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“Frances’ personality, sense of humor, caring attitude and her wisdom. I couldn’t be happier with my experience with Frances. She was the best doula and we would hire her again for future births and definitely recommend her to anyone expecting! She was tireless with her dedication and spent hours with us. We couldn’t have asked for better support.”
– Dalton
Frances was great through this whole process! She was so patient and flexible which really helped. If you are considering a doula, I would say definitely get one and pick her. The process can be stressful and it's always good to have a 3rd experienced party to help you through it. I was a new mom so I didn't know what to expect. Frances reassured me through the whole process and provided visits even after birth. She also gave tips on breastfeeding. I was very grateful to have her during my birthing process.
- Glo S.
Frances is an amazing doula! The day of my delivery she finished a previous birth and came to my birth to help with the pain management. I must say that I would not been able to labor my son without her. I had a very fast labor and the heat turned up quick, she was able to keep my family and I calm and stable to get to the hospital. If you are looking for doula/midwife services please consider her. I have birthed 3 children...the 2 older children I was induced and had epidural. This time I was able to do my labor and delivery MY WAY!!! I have no regrets about the natural flow of birthing a child.
- Shamona D.
I interviewed a handful of Doulas when I found out I was pregnant. I was looking for someone that would help me navigate the world of childbirth. This was my first pregnancy and I knew I would be bit stressed out. I wanted to work with a Doula that would guide me throughout the entire pregnancy. I wanted to be extremely comfortable with the person that would help bring my daughter into this world. When I met with Frances I knew instantly that she would be a perfect match for our family! She made me feel at ease and answered every question I posed. Frances was professional and thoughtful throughout my entire pregnancy. My husband and I chose to do birthing classes at our home. We felt so relaxed being able to meet with her in a one-on-one setting. We were able to ask questions that we probably wouldn't have asked in a large class setting. During my whole pregnancy I felt so much more at ease knowing I could reach out to Frances with any questions or concerns. After much deliberation, I was induced and Frances joined us at the hospital after my water broke. She was able to keep me relaxed and coach me along while my body prepared to give birth. Frances worked with the nurses and doctors so seamlessly. I was able to have a vaginal delivery with zero complications! Frances was able to come by my home after the baby was born. These visits made me feel more confident as a new mom! I know that I was able to have such a positive birth experience because of Frances! I could not imagine my pregnancy journey without her guidance and support. I would hire her again in a heartbeat!
Katherine T.
Frances is an amazing doula. She is truly a gift from God and when I contacted her at about 8 months pregnant I knew I had made the right decision in doing so. She is and has been supportive in my long and complicated birth journey. I honestly don't know what we would have done without her. I think she and my midwife would agree that I may have been a little too prepared for labor. I know we were blessed with a quick and easy labor but I truly believe Frances and our midwife Natalie deserve the credit for how effortless our birth was. If you are thinking about getting a doula, trust me you should do it. Frances is the best but she will refer you to someone else if you and her don't mesh well. She doesn't want to be your doula at all cost and she will support you in finding the right fit for you!
- Ebony W.
Simply put, Frances is amazing. I contacted her late in my pregnancy and was thankful she was available around my due date. She was an amazing support during the remainder of my pregnancy and after birth. Regardless of the type of birth you desire, having Frances as a part of your birth team is a MUST. She gives her full attention making you feel as if you're her only mama. She listens, comforts, cheers, and is a wealth of knowledge. If I were to ever become pregnant again, she'd be one of the first calls I'd make.
- Dona W.
