$1000 to $1200
$30 to $35
23 years and 1180 births attended
22 years and 850 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 5 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I do attend Home Births during Covid-19
I also act as a Supervised Visitation Provider to allow parents in high conflict or high risk situations access to their children in a safe and supervised environment.
Birth Doula Package : Includes prenatal, birth support and 2 week follow-up with 10 daily visits for breastfeeding and newborn care support. $1800 Night Doula: $30/hr minimum 10pm-6am Flexible with start and end times
Victoria, BC Service range 15 miles
We are eternally grateful for Jessica's support during our first year with twins. I feel like I have made it to the other side intact thanks to her. To have twin breastfed babes sleeping through the night and most of our sanity! I feel a huge amount of success and we couldn’t have done it without her!
Jessica provided me with invaluable breastfeeding support for several weeks post-partum. My milk was very slow to let down (a couple of weeks), and with lack of sleep, getting my baby to latch on seemed impossible. Jessica helped me learn how to hold my hungry, crying baby, and how to get him to latch onto my nipple using a variety of breastfeeding supports such as nipple shields, pumps and a supplemental nursing system (SNS). When we came home from the hospital, Jessica helped me set-up a comfortable breastfeeding space and most importantly, how to read my babies cues while feeding. Jessica's knowledge, support and encouragement in these weeks after giving birth were key in helping me persevere on my '6-week learning to breast feed' journey. If it wasn't for her, I honestly think I would have given up! I now have a happily breastfed baby and I don't need any outside supports. Thank you Jessica :)
Jessica is an excellent doula. Assuredly, one of the best in the business. Her wealth of knowledge and experience would be hard to match . . . and what a treasure it is to have this knowledge and experience in reach when you are fatigued, confused, looking at your lovely infant and wondering what is going on . . . is this a problem, is there something wrong . . . then you check with Jessica and she's seen what you are looking at a hundred times over and knows exactly what's going on. What a relief! Having her visit us at home postpartum and having her available 24/7 by telephone has been such a blessing. I really don't know what we would have done without her support . . . actually, I do. We would have been wrecks of anxiety, not knowing what to do. All I have to say is hallelujah for the service she provides!
I honestly can't recommend Jessica highly enough. She was exactly what we needed and we felt thoroughly supported by her, particularly during those challenging first few weeks postpartum. Jessica is very knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience. She was reliable, safe and professional. Thank you so much Jessica!
Jessica arrived when we were in the early stages of labour (first baby, planned home birth.) At that point I was not coping well but was only at 3cm dilated! Being the first time, my partner and I felt a little lost, but when Jessica walked in I instantly felt more calm and knew that everything was under control, that she would lead us through this and everything would be ok. She was able to read my energy throughout labour and really seemed to know, without having to ask, what was needed in each changing moment. She also helped give my partner the confidence he needed to step in and support me, which was HUGE and made labour such a bonding and strengthening experience for our relationship. She is experienced, knowlegable and strong, but most of all can hold space for others to find their own way through this incredible life changing experence. We were able to complete the birthing process at home and really attribute that to the support we had from her and our midwife. I also don't know how I would have survived the days post birth (in the middle of the pandemic) without Jessica. She was available to us all hours and quick to respond and show up when needed. We had some difficulties with breastfeeding but were able to stick with it thanks to the support we had from her. She truly is an expert in the field and knows what it is a baby is needing (and great at passing on that knowledge.) We are forever grateful!
Best baby investment we made. Jessica is absolutely incredible: at first we weren't sure whether we would need the help - how hard could it be? Thank goodness for Jessica! She helped me breast feed from day 1 - something I was really worried I wouldn't be able to do. She is a treasure chest of knowledge and always available, which we deeply appreciated when things would come up. She is extremely knowledgeable and has answers to most of our questions and takes the time to answer us thoughtfully and with care, sending us articles too. She helped us with overnight care as well, and it was so comforting to know that our baby was in trusted and experienced hands. She is also a lovely person and a joy to have in our home. Four months out and we still keep in touch with her regularly and she is our go to for any baby related questions. Couldn't recommend her highly enough.
Jessica was more than the voice of experience as a doula for our first child -- she was also the calm, collected influence we needed before, during, and after delivery. Our birth experience was immensely improved with Jessica's presence. We simply cannot recommend her enough, and we fully expect to ask her to join us again in the future should we choose to have more children.
I decided to work with a doula, expecting that there would be a lot to navigate as a first time mom. What I didn't expect was that I would give birth during a pandemic!
