What the families we support say about us…
“Adele was dedicated and enthusiastic! She was confident and knowledgeable. She was great about responding via phone or kakao throughout pregnancy and in the postpartum stage. During labor she made me her priority and made sure the focus stayed where it needed to be. She helped me reiterate my desires and helped stay flexible when the doctor wouldn’t concede to my wishes. She knew what prompts to give me to relieve pressure or reassure me. ” (Amber B.)
“At 38 weeks my baby was still in the breech position after trying every attempt to turn him including ECV, chiropractor sessions, daily yoga positions and consulting the spinning babies website. Miriam was recommended to me after abruptly switching hospitals in a last minute attempt to have the natural birth I always imagined having. Starting from our first Skype meeting she put my husband and I at ease. She addressed our fears about having a breech birth and helped us embrace that this was the way our son wanted to be born. In our subsequent meetings Miriam answered our questions, walked us through a breech birth, and eliminated the fear that our previous hospital had left us feeling. When my doctor recommended induction Miriam coached us on exercises I should do to encourage labor and put my progression in a positive prospective. When active labor finally arrived Miriam guided me through positions that made the contractions work in my favor and breathing techniques to ease the pain. Her directions and coaching allowed me to attain the birth I had always wanted. Both my husband and I agree that we wouldn’t have had the same outcome without Miriam as our doula.” (Jennie G.)
“Adele was the much-needed piece that truly made our birth experience complete. My husband and I both look back and say we would never want to have gone through a natural birth without her!” (Emily F.)
“Miriam, Thank you so much for all of your support and assistance during Bethany’s pregnancy and the subsequent birth of our little boy! The relaxation technique classes were extremely helpful and paid dividends when the time came for our son to be born. Having seen the polar opposite end of the spectrum – an artificially induced birth concluding in an unnecessary caesarean – I am all the more grateful to have had your support. Bethany still questions the decisions we made regarding the birth of our first child to this day. Avoiding a similar experience with our second child is no small reason behind why we sought out the services provided by a doula. Your advice, support, and tireless hours spent with us at home and eventually the clinic are valued beyond measure. Your fluency in Korean was also paramount to this endeavour, allowing us to understand all the nuances of what the doctor and his staff said to us. Being able to have our little boy completely naturally was very important to both of us; you know what a personal milestone and sense of accomplishment this produced for her. So thank you, thank you, thank you so much for everything, Miriam! We are home only a day after the birth, and our children are excited to finally meet each other. We couldn’t have gone through all of this without you there, helping and encouraging us along the way. I would recommend you highly to anyone, and request you by name should we have another child born in Korea. Thank you again! ”
“Adele!! I am going to be giving you a glowing review! My birth was soooo much easier this time around! From the first contraction to the last push was a little less than 4 hours. It went by so quickly and I kept kind of waiting for those debilitating contractions, and they just never came. They got bad when the nurses made me lay down to check how dilated I was or when I had to get on the birthing bed thing, but it was basically all over by that point so it was manageable. Seriously, I am so glad I invested in a birthing ball..that thing was a lifesaver. And my husband was sooo much more useful this time around and really stepped up his game^^. Thank you again for the class.” (Kay P.)
“After the birth of my first son in 2012, it was really clear to me that I would never have another baby in Korea. Even if my pregnancy had been really easy, my delivery was not a nice experience, and it took a very long time for me to recover, physically and mentally. But then I got pregnant again, 2 years later, in Korea. I was quite pessimistic about my 2nd birth, I looked at it as a bad moment in my life i would have to go through, so my idea was to ignore the fact that I was going to give birth until I actually had to. But when a friend of mine told me about her (good) experience, and how hypnobirthing really helped her, I got curious, and decided to meet Miriam. I knew she was used to work with the clinic I was going to, and that she spoke Korean, which were both important criterias to me, but what made me hire her was that she was super nice, open minded, with a good sense of humor and that I felt really comfortable being honest with her, telling her how skeptic I was about this supposedly “pain-free delivery” and how much I wanted to have an epidural. Miriam spent most of my prenatal appointments trying to make me understood that I could control my body a little bit more than I thought, that I was actually able to relax if you pushed the right buttons, and most of all she managed to convince me that I could have a not-so-terrible experience giving birth. The day my water broke, I was a lot more positive than 2 months before. I first followed Miriam’s instructions on the phone, until the labor begun and we then met at the clinic. She helped us go through every step as smoothly as possible, helping me to ease the pain, breath and relax, explaining what was happening, making us laugh and helping my husband to make himself as useful as he could all through the delivery. The “dream team” (doctor + midwife + Miriam) worked perfectly well together, they all knew each other and knew exactly who was supposed to do what, so everything seemed very calm and under control all the time. It was not a pain-free delivery, but as I only had to focus on my breathing (Miriam was dealing with the medical team) it was a cool and stress-free delivery, at least for me! I’m not sure about having a third kid, but if I do, I think I can say I would have the baby in the exact same conditions, and definitely with Miriam as a Doula. ” (Elsa J.)