I couldn't have asked for a better experience with Frances as my doula! I was somewhat anxious about the birth with my first child, but her support and education before baby really helped to inspire confidence. In my experience, her support in the actual labor and delivery was where her skills, knowledge, and support really shined. She was with me through the entire LONG labor. She was incredibly supportive and offered great suggestions in regards to comfort measures and how to help labor progress (different positions and movements, etc). She is passionate about birth and midwifery and her passion shows in the care and support she showed me before, during, and after the birth. She was available to answer questions and help with new baby after the birth. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone having a baby! On top of her skills and knowledge, she's friendly and humorous and was a joy to be around during our visits and during the birth!I couldn't have asked for a better experience with Frances as my doula! I was somewhat anxious about the birth with my first child, but her support and education before baby really helped to inspire confidence. In my experience, her support in the actual labor and delivery was where her skills, knowledge, and support really shined. She was with me through the entire LONG labor. She was incredibly supportive and offered great suggestions in regards to comfort measures and how to help labor progress (different positions and movements, etc). She is passionate about birth and midwifery and her passion shows in the care and support she showed me before, during, and after the birth. She was available to answer questions and help with new baby after the birth. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone having a baby! On top of her skills and knowledge, she's friendly and humorous and was a joy to be around during our visits and during the birth!
- Ashley B.
Frances is one of the most amazing women I have ever met with the biggest heart. She truly was the best experience of my labor and delivery. She was always present, motivating, and supportive. Once we got to the hospital she was there helping me with different positions to help my labor progress, massaging me, and just providing me with comfort and ease. I never once was worried or afraid during labor and delivery because of her. Frances had another birth earlier in the day and still managed to be with me every step of the way even though I ended up having a very very long labor. I did not like the nurse that was provided at the hospital, so honestly without Frances I wouldn't have gotten the birth experience I wanted. I'm quite shy and have a hard time speaking up for myself. Frances was my advocate and voice I needed especially during such a vulnerable moment. After birth she helped baby latch and I'm still breastfeeding exclusively 3 months later. I am forever grateful to have her by my side and to have her knowledge and expertise with me during such an important moment in my life. You can tell that she truly loves and is passionate about being a midwife/doula. She also took pictures and videos which I will cherish forever. Even though I had my baby in August, she still checks up on me. I think she is worth every penny and will use her for every birth I have going forward. She will always hold a special place in my heart and has forever changed my life =).
- Missy m.
I have no idea where to even start with this review other than, WE LOVE FRANCIS. If you're even remotely considering hiring a doula and you've come across Francis, all the stars have aligned and you have hit the birth jackpot. If you're on the fence or are unsure whether a doula is "worth it" or "necessary" (all things our family questioned prior to seeing Francis in action. Everyone in my family is now on #teamfrancis ) do yourself and your family and your future child the biggest favor and hire her immediately. Not only was she sweet, caring, loving, encouraging and supportive but she's also extremely knowledgeable and informed. She always answered all my questions (day or night), gave suggestions for my concerns, had great literature to refer me to, has awesome contacts for all things birth, body, breast feeding, and baby. She supported all my decisions and helped me to stay confident and believe in my choices and ability to have the birth we wanted. No matter when or what time, she answered and is still (three weeks post partum) answering all my questions. From 28 weeks pregnant to one week over due to post partum she has loved on, supported, guided and assisted my little family into the greatest adventure we've been on. We've been so pleased to walk this journey along side her. We were so lucky (#blessed )to have found her and would hire her a million times over again. Other than choosing to have this sweet baby I'm holding in my arms and choosing to do it naturally , Francis was the most important and beneficial decision we made for our birth plan. We are forever grateful for her and would HIGHLY recommend hiring her. WE LOVE FRANCIS!
- Shawna B.
We highly recommend Frances! We hired Frances to help with the birth of our first born with the goal of a natural, stress limited birth. My wife labored for 34.5 hours and could not have done so successfully without Frances help. There were many times when my wife wanted to consider the epidural due to labor pains, but Frances continued to gently remind us of our birth plan and reassured my wife that she was more than capable of continuing on without the epidural. She was with us every step of the way, helped us to remain calm and reminded us to stay in the moment. Once our daughter was born, she took photos, focused on my wife's well being, and watched our daughter while we took a short nap. She made herself available before, during and after the birth and basically treats you like an old friend that can be called anytime for questions about the process. We look forward to using her again when we have more children!
