"We initially retained Lily after hearing from her through my therapist to help me prepare for and endure my second birth of my daughter after a long traumatic first birth of my son. I can say without a doubt that there is no one quite like Lily. She wholeheartedly supports everything that you need and without judgement. She was instrumental in preparing both my husband and I for what ultimately became an extremely fast labor, and stood up for my needs when I was unable. We ended up retaining her for postpartum doula services as well and she was absolutely incredible and helped me through the initial postpartum period and in seeking help for postpartum depression and breastfeeding difficulty. She actively solves problems, has an amazing soul and I'm so happy to have known her and had her help through this time period. If you are considering a Doula look no further than Lily. She is one of the best!" -Kate, Mama
"My partner and I are so grateful to have had Lily supporting us through the final weeks of my pregnancy and the birth of our son. We would recommend her with gusto to anyone looking for a birth or postpartum doula. Lily has genuine warmth and a healing touch about her, but she’s also clearheaded and pragmatic. From our first meeting, I felt that Lily heard and interpreted our fears, hopes, and needs with an intuitive and open mind. By the time my due date arrived, Lily had spent hours getting to know us as individuals and as a couple, acting as a supportive sounding board and source of excellent advice for pregnancy aches, pains, anxieties, and questions.She walked us through comfort measures for labor as a couple, encouraged us to practice together and explained a lot about what we might expect in early labor, contractions, and various medical and nonmedical scenarios. These pre-labor sessions with Lily were invaluable and were far more helpful and beneficial than the expensive childbirth classes we took. She helped me to feel prepared, confident and excited about giving birth, and I think my partner felt the same.
As our due date came and went, Lily continued to be responsive and supportive about our changing options, and helped me to keep calm and have the courage of my convictions. I quickly learned that the old cliché “you don’t know what you don’t know" is a real thing. But Lily’s knowledge of birth and labor helped, and reminded us to ask questions we wouldn’t have known to otherwise. She also prompted our support people and medical staff to give us more information than they initially offered. Snag Lily if you can! She is professional, unflappable, empathetic, not at all judgmental, and clearly loves what she does." -Lise, Mama
"My husband and I are so so happy we had Lily there with us for the birth of our first baby. Lily helped us to put together our birth plan, hitting all the points that were important to us. She was a wonderful advocate to have and helped us to stick to our birth plan as much as possible. I felt like Lily was my left hand, and my husband was my right hand. She was able to answer any questions we had about medical procedures or drugs the hospital may suggest to us. There was a point during my labor where I was trying to refrain from pushing, and Lily helped me breathe thru the contractions to keep from pushing while my husband tried to get some rest. Which leads me to my next point. Having a doula not only helps the mom, but benefits the dad, too. Lily was a good support system for my husband as well because it relieved some of the pressure he may have felt, and just knowing he had someone to turn to for advice or questions, was comforting. I would recommend Lily to anyone who is expecting and may want the support of a doula." -Andrea, Mama
"My husband and I were referred to Lily by my sister and brother in law who couldn't say enough about how valuable she was at their birth. We clicked right away when we first met her. We could tell that she would bring a large amount of knowledge and support for both of us during labor. Over the course of our prenatal meetings, she really took the time to get to know us and what we envisioned for ourselves when the big day came. Fast forward to the big day, she instantly put me at ease when she arrived. She suggested all sorts of labor positions that I never would have tried. I vividly remember her and my husband breathing through each and every contraction with me which got me through a natural delivery. Having her there provided an immense source of comfort not only for myself but for my husband as well. I know we would have been very anxious without her there. So happy we found Lily! We would recommend her to anyone expecting a baby." -Erica, Mama
"We cannot say enough good things about Lily. When it was all over, we were so glad we had hired a doula and this doula in particular. To begin with, Lily is an absolutely lovely person - kind, gentle, understanding, patient, and with a good sense of humor. We found that, independent of the many strategies she employed to help with labor, her mere presence was tremendously reassuring. Both before and after delivery, Lily was highly accessible and responsive to our texts, calls, questions, and concerns. During labor, she provided helpful and creative options to work through contractions such as breathing exercises, aroma therapy, massage and pressure points. Equally helpful was her coaching/advising throughout the process. Whatever situation arose or whatever the doctors and nurses might propose to us, we had the reassurance that Lily could help us to carefully evaluate our options. If you are thinking of hiring a doula, we give Lily our full and unreserved endorsement." -Patrick, Dad
"Lily has been a huge asset to our home. After having my third child and my husband not being able to take as much time off with his new job, I was in great need of assistance. We had previously had another doula in our home, who could no longer assist us due to scheduling. She gave us a list of doulas that were available and Lily seemed too good to be true. I almost didn't call. Thank goodness I did, of the 8 doulas I called, I immediately felt connected with her and felt like she had all the skills and the energy to help us. Not only do I have three kids four years and under, but I have also dealt with postpartum depression after each pregnancy. Lily has been very supportive, calls or texts to check in and follow up after hours. She is quick to come up with solutions around the house and once they are in place, she checks up on how the new systems are working the next time she visits. As soon as I was showing any signs of postpartum depression, she helped put me in touch with resources that could help and made sure that I followed through and connected right away. We are also vegetarian and I love that she has an array of healthy dishes at hand for our household, as well as vegan options so we aren't always leaning on dairy. She even made healthy cookies that truly are healthy! Amazing for this sugar-addicted mom. She is great with the kids and has helped expand their vegetable eating repetorie and even manages to make meals out of scraps when we are at the end of the grocery week. Her massage work is incredibly helpful to nursing and infant/toddler carrying shoulders. She has a great sense of balance and I always have a list of things to accomplish that no human could ever finish, yet she somehow crosses off more than half the list each visit. She is flexible, courteous and has a calming energy about her. Thank you, Lily! We are very lucky to have connected with you!" -Linda, Mama
"Mi nombre es Dixy, y quiero contarles la experiencia que tuve con Lily Shaffer, como doula, sinceramente fue una gran experiencia, porque hiva adar a luz a mi hija, y en todo mi embarazo lo pase sola, el papá de mi hija no estuvo presente, ni el embarazo, ni en el parto, y Lily estuvo conmigo, y aunque no la conosia, la sentía como si era mi familia, los dolores cada vez eran más fuertes y yo no quería ver a nadie, en cambio con ella me sentía bien, los días que estuve serca de ella , medí cuenta que es una gran persona, y que es una gran doula, me sentí bien con ella, sinceramente yo se las recomiendo, tener un bebé es algo maravilloso, aunque quisiéramos tener a nuestra pareja a hi, pero yo al menos tuve la oportunidad de tener a Lily, y es algo con lo que siempre estaré agradecida, Dios te bendiga Lily , y te deceo lo mejor en tu carrera."
Translation, "My name is Dixy, and I want to share with you the experience I had with Lily Shaffer as my doula. It was sincerely a great experience. I spent my pregnancy alone, the father of my daughter was not present in the pregnancy or delivery, but Lily was there and although I hadn't known her before, she felt like my family. The pain was more intense with every contraction and I did not want to interact with anybody, except Lily; I felt good with her nearby. She is a wonderful person and a wonderful doula, and I felt safe with her. I sincerely recommend her. Having a baby is wonderful, and we of course want our partner there, but instead I had the opportunity to have Lily, and it's something I will always be grateful for. God bless you Lily, and I wish you the best in your career."-Dixy, Mama