there were moments I felt like I couldn't go on, and Victoria knew just what to do to get me through it
Victoria was my angel by my side! I really don't think that I could have done a drug-free birth without her (although she gives me all the credit). The toughest part for me was transition and pushing. With my first birth I asked for the epidural when I hit transition. I was scared that I would do the same with this birth. But with Victoria there, she knew exactly how to encourage me and get through transition and on to pushing. Her intuition on what to say, her calmness, gentleness and knowing how to say it helped me get through. The nurses at Castle Hospital even commented on how she was a great doula! With Victoria there, my husband was even more involved than ever which we both loved and appreciated! She helped my husband know what to do and how to help me. She even gave tasks for my 9 year old to be involved too! My 9 year old was there for the birth and I was so happy that Victoria made her feel very much a part of the experience as well. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula!
-J.C. in Kapolei
What could have been scary turned out to be a beautiful, empowering experience
I’ve had such high anxiety surrounding birth that I held off until 35, when I was finally ready. I had done some research to prepare myself, but by 3rd trimester I was feeling my husband and I still needed some support.
Tori was quick to respond, professional and compassionate. From then on she blew me away. Her meetings were thorough, she invited us to her workshops which were very informative and helpful in preparing for childbirth. She took us to childbirth education classes that were so much more balanced and comprehensive than my hospital offered. Tori came to the house to practice coping techniques and exercises for labor. She even sent helpful texts checking in on how I felt and what support I needed during my last trimester.
When my water broke Tori was readily available to answer questions and keep us confident in sticking to our birth plan. She stayed by our side, did everything in her power to help keep the birth plan we desired, guided my husband and myself through contractions and pain management. By the time I was ready to push we were exhausted. She said and did just the right things to get me to push past that wall. I can’t explain how deeply this woman has affected me for the better. What could have been scary turned out to be a beautiful, empowering experience. I'm still in awe of the support Victoria gave me and my husband during my pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. Thank you so much Victoria!
-C.N. in Kaneohe
she truly advocated for me
First, I want to start off by saying Tori is not just an absolutely AMAZING doula, but a beautiful and strong woman as well; her soul radiates these attributes, creating a very calm presence in any environment. Contractions were very intense for me. Tori and my sister in law worked together to help me get through each one and relax between them. She had the most beautiful relaxing music playing in the background, very calming massage kind of music, like we had discussed previously. She had essential oils diffusing in the corner and the atmosphere was everything I ever wanted. In active labor I decided I wanted the epidural. At this point, the physical pain was gone, but I was still so tired. Tori spent hours brushing my hair, rubbing my back, and massaging my feet and legs with lotion and essential oils, putting me in a very relaxed and calm state. It was so amazing. I can still remember just how great I felt during that whole time. I remember the doctors and nurses would walk into the room, and say, “Wow, I wanna stay in this room, it’s so calm and zen!” And it truly was. I feel sorry for any woman who’s labor and delivery room doesn’t feel that way, like a spa! Truly.
During minor hiccups throughout the labor and delivery, when I wasn’t willing to advocate for myself, Tori stepped in and asked the appropriate questions and made sure all the interventions taking place were in fact okay with me. Making SURE the providers discussed risks, benefits, etc. with me before doing them.
Even when it came time to push, she straight up asked, “What do you plan to do to make sure she doesn’t tear?” Something I was afraid to ask for myself. She was fierce, but not abrasive! I had the best delivery with Tori on one side of me and my sister in law on the other side
I’ve already told her that when I’m ready for baby number 3, she is the first person I am going to call. I can honestly say I gained a great friend from this experience. She’s amazing, and I HIGHLY suggest her for your next baby as well. <3
On a scale of 10, she’s a 15!!
-J.V. in Hilo
Victoria really helped me to work through my fears
I strongly recommend Victoria as a doula to all expecting moms, especially first time mommies. Pregnancy and labor can seem daunting and scary because of the unknown and Victoria really helped me to work through my fears. While my labor didn’t go as planned due to some complications with my baby, I am so incredibly grateful to have had Victoria’s support all throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery and even after. It was nice to have my husband at my side during the birth of our son however I know at times he was completely overwhelmed and didn’t know how to help me. That’s where Victoria came in by motivating, massaging, encouraging, making sure I’m hydrated etc. If we were to have another baby here on Oahu, I would no doubt use Victoria again.
-M.B. in Honolulu
I feel so empowered and prepared for this labor
It was such a blessing finding and participating in Victoria’s class! During labor my mindfulness practice was so helpful during the intense pressure of pushing. And after laboring for a long time, the practice really helped keep me off that anxiety ledge.
-A.B. in Honolulu
She is a big part of why I am so satisfied with the birth experience I had
I can’t say enough good things about Power Full Birth — Tori is an excellent doula, and I would recommend her to anyone. She helped me through the birth of my first child, so I didn’t really know exactly what to expect. I just knew that if I could handle it, I wanted a natural birth. She has such a calming presence, which is exactly what is needed when those contractions start ramping up. Because I was more than a week past my due date and still hadn’t gone into labor, I was feeling quite a bit of pressure to induce when I went in for checkups at the hospital. Tori met me and my husband at the hospital and helped us mull over some of the decisions we had to make. She was thoughtful in helping us make decisions without pressuring us at all. She was incredibly supportive during the labor and delivery process, both when laboring at home and once we got to the hospital. Thank you, Tori!
