Testimonials

She will make you feel confident

5.0 rating
31 August 2020

This being our first baby, my partner and I were looking for someone to guide us through the pregnancy and help us prepare for labour. Finding Polly was a blessing! From our first meeting, she provides us with so much knowledge, advice, and exercises to maintain a healthy pregnancy and helped make me feel very confident as we were heading towards my due date.
When my water broke two weeks early, Polly gave me exercises to do to help get my contractions started and was nothing but supportive to us throughout. I believe that because of her guidance, I was able to avoid an induction and my contractions began exactly 30 minutes before I was scheduled to be induced! My labour was extremely fast, and I did not get a chance to practice many of the coping strategies that Polly taught us. Fortunately, she was able to be with me and my partner during a very painful labour and a necessary epidural and she advocated for me when the nurses were not being as receptive to my wants.
My partner greatly appreciated her support for him as well as he experienced the birth of his first son and felt more prepared for the delivery due to her help. I would highly recommend working with Polly, especially with your first child! She will make you feel confident and excited as you head towards parenthood and she continues to support us postpartum as well.

Alina Doaga

Polly is extremely welcoming and warm

5.0 rating
27 August 2020

My husband and I decided to try and find a Doula for our birth 2 weeks before our due date.
I came across Polly’s profile on a list sent to me by my midwives. As soon as I read Polly’s biography I thought she would be the perfect fit. I reached out hoping she would be able to help us even though it was such short notice. Polly responded to me right away and we scheduled a time to meet. As soon as my husband and I met Polly we both agreed we wanted her support. Polly is extremely welcoming and warm, she has a way of making everyone around her feel calm.
During the days leading up to the birth Polly was very supportive and provided us with a lot of information that we did not previously receive in our birth classes.
I could not have asked for a better birth experience and we truly believe it was Polly who made all the difference. The entire day felt very calm and Polly helped both myself and my husband be present and comfortable throughout the whole birthing experience. Her support and encouragement helped me to have the natural birth I was hoping for. Polly is a beautiful person and an amazing doula. We could not recommended her more.

Jessica

Third Time!

5.0 rating
27 March 2019

I had the pleasure of having Polly with me for a third time. With each labour and delivery, Polly was at my side from before labour started through the end. Polly is patient, loving and extremely skilled. She worked through a long and difficult labour with me while encouraging me the entire time and not allowing me to give up. She had many techniques, positions and exercises to help the baby to be in the correct position. Polly taught me many of the exercises weeks before the delivery and was then able to help me through them during the actual labour. Polly worked very well with the hospital staff and was a real saviour. It is obvious that Polly loves what she does!! The natural delivery of my daughter is all thanks to Polly!

Rivka Lichtman

I highly recommend Polly

5.0 rating
2 October 2018

Polly was great during our baby’s delivery. She helped me keep in handling pain and keep relaxed. She was in constant communication before and after the birth and was available day and night for any questions we had. I highly recommend her.

Adriana Vr

We can’t imagine our birthing experience without her!

5.0 rating
1 August 2018

We were lucky enough to meet Polly through a friend who gave her a glowing review. Our experience with Polly was outstanding. Polly went to great lengths to provide practical pre-labor care and answer all of our questions and concerns. She was available whenever we contacted her and was always super positive. Polly provided us with a number of home exercises and information that helped the birth process to go extremely smoothly and quickly.
We attribute the 7 hour labor of our first born directly to preparation that Polly instructed us with!
Through the birth and afterwards, Polly was an excellent source of support, we felt that she had our best interests at heart. Every piece of information she gave us was unbiased and she allowed us to make our decisions.
We can’t imagine our birthing experience without her!

Sam Leach

Sweet and knowledgeable

5.0 rating
16 April 2018

Polly is very sweet and knowledgeable and was there for the birth of our daughter.
She provided us with help to cope with the pain and was resourceful during the delivery.
I would highly recommend Polly!

Jenna Josephson

We have made a friend for life!

