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    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-May-2021
    Subject:  Alaska McFadden
    Comment:  Alaska McFadden is an incredible doula. Working with her was the best decision we made in preparing for birth. I had an unmedicated birth in a hospital. It was wild, primal and like nothing I had ever experienced. Alaska was there for all of it, 100% present and supportive, guiding me through it, supporting me physically with touch, squeezes, massage, and changing positions, and teaching me new positions, ways of breathing, vocalizing, moving, and thinking. She recreated the environment, from the lights to the sounds to the smells. She created calm, rhythm, strength, confidence and so many other things crucial to an empowering birth. She made me feel liberated, cared for, and safe.Alaska was both an advocate and a collaborator. She taught my husband how to support me and made him a huge part of my birth, which was important to me. Toward the end, when I started to doubt myself, she moved me right through it. She is a magical spirit and a brilliant teacher.Alaska and her partner Brittany provided incredible pre- and post- birth support. In preparation, they took the time to learn about me and to teach me key concepts to use during birth. Their postpartum support was above and beyond anything I expected or realized I would need. They were available 24/7 and helped me through postpartum and breastfeeding struggles. Having their support during such a vulnerable time made a huge difference.My birth was an incredible experience and I have no doubt it was thanks in large part to Alaska. I am grateful beyond words.My husband would like to add that he went into birth planning uncertain of whether we needed a doula. After experiencing birth, he agrees that working with Alaska was the best decision we made and says that if we have a second child, Alaska will be our first phone call. She is a magical force and just the person he didn’t know we absolutely needed in the room.I cannot recommend Alaska more highly!
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Apr-2021
    Subject:  Alaska McFadden
    Comment:  We hired Alaska at the beginning of my pregnancy, and it was the best decision we made. Throughout my pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum Alaska has been our number one go to for providing information and amazing referrals for everything I’ve needed. Alaska also supported me while I navigated through choosing, re-choosing, changing, and ultimately going back to my original care provider. Alaska went above and beyond to ensure my birth was a positive and empowering experience including sticking with me for 43 hours straight. I ended up having to be induced and had no idea what it would entail. Alaska explained everything I would encounter for the induction and helped me navigate the entire experience. While my birth didn’t go as planned it was completely rad- largely in part to Alaska’s energy and her efforts. She made my birth fun and memorable. I will of course never forget that day and never forget the role Alaska played.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 09-Nov-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Cannot recommend enough !!! She went above and beyond through my pregnancy to the postpatum period. She was a true source of comfort, education, friendship, and care. My husband and I both adore her. With many obstacles in my way I ended up getting to have the birth I wanted (mainly) due to her help and encouragement. She was a great advocate for me.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Alaska is very relaxed and a little alternative. I chose her because I thought she would be interesting to talk to and encouraging in the birth room -- a friend more than a mom. We had some good advance discussions with her about how delivery would go. As it played out, between one thing and another, she didn't arrive in my delivery room until I was pushing . . . but she had been communicating with my husband earlier over text and convinced us to convince our OB NOT to give me pitocin, which I turned out not to need, so she saved me that pain and money. She came by my apartment after the birth and brought some really delicious home-cooked meals.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Alaska was great, but we really didn't need her. The pre-birth meeting was helpful. But, she kind of scared us more than necessary about how bad the nurses were going to be and how alone we'd be. And none of that was true. She ended up not being able to come in to the hospital b/c of COVID and we were kind of glad she wasn't there.