After doing a bit of research I was introduced to Tanisha and immediately connected with her at our first meeting. Her positive energy, warmth, and knowledge were immediately apparent. She began helping us from the beginning, advising and suggesting what to look for when meeting with an obgyn and her experience with different twin deliveries.
Over the course of the pregnancy I was categorized as ‘high risk’ because of the mono-di twins. I felt I had an open line of communication with Tanisha as a confidant and expert in the field. Over the course of my pregnancy we changed OBs to find a practice that was open to vaginal delivery- Tanisha was available and encouraging through it all offering perspective and experience.
When meeting with Tanisha for prenatal visits we laid out labor preferences and talked through the different scenarios of delivering in a hospital setting. She took the time to explain what I might expect laboring with twins and was supportive of my confidence to deliver safely/vaginally. During these meetings Tanisha offered massage techniques, breathing exercises, and even day to day posture to help ease the discomforts of pregnancy.
After eight hours of labor at home, Tanisha met us in triage and helped get set up in the labor room. Tanisha knew how to communicate with the nurses at Mt.Sinai West and seamlessly integrated herself in to that setting. She helped me breathe and focus through contractions, suggested different positions to labor in, helped me to the bathroom (full disclosure!) Tanisha calmly and knowledgably spoke with my husband and I about introducing Pitocin and an Epidural after eighteen hours of labor with limited dilation. She helped me think through these decisions amidst labor pains.
Once fully dilated, Tanisha was right there during delivery coaching and helping me keep focus on pushing. In such an intimate time it felt like Tanisha was a member of our new family.
The birth of my baby girls was the best day of my life- I attribute much of this to Tanisha's work (and my husband!) during labor. She was a godsend, a total beam of light, a steady hand, a steady voice. I can't say enough positive about Tanisha. If I had another opportunity to work with her in the future I would!