|"Treesa was critical to my process of becoming a twin mom, it took the support of 4 midwifes to bring them into the world. Treesa was the midwife who provided the part of my care that was for me. The first time I truly heard my baby's heart beat was with her. She held them with wonder and light. I had a lot of care during my pregnancy but one of the reasons I could be in love with my babies was Treesa. She helped grow me in to a loving happy multiple momma. She held that it was possible when a lot of people had fear. You can find any health care practitioner to check your pee, listen to your baby's heart rate and measure your belly, finding someone to support you in becoming a Happy mommy and even bigger health family is hard to come by. Treesa can do this. She did for me."
— New Mom
|"I remember feeling like everything was spiraling so far beyond my grasp, and the terror that came with that. I remember saying to Treesa 'I think I’m having a panic attack' during one of the worst contractions, Treesa placing a finger on my forehead and instructing me to open my eyes, look at her, and breath. I did, and it worked."
— Sara (Read Hank's entire Birth Story)
|"If you are thinking about hiring a midwife or doula, stop thinking about it and DO IT! If you have the opportunity to work with Treesa McLean then you are lucky indeed. No matter what you envision for your labor and postpartum experience, the only thing that you can be sure of is that something about it will surprise you.
When that happens, Treesa is there to help. Her vast experience will be there for you to help you make decisions that would be overwhelming to deal with on your own. We were fortunate to have the natural childbirth that we had hoped for with Treesa at our side. However, when our baby was breech at 36 weeks and medical intervention was necessary to avoid a c-section, Treesa was our guide and supporter there as well. A week has gone by in a blur since our daughter was born, but our gratitude for Treesa's help will last forever."
— Eliana, Josh and Talia
|"I went into early labor around 11am. I was able to go about my day as usual with only period-like cramp until about 2:00am the next day. That's when we called Chandra, our doula. I spent a lot of time in the shower in between vomiting and moaning. We called Treesa around 5am and headed over to the birth center. All I wanted to do was get in the tub. It seemed like it took forever for the tub to feel up and i was finally able to get in. When I finally did get in, there was immedate relief. It felt soooo good there are no words to describe it. I still felt the contractions but the warm water reduced the pain by at least half if not more. I labored in the tub for awhile then Treesa made me get out for some reason. The whole time i was out i was thinking about getting back in. I tried walking around and laying in the bed but nothing was like that tub. When i felt like i needed to push i was allowed back in. I don't remember a lot of the details but i do remember sleeping in between contractions and having some very vivid dreams. At one point I told my partner I hated his t-shirts as a another contraction started waking me up. After 24 hours of labor and 1 hour and 43 minutes of pushing our son was born in the tub at 8 pounds 3 ounces and 21 inches long. After about 4 hours we were all able to go home and rest.
The whole experience, from the moment we started to see Treesa at around 10 weeks pregnant to the last post natal visit, was a great experience. We still keep in contact with Treesa and are looking forward to doing it all over again in 4 or 5 years, even though i told everyone I would never do it again. I would highly recommend a birth outside of a hospital with Treesa. I wouldn't do it any other way."
|"I feel so blessed to have met Tree. My experience with her has been incredible. She easily established rapport with me and my family. She was just an excellent fit for us. We share many of the same views about natural home labor and birth. Having had five uncomplicated hospital births, I was so excited about having my sixth baby at home with Tree by my side, guiding me, teaching me, calming me, directing me, caring for me. Twelve days overdue and finally in labor, we were finally about to realize my long time dream of a home water birth. Everything was prepared. But, at the last minute, Tree determined that my condition was unstable enough that we needed to head to the hospital. The shock and heartbreak set in immediately. I protested. I sobbed. I begged and pleaded with her to let me stay home. She remained steadfast in her professional opinion that we should go. She stayed by my side, comforting and empathizing with me. She allowed me to tantrum until I could come to terms with the fact that I was not going to have my baby at home.
