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Love Notes

 

Words of Kindness from families I’ve had the Privilege of supporting!

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I am so grateful to have had Ruth work with us through our birth and after. I can’t recommend her more highly.   We ended up having a planned c-section due to our baby’s breach positioning. Ruth provided us with all the information we needed, the alternate options that might be available to us, and fully supported us in our decision to plan the c-section. The day of the birth her presence was indispensable, and I don’t think we would have succeeded in sticking it out through breastfeeding difficulties in our first few weeks post-partum without her calm and reassuring presence.  Throughout our journey Ruth was right there with information, emotional support, and ready to jump in if needed. She was so wonderfully sensitive to our needs, positive, providing what we needed to navigate all the choices in front of us.  I have no doubt that working with Ruth made our journey much more enjoyable and manageable than it would have been without her.  — KATE & JOSH and baby Gus

I am so grateful to have had Ruth work with us through our birth and after. I can’t recommend her more highly.
We ended up having a planned c-section due to our baby’s breach positioning. Ruth provided us with all the information we needed, the alternate options that might be available to us, and fully supported us in our decision to plan the c-section. The day of the birth her presence was indispensable, and I don’t think we would have succeeded in sticking it out through breastfeeding difficulties in our first few weeks post-partum without her calm and reassuring presence.
Throughout our journey Ruth was right there with information, emotional support, and ready to jump in if needed. She was so wonderfully sensitive to our needs, positive, providing what we needed to navigate all the choices in front of us.
I have no doubt that working with Ruth made our journey much more enjoyable and manageable than it would have been without her.

— KATE & JOSH and baby Gus

From the bottom of our hearts, we'd like to extend to you our most sincere thanks. Looking back on this journey I can say that it wouldn't have been possible without your amazing, loving guidance and expertise. Thank you for supporting our family's goals and giving us a voice during and after labor.  We will recommend you to every expecting mama and papa we meet! You're amazing. We'll miss you!   - Julia, Tremor & babies Billie & Frankie

From the bottom of our hearts, we'd like to extend to you our most sincere thanks. Looking back on this journey I can say that it wouldn't have been possible without your amazing, loving guidance and expertise.
Thank you for supporting our family's goals and giving us a voice during and after labor.
We will recommend you to every expecting mama and papa we meet!
You're amazing. We'll miss you!


- Julia, Tremor & babies Billie & Frankie

Thank you Ruth so much for all of your guidance, support, and well everything, really! We really feel we couldn't have done this without you. In telling our friends and family about our birthing experience, we just have such great memories about the day. I keep telling my girlfriends about how calm and quiet the whole experience was, bragging about your amazing midnight candles! :) I can't help but tell them it was "100% less traumatic" than I had thought it would be and that it was just so amazing.  What we're also learning is to keep using our intuition and to keep trusting it! Thanks for believing in us and giving us the confidence to feel like we can do it!  Thank you again for everything.    -Timea & Brian (and Birdie) and baby Laszlo

Thank you Ruth so much for all of your guidance, support, and well everything, really! We really feel we couldn't have done this without you. In telling our friends and family about our birthing experience, we just have such great memories about the day. I keep telling my girlfriends about how calm and quiet the whole experience was, bragging about your amazing midnight candles! :) I can't help but tell them it was "100% less traumatic" than I had thought it would be and that it was just so amazing.
What we're also learning is to keep using our intuition and to keep trusting it! Thanks for believing in us and giving us the confidence to feel like we can do it!
Thank you again for everything.