5.0 rating
5 March 2018

As a 36 year old having my first child, I knew from my mom friends that raising children (and birthing them) takes a village! My husband found Polly via doulamatch as she met all the criteria we were looking for in a doula such as experience with the TENS machine, accupressure, and breastfeeding consulting. We immediately connected at our first meeting. I had trouble walking due to pains from my baby pressing down on a nerve in my buttocks. Polly helped me to walk, sit + gave me a biz card to a chiropractor she recommended. Polly also showed me stretches and exercises on a bouncing ball. Her energy was calm and caring – she paid attention to everything I said and I felt I could trust her expertise. It may not be important for everyone but it made a big difference to me that Polly herself was a mother and birthed 4 children. Her own personal experience and the many other births she attended gave me absolute confidence that Polly was the doula for us. From that day on, Polly sent me articles, tips, shared advice and checked in on my daily. I had high blood pressure and was being monitored for pre-eclampsia. The OB recommended a medical induction at 38 weeks but I didn’t want that so Polly shared several methods to induce naturally. I went to see my naturopath & the rememedies I was given were the same ones Polly already had me on! I went into labour naturally at 40 weeks + 3 days. Polly arrived to our house at midnight and from that point on, she was by my side for the next 2 days! She kept me hydrated, fed me snacks, massaged my back, used the TENS machine, used aromatherapy, played relaxing music, guided me throug breathing, supported me to labour on the bouncing ball and much more. She gave my mother and husband rest while she stayed up with me. She was a guardian angel and I was astounded by her calm energy and steadfast support next to me. Post birth, Polly continues to share guidance and support. We have made a friend for life!

Theresia Lee

She help me a lot

5.0 rating
13 August 2017

She is a very human person, she is careful and always looking for the mommy and babys health. She help me a lot all the time thank you for all your patience and dedication Polly.

Deborah Askenazi

Second time Polly has been at my side.

5.0 rating
27 March 2017

Polly has been at my side for my last two births. Her warm and loving demeanor help to put me at ease and make my labour and delivery a very positive experience. I went into labour planning not to use an epidural. I could not have done it without Polly. Polly takes initiative with ideas to help, yet she follows my lead and takes cues from me as to what I need. Polly helps me to understand that the pain of each contraction is bringing my baby closer to me. Her gentle smile kept me positive and focused on the end goal. I would definitely use Polly again and would recommend her for others.

Rivka Lichtman

Polly is totally worth it and even more!

5.0 rating
9 March 2017

We can’t describe how grateful and blessed we were to have Polly’s help and support with our first pregnancy. She was always available for advice and questions we had prior to giving birth. Moreover, she was constantly in touch with us to make sure we were doing well. Her motherly warmth and positivity made the whole experience so much better. I can’t imagine not having had her there! Her love, passion and dedication for her work are truly inspiring and noticeable. From the very beginning when we first spoke over the phone I simply knew we wanted her to be our doula and we do not regret this decision one bit! Now we are happy and proud to call her our friend. And I promise anyone else who is looking to hire a doula that Polly is totally worth it and even more!
Te queremos mucho Polly! Una vez más, mil gracias por todo! Que bendición fue encontrarte

Ines K.

Amazing experience

5.0 rating
21 January 2017

I can not begin to describe what an amazing experience we had with Polly. From our first meeting I knew Polly was the person I could trust to help walk my husband (especially my husband haha) and I through the birth of our second child. Her warmth, kindness, spirituality, and knowledge were all qualities we were looking for and I felt the connection. I would recommend Polly to everyone! It’s such an important and intense experience and it’s so vital to have someone who you can trust to be by your side. Thank you so much Polly!

Hadassah Riaboy

Great experience

5.0 rating
22 February 2016

Having Polly by our side while I was in labor was a great experience. She was very understanding, calm and knowledgeable. Polly gave me the confidence to stay calm during my labor and focus on what I needed to do. I am so happy and grateful for how my labor went. I highly recommend Polly as a doula, and I think every woman can benefit from having the support of a doula by her side. Polly also took amazing photos of the birth!

Bar Laniado

Incredibly knowledgeable

5.0 rating
17 February 2016

Polly was a fantastic and considerate doula that supported us before, during and after, the birth of our daughter. Not only is Polly incredibly knowledgeable and helped us design a meaningful birth experience, but her warmth and calm reassurance alleviated much of our fear and anxiety during the birth process. Polly also knew the medical staff in charge of our care and was able to work with them to ensure that we received the best possible care. We cannot recommend Polly enough – if you are pregnant and are considering hiring a doula, we would highly recommend that you consider Polly.

Yana Saffer

Wonderful Doula

5.0 rating
1 February 2016

Polly was a wonderful Doula. She has a very gentle touch and makes you feel very comfortable. She came to me before I had my baby and visited postpartum. She uses natural smelling liquids and massage as well as helps you stay calm and focused during labour. She cares very much for the women an loves the babies! I highly recommend her.

Bracha Spector

Polly is fantastic!

