Testimonials

 

This is the face of a mother who birthed with Patience & Love! YES, there are powerful, intense moments during the birth process, but with the support and love of all around you, no wires or iv’s, walking, eating, drinking, and listening to your favorite music, makes the process smoother and much more enjoyable! Ultimately baby finds their way home and the Water Really Helps! We Love Our HSPBC babies & families!

 

Dancing for Birth Workshop/Training
Dear Debra, Thank you all for a truly inspirational workshop! What a beautiful circle of authentic, joyful and wise women.Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and spontaneity. You are all so primal and powerful, and I am honored to be in your circle! A special thanks to you Debra for hosting us at Prenatal Plus Yoga.

9-2014 I have been practicing Prenatal Yoga with Debra since I was 22 weeks pregnant. I am already in my 40th week, and I would like to share with you my experience during these almost 20 weeks with Prenatal Yoga as part of my life.
I started practicing Prenatal Yoga as I felt I needed to be physically active. I started thinking that I was going to attend classes 1 or 2 times per week and finally, I was enjoying so much and I discovered so many benefits that I have been attending classes 3 times per weeks.
Prenatal Yoga gives me faith, self-confidence, courage, tranquility, patience, relaxation and peace. However the most important for me is that I capture a lot of energy, positive sensations and learnings.For me it is an effective, challenging and novel experience every day.
I am having the best pregnancy a woman can imagine and have. I feel lucky but I really feel that Prenatal Yoga has done a lot to me.
I encourage all of you to practice Prenatal Yoga with Debra, she is very inspiring and her classes are amazing, from physical, mental and emotional point of views.
Thanks Debra to give me strength and balance. See you on Thursday 🙂
Nathalie 
6-16-14  We are so happy to have our baby girl in our house and we feel blessed on this second chance. Thank you for being part of this journey and sharing with me during all of my three pregnancies that carried my two lovely children and a generous little angel. Looking forward to seeing you soon in Mommy and Me and to hear about all the good news on the progress of the birthing center -for which I wish you the best! I know it will do great on so many levels; many blessings to you and the whole team to carry out this Great project. Love, Gina
6-2-14 I gave birth last Wed. May 21st at 8:45 pm to our loving and wonderful baby boy, Francis. We are doing great and Francis loves to listen to the same mantras we listened to during class. He recognizes them and they soothe him immediately. Every time I need to calm myself to keep going all through the night I sing the mantras and remember the wonderful teachings and moments during class. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us these wonderful lessons for life! I have and will continue to recommend your classes and the birthing center! All the best of luck!! Sofia
1-6-14 I miss class! I had an incredible labor that only lasted 3 hours total with little pain and no medication at all. Thanks to you and your yoga classes I was totally prepared and highly recommend you to all pregnant ladies. Thank you, Frances
12-30-13 I went to Prenatal Yoga classes with Debra during my pregnancy. I also went to the special acupressure session you hosted (so enlightening!) with your “teacher training” students. Before the year comes to a close, I want to make sure that I thank you!
One of the best things I did for myself during my pregnancy was to attend your prenatal yoga classes. I took a childbirth class, yet nothing was better preparation for me than to hear your birth and breastfeeding anecdotes, information, and words of encouragement for every symptom in the book: “it’s normal” 🙂 . – Alexis
7-23-13 This place is amazing. SMART mommies-to-be come here! Debra is so informative and helpful is so many ways. Teaching moms-to-be how to let knowledge be a key to helping achieve the most of what YOU want for your baby and labor/delivery expectations. Advice, resources about all kinds of “the more all natural” options can be traded and discussed here. In addition to weekly prenatal yoga I also did the hypnobirthing sessions here. They were great and I highly recommend them. Two all natural, birth center delivered babies later and I attribute my encouragement and initial awareness to Debra and prenatal plus yoga. Try this place out! You won’t be disappointed! Jenn B
12-17-12 I was so grateful that my midwife suggested Prenatal Plus Yoga during my early pregnancy. I don’t know what I would have done without it, Debra is an amazing woman full of peace and knowledge, she teaches how to “relax, release and let go” she shares her knowledge, support and tips during her classes. As a first time mom I had a lot of doubts and concerns, being part of her classes helped me gain confidence and knowledge. The yoga is absolutely amazing, its directed for Mom and baby bonding and totally helped me relieve all the aches and pains that come along with pregnancy. Also, it is extremely important for emotional well being and coping with stress, you realize how full of positive energy and revived you feel after a class and how important this is for you and baby. This is something that many people who have never been involved in will try to make you feel like isn’t important and might want to discourage you from this amazing experience. Well being of mind, body and spirit it’s indispensable and something you need to look for during the wonderful journey of pregnancy and beyond. Along with all these benefits, you have the chance to meet other moms who are going through the same things you are and share their wonderful experiences, makes you feel like you are not the only one.  
