My name is Ksenia and I had my baby in October 2013. I always wanted to do a natural birth so it was only logical to recruit support from doula. We interviewed a few candidates and we were so impressed with Jennifer that it was a no-brainer for us to choose her. One advise that I got when it comes down to hiring doula is that her personality is #1 thing to consider - you really have to click since giving birth is a very intimate experience. Jennifer has an amazing personality; she has this positive energy radiating from her and my husband and I immediately felt at ease and relaxed. She was my awesome cheerleader though the entire birth experience.
The other thing that really impressed us is that she showed up to the interview very prepared, collected and organized (which was a huge bonus in my eyes since I am very particular about having a plan and keeping things organized). She helped us with writing our birth plan and provided a lot of useful information about natural birthing.
Unfortunately, our birth plan did not work out and I ended up with a c-sec but I swear I would not make it as far as I made in natural unmedicated birthing without her. I lasted 10 hours (!!!) with strong contractions 1-2 minutes apart. This is NOT a normal scenario but I am saying this so you can have an idea of how the amazing support she is.
Even when the decision was made to perform a c-section, she was with me all the way, holding my hand, comforting me when my husband went with the baby. I could not see my baby for 30 minutes due to breathing problems - they were the longest 30 minutes of my life and I was incredibly grateful that I had Jennifer by my side during that time.
I absolutely recommend Jennifer if you are considering hiring her as your doula.