“What Waco Doula is offering to women in childbirth is invaluable. These women are kind and truly care. They make my job easier and I’m always glad to work with them.”
– W. Richard Haskett, Jr., M.D.
“As a midwife, I have been privileged to work side by side with the Waco Doula team for many births. They pocess a calm gentle spirit guiding families to achieve the birth they desire. This Waco Doula team is a huge asset to Central Texas.”
– Kari Herman, MS, CN
“Micah was so amazing at our birth. She helped me get the VBAC I so desperately wanted, and with an 11 lb 3oz baby to boot! She helped me work through the terrible back labor and the turning of the baby who was face up. If we were having any more kids, she would absolutely be there. I don’t think I could have done it without her.”
– Nicole Boumans (client)
“It is well established that the hiring of a labor doula reduces a woman’s risk of cesarean & instrumental delivery, reduces her use of pain medication, reduces the length of her labor, and increases her likelihood of breastfeeding success. Waco Doula is a testament to all of those statistics. She possesses the experience and sensitivity to read her client’s signals and responding appropriately. Central Texas parents-to-be are fortunate to have such a valuable resource in the Waco Doula group to help facilitate their births.” -Emilie Cunningham, CCE, CLC, MPH
“Thank you for helping me to focus and just being there to encourage me when I didn’t think I could do it. You were truly a rock when I needed one. I’m inspired to now become a doula and look forward to being a rock for other women in their birth journey’s.”
– Chonna Colbert (client & a Waco Doula)
“As a first time father to be, I would not only say that Micah helped us through the whole birth process, but I don’t think I could have done it without her. She had the ability to help me be the husband that my wife needed through this experience. Micah, you will always have a special place in my heart for helping us bring our little man into the world!”
– Brent Boyko (new daddy)
“Micah has been to several of my births and is one of the best coaches I’ve ever known! She’s confident and comforting. She really has a gift! Waco will benefit greatly from her new doula group and the apprentices will get the best training possible!”
– Maranatha Chapman (client & sister)
“When I think back to our 1st born, I will remember it being one of the most amazing, empowering moments of my life. Kristina kept me calm & helped me achieve labor w/o an epidural and is a big part of that memory! ” – Tori Neises (client)
“If you’re looking to have a natural birth then get in touch with the Waco Doula group. They are truly a part of our team.” -LDR nurses at Providence Hospital
“With Micah as our doula, we were gently encouraged and directed but didn’t have to ‘remember’ anything. She has amazing discernment for comfort and progression with labor. She was and continues to be a wealth of knowledge and a support to our family. Christen and I highly recommend Micah Burgess as a doula.”
– Dr. & Mrs. Le Blanc
“Micah, you made my birth the experience I hoped and dreamed for. You have the strength and experience to provide the support and encouragement women need to go through the difficult birth process. Being a doula is your calling. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us.”
– Professor Emily Hunter, Ph.D.
“If it wasn’t for my doula I would have gotten an epidural again. She was absolutely the best and such a blessing to me and my husband.” – Danny, P. MD. & Sommer, RDN. Owens
*little doula in training~ Autumn Owens
“Collins birth is one of my favorite all time memories. Having you there gave me the confidence and extra support I needed. It really was such a great experience!” – Dr. Johnson MD. & Elizabeth Johnson
Please read Elizabeth’s blog about her birth by clicking blog site below.
lifes journey with the johnson’s -blogsite
Nicole Bouman’s birth story about Connor:
I woke up about 4:30am on Sunday 3/17 having contractions 10 mins apart. I had had SO many early contractions and false labor I didn’t know if it was real or not, but they were close enough together I wasn’t able to go back to sleep. I finally just got up at around 6 to take a shower to go to church if it wasn’t real and about that time Larry got up to go to work. When I was in the shower, my contractions got closer together and it seemed to me that this might be the real deal. I got out of the shower the contractions slowed back down and Larry went to work but I told him to keep his phone on. I was consistently getting contractions 8-10 mins apart and I knew I wasn’t in any condition to drive anywhere so, no church for me.
I labored like this just hanging out at home and let Micah know what was going on at about 10am when my contractions were 5 mins apart. Larry came home about 11 and we still just hung out at home. We told my parents about 1pm to start heading this way because they had a 4-hour drive. Micah came over about 1:30 and we talked about what had already happened that morning and around 3:30 made the decision to go to the hospital. At this point contractions were @3mins apart and we called the rest of the parents to let everyone know.
We got to the hospital and at my first check I was 6cm, 100%effaced and had a bulging bag. They monitored me for about an hour and told me they didn’t want me out of bed until my water broke to prevent cord issues. I wasn’t too happy about it, but being as how they were actually letting me labor and not automatically going for another c-section I was a good patient and did what they wanted.
7pm was shift change and the new doctor (who happened to be the doctor that did the c-section for my older daughter) came in to break my water to get things moving again. He still didn’t want me to get out of bed because of my previous c-section status. At this point he checked me and I was 8cm and the baby was moving down. Micah helped me to labor in different positions in the bed to keep things progressing, but also to be compliant with the doctor’s wishes. Things got really intense after he broke my water and it soon became pretty apparent that the baby wasn’t in the best position.
My back would KILL with every contraction and I didn’t let anyone near it. At one point I yelled at Larry for pointing a fan at my back. Sorry honey! Micah and the nurse said that baby was for sure face up and we started laboring in ways to help him turn to come down. Let me tell you, THAT was no fun. He eventually turned and I was complete. I started pushing to bring him down and then the doctor came back in and said to stop pushing, he had to go do an emergency c-section on another patient. They called my doctor in to deliver me and I had to stop pushing until she got there. They said it was only about 15 minutes, but what seemed like hours later she got there. I pushed and pushed and apparently with his slow descent the medical staff was looking around at each other and thinking he was bigger than they previously thought. Everyone knew a big baby was a possibility due to Morgan’s size, but none of the doctors thought he would be a 10lber. Pushed and pushed and pushed and eventually he got here! All the medical staff was amazed and started taking guesses as to his weight. He was BIG!
I became the superstar of l&d for having an 11lb baby naturally, vbac, with no epidural. Officially, Connor was 11lb3oz, 22in long.