-Timea & Brian (and Birdie) and baby Laszlo

I feel so lucky to have had Ruth steer me through this journey from the first trimester to now (with our 6 mo old!). I loved Ruth’s prenatal and postnatal Pilates classes, and have met some of my best mat leave friends through them. Ruth also helped us to understand what to expect with labour- the lower back pressure position she taught my husband was critical during the worst of the contractions! That said, where Ruth really was indispensable was when my baby refused to breast feed at about 3 months- Ruth guided me through this very difficult time, providing mental and physical support, tips and tricks and reminding me to just enjoy my baby vs trying to force the scenarios I wanted. Thank you so much for your continued support on this crazy but magical journey.  - Leslie, Tim and baby Levi

I feel so lucky to have had Ruth steer me through this journey from the first trimester to now (with our 6 mo old!). I loved Ruth’s prenatal and postnatal Pilates classes, and have met some of my best mat leave friends through them. Ruth also helped us to understand what to expect with labour- the lower back pressure position she taught my husband was critical during the worst of the contractions! That said, where Ruth really was indispensable was when my baby refused to breast feed at about 3 months- Ruth guided me through this very difficult time, providing mental and physical support, tips and tricks and reminding me to just enjoy my baby vs trying to force the scenarios I wanted. Thank you so much for your continued support on this crazy but magical journey.

- Leslie, Tim and baby Levi

Ruth! thanks so much for coming by for the postpartum visit! I’m feeling much better about breastfeeding, just need some more practice, but we’re getting there.  We gave baby a warm bath today and wrapped her up as you suggested. She seemed to really like it and we got a few smiles from her :)  Once again thank you so much for everything.  Your knowledge and expertise has helped us tremendously and you were a lifesaver on the day our daughter was born.   - K, M & baby S

Ruth! thanks so much for coming by for the postpartum visit! I’m feeling much better about breastfeeding, just need some more practice, but we’re getting there.

We gave baby a warm bath today and wrapped her up as you suggested. She seemed to really like it and we got a few smiles from her :)

Once again thank you so much for everything. Your knowledge and expertise has helped us tremendously and you were a lifesaver on the day our daughter was born.

- K, M & baby S

Ruth was such an essential member of my birth team! Had she not been there, there is no chance I would have been able to manage both the physical and emotional aspects of labour with my first son. She worked with me continuously through 16hr of labour, using hands on pain management techniques and then appropriate cues to help me push effectively.  As a  pelvic physiotherapist , I felt I had many of the skills to manage labour and delivery but I simply couldn’t have asked for a better support person to remind me in the moment of things I needed to be doing and her hands on skills.  Her follow up postpartum included a ton of helpful tips related to feeding, baby care and how to better understand my baby’s cues. Ruth is such a professional, calm, caring and knowledgeable person and doula.  I highly recommend you include her in your next birth!  - Julie, Jason & baby Jeffrey

Ruth was such an essential member of my birth team! Had she not been there, there is no chance I would have been able to manage both the physical and emotional aspects of labour with my first son. She worked with me continuously through 16hr of labour, using hands on pain management techniques and then appropriate cues to help me push effectively.

As a pelvic physiotherapist, I felt I had many of the skills to manage labour and delivery but I simply couldn’t have asked for a better support person to remind me in the moment of things I needed to be doing and her hands on skills.

Her follow up postpartum included a ton of helpful tips related to feeding, baby care and how to better understand my baby’s cues. Ruth is such a professional, calm, caring and knowledgeable person and doula.

I highly recommend you include her in your next birth!

- Julie, Jason & baby Jeffrey

Don’t F*CK around, get a Doula!!  “We want to express our immense gratitude to Ruth. Our birth plan didn't go at all as planned, and Ruth was there at a moments notice with all of her love and knowledge, and stayed with us, a pillar of support for us... Our experience would have been unbearable without her, and we are so happy she was able to be right there with us... Thank you Ruth from the bottom of our hearts.”  -Noelle, Chris & Baby Wilda

Don’t F*CK around, get a Doula!!

“We want to express our immense gratitude to Ruth. Our birth plan didn't go at all as planned, and Ruth was there at a moments notice with all of her love and knowledge, and stayed with us, a pillar of support for us... Our experience would have been unbearable without her, and we are so happy she was able to be right there with us... Thank you Ruth from the bottom of our hearts.”

