everything to me during such a difficult time being pregnant and so many unexpected changes. Having you made giving birth according to my wishes possible!
For such a young doula, Hannah Troyer is so mature, organized, and professional! She is also a very sweet young lady of great character. It's difficult to know where to begin, but Hannah was an amazing support to me and my family, during my pregnancy, and labor, and postpartum recovery. She was punctual and considerate of our time, every time we met, and she was readily available, when I went into labor. Hannah was peaceful, resourceful, empathetic, and yet also a very steady, calming presence. Hannah has a wonderful balance of offering good advice and helping find answers to questions, yet, if she disagrees, she is never disrespectful nor condescending to personal choices a mother has already made. She is a very supportive doula, in every sense of the word, and she is willing to do whatever is needed. She really just wants to help do what's best for the mother and for the baby and for the whole family. I can honestly say Hannah has been *the* best support person I have ever had during one of my labors, and I have six children now. I highly recommend you consider Hannah as your doula to support you in your pregnancy/labor/birth...and beyond! If, by some miracle, we have another baby, I would use Hannah as a doula again in a heart beat! We are so indebted to Hannah for how she helped us, as we brought our last baby girl in to the world...
Hannah is the sweetest person and was everything I wanted and needed in a doula! She followed my lead in what I was needing, but stepped up to provide suggestions for when I or my husband didn't know what to do next. She helped keep my breaths under control during transition and just provided a wonderful sense of support the entire way. Even after the baby was born, she was there to be of help in any way. Couldn't have asked for a more perfect support person! Oh, and the handmade crocheted lovey she gave our baby was just the sweetest touch and will always remind us of her love. I'll always recommend Hannah to my expecting friends!
We were incredibly blessed to have worked with Hannah for postpartum care for our family. In addition to our newborn, we also have a toddler at home that was having trouble adjusting to the new family life. Hannah was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable with handling both our newborn and toddler's needs. They both absolutely love her! And as for this new (again) momma, Hannah was so helpful in making sure that I had time to take care of myself, as well, whether it be having time to shower or working around the house. Speaking of which, Hannah was amazing at getting to know the flow of the house, and was able to help with tasks around the house, from making lunch to helping straighten up. It was such a load off to have an extra hand to make sure my children and my needs were being met during this transition. I highly recommend Hannah; she was such a blessing to our family! -Kelly Powers
I knew I wanted to have a doula accompany me throughout my pregnancy and labor but didn't really find the right one until I was 24 weeks pregnant. I searched again at that time and as soon as I saw Hannah's profile I just knew we'll match well. My family wasn't on board but I insisted and hired her because after all I was the pregnant one and I knew what I needed.
I can only say that she was simply AMAZING! We got to know each other through prenatal meetings and she was always there for me. Day and night. Through some very emotional moments in my family (my mother in law's battle with cancer) and my own struggles with pregnancy. I could say she became a close friend through this experience.
Then finally the D day came. Right on his due date my little mister decided to make his grand entrance. Since my labor went really fast we met at the hospital and I must say with her presence, attentiveness and kindness I was able to handle labor and really concentrate knowing she's there to take care of everything else. I didn't need to think or worry and I was able to fully focus on me. And let me tell you- massage is much better pain relief than anything else. I was able to sail through my contractions with only gas and Hannah's wonderful massaging and gentle words of encouragement. Sadly my boy was in facial presentation and his HR started to drop with my too intense contractions so I ended up with an emergency C section, but still I have fond memories of my labor and it's mostly due to Hannah. Even my husband, who was very against me hiring a doula ended up seeing what a blessing she was and how she truly was of great help not just to me but also to him and to other family members who were present.
I can't express enough how crucial to my labor experience she was. And let me not forget about postpartum. We had her for few hours and in those few hours she taught us more than we learned anywhere else.
