The families we are honored to serve, are a huge part of who make us who we are. Here are some of the things they have to say!

Both my husband & I agreed that we may not have been able to have had the natural birth we wanted without Bonnie there. She was a great compliment to my husband’s coaching, and allowed him to be fully active, present & encouraging in a very comfortable way.  One of the best things she did was consistently remind me “I was doing it” when I mentioned “I wanted to do it naturally.” She kept me present in my hourly accomplishments in such a great encouragement and perspective. When I finally did give birth, she was right there – her voice was so calming & yet strong. Exactly what I needed for those last very intense hours & the celebration she brought when our son was born truly added to our joy. She stayed with me when my husband had to accompany our new son to the nursery. What a blessing to not have been alone with so many strange nurses & people. I am so grateful and highly recommend her to anyone who desires a natural birth. She will be the first one we call with our next baby!

My first child, my daughter did not want to leave my womb….she flipped to breach position one week before my due date! When I became pregnant again with my son, I fought the thoughts of having to go through another c-section. Bonnie came alongside me and encouraged me my entire pregnancy. We together believed in a VBAC for myself. And with grace, my husband, and Bonnie with me, it happened! She helped bring me to a manageable place through the laboring. She was strong, consistent and steady. My husband and I will always say “we couldn’t have done that without her.” Anyone will be blessed to have her attentiveness and strength with them as they bring a baby into this world!!

My husband and I HIGHLY recommend Anna to anyone looking for a doula! Initially we were not planning on having an unmedicated labor and delivery, but due to health risks to momma our plans changed and we nervously began to prepare for a natural birth. Finding Anna was truly an answer to prayer! Her compassion, empathy, knowledge and support were constant comforts to us and calmed our fearless countless times. Having her by our side was one of the best decisions we made! I don’t know what I would have done without her presence before, during and after the birth of our son!

I was so excited to work with Costal Doulas knowing I wanted a natural birth and heard great reviews about them. Apparently my little guy had different plans for me when he decided to come at 32 weeks. I always imagined breast feeding would be the easy part, boy was I wrong. I don’t know what I would have done without Amber. I had an over supply after pumping non stop from him staying in the NICU, a fast let down and dealt with food sensitivities in my milk. I honestly thought about exclusively pumping until Amber gave me the motivation to not give up. She gave me great tips to regulate my supply and different positions to help with let down. She has also helped give me delicious recipes while eliminating things from my diet to see what helped my baby. Amber has been so supportive my entire breast feeding journey and continues to check in on me on a regular basis if I need anything. I can honestly say I now exclusively breastfeed my baby and I absolutely love it. Thank you Amber!

Bonnie came highly recommended to us.  When my wife decided she wanted a doula, we met with multiple people.  After meeting Bonnie, my wife was immediately convinced she was the one for her. Even though she was convinced, I have to admit, like many men I’m sure, I did not understand the value in this service. It was our first child and neither of us had been through this before so we had no idea what to expect. Even though I was not convinced, I agreed to go along with it to make my wife happy. Without any hesitation, I can say it was hands down one of the best decisions we made. Bonnie over-delivered in every sense of the word. Her personal touch, her caring nature, and her obvious passion for what she does makes her perfectly suited to guide you through this amazing experience. She takes the time to educate you without bias. She is tirelessly supportive and helps you create and stick to your birth plan, even when the lack of sleep and stress may attempt to deter you. Frankly, looking back, I don’t know how we would have done it without Bonnie. She was an absolute blessing and we are fortunate to have crossed paths with her. No words I can write will fully explain the gratitude I have for her help. We recommend her without any hesitation!

Amy Bender was so kind and informative when I needed guidance on breastfeeding post partum. She had some wonderful suggestions with a judgment-free attitude. I would recommend her to my friends. Thank you for your help.
Amy P.

I had a wonderful experience with Bonnie as my doula.  I don’t think I would have been able to have a VBAC without her.  My doctor, who was also pro-VBAC, told me to labor at home as long as possible to avoid medical intervention (which could result in another cesarean). For me, this meant no epidural. I had never experienced natural labor pains because with my firstborn son, I was induced, had an epidural, and then an emergency c-section. This is not something I thought I was capable of which is why I knew I needed Bonnie. She was amazing. She coached me through each contraction. She helped relieve my pain with counter pressure. She encouraged me when I thought I couldn’t endure anymore. She helped my husband support me emotionally. My baby was “sunny side up” which meant excruciating back labor. I got to the point at home when I didn’t think I could take the pain any longer. Bonnie talked to my OB on the phone and she encouraged Bonnie to try to help me continue laboring at home because my chances of a VBAC would be better if the baby turned. She then explained this to me and helped me persevere. I really wanted to have this baby vaginally. She was with me every step of the way, from my first intense contractions at home to holding my baby girl in the hospital bed. She guided and comforted me beyond my expectations. My OB witnessed her assistance to me through the pushing and moments after the birth and commented on what a great job she had done. My husband and I have said a million times to each other, “Thank God Bonnie was there!” We both don’t know how we would have managed without her. She truly was a Godsend, and very instrumental in my dream of having a VBAC come true. Now that I have had a successful VBAC, there is no reason I can’t expect to have another vaginal birth in the future. I hope to have another baby and I definitely plan to have Bonnie walk through it with me again.