-Noelle, Chris & Baby Wilda

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about Ruth! I had anxiety about the delivery and post-partum period, and she was so helpful and reassuring through each. She helped coach me through the delivery - providing encouraging words, a calming presence, and strategies to get through intense contractions and pushing - and advocated for us with hospital staff to ensure our wishes for the birth were met. I can honestly say my delivery would not have gone nearly as quickly, smoothly or peacefully without her. She was also invaluable post-partum to answer any new mom questions, settle our worries, and provide breastfeeding advice and other supports to help get us though its challenges. Her combination of practical advice and emotional support was truly a lifesaver.”  — LEAH & KYLE and baby Carson

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about Ruth!
I had anxiety about the delivery and post-partum period, and she was so helpful and reassuring through each. She helped coach me through the delivery - providing encouraging words, a calming presence, and strategies to get through intense contractions and pushing - and advocated for us with hospital staff to ensure our wishes for the birth were met. I can honestly say my delivery would not have gone nearly as quickly, smoothly or peacefully without her.
She was also invaluable post-partum to answer any new mom questions, settle our worries, and provide breastfeeding advice and other supports to help get us though its challenges. Her combination of practical advice and emotional support was truly a lifesaver.”

— LEAH & KYLE and baby Carson

“We found it our prenatal sessions so wonderfully helpful: to be able to talk things out and explore options, and we loved the play-doh exercise. We felt empowered! The text check-in’s and reminders to be patient during early labour helped me honour my body & process rather than anxiously waiting. I loved the idea that early labour was a time to “feed your soul!” Ruth went above and beyond the night I went into labour with the personal check-in. She was always one step ahead, keeping us hydrated, relaxed, warm, comforted, empowered and reminding me that ir was MY birth, when it came down to making decisions.  I found Ruth’s bedside manner, method of communication and support, PERFECT! I guess it helps that we know each other already!  Having Ruth was way more beneficial than I could have ever imagined.   — ROBIN & CRAIG, baby Parker and big brother River

“We found it our prenatal sessions so wonderfully helpful: to be able to talk things out and explore options, and we loved the play-doh exercise. We felt empowered!
The text check-in’s and reminders to be patient during early labour helped me honour my body & process rather than anxiously waiting. I loved the idea that early labour was a time to “feed your soul!”
Ruth went above and beyond the night I went into labour with the personal check-in. She was always one step ahead, keeping us hydrated, relaxed, warm, comforted, empowered and reminding me that ir was MY birth, when it came down to making decisions.
I found Ruth’s bedside manner, method of communication and support, PERFECT! I guess it helps that we know each other already!
Having Ruth was way more beneficial than I could have ever imagined.

— ROBIN & CRAIG, baby Parker and big brother River

Ruth is such a natural! I am so grateful to have had her incredibly intuitive, evidence-based, kind and empowering support throughout my pregnancy, c-section, and with bringing my beautiful daughter home.  - Melissa and baby Maggie

Ruth is such a natural! I am so grateful to have had her incredibly intuitive, evidence-based, kind and empowering support throughout my pregnancy, c-section, and with bringing my beautiful daughter home.

- Melissa and baby Maggie

My husband and I were very happy with the post-natal support Kate and Ruth provided following the birth of our twins. They were very informed and provided very helpful considerations during the first few weeks of the babies' lives. We would definitely recommend Kate and Ruth.  - Stephanie, Dave & babies Sam & Jack

My husband and I were very happy with the post-natal support Kate and Ruth provided following the birth of our twins. They were very informed and provided very helpful considerations during the first few weeks of the babies' lives. We would definitely recommend Kate and Ruth.

- Stephanie, Dave & babies Sam & Jack

Words cannot describe how thankful I am that you were there with me throughout the adventure. Your support - both emotionally and physically - was incredible. I am so lucky to have had your company when I needed the distraction, your hands when I needed a massage or someone to hold my leg in labour (!), and your expertise when everything turned upside down and the plan went out the window.  Thank you so much <3   You’ll always be part of our little family.   - A & A and baby H

Words cannot describe how thankful I am that you were there with me throughout the adventure. Your support - both emotionally and physically - was incredible. I am so lucky to have had your company when I needed the distraction, your hands when I needed a massage or someone to hold my leg in labour (!), and your expertise when everything turned upside down and the plan went out the window.