Even though Jessica could not come to the hospital with us, she provided us with invaluable support while I laboured at home, and that support has continued since we arrived back home from hospital. Perhaps most valuable has been the breastfeeding support and education. My baby has been gaining weight like a "superstar" according to our doctor! And, unlike many new moms I know, I have not experienced the pain often associated with breastfeeding - I attribute this to my ability to assist the baby in achieving a deep latch.
Even though I did not know I would be giving birth during a pandemic, I would have made the same decision to work with a doula even if I had. Having the support and assistance of Jessica has been so helpful, especially since I cannot have other visitors or support from family and friends during this unprecedented time.
Regardless of Covid 19, I found our doula experience to be incredibly positive and helpful. Although Jessica was not allowed to attend the hospital, where our birth took place, she helped me labour at home and drove to the hospital with my husband and I.
After the birth she was available by phone and for video calls whenever needed. Once we were released from the hospital, she attended our home for visits to establish breast feeding. Once we were no longer comfortable with home visits, all visits were done by Facetime. For example, she showed us how to bathe our baby via video chat.
Additionally Jessica remains available by phone. For a new mom this continues to provide a sense of calm- especially when family and friends are not available for in person support.
Thanks to Jessica, I was able to have the natural birth I had hoped for. Her support and expert advice on how to get labour going, allowed me to progress with labour and contractions naturally, after I was induced by breaking of the water. Without Jessica, I would not have been able to labour naturally and without interventions. She was an advocate for us in keeping active during early labour, and while labouring in the hospital. This enabled me to give birth naturally as I had hoped to do with our second child. I appreciated her suggestions for labour positions, and her cues during contractions and pushing which made me feel like a pro. She was the best coach to the marathon of birth. I would not labour without her again. Her support and expertise also enabled and freed up my husband to be the best birth partner and able to focus on supporting me during the birth experience. We recommend Jessica as a doula, without hesitation and with great confidence to anyone looking to make the birth experience, not just something to endure but a truly wonderful experience.
I can't really form into words how wonderful it was to have Jessica as our doula. I couldn't have done it without her! Jessica is worth every penny and more. She will do her very best to ensure you are successful at breast feeding right away and after birth. She supported me through labour. You won't know it now, prenatal, but you will when that pain hits. You should get a doula or midwife if you haven't already. A Doula will be there for you in ways no one may know how to be – and that is exactly who Jessica was to me. Jessica helped me immensely in getting through contractions and keeping in the zone with my breathing. I really struggled with getting the hang of breathing with the gas, but she kept me in the zone, even when I panicked and lost my rhythm several times – she always got me back to the safe zone. I never knew how important breathing and resting in between contractions were. The entire labour and delivery team were amazing. I really couldn’t have climbed that mountain without all of them in the room. I would one million times and more recommend Jessica Cherniak with no hesitation. She totally exceeded our expectations. My husband was there and wonderful, but he was stressed seeing me in it all and sometimes didn't know what to do when I was in so much pain and stress. So it was so amazing to have Jessica's expert calming presence there to always support physically and mentally through the entire time. She not only supports mom, she supports Dad to guide him what to do next to help mom. She also is there every day to help you with tools to become confident about being a parent, especially if its your first. And she will successfully help you breast feed if that's what you want. I wish she lived with us! Thank you so much, Jessica from the bottom of our hearts.
My wife and I loved having Jessica with us for our entrance into parenthood! She is so knowledgeable, kind, chill, reassuring, and an excellent listener. Honestly there aren't enough nice things we can say about our experience working with her.
As the (then) father-to-be, I appreciated how Jessica could provide so much support for my wife that I couldn't (since I've obviously never given birth). She has an element of calm about her, coupled with her vast experience that you can't put a price on! I can't imagine what our experience would have been like without her.
From being there for us in the days leading up to the birth with great advice when we were well past due, to making us feel confident in our decision making, to her ability to normalize all the twists and turns of labour and birth, then staying with us in the hospital while we waited, and being there for the first feeding. We are truly grateful! Thank you, Jessica!
After the arrival of our beautiful daughter, knowing she was there to help us adjust and set us on our path was a great feeling. We were able to learn so many little tips and tricks, and we felt that we could ask her anything no matter how small or stupid it may have sounded to us at the time. The feeling of knowing she’d be there if we needed her was such a relief!
If you're wondering if you should get a doula, you should. It takes a huge load off at an already crazy, stressful time in life. If you're wondering if you should use Jessica, ABSOLUTELY!
