Jennifer was both our Birth Boot Camp instructor and our doula. She was amazing in helping us prepare for a VBAC. My husband and I knew we could count on her working with us towards our goal. She had recommendations as I needed them for chiropractors and others. Jennifer always had time to answer calls and help me feel prepared for the VBAC. Once labor started with an induction, she was ready to come to the hospital when we needed her. She was with us for most of the induction and she stayed until everything had calmed down. Jennifer has also worked with us to process the birth experience after our baby was born. I could not recommend her enough!
Jen is not only extremely knowledgeable and experienced with the process of pregnancy and labor but she is also super relatable, humorous when appropriate and has a very centered and calming presence. So, naturally she was our first choice once we decided that we'd like to add a Doula to our birthing team. I am SO glad that we did!
My husband and I decided to change how we were going to experience pregnancy and childbirth with our second child. I had met Jennifer though other mom events and when I found out she was a doula, I decided to look into what a doula does. After our interview, we decided that Jen was the one for us. I felt a connection with her from the beginning and my husband felt comfortable around her.
I loved that she was willing to answer as many questions as I could think to ask her. She provided us with helpful information and resources. She helped me look at my options and talk alternatives when I wasn't sure of certain procedures and policies mentioned. She taught me alternative birth positions and positions to help with pain. She also gave my husband insight on ways that he could be a huge support during delivery. She made us feel comfortable and confident in ourselves.
When the time came, Jen helped guide myself and my husband through each contraction. With both hers and my husband’s support, I could focus on breathing through and trusting my body. I was extremely happy with every moment of Jen being my doula and I would recommend her to any expectant mother.
We also hired Jennifer for her placenta services and I am loving the capsules! I have noticed I have the energy to get through the day, in fact, I cut back the number I took because they were giving me a little too much energy. I feel like my hormones are in better control and I am very satisfied.
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.
Not only did Jennifer provide excellent support before our birth, she also helped me to realize I had a say in what I wanted during my birth and for my baby. She is very knowledgeable and informed about the practices that hospitals use and what the benefits and risks are. We had much resistance from the hospital about how we wanted our journey to unfold, but I felt better being informed. She was always attentive and very quick with information I asked for, hypnobirthing resources, and meeting my needs during labor. After birth she has been and still is there to answer all my questions regarding breastfeeding. I would highly recommend her to other women.
My name is Maia, and I will start off by saying Jenn was totally and completely invaluable in my birthing experience! At 4 in the morning I woke up with what I thought was a stomachache, and within a few hours I was timing as contractions. When they became regular and close together, we called her and she drove over. By about noon things had seemed to stall out, but we took the break as a time to practice some counter pressure and other things that became very useful later! After awhile she went home to let us rest. At about midnight the night, things were back in full swing and she met us at the hospital. He still wasn’t born until almost 1 in the afternoon! I was totally exhausted, but she kept my spirits up with encouragement, and reminded me constantly to focus on my breathing, use "low tones", and almost had to make me move around, which really did help! She did a LOT of counter pressure, and massage, without which I don't think I could have had the completely natural birth that I did.
When he FINALLY was born, she helped me with breastfeeding for the first time, and stayed for a few hours until I was ready for her to leave. She came to meet him a week later, and calls me to see how we are all doing. If/when I have another child she will be the FIRST person I call, so she can be my doula again!
She loves what she does, and it shows! 5 stars, Jenn!
My name is Donna Myers and I went into labor November 9th 2010 around 5:30 in the morning. I called Jennifer for support around 9 am, and before I knew it she was at my house by my side. The majority of my labor took place at my house until around 5 or 6 pm. Jennifer kept me concentrated on my breathing during contractions and I will never forget the verbal encouragement she provided. I kept those words in mind as the night wore on. I promised to myself that I would have an all natural birth and her caring words and attention to detail supported that journey. Doula support was invaluable for me to have the unmedicated labor I desired.
I can’t thank her enough for her complete dedication to me on my very special day. Thank You Jennifer.