Carla helped me through all 3 of my pregnancies. For my last I was 42 and very nervous because of my age. She was a pillar of support and guidance through my whole pregnancy. Maybe it was because there were so many years between my 2nd and my third, but I felt like a first time mom almost. She was there when I needed her and was my advocate during my daughter's birth. I was glad my husband was there with me but in the end Carla was the most helpful to me because she knew exactly what I was experiencing. She was helpful, compassionate, empathetic but most of all a rock of support from pregnancy through birth. I would highly recommend her to any expecting mother.
My name is Conner R., and I am mother to a beautiful boy named Hunter. My dear friend Carla Ward was with me through every step of my pregnancy, and even four years later, still coaches me through motherhood with my toddler.
While I was pregnant, I was working full time and found it difficult to manage normal pregnancy events. Carla helped me through the process by going to my OBGYN appointments with me and helping me figure out the next step I wanted to take. This helped greatly with my anxiety in general, as well as being a new mom and not having a lot of family around at the time. Her presence, coaching, and emotional support at that time was, and still is, invaluable to me and to my husband.
Although I had planned for a non-medicated, vaginal birth, as per Carla’s sage advice, not everything went as planned, and together we went to St. Peter’s in New Brunswick so that I could be induced. As before, Carla was with me for every step and doctor, explaining the process and translating to me what needed to happen when and for what reason. She honored all of my requests to the best of her abilities, whether it was bouncing on the ball during painful contractions or finally getting that very-much-needed epidural and sleeping peacefully… for me at least. She was the perfect ambassador between me and the hospital doctors.
Carla also guided my husband through his role and responsibilities as well. She coached him on how to help me when she was on her way over, she also reached out to him for updates when I was unavailable. While we were in the hospital, they were able to come up with a plan for post-partum care that we were confident in following through. After Hunter was born, she coached me on how to nurse him and most importantly, on self-care and how I can be healthy and active after the birth. She even brought my best friends and a special cake to have a quiet party to celebrate Hunters first day Earth-side. Carla continued to guide my husband and I through many of the ups and down that first-time parents go through: coughs and colds, allergies, falls, spills and everything related to having a child. Without her, I would have been up a creek without a paddle.
I was able to entrust my childbirth experience to Carla because she is skilled, competent, and most importantly, she cares. She cares that each woman has not only a safe and healthy childbirth, but a genuinely fulfilling experience. She is educated in the matters of child birthing, as well as post-partum care and what needs to happen in order to have a truly meaningful child birth experience. She also has the understanding of what it takes to see women through such an ordeal. She is calm and level-headed, as well as tender and devoted to her passion. I am truly grateful for her and satisfied with all of my memories of bringing my son into this world knowing that I relied on her.