Thank you so much <3

You’ll always be part of our little family.

- A & A and baby H

I heard that having doulas helped with pain management during labour and I knew with my second baby I wanted a deeper level of support during my journey of birthing and postpartum. I also wanted to have mental and emotional support for postpartum, as my first baby was a challenging and particularly lonely experience with a lot of breast feeding issues.  I didn't want to have a repeat of my first birthing and postpartum experience.  The support alleviated my fears around pain management and helped me birth my baby more confidently and securely. The emotional support created space for me to let go during the birthing process, because I knew I had a knowledgeable and caring advocate by my side, and Max's side. A sense of greater wellbeing and trust in my body, myself and my baby. Having someone cheer you on and give you a boost of confidence and love in the early days with your new baby is an incredible feeling that sets a positive course for motherhood.  Being a voice for us with our health care providers, especially when labour started and we were discussing and being assessed over-the-phone by our midwives. Helping us arrive at the birth centre during labour, when we got a bit lost. Providing essential back pain-relief during labour and birth. Offering an extra pair of hands after my birth, by holding our baby, when we were dealing with my health post birth. And all the communication support for small and large questions and sharing thoughts, gave me piece-of-mind that I had a specific support network wanting to help and full of knowledge, expertise and ideas to share.  I highly recommend the support, care and knowledge Ruth and Kate will bring to the labour, birthing and postpartum experience.  Just a big thank-you for everything! And I love the whatsapp option to communicate as well - really handy.  -Carla, Max, Lilianna and baby Mila

I heard that having doulas helped with pain management during labour and I knew with my second baby I wanted a deeper level of support during my journey of birthing and postpartum. I also wanted to have mental and emotional support for postpartum, as my first baby was a challenging and particularly lonely experience with a lot of breast feeding issues.

I didn't want to have a repeat of my first birthing and postpartum experience.

The support alleviated my fears around pain management and helped me birth my baby more confidently and securely. The emotional support created space for me to let go during the birthing process, because I knew I had a knowledgeable and caring advocate by my side, and Max's side. A sense of greater wellbeing and trust in my body, myself and my baby. Having someone cheer you on and give you a boost of confidence and love in the early days with your new baby is an incredible feeling that sets a positive course for motherhood.

Being a voice for us with our health care providers, especially when labour started and we were discussing and being assessed over-the-phone by our midwives. Helping us arrive at the birth centre during labour, when we got a bit lost. Providing essential back pain-relief during labour and birth. Offering an extra pair of hands after my birth, by holding our baby, when we were dealing with my health post birth. And all the communication support for small and large questions and sharing thoughts, gave me piece-of-mind that I had a specific support network wanting to help and full of knowledge, expertise and ideas to share.

I highly recommend the support, care and knowledge Ruth and Kate will bring to the labour, birthing and postpartum experience.

Just a big thank-you for everything! And I love the whatsapp option to communicate as well - really handy.

-Carla, Max, Lilianna and baby Mila

“I have been through thick and thin with Ruth Ruttan through many of life’s promenades and alleys. As a woman, as a friend, and as a registered midwife I couldn’t recommend Ruth more. You are blessed if she has walked beside you in life - in any capacity.”  — LARA B., MIDWIFE

“I have been through thick and thin with Ruth Ruttan through many of life’s promenades and alleys. As a woman, as a friend, and as a registered midwife I couldn’t recommend Ruth more. You are blessed if she has walked beside you in life - in any capacity.”

— LARA B., MIDWIFE

My Prenatal Pilates sessions with Ruth are the only thing I'll skip my naps for twice a week!  - Melani and baby Trinity

My Prenatal Pilates sessions with Ruth are the only thing I'll skip my naps for twice a week!

- Melani and baby Trinity