"Choosing your midwife its one of the most important decisions you would make in your life. This is the person that will be there when you bring your child into this world, for me this person was Darby,
The relationship we built throughout my pregnancy was that of a friendship and sisterhood, she was so attentive to my bodies needs and changes, the care that I received from her was loving and intimate. Now that I'm not pregnant anymore I miss our prenatal visits and all the sweet treats that I would get from her, whether that be in the form of a massage or aromatherapy or cupping therapy etc.
My labour was far from easy. It took me 3 long days for my baby girl to come into this world and Darby was with us every step of the way and in the many challenges that we had to overcome during those hours. But at the end it was the most beautiful experience of my life. I feel in my heart that we both grew so much from the experience of my birth to not giving up, to believing in ourselves and the power of our bodies as women as mothers as birthers.
I feel truly blessed that our lives crossed paths and that we were in each others lives during my birth. I take with me love and swims and laughs and the gift to have had her there with us in the most magical day of my life."
~Maria Alfonsin and baby Nalu Athena, born at home in Honaunau, Hawaii on May 29, 2015
"I am so thrilled with my experience with Hawaii Holistic Midwifery! The one on one personal care, the herbs and oils, the in depth attention to my health all were a huge part of my beautiful empowering birth! If I hadn't been so comfortable with the birth team I know my birth wouldn't have been so powerful and transforming! The postpartum care I received was above and beyond anything else I could have received from another caregiver. I highly recommend having her encapsulate the placenta! It helped me recover physically and mentally from the birth so much. I am writing this review to get the word out about everything that Darby has to offer women. Darby has been a blessing to my entire family! If you want a spectacular, nurturing, powerful caregiver to assist you in the beautiful act of birth, Darby is that precisely!
~Bailey Parkhurst and baby Ellie Nohea Rose, born at home in Pahoa, Hawaii on February 16, 2016
"After taking a home pregnancy tests and having it come out positive I thought …Now what? Of course we had planned on getting pregnant, but I didn’t have a primary care doctor, nor did I want one. I called the closest doctors office I could find that accepted my insurance to make an appointment. The receptionist was cold and when I requested the female doctor in their office she told me there was no guarantee that that doctor would deliver my baby because the three doctors in the office rotated their on call schedule. I really wanted to know who was going to be there to deliver my baby. Having a baby is stressful enough without having to
perform in front of a complete stranger or someone you’re not comfortable with.
I then started looking on the internet for a midwife. I figured, it would be worth a call just to find out how much it costs to have a home birth. I had heard so many horror stories of being forced into a c-section at the hospital if you don’t deliver when they think you should. I didn’t want that to happen to me. I wanted to deliver on my own time and as naturally as possible. I emailed Darby Partner and she responded right away that we could have a complimentary consultation. When I compared the price of using my insurance to the price of using Darby, I found it to be totally worth the little bit extra it would cost – for my own piece of mind.
I was blown away with the convenience Darby presented me. Her scheduling was so flexible and she was able to meet with me and my husband during what a normal doctors office would call ‘after hours’. I was also so comforted by Darby’s demeanor. Being pregnant and giving birth wasn’t some kind of medical emergency to her. Darby was so thorough with checking my blood pressure, blood sugar, and other things that need to be monitored during pregnancy. She was so calm during our visits and was always willing to offer a natural solution if something came up. At one point my hemoglobin came up lacking. Darby sent me an assortment of remedies to get it to the appropriate level to give birth. And they worked!
Darby was also very caring when it came to how I felt about who was present during the birth. She was sure to find an assistant that worked with our personalities. Amanda was great and a perfect compliment to Darby. They made a great team during the birth to make me comfortable and feeling safe.
The thing I liked best about home birth was all of the extra things that Darby did for me to make me feel better. She would massage my back and feet if I needed it with amazing essential oils. She consulted with my family to make sure everyone was comfortable with me giving birth at home. She made us all feel very safe and secure about our decision.
During the birth, I used the birth tub to labor in. What a dream to labor outside in a pool under the beautiful sky. My husband and I worked as a team to get through the labor and Darby was the perfect compliment to our team. She offered ideas on different positions to help the labor along. When it was finally time to ‘push’, Darby had made up a warm potion to hold against me to keep the area comfortable for the baby to come out. My baby’s exit didn’t hurt! I’m sure it would have had it not been for Darby’s potion.
After the baby was born, I felt so confident that I could handle being a new mom because I could ask Darby anything. It was also a great feeling knowing that she would come to the house and check on us regularly to make sure my baby was healthy and I was comfortable. She made sure I was eating well and using a proper technique to nurse. It was fantastic being able to stay home the entire time and not have to worry about exposing the new baby to the outside world right away. What a relief to know there were no hospital germs, or car seat stresses to begin with. I was also amazed at the thorough check up she did with the baby after he came out. She checked not only vitals but range of motion and other things. She was also just as concerned with me. I could ask her anything about the changes in my body without feeling embarrassed or self-conscious. And these questions could be asked via text message at any hour!