12-12-12 Prenatal Plus Yoga is the best place to go during your pregnancy. I have been going to this class for the past four months and I can’t say enough good things about it . My Pregnancy would have been a lot harder for me if I wasn’t going to this class. Debra is a great instructor. She always gives us useful tips during the class and helps us to stay stronger physically and mentaly . I totally recommend this class for every pregnant woman. Wish you all a healthy pregnancy.
9-27-11 I love love my yoga classes. I have being taking classes with Debra since 20 weeks in my first pregnancy, my oldest was born in march 2008, prenatal, postnatal with baby, parenting classes, hypnobirthing, prenatal yoga again with second baby and now postnatal. The best part of the classes is the sharing between people that may be in your same circle of women and Debra who is very well educated and has great first hand experience as a mom, doula and teacher for many years. Her tips, sharing concerns and simply the friendships are great PLUS the exercise.
I dont have many friends but got great ones from my yoga classes including Debra. I recommend Prenatal Plus Yoga 100%.
Angela B.
I love Debra and her classes! It’s so great to be part of a group where all the girls are going through the same as you! I really like that we get a time at the beginning of the class to talk about what we are feeling and you get different opinions and stories from all the other moms to be, it makes you feel calm and safe…
Debra is a great teacher and shares many tips and experiences with you during the class, I feel this is an ALL in one experience. You get to do yoga, learn good positions for labor, share with other pregnant ladies and most important you get to RELAX!
It’s definitely a great experience and I recommend to do it since the beginning, I started when I was 20 weeks and now I’m 31 weeks and every class it makes me feel better and better!
Katherine V.
Testimonials for Baby Belly Tunes!  
The support is great and the wrap is super comfortable! Calms my babies with music, I have twin Girls!
NPM
BBT helps me connect with my baby, alleviates lower back pain and relaxes both me and my baby!
SD – 1st time expecting Mom
LOVE my Baby Belly Tunes support wrap!!! It gives soooo much support for my belly! It lifts and supports my belly. It has pockets to put iPhone or iPod in. The adaptor connects the earbuds it comes with & the baby belly speakers to listen to music together! Playing music for your lil one inside the belly. It’s so useful especially towards the end of your pregnancy! I recommend this product to all my friends who are pregnant now.
EM-Miami
PrenatalBabyBellyTunesI came to yoga class with back pain and pelvic pain. Though the yoga helped considerably, I needed support after long walks shopping in the mall preparing for baby’s arrival.
Debra suggested that I try Baby Belly Tunes. The belt helped resolve the pain where I could continue through the afternoon. Not to mention, I had a demanding work schedule throughout my second trimester, which required me to travel.
I started wearing the belt just to walk to my gate at MIA. I also played my playlist from Spotify and iTunes, which helped calm baby down once before we hit the TSA line.
Now that my baby is here, I’m almost certain that baby recognizes these same songs.
KN-Miami
This AMAZING product Baby Belly Tunes helped to turn my breech baby back to head down position! You could tell that baby was enjoying the music and we also recorded some messages for her to hear our voices. It is very comfortable and offers great back support! Not only is it wonderful to wear and use throughout the pregnancy but you can also use it once the baby is born. It helps support the hips and back and you can use the self adhesive speakers on the crib or stroller! A must have!
