“You integrated gracefully and seamlessly into our family’s rhythms, and that was true from your very first visit. Your presence was gentle and supportive but never intrusive, and both my husband and I grew to trust your wise counsel as we adjusted to life with a second child. I especially cherished your support with breastfeeding. Thank you again for your loving support of our family!” Dana, Mother of Two, Minneapolis

“Our Better Beginnings doula team was a great help to me in the weeks after my twins were born. Karen and Hallie were kind and caring in making sure that I was taking care of myself in the early postpartum weeks. With twins I don’t know how else I would have been able to sleep! They were also very efficient in helping with all of the household tasks that take up so much time soon after babies are born. It was so nice that they could just walk into our house and assess what needed to be done, without a lot of guidance. Even though the twins were not my first children I still had a lot of postpartum questions that they helped answer, especially around lactation and nursing. I’m so glad Hallie and Karen were there to help me!” Kelly, Mom of Twins and a Toddler, Minnetonka

“I LOVED having you come soon after I had my baby! You cooked me a meal and sweep my floor while I slept – three great things happening at the same time! You also watched the baby and my husband got to mow the lawn, another thing that had been neglected. Being a first-time mom, I was unsure about everything I was doing. The thing I loved most about your visits was having you be a listening ear to my concerns about everything. It was so nice to have someone to talk to who has been through this recently (twice!) and could offer helpful advice. You took the time to listen to my breastfeeding problems and share your experience. I could tell you were truly interested in helping me. You are a good listener, understanding, empathetic, and knowledgeable about babies/postpartum issues. (I think I appreciated the talks the most. I just needed someone to listen and tell me if what I was going through was normal or not!) You helped build my confidence by showing me how to swaddle tighter, soothe the baby, and breastfeed on my side. I’m so grateful for all of your help! Thank you!” Jessica, First-Time Mom, Minneapolis

imagejpeg_0“Karen’s visit last night was just as delightful as you promised it would be.  Waking up after 10(!) hours of sleep with dinner already made and in the fridge was a great feeling.  I’m already looking forward to her next visit!” Aaron, Father of Two, Minneapolis

“Our postpartum doula help made our transition from one to two children so much easier and a more positive experience for everyone.  In those first few days after coming home from the hospital, everything can feel so overwhelming.  Having our doulas in our home to support the transition was amazing.  They encouraged me to rest and having them there to watch the baby really let me relax and know that everyone was in good hands.  They prepared several very delicious and nutritious meals for us during their days with us, with leftovers for additional days.  Although I had breastfed my oldest child, it was so helpful to hear suggestions and tips to make breastfeeding an easier experience for baby and mama! Our doulas were a supportive sounding board for how to integrate older children with a new baby, breastfeeding advice and support and ideas to handle newborn sleep challenges.  I’m so grateful for their time and attention during this period of adjustment for our family.  I know their support helped me to feel more confident in caring for my children and relaxed knowing I had a little extra help at home.” Kari, Mother of Two, Eden Prairie

“As a father, our postpartum doula support allowed me to spend much more time bonding with my brand-new-baby than I would have otherwise. I was grateful for her help with the household tasks, including cooking, cleaning, and laundry, that would have otherwise kept me quite busy for the first few weeks after our baby arrived. I would encourage families to consider hiring a postpartum doula not just for the beneift of the mother, but also to allow partners and other family members more time to get to know their new child.” Derric, First-Time Dad, St. Paul

“Hallie walked into our lives through the recommendation of a friend right as my wife was sliding into the latter of her ten days of insomnia and I was feeling overwhelmed by the chaos. Hallie unblinkingly—without spectacle—created a heart connection with our baby while our 5 year old pulled us in every other direction. Her energy stabilized our household every time she entered it. She helped us back onto our feet even while balancing a commitment to another family. It amazes me that she has kids at home to boot! Fathers often become invisible in these moments and Hallie listened to me, added levity to my day, and recognized my effort. It kept me from spiraling too deeply into my own depression later once my wife was on the mend. Some people are built for this work, and it’s clear Hallie is one of those people.” Tim, Father of Two, Minneapolis 

HallieAnjaClose4“Better Beginnings was amazing. They helped out after we had our second child and truly was a godsend. Not only did they provide physical support, but our doulas also provided emotional support. Their realistic view on life after baby (whether its a first, second or more) made it very easy to connect and talk through not only questions and concerns but also to share the joys of the first few weeks. Our doulas were not just a valuable resource for me but also for my husband. I feel very lucky to have had their support and knowledge and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Better Beginnings to others and will definitely use them again if a third child comes along.” Catherine, Mother of Two, Eagan

Sara is wonderful & is such a great help at night. I am soooo glad that we decided to do this because getting a few days of good sleep makes such a difference. She’s been helpful with lactation issues & preemies as well.” Julie, Mother of a Toddler and Twins, Carver

“My doula was kind, compassionate, and honest with me. She helped me realize that I needed to also take care of myself as well as the baby for us to have a sustainable routine. I also took a nap for the first time in two weeks while home with baby, and while baby and I both rested, things magically got done around the house. Her help with household tasks, the meal, and baby care needs helped me for weeks to come. I really, truly appreciated our doula’s help and would recommend her visiting you or any of your friends to make sure they get off on the right foot as well!” Lindsay, First-Time Mom, West St. Paul

“You were a great help during my postpartum period!  Out of the many valuable aspects of your visit, a few important elements spring to mind. First, there was no prep work on my part: no lists to be made, directions of how to warm a bottle, no tidying up.  It was liberating to let go of those details and have you jump in and partner with me from the beginning of our session. Second, your pleasant and calm demeanor was an invitation to open up with joys and concerns.  Though my family and friends are wonderful listeners, they often jump in to share stories or move on to other topics. However, your visit focused on me…and that was so appreciated.  You offered pertinent advice and relevant examples from your own experiences with two small children.  Finally, you seemed to really enjoy being with not only me, but also my toddler and newborn.  You offered to hold my baby before I realized my arms needed a break and fixed lunch for my toddler just how she liked.  Your quiet way of helping and anticipating what we each needed made this experience so valuable.” Kerby, Mother of Two, Roseville

“Our postpartum doulas were a great resource to have around after we had our second. Not only is a baby a lot of work (labor of love mind you) the second was a huge leap in activity. No sleeping while the baby is sleeping, the toddler needs attention now… Having the doulas be able to come over let us have a break, sleep, eat, find our sanity. They prepared some meals and kept our house in order as well as introduced us to some resources, i.e groups near us and websites that had helpful information. I would recommend Better Beginnings to any family that has a +1 coming soon. It is surprising how much you forget between kids and they are fantastic people to be looking out for you.” Sean, Father of Two, Eagan

“Hallie provided support in multiple, much needed ways to our (growing) family! Although going through the newborn phase for the second time wasn’t new to us, we welcomed Hallie’s helpful tips for daytime napping and supporting our changing family dynamic. In addition to providing helpful tips for caring for our new baby, Hallie also took care of things around our house for a few hours (laundry, dinner, caring for our children) so that we could do something we hadn’t found time to do yet–write our birth story in our son’s baby book! She was calm, reassuring, and confident (three characteristics we needed in a postpartum doula). We would highly recommend Hallie and her postpartum doula services.” Allison, Mother of Two, St. Paul