“I had a wonderful birth experience and that’s because of the classes and support I received from my doula. The classes helped me prepare how to manage the pain during contractions. My doula was always available to answer all my questions and concerns. She made me realize that it is possible to have an all natural birth. Her support, knowledge, encouraging words during labor were priceless. I will definitely recommend her to my friends and hire her again in my next pregnancy.” (Maria G.)
“Thank you Miriam for everything you did in helping to bring our beautiful Oona into the world and in making our birth experience a positive one. With your compassionate and tender presence Myung and I were able to endure and remain positive throughout our long drawn out labor. Your calm voice, your soothing touch, your gentle reminders to always “breathe in – breath out” were such simple yet powerful ways to cope with the intensity of (back) labor. Thank you for your reassurances. Thank you for your working so well not only with us but also with the team at SCH. After having experienced this miracle we truly could not imagine having done it so well without you.” (Lauren T.)
“The childbirth classes were very informative. Knowing the stages of labor made me more aware of what my wife was going through and find ways to help her manage the pain.” (Marvin G.)
“As a doula, Miriam is compassionate, professional and extremely knowledgeable. She knows when to advise and when to step back and allow you to come to your own conclusions. While in labor, her voice was both comforting when it needed to be and urgent when it needed to be. I can’t even describe how good it felt to grab a fistful of her scrubs and hold on for dear life! She never takes “I can’t” for an answer- and for this I am forever indebted to her. Thank you, Miriam for watching over our son and his safe journey into the world! We couldn’t have done it without you!” (Jennifer L.)
“Thanks for your support to the expat moms here!” (Deirdre M.)
“Adele has a great manner and very enthusiastic about every aspect of the course she delivers. Both myself and my husband found it invaluable, especially the baby language and the labor tips, as well as the “what to expect” and how to cope in those early days and weeks. Her knowledge was fantastic and she had answers to any questions we had.
[When I went into labour,] I couldn’t have done it how I did without Adele present. For not only the translation, but also because I had a long and difficult labour, she guided me through with my husband and gave us many options and continuous encouragement, even when I thought I couldn’t do it any longer. Adele made me feel comfortable and in control, as well as reassured me of my ability to do it. I wouldn’t have had the experience I had without her. […] Adele was [also] VERY knowledgeable and a fantastic help to get me started on the breast feeding journey. I would recommend the course and Adele to any parents to be.” (Kristie R.)
“I really enjoyed the classes as they were. They made me more relaxed about going into labour and/or having a C-section if needed. I feel a lot more prepared and so excited. Thanks Adele!” (mom of twin boys Karina M.)
“When I found out I was pregnant I was of course very happy but then I started to feel anxious about having the baby in Korea, as I knew the habits were different from France. In France most deliveries are natural (C-sections only when needed) and a new mum stays 4-5 days at the hospital after birth so she gets plenty of help including newborn care and breastfeeding. I was so worried to have my first child in Korea, without our family’s support.
A couple of friends recommended me Miriam, saying that she was amazing! So after the first Skype conversation with her, my husband and I quickly decided to use her services for our birth as we had a really good first contact with her. We could tell that she was very well experienced and knew a lot of things about birth in Korea and pregnancy/delivery in general.
We first took the HypnoBirthing [course] and added the newborn and breastfeeding class […]. Both classes were very interesting and the content was so helpful.
We also decided to ask Miriam to be our doula. Our baby wasn’t well positioned so during labour Miriam and my midwife help me turn him around with several “exercises”. I truly believe that these exercises helped us a lot, and shortened the labour. Our son was born 4 hours after we arrived at the birthing centre which is relatively short for a first child and knowing that the baby wasn’t in a good position.
I really appreciated Miriam’s advice (before, during and after birth), and her calm during labour. She is very knowledgeable, professional and available. Now my worry is not to have Miriam for a future child!” (Amélie D.)