We did not use One Moon in the usual way, i imagine. I called them after my wife was readmitted to the hospital with complications 2 weeks after giving birth to our twins. We had family with the babies during the day, but my wife was fighting for her life and did not want to be away from me in the hospital, so I needed someone I could trust to watch them at night.
Kathryn found someone for me immediately. [Our doula] was exactly the person you want in a situation like ours. She was calming, comforting, and extremely nurturing to our girls. She asked me exactly what I wanted done, which was reassuring when we were leaving our babies at a stage where we never expected to be parted from them at all. The doula came to our house for the nights we were in the hospital, as well as a few nights afterward to help us transition to life at home.
We would not have survived what was truly a nightmare without their help. Kathryn was so supportive and understanding when we first spoke on the phone, and it comforted me that she listened to the entire saga, provided some sage advice, and then informed me that she thoroughly vets all of her doulas, so it was okay that we weren’t going to have the luxury of interviewing and meeting with them beforehand.
In the future, if we have the sleep issues I imagine that are part and parcel of infant twin parenting, I will definitely be in touch with Kathryn. I am so grateful that One Moon exists, and, as my mom put it, they helped us and our babies not only survive our ordeal, but find a way to thrive afterward.