What an amazing experience it was to walk into motherhood with Florencia! Because we had recently moved, Florencia worked with us remotely. The first thing Florencia did was invite me to the weekly "Mama Village" zoom call. This was so valuable to meet other first time and veteran moms and get my questions answered. I garnered so much wisdom from their experiences and from Florencia's knowledge and left every session feeling more confident and prepared. When the day finally came, Florencia was there, ready to FaceTime, call and text both me and my birth partner. I wanted to have my baby with as few medical interventions as possible, so Florencia guided me through the options that were given to me by the staff at the hospital. She affirmed my choices while giving me statistics and options as we weighed the pros and cons of what the hospital staff recommended. Although she couldn't physically be there, she supposed us through our entire hospital stay and gave me lots of positions and exercises to try to hasten the arrival of our baby girl. It was wonderful being so empowered and having a knowledgeable and empowering voice who helped me advocate for the birth I wanted! With Florencia's help, we were able to have that. What an incredible experience!
Colleen (June 2021)
We had such a wonderful experience with Florencia. I would highly recommend a doula for anybody who has specific goals for their birth experience! She really rounded our the team between my husband applying counter pressures and her encouraging words. I tried to use the birthing recordings I had on my phone that I had practiced with, but in the moment of labor they annoyed me. Florencia became my live recording and constantly said positive encouraging words and reminded me to go back to my breath. She has been through several births herself and I felt very empowered by her presence. She is super passionate about the birthing process and aiding mothers in a gentle yet powerful way. She followed up with us after and stayed in contact to help us through the postpartum/"4th trimester" phase. Oh, and the pictures she took of our labor journey and our brand new family were incredible! Will treasure them forever. Thank you, Florencia!
Amy (June 2021)
Florencia was a much needed light for my wife and I after bringing our triplets home from the NICU. We instantly loved her energy from our first call and we couldn't have felt more comfortable with her in our home with our boys. She has her eyes on not only the babies but us mamas and our older daughter. She encouraged so many special moments for us and helped us carve out time for self care. Even better she captured so many of those moments along the way, snapping pictures when we didn't have hands to do so! We'd recommend Florencia to all expecting and new mamas out there.
Veronica (March 2021)
Working with Florencia during my pregnancy, delivery and postpartum has been the most incredible experience. Due to COVID Florencia was not able to be in my delivery room but she went above and beyond providing support virtually. Florencia kept me very calm and talked my husband and I through my delivery. Florencia is very knowledgeable and always made sure to give me unbiased information. She has a way of making you feel very empowered and capable of anything. In the end, I had a very beautiful delivery. The best part of Joyful Journey's doula services was the postpartum support that I received from Florencia. She was at my house the 2nd day we got home. She made it a point to check on me in all aspects; mentally, emotionally and physically. Her services continued throughout the following weeks. She continuously checked in on me and made sure I was adjusting well to my new life as a mommy. Florencia provided me with help in breastfeeding, physical recovery, baby-wearing, photography and several other aspects of the 4th trimester. She is quick to respond at any time of day. I'd highly recommend Joyful Journey to anyone looking to have a memorable delivery and/or pregnancy experience.
Michelle (February 2021)
I don't know where to start but I am happy and grateful to have had you on one of the most important days of my life, you were a great supporter on this journey not only for me, you were also for my husband and our baby boy and for that I'm always thankful.
Karla (February 2021)
Florencia was more than a doula to our family; she was a birth mentor, support system, and friend. She helped us achieve the unmedicated birth we always wanted. She guided me as a mommy-to-be in our mommy group by encouraging me to do research and take classes, bringing in guest-speaking mamas, and answering every question I had! Her goal was to make me feel educated about both the labor and mommy experience, help create a birth plan and learn to advocate for myself, and remind me that not all births go exactly to plan. When my birthing time came, I went in confident, advocated for myself, and breathed my beautiful baby boy right out of me. She followed up after to make sure I was ok physically and emotionally! Thank you, Florencia!!
Amanda (November 2021)