Phone: (513) 373-0514
Birth Fee: $600
Fee Details: I provide 1 extensive prenatal appointment, 24/7 phone and email support throughout the pregnancy, continuous labor support from the time needed until mom and baby are settled, and 1 postpartum appointment.
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 6 births attended
Clients per Month: 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Cincinnati, OH
My husband and I are new to the Cincinnati area. After getting pregnant a little less than year after our move, I waffled for months between getting a doula or going without, despite having had a positive first labor with a doula. Before I knew it, I was at 34 weeks! I figured that it was too late to hire a doula. My husband convinced me to reach out to a few, and it turned out that Jocelyn was willing and available. It was the best decision we made for this pregnancy.
Jocelyn is so compassionate and full of knowledge and resources. When my due date came and went without going into labor, it was such a great help to receive articles and encouragement from Jocelyn; that got me out of worrying and back to hoping. When my labor eventually started, 10 days late, Jocelyn knew exactly how to help me through each contraction. Her calm presence and affirmations helped me get through the worst of them; hearing her say "You don't have to do that one again!" and getting repositioned into more effective laboring positions were the most encouraging things for me during the entire labor. And from the spouse's perspective: my husband was comfortable being with me in labor because he knew that Jocelyn knew what to do for me. At the hospital end of things, everything in our birth plan was thrown out and we did not get our OB of choice, but we were able to remain calm and still have a natural birth because Jocelyn had prepped us so well with everything we needed to know.
We have great respect and gratitude for Jocelyn and would ask her to be our doula again in a heartbeat should we have another child.
My husband Jeremy and I were honored to have Jocelyn as our doula for our natural VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). From the moment we met Jocelyn, we felt at ease and confident in her ability to serve as our doula. Jocelyn is kind, professional, knowledgeable, and has such a generous heart for the Lord.
As we prepared for our birth, Jocelyn reviewed with us what we had been learning in our Bradley Method class. We discussed how our prenatal appointments were going with the OB and how we would handle various bumps in the road that we encountered. Jocelyn had so much knowledge and resources to direct us to that helped us make informed decisions as we prepared to welcome little Charles into the world.
Jocelyn was truly invaluable throughout my labor. As it turned out, I did not care for any of the pain management or relaxation techniques we had practiced, so Jocelyn served as a voice of encouragement the whole labor. She and my husband each took an ear and spoke words of affirmation that helped me stay completely focused. Jocelyn coached me in my breathing and recognized as I moved through each stage of labor, adjusting to my needs as necessary.
One of the most memorable moments from my labor was when I could feel the excitement in Jocelyn and my husband’s voice when I was only a few pushes away from meeting our son. “You’re almost there, Tricia. You’re going to get your VBAC! Charles is almost here!” she said. She then asked me if I wanted to feel his head, as he was crowning. I felt his head and a surge of excitement went through me. Charles came out on the next push.
I am so thankful to have had Jocelyn as our doula. She prayed for us, encouraged us, and cheered for us. I cannot imagine our birth going any better than it did with Jocelyn by our side. Thank you, Jocelyn. May God bless you as you continue your journey. You have a beautiful gift. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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