Lezlie, first-time parent, birth doula & postpartum doula client
My partner and I found Beth when seeking queer-informed, trans-masculine-friendly care in Utah. Our vision for our birth was a loving, consensual, empowered and educated experience with a team of caring, respectful birth workers. Having Beth as our doula was crucial to realizing that vision. She was present, active, and incredibly responsive to our needs/inquiries. She’s an amazing networker, and connected us to many care providers and fellow expecting families, which has helped us feel at home in a new place.
Prior to the birth, Beth designed playlists and music for us, and helped us prepare emotionally and physically in so many ways. For the birth, she was solid, flexible and two steps ahead in anticipating every need. Even as Beth is calm and grounded, she was also confident and fierce when the moment called for it! I can’t imagine our birth without her, and cherish the many ways she supported both myself and my partner. Listening to Etta James sing At Last as we held our baby in bed right after birth, watching her lock eyes with my partner and tell him “you can do this!” at the perfect moment, and sipping on juice from a straw she'd brought me while I chestfed our baby for the first time all stick out in my memory.
In the weeks after birth, Beth’s presence as our postpartum doula was also essential: she took care of basic household tasks we couldn’t seem to manage, set up our Rock-and-Play, held our hands, and talked us through the early struggles of newborn parenting. She was our rock throughout. As a queer family, Beth affirmed my partner and I at every turn: with gender neutral language, sensitivity for both birthing/non-gestational parents, refraining from assumptions about who would do what in our relationship, and mirroring our vision of our family. In a birth world thick with gender assumptions that didn’t reflect us, this was invaluable!
Jacoby, first-time parent & music therapy assisted childbirth client
Beth is thoughtful, kind, attentive, trustworthy, and never judgmental. She shows up fully, brings a breadth of experience, and is good at planning for and looking after her own needs. Beth is not invested in any one thing working, yet offers up many options. She does what needs doing. During the birth, she was skilled at receiving my sternness, doubt, spaciness, determination, and glee, and didn’t personalize any of it. She was with me and my partner, moving closer and stepping back with intuition and finesse. She reminded the midwife of our preference to not make a sex announcement at the right moment. She let our friend in who walked the dog without disclosing where we were in our process in the other room. She installed our carseat base just after birth when thinking that way was not available to us at all, yet we would need the carseat available for checkups.
As a transman giving birth in Utah, I knew that I was looking for unicorns to comprise my birth team, and I found one in Beth! Her queerness and trans alliance allowed me to be honest with her and other providers, to cry in front of her, and to really have the birth that we had dreamed of. I could not be more satisfied or grateful. Deep bows, Beth.
Rick, first-time parent & birth doula client
“My spouse and I could not have asked for a better doula. As clients she made us feel important and cared for. She always arrived prepared and brought her extensive knowledge of the birthing community with her. She helped my spouse and I feel comfortable and confident. During early labor and the birthing process Beth demonstrated a remarkable devotion to us. She helped us pause and think through difficult choices that resulted in happy parents and a happy baby. After the birth, Beth checked in with us regularly. If we ever decided to have another child, Beth would be the first person we would call to be part of our support team.”
Lydia, Second-time parent & birth doula client
“Beth was an excellent doula for me and my husband. I knew when I met her that she would be a source of strength for me. Not only was her energy positive and calming but she was fun to have in the moments where I did not think I would be having any fun. She used her hands and her voice beautifully to calm me and that really did help manage my surges and feel confident that my labor was nothing to fear. I’m so glad I hired her and I would recommend her to anyone!”
Melissa, First-Time parent & birth doula client
“I had decided I wanted to explore working with a doula on the recommendation of my best friend who let me know it was the best decision she made for her birth. My partner had always said the decision was up to me and he would support whatever I wanted to do. It was important to me that we both felt comfortable with my choice.
We met Beth Hardy at one of our favorite cafes with our dog one Saturday morning. From our first meeting, I knew Beth was the right choice for us. She answered every question we had without judgement and was just so easy to talk to. Our prenatal visits were helpful in making sure we were all on the same page on the birth day and I felt confident Beth and my partner would be all of the support I needed.