MB- Miami
Baby Belly Tunes is a really great accessory! It is super comfortable to wear due to the soft material and it’s simply fantastic to be able to listen to the same music as baby. I strongly believe that playing music to your baby during pregnancy is beneficial. Plus, it’s also a very relaxing thing to do for expectant mothers.
SB – Miami
Labor- Doula Care Testimonials
post partum doula careIf we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life. For that is where out deepest patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation, or love and trust.”
Suzanne Arms
carol“Debra was amazing! Every woman giving birth should have a Doula present.” MR
“Keep on doing what you do Debra! Pregnant women need exactly the knowledge, love and support you give us and allow us to give each other.” FA
“Only about an hour after arriving our baby was with us,in my arms! I was able to labor medication free and it was the most powerful experience of my life. Thank you Debra for the education, teachings and Doula Love!”
Denise Fernandez
“Having a doula, and specifically Debra, for me was the best decision I could have made.
She helped me navigate through difficult decisions during my labor but ultimately respected the choices I made and helped me feel at peace with them.” LH
C-Section Birth & Breast Feeding
postnatalmelanieAfter my “medically diagnosed ” c-section I’m still in the hospital and in horrible pain 🙁 After the delivery, they took Max away for 4 hours, which was a complete nightmare and definitely the longest/hardest 4 hours of my life,
Even though I didn’t get to have the birth experience I was hoping for, breastfeeding is going exceptionally well and I already had transitional milk 2 days after he was born! He eats like a champ and the breastfeeding class we took with you was so very helpful!! The photo shows how he falls asleep on me every single time!! I Love it!!
I thought you’d enjoy this story, I’m feeding him on demand so the first night I ended up awake for most of the night cluster feeding him which I didn’t think was a big deal because I’m learning, he’s learning, etc.
The next morning, doctor and nurse came in and told me that I was not making enough milk and that I needed to top him off with formula. My doctor also said this is 2013 and that there are easier ways of doing things; that the baby is manipulating me, grrrr, I cried for hours and then Decided to keep doing what I was doing until I spoke to his pediatrician and a lactation consultant.
Both told me I made the right decision by continuing to exclusively breast feed, phew! FYI, You also have to advocate for breast feeding~ ridiculous!
melaniesThanks for referring our pediatrician, Dr. Gary Kramer, he is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!! He’s been in the hospital to check up on Max every single day!
Debra, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me view my pregnancy in a different light and helping me realize what a beautiful experience it really is despite all the pain from the surgery. Also, thank you for all the knowledge you constantly shared with me. If it wasn’t for you, I may have given in and started feeding my son formula! We will see you for mommy and me in a few weeks!!!
xoxo Melanie
Hi Debra!
child birthSo baby Arianna arrived on Friday, Sept 6 at 10:34 am, weighing 7lbs and 14 oz. It ended up being a C Section delivery. I had spoken to you about my pre existing conditions so although I was scared of having a c section, more on the side that the hospital would not do skin to skin, allow the baby in the recovery room, etc. I made sure my dr. knew what was important to me and I advocated for it and it WORKED! As soon as the baby was here they immediately put her on me and we latched the baby on my nipple. The baby stayed on me for the duration of the surgery and then dad followed her to the nursery. Once in postpartum, the baby stayed with us until we checked out.
Although it wasn’t a vaginal delivery I have to say your class ultimately prepared me for not only the physical recovery aspect (no pain meds) but the more important aspect in advocating and ensuring that I get the delivery I was comfortable with. I was lucky to have a Dr also advocate for me and the staff was helpful and understanding to me wanting skin to skin and wanting the baby with me.
A big thank you to you Debra! I’m sure you’ve heard this before but I hope it never gets old to hear for you on how thankful I am that you do what you do!
Looking forward to going for the breast feeding support group!
Forever Thankful, See you Soon!
Anabel
Birth Stories
and now you can birth in water at HSPBC! 
anai birth storyDear Debra!!
Our baby Teo is born! I was in labor for a bit more than 30 hours. It was intense, sometimes I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it, but we did!!!! Surges started on Monday Dec. 29th at 11pm and baby Teo was born today at 5.30 am Dec. 30th, 2014!
