Kind Words At 42 years of age, with three elementary age children (all conceived with fertility treatments), I was beyond surprised when I found out I was pregnant. In fact, I was petrified and knew with this one I would need a lot of support (after all, it had been 6 years since experiencing birth/labor/pregnancy). I found Kristy and was so very glad I did! She was a true blessing. She was compassionate as she listened to all of my fears and concerns being an "older" mom. Her support, kindness and ability to know just what I did and didn't need during a long "pre-labor" and my longest pregnancy yet was truly helpful in making this journey a little less overwhelming for me and my family. She helped me ask the right questions of my doctors and was always a phone call/text away when I needed advice and encouragement. I would recommend Kristy to anyone who would want extra support with bringing a new life into this world! She is truly amazing. -SZ
Kristy was wonderful! I loved that I was able to view her doulamatch.com profile, testimonials & website prior to contacting her. I really felt like I knew her before even meeting her. We met a few times, I was given paperwork to complete & info. on what to expect from her and my preferred comfort measures. We went over my birth plan & she gave me recommendations. She was there for me via phone or text when needed & I would update her after my midwife appointments. She was always so supportive & encouraging. When labor began for me, it came on really quick (under 4 hours from the first contraction to birth), and Kristy rushed to meet me at the hospital. She was there for me as soon as I got to the hospital. She helped me labor in the tub, used essential oils, played calming music, recommended different labor positions, gave encouragement & guidance, etc. She also took amazing photos of my baby being born! I'm so happy and thankful Kristy helped me through my pregnancy, labor & delivery! It was so worth it. My experience was much more positive because of her. Thank you, Kristy!! -CK
I am so glad that I had the good fortune of meeting Kristy and having her as my doula! This was my 2nd pregnancy. The 1st had been a c-section, due to breech presentation. I had really been hoping to do a v-bac this time, but was fearful it would end in c-section again, & felt a lot of apprehension about the labor and delivery process. There were so many unknowns about natural birth. After speaking to a co-worker, my husband suggested I hire a doula. We were referred to Kristy, & after the initial meeting with her, I felt certain that I needed her as part of my birthing team. She had such a calming, confident demeanor, & was so easy to talk to. I felt comfortable with her from the start, & she helped to ease my fears about labor from our 1st meeting. Kristy was available anytime. In addition to the 1st meeting, we had 2 others. It was so helpful to be walked through what the process would be like, & to have options explained, so I was making informed decisions. Kristy made sure my husband & I knew what to do when contractions started. She was in frequent contact leading up to my due date, checking on my progress & encouraging me as the repeat c-section date drew nearer. With Kristy's help, I was able to take a few extra measures, which I am positive helped me go into labor 1 day before my due date! At the hospital, Kristy immediately jumped into action, encouraging & helping me through contractions. She helped guide my husband through ways he could help support me, & I was able to focus on my job. Kristy played calming music, used essential oils, & managed to get some photos in the delivery room, even though I progressed so fast. She was such a positive aspect of my delivery, & I don't think I would've gone through delivery with no epidural without her guidance. I am so grateful for all that Kristy did to help bring my baby into this world & to help me remain present throughout the process. -KP
We don’t have family in town and wanted to have a doula for the birth of our second child. When we met Kristy we knew for sure that we wanted her support, knowledge and kindness to be part of our birth experience. Kristy listened with great empathy the story of our first childbirth, the complications we had then, and the fears we had with this second pregnancy. She helped us to ease our worries by providing information and prepare us for a natural birth. When it was time for labor, Kristy came to our home to help me with contractions. When we got to the hospital, we didn’t get the oils, or the music or the massages as we had planned. Everything happened really fast there was not time for that. We got much more. Kristy was there by my side and gave me the strength to enjoy the perfect experience of delivering our healthy beautiful daughter without the need of medication. Kristy stayed by my side, supporting my husband, when things got “crazier” with complications I had after delivery. It was Kristy who was with my husband when they were asked to leave the room as nurses rushed in to help the doctor with my complications. It was Kristy who offered support and advise to my husband to deal with the stress and worry of not knowing exactly what was going on with me. Kristy was holding my baby close to my face to feel her close when I was coming in and out of consciousness. She came back the next day to the hospital to offer support, a shoulder to cry on, and be that friendly companion I needed so much at the moment. Her support has been crucial for my recovery. Not only she was calling or texting continuously to make sure I was doing well, but she also connected me with the right resources to continue with my physical and emotional recovery. We cannot imagine going through this wild ride without her. We hired a doula to help us with the birth of our child. We ended getting a friend that will have a special space in our hearts forever! -AP
From a guys perspective Kristy was fantastic. She was not overbearing and was truly there for my wife's needs! I would highly recommend her for a home birth or a birthing center. -TA
My family was honored to have Kristy Martin as our doula. From the moment we first met her we noticed that she was very professional, very well prepared, had a lot of experience and more importantly a great personality. She guided us since the beginning with several meetings. We discussed the birthplan which she helped us create as well as some of the options that she offers such as trainings on massages, aromatherapy, exercises (phisycal and breathing), positions, etc. During the oncall hours she was always available and ready to guide you in any question that you might have which always felt like having a good friend next to you. During labor she guided us over the phone with the initial symptoms we met at the hospital for triage which was great since she was able to provide support as soon as entering to the hospital which makes a huge difference. She helped my wife with exercises to help labor to get started and be able to pass triage. Her exercises and techniques were a key to success. Once a room was assigned to us she started setting up the room with candles and dimming the lights. Basically she made the room a lot more comfortable which helps a lot. Kristy stayed with us the entire time supporting me and my wife. Sometimes helping with massages, aromatherapy, helping understanding some medical procedures nurses were explaining or suggesting, but more importantly we felt she was doing everything with a lot of love and caring. She took pictures during labor which had a lot of quality and was able to capture the precious moment. I never noticed when she was taking the pictures but at the end when she showed us the pictures and we were amazed about them. Kristy went above and beyond our expectations she made the experience a lot better for us. We were very lucky. Thank you for helping us and thank you for doing this to other families as well. - E.M.