I delivered at LDS hospital in SLC and my experience far exceeded my expectations. Beth met us at the hospital at 4 am and didn't leave until after our beautiful daughter arrived. She did everything I needed without me even realizing I needed it. From fixing my hair, rubbing my back and feeding me crackers after the birth. Little things that I needed and meant more to me than she will ever know. She was there when I received my epidural and even found tape to put up my inspirational quotes and photos I wanted near me on the delivery room wall. She allowed my partner to rest when he needed and provide updates to my mom in the waiting room.
We can't imagine going through another birth without her and couldn't be happier with our experience!!”
Lydia, Second-Time parent & Birth Doula CLient
“I simply don’t think I could have made it through my natural birth at a birth center without my doula - full stop. But also, as a recent birth giver, I can’t imagine being in an emergent, vulnerable situation and having my wits about me enough to be my own advocate to medical staff. I loved talking over my options and choices with Beth and knowing she’d be there to honor and communicate what I wanted.”
Demelza, second-time parent & music therapy assisted childbirth client
“I am so grateful for Beth’s loving touch, encouraging words, peaceful presence and knowledgable self through my labor and the birth of our baby. I couldn’t have asked for a more present doula. Thank you, Beth, from my entire family!”
Aliza, first-time parent & music therapy assisted childbirth client
“We met Beth at a local coffee shop and both my husband and I knew immediately that she was the doula we would want to hire. We had not met any other doula but Beth's calm energy, warm and welcoming vibe put us both at ease and began to open up the world of birth in a way we hadn’t yet explored in our heads (we spoke about everything from birth classes to postpartum support groups in that first meeting). We went home and sent Beth a text within 20 minutes saying we wanted to hire her.
As my pregnancy progressed, Beth would check in often and would offer words of wisdom as well as an ear to listen to. There were times where I felt very emotional and she was incredibly supportive and again so calming. She gave both Joe and I tools to prepare for the day (movements, music, evening routines for relaxation, etc). She was a fantastic resource at every moment. The weekend before my scheduled induction she came over with the most delicious date truffles, which we devoured.
Then came the birth, I labored for 38 hours. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, I went 24 hours naturally before finally caving and getting the epidural. Beth was with us for the entire time and not just physically present, but emotionally with me. There were many times where I looked at my husband, who despite 12 weeks of birth class looked like a deer in headlights most of the birth, and I would turn to Beth and feel both reassured and safe. There were a few scary moments and in those moments Beth would look in my eyes, hold my hands and remind me of my strength. I think of those moments often and I am so grateful I had Beth with me. She was so much more than what I could have expected a doula to be. I have a few pregnant friends and I have adamantly told them they need to hire Beth. I truly don’t know if I could have done it without her.”
JOE, FIRST-TIME parent
“We had our first kid in August of 2018. Before the process began I was vaguely aware of what a doula was, but didn't really understand the point. However, having a doula present was something my wife wanted and this seemed like the time to be supportive, so I went with it. Once we met Beth I warmed to her immediately. She had tons of good info and I never got any kind of judgy vibe from her. Our meetings before the birth all went well and I was glad we had hired her, for my wife's peace of mind if nothing else. Having a doula felt like we were prepared, like we were doing everything we could to be good parents.
When it came time to head to the hospital, Beth met us there immediately. She set about transforming the space from sterile to comfortable and warm. The nurses immediately took to her, which I took as a good sign. So far so good. Then the fun part ended and Beth went into beast mode. We had a 36 hour marathon of pain and sleeplessness and I don't know what I would have done without our doula. She kept us fed, grounded and sane. She was the liaison between us and the hospital staff so I never had to feel like I was bugging anybody. She was amazing.
There was one moment in particular, where they were putting a large needle in my wife's back during a particularly painful contraction. Beth took my wife’s head in her hands and maintained eye contact at a time when I had absolutely no idea what to do. That 30 seconds alone would have been worth any price she asked. I'd recommend Beth to anybody asking. I really don't know how you would do it without her.”