Hannah was very thorough when getting to know me and the type of care I was looking for. She was so helpful during my labor and helping pain management. I would have never known to do what she suggested without her. We've had such a great experience with Hannah and would recommend her to anyone looking. -Jordan Wright
Let me just brag on Hannah for a minute! I am a doula myself and Hannah is my back-up. She is absolutely amazing. She does so much for her clients and puts so much time into what she does. I know for a fact each of her clients are prayed for and cared for intensely! If you chose Hannah as your doula, you are in great hands! -Hannah Davis
"Hannah is such a treasure. I hired her at the very last minute (about 2 weeks before I delivered) because I was nervous about delivering naturally without the support of a doula. She got back to me right away and was so sweet and accommodating to us. She was what I needed to feel totally confident about delivering naturally. After our prenatal appointment I knew that if she was there, I would be just fine because Hannah has such a calming presence. When I went into labor, she kept us from going to the hospital several hours too early! She kept my husband and parents calm as I labored at home for hours. She thought of everything to keep me and my husband and parents calm and comfortable. She was the perfect complement to my husband as they supported me through my labor. She took amazing photos at the birth that I absolutely love and look at all the time. I think I told her about 10 times after my son was born that I couldn't have done it without her. My parents and husband still rave about her weeks later! At our postpartum appointment she made me feel so normal as I talked about all of my crazy new mother feelings. Hannah was made to be a doula and hiring her is the best thing you can do for your birth. When we have more kids in the future there's no question about who we will call! There's just no reason to consider anyone else. " -Haley Johnson
"Hannah truly has an amazing gift for working with expecting/new mamas and their babies. She was our postpartum doula. She has the knowledge and passion to make this special time in a family’s life even more beautiful. Hannah also infused every interaction with a much needed feeling of calm and poise. I really struggled with my health after the birth of my second child, and I truly feel that Hannah made the biggest difference in supporting my recovery. I only wish Hannah could have stayed with us forever!" -Delanie Meldman
"Hannah was truly a gift, from the encouraging talk when I felt the need to vocalize, to the natural pain management options she helped with I couldn’t have asked for a better doula experience. A blessing she was" -Lindsay Johnson
"Hannah is amazing. We're not sure what we'd have done without her!
Hannah met with us multiple times before our little girl was born - we planned, talked through different scenarios, went through options and our preferences and generally got to know each other! When we had to be induced, pieces of our "plan" weren't exactly what we wanted, but Hannah was so positive and encouraging, she kept me from throwing the REST of the plan out of the window. I'm so grateful for her help and support throughout labor - and my husband is, too! As first time parents, his ability to be an effective support person was limited. Hannah stepped in and kept me focused and moving forward.
Hannah is kind, approachable, professional, and relatable - I'm so glad she was a part of our story! Thank you, Hannah!" -Melanie Nicely
"We hired Hannah halfway through my second pregnancy. We didn’t use a doula during my first pregnancy, and although it was great, I knew I wanted some extra support not only for me, but for my husband too. We had quite a unique experience because I changed from an OB/midwife practice to a different OB at 28 weeks, to a midwifery practice at a Birth center at 36 weeks. Talk about a roller coaster. Hannah provided evidence based information when I asked, and always remained unbiased when we were trying to determine where to deliver. She was easily accessible and responded promptly to my text or call. I so appreciated her knowledge and relationship. During the birth, she showed up and supported us, then went home when my labor stalled out and showed back up in the middle of the night when the real thing was happening. She provided physical comfort measures, emotional encouragement and I was so glad she was a part of my birth team. I had a beautiful unmedicated birth and felt so much support and peace. She knew her role well, supported my husband in his role, and meshed beautifully with the midwives present. I would absolutely recommend Hannah to be part of your birth team too. " -Heather Bedinger
Hannah was my doula for the birth of my twins. I was originally going for an unmedicated VBAC and she was beyond helpful in getting me prepared for that. When I reached 38 weeks and things weren’t progressing, the decision for a repeat csection was made. Although it wasn’t what I desired, Hannah made sure check on me to make sure I was dealing well emotionally and continually offered support and suggestions. She also attended the csection to support my husband and I. The overall experience this time was tons better and I have no doubt in my mind that Hannah played a HUGE part in that. She took photos for us in the OR, has kept in touch after the birth, and has been helpful with postpartum as well! I honestly couldn’t have done it without her! -Allesanda Griffitt
Hannah has been amazing with our family since we came home from the hospital. She is very energetic and ready to help. She has helped me as a mom stay on top of my feedings, my eating, and drinking water. She has been so helpful when I needed help getting the babies set up and latched on for tandem feedings. She has been great with our newborn twins and 2 year old toddler. She has also helped me around the house with dishes, laundry, etc. She is awesome and I always look forward to when she can come over to help. -Kim Embry
Hannah was fantastic! We were induced, and the labor was a long process. Hannah was able to help me out with pain management and make sure I had everything I need for the delivery to go well. She was positive and uplifting when I was getting discouraged. I couldn't have asked for a better doula. She thought of techniques to reposition the baby and encourage contractions. Thank you Hannah for everything! -Brianna Ballinger
Hannah babysat my newborn so that I could attend a birth. Not only did she babysit but she tag teamed with me and took care of my client when I stepped out to nurse. When I had to leave early and couldn’t make it back before the baby was born Hannah took over and made my client feel safe and supported. When I checked on my client afterwards she could not stop talking about how amazing Hannah was. She said Hannah was so attentive to her needs and made sure she understood everything that was going on. She said that she did not know how she would have gotten through it without her. As a fellow doula I can attest to this. Hannah is SO incredibly sweet and she knows her stuff when it comes to supporting women in labor. I am so grateful to have met her and look forward to working with her in the future! This young lady is mature beyond her years and I would recommend her as a doula any day! -Asante Wagner