Working with Kristy was great. She thoroughly went over what to expect during the birth and what services she could provide in the face of different senarios. She was always available to reach via text or phone call if I had any questions during my pregnancy. When it came time for my son to be born, I found she worked well with the nurses and medical staff. It didn't feel like the medical team versus the doula, something I had worries about when I decided to have a doula present. With her help and encouragement I was able to deliver my son with no epidural as I had hoped. Her assistance with positioning and helping me through contractions made a lot of difference in how well I handled the pain. An added bonus was some of the great pictures she captured in the process! I definitely recommend using Kristy - she exceeded my expectations - C.S.
Our experience with Kristy as our doula was an amazing experience. I had a very rough pregnancy and was told I had to be induced do to my daughters safety. She knew everything that was going on and kept my faith and prayers up. On Monday I was induced at 10am with the help of Kristy, my fiance, and my cousin - I had passed all the contractions in an hour and half no pain meds nothing. She had also helped my family get involved with the contractions as well. After I felt I could not take it anymore I had asked for the epidural. Little did I no I was already in the pushing stage. Kristy helped me through the process so much I could not have done it naturally without her. Twelve minutes of pushing I gave birth to a beautiful full term healthy baby girl. Kristy helped me through the whole process of a natural birth at only 19. I would tell anyone that Kristy is a doula you would def want for your labor! I could not do it without you Kristy!! -Morgan P.
Hiring Kristy as my doula was one of the best decisions I've made for the birth of my sixth child. I had never had a doula before, and was hesitant about letting someone else be involved in such an intimate moment of our lives. However, looking back now, I don't know how I ever gave birth without one! Kristy was everything I was looking for plus way more. Starting from our very first meeting, I sensed her warmth, gentleness, and sincere desire to help me have the kind of birth I wanted. She gave me as much time as I needed to get to know her and feel comfortable with her before the birth. We met for coffee at Kristy's suggestion when I was going through a hard time during the pregnancy.Kristy is full of helpful information as well, and was willing to share, but only as much as I asked for. I never felt that she was putting her personal preferences on me.During my actual labor kristy was at my side the entire time. She has a full bag of tricks up her sleeve, and her calm, gentle demeanor kept me focused and relaxed.She was available after the birth as well for any questions I had, and I never felt that I was bothering her! I am so grateful to have had kristy as my doula. I highly highly recommend her! You will not be disappointed! -Leah W.
Our Doula, Kristy~ She was incredible, but space does not allow me to expand on every single detail of her natural abilities as a doula. We knew we were making the right decision to choose her for our labor, but as the process unfolded she only reminded us over and over by her actions that we truly had made a great decision. She was organized and on top of things, yet very comfortable and laid back. She was all about what WE wanted. She was supportive and encouraging, and didn’t change with the shift change like the nurses! She was there through a very long labor and went above and beyond what we ever would have imagined. She also was very helpful in gently guiding my husband in ways to help me. My husband and I both wanted him to be involved, and she seemed to have the perfect balance of when to step in herself, and when to guide Caleb to help me. I couldn’t have asked for a better labor support as I aimed for a non pain medicated induced delivery. She helped me to get exactly what I wanted, even when in the midst of it, I forgot that I actually wanted it. Together we achieved my goal of no epidural, and I couldn’t have done it without my amazing doula and husband team! In preparation for our delivery we met several times and communicated through text and calls. When my plans for a homebirth were changed to hospital induction for medical reasons, she just rolled with the punches with us and even was comforting and encouraging through that tough transition. When the time came she met us at the hospital with her suitcase of goodies! A camera that captured some amazing moments, essential oils, honey sticks, a rice heat pack, lotion that she rubbed my hands and feet and legs with...and on and on. She made icewater runs for me, played music for me, brought LED candles for the room, she just did it all! Even the nurses commented the next day on how much they liked her as a doula! Thank you Kristy!! - Cassandra S.
Kristy is awesome! She was a great source of knowledge and advice for my wife and I. Being our first child, Kristy was there every step of the way answering any questions we had. So glad we had her by our side! -Travis M.
Working with Kristy has been absolutely an amaaaazing experience. Expressing how she contributed to creating a wonderful birth experience in the short space we have would be challenging, but here are a few notes about what impressed us. 1. From the very first meeting through the very long labor Kristy always maintained and expressed the most cheerful, positive, encouraging attitude. You can feel that she genuinely WANTS to help you. 2. Also, we wanted someone who was going to be very involved when we wanted her to be…and she was. From helping us create our birth plan, to working with the hospital and nurses and our midwife, she made sure that everything we wanted to happen, happened! 3. She is extremely patient and bends over backwards to help. She stays up at all hours and although may be completely exhausted still maintains the energy and focus to help, encourage and promote a great birth. We are so impressed with her. And HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who wants a doula. -Caleb A.
I had the pleasure of having Kristy Martin from Ohana Belly Doula Services shadow with me during a birth. She was professional, compassionate, and a real delight to have working alongside me. -Julie Papia (Doula - A Graceful Beginning)
Kristy was a lifesaver! My wife did nothing but rave about her to everyone that visited. She made Mishele comfortable, helped whenever asked and was a plethora of information from a current mothers perspective. I will recommend her to everyone I meet. If we ever have another child she will be the first one we call. She is the best And consider her part of the family. -Ian W.