There are so many nuances to successfully breastfeed. I really needed someone to walk alongside me for practical troubleshooting advice. Amber was excellent at helping me successfully breastfeed my second child. She promptly responded to my regular text questions so I could solve lactation obstacles in the moment.
When I needed to supplement, Amber came to my house to demonstrate proper bottle flow techniques so my baby would easily transition back to breastfeeding. She also helped identify foods in my diet that had irritating affects on my newborn. As soon as I made the dietary changes Amber suggested, my baby stopped arching his back and squealing in pain. Amber answered many other questions of mine including how to get more milk production faster, how long to nurse, and when to pump. She even talked about sleep patterns, breastfeeding schedules and the importance of eating and drinking for breast milk production. Amber is passionate about promoting breastfeeding and teaching women the tools necessary to help them succeed. I only wish I had her guidance with my firstborn.
Mom of 2

Bonnie was an amazing asset to the delivery of my 3rd child.  She was there with me every minute from the time we arrived at the hospital until after my baby had breast-fed for the 1st time.   She was a calming presence during each contraction as she coached me through them.  After I had gotten the epidural, she was there allowing my husband to get some rest while she took care of everything I could have needed.   She is an incredible coach, a great encourager, & extremely knowledgeable about childbirth & postpartum.  I could not have done it without her!

Bonnie was very knowledgeable. She explained the childbirth material clearly and made everything easy to understand. Every question we asked was answered with great knowledge making me feel confident in the decisions I was making. I believe I left the class getting out of it what I needed to have the birth I hoped for.

I had Anna Hopple as my doula for my 3rd child. She was amazing! Very professional and comforting. Excellent doula and I would highly recommend her services!
Elizabeth J.

Hiring Bonnie was definitely the best decision my husband and I made in terms of our labor and delivery.  She was exactly the support we needed and she did a great job coaching us through 16 hours of natural labor.  But the best part of working with her was actually after our daughter was born.  She was a phenomenal resource and encouragement in our first weeks home with the baby and I really don’t know how I would’ve gotten through any of it without her.  I hope you will give her the opportunity to be as much of a blessing to your family as she was to ours!

These women have been such a blessing in my life. Their knowledge, experience, and genuine care for moms is so visible in everything they do. Amy was so helpful to me transitioning from being a mommy of one to two. I appreciate her wisdom when I lack confidence. Bonnie is a wealth of knowledge. She’s reassuring and encouraging whenever I have questions. I always feel supported and loved when I’m around these ladies. If you’ve ever thought about hiring a doula, Coastal Doulas won’t let you down!
Elizabeth R.

As first time parents, my husband and I wanted to have someone with us that was not only supportive but also knowledgeable and that would help guide us in the laboring process and help us remain calm and relaxed.  We found Bonnie to be everything we expected and more!  She definitely was an indispensable member of our birth team and I would highly encourage anyone considering her services to go ahead and make the investment.  My husband I are certain that without her support and encouragement the natural unmedicated birth we desired would not have been realized. Bonnie was always available to us through the pregnancy and was very helpful answering questions and providing suggestions for anything from preparatory reading resources to local pediatricians.  She was always respectful (judgement-free) of what we envisioned and wanted for the birth of our daughter and was never pushy.  She also provides great postpartum follow up.  Bonnie knew just what to do and say when I was on the verge of getting lost in pain and panicking to bring me back into controlled focus.  My husband also followed her lead and between the two of them I had a constant unbroken chain of support and encouragement while laboring at the hospital regardless of the hospital’s employee shift changes.  Bonnie loves what she does and it really shows in the quality of the services she proves.

Bonnie is the best doula ever!  I just recently gave birth-all natural, no drugs whatsoever to a 9lb 2 oz baby boy.  If it weren’t for her, there is no way I would have been able to do it.  She kept me focused the entire time.  My doctor, who is highly reputable asked for her card because of how wonderful she is.  She is the best!!!