- Jacob M.
What can I say other than Frances is AMAZING! She is fun, enthusiastic and very knowledgable. After having a c-section a couple years prior, I badly wanted to have a successful VBAC, unmedicated if possible, and knew having a doula would help. When we were interviewing doulas, I felt like I was talking with an old friend the first time we met Frances, and knew immediately that she was a good fit for me and would be able to help us through our birth journey. Frances by our side helped make that dream possible. She was a great teammate with my husband, guided me on how to best labor at home, and even came to our home and helped me productively labor for a few more hours before we headed to the hospital (and I was at an 8 when I arrived!). She helped me get into a zone that allowed have the unmedicated VBAC that I wanted. At the hospital, she continued to guide me and I was able to remain calm but determined throughout the birth of our son. I don't think I could have done it without her. My husband was very skeptical about the need to have a doula but he is defibitely a believer now! I would highly recommend he with no reservations at all!!! She is absolutely amazing!
- Andrea J.
Hiring Frances was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy, and one I never regretted (for reference, I'm a first time mom and my husband and I have no family in Houston, but we would have used Frances even if we did have family nearby). I had grand ideas of a home labor, then unmedicated birth at the hospital, but my daughters birth didn't go as planned - she came as an emergency induction three weeks early. Frances was with us in the delivery room to provide me comfort, keep me calm and collected, and give my poor swollen feet a massage on the right pressure points to hasten dilation. During labor my eyes were closed and she was right by my side translating medical lingo and giving me reassuring pep talks. My husband was relieved Frances was there to take charge because the labor room was way out of his comfort zone. I credit my overall positive birth experience to being able to lean on Frances. After my daughter was born she stayed with us in the delivery room to help me figure out breastfeeding (the nurses helped briefly, but it was so comforting to have a dedicated guide because the nurses have other patients to tend to) and checked on us several times postpartum at home. Giving birth was stressful enough, then taking home a tiny human that I was responsible for, I can't repeat enough that I felt a layer of reassurance with Frances that she was available for whatever guidance we needed throughout the whole birth and early postpartum days! She also has a ton of knowledge and advice on birth resources and books, baby carriers, belly binding, child-rearing philosophies, so many other topics I asked her questions on - which I could tell from my online research of other potential doulas I considered hiring that not every doula has that breadth of knowledge.
- Bonnie S.
Thank you so mush for the fantastic childbirth class. You’ve made us feel so much more prepared and you truly are a talented teacher. We so appreciate it!
– Dittner
To this day I’m so grateful I attended your child birthing classes with my husband when I was pregnant with my now 4 year old! Your classes gave me confidence when I felt very little support, even from my doctor for wanting to birth naturally (with no drugs). Thank you!
– Melendez
Having a doula gave us the confidence to go into labor fearless! We all have the natural ability to birth a child, Frances helped us find, understand and use nature to our advantage! Having you as a doula was the best decision we could have made.
– Roscoe-Hudson
When you’re going through birth for the first time, everything is unknown. You can read about what to expect, you can watch videos, but nothing can really impart just how stressful the actual day is. Having a doula there means having someone who is experienced and can immediately ground you and re-center your focus during the birth process. Frances has a very firm and calming presence that significantly reduces the concerns and pressures you may feel, and can guide you back to where you need to be.
- Jo
Frances is amazing! I first met her at a childbirth class. I remember me and my husband walking into the class I was already 8 months pregnant and we had very little knowledge of what was to come. I was getting nervous because I wanted a natural, non-medicated birth and I had very little support for that. So that night in class Frances’s said to the class “your body and your baby were made for birth, you need to tell yourself that your a beast and you got this”. I’m not sure why but that really gave me the confidence I was missing. After the class I was soo excited about my birth, and I told my husband “man I really loved that lady, She was awesome!” He agreed. I told him I really wanted to hire a doula and I really want to hire her! So i went online and found her info and called her up and hired her that week! Ever since than she has been amazing, teaching my husband and I lots of great stuff and believing in me that I could have a natural birth! My birth was such a beautiful experience, I never had any fear because I knew that Frances was there and she gave me the confidence to get through the pain. Anytime I was starting to feel like I couldn’t take much more she got In there and reminded me that I got this and I was doing great! We love her dearly and consider her part of our family now! I will most definitely have her for my next baby!
