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    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 17-Jan-2018
    Subject:  [Summer2016Babies] Doula Recs
    Comment:  +1 for Abby!We adore her. She's such a calm, confident presence!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 17-Jan-2018
    Subject:  [Summer2016Babies] Doula Recs
    Comment:  The amazing Abby block https://www.abbyblock.com/Not sure what I would have done without her. She was so helpful and calming through my complicated birth. Wish I could hire to massage and touch me outside of labor
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 20-Dec-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Abby Block and Laura VladimirovaReview: I could not recommend Abby or Laura more highly. They came through Carriage House Birth - level 4 doulas. Definitely worth every penny. Although I was a bit nervous about juggling a duo, they are the perfect duo - a great ying-and-yang, and in essence, you almost get double the guidance and support! The double communication is stellar. Abby and Laura's true gifts came out when my birth plan took a complete 180 (as they are prone to do!). When my doctors told me I needed to be induced early I was overwhelmed, upset and frustrated, to say the least. Abby and Laura were so incredible in turning course and telling me logically the ins and outs of inducement, and also providing strong emotional support for a very intense time. I always thought a doula's main role would be during the actual birth, but actually my induced birth was super smooth and their real support came in the preparation.Based on a October 2017 birthing experience.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 20-Dec-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Doula Name: Abby Block and Anna CarapetyanReview: Abby and Anna work together and whoever is on call at the time goes to the birth. They each do one prenatal visit as well. Because my labor was so short, I didn't end up having anyone at the birth, but the prenatal visits really made me feel prepared to deal with whatever happened. The postnatal visit was also useful and comforting, and both Abby and Anna are very knowledgeable themselves and know a lot of good referrals for more specific issues.Based on a August 2017 birthing experience.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 20-Dec-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Doula Name: Abby Block & Laura VladimirovaReview: Abby and Laura are an amazing doula team. My husband and I learned a lot from them. We had to have a scheduled c-section, so ended up asking for post-partum help instead of during labour, which worked out perfectly. Highly recommend this amazing team who have tons of experience. Note that you will meet with both doulas, but only one of them will be on call for your baby's delivery. This is a great way to get the support of one of two great doulas.Based on a September 2017 birthing experience.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Laura Vladimirova/Abby BlockLaura and Abby were my doulas, and Laura was on call for my birth. I met with both in advance and they were extremely helpful and informative - making me feel very comfortable and prepared. After my two pre-birth sessions with them, I couldn't imagine going into labor without knowing I would also have their support! Since my labor was so unexpectedly quick, however, Laura only actually made it to the hospital about an hour before my baby was born, but she stayed for a while after to help us get settled.Based on a July 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 23-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Best part of my birth was having Abby with me during labor. I knew her from college but obviously had no idea how wonderful it would be to have her by my side. Her voice, her touch, and her guidance were sooooo encouraging and special. I'm at a loss for more words, but she was the best investment!!! Just call her.Based on August 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 07-Feb-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Abby quickly became our birth assistant when I progressed faster than expected. She was in the trenches and hands on from the moment she walked into my house. Peaceful and knowledgeable, I wish she was my sister and best friend. She had the perfect balance of knowing the urgency and coming up with pain relief mechanisms balanced with a soothing voice when I needed to work through the contraction. Insurance: No. But affordable and oh so worth it!Based on a 2015 birth
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    On 28-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: Abby has very calming personalities which helped me a great deal. We interviewed about 4 doulas and 2 were final candidates. In the end we picked Abby based on a coin toss!!! It was a very difficult decision as giving birth for the first time is really nerve wrecking! We were so glad to have her company. She stayed with me in triage talking and joking. Doctors came in to see if anyone was in labor. She knew exactly what to do in the labor room by giving us support and holding down my legs and wiping my forehead to putting my hair up. She stayed till 2 am after my daughter arrived at midnight. Insurance details: NO (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)