My wife and I had our first child in March, and we can say without any reservation that the most important thing we did, aside from praying, was hiring Bonnie.  Although Bonnie is the consummate professional, and takes her job and role very seriously, saying we “hired” Bonnie feels like a misnomer given the close relationship we developed.  She is simply a fantastic and genuine person.  She always responds to your questions and concerns with understanding and grace.  She was a constant source of encouragement and reassurance (mostly for me, as my wife was not phased by most things).  To give you an idea of how wonderful she is, when my wife went into labor, there was a point in the middle of the night where contractions intensified and were very close together.  Bonnie came over to our house at my request.  She supported my wife with contractions and even went on a walk with us.  The labor did not progress significantly, and Bonnie ended up returning home around 4 am.  I felt guilty for interrupting her sleep, but Bonnie was nothing but understanding and sweet.  When labor actually progressed and intensified the next day, Bonnie was there offering emotional and physical support to both my wife and me.  My wife endured a log labor with no pain medication, and Bonnie was a constant source of peace and reassurance.  Also, according to my wife, Bonnie’s hands and massages are magical.  When labor complications forced us to deviate from our birth preferences, Bonnie was quick to offer her support and knowledge.  I cannot fully express how thankful I am for Bonnie.  It was so comforting to know that I could step away for a moment and my wife would still be fully supported by someone she knew and trusted.  I probably would have lost it at several points were it not for Bonnie’s support.  On top of all this, Bonnie was absolutely vital to us in the first few weeks of parenthood.  We had so many questions, and given all the conflicting advice on all things baby-related, it was so wonderful having a calm, experienced voice to reassure us in our choices.  As parents and prospective parents, we tend to spend a lot of money and buy a lot of things related to pregnancy and children.  I can say without any reservation that nothing we purchased was more important to us than Bonnie’s services.  She is worth her weight in gold.  We love Bonnie and recommend her without hesitation.  Lord willing we will be “hiring” her again.

I will start by saying that hiring Bonnie was truly one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I recently gave birth to my first baby, a beautiful little girl.  I was very interested in having a natural birth experience in the hospital, and I heard from many that having a doula for this was a must.  Bonnie came highly recommended from 2 personal friends.  She was welcoming, sweet, patient, knowledgeable and professional from our first phone call.  After our initial consult (to decide if we would go further), I asked myself, as great as she seems, will I really be able to completely open up and let go to a stranger on such a pivotal day and moment in my life?  When I will be at my best, worst, dirtiest, happiest, most frustrated, and every other emotion you can imagine?  Well the answer was yes 🙂  For all you expectant moms who have never had a doula, I promise you when the time comes, when you are in the zone, and when you have somebody as sweet, comforting, and reassuring as Bonnie, you sure will.  She gave me words of strength and trust in myself through EVERY contraction.  She NEVER left my side.  Seriously not once.  She made my birth experience one of a kind by helping me feel secure in what I knew in my choices, options, and abilities.  Always there to answer the phone no matter what time of day or night.  We can’t wait for baby number 2 with her!

Bonnie is beyond amazing and she was there from beginning to end.  The woman has the best hands for massage and her sweetness and encouragement was so powerful.  The entire time she reminded me how God created me to do this and how close I was to my blessing, my baby girl.  Bonnie was ext to me so calm, loving me, and giving me support, encouraging me, helping my husband encourage me, and reminding me how God was in control.  She reminded me that I could do this! And I DID!  I had the most amazing peace no man can explain.  My baby girl is healthy and happy and I will not change anything of my birth!  It was beautiful and just the way I wanted and beyond.  I really encourage mommies out there who are reading this do not do this alone.  If you can have a doula like Bonnie by your side.  I highly recommend her!  Just meet with her once and you will understand what I’m saying.

Bonnie was an absolute God send! Without her support I know I never would’ve had the medication free labor that I wanted. She helped me stay strong and helped me remember what I truly wanted in my labor. My husband was weary of hiring a doula at the beginning of our pregnancy and months after the birth of our baby he is still raving about how it was one of the best things we did! Bonnie was so present with me from the moment she arrived at my house until the moment our baby was born and that says a lot considering I labored for 35 hours! She was essential in helping me stay focused and helping me get through each contraction. With her help I had the exact labor experience I wanted and I am so grateful to her. I am so thankful we hired Bonnie and if we have more kids, we will definitely hire her again.

I just wanted to let you know Amber is amazing!! She went out of her way to be attentive and keep in constant contact with me. She seems like she has such a real passion for her job. I’m glad I know who to go to know if the breastfeeding issues continue! I will absolutely recommend her as well.