I’m so so so happy with my happy and healthy baby! 7.2 pounds 🙂
Also he’s breastfeeding great! Thank you so much for your amazing help and teachings! You really made a difference in my life. You made my pregnancy even more beautiful than it already was. Thank you so much!
Anai
Patricia birth storyHi Debra,
I wanted to send you this note to thank you for all your help during the birth of my 2 daughters. The important lessons you taught me during the months I attended your prenatal yoga classes helped me to have 2 wonderful, natural births! I have to confess I knew very little about what a birth experience should be. I was relying mostly on my OB/GYN recommendations rather than on how I wanted my labor to be and how important it would be for both me and my daughters to have a good, healthy birth experience from beginning to postpartum. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you being my doula during my last birth. Thank you for opening my eyes & my heart and helping me find the strength within myself to birth my child with out any anesthesia! I know it was my decision but having your presence and support made it possible to stay calm and centered during the most active part of labor & birth. Everything you taught me was so very helpful during both of my labors and having you by my side made it easier for me to stay focused on welcoming my daughters into this world surrounded by love, peace instead of fear and pain. Patricia birth storyI am now even a greater advocate for natural births (as long as mom or child are not at risk) and I am always recommending my pregnant friends to take your classes so they can also acquire the knowledge they need to make the right choices for them and their children, during pregnancy, labor & birth. Love you Debra, thank you again! Saludos, Patricia
Good morning Debra, Im Suzzette, one of your yoga class students. I just wanted to share with you that on Sunday at 11:32 am I gave birth to my little baby boy! A natural birth.. everything went smooth and great, no drugs.. he weighed 6.9 pounds, 20-1/2 inches. He is a healthy boy and we are both doing very good. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart because thanks to all of the preparation I did in your classes and the way you teach to be fully informed about everything during labor and delivery. Thanks to all of the education I was able to experience this moment the way I did, I was very calm all the time, breathing and doing my exercises. Thank you for teaching me to trust my own body.. I will be always thankful with you.. Now I can’t wait to begin the mommy and me classes with baby Luca! =] see you really soon!
Suzette
suzette birth story
Hi Debra,
stephanie birth storyThe day I went into labor I wasn’t sure it was labor, but from what I learned in your prenatal yoga classes and the hypnobirthing course helped me through the whole process. Sunday night I was walking the dogs with my husband & my mom when I felt – what I thought to be at the time – a Braxton Hicks contraction. That was around 10 pm. It was more intense though, but I had read that as your due date approaches, these get a little more intense, so I didn’t think much of it. Then at around 11 pm I felt another one, so we just thought maybe I had been doing too much that day running around as EDD was not for two more weeks! So I decided to call it a night, take a shower and go to bed. When I went to the bathroom the mucus plug released, but I wasn’t sure. I was planning on calling my doctor the next day, so I took the shower and went to bed. Around midnight, what I felt in my belly was more intense so I got out of bed, then the contractions (waves) were coming one after the other. My body was also shaking, not from cold or pain, I just couldn’t control it. It was a strange sensation to me. My husband called the doctor and decided it was time to go to the hospital. We decided to call 911. When they came they confirmed I was in labor. On the way to the hospital the paramedics gave me an iv solution that stopped my shaking. When we got to the hospital I went into labor & delivery. Upon checking, to my surprise, I was 9 cm dilated, all thinned out and my baby was at -2, still needed to come down. I think that was around 4 am, and at 8:04 am my baby was born!! I did it with no drugs, no pitocin, of course, because I wouldn’t have needed it anyway, but also no epidural!! The water broke by itself at around 6 am as baby moved down, baby ended up with cord around his foot. I learned every woman is different and sometimes labor will not come to you like it says in the books, you just need to be prepared for whatever will come to you. Thanks again Debra for all of the knowledge you bestowed upon me to help me be prepared for my birthing day! It happened surprisingly early at 38 weeks when most girls in class were going up to their 40th or 41st week. I felt I had everything in me that I needed to be prepared for my labor and birth. Thank you!