I would happily recommend her to anyone!
My husband and I had Jessica as our doula for our delivery in February 2019 and she was absolutely amazing! It took a huge weight off our shoulders having Jessica guiding us through each stage. She is very knowledgeable and caring and made the whole experience so wonderful for us. Having a baby is the most special time and having Jessica by our side helped us feel more prepared and at ease. As soon as our baby was born, Jessica showed us how to get her to latch on and I credit Jessica for how succesful breastfeeding was for us. Our baby is now 9 weeks old and Jessica is always available to answer any questions we have. I highly recommend Jessica and will definitely have her for any future pregnancies.
Short version: Within the first hour, I looked at my husband and said, "I don't know how much she is charging, but it's not enough."
Long version: We worked with Jessica as our postpartum doula. After interviewing quite a few candidates, it was Jessica's breadth and depth of knowledge, as well as her professionalism, that made her stand out from the crowd.
Jessica was waiting in the recovery room when we came out of the operating room after my c-section. Her primary concern was making sure the first feeding went well. So she worked with us until it was time to go back to our room. Then she visited daily at the hospital and at home in order to fine-tune my technique and make sure we established the breast-feeding process.
As a first-time mother, I had no idea how few mothers actually continue to breast feed more than a few days/weeks. I also had no idea how challenging it would be to learn the skill. I can tell you there is no way I would have continued breast feeding without Jessica. Period. Full stop. And I am a Type A, I-can-do-anything-I-put-my-mind-to kind of person, but the fatigue, sleep deprivation, and emotion would have pushed me to the bottle and formula. Jessica's ability to teach the technique and build my confidence kept me in the game long enough to push through that period.
I would also be remiss if I didn't mention that she taught us how to bath a baby in a calm, peaceful way. No screaming. No splashing around. He's just completely content and compliant while he gets scrubbed from head to toe. Watching Jessica do it the first time was like watching a magician, and we've been able to replicate it every time since.
My husband loves Jessica too, so from both of us, we recommend her without reservation. She was one of the best investments we made in preparation for our first child.
I cannot put into words my gratitude for having Jessica by our side for the birth of our daughter. Also knowing she will be there to help us through the first year brings a huge relief. After working with her, I can confidently say she is the only person I could hand my baby to without even thinking twice about it.
From our first meeting, she had a calm nature that I felt comfortable with having there for myself and my family. She was very supportive leading up to the birth and was a great resource to turn to as to not bombard our Midwife without it being necessary.
After being there throughout my 16 hour induced labour, Jessica was immediately at our side after coming out of the OR to help with the first latch. She also acted as a more clear headed communicator between us and the hospital staff to ensure what we wanted or didn't want for our baby was heard and understood. She continued to offer support to make breastfeeding easier while healing after surgery as well as past the point of recovery. On the days and nights I was feeling unsure about anything at all, she would respond quickly with a message or a phone call if she felt necessary.
Overall, there is something truly remarkable and comforting about learning from Jessica. From breasfeeding, to the soothing techniques, all the way down to baby wearing, and bath time, everything she does is very hands on and easy to follow. She is extremely knowledgeable and without a doubt, after every home visit, we would feel more confident in our actions handling the little one (even through the difficult overly awake and fussy periods of the day babies go through).
From a couple who never planned on having children to full blown parents, we owe the ease of our successful first 4 months with our daughter to Jessica. With every passing day, I am thankful Jessica is on the island and we managed to cross paths for such a huge milestone in our lives.
We are so grateful to have had Jess‘ undivided attention for the first year of our son’s life.. Any hour of the day or night she was there. A simple text and less than a minute later you would receive the advice from someone who is confident, experienced and genuinely there to help you and your baby stay healthy and safe.
There were so many noteworthy moments over the course of Harry’s first year. Nursing, bathing, fevers, bum rashes, cradle cap, cutting finger nails everything was new and Jess was there to normalize every situation.
There was one week I hadn’t texted because I felt like I was over utilizing Jess. When I finally did reach out, unprompted she said ‘I need to hear from you more. Please check in at least every 3 days.’
I would highly recommend getting a doula to support you for your first year and Jess is the best.
We welcomed Jessica into our home to care for our son part time ( 1Yr) and were relieved to have her support over the following 8 months as she grew her doula business in Victoria. Jessica is incredibly reliable; wonderful with children of all ages, and as a mother of four herself, is a wealth of knowedge! Our conversations absolutely fell to breastfeeding and my ( very challenging!) expereince of it; and there is no doubt in my mind, that Jessica would have been an extremely valuable resource during that fourth trimester. I would recommend Jessica to any new mother.