I realize that there are concerns about the danger of giving birth away from a hospital environment. We had a plan for any situation that could arise. Darby was always very good to debunk any irrational fears I had with patience and positivity.
I honestly can say that I don’t know why more women don’t have home births. It is positive and drama and stress free. You get to be in charge of how you want things to go, not some doctor.
I would do it again, especially if Darby could be my midwife!"
~Kellie Cooke, and baby Marshall Ryan born at home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii February 21, 2016
"Darby was everything I was seeking in a midwife. I was so happy and relieved to know that I would be able to have the peaceful, natural birth I'd envisioned! In the beginning of my pregnancy I had been seeing ob/gyns, and the contrast between that and the midwife model is stark. Darby wanted to know what I was eating as opposed to how much I weighed, talked about exercise, baby positioning and how I was feeling. We met sometimes at the beach and went for swims, she offered wonderful massage, and prenatal appointments became happy, relaxing affairs. She was able to work out a birthing package I could afford. I think much of her talent as a midwife lies in her ability to intuit what the mother needs in her. I felt like she just knew the type and amount of support I needed, and provided exactly that. She is not at all rigid in her approach, offering a very individual relationship. Her knowledge and experience as an herbalist were invaluable, and I truly credit my quick, smooth, timely labor in large part to the oils and tinctures she made available to me. She encapsulated our placenta, and I so recommend doing so to all mamas! I think it was an amazing boon to my energy and spirits following delivery. Darby made me feel empowered and confident in pregnancy, and when labor began I felt ready, and reassured by her calming, strengthening presence. I had a perfect, beautiful home water birth, and I'm so filled with gratitude to Darby for making it possible. I get it now, why it's so important. I can't believe that I had even been considering birthing any other way! Darby's passion and belief in what she does is a beautiful thing. She puts love into every action. She honors motherhood, and the mothers she serves, and I in turn was honored to have her beautiful energy present as we welcomed my daughter to the world.
~Andrea Roussos and baby Maia Lai born at home in the water in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, June 23, 2014
"When I envision a better world, I think of the children. Their future, and ours, is determined by the love and kindness we share with them. I am so honored and grateful that my son was brought into the world in a gentle and loving way. He began his journey into this world through the hands of Darby Partner, a most skilled and intuitive midwife. Her calmness brought me courage and allowed me to believe in the natural rhythm of my body. Her knowledge and wisdom assisted me in a most amazing birth as well as throughout my postpartum healing. She has years of experience wildcrafting herbs and working the medicine of the earth into the birthing and healing process. Birth is sacred and Darby holds that space.
I wish all little ones could come into the world by way of such loving hands...Thank you Darby for the most powerful experience of my life!!"
~Falicia White and her son Kai Nakoa, born at home in Honaunau, HI December 29, 2013
"Where do I start ? This women is amazing. She can truly tune into what you want and need. I absolutely love how caring and thoughtful she is. Exactly what I would look for in a midwife. I ended up wanting to do an unassisted birth, she was there and held space. She also guided me at the very end when my baby's head was ready to be born. She just knows, because she is very in tune to all that is. I absolutely love her and if you are considering her, you have definitely made the right choice. Her energy is amazing and she is so calm. Exactly what you need during prenatal care and during and after labor. I could go on for days! Love you Darby!" ~Tasha Maile and baby, Soul Elijah born August 13, 2014 above Kealakekua Bay, South Kona, HI.
"Thank you Darby for assisting me with an entirely natural birth of my baby, always providing positive encouragement and exceptional patience during the roughest parts of labor and repeated confidence with my strong healthy baby boy! Mahalo." ~ Jennifer Sutton and baby, Unas Enti born November 7, 2013 above Kealakekua Bay, South Kone, HI.
"We recently worked with Darby and wanted share our positive experience with her. We felt our prenatals were handled with care and love. Darby was quick to reassure us with her knowledge and experience. She always spoke to my son with respect and treated my body like a temple, one of my favorite qualities about her. She made us feel comfortable and important and took care not to rush us. She was thorough with each visit and respected our decisions on interventions, tests, etc. If we had questions she always knew the answers and more; she is very well educated, another top quality about her. She never second guessed our decisions, she was very supportive and left the decision making to us while keeping us informed.
