Birth Fee: $700 to $900
Fee Details: My fees vary on clients location and what needs the client is looking for (such as number of prenatal and or postpartum appointments or how many hours you are looking for help at a postpartum appointment).
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 14 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas
Clients per Month: 1 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Hagerstown, MD
There are times when you meet a complete stranger and you're blown away by the impact they have in special moments of your life, its hard to describe the feeling of gratitude when you see the comfort that person gives to a loved one and they instantly become one of the family. Jessica Raines was that person to me, to our family. My beloved little sister had hired Jessica as her doula early on in her pregancy and was carrying a healthy 6 month old baby boy. A horrifying accident occured and my sister discovered "L" had passed away and she was now forced to deliver him in a way she had never expected. As our entire family was coated in grief and shock, Jessica came in bearing tools of comfort, distraction, memorialization, and strength. Jessica remembered everything my sister had wanted for her birth, most importantly, a medicine free birth, and Jessica helped her bring "L" into the world EXACTLY on her terms... finally, something my sister could be in control of. Jessica helped her with recording his footprints, getting pictures, calling the Reverend, planning the memorial service; from start to finish she was there as a strong support post for my sister and us all. In times of tragedy or joy, a doula is truly a wonderful companion and makes a difference in the lives of all involved. Thank you Jessica.
My husband and I hired Jessica for postpartum support. She assisted us with caring for our twins who both have special needs at this time. She helped with meal preparation , getting us rest, emotional support, and breastfeeding support. She really was awesome with our two girls. I would recommend her to anyone needing support during such a hard transition. I wish I had her during my birth.
From the beginning, I wanted a different birth experience this second time around so decided to seek prenatal care from a group of midwives and hire a doula. From the first time I spoke with Jessica, I instantly felt comfortable and knew she would be a great source of support no matter how the actual labor were to go. I was induced last Saturday afternoon somewhat unexpectedly and Jessica came to the hospital immediately with her bag of labor goodies. From keeping conversation lighthearted and hilarious during the beginning stages, helping with different laboring positions as things got tougher, and providing encouragement and stellar massages throughout those final labor stages, I seriously could not have done it without Jessica's help and guidance. Our beautiful Cora made her grand debut late Saturday night, and I'm so glad Jess was there with me!
Thank you so much, Jessica!! You were amazing!
Having had a great natural labor experience with a doula during the labor of our first child, we were looking to repeat the experience, once we learned that we were expecting again. Given that our previous dpula was not available (she had moved away) and that we wanted to save a bit of money, we decided to hire Jessica as a doula-trainee, as we felt confident that our earlier experience had prepped us enough. Jessica's extremely friendly and communicative personality, as well as her fair pricing policy, made it a right match. My labor went really well, and Jessica worked great as part of a team of extremely experienced professionals at GW hospital, who were all dedicated to supporting my natural labor. On the positives, Jessica was very responsive before, during, and after labor with any additional support or advice needed. She gave us a thoughtful gift for our newborn daughter and is preparing our birth story. On the negatives, Jessica lives a bit far from us, and at some point there was a risk of her missing my labor altogether. Although it worked out fine in the end, if i was to do anything differently next time, i would have picked a doula that is closer to home (20min max driving). This is important, as the last thing you want to be worrying about (and taking concentration away from your labor) is your team possibly not getting there, when you are in labor. Overall, our experience was very positive, and i am confdent that as Jessica continuous to grow as a doula, she has all the makings and potential to be an excellent one!
Jessica is a wonderful Labor Doula, and I highly recommend her! She is kind, generous, and caring. I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on November 30, 2014, Jessica was available by phone, text, and email to answer any questions and provide support. She provided us with educational materials specific to our needs. Jessica is very well educated and full of wonderful information. We came up with a birth plan together and she was very helpful with that and informing us of our rights and options while laboring as well as after labor.
During my labor, she was truly awesome! I was very adamant about not wanting an epidural because of the experiences I had with my first pregnancy. Labor pains were intense, but Jessica was able to help me get through them with lots of encouragement, essential oils, and massage! Jessica was a steady and calm, yet powerful presence as she supported me through every contraction, hour aftet hour! Sh continued to remind me of my birth plan, as well as reminding the medical staff of my birth plan.
Jessica played a significant part in making my labor and delivery be a very positive experience I remember it to be! Without her, I expect my labor would have been very overwhelming. Having Jessica there made my labor as calm and peaceful as it could possibly have been! If we have another child, I am most definitely asking Jessica to be my Labor Doula again!
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