"I'd recommend Dakota to anyone. She was our obvious first choice and was so supportive and empowering during the whole process. She put my and my partner's connection first which was so important to us and empowered me to follow my intuition. We got to talk about our hopes and fears with her before the birth. She heard all of them and never told us what we should do but guided us to find what felt right for us. We started at a birth center but after 30 hours of labor I needed an epidural. Dakota helped the midwives get what was going on for me as well as helping us navigate the transition to a hospital . I felt incredibly safe, loved and supported and know Dakota will be in my life for a long time. She helped make my birth so beautiful and sacred and helped me heal fears." ~Rachel
"Dakota was such an amazing presence before and during the birth of my first child. She took the time to connect with us and answer our (many) questions while we tried to understand our journey ahead of us. She walked us through the decisions that needed to be made as we developed our birth preferences. During my rather long labor, she was steady and loving, giving me strength and assurance to listen in to intuition. With just a look she had the ability to cut through the fear and overwhelm that arose when things didn’t go as planned. Being a first time mom, she helped me feel through my options and reminded me to surrender to the mystery of birth. She continually held sacred space for us as we (finally!) welcomed our beautiful baby boy into the world." ~Lexy
"Words will never be able to express my gratitude for finding and working with Dakota. While she brings a very professional and organized platform to her business, she is very deeply connected to the sacred ways of pregnancy and offers her clients some of the most incredible physical, emotional, and spiritual support I’ve ever wished for. Her knowledge and beautiful offerings inspired us to hire her on as a postpartum doula as well, a tradition fairly lost in our culture but none-the-less imperative to the journey. She is a true gift and I pray everyone is so blessed to have her guidance and support on the magical trek of the maternity rites of passage." ~Jesi
"I cannot express my gratitude for Dakota enough. She is an amazing human and a gifted practitioner. Her commitment and professionalism is stellar, and we are blessed to consider her a member of our family." ~Angela
"Dakota is a woman of powerful intuitions and an enormous heart. Her ability to hold space for mothers, partners, and babies is invaluable prenatally, at birth, and in the postpartum time. Her sharp mind, gentle sense of humor, and humble presence brought grace and lightness to our midwifery practice, even in the most trying of times. As a midwife, I can say that the families who walk through the profound process of birth with Dakota have been given an incredible blessing!"
~Karen Lencke, CPM (Certified Professional Midwife), LM (Licensed Midwife)
"Dakota is nothing short of incredible. The way she is able to facilitate ceremony and hold sacred space is truly profound. She hosted a Wedding Ceremony for me and some of my closest friends as part of my bachelorette "party" weekend and it was one of the most important things I did to prepare me for that transition in my life. Being surrounded by Dakota and my friends, I felt so nourished, so seen, so held, so loved, so ready to step into my new role as partner and wife. Dakota was also so kind and gentle with my friends who were new to and unfamiliar with this sort of ceremonial/ritual space, helping them to feel comfortable and to be able to participate in their own unique way. I could not have imagined a more wonderful way to spend my time that weekend. Thank you, Dakota, from the bottom of my heart!!" ~Amanda
"Dakota went above and beyond to make sure we felt comfortable with the whole placenta encapsulating process. Her compassion and knowledge come through as she explains everything step-by-step. She came highly recommended and we second it -- we had a meaningful, easy experience with her and would recommend her to any of our friends!" ~Kelsey
"Dakota is such a beautiful spirit and a great doula and birth keeper!!"
~Madison Cheshire, CPM, LM, LMT
"Dakota is an amazing doula! Her presence during my pregnancy and the birth of our daughter was a tremendous help. Dakota was helpful in educating us in what to expect in the weeks leading up to labor, the childbirth process itself, and what to expect postpartum. She was very professional and nurturing through the entire process. Throughout our transfer from the birth center to the hospital, she was invaluable to both me and my husband. During the most hectic times she was calm, grounding and the consistent support we needed. Dakota was quick to ask questions and make suggestions that were in my best interest. She was by my side the entire time, gave me positive energy and reassurance to succeed in my desire for an unmedicated birth. Her passion for her profession helped me not only deliver a happy healthy baby, but helped facilitate an empowering and sacred birth experience for me as a new mama." ~Alycia
"Gratitude to Dakota Hindman for preparing an exquisite blend of herbs & holding sacred space during my nourishing and potent yoni (vagina) steam yesterday! An offering of the heart to all wombyn. Thank you for your care and intention, Dakota. So much love and appreciation for this soul-calling and divine service. If you are desiring to be held in sweet purification of your womb...I highly recommend this beautiful goddess! Also deep bows to The Mother's Center for creating a beautiful sanctuary in the mountains!" ~Adara
"Dakota is the best! If you're considering hiring a doula, definitely check out her incredible offerings at Matrescence Doula Services. She is a ceremonialist and wise, wise young woman carrying so much deep medicine... She held my sealing ceremony in the most profound and sacred way...wow! If you're pregnant, you should just check her out! I have known her since she was a teenager and she has been diligently studying her craft since then!
She is a true gift to our community!" ~Tal Liza
Dakota is a true gem! My husband and I recently had our first baby and cannot begin to express how wonderful it was to have Dakota’s help. She is kind, knowledgeable, and very intuitive. During labor she knew just what I needed and I didn’t even have to say a word. I honestly don’t know what we would have done without her. Our appointments during pregnancy and postpartum helped us feel prepared and not alone and the placenta print she made for us is so beautiful! I cannot recommend her enough. We of course have already requested her services for our next little one down the road! ….thank you again Dakota! We love you! ~Lacey
"I want to start by saying that whatever I write here will not be able to capture all of the nuance of what we feel about our experience with Dakota. To put it simply, she is absolutely phenomenal. Dakota is first and foremost an incredibly kind, warm, and thoughtful human. My partner and I felt heard and seen from our very first interaction, and each one since. Working with her was incredibly easy in the straightforward and organized way she conducts her business, but more importantly she really took the time to get to know my partner and I as people and our preferences to make our experience with bringing a human into this world align most with our values. Dakota made us feel empowered and informed throughout each step, and answered each question with compassion and clarity. Ultimately, like all birthing experiences, our story came with some majorly unexpected chapters-and with an incredibly quick precipitous birth I had our baby girl in the back of our car on the way to the birth center! Interestingly, we had a conversation about this wildly unique potentiality during one of our prenatal visits with Dakota, and her words that night helped me to remain calm during the birth. All was well and I felt very empowered by this experience. Dakota was right behind us on the road and met us at the birth center shortly after we arrived. I can never describe how held and cared for we both felt as new parents with Dakota by our sides. She anticipated every need we had and advocated for us, along with snapping some of the most beautiful photos of our new family in those first moments. She held such a sacred and precious space for us to process and enjoy our new little life-the welcome song she sang to our baby was a moment we will cherish forever! I don't know what the future holds for our family, but I do know that if we have another child, Dakota will be by our sides as our birthkeeper for that journey. If you are considering a doula (which you absolutely should), you will be SO happy with your choice to go with Dakota--we sure are!" ~Summer