It was great to have Meagan as my doula during my preparation time and during the delivery. She is a very responsible person and knowledgeable about methods to relieve pain (to have her massage my back helped relieve the pressure during the labor) and homeopathic remedies. She knows how clinical medicine works, what can work in what case. I was induced due to some risk of blood clots, so she explained my options with what doctors use and my homeopathic options. I'd describe Meagan as a skilled, attentive, kind doula and recommend her if you are looking for help with managing natural, healthy birth.
"My first birth was traumatic and I wanted to give myself the best possible shot at a positive home birth experience. Meagan helped me to achieve that with her calm presence, birth knowledge, and encouragement.
When I’m in labor I rely on my birth team to keep me relaxed and focused. Meagan reminded me to release tension and breathe. I progressed quickly and ended up having my son after only 3 1/2 hours of labor. I truly believe my labor was so quick and productive because my birth team kept me focused. Meagan was a great help.
She also helped to keep my 2 year old son calm when he was nervous about what was going on. I was so worried he would be traumatized, but he loves talking about when his baby brother came out of mommy’s belly! When he was worried about me she told him that mommy has to roar like a lion to get his baby brother here. Genius! He has fond memories of the birth because of Meagan and that is huge to me.
I am so happy Meagan was a part of my family’s birth experience."
"We thoroughly enjoyed our experience having Meagan as our doula. As a first time mom, I wanted to have a support team that didn't rely solely on my husband. I was determined to have a natural, non-medicated birth, and I felt that the best way to achieve that was to hire a doula. Meagan came highly recommended to us by a family friend and we felt comfortable with her upon our meeting for the first time. She was great about keeping in touch during my pregnancy, and when the day came to birth our son, she was there every step of the way. Meagan is very professional, and highly educated on different methods and mechanisms of relief during labor and delivery. I attribute my success in a natural birth largely in part to her. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula, and if we decide to have more children in the future, she will be on our speed dial."
"If anyone is even contemplating having a doula to help them in there next pregnancy/delivery, I would tell you.... YES! Do it! And if anyone asks me who I'd recommend it would be Meagan Portmann! I really didn't know what to expect when I decided to use Meagan's doula expertise. After all, this was my second pregnancy. I pretty much was an expert at baring children, right???!!! More like, yeah right! When we started meeting and working on my birth plan (which I never even knew was a thing) I felt more confident this second time around. Oh my goodness, the massages!! I had the worst swollen feet the last month of my pregnancy. Meagan gave me amazing hand and foot rubs with her essential oils! She took such great care of me. When it came time to deliver my handsome baby boy Meagan was there at 4am to help assist my husband. Whenever he was preoccupied and/or slacking lol, Meagan stepped right in to assist me during my bad back contractions. She was supportive but not pushy. She never told the doctor how to do his job. She was there strictly for me and my baby To make sure I had the best experience possible in welcoming him into the world.... Have I also mentioned she is an amazing photographer?! I have the most beautiful pictures of an incredible moment in time that I will never forget! I will be using Meagan again in the future and I hope so will you! Thank you Meagan you are truly The best!"
"I just want to start out by expressing how wonderful Meagan Portmann is as a doula and as a person. I truly feel like I had a friend by my side during my labor. My husband is very timid and doesn't like to get involved and she helped in getting him involved so I could have a great experience. Although my labor was very short she was able to help me in the most difficult part. And I'm very glad I called her on the phone when I started to feel contractions and she was able to convince me to leave to the hospital. If I hadn't gone in when I spoke to her I might have had my baby at home or in the car. She made it to the hospital just a few minutes after we got there and gave me strength and support while I needed to push, when I just wanted to give up. She kept reminding me of our birth plan. All I wanted was to see my little bundle of joy and hold him in my arms and if I hadn't had her there to push me and remind me of my goal and to picture myself on a nice warm Beach I probably would have stopped pushing and give up. She also focused on helping my husband get involved and they both helped me get through contractions doing pressure points. I truly recommend Meagan Portmann if you are having your first baby or have been very disappointed or discouraged in a past birth. I wish I would have known about Doulas when I had my first baby. And because of her we now also have beautiful memories saved of our kids birth. Because not just anyone wants to go in and take pictures of your sweet little baby right as he came out of the womb. They are truly treasures to enjoy in the near future :) thank you Meagan!!"
"I honestly did not know what a Doula was until Meagan Portmann explained it to me. I decided to give it a try. I had 3 kids already and pregnant with my 4 and thought I knew the ins and outs of giving birth, I was WRONG!!!After meeting with Meagan and setting up my birth plan I truly felt like I was in control for the first time. Meagan was so attentive to me and to my husband she provided extra emotional support for both of us and the knowledge she provided throughout the pregnancy was truly eye opening. When it was time to go in to have our baby we found out that the baby was breech and I needed to have a C-section, I have always given birth vaginally so when they said that I was to have a C-section I was really scared and confused but this is when my Doula Meagan shined. Meagan was such a huge support to me through this whole process I don't know what I would have done without her. I would reccomend a doula to anybody having a baby I would Highly recomend Meagan Portmann because she was truly amazing and I wouldn't consider going through the birth experience again withought Meagan Portmann as my Doula."
Rachael L Diffrient
"I was connected with Meagan through a friend on Facebook. I really wanted to have a natural birth, so I thought having a doula by my side would help me. I ended up receiving an epidural because my contractions were so intense and my labor was quite long since it was induced. However, Meagan stayed by my side the entire time, and she was even pregnant herself! She helped me by giving an incredible, and I mean INCREDIBLE, foot massage that eased my contractions as well as pushing on pressure points that helped my body relax through excruciating labor pains. She also knows her breathing techniques that helped me give my baby more oxygen. I had so much back labor with my son and Meagan's techniques reduced the pain by half, seriously. She was so positive, funny, and encouraging.If you're considering a doula, I would 100% go with Meagan because she knows what she is doing and has an unbelievable amount of love, concern, and patience. My husabnd and I wish we could fly her up to Utah for our next baby! Haha. We loved having her as a part of our birth team and she helped to make my birth a wonderful, positive experience."