5.0 rating
31 January 2016

Polly assisted me with my most recent birth. She was kind, supportive, knowledgeable, and very calm and positive throughout.
Throughout my pregnany Polly was attentive and helpful, offering support and information as needed.
Once in labour Polly guided me through exercises to help the baby move and to help the labour progress. Throughout my pregnancy I though I would have an epidural (as I had in previous pregancies), but with Polly’s support the labour progressed quickly, and she was able to help me through the hardest portions with a natural labour. I could not have done it witout her.
If you are looking for a Doula Polly is fantastic! I could not have asked for a better supporter for my husband, my baby and I!

Belinda Weltman

Highly recommend

14 April 2015

I am writing in reference to Polly Hamui. Polly worked as a doula for me with the delivery of my fourth child. I first met Polly in my second trimester and was in touch with her throughout the pregnancy. Polly made herself available to me and provided me with the support I needed during the pregnancy, throughout the entire labor and delivery, and during the postpartum weeks as well. She constantly checked up on me and offered to help me out with whatever I needed.
Polly is a capable and talented doula. She makes use of various techniques and approaches to help her clients. She is well versed in the use of essential oils, massage, and a variety of exercises and positions. Polly is creative, and is constantly willing to try something different and new.
Additionally, Polly is attentive to her client’s individual and unique needs. When I first met with Polly, she asked me about my previous experiences and what I felt worked for me. She was open to hearing what I thought was successful for me and encouraged me to express my desires and my ideal plans for the delivery. Obviously, ideal plans don’t always work out. At the time of the delivery, Polly was flexible and accommodating. She was able to view the situation as the whole picture, and then help me to make the best choices. She was supportive, encouraging, and loving.
Throughout my entire experience, Polly did everything she could to help me out. I would highly recommend Polly as an experienced, talented and very supportive doula.

Rivka Lichtman

Huge positive difference

5.0 rating
1 April 2015

For the birth of our second daughter, we decided to have a Polly as she had offered her doula services. Polly helped and supported us before, during and
after the birth of our second daughter, Naomi. Months prior to the birth of my daughter, she met with my husband and me a few times, and
gave us information and exercises to help us prepare for labour. She made us feel very comfortable with her, and I truly feel those
exercises made a huge difference in the birth I had. She was also able to calm my nerves and instill the confidence I needed with her
amazingly positive attitude, incredible wealth knowledge of the labor and birthing process, as well as her review of numerous labour
positions and techniques for natural pain management. She was also checking in with me throughout my pregnancy, offering ideas to stay
comfortable and listening and calming all my worries. When the day came to have our daughter, Polly was ready to go in the middle of the
night, right by our side. My husband was also amazing support for me, but having a doula allowed me to relax and feel more confident in my
ability to have a natural birth. With their help, I was able to arrive at the hospital almost fully dilated and ready to deliver, and
had the natural child birth I had really wanted. After I gave birth, Polly visited me at the hospital and at home, and helped me with
breastfeeding and any other concerns I had. I really feel Polly made a huge positive difference in my pregnancy and child birth experience.
Polly is empathetic, caring and knowledgeable and has an amazing
positive attitude. I highly recommend Polly as a doula. She is so
helpful and supportive whether you choose to have a birth with or
without medication.”

Claudia

Incredible

1 October 2014

Having Polly as my doula for our third baby was incredible. Her knowledge gave me confidence during the pregnancy and it was indispensable during the actual birth. She outperformed the hospital staff by a country mile.
What I didn’t know is that I wasn’t only getting a doula but I was also gaining a friend!
Thank you Polly for giving me the great support and tools to be able to trust my body by being present in the moment and, at the same time, making this a unique and amazing experience.

Yesica Edstrand

Blessed

5.0 rating
1 August 2014

We were blessed with our third beautiful daughter two and a half weeks ago. Polly is a friend of mine and when she heard I was pregnant she asked if I would like her to accompany me to the hospital to help with the labor.
I did not use a Doula with my previous labours, I had an epidural with both. This time I was almost two weeks late, and was really wanting to have the baby already. Polly offered to come over and do some massages and acupressure, then we went on a little walk. Later that day I went into labor.
At the hospital, Polly was an amazing support. She had words of encouragement and a constant smile on her face. And even five hours later, after helping through an very painful labor with no epidural, she still had the same smile on her face, a positive spirit and beautiful words of encouragement.