Jessica is a truly extraordinary doula. She was incredibly intuitive, informative and sensitive to our needs. She helped us to make sure we took good care of ourselves and were prepared for the arrival of the baby. Her coaching throughout labour was exactly what I needed and her words were my total focus. She worked seamlessly with our midwives and family members so that I felt entirely supported and in no way concerned about everyone getting along. Jessica taught us about everything that the baby was doing but more importantly explained WHY for each and every event. She prepared us for changes and challenges and how to respond so that when these came along we felt empowered. Knowing how to read all the subtle cues a baby gives us so that we can take care of her in the best way was an absolute game changer. There were so many things I would never have noticed or interpreted without her guidance. With my older daughter, breastfeeding was a huge struggle and was painful for the first 4 months. With Jessica's coaching from minutes after the birth I had a completely different approach and never sustained any damage and feeding was comfortable and a joy. I can't tell you what a difference this makes! Her training with Jack Newman makes her a particular expert in the area of breastfeeding and her advice was practical and memorable even in the middle of the night when I could barely remember my own name! Her willingness to answer any questions or just to provide encouragement when a challenge comes along gives parents the boost they need to keep going but more importantly to find the joy in every situation and to cherish these early days and weeks when stress can so easily rob you of that perspective. Knowing we can call on her at any time for support and advice is such a gift and I wish all mums and dads could have access to someone so wise and so kind. I wholeheartedly recommend her and would be very happy to talk to anyone who would like to know more.
Look no further! Jessica is the doula you’ve been waiting for.
For our 2nd child we were looking for a PPD. Jessica’s endless expertise, genuine and supportive demeanour are just what we needed. She was the baby whisperer, a helping hand around the house and a shoulder to lean on for post baby chats. She is very respectful, diligent and reliable. By the end of our time together she felt like a part of the family. I would have her around always, if I could!
As soon as my husband and I met Jessica, we knew she was the perfect match for us. We immediately noticed her peaceful and gentle nature and knew that her calming vibe was exactly what we wanted surrounding us when during childbirth. With an abundance of experience, Jessica is extremely knowledgeable about the birth process, breastfeeding, and newborns; I know that I would not have overcome my breastfeeding challenges without her help! She helped us create good habits and taught us many skills that first-time parents need to learn. She is patient, kind, answers every question, no matter what time of day, or how silly it is. She was also great with our dogs! I have recommended Jessica many times, and feel so lucky to have met her and had her by our side during those precious days with our newborn.
Jessica was so essential to my early months as a new mother. I was so scared about every new experience, and she normalized so many things for me. I had high anxiety and she helped quell my fears. It felt so comforting to me to have her guiding the way for me, and she filled me with confidence with every hurdle I overcame.
I can't state enough how capable, strong, gentle and kind this lovely lady is!
At first I was on the fence about hiring a Doula as I hadn't for my first baby. However my husband is in medical school and I wasn't sure where he would be and wanted the extra support. Hiring Jessica was the best decision!!! Her experience and knowledge made me feel empowered and wonderfully supported.
Throughout my labour and delivery she anticipated my needs and did things I didn't even know I wanted (lower back massage, ice chips on the ready). She helped me stay calm and focussed. Throughout Jessica kept reassuring me and reminding me of cues and things to think about. I'm very grateful for her coaching. As a former athlete I loved being directed, guided and supported in a way that was gentle, loving and clear.
When our little girl was born Jessica immediately helped her latch and begin feeding. Breastfeeding went much better for this baby and I believe that great start as well as the advice and recommendations Jessica gave helped with this. Watching her bath our little girl for the first time was magical. And bath time has been wonderful ever since!
More recently I texted Jessica for some breastfeeding advice, and a quick phone call and some simple and great advice (changing positions) has improved our situation!
Thank you so much for your kindness and tremendous care Jessica. I know many other expectant parents can benefit from your support & experience.
Hiring Jessica as our doula was one of the best decisions we made! She attended both of my births and provided post-partum support 24/7 for a couple of weeks following delivery. She was also available by text and phone throughout the first year. It was so comforting and reassuring to have a totally impartial person providing advice and support. I really had no idea what to expect in the early days, and she helped us navigate through the fog of sleepless nights (and days) and helped me figure out how to breastfeed. She helped build my confidence as a new mom and now my early memories of motherhood are very positive as a result. I would have been completely lost without her!