REBECCA, FIRST-TIME parent & MUSIC THERAPY ASSISTED CHILDBIRTH CLIENT
"From our initial prenatal visits to our labor and delivery experience and postpartum visit, Beth Hardy was an irreplaceable resource to enable a confident and ecstatic birth. In addition to her fountain of birthing knowledge, Beth also has unique gifts with the music, touch/massage, and creation of space that she brought to our labor and delivery. She showed up for us within 30 minutes of calling her in the middle of the night with early labor onset and tirelessly endured the next 24 hours of our labor process, providing intuitive, hands-on support to shepherd us through the hours prior to delivery and thereafter. She was an awesome resource for grounded discussion during moments of decision making for various interventions and served as an advocate with hospital staff to assure optimal communication.
Where our preconceived ideas of "the ideal birth experience" and interventions involved had to shift given the unique circumstances of our delivery (as they likely do with most), my husband and I emerged from our son's birth feeling that we had still been gifted the most ecstatic birthing experience and most joyous day of our lives we could imagine. Beth was fundamental to this in the affirmation, wisdom, calm, and support that she brought to the whole process. She was our grounded and loving guide through a most charged liminal space, assuring a confident and euphoric emergence into our new life as parents. We would recommend her beyond measure."
Maria, First-Time parent & birth doula client
"Beth was a dream to work with. She was encouraging, supportive, and completely accepting of meeting us where we were at. She supported our wishes and our birth plan completely. I felt safe opening up and sharing my fears and concerns with her in our pre-birth appointments so she would know what might be concerning me during labor.
The day our baby was born, I was home in early labor all day. Beth arrived at about 2:30pm to check in on me, and shortly before she got there, things picked up really fast. She did a great job of calming me down and helping me find a labor position that was comfortable for me. Our baby was born less than three hours after we got to the hospital, so I really appreciated her calm, supportive presence at our house before we got to the hospital. If it had been just my husband and I, I think we both might have been nervous wrecks! Beth gave us a calm presence to focus on. I would definitely recommend her as a doula."
Andrea, second-time parent & music therapy assisted childbirth client
“Beth worked with us for my second child’s birth. She was with us before, during, and after the birth, and it was a wonderful experience! Beth was very sensitive to our needs and she was available to us at short notice; we just texted her the minute we were going to the hospital. She arrived promptly and she set up the room with candles and very nice music. Being a music therapist, Beth knew what to look for when she was selecting the music and at no point did I feel like it was too much, too distracting or anxiety provoking. She was also very sensitive and aware of what we needed, both as individuals and as a couple. She wasn’t intrusive (which is something that I was scared about when I decided to have a doula). She was open and I felt like I could ask her for anything; she was comforting, her presence made me, my husband and the staff very calm; it was nice to have this relaxing atmosphere. It helped us to slow down and enjoy the birth of our baby. Beth asked us what we wanted, she helped out, brought food for us, but she wasn’t pushy asking us too much stuff. She chatted when she felt like I needed conversation and company, and she stepped back when she noticed I was tired.
After our baby was born Beth came for a postpartum visit and she re-told what she had done, what music she had played, and she asked me questions to help me process what I had lived. I loved this part of her service! It was almost a second chance to be in the room, but with hindsight. It was wonderful to remember so vividly while holding my brand new baby. Beth was a wonderful part of our little birthing team and I loved my experience with her.”
Jennifer, first-time parent & birth doula client
"Having Beth as our doula was truly the most special experience. She truly new how to comfort me and my husband. I loved the prenatal visits, where she met with us to discus our birth plan and showed us relaxation practices. I had a long 22 hour crazy labor, where nothing went as planned. She was super helpful to reassure me and make me feel strong when I was weak. It was a magical experience, one I'll treasure forever. Having a doula is a must! Thanks Beth!"
dave, second-time parent
"Not knowing what to expect and being a little nervous having another person in the room, I was pleasantly surprised by how helpful Beth was and how appreciative we both were to have her there. We would definitely do it again!"
