I cannot say enough about Tender Beginnings. From day one, we felt very comfortable with Mary Anne. She is practical, knowledgeable, warm, and caring. I loved being able to go to my appointments in her home with my 2 little girls and let them be a part of the process. I never felt hurried or rushed. Mary Anne always answered all my questions and provided me with lots of information, but always let US make the decisions on what we felt was best. I never felt any pressure from her whatsoever – she was totally there to support us.
The day of my little boy’s birth was incredible. Mary Anne and her assistant, Kelly, arrived within 30 minutes of our call. They were excited and prepared. Quickly everything was set up and ready to go. I felt so at ease in my own environment – candles lit, music playing, all of us chatting and laughing in-between contractions… it was great! They were there to monitor and answer questions, but never did I feel they were in my face or probing. My husband helped me labor through my contractions as we always do. This was my first time to have the birthing pool and WOW!!!! I don’t know how I ever survived without it! When I hit transition, I got in and the warm water was so soothing and really took the edge off. I was comforted as they monitored me and my baby and did whatever I requested – cool washcloths on my forehead, sips of water and gatorade, and occasional heart rate monitoring of the baby while I was in the tub. My water broke and immediately, that baby was comin’ on down! Mary Anne and Kelly were right there to bring my little one safely into the world. Afterwards we all just cried; it was unbelievable.
To have the support of such amazing women was overwhelming. Their prayers, encouraging words, expertise and love just really carried me through. If I could change anything about that day or my experience, I honestly wouldn’t. It was PERFECT. I am so grateful God led us to Tender Beginnings and that we had the privilege of such a wonderful team to walk us through this special time in our family’s life.