Her support through the labour and delivery was also invaluable. I was induced after my water broke for #1, and she stayed with me and helped us understand what was happening and coached me through the whole process. The second labour happened so quickly....Jessica was on the phone coaching me to breathe in the car as my husband drove like a race car driver to the hospital. We made it with 15 mins to spare, and I'm sure we would have pulled over on the side of the highway and called an ambulance to deliver in the car had Jessica not been on the phone coaching me through everything. She is calm under pressure and helped us with every step of the way.
I cannot recommend Jessica enough. One of her best qualities is that she didn't try to sway me or judge the decisions I made (i.e. wanting an epidural), but instead she supported me throughout. Thanks Jessica!!
In hindsight I see that Jessica´s guidance and focus helped carry me through the foggy and painful early weeks of breast-feeding. I was informed and confident about my ability to breast-feed, yet totally unprepared for the reality of it. When I was uncertain how I could continue nursing, Jesssica came with reassurance and a clear plan. She also came on Christmas day! I feel immense gratitude for her and credit her support as the reason why I can still enjoy this beautiful bond with my son (now 11 months).
I try not to give advice to new parents to be, but I can't help myself when it comes to recommending Jessica. She is an absolute necessity. You don't need much when preparing for the arrival of your new baby, except for her by your side. She will be your most valuable asset. You will receive so much conflicting advice from all directions - parents, parents in law, siblings, friends, books, experts and of course the dreaded google. The best part about having her as your doula, is that you have one person to listen to and take direction from. All families and babies are different and Jessica can guide you in the direction that best suits your family and ultimately enhances your parenting experience. I can't say enough.
Jessica was one of the most loving and kind people I have ever met and was fortunate enough to have her by my side duing the first weeks after giving birth to my son, then the following year with my dauughter. She has a gentle presence and was calming in a time that all seems like a blur now. Due to past surgery, breast feeding was challenging for me but she guided me though a difficult process and the journey eventually to bottle feeding, which was the right one for me. She is a doula rock star!
When the unexpected, unplanned, and unthinkable happened, I was grateful to have Jessica by my side.
At the relentless insistence of my sister (who hired Jessica for all 4 of her children's births), I hired Jessica - not really believing that I would actually need her help.
Like a lot of woman (especially 1st time new mom's) I hoped and fantasized of a complication-free pregnancy, a vaginal delivery, a natural breastfeeding experience, a smooth transition into mommy-hood etc. What could possibly go wrong? My body was DESIGNED for this, right?
Unfortunately, I learned that pregnancy doesn't always go as planned. Delivery doesn't always go as planned. Breastfeeding doesn't always go as planned. Most babies make it home, but not all of them do. And, sometimes even when you DO get to take your perfect little baby home, somewhere along the line might you lose your own mind unable to find your way back to yourself.
For these reasons, and so many more, I was so grateful to have Jessica by my side. Her experience is second to none. Some people call her the baby-whisperer, and it's true, she is! She is equally as much of a mama-whisperer.
When things went side-ways (on more than one occassion, with more than one pregnancy) Jessica pulled me through - physically and emotionally - to the other side. She advocated for me when I couldn't do it for myself. She had my back all the way and for as long as I needed her to.
I am forever grateful and indebted to her for all that she has done for my healthy and beautiful babies, for my family, and for me. With Jessica, you are in very good, loving, strong, hands.
Jessica has a wealth of knowledge and experience. She supported me when I was in the midst of extreme breastfeeding challenges and her presence was a huge sanity-saver. She continues to support me as a mentor in my own birth work and I will be forever grateful for all of the wisdom and expertise she has so generously shared with me over the years.
Meeting Jessica made my transition into motherhood a breeze!
I found Jessica a couple of weeks after having my first son. Being a first-time mom, having to go back to the hospital due to baby's jaundice, and struggling with breastfeeding-- those couple of weeks were stressful. Jessica's hands-on support with breastfeeding was far more helpful than any of the books or online resources I have studied and even better than advice we got at the hospital nursing clinic. Jessica helped me through every step and milestone -- breastfeeding, identifying and dealing with growth spurts, explaining what is normal and what needs to addressed, teaching baby care and baby-wearing, sleep training, weaning, and transitioning to solids. And later, she was my son's the most favourite nanny! They had the best time together discovering the world. And all along the way I was enjoying and treasuring that tremendous support and deep knowledge of hers that made me a CALM and happy mother.