See you soon in Mommy & Me!! Stephanie
Muehllehner birth storyHere’s to the arrival of Alexyi Smith Muehllehner (name finally chosen after a day of pondering the new offspring), May 14, 2012, 7lb.15oz, 19.5inches.
My natural VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) around lunchtime after 9-10 hours of labor and arrival to Jackson South Hospital, together with my amazing husband and doula debra (birth assistant) helping me along every second of the way! Big Sis Teah came to visit the next day asking; “Mama is that the new baby?, let me see your belly, is it empty now?”
Alexyi and Mom are very Happy and Whole, Hooooray!!!!
Natasha birth storyHaving Debra as our Doula during the birth of my son was so important in achieving the birthing experience I was dreaming of. After taking the HypnoBirthing® course with Debra and asking her to be our Doula, she kept communicating with me to make sure that everything was going well with my pregnancy. The day I started labor, I labored at home as much as I could while keeping her informed of the progress. On that day, May 11th 2012, I started to feel some sporadic contractions at 9 am. At that time I adventured myself to the gym as I had done during my entire pregnancy, and afterwards I cleaned the house just in case this was not a “fake labor” and I had to actually go to the hospital and come back home with the little one, I wanted a clean house. By the time I took my shower I realized that my contractions were 20 minutes apart and that I had some “birth show.” After that, I drove to Lincoln road to have a nice lunch with my aunt and then headed back home and made myself comfortable in the bathtub. Communicating with Debra throughout this early labor continuing until my contractions were 10 minutes apart. I stayed home practicing all of the relaxation and breathing techniques that Debra had taught me in her classes. Heading to the hospital, when the contractions were under 5 minutes apart,Natasha birth story I arrived and was dilated 7cm with 100% effacement. Debra met us at the hospital and was by my side at all times, giving me care, love, and support. I felt connected to Debra and to my husband throughout my whole birth process. Debra’s voice was very soothing and could easily keep me focused and relaxed through the strongest surges. She prepared different “stations,” around the room, such as kneeling while holding a birth ball and squatting on the toliet, which were tremendously helpful. Also, she massaged my lower back continuously to ease the discomfort during the strong surges providing me a great amount of relief. With Debra by my side, my son Derin Efe Yazici was born 10 hours after arriving to the hospital on May 12, 2012, weighting 8.4lbs.
My birth experience was all natural and drug free just as I had wanted it. I had a minimal tear, no episiotomy. My Doctor also, was very supportive of me and my loved ones, including Debra. After birth, I also took my encapsulated placenta capsules which were prepared by Debra. These supported my quick recovery after birth and also increased my milk supply. My husband and I know for a fact that having Debra as our Doula made all this possible, and we are looking forward to repeat this experience for our second child in the near future.
Thank you Debra for your love and care during my birth experience!
Natasha Yazici, Volcan and Derin Efe Yazici
Hello My Favorite Doula!!
Debra,
blanca birth storyI want to thank you for making the entire birth process for me so much more memorable. You should be called an angel rather than a doula! I put all of my trust and more importantly “faith” in you and I am sooooo happy to have done so. From the time I first became pregnant with Alvin, I literally started your prenatal yoga classes. I was 12 weeks with Alvin, a few times with the twins and now again with Ariana. You are not only part of my memories when I gave birth but during the growth of my little ones in my belly. I wish I was a person that could express myself easily in words to the impact all that had on me and what you, Debra, represent to me. I love you and I am blessed that God put you in my path. May you always be happy, healthy and holy,
Namaste my friend.
Little Ariana, baby two!
Blanca, Alex, Alvin and Ariana Acosta
And Now, one year ago today I gave birth to my baby girl, Ariana. With you by my side, I put all of my faith in you. It’s like everyone else didn’t exist and all that was there was you and me. If I was not so old I would have at least two more children just to experience what I did with you once more. Debra words cannot express how blessed I felt to have you by my side. Had you not been there during this “unusual” delivery I don’t know how I would have handled it. My children are my world. Nothing can compare or even come close to the love one feels for their children. Happy Birthday Ariana and thank you my friend. You will always remain in my heart. God Bless You. Blanca & Ariana