At the hospital, Tree continued to be fully focused on me. She communicated effectively and sensitively with the hospital staff and my family, advocating for me. It was in the throws of transitional labor that I realized just how much I depended on her. Having lost my mother a year and a half ago, I found myself relying on Tree to temporarily fill that important role in my life at that time. There were times when the pain and anxiety were so intense that I needed only her touch and voice to ease me through it. At one point, I remember reaching beyond my husband for her hand and pulling her close. Ignoring all hospital staff (and the chaos they brought in with them), I sought Tree's advice and direction. Despite previous concerns, there were no further complications and baby was born healthy.
My post partum care with Tree was a combination of physical and emotional care. Although she was there to ensure my physical recovery was going well, she also provided the support that I needed as I grieved for the home birth that I did not get. She assisted me through the entire recovery process by thoughtfully listening and offering validating words to me. She has made an indelible mark on me. Her name is a household word. I absolutely adore Tree and I recommend her services to any woman who is considering a midwife. I have trusted her with my life and she protected me, even when I fought her on it. Her experience is extensive and her priorities are straight. She has earned my respect and a place in my heart."
— Shirley Akua...Ohana...Aloha...Imua
|Being this was my fourth time giving birth I knew enough to know that I don't know everything. I was more nervous this time around than any of my previous labours. Mainly because this is our first homebirth even though our outlook, approach and philosophy about birth has progressively gotten more relaxed and open minded. We have had a hospital birth with a doc, hospital with a midwife, birth Center with midwife...and now a homebirth. So for us, it felt like a huge leap into the unknown...like first time parents. So finding Treesa was nothing short of synchronicity and serendipity combined. We had moved to the area from Hawaii..at 36 weeks pregnant and had very little time to find the "right " match in a midwife. but Treesa instantly put my jumpy heart at easy and calmed the butterflies in my stomach about this huge decision to have our fourth baby at home. Right away I felt cared for and most important heard. All of my questions were answered and doubts squashed. I left every encounter with Treesa knowing and telling myself.." I can do this. Everything will be beautiful." Being a homeschooling family everything is a lesson and having a baby is no exception. Each of our older children has participated and watched the latter being born. My 3 year old was the midwife apprentice at each visit. So this time around everyone felt completed invested and a part of our new addition's journey to us. Even my very logical, pragmatic military husband ,who had doubts about my safety and the baby's well being, came to completely trust Treesa and the process. So by the time my due date came around we were all ready.
But, as my due date came and went, I got a bit anxious but once again Treesa had an intuition and knowing about Teagan and when he will arrive. I had a few starts that did not pan out to the really deal. But a week after due date , we helped nudge the process along. Treesa came that afternoon and sat with me as contractions began and continued to get stronger. She was in our very intimate space , but at the same time you wouldn't know she was there. She let me be...and that was a show of how much she trusts in your ability and hers. She checked on me often and I was almost ready to call it a day when I laid down and felt my tell tale sign that things are happening. She saw the look on my face and knew as well. The team had already arrived an hour or two earlier and my husband had just come in from class...so once again synchronicity at work. Once we knew labor was imminent, every one snapped into action. My home felt like a beehive...the gentle buzzing of activity around me , but at the same time very calm and relaxing. I asked for the lights to be out and to just be alone until I felt I needed help. And once again I was heard...and just like that everyone left and sat in the my son's room across the hall..close enough but far enough to give me the privacy and intimacy I needed. As I sat in the dark...in the warmth of the birth tub listening to my "birth music" ..I felt good..I felt ready for whatever came my way because I was wise enough to know each labor is different and you never know how things will progress.