So naturally, Jessica was with us when we welcomed our second son. I was so happy to have her care for him as soon as he was born. As we discovered, things rarely happen in the same ways or patterns, and everything was different with our second child. But Jessica and her expertise were always there, and I have gained even more understanding of all baby-related topics.
I would definitely recommend Jessica to anyone looking for a birth doula, postpartum doula, lactation/breastfeeding support, and a nanny.
Jessica is an amazing woman!! Jessica helped me with the birth of both of my children. While I couldn't actually deliver vaginally and had to have two C sections she was the first person I saw waiting for me outside the operating room to help me with latching of the baby.
Jessica also came to our house for post partem visits to help with the first bath, breastfeeding, swaddling and to answer the plethora of question my husband and I had each time we had a child!!
She is extremely prompt to answer questions and as a new mummy, you appreciate the quick response time
Jessica is patient, knowledgable, positive and has a very lovley demeanor. I highly recommend Jessica if you are looking for a doula.
Thank you Jess, I couldn't have done it without you!
I can't even begin to explain how lucky I am to have met Jessica. She has not only been there as my doula after the birth of my first child but is also a wonderful , kind and generous friend. I ended up having a c-section so Jessica was the first person at my bedside after my daughter was born and assisted me with breastfeeding for two weeks postbirth. I had a very difficult time with breastfeeding but she was patient and knowlegeable and encouraging. She came to my home overnight to help when my daughter wasn't sleeping. She offers consistent advice and encouragement still to this day , 10 months after my daughter's birth. She has gone beyond the call of duty for me , making a stop in her free time to pick up additional supplies that were difficult for me to get. Other than being the best at her job , she is just generally a kind , compassionate and lovely person. You won't go wrong by hiring Jessica to see you though your birth.
I don’t know how many times I texted Jessica this past year. Knowing that she was just a ‘send’ button away (even in the wee hours) was the most comforting gift you can give yourself as a new parent. Her tips and solutions helped us navigate the brave new world of breastfeeding, diaper rashes, tongue tie releases, international travel, bath time, swaddling, sleeping, soothing and so much more. I loved (and looked forward to) my daily visits with Jessica in the weeks after my son was born and have love our phone and text chats ever since. I don’t know how I am going to have another baby without her. She is amazing.
I felt so supported and loved by Jessica as she guided me through the first weeks of my son's life. She was always available and was able to calm my nerves immediately at all hours of the day or night. Breastfeeding went so smoothly for us and I credit Jessica with that as well. She made me feel calm and confident and everything clicked. Now that my son is 8 months old I contact her less often, but every time I have a question, she is right there with an answer, usually within seconds. She is so knowledgeable and experienced, I always know I can trust her advice. I recommend Jessica to everyone I know who is having a baby. She is like family.
Jessica is the very best! I was skeptical as to what a birthing doula would offer but engaged her services anyways when my sister matter-of-factly told me, "I just would never EVER have a baby without Jessica there, it's as simple as that".Within seconds of Jessica's arrival at my daughter's very quick birth she took me from a state of panic and chaos to control and empowerment. I am not sure how she does it but I truly feel she has a sixth sense! She strikes an amazing balance with the medical system. She is incredibly respectful of the nurses/doctors at the hospital and also the other attending family members. She was very knowlegeable about the various medical options available to us during my labour and I found she provided clear and sound council and did not push any specific agenda.
In the post partum world Jessica is all about ensuring the mother is self sufficient. She isn't there to do things for you but instead works to provide you with the tools and knowledge and confidence you need to succeed in your new role of mom! Jessica's brestfeeding support is a definite must. She was assisting my daughter and I in figuring out our method within minutes of the birth. I recently reminded a girlfiend that was pondering engaging her services how much new babies feed (cluster feeding 10-15 a day!) and then challenged her to think of how quickly that adds up day over day. I told her to consider learning to ride a bike...you wouldn't go and fall off your bike 40 times before asking someone for help after all!
Jessica was highly available. She would get back to me very quickly via text and phone with any and every type of question. Using her extensive network she was an excellent resource for additional services and support. She would send me links to relevant articles and so forth. I have referred her to approximately 20-30 friends since working with her and everyone comes back with rave reviews.
Jessica not only helped me through the twists and turns and pain of childbirth, deftly navigating the journey and the hospital dynamics, she has been an ireplaceable resource from the moment my baby was born. With her help we latched him the very first time, gave him his very first bath, and her post partem visits and messages were a huge help to us as first time parents. I have said to her and will share it openly here that being able to talk to her and share ideas and emotions about caring for my baby, on each occasion, has been like taking a deep replenishing breath. She has given me confidence and fantastic support for which I am extremely grateful. She has also helped me navigate a range of post partem issues with her strong knowledge and vast contacts. Any expectant and new mom would greatly benefit from having Jessica as her doula.
