For doula services:
“We are now certain that the support of a doula is invaluable. We both benefitted from the services and felt like we had a guardian angel present at the birth of our own angel.”
“Thank you for helping us bring our son into the world so masterfully. It was exactly the birth experience that I had envisioned and hoped for when we first spoke to you about serving as our doula. You are truly gifted and we will be forever grateful that you chose to share your gift with us.”
For doula trainings:
"Ann is a fantastic presenter. She is knowledgeable and fun. She used skits, props, and instructional videos and music to make the training fun and memorable. The hands-on approach really helped me feel confident and try new positions and comfort measures in a safe environment."
“Your teaching was creative and showed a maturity that only an expert in the field could have. I loved the energy you created for our doula group.”
“Ann does an excellent job training ladies to be doulas. She has passion for helping women whether it is in labor or in training to help others in labor. She is kind, compassionate, and caring. I felt privileged to learn from all her knowledge.”
“As a former Montessori teacher, I have never attended a workshop with such a wonderful range and variety of teaching techniques. Ann did a fabulous job.”
For childbirth education trainings:
"Last night I taught my first "solo" Lamaze class. It's the first of a 6-week series. I have 12 couples in the class! Talk about Endorphins!! I walked out there on cloud nine. It was the best feeling in the world. It reminded me of the first birth I attended as a doula and how great it felt. I kept hearing your voice echoing in my head "get them involved" "get them out of their seats" "High Energy" and "don’t forget your artichokes!!" I already got an email from one of the couples saying that after just one class they already feel more confident and reassured and they want to sign up for the doula program at my hospital. I did the “I like, I wish, I hope” evaluation at the end of class and I got the best feedback. I walked out of my first class so inspired and happy and I really do owe it all to you. Your teaching and guidance was so inspirational and motivating. I felt totally prepared walking in last night. I am excited to take the test in April and become a LCCE. I know now more than ever that I am one lucky woman to have had you train me for both my doula and my Lamaze work. Thank you sooo much Ann, you are an incredible mentor and I am very grateful. I will let you know how the rest of my series goes. "
“As a ‘non-nurse’ childbirth educator, I particularly appreciated Ann Tumblin’s ability to use non-technical language which often brought me additional clarity. Since I shall be teaching privately and must furnish my own teaching aids, her generosity in sharing her amazing array of self-created learning tools and games was so important.”
“I enjoyed your educator’s day so much. I wrote down many ideas I want to use. Please plan to conduct one of these days at least annually.”
"Ann is an outstanding instructor whose teaching skills are highly developed. She role models characteristics of excellence in teaching. She delivers very clear presentations. A real credit to Lamaze and DONA."
Testimonials from childbirth class participants:
From a dad: "Wish all the pregnancy 'to-dos' were this engaging."
"Appreciated the balanced class with focus on evidence based information."
"Enjoyed all the variety of hands-on learning activities."
"I think the most important thing I left your class with was the confidence in my body and my ability to give birth without pain relief or intervention. I am still marveling at how my body “knew” what to do. My body set the pace and we all followed. I felt so much more powerful and in control than with the first birth, and I think it is because I let my body do what it needed to do without masking the experience with pain relief. Thank you for stressing that aspect of labor in your class. I definitely remembered those words when I needed them."
"Ann is a truly outstanding instructor. She made the classes interesting with a variety of props, interactive lessons, multimedia, and humor. She took an interest in her students’ pregnancies. She makes it clear when she is giving facts vs. opinions. Most importantly, she gave us a different perspective by enlightening us to our options for our birth, and encouraged us to question (rather than blindly accepting whatever we were told) and to stand up for our rights to make our birth what we wanted."