– Munoz
“Child birth knowledge, natural birthing techniques. We really enjoyed your expertise and support throughout pregnancy and labor. You were a gift and an invaluable part of the process. We couldn’t had done it without you!!
– Bandy
We found Francis because she taught the breast feeding class at Texas Women’s Hospital. She was a great teacher (one of the best – and we took all the classes!) Knowledgable, funny, empowering, supportive, and kind. We decided to hire her as our doula because she was aligned with our views on what we wanted in our birthing plan. I personally wanted an epidural, and she was supportive of that. I didn’t want anyone from the family in the room besides my husband, so having a doula gave me the peace of mind that someone well-informed would be there to support me, advocate for me, and guide me – and my husband! (As amazing as he is, he had no idea what he was doing). 🙂 I ended up being in labor for 34 hours, and Francis stayed at the hospital all night. She helped me get through 22 hours of labor pain before the epidural. Her techniques were incredibly helpful. When I was finally ready to push, my baby was showing signs of distress and the nurses and doctor were too focused on the baby to really focus on me. Francis was like a coach, talking and motivating me through it. In the end, our baby came out perfect and healthy. I really can’t imagine what it would have been like without her. I am incredibly grateful for her support and would recommend her to anyone!!!
- Hangawatte
One of the scariest and most beautiful times in your life come with pregnancy. You want to be surrounded by people who support your decisions, give you quality care, and provide you with information that is both culturally and scientifically supported to help guide you in your decision making. I embarked on this journey without the support I desired and after seeking a well known midwife that still wasn't able to provide the care and support I needed, I realized a doula would be more effective. That's when I sought out Frances. From day one her spirit and personality put my worried mind at ease. With this being my first child, I needed someone who would understand my needs and help me to feel comfortable about the many changes and emotions I was going through. We talked regularly, and she me sure to check on my mental and emotional state with every check in. I was so at ease that when I went into labor I was prepared from all the work and preparation Frances gave me. Frances provided me information that I could read with my partner, provided birthing classes and set me and my partner at ease. During my labor she knew how to effectively keep me centered through contractions and focused on not giving in to medication that was not needed. The fear I once had about delivery went away and as crazy as my delivery day was, Frances gave me the support I needed. The best decision I made was to invest in her services. My family and friends all recognized how important Frances was to both my partner and I during this journey, and I highly recommend Full Circle Family Services to all who are expecting.
- Kamaria J.
One of the scariest and most beautiful times in your life come with pregnancy. You want to be surrounded by people who support your decisions, give you quality care, and provide you with information that is both culturally and scientifically supported to help guide you in your decision making. I embarked on this journey without the support I desired and after seeking a well known midwife that still wasn't able to provide the care and support I needed, I realized a doula would be more effective. That's when I sought out Frances. From day one her spirit and personality put my worried mind at ease. With this being my first child, I needed someone who would understand my needs and help me to feel comfortable about the many changes and emotions I was going through. We talked regularly, and she me sure to check on my mental and emotional state with every check in. I was so at ease that when I went into labor I was prepared from all the work and preparation Frances gave me. Frances provided me information that I could read with my partner, provided birthing classes and set me and my partner at ease. During my labor she knew how to effectively keep me centered through contractions and focused on not giving in to medication that was not needed. The fear I once had about delivery went away and as crazy as my delivery day was, Frances gave me the support I needed. The best decision I made was to invest in her services. My family and friends all recognized how important Frances was to both my partner and I during this journey, and I highly recommend Full Circle Family Services to all who are expecting.
- Kamaria J.
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