Phone: (207) 558-2229
Postpartum Rate: Not specified
Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years
Maine state coordinator for Postpartum Support International. || Volunteer with Maternal Health Alliance of Maine. || Pregnancy and infant loss support group facilitator with Heart to Heart.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Portland, ME
Having struggled with PPA/PPD after the birth of my first child, I enlisted Jessica's help for my second postpartum period. Her support enabled me to engage in the self-care that I needed to maintain my mental and emotional health. Jessica's demeanor is warm but firm, which I found comforting during the intensely vulnerable postpartum period, making it possible for me to better care for myself and my family. She is knowledgeable, resourceful, and has a knack for identifing what needs to be done and doing it. Maternity leave can be quite isolating, so it also helps that she is also a generally delightful person to be around. The investment that I made in Jessica's services paid dividends for my entire family, and I recommend her to every pregnant person I know.
Jessica came to our house after our second child was born and my wife went back to work. She not only provided us with essential support with daily tasks such as laundry, dishes, meals, etc. but also was able to hold and love my new little one while I cared for myself by napping or showering. This added support also provided me time and energy to reconnect with my older son in a way I had not been able to since we brought the baby home. Her positivity, encouragement, and problem solving skills were very much valued during this time!
I purchased a Ballast and Buoy gift certificate for a friend of mine who was having a baby- Jessica was extremely responsive and helpful to me, and I know my friend was thrilled with the services she received (including lots of yummy home cooked goodies!) I will certainly be buying other gift certificates in the future.
I was always very impressed at how easy it was to have Jessica in my home. She would pick up a broom, or a laundry basket, without hesitation. In my sleep deprived state, I was happy that she took initiative and I didn’t have to direct her. She was a quiet source of support during a challenging stage in my life. She exudes a natural warmth and compassion that makes her an ideal doula. Jessica was also very good at intuiting which days I needed to talk, and days I just needed quiet and rest.
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