What Former Clients Are Saying About DBBS:
Sarah & Jared
Choosing to hire Danica Buss as our Birth Doula was one of the best and most important decisions we made during our pregnancy. I was given Danica’s name and information by recommendation, and as I look back, I realize it was an absolute gift.
When we met with Danica the first time, Jared and I knew that she was going to be the perfect fit for our family. As we continued to work with and get to know her, we saw more and more how beneficial she would be and what an important role she would play for the birth of our daughter. Each in-home consultation with Danica was amazing, and something we genuinely looked forward to each time. We gained insight, education, wisdom, and confidence through talking with her. As we walked through our ideal birth plan, wishes, expectations, etc., Danica listened and supported. She questioned, positively, not only to make sure she understood but to guide us into deeper learning and understanding, as well. She is so incredibly knowledgeable on all things pregnancy, baby, momma, family, health & wellness, and everything in between. We very quickly built a strong relationship with Danica that was based on a strong foundation of trust and support- two of the most important things a first-time momma needs during her pregnancy and beyond.
With this being our second pregnancy and first baby, I had many feelings, emotions, and questions throughout each stage and each trimester. Danica was there every step of the way to help me navigate these things whether it was in person, through text, or over the phone. She would make sure to check in with us every so often to see if we needed anything, and if so, she provided educational resources- books and video links, articles, etc. without any hesitation. As we got closer and closer to our due date, Danica was an immense help when I questioned even the smallest of labor signs. She was so responsive- always timely and insightful, proving again to be someone I knew I could count on. When it came for our delivery, Danica was by our sides every step of the way. Because of the connection and relationship we had built together throughout my pregnancy, Danica could tell exactly where I was at and what I needed without me having to say a word- an amazing ability of hers and the biggest appreciation of mine. She was our anchor during our long, exhausting, difficult labor. Because of her calm demeanor, she was able to keep us focused and relaxed, as well.
Our experience with Danica as our Birth Doula was phenomenal. She was a pivotal part of our story, and she will forever be looked at as a superhero in our eyes. Our story would’ve gone much differently if it weren’t for her, and knowing that, we are so thankful for her services!
Having Danica for support throughout pregnancy, labor, and post-partum was the best decision my husband and I made. Danica was very resourceful during pregnancy and provided education and educational material about pregnancy, labor and delivery. I went into labor feeling prepared (as much as you can be), supported, and most importantly I wasn’t scared, I was excited! Probably like most other women, I thought labor was just something natural and that I would just know what to do during labor. However I did not feel it was very natural after going through my first labor and I had no idea what to do during labor. Additionally, my husband felt just as clueless on how to help me during labor. I felt there had to be a better way to experience birth. Even though my first labor ended with a beautiful baby, I was not happy with how my labor had gone. My best comparison for this is that you don’t run a marathon without training and for me preparing for labor by having Danica as my doula, gave me my best birth outcome. Danica was a great support not only to me but she also assisted my husband in supporting me. Even though my birth story with my second was still not exactly what I wanted, I felt so much better about my second labor and was so much happier with how everything went that it even improved my entire post-partum journey. My only regret was not having Danica for my first pregnancy, labor and delivery. I can never thank Danica enough for everything she did to support my pregnancy, labor and delivery.
I would definitely recommend hiring Danica as your doula. She was great from our first meeting through post pregnancy. I found her especially helpful while we were birthing at home and her guidance as to “when to go in” as my wife wanted to birth at home for as long as possible and I was fearful of delivering at home. Also, during the labor there were many times that I didn’t know what to say or do and she was able to step in and help comfort my wife and progress labor. She was a great resource for us throughout and we were very glad we made the choice to hire her.
Danica was the perfect addition to the birthing team of our second child. We had a home birth with our oldest and due to insurance changes decided to go with the birthing center at OMC for our second. I was nervous going into the birth that I would not be able to have the intervention free birth like I was wanting. In our meetings with Danica prior to the birth, she listened to my concerns and we talked about strategies to make my wish a reality. My husband was initially skeptical and thought because we had done this before we wouldn’t need a doula. His mind quickly changed when we found out in the middle of our pregnancy we would be moving states after our son was born. He actually had to leave to start work in Iowa before our son was born. Danica ended up being the one who drove me to the hospital! Danica was a rock throughout my labor for both support and knowledge. With every option that was given to us, she explained the pros and cons. With her help we were able to have the intervention free birth we were hoping for!
I would highly recommend that anyone giving birth get a doula, even if they have given birth before because every birth is different. When looking for a doula be sure to find one who is as caring and knowledgeable as Danica.
Danica was always available for me to ask any questions. We notified her when we were headed to the hospital (I had an induction scheduled) and we discussed a time for her to come. After Danica arrived we touched base as to where I was at, what I was thinking, and if I had any questions. I felt very prepared from our prenatal meetings as to what my expectations were and to make sure that I had a voice in my labor process. At every point Danica helped to explain anything I had questions on as well as making sure my hospital team knew what my expectations were. She was able to keep me motivated as my contractions got stronger and not get worked up. I felt very calm the entire labor. I had planned on having a non-medicated birth, but with my induction I decided to get an epidural. Danica really became my voice and let me know that it was ok to change my birth plan. She really helped to keep me from worrying.I didn’t know what to expect honestly. My goal was to have a healthy baby at the end of my labor (which I did). I feel like having someone with Danica’s experience and training was helpful for us. She was able to give me options of changing laboring positions, making sure I stayed hydrated, and keeping me motivated. I think that Danica was extremely helpful for my husband as well. As first time parents neither my husband or myself knew what we were doing and Danica helped us every step along the way. After this experience I would definitely get a doula again.
My spouse and I were new in the area during our third trimester and nervous about navigating birth in a completely new environment and hospital system. We connected with Danica first through email and then in person before we decided on her as our Doula. She immediately helped to put us at ease with her encouraging and supportive personality. She was willing to support us in our fears and questions as we approached the birth of our child and also willing to help us navigate the hospital system. I had no idea what I really wanted my birth plan to be at first but she provided me with different books I could read to help me think through what was important to me. She listened to my spouse and I as we shared our struggles with conceiving and how important this birth was to us. As our due date approached, she was available for all of our questions about what was happening with my body and how to know if and when labor was starting. When we requested her to meet us at the hospital, she showed up calm and ready to help us welcome our child into the world. She spent the whole night present with us while I labored. She listened to me, supported me, encouraged me, and helped my spouse to be present in the way we both deeply desired. I never felt alone in the process and she continued to help us feel informed and prepared every step of the way. My spouse and I both agree that hiring a doula, especially Danica, was the best money that we spent the entire pregnancy. She helped me achieve the unmedicated, natural birth that I desired (although she would have helped me achieve whatever birth plan I desired). She helped me not just physically but also to keep my focus emotionally and spiritually in the way I desired so that I could have my entire self focused on the birth process. I honestly would not be willing to go through the birth process again without a doula. In a time when I really needed someone to help us in this new stage of life, Danica was able to listen, support, encourage, and educate just as we needed. If we are lucky enough to have another pregnancy, we would definitely hire her again.
Danica was constantly available through text and phone before we needed her at the hospital. When we asked her to be at the hospital, she was prompt in arriving to our room. She was attentive while with us in the hospital. She helped us talk through important decisions that we needed to make during labor and the whole birth process. She gave hands on help with massage and breathing techniques and she was there for emotional support when a C section was needed. She exceeded our expectations! We were very impressed with her knowledge and ideas for our birth process.