Jessica was amazing for both postpartum and labour. She supported our family twice - postpartum with my son few years ago and my daughter, for labour and postpartum last year. Jessica was magic for me during labour in terms of pain management and helped me have the best experience possible. For postpartu, she helped us get on our feet as new parents And mange breastfeeding. I've recommended Jessica many times - one friend was so happy she told me telling her about Jessica "was the best gift ever".
I hired Jessica in 2013 as a birth and postpartum doula. Being a nurse, I was overly confident and told her we were hiring her mostly to support my husband (HA!!).
The support I received was invaluable. i had a difficult postpartum period (c-section issues and breastfeeding problems) and she was always available for solid practical advice. I would hear back from her almost immediately every time I reached out to her. I still credit her as one of the main reasons I continued breastfeeding for as long as I did. Being trained under Jack Newman she was able to help me overcome my numerous breastfeeding problems at home without having to go sit at a clinic waiting to be seen. A definite bonus.
I found that the whole birthing experience and postpartum period was one that was hazy and bewildering so it was relieving to have an anchor such as her to help me get through it.
Jessica supported us through the Fourth Trimester and beyond. It is simply not possible to recommend Jessica highly enough. She is respectful of space, time, and needs. She affirms and generates confidence - which is remarkable, given how the birth of a child seems to awaken the most primal fears. She gently, and without any judgment, assesses needs and meets them. She provides helpful and objective information that is based on research, evidence, and a great depth of experience - not fluff - at the right time and in the right way. She guides, and never preaches. I don't think I could have survived without her support. Do yourself, your baby, and your partnership a favour. They say it takes a village. But in my experience, all it takes is Jessica.
I hired Jessica as my doula the first time when I was a single mom giving birth alone; and again, ten years later, when I had my second child at 44 with my partner. In both instances, Jessica played an absolutely essential role in making my labour, birth, and newborn phase a calmer, more confident, and satisfying experience. When the going gets tough (troubles breast feeding, long tricky labour, a gassy baby who wont sleep), Jessica is there for you 110 percent as your right hand woman and coach. She is totally reliable, always available and has tons of great tips, and deep knowledge and wisdom. I love her quiet, empathic, yet firm and straight to the point approach. I can't recommend her highly enough!
Jessica was my doula for my post partum experience with my first child. I can say with 100 percent confidence that, without her, I would not have been successful breastfeeding my daughter. Jessica was available around the clock to help with my baby and breastfeeding questions and was a huge support system for my husband and myself. Her visits left us feeling more calm and confident when we needed it the most. I would highly recommend Jessica to anyone. Best money I ever spent!
- without jessica, I have no idea how we could have gone through my labour. She's amazing and very sad she will be leaving us. Her knowledge and strength and her calmness gives you the energy that you need at that moment.
Jessica was my lactation consultant after my baby was born, and after 1 session with her I was telling all my friends who were expecting that they needed to hire her. She was calm, firm, sympathetic and rational - all the traits I needed in someone when I was tired, cranky, confused and clueless. Breastfeeding wasn't the most natural thing and at first it was quite painful for me but with her help, I quickly grew to enjoy those moments between me and my baby. Thank you!
Jessica came highly recommeded by my friend and chiropractor. From the first time I met her, she exuded a calming energy. She made me and my husband feel at ease right away. It felt right that she be there to support us for my son's birth. I wouldn't have been able to get through my labour without Jessica's knowledge, generosity and peaceful energy. She answered all my questions, explained everything to me - sometimes even before I realized I needed her to inform me about something. She stayed by my side the entire labour and tirelessly guided me and kept me calm. I highly, highly recommend Jessica to everyone who is giving birth. She has a special gift for this and she brings her whole heart and soul to her work. Thank you, Jessica!
I absolutely wholeheartedly recommend Jessica to anyone who is considering her as a doula. I hired Jessica after I had my first daughter because I was having difficulty breastfeeding. I had problems with a low supply. Jessica had so much knowledge and practical advice and with her help I was able to breastfeed my daughter until she was 6 months. I reflect back to that time and I remember how frazzled and unsure of myself as a new mom before Jessica came into the picture. She helped me feel more in control and positive. I highly recommend Jessica.
