Attentive but Not Overbearing
I was looking for a doula that would not only help me acheive a natural labor, but also be highly involved during the pushing process to have a more controlled push. I was extremely pleased with the assistance provided by Sherri Wilkerson. She was attentive during labor, but not overbearing. She allowed me to set my own standards for how I wanted to be positioned and handle each contraction, and provided support in my efforts. She worked seemlessly with my midwife. The two of them helped me achieve my ultimate goal of minimizing tearing while pushing. She also proved to be an asset after the birth, when the nurses were busy with other patients. She helped me make that first trip to the restroom, which can be somewhat arduous, even if it is only a few feet away. Finally, she also provided me with my encapsulated placenta in a very prompt manner. Overall, I would highly recommed Sherri, and would not dream of going through child birth again without a doula like her.
Emily Reilly Atlanta, GA
A Good Listener
Sherri was an excellent doula for our family! She provided great personalized and professional support for us before and during delivery: attending a prenatal checkup with my midwife, meeting with us in our home and at Starbuck's and attending to my needs as a person with atypical labors. She was a good listener and provided helpful advice throughout the prenatal period and labor and delivery. She provided me with the support I needed to achieve a natural birth and was great at involving my husband in the process.
Libby Chalk Atlanta, GA
41 Hour Labor!
Sherri was a wonderful addition to my birthing experience! My husband and I don't have family around, and wanted someone there that we could trust and be there for us as a support system. Sherri definitely did that! I had an extremlely loooong labor - 41 hours - and Sherri kept in constant contact with us until we were ready for her to join us when I was admitted to the hospital. She was great to get along with (which made the labor process much less stressful), and had great suggestions for laboring/pushing positions. She stuck around afterwards to make sure the baby and I were good, and to make sure he latched on for breastfeeding, and then followed up with us at home a few days later. I would definitely recommend Sherri to anyone looking for a doula!
Ashley C. Atlanta, GA
Calming Reassuring Presence
I loved Sherri! She is knowledgeable, kind and supportive. She was such a calming reassuring presence to be during a very intense and rapid labor. She had my best interest at heart and advocated on my behalf. She was also great at keeping in touch before hand. :)
Deena Medley Atlanta, GA
She’s on Speed Dial!
Sherri was an immense help to me and my husband! She was on my speed dial before the birth, and she answered my questions with knowledge and professionalism. She even came to my house a few days before my birth to check on my progress. Real labor started at about 4:30 am, and she answered her phone and came to my house within 20 minutes. Once at the hospital, she helped me deal with the pain in a natural way, and helped my husband understand what was going on so he would not get stressed or worried. Everything went wonderfully! It was a joy to have her there throughout the pregnancy and at the hospital for labor and delivery. I am planning on using her again the next time, for sure!
Abigail Miller Statesboro, GA
Always Available & Encouraging
I can not even begin to say enough wonderful things about having a doula. My husband and I were blessed to have Sherri. Sherri was our doula for our birth. So far we only have one 5 month old but plan on having more babies and will always use Sherri. She made us very comfortable. She helped educate us and honor our birth wishes. She was always available for any questions and always encouraging. My husband was very thankful for Sherri's support. She was there to encourage him as well and take the pressure away so he could focus on me and the baby. I am happy to give specific details of my birth and the usefulness of having a doula anytime.
Ashley Rollins Atlanta, GA
Sherri Was Ready and “On”
I like to understand what is happening and weigh my options, so Sherri's knowledge of the typical process of labor & delivery was helpful. She helped me assess when to call my doctor, what the doctor was likely to recommend, and helped me think through my options, all while respecting my doctor's important role, and never being pushy. I was undecided about whether I was going to use pain medications until I was in labor, and never one did I feel judged for considering any and all options. Sherri was laid-back and conversational before the intense contractions started; I appreciated this distraction. When the difficult contractions began, though, Sherri was ready and "on." She worked hard for me and was by my side the whole time. I still don't know what she did (I didn't ask), but it helped me tremendously to cope with the pain. I still remember her saying during the hardest parts for me, "You are doing a good job," and, finally, "There is your baby!" She also answered questions after delivery about nursing and post-partum adjustment. I was able to have a V-BAC without interventions and do not regret for a second hiring her.
Dana Frederick Roswell, GA
I Never Felt Judged
Sherri was great. She checked on me regularly leading up to the due date, and she was very encouraging when I was overdue. When the time finally came, she got to the hospital quickly, and she was amazing during labor. She had all sorts of ideas to bring to the table in comfort measures and knew exactly what to ask the nurse for and how to arrange the room. The other thing I appreciated about Sherri was that I never felt judged, and I knew she wouldn't judge me if I did end up getting an epidural. She was definitely all about the birth I wanted versus what she thought the best birth would be, which was really appreciated. Assuming we have another, we'll definitely be using her again.
Stephanie Dolan Atlanta, GA
An Absolute God-Send!
