"We recently had the pleasure of working with Sutay Berman for the healthy pregnancy and birth of our first child. We were so blown away by our experience that we felt compelled to share with others so that they may know what it is like to have a beautiful pregnancy and birth experience.

Sutay’s vast knowledge and gentle spirit initially attracted my attention when I was looking for a doula. At the time she was the instructor of my prenatal yoga class which was very helpful in keeping me fit and feeling great all the way thru my pregnancy. Sutay’s experiences with African mud hut births all the way thru super high tech births made me feel safe no matter which route I chose, or if unexpected medical circumstances were to arrive.

My husband was not excited about the idea at first. He felt it was a waste of money and that we could do it with the midwives and our family. After he met Sutay, he was singing a different tune completely! She worked with us for months before the birth to really get to know each of us as individuals as well as a family. I believe this, along with her natural intuition, allowed her to anticipate our needs during the birth, often times before we even knew we had the need. She was like a little angel floating around our room making us feel safe, more comfortable and well protected. She took care of all of us – even our family! She managed to make all this happen without ever being obtrusive or making my husband feel out of place. He was so thankful that she was there to do the things we didn’t know to do, but that made a big difference in our experience. She was a true advocate for both of us, as well as our son.

My birth turned from an un-medicated natural childbirth to a planned c-section due to my baby being breech. She was there every step of the way to help me make this monumental adjustment mentally and emotionally. She was even there holding my hand during the c-section when my husband was not allowed to be by my side. I can’t say how much this meant to me! It really made all the difference in the world. I was never alone in the operating room. She captured the birth on film when neither of us could have, and we are so grateful to have those pictures today. I was very afraid of the surgery, but Sutay went above and beyond to make me comfortable. I feel that I received “special treatment” from the hospital because she was my doula. I toured the birthing rooms and surgery recovery rooms prior to and had a walk thru of sorts so that I would know what to expect and wouldn’t be so scared. She answered so many phone calls and emails answering my questions about everything under the sun that was remotely related to pregnancy and birth. I think I talked to her just as much if not more than my midwives!

To this day Sutay is a trusted friend, one I feel privileged to know. I can’t say enough about how her presence impacted my entire experience and made it peaceful, and beautifully my very own. Our family will always hold a special place in our hearts for her, and will ask for her help again when the time comes to expand our family. I can’t imagine why I, or anyone, would make this life transformation without her!" —Jill & Jack