If you’ve ever spoken to or met Toni you will be instantly drawn to her supportive energy which is one of her characteristics that make her such an incredible doula. While anyone can be trained as a doula, Toni organically connects with her clients to help them feel confident in the birth process and fully supported on the day of birth and in the weeks leading up to. My husband and I initially had doubts about whether we needed a doula but after meeting Toni the connection was instantaneous and I felt so much more secure knowing she would be there during the birth of our son. Working with her was wonderful and one of the best decisions we made. She provided education so that we felt prepared as a couple, and empowered us to create a birth plan that we desired. She genuinely cares about her clients and their birth experience, and will be your advocate, birth educator, and your coach.
What also differentiated Toni from other doulas is her passion and knowledge in fitness and wellness. Her packages include optional prenatal yoga and/or reiki sessions for a comprehensive service. During our yoga sessions I learned exercises to prepare my body for birth and develop my strength and endurance. Whether fitness is a part of your lifestyle or is not, ANY woman who is pregnant, regardless of level of experience will benefit from these techniques in preparing for childbirth. I was new to yoga myself and began prenatal youga in the third trimester. I can only say I wish I had started sooner!
Toni’s reiki sessions practice relaxation and stress reduction. For me having these session with her to slow down, decompress, and “re-center” myself were SO helpful. I always felt so much more relaxed after reiki, and these sessions taught me techniques to use to relax when I went into labor.
Thank you Toni for everything, you were an absolute Angel and we couldn’t imagine having had our first baby without your support!
Sheila M-Doula client
Toni was an INCREDIBLE doula to work with and I cannot recommend her enough!! We procrastinated the decision to hire a doula until I was 7.5 months pregnant and when we found Toni at a Doula meet and greet in our area, we immediately connected with her and feel so fortunate she created room in her schedule for us. I waffled about having a doula or extra person in the room during my most vulnerable moments and was not sure it was worth the extra expense, but Toni's coaching, warmth, support, and reverence for the birth process was worth every penny for us and our family.
Toni is a rare combination of many things: She is warm, but firm. She is calm, but assertive. She wants you to be educated about the birth process and shares many helpful resources, but is never pushy. Toni brings together so many seemingly disparate traits and seems born to do the work of being a doula. She takes the work and role incredibly seriously and helped us really align on what kind of birth experience I wanted to have. I am also a very physically active person and love that she brought a sense of yoga, physicality, and mindfulness to my birth.
Everyone has their own birth story to share. I ended up having an all natural birth and Toni was there to support me every step of the way. I highly recommend Toni as a doula!
Rachel S- Doula client
I honestly don’t know how I would have gotten through this experience and following through with a vaginal birth without Toni. My pregnancy at the end had a few complications with pre eclampsia and gestational diabetes. Although I had to be admitted and stay in the hospital she came to me in the hospital to continue our prenatal visits. Her dedication as a doula was wonderful. I would recommend her to anyone. She taught me so much about the process and helped myself and my husband advocate for my birthing plan. If my husband and I are blessed with another child she will be definitely be the person we call to ask to be our doula again.
Monique S- Doula client
I liked the idea of Toni being my Doula but I thought to myself: I don't really need a Doula. After all, why would I need a personal cheerleader, another voice that I will undoubtedly be fed up with when the pain hits me. I had my first child ( naturally, without intervention or drugs) without the assistance of a Doula and I was skeptical that I needed one. Nevertheless, I decided to be open to the idea because knowing Toni, she could only make it better. Fast forward to my 3rd trimester. I was experiencing a lot of hip pains. It affected me so much that at times I could barely walk. When I told Toni, she came up to see me to show my husband and I different techniques we could try to alleviate the pain. With her help, I felt better instantly. Toni would call me often to check on me and see how I was doing physically and mentally. She spent hours with my husband and I preparing us for the birth. She wanted to know our plans, she educated us on some exercise moves that would prove helpful during labor.
Toni drove to the hospital during bad weather conditions to help me have my baby. When she got there, I instantly felt more comforted and calm. She spoke with the doctors and nurses and she spoke with my husband and mother. She was a natural. She helped me “move the baby down”. We started walking around the maternity ward. We did exercises that would help the baby descend. She played calming music, the smell of the aroma of lavender was comforting. She told me my body was meant to do this. “One breath at a time and you will soon meet your baby”. Due to all the steps she introduced to me, and the lessons she taught, the birthing process was easier. This time around, I didn’t need to push for 40 minutes. The baby had descended to the point that I only needed a small push for him to be born.
I would highly recommend Toni because she is an awesome doula. She made a skeptic like me a believer. My mother, my husband and the nurses where all in awe of her.
-Mercy Frank, Birthing Client
Meeting Toni shifted the negative internal dialogue that I would have with myself that consisted of words such as "I can't", "I will never", and "I am not good enough". She helped me to understand that my negative thoughts were in the way of my happiness and my life was a reflection of my negative thinking. Toni is an amazing coach with patience, knowledge, and is determined to help you change your life into the vision you have set for yourself. I met with Toni four times a month, over 6 months. With her guidance, I now keep a gratitude journal where I jot down ideas that support my vision as well as remind myself of all the great things I already have in my life. I also signed up for a gym, changed my diet, and started practicing yoga with her privately. My life, my thinking, and how I see myself in the world has changed thanks to Toni's coaching. If you're considering a life coach to support you with any area of your life, big or small, I highly recommend Toni.
-U.C.Steele-Yoga and Wellness client
Toni is a natural teacher and is a great person to have as an instructor. She is dedicated to making sure that your form is proper and suggesting new poses and ways to improve your practice (and make it more challenging!) Her style incorporates strength building but also relaxation and stretching which is a great balance. Her compassion and dedication to the practice is remarkable!
Anita Lok-Yoga client
Toni is one of the best yoga instructor's I ever had! Her calming words and inspirational attitude creates an atmosphere for self growth, emotionally and physically. Toni incorporates challenging poses with proper modifications for one’s skill level and physical abilities, making it a great experience for all levels. She is an instructor who loves her work and it shows brightly in her teachings. I highly recommend her!
Jenn Sunkin-Yoga client