“Jen was absolutely incredible before, during and after my wife’s labor. We met 2 or 3 times prior to get acquainted and we immediately fell in love with her personality. She was extremely down to earth, knowledgeable in a wide array of baby/labor topics and genuinely interested in ensuring the labor went according to our plan. Of course there are no guarantees with how the outcome will be, but she was very much involved when she needed to be and knew when to take a step back to allow my wife and I the time and space when we needed it. We interviewed several doulas before making our decision, but it wasn’t very difficult, since we had a strong connection with Jen from the start. In short, she’s fantastic and I would highly recommend her!” Javier O.
Jen was amazing and I would not have another baby without her support! She was more than my advocate; she was my personal attendant, massage therapist, cheerleader, breathing and birthing coach, DJ, distractor etc... She was the calming voice I heard giving me the encouragement and confidence I needed to push my baby out the natural way. She listened to me, before and during the birth. She helped me trust my body and the process of birthing a baby. My recovery time was so short and I was able to avoid the epidural and enjoy holding my baby right away. It was so different from my first delivery with my first daughter. She has great tricks to help you get through much of the pain and when I really wanted something to help me rest between contractions, she pushed the midwife to address my request and give me what I needed. She never forgot who was having this baby, and she didn't make me do it her way, she supported my doing it my way. It was an amazing experience because she was there, calmly in charge and in control. She was fully present for the whole delivery, attending to our needs at every moment. Having her there was the only "push gift" I needed. -Amy D.
As a first time mom, I interviewed a few doulas and thought they were all lovely. When it came time to make a decision, I went with Jen on my gut instinct. The best way I can describe Jen is like an older sister. She has years of experience and provided valuable guidance and reassurance but never preached or made us feel like we had to do things a certain way. Her visits to our home were very relaxed and thoughtful and she always addressed our questions and concerns. Not only did she help me with labor techniques but she also really helped my husband develop techniques to assist me during labor - rebozo, massage, relaxation, cool compress. Jen also helped us better define what we wanted in our birth experience.
The day I went into labor, Jen came to our home around 1 pm, accompanied us to my midwife appointment, and stayed at the hospital until we were settled in the recovery room at 3 am the next day. During my 22 hours of back labor, Jen was a constant source of support and encouragement. Her positive attitude and attention to my needs were so evident that before I was discharged from the hospital, my midwife asked for Jen's information so she could refer her to other patients.
Two weeks after my daughter was born, Jen came by the house again to visit and make us soup. I still text her with pictures and updates of Nora. I have no idea how I would have made it through labor without her! - Rebecca
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