Holli is such an incredible doula and is a nourishing breath of fresh air in general. Her ability to baby juggle (twins!), make delicious food, hold loving space for all the feelings and nurture the family as a whole is incredible. Her artistic expression comes through in the way she cares for others and anyone would be more than blessed to have her as their doula. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
Holli is the ultimate advocate for tired Mums , helping them figure out a plan for much needed and well deserved rest, when they are too exhausted and overwhelmed to plan for it themselves!
She keeps it nice and simple, focusing on the fundamentals of nourishment, emotional support and physical rest. She was incredibly intuitive and nurturing with our precious newborn and we loved that she could whip up the most delicious and nutritious meals out of whatever we had in the fridge. She is also a wealth of knowledge on all manner of relevant topics and was able to provide us with many helpful resources.
It is clear that Holli cares deeply about her Mums and their family and we loved the holistic approach she takes postpartum care - considering all of the family dynamics when working with us to come up with a plan. We would highly recommend Holli to any family welcoming a new baby - her care eased the load so that we could soak up those precious moments with our little one and our eldest daughter even more.
Our time with Holli was fantastic and I couldn't recommend her enough as a doula. I was very torn on whether I should hire a doula or not - and if you're in the same boat all I can say is just do it for yourself! Holli was a calm presence in my home and helped me with anything and everything - calming down my baby while I took a long shower (and washed my hair for the first time in longer than I should admit), cooking delicious meals that my toddler loved too, folding the odd load of laundry, and keeping me company on days that felt never ending. She knew exactly what I needed, always checking if I was hungry or needing a cup of tea and not being imposing. Some days we talked a lot, some days I slept the whole time while she tidied and cooked for me. As someone with no family in the country, it made such a difference in my postpartum experience to just be taken care of. Thank you Holli for everything that you do.
What title can I give to Holli? Plain ‘helper’ would never do justice enough for the importance and the deep impact she had on our postpartum journey with our second child…She is a like a mother, friend, hydration fairy, baby whisperer, laundry queen, master chef and so much more all in one. I will never forgot the moment when she brought this tired, emotional, leaking and bleeding mess of me a wonderfully smelling bowl of freshly, cooked, nutrient-dense and healthy food to be eaten on the couch, it was a serious hug in a bowl that nourished my body, soul and spirit deeply. She took the baby when I needed a break/shower/nap and gently rocked him to sleep. She cooked with love and intention every day. Her practice is always intentional, mindful, considering different views and lastly, very holistic that keeps the family unit best interests in mind. I experienced a journey from healing to end up truly thriving in and becoming a happy and content mother to my now two children in those precious 40 days after birth. We thoroughly enjoyed having Holli as our doula and would/will do it again in a heartbeat!
After a somewhat traumatic first birth experience, my husband and I sought the help of a doula for labour and birthing when I fell pregnant with my second child. When my pregnancy became somewhat complicated again, Holli’s text support and online resources gave me the confidence I needed to get through emotionally and physically. Her prenatal visits and support of my husband gave him the confidence, and toolkit, to become an amazing birth partner. Holli’s presence in the final few hours of labour and then birth slotted in perfectly alongside my husband to make me feel physically comforted and emotionally supported. My second birth was an extremely healing experience. If you are on the fence about going for doula birth support, I would highly recommend Holli.
I became a first time mom to twin boys last September and immediately knew I needed to get some help. What started as a need for nighttime support so that my husband and I could get some sleep blossomed into so much more with Holli.
Holli not only nurtured and help raised my boys during such a pivotal time in their lives, she also nurtured and helped me grow as a new mom as well. She is so knowledgeable when it comes to babies and milestones and has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to postpartum care. Nighttime support quickly turned into daytime support as well and Holli was so flexible and accommodating with my schedule and needs. She became a friend, therapist, sister and trusted confidant to me so quickly. She has such an ease about her that immediately puts you at ease as well, even in the most trying of times.
I truly don’t know if I could have made it without her love and support. Anyone would be lucky to have her by their side during such a delicate and special time in their lives. I know for a fact I am a better mom and overall person because my time and experience with her.
Holli was exceptional with our newborn baby, and to the family overall through our postpartum. We unfortunately had some unexpected and unique postpartum complications, stemming from an infection / sepsis for Mom shortly after birth. This event threw us all into a trial by fire right away, and Holli was still able to step right in with us to help support our newborn, and each of the family members at an important time to help in our recovery.
Fortunately, baby and mom are all doing great now, and we couldn’t have imagined going through it all without the doula support. She was able to help with our unique needs and timing in a number of valuable ways, including with her overall expertise and knowledge.
Hopefully others reading this will have a less-complicated postpartum recovery than we did (due to the unexpected illness for Mom), but it is probably a great security for any new parents to know that Holli is incredibly well-equipped and skilled to support everyone, whether it is a more-typical postpartum experience, or in the event that complications might arise like they did on us.
It’s difficult to describe my gratitude and respect for Holli as I have crossed this threshold into mama-hood. I am yet to encounter anyone who brings such a potent mix of pagan spirituality, feminist/queer/anti-racist politics, and deep awareness of the day-to-day physical and emotional labour of raising a human - whether about my self, my baby, or my relationships. From across the other side of the Atlantic she helped me to hear my instincts, protect my space, and look after my body - even ordering nettles to be sent to my door with a recipe for a magical postnatal brew! she is a powerful soul. I’m lucky to have had her along for this wild and beautiful ride