Testimonials

Kerry

Kelly is an incredible doula. I absolutely could not have done it without Kelly there with her hands from heaven! The moment she arrived when I was in labor the entire atmosphere in the room went from chaos to peace. She knew exactly what to say and do. Love love love her!!

Allison

Kelly is the perfect combination of proactive (helping you with planning, positions, remedies, coping techniques, etc.) and calm and empowering. Having a doula can be just as important for the husband or partner as for the mother, my husband was reassured and surprisingly steady considering it was our first birth!

Ramona Denk CPM

Kelly showed compassion and dedication through my sister's long labor and birth. She has a lot of knowledge of natural remedies to ease the process as well. As a midwife I highly recommend her!

Kristina

Kelly is AMAZING. My husband and I were both so, so thankful for her presence during our labor. She brought such a peace to the experience, walking us through each step with such a practiced hand and gentle touch. If you are pregnant, I would strongly encourage you to at least talk to Kelly. I guarantee she'll steal your heart in the first meeting!

Emily

My two strongest words of advice for expectant women in the Grand Rapids area are:  HIRE KELLY!!   I gave birth naturally to my first child and son nearly 3 weeks ago and could never have done it without Kelly’s help! 

When we first met with Kelly, it was to decide if we felt comfortable having her in the birthing room during a very personal time for us as a couple.  My husband and I quickly decided that we felt very comfortable with her presence and guidance during that time and signed on.  She kept in contact over the phone during my pregnancy and made several ‘bonus’ visits to our home to show me ways I could labor and to share her expertise about herbs and essential oils that would help during pregnancy and birth.  She even came on a Friday night, undoubtedly giving up time with her husband to accommodate our schedule.  When I was nervous about getting to the hospital, she immediately offered to labor sit at home with us and help us get to the hospital on time.  She even pledged not to be out of town for a month around our due date – I found out later this meant she had a brand new nephew she didn’t get to see for weeks.  What dedication to her profession Kelly has!!  She even embraced the curriculums for two different childbirth education programs we studied and ended up knowing them more inside and out than we did!

Well, as it turned out, I woke up in hard enough labor that Kelly only had enough warning to meet us at the hospital.  My husband let her know we were leaving, and by the time I got to triage, she had already prepared a comfortable room for us!  Of course, the immediately changed our room, and she got set up all over again.  She helped me dress when I was so uncomfortable that I may have wandered the hallways without clothes on, got me settled in, whispered to me and my husband about how well we were doing, and quietly encouraged the nurses to respect our ‘bubble of peace.’  She dropped everything and pushed on my back several times on the walk to the delivery room, and somehow managed to have everything ready once we finally arrived there too!  She drew me a bath and spent two hours alternately pushing on my back and pulling on my hips.  She even anticipated needs I didn’t know I had, like holding her arms across the tub so I could rest my head on them for what must have seemed like hours to her!  She never flinched at meeting my every need, but I suspect that the stamina required for delivery must have been much more tiresome for Kelly than it was for me!  She whispered affirmations and made sure my husband knew that I was not going to break, but that every new complaint meant a new stage in the birthing process – which was a good thing!

Once our beautiful son was born, Kelly held my hand as I was stitched up and then held our baby.  She stayed until I was settled in the recovery room, then slipped out, only to return to our home a few days later to check on me and our son.  All of our family members got the chance to meet her there, and each and every one commented on how knowledgeable, friendly, and warm she is.  Our response?  “We know – we love her!  We’ll never do this again without her.”  And that’s the truth!  I won’t give birth again without Kelly.  She and my husband were the reasons I didn’t have any unwanted interventions – the nurses and my midwife even commented that they didn’t have to do much at all, just catch the baby!  I wholeheartedly and lovingly recommend Kelly O’Brien-Pahman as a doula to every woman in the greater Grand Rapids area.  Thank you for the perfect birth, Kelly!"

Adam

"Kelly was amazing. She was one of the best things I could have done for my wife during labor. The way she walked me through helping my wife during labor and the way she assisted my wife was invaluable to our labor experience! Kelly is the best!"

Melvin

"Not having a doula is like going to a gun fight without a gun - you might win without one but why risk it?"

Rob

"As the father of three, I was glad to have Kelly present during the delivery of our last child. Investing in the care that Kelly provided my wife was one of the best investments I ever made in myself and the health of our marriage.

To be frank, I am not good at the whole labor and delivery process. I would have preferred to become a father in the day's when men were banned to the waiting room and could smoke a cigar to celebrate the birth of their child. While women deal with the physical pain, lets face it, the physical pain is short lived. A few intense contractions and a doctor is providing them drugs to make any pain disappear. Don't be surprised when the epidural is attached and the wife you have committed your life too seems to forget your very existence, smiles bright and bats her eyes at the doctor who installed it like he is Matthew McConaughey. Forget the fact that three minutes ago you tried everything and nothing made her happy. Thanks to the wonders of modern drugs, she is now laughing and flirting with this total stranger who entered the room.

Meanwhile, we are left to deal with the emotional trauma of labor and delivery. During the birth of our first two children (which occurred without Kelly's assistance), I could do nothing right. I gave shoulder massages that were too hard, too weak, or in the wrong spot. My breath, despite eating 52 breath mints, made her sick. Mr Epidural made her sleep, while I was forced to sit in one of the most uncomfortable chairs designed in modern history.

With Oliver, our third, Kelly was there to provide all the assistance my wife needed. Massages, affirming words, timing contractions, all the things I could not do right. I was able to recline, read a book, encourage and enjoy the process without the stress of trying to assist in delivery. A task I'm not designed to do and failed at the first two times I attempted it. For those guys who want to help, Kelly is a great coach and mediator.

With Kelly's assistance, I was able to enjoy the process and as I mentioned before, the dollars spent on her, were the best dollars I spent on the entire labor and delivery process. If you love your wife and want to continue to have a happy and healthy marriage, I recommend you hire Kelly!"

Alex

"Having Kelly and her services at our son's birth last year was a big blessing. Not only did it help my wife Allison, but it also helped me stay calm and enjoy the birth process."

Brandon

"As a father of three I'm relieved that God sent Kelly to be part of our lives.  She recently shared her God given talent with us during the pre-birth, birth, and post-birth stages (not sure if these are proper terms).  She helped put us at ease in the beginning, played a key role during the birth; and continues to support us now.  She is excellent at what she does."

"If you're a father or a father to be, you would be wise to have Kelly helping you along the way. If you're a mother or a mother to be, you should have Kelly by your side. Your lives will be easier with Kelly being a part of your birth experience."

Heather

"Still feeling amazing today after the CST! Still standing straight, no issues with hips or pubic bone. My mom even commented that I looked taller and was standing the best she has seen in a long time. I even feel more mentally and emotionally balanced."