VBAC client review: Sario & Farah (Minneapolis, MN)

Diana is amazing!! I highly recommend her if you are looking for a doula who will go above and beyond for you.

Diana is very passionate, a hard worker and knowledgeable. My only regret was not having her for my first birth. I was expecting my second child when I heard of the benefits of having a doula. I knew then that having a doula would increase my chance for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Diana was recommended to me by Liz from BirthED. It was a bonus that Diana was a VBAC mom herself.

From my initial consultation, I felt heard and understood. I felt an instant connection that I have found the person I want to be part of my pregnancy/birth journey.

I had 2 prenatal visits with her and one postpartum. From the get go, I noticed she was culturally sensitive. She has a calm and reassuring presence. She taught me exercises/position for pregnancy and labor. Educated me on so many topics while providing evidence based research. She guided me on how to voice my concerns. Instilled confidence in me throughout my journey. I never once felt like she was making a decision for me. She gave me full power on my decisions.

Diana was always a phone call away. I had a long labor lasting 3.5 days. Diana was willing to come whenever I was ready for her. She guided me through virtually till I called her at 3am letting her know that I was ready for her. She was at the hospital by 4am. She spent 35 hours with me in the hospital.

Her commitment to her clients is just amazing.

She guided me a lot during labor with emotional support along with helping me perform labor positions. I was able to be vulnerable with her during one of the hardest times. I also felt like she gave me space for me to be vulnerable with my husband. I had a successful vbac and I contribute my success to my amazing Doula and provider. My husband is now a believer of Doulas.

Also, Diana has once again went out of her way to take pictures for me during labor and birth. I will forever cherish those memories she captured. Postpartum visit was great. She was ready to help me with anything from holding my baby to washing his bottles for me — She felt like part of the family honestly. It’s been 6 weeks since I give birth and I still feel comfortable reaching out to her. I am forever grateful for her❤️

Sario & Farah

Minneapolis, Minnesota

About Diana Snyder

A former attorney at top New York and Boston law firms with seven years of birth advocacy experience, Diana is the founder of Matrescence, a private doula service serving women and families in the Twin Cities and Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley. She is the architect of the landmark California lawsuit, Turbin v. Abbassi, in which mother and rape survivor Kimberly Turbin sued her obstetrician for battery following a 12-cut episiotomy performed after he berated her for saying, "No". Diana previously served as outside counsel to the Bay State Birth Coalition, a consumer organization advocating for legal recognition of certified professional midwives in Massachusetts, and helped author proposed legislation for CPM licensure in the Commonwealth. Today, she resides in Western Wisconsin with her husband Mike, son Bennett and beloved vizsla, Rocky.

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