During the delivery she was gentle and motivating, always uplifting me. She was patient with my body and helped my husband as well. She gave the best newborn exam I have ever experienced (this was my 4th child and 3rd home birth). She was always kind and sweet with a great respect for babies and their moms. She let me listen to my body and move as I wanted but also made subtle suggestions for my comfort and progress. I would recommend her to anyone looking into homebirth. I would love for her to work with us again.
We will always feel immeasurable happiness when we think of our birth experience with her. It is an exciting time for a woman and Darby will make any birth experience a healthy and incredibly joyous one."
~Brittany and Joe Russell, Utah
"Darby is amazing. She exudes such a sense of calm that sets the atmosphere for transition to a new world. She brings the highest intention of love to her care and naturally creates a place of stillness and peace. Every time I enter her space, her presence, I return to my center and remember the value of honoring the Divine experience. This awareness is self-evident as she makes each choice and action with tremendous gratitude and focus. I have seen her persist through incredible trials with incredible strength and courage. I know that anyone who chooses to journey with her will receive sublime support." ~Jasmin, Eugene, Oregon
"Midwives and doulas give women the gift of inspiration and information. They are there to tell the story of gentle pleasurable birth and to teach women how to trust their bodies and their babies. They are there to say “Yes! You can! You can have the birth of your dreams!” Midwives and doulas help women find themselves and be reborn through birth!
It takes a very special kind of person to do this work and Darby truly is one of those people. She is very soft spoken and gentle, but also very strong and informed. There is a sweet calmness to Darby’s voice that is very in tune with the song of birth. She knows how to support women and their families in a way that makes them feel like she is part of their family and a fond friendly part of their pregnancy and birth story."
~ Tiffany Rosenbrock and baby Lyric, born at home in the water, Eugene, Oregon
"Thank you so much for always being there for me throughout my pregnancy and birth experience. Your loving presence and encouraging words really helped me through the rough moments during my labor. During the middle of the night when everyone else was asleep... you stayed with me. That meant so much to me -you can't even imagine! I thank my lucky stars everyday that you were part of my beautiful birthing experience."
~Marlena Kelly and baby Leona Fern born at home after a 33 hour labor.
"I still remember the relief I felt when you walked in my bathroom and I was laboring in the tub, ahhh...she's here!! Gives thanks for Darby! I'm so glad you were at our birth. The first time I met you I knew you should be there...During my labor, I knew I wasn't alone, the strength in your eyes kept me at ease. Thank you for the loving attention."
~Eileen Wells and baby Judah, Eugene, Oregon
"Darby was my doula (prenatally, during my birthing time and postnatally as well!) for the pregnancy and birth of daughter, Isabella, who was born March 15, 2009. Darby is kind, funny, compassionate and extremely helpful. I had a planned home birth but ended up having to go to the hospital at the end because baby was a little too comfy inside! Darby spent nearly all of my labor (a total of 36 hours!!!) with me and was a huge comfort to me. She is a great herbalist and gives fantastic massages. I also had her do some cupping on me and loved that as well! She is very patient and very encouraging during pregnancy and birth and she has a really positive mind set. I'd use her again if I were to ever have other children, she's that excellent. Highly recommended."
~Stacey Fay and baby Bella, Springfield, Oregon
"I had my second baby, Skyler, in December, 2009 and hired Darby when I was 5 months along. I saw the other doulas in the area ...but, for me, Darby stood out. I could feel her love from her pics. I needed someone who was just as excited about me being pregnant as I was. When I met her, she was so calm and loving...which for me was so peaceful. Being pregnant can be so stressful at times and I felt Darby was always there to support me and bring me back to being blissfully in love with pregnancy.
She made me proud to have this huge belly full of stretch marks. She honestly, with all of her being, loves these babies and mamas and has devoted so much of her life to helping birth new beings into this world with love. So, during my journey with Darby, we became really great friends. Who wants a stranger at their birth? She came to my house and gave me massages, we went on walks, she helped with my baby shower/blessingway.
Darby brought the most amazing blend of herbs to give me an herbal foot soak then a massage. It was so divine. When I went into labor, calling her was so comforting. She has this soft voice that is full of confidence and talked me through contractions. During my labor she was so in tune with me, offering me support and strength.
We spoke a lot on what my expectations for my birth was and my feelings and wants. I was able to relax more in labor knowing she was going to take care of those things for me. She was my voice for me while I was in labor. She also offered lots of love and comfort and knew when to touch me and when to not. She supported my husband the whole time and helped him with anything he needed.
I have a 3 year old daughter and Darby helped with her too. When I describe Darby to anyone...the best way I know how to do it is..."I couldn't have created her any more perfect if I had done it myself." Her knowledge about birth is priceless, her experience is vast and she is absolutely amazing."
~Cindy Maddy and baby Skyler, born at home, Eugene Oregon
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