Sherri has, and continues to be, an absolute God send throughout our journey to becoming new parents! She constantly radiates positivity and serenity, making exactly the delightful kind of person you’d like have around for pregnancy, l&d, and postpartum recovery support. She provided us with lots of highly valuable information, advice, encouragement and support throughout our pregnancy. She served as a sounding board and a calming influence, and helped us make well thought-out, informed decisions whenever we were faced with overwhelming circumstances. She is a never-ending source of tips and resources, and we’ve been very pleased with all of her recommendations. She was available 24/7 via phone and email, and responded quickly which was a huge source of comfort for us. She is culturally sensitive, and displayed respect and genuine interest towards our Indian heritage which was much appreciated. She rallies around all family members, not just the parents-to-be – my mom was visiting and Sherri interacted very positively with her, answering all of her questions as well. My mom felt completely at ease with Sherri and had lots of great things to say about her.At the 37th week we learned that our baby was breech, which eventually led us to have a scheduled C-section. Regardless, Sherri was there for us every step of the way, including coming to our home the day we got the news to share ways we could encourage the baby to turn (this was in addition to 2 prenatal visits),recommending a chiropractor to us, checking in with us every few days, to eventually keeping my mom company in the waiting room during the c-section, spending time with us in the hospital room and visiting us later at home. She is the only non-family member that I would trust to leave my new born baby with, which speaks volumes about her. We highly recommend her services. God bless her for all that she does to help new parents and babies!
Neha Khanna Atlanta, GA
One Very Patient Lady!
Sherri was fantastic! My husband and I met with Sherri several months before my delivery and both felt very comfortable and relaxed with her. Initially, she did a great job of asking us questions about our preferences, expectations, etc.. We wanted a natural birth and Sherri was quite confident that she could help us achieve that. And she totally did! I had a natural, unmedicated birth just as planned. My husband truly supported me but when he was at a loss of what to do, got tired, etc.. Sherri was right there to help. She knew exactly how to help progress my labor naturally and made me as comfortable as possible. She was truly knowlegeable on the entire labor process, techniques for progressing labor, etc. etc.. One very patient lady!! I especially love how she massaged my lower back in just the right spots. When labor was most difficult, Sherri suggested a warm shower/bath and she made sure I had a steady stream of warm water running over me which brought relief from my intense labor pain. She totally took care of me. I had some back labor and Sherri recognized that and was able to help. She was phenomenal and I would certainly recommend her. She could also tell when my water was about to break and had me laboring in the restroom during that time, which was PERFECT! She stuck with us through the labor and delivery, even though she came straight from another client's delivery. This lady was on zero sleep and totally on her A-game for me. I never even noticed the poor lady was exhausted until after my son was born. I'm so thankful Sherri was with us and I would certainly love to have her again for our (hopefully) next child! Thanks Sherri!!
A. Hess Atlanta, GA
Exactly What We Wanted!
Sherri was exactly what we wanted in a doula. She was very supportive. She listened to all my birth preferences and thoughts. She shared knowledge and experience with me without forcing her preferences on me. At the hospital she was AMAZING. Her presence helped make the entire experience wonderful. I would recommend Sherri to EVERYONE! Sherri also does placenta encapsulation which was another great service we got from her.
Thank you Sherri for everything!!!
Keturah Henderson Atlanta, GA
Best Decision We Made!
My husband and I began our search for a doula when I decided that I wanted to attempt to deliver our little girl with no medication. We found and hired Sherri within days of beginning our search (I was about 7 months pregnant) and it was the best decision we made during my pregnancy. During the remaining months of my pregnancy, Sherri was attentive and aware- able to answer all of my questions and comfort m fears, any time I needed her. In the weeks leading up to my due date, Sherri was sure to call/text/stop by as often as I liked to keep me comfortable. On baby day (3 days before my due date), Sherri arrived promptly and was extremely helpful in focusing my mind and efforts and managing my discomfort. Having Sherri present helped to keep me focused and grounded through an EXTREMELY rough labor and delivery and I firmly believe that her presence helped me to avoid a c-section. I have no words for the gratitude and love I feel for her, and for the invauable services she provided to us. THANK YOU SHERRI!
Danielle Shull Atlanta, GA
So Helpful & Attentive
Sherri was wonderful! This was our first home birth and we wanted to have someone at the birth that could attend to me if my husband needed to be with our 2 year old. She was so helpful and attentive at the birth, and in the days leading up to the birth she would check in on me and answer questions that I had. She even came over a couple of weeks before to show us some techniques we could use in preparing for the birth. When we first met her, my husband and I instantly knew she was the person we wanted to be with us for the birth. She is very calming and relaxing and we felt so comfortable around her.
Cindy Abernathy Atlanta, GA
A Calming Presence
I had my first child in July and Sherri was a wonderful support to my husband and I when I went into labor. She offered to come over to my house when she heard I was in labor and I am so thankful. She really helped me to relax through contractions and made me feel so much more comfortable. She was such a calming presence during the whole process of labor and she knew the right questions to ask to help assess my progression. I would highly recommend Sherri as a doula! She is very personable, compassionate, knowledgeable, and always available when you need her. She is one that will advocate for every mother she helps through the process. I could not have asked for a better first experience during my labor.
Anna Muller Woodstock, GA