Chance, first-time parent & postpartum doula client
"I have known Beth professionally as a music therapist, personally as a friend, and also as a postpartum doula. She is a very warm and caring person who is very passionate about doula work. She was not at my birth, but helped me in the first 6 weeks after having my baby. She arrived on time for each visit and helped me with anything that I needed. She listened when I needed a supportive ear, which was a lot because those early weeks were very hard on me. She held my baby while I took a nap and whenever I came out from napping my baby was peacefully asleep in her arms. She helped fold clothes and cloth diapers which she is very good at, I might add! She brought snacks and helped prep some food items for dinner. Her presence is so calming and grounding for the whole family. She really is an amazing doula. I cannot say enough wonderful things about her. If you choose Beth, you will be so glad you did!"
Ellie, first-time parent & postpartum doula client
"Working with Beth in the early days postpartum really helped me to feel more relaxed. Everything was more manageable."
Sam, first-time parent & sound birthing consultation client
"We had a great experience working with Beth. It was very important for us to incorporate music into our pre-natal process and birth experience, and Beth helped us do just that. One of our favorite experiences was, in the span of no more than five minutes, writing a womb song with Beth's assistance. We sang this song to our son almost every night, and often did so after he was born.
Beth's work with us on the Sound Birthing playlists (and super helpful suggestion to buy a particular portable speaker) was invaluable during labor. She also helped us make a custom playlist of songs that are meaningful to us. As the birth partner, it was so helpful to have music going at pretty much all times, and I really felt myself getting lost (in a good way!) in the exploratory classical music. It made the difficult parts of labor go by so quickly, and it solidifed my feeling of having an important role in the birth process.
Perhaps most importantly, I am convinced that one of the playlists saved us from having a cesarean section. We were brought into the OR for a vacuum extraction, or in the alternative, a C-section. The hospital allowed me to bring our speaker into the OR and I have no doubt that the Native American flute playlist was what was able to get my wife Genevieve to relax, push with all her soul, and open herself up, which lead to our son coming out with the first pull. It was also nice that these peaceful tunes were the first music our son heard after exiting the womb. Thank you Beth for all of your work. I strongly recommend her services!"
Danielle, second-time parent & sound birthing consultation client
"Once our little guy was born, my sister turned on Beth's postpartum playlist. It made for such a special moment with our three-year-old girl there, and other family and friends. One song in particular always makes my eyes well up when I hear it. We love listening to the songs even now; it reminds us of that special day. The sweetest part is whenever my daughter hears the song, she perks up and says, "is this brother's birth?" She remembers. It's the sweetest! Thanks Beth, for sharing your music with our family."
Lyndi, first-time parent & womb song client
“The Womb Song you created for us is absolutely incredible! I can’t wait to have you come back to create one for baby #2 someday!”
Erin, first-time parent & womb song client
"Beth was wonderful to work with. She took the time to get to know us and our feelings about the new little one we would soon bring into our lives. It was an amazing experience to hear those feelings and thoughts reflected back to us in a lullaby. Despite having heard the lullaby many, many times, I still find myself feeling overjoyed at the way she was able to so perfectly capture the things we wanted to say to our baby. The creation of an original lullaby has been a great experience, and is one I would recommend to others."
lauren, first-time parent & womb song client
"We've recently started to set a regular nightly routine with our daughter Nora, which includes singing her womb song. Her face lights up every time!...I love sending her off to sleep with the words of that song and her beautiful smile...Thank you again for putting together our thoughts and feelings in a way we can share them with her every night!"
Wendy, doula & drum circle participant
"I recently attended a drum circle lead by the lovely and powerful Beth Hardy. She instantly and expertly began leading the group in cooperative beats that bound us together and bound us all to her. We would have done anything for her. After each guided set, she’d bring our awareness to ourselves and our connection with the group. The circle validated a lot that I feel about myself as a person. I have rarely felt so genuinely connected to a group of humans. And through it all, Beth stood guiding us and giving us courage. It was a transformative and healing experience."
"Beth is one of the most intuitive doulas I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Her knowledge in the birth community as well as her experience in music therapy is phenomenal. Any mother looking into having an attendant who is aware of a mother's needs should consider Beth. She is calm and can create calm for any family in any situation! Her music is beautiful and full of emotion. I can't imagine a better birth companion for a couple in their birthing time."