"Having Tracy for the birth of our son was ESSENTIAL. My first child was born via C-section in Alabama, and my second child was a successful VBAC in California. We thought that we had a pretty rounded experience of births and hired Tracy to help us navigate the local hospitals and remind us of things we might have forgotten since our Bradley class ~5 years ago. Tracy had supported us in our first birth, and we knew she'd be an asset this go-around too. Tracy was awesome! Tracy supported us through the labor and kept us calm for the last-minute dash to the hospital (offering helpful tips to delay pushing till we got there). For this birth, I especially appreciated how available she was to my husband and family just after birth. I experienced a postpartum hemorrhage which sent me to the ICU, and I was in no shape to assure others. Tracy was a calming, positive pressence for us and our family." -Sarah
"My experience with Tracy was excellent! From the moment we signed with her I felt a sense of weight off my shoulders. Before this pregnancy I already had a C-section and so I wanted to work with a doula to VBAC. We had 3 meetings with Tracy before and I felt very confident we could do it with her support! She made me and my husband feel like we were in control which was very different from my first pregnancy. Long story short my pregnancy did end with another c section because after pushing for 3.5 hours my son got stuck and couldn’t fit out- it was a blessing in disguise for his safety and mine. I left this pregnancy feeling amazing because with Tracy support I felt like I literally left everything I had on the table, tried every position, used all my resources but at the end of the day god had a different plan which I was totally at piece with because I know I tried everything! After my first C-section I had a lot of unsettled emotions but after this one and having Tracy in our corner I felt so peaceful and proud of myself (which I never thought I would). Tracy was everything we could have hoped for in a doula!"-Caitlin
"We loved having Tracy as our doula. She was in tune with us and was able to tailer her care to what we needed. We especially appreciated the time she devoted to keeping my husband informed as my labor took unexpected turns.
When we needed to just have rest and quiet, I almost forgot she was there. And when we needed support and information she was kind and professional.
I highly reccommend her services. I believe a doula is very helpful for every kind of birth from natural to c section. Nurses and doctors come and go as shift changes and work loads vary, but Tracy was devoted to us and stayed close.
She also did a beautiful job of documenting my labor. Time seems to move too fast or too slow when you're in labor, so to have a timestamped record of the labor was very helpful for us to remember this important day.
She took photographs that are both beautiful and helpful to remind us of everything that happened.
We love Tracy, and we are so thankful she was there for the birth of our baby!"
"Tracy was such an amazing team member in my birth team for all 3 of my babies. I wanted so many things with each birth and she made me feel like I was capable and empowered to do those things. She was able to read our family and helped my husband in the way he needed with each birth. She knew the answers I needed to know, and if she didn't she would find out for me. Tracy helped to ensure that my births were as close to all that I hoped. I would not want to deliver a baby without her by my side!"-Kristi
"From the start I knew I wanted a natural birth and I knew I would definitely need some help sticking to that plan. I met Tracey through a couple different family members who recommended her very highly. I was pretty far into my pregnancy and flying solo ( no father involved) So I was very excited to have her support. My labor did not go as I had planned. I wanted to labor at home as long as possible but ended up being induced ten days early. I also planned to go natural and ended up asking for an epidural. Fortunately for me they didn’t get there in time for me to have one. Tracey was having to tell me I did NOT want it even when they were telling me I was 10 cm and it was time to push. Overall there are things I would change about my labor process but the one thing I would not change is having Tracey Abney there helping me through it. She caters extremely well to the individual mothers needs and is very knowledgeable. My birthing experience was made so much better for having her there and will definitely have her there for my next." -Abigail
"We had a great experience with Tracy. When my previously reserved doula backed out, Tracy was able to fit me in due to a change in her availability. Compared to a few of the other doulas I contacted, Tracy was quick to respond and was very organized and professional which made us feel confident she would be there for us. When I went into labor almost three weeks early, we met Tracy at the hospital in the middle of the night due to labor progressing so quickly. We forgot to bring a print out of our birth plan but Tracy helped us ensure we got the natural birth we hoped for. She was very familiar with the hospital, what they offered, and was even familiar with some of the nurses and my OB. Throughout labor and transition, she was supportive and suggested different positions to help manage pain. After a few hours we had a baby and Tracy took some photots of our precious newborn. After being home for a week or so, Tracy checked in and was supportive and helpful when it came to questions about babywearing, cloth diapering, and breastfeeding. She also had a typed out timeline of how labor went which will be helpful if we decide to have other children, we'll ahve an idea of how quick my labors go. Definitely would recommend."-Libbie