-S.H. in Kaneohe
She really took the time to understand me and our wishes for the birth of our second daughter
Victoria was awesome!! She asked so many insightful questions to learn how she could help us the most, and gave us the tools we needed to prepare. During the birth, Victoria was right there with us and worked with me and my husband to guide us through a tough med-free birth. She was a phenomenal support. We couldn’t have done it without her!! I highly recommend Victoria to anyone who is looking for a compassionate, thoughtful, calm, and knowledgeable doula.
-J.D. in Kailua
Victoria went above and beyond what I was hoping for from the start!
Amazing! Tori went above and beyond what I was hoping for from the start! Seriously very happy I had her as my doula! Thank you so much!
-R.M. in Mililani
Tori truly cares about empowering women not only during birth but also in life
After having such a positive experience with doulas during the births of our first two children, we knew how important it was to have a doula for our third. From our very first meeting I could tell Tori is a great doula and an even better person. Tori truly cares about empowering women not only during birth but also in life. This is so important since she would be with us during one of the most vulnerable and emotional times of our lives. During our prenatal meetings she was very thorough. She never assumed we didn’t want to review coping techniques or learn more since this was our third birth. She went out of her way and made herself available anytime I had questions or concerns leading up to my labor. She gave me recommendations for other services I needed that she herself could not provide such as prenatal massage and pelvic therapist. She took the time to go over my expectations for my birth and even typed up a customized birth plan for me to give my doctors. From the very minute my contractions started we called Tori and she came right away. She stayed by my side the entire time and even for a few hours after my daughters birth.
When my contractions were still 20 minutes apart Tori used pressure points, breathing techniques, and aromatherapy to help me cope. During labor Tori was very good at balancing my needs and at the same time being respectful of the nurses and doctors in the room. She was gentle, always respectful of my desires for my birth, very attentive and level-headed during labor. Tori stayed very confident in her abilities as a doula and was resourceful in using many techniques to help me with pain management. Most importantly, Tori helped me advocate for myself. She allowed me to feel confident in my decisions and choices for my birth. Because of Tori’s support I was able to have a natural birth and walk away feeling strong and powerful.
-R.G. in Ewa Beach
I am grateful for Victoria
She was beyond amazing. My husband and I appreciate the time she took to listen to our birth plan and even though things didn't go as planned she was there for us 100%
-A.F. in Kaneohe
What I love about Victoria is she included my boyfriend in everything. She helped him, help me. Together they were the perfect birthing team
As a first time mom, I didn’t know what to expect with pregnancy, labor, or postpartum. I did however know I wanted a doula. Someone with experience that I could trust and would honor me and support me and this journey of pregnancy. I found Victoria and she was just that and more. We met up and talked and I told her about my outlook on this pregnancy and also my fears. Pregnancy hormones can be tricky to deal with but she was very understanding and offered me mindful practices I could do to help me honor each emotion, and the different struggles I went through as the months progressed. When I had questions she found a way to answer them, with no judgement. She even researched chiropractic and massage places for me, gave me a whole list of numbers for me to choose from.
What I love about Tory is she included my boyfriend in everything. She helped him, help me. Together they were the perfect birthing team. As labor started I wasn’t sure what time I actually wanted to go to the hospital. Tory came to my house right away in the middle of the night and helped me labor at home. She gave me massages with her beautifully scented oils, and made sure I was fed and hydrated till I was ready to go to the hospital. When I think back on it, her massages were the best part of my labor process!
At the hospital, I remember feeling super tired, and doubt started to cloud my mind. My thoughts were slowly going into a very bad place where I was second guessing myself. Tory was the light through it all. She stayed by my side and reminded me that I was safe, that my baby was safe and that I was strong and that I could do it. I am positive I would not have had an unmedicated birth (which is what I wanted) if it wasn’t for Tory. She was my anchor and held a safe space for me through it all. She is very knowledgeable, helpful, compassionate and professional. Any babies I may have in the future, I hope to have Tory by my side. My boyfriend and I cannot thank her enough.
-M.T. in Wahiawa
Having the right mindset during labor is probably half the battle
I can’t even adequately explain how grateful I am that I signed up for Victoria’s class. Having the right mindset during labor is probably half the battle, and I didn’t realize how much help I needed until I started practicing mindfulness. I still have a certain level of fear and anxiety going into this birth, but I have learned some amazing techniques to get me through it. I am so excited going into this birth!! This class is 100% worth it! Victoria is so calming, knowledgeable, and reassuring. She brought about different ways to view things or feelings or situations, while still validating concerns. I cannot even imagine where I would be mentally and emotionally had I not met Victoria and learned everything I did from her.
-R.M. in Pearl Harbor