Things moved along at a nice pace, but the tub was too relaxing , so I got out to get things really moving. And sure enough as soon as I got up I felt all that the water had muffled. I felt every contractions. I was asked to try to walk, but I couldn't even stand without shaking from the contractions..so I stood. I got on the birthball and stood some more. The pressure was so great that I had to just sit and rock myself from side to side. All the while Treesa, my doula and the second midwife are right there with me...by my side telling me I am doing great. Then, the inevitable happened...I started vomiting...the one thing I was so afraid of because it makes labor so much worse for me. However, every time I took the homeopathic medicine for nausea, it would stop the nausea, but also the contraction..so we had to do without it. But lucky, I had one or two episodes...everyone helped me get changed and clean and we were right back at it. For me nausea means transition..so the contractions were really intense. But my hand was held through it all....my back was rubbed and I was told that I am getting closer to the moment I have been waiting for. So, I kept that in mind thru each contraction, " You are moving closer to meeting your baby." with that on repeat in my head..it made me go with the contractions instead of tensing up and going the other way. At this time I wanted and need to get back into the tub...things are just too intense. I was checked and I was about 6 cm dilated. I got back in the tub and really laboured. I had to rock and sway in the water to get me thru. I was checked and things had definitely progressed. I wanted to moan...so I did. I felt like a mother bear in a deep low growl. And i was given the space and acceptance to do whatever i had to. I wanted to scream and I did. I wanted to push, but I just bore down..then I could feel my bag of water still intact..outside of me swaying with me like I had a tail. It was the weirdest and coolest feeling ever. I was checked again and I was ready. So I was assisted out of the tub. The lights clicked on and we got ready. I was allowed to push when I felt ready. I was able to listen to my body while Treesa listened to me. In that moment, I felt so encouraged, strong and supported. Since my son never descended and was very high up I had to push him down..plus I still had a bit of a cervical lip left that Treesa had to hold...not fun at all. But Treesa listened to me, told me what she had to do and why and what I had to do. I pushed, she held the lip and my son slid by Treesa's hand on his descent out.
It makes you marvel at how miraculous the body and birth process is. One more good push and enter Teagan into our world. He was still attached to me , cord pulsing as I immediately grabbed him and nursed him. How amazing! The midwives gave me a minute before we delivered the placenta. Then, I was taken care of, cleaned up and put to bed with my little one with my onlooking older children close by. My husband was wonderful thru it all.and the midwives and doula hugged me, congratulated me, nurtured me and stayed with me until we were good and settled into nursing and sleep. Isn't that how every birth should be?
|"All four of my grandchildren (so far) had Tree as their attendant at their births. The experience for me was one of relief and awe in knowing someone with great skill, knowledge, compassion, caring and control would be 100% present for my child, their partner, the baby, and our family. I could be a helping Mom if that was needed and wanted, but I could also enjoy the miracle of the birth of a grand chid without being depended upon to make everything okay."
— Gail R
|“Because of all you taught us, the process of my labor and the decisions we were required to make were much easier for us…at every stage, your education process and healthy encouraging attitude made our tasks manageable.”
— tired new mom
|"As my labor support doula, Treesa was with me during two of the most important and intense days of my life. She was a constant source of comfort and support, and she empowered me to fully experience labor by reminding me to use coping and centering strategies. She included my husband as an integral part of these strategies, and she helped us navigate the medical bureaucracy of the hospital.
During my first labor and delivery, she served as an invaluable guide through a difficult labor that ended in an emergency C-section. I know that we did everything we could to avoid that outcome and, ultimately, that it was the right one for me and my son. When breastfeeding was difficult for me due to low supply and a poor latch, she gave creative solutions that avoided formula until we eventually were successful. For my second birth, I very much wanted a VBAC, and she was incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. Her coaching helped me experience a natural, unmedicated vaginal delivery.
I am thrilled with the service she has provided me and my family, and I highly recommend her as a doula. If you think you don't need a doula or your partner is concerned about losing his/her place as your labor coach, I encourage you to meet with Treesa and understand her approach and ability to assist you on the amazing journey of labor, delivery, and new parenthood!"
|"Treesa is an excellent doula. She has a deep and compassionate understanding of the birthing process, recognizing that there are many perspectives involved. I attribute a lot of our success with a VBAC to her expertise. She helped us overcome mental obstacles during the pregnancy, took a keen interest in our special needs with gestational diabetes, and used her midwifery knowledge and years of doula experience in all the right ways during labor and delivery. In fact, I don't know if our VBAC would have been successful without her."