Polly also helped me in the beginning of my labour with massages and breathing techniques. When the contractions got more intense, I used the gas to help with the pain. Polly helped me with that as well. As soon as she felt another contraction coming on she would help me breathe the gas through it.
Five and a half hours later our baby was born. Polly was an amazing support and help !
I would most definitely refer Polly to anyone looking for a doula / midwife, or even just an amazing positive support during their labor.

Leah

Yael

15 June 2014

Dear Polly
Thank you so much for being a part of our wonderful birth experience. From the minute we met and you felt my baby girl inside my stomach we had a connection and you brought me to tears. You were so attentive and sensitive to my needs throughout the birth and knew better than me the strenght I had inside of me to bring Yael into the world safely and naturally.
My family and I are so grateful for your support and expertise. We have been singing your praises and hopefully more women can enjoy your gift in the birth of their children.
You have been blessed to be able to share the miracle of life as a doula and we were blessed to be able to share it you and with our family.

haron, Nini, Maya, Natan and Yael

Grateful

5.0 rating
1 January 2014

Polly is very passionate and goes over and above for her clients. I think that without her in our corner it would be a completely different experience.
We are very grateful for having her and continue to recommend Polly to all our friends. Having a doula is essential in the birthing process and is equally as important to have emotional support for the partner not giving birth (me).

Ron – Partner of client

Magical Woman

5.0 rating
15 April 2013

I have recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl on April 15, 2013, who weighed a healthy 8lb 10 ounces at birth and I couldn’t have done it without the help and assistance of Polly.
The clock just struck midnight one evening and I was 3 days overdue from my due date. Shortly later, I started feeling contractions.
Since I had experienced giving birth before, I knew right away this was the feeling of having contractions and I was going into true labour. I rested in my own bed for a while, staring at the bright lighted clock in a dark room. I looked at the clock every time I had a contraction. I started timing how far they are apart. The first few appeared to be approximately 10 minutes apart. Then comes 7-8 minutes. I double checked to make sure I didn’t miss anything in my hospital bag. Next thing I know, my contractions are no longer than 4 minutes apart.
I feel it speeded up too quickly so I woke up my husband to drive me to the hospital. On our car ride, I called my doctor to check in. She just returned from her shift from the hospital and I feel bad to call her because she had to return back to the hospital. But I’m sure she’s all used to it. We arrived at the hospital around 2:00 am and there was hardly anyone there. The place felt so empty and cold. I can only see one nurse at the front desk. I took out my MSP card and started checking in at the hospital.
I was then brought to the delivery room. She took some blood samples and allowed me to rest on the bed. But since my contractions are feeling so intense, I asked my husband to rub my back to make me feel better. I started throwing up as a natural reaction to labour. It happened the last time as well while I was in the delivery room. I didn’t feel I got the support I wanted from my husband. I tried to think of a friend to come to support me.
But it’s already 2:30 am. I think all my friends are deep asleep. But there is one person that keeps coming to my mind. It’s the Mexican lady that I met at the aquarium yesterday. She was with her children visiting the aquarium when I bumped into her. She walked up and said hi to me, seeing my big belly. She introduced and told me she is a Doula from Mexico and we happened to exchange numbers just the day before. I was in so much pain and wanted a girl friend to support me. So I did not hesitate and called Polly from my phone. I hope she wasn’t asleep yet.
When I called, she picked up. I was so glad. I told Polly I was at the BC Women’s hospital going into labour. Without any hesitation, she appeared at the hospital with that friendly smile. I just met her from the day before, but that friendly smile seems like I had known her for many years. It was very comfortable. She came and supported me. She would help me rub my back just the way I wanted. She introduced me to do the squats to help the baby come down sooner. She taught me how to breathe properly. She was my companion, my support and my angel. I was in so much pain that I wanted the epidurals. I remember that kept the pain away with my first child. But Polly gave me some words of wisdom and showed me that I can do it without any painkillers. I tried to put up with the pain some more. Two hours had passed. I started feeling contractions no more than 30 seconds apart. Polly suggested the doctor to examine me. Next thing we know, I am 10 centimetres open. The baby is ready to come out. We went back to the bed to get ready for labour. I started pushing. With every push, I feel pain. Polly whispered gently in my ears, the baby is here. She wants to see you. This is what kept me going without giving up. There is no one else in the room that can give me the same support that Polly was able to give me. I believed in her. I kept up with it….shortly we hear a gently cry….
The baby was finally born at 6:30 am. It’s a girl. I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t have done it without Polly. She was a miracle. I was glad I met this magical woman.

Karen

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