"We hired Lidia as our postpartum night Doula and we feel so grateful for our experience with her. As first time parents, we found having Lidia with us was instrumental to getting us to feel confident and secure on our new journey. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to share, is kind and patient and we truly trusted her with our little one. We really felt she became part of the family. We recommend her without reservation."
"We worked with Lidia Colindres as a postpartum doula. As soon as I got home from the hospital, I knew that I was in over my head and needed help. I struggled with breastfeeding and figuring out how to be a first time mom. Jennifer Darwin at GGDA helped us find Lidia. Lidia quickly became part of the family. This was apparent to us as soon as our dog, who is very discerning, decided that she LOVED Lidia. Lidia was an invaluable resource to me as I navigated the challenges of breastfeeding our daughter nightly. Her sunny disposition put me at ease and when we had questions about new things came up, she never pushed her own opinions, rather, she helped me make decisions on my own. As a new mom, you realize that everyone has strong opinions and wants to give you unsolicited advice. It can be overwhelming. I never felt this way with Lidia and I came to trust her deeply. I'm so glad we welcomed Lidia into our home for the time we did. It made our entry into parenthood so much more pleasant and we couldn't be happier with our decision to work with her. She loved our daughter like we do and we're so grateful to have found her."
"I looked into GGDA for postpartum support for my second child, born in June 2020. After my first child was born in 2015, I had heard how amazing a postpartum doula could be, so I knew it was something I was interested in for our second child. Additionally, the pandemic ensured that we would have no outside help or support, and we were staring down several long months of isolation with a newborn and a 4yo. I was worried about how we would get by emotionally and physically, and I needed to find help that would feel not only supportive of us as a family but also safe from COVID spread. GGDA fulfilled all of this and more, honestly, hiring GGDA was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. We did an initial intake interview with Jen Darwin, and she was incredibly knowledgeable about what kinds of support we would need postpartum, given that I was having a c-section and we had a 4-year-old running around the house. She also went over the extensive safety measures GGDA had implemented around COVID-19, which was our #1 concern. Lidia was gifted at reading our daughter's cues, and even got her starting to sleep longer stretches at night. There was one night we had an incredibly warm San Francisco evening (and of course no air conditioning), and the baby was fussy all night. I was so thankful Lidia was there, only waking me when the baby was hungry. I got to sleep and was such a better parent the next day for it. Lidia also cooked for us, making a delicious soup a couple of times, part of which we still have frozen in the freezer. Thank you Lidia and GGDA! We are so grateful to you for supporting our family with the important work you do."
"We felt so lucky to have Lidia Colindres as our night doula after the birth of our daughter. She is incredibly nurturing and knowledgeable about babies- as first time parents, this was a huge help and confidence boost. My wife and I were able to fully rest because we knew that our daughter was in good hands when we handed her over to Lidia for the night. She also has lots of experience working with preterm babies. We always looked forward to nights when Lidia was coming, knowing that she would take such amazing care of our little girl and we could get some much needed sleep!"
"Doula Lidia Colindres has been truly a blessing for me and my family. She was my post-partum night doula for three months, and took the absolute best care of our little one, and me too! As a first-time mom with close to no experience with babies, I had a lot of anxiety going into the process. Lidia was an incredible help and guide every step of the way. Her warmth and kindness were immediately apparent, and she was so good at soothing our baby. She has a ton of experience, and a wealth of knowledge and tips if you need them. For me that was essential. She helped me understand how the mother-doula-baby relationship can work, and we figured out a schedule and rhythms that worked for all of us. In the early days, as I was struggling with breast-feeding, she would sit with me and offer me comfort and tips, in between soothing, burping, and sometimes bottle-feeding the baby as needed. She was encouraging and amenable when we had to switch to an every-2-hour feeding cadence (on the pediatrician's recommendation) to help my milk production and make sure our baby was gaining weight, and she helped me navigate the stress and complexities of nursing, pumping, and formula. I learned so much just from watching her interact with our baby, which gave me confidence in what I was doing the nights we didn't have her. On top of that, she was incredibly professional -- responsive, reliable, reachable during off-hours, and literally never once late. Having a doula means sharing some of the most intimate, personal and emotional moments with a stranger, so the person you pick is such an important decision. I would highly recommend Lidia!!!"