Thank you to the wonderful families I have supported during this very special time in your life.
Jen became my doula after I suddenly found myself a pregnant widowed mom with a six-year-old boy. My due date was just two months away. She took me under her wing with compassion and understanding.
As soon as we met, I knew I was important to her and the process of my birth meant as much to her as it did to me.
She met me for 3 prenatal appointments - each time with a new focus on concerns I had, pain measure techniques, relaxation, breastfeeding and postpartum planning. She was an incredible resource from the day we met. Even now, she visits me almost 5 weeks after giving birth.
My birth went amazing! I felt prepared and safe. I have no idea what I would have done without her. She fully supported me in all my decisions. We tried every labouring position and when my body needed more relaxing she encouraged some water therapy in the shower.
She thought of everything, even providing music and dimming the lights. She reassured me that everything was going well and that she believed in me, because of her I believed in myself too.
Jen supported me at the hospital for 13 hours and breastfeeding was a success within an hour of birth. She has visited me every week since my daughter was born, coming each time with new information, helping hands and getting me back into the swing of life. She has even provided me with some baby carriers from her baby wearing library.
I cannot say enough amazing things about Jen.
I highly recommend her!
I had a successful VBAC because Jen helped me to believe in myself. She empowered me with motivation and we made a birth plan together. She supported me with love and kindness always. She was there for me when I really needed her. She is excellent in her profession and I strongly recommend her services.
First time father
We are very happy to have had Jen as our Doula for the birth of our baby boy! As the partner to my wife, I really appreciated everything Jen did for us because of her genuine character, extremely positive energy, a wealth of knowledge, and always being open and listening to our feelings and thoughts. The birth of our son was the most intense and most wonderful experience of my life and having Jen there was exactly what we had hoped to have.
The meetings with her prior to going to hospital was very useful and helpful and with new info (even when we had taken multiple classes at the hospital). She had great techniques that we used. Throughout the birth she guided my partner with utmost care and useful suggestions how to progress.
I felt that she always heard what we said and respected our decisions. The delivery room was full of love!!
The after-the-birth visits were so reassuring as we were getting used to this crazy new way of living!
I totally recommend her as a doula to others.
Thank you for everything you have done for me and my family, Jen!! I just can't even imagine what my birth experience would have been like if you were not there to support me. You are amazing. Thank you for your on-going support and encouragement. I was so worried about my medical conditions which rendered me a high risk birth but you gave me all the tools I needed to feel confident and empowered.
Okafa J. - Single mother by choice
Jen's support was vital for both my birthing and postpartum experiences. No amount of reading or prenatal classes could have prepared me for the coming of parenthood. I am grateful for her help in transitioning me into maternity and beyond. It is clear that Jen is passionate about her doula care, and eager to fill the gaps in the insufficient support systems available for women, like me, who lack the resources and network to aid them in maternity.
Jen was an advocate in articulating my wishes to healthcare professionals at the hospital. Following my postpartum period, I faced challenges including nursing issues. She was proactive in providing guidance, teaching techniques and connecting me to the right professionals. Jen is a present doula - she not only has strong listening skills she also attended appointments with me. Overall, her advice, relevant information, emotional support and advocacy contributed my healing and well-being.
Jen was just what we needed to get through an unmedicated hospital birth. She set up the tone of the room, worked beautifully with the staff, and maintained a safe space for our epic process. She offered ideas for shifting the experience at the right moments to keep me moving forward - walking, shower, hand fan. Her presence helped my partner with the nerves, and her review of the birth reminded us how it was beautiful, meaningful, and unique. Love!
Jen never questioned any of my prefences for my birth and was open-minded about all our decisions. My husband felt involved which was important to me too. Looking back I have no idea how I could have done any of it without Jen beside me.
If you are looking for someone to really come through for you and support you beyond what you expect, get Jen!! She is very professional, but somehow actually made my birth fun. I will always think of my daughter's birth as a beautiful day filled with love and joy, thanks to Jen's presence.