How lucky Victoria is to get Jessica! Experience is everything and 20 years experience adn 1000+ births really counts for something.
We had Jessica as our doula for our second birth. I also had a doula for my first birth. My labour was super fast. Jessica got to our home at 4 am and quickly realized based on the pattern of my contractions that I was having back labour and that baby needed help turning. She had me do special exercises between contractions to get baby the right way. She knew when we should go to the hospital and boy was she right! We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 am and baby was born at 6:30. Jessica helped me stay ahead of the contractions using my breathing. She supported me emotionally and physically. And then after our daughter was born she helped with nursing. Post partum she responded to texts promtply and visited again to continue to help with nursing.
I chose Jessica because she is also not judgmental. She has seen it all and will not push a mother for one type of birth over another. She really is just there to support and help.
Get a doula! Best thing you can do for yourself, your partner and your baby.
Jessica was such a wonderful support to my family with the birth of our daughter. She was calming, supportive and informative during the birth- I had non stop questions! I had trouble breastfeeding afterwards, and if it wasn't for Jessica, I would have given up hope entirely. With her daily support over texts and visits, I was able to figure it out thankfully. She was ALWAYS available to answer my (many) questions and concerns that come with the territory of being a new mom for months after my baby was born. She also had terrific referrals- from photographers to sleep trainers etc. I am having another baby in September and I am so happy that I will be able to go through this with her again before she moves- I couldnt do it without her!
Words cannot express how integral Jessica was to the process of having my first baby. Before giving birth Jessica gave me the confidence to trust my own body and thereby allowing me to experience the anticipation and birth day as I had envisioned.
When it came to labour itself, Jessica was so key to having a successful experience that I cannot have imagined doing it without her. Jessica was so hands-on and knowledgable that from the first moment she arrived on the day, my stress level dropped dramatically and thereby allowing me to feel in control and happy throughout labour. Another big impact of having Jessica around was that it freed up my husband to be my emotional support partner and in turn allowed him to really experience the joy of the day.
Following the birth, my experience with the support that Jessica provided postpartum was equally essential. Not only did it allow for a successful experience breastfeeding, but it also helped me enjoy having my new baby as so much of what Jessica does is to give mothers the confidence to trust their instincts.
I truly cannot say enough positive things about Jessica. I so highly recommend her for all parts of the birthing / postpartum experience. My only misgiving is that she will not be in Toronto for my next baby!!
As my husband says, having Jessica as our birth doula and lactation consultant was probably the best money we have ever spent, on anything, in our entire lives.
Jessica is the quiet confidence that you need when you're giving birth. She's seen it all. She knows what's coming next. She will guide you, advise you, be by your side and help you have the birth that you want. As a lactation consultant, Jessica is the help that every mother needs. Breastfeeding isn't as easy as it is made out to be, but Jessica knows exactly what to say and do to help you get it right. She is supportive of however you want to feed your baby, and she'll help you do it.
I honestly don't know that I can ever thank her enough for everything she has done for me and my family.
Having Jessica as a Doula really put my mind at ease. She helped me stay calm before the day, helped me prepare and when the time came she was there to help me through every step of the way.
I was induced, I had no idea how difficult it was going to be however Jessica was able to help me manage the physical pain prior to my epidural. I don't know what I would have done without her there. During the long labour after an hour of pushing, I was exhausted, she kept me going.
I would never go through a birth without a Doula, start saving your dollars, it's worth every single penny and then some!
Jessica was there for me prior, during and post partum. I don't know how I would have learned to breastfeed without her, there was no lactatoin consultant at the hospital when I gave birth, and it was in a major hospital in Toronto, thank goodness she was there.
Jessica helped me through each day, telling me what to expect, and when something came up she was only a text or phone call away.
Her dedication to her clients is second to none. She truly cares and gives you all teh attention that you need.
I have reccomend Jessica to several of my expecting friends. You will not be disapointed with Jessica, her knowledge, dedication and motherly instincts are incredible.
Thank you Jessica!
I would highly recommend Jessica as a post-partum doula and lactation consultant to anyone having a baby for the first time (or second...or third...). Not only did she help ensure that breastfeeding was going smoothly, she was there to show me how to do a number of other things, such as bathing my daughter for the first time, wearing her, how to pump, etc, which led me to feel much more confident as a new mother. In addition, Jessica was available over text and phone 24/7 and always responded quickly when I had a question (even at 3am)! I received a lot of things from friends and family to help when my baby arrived, but I'd say that Jessica's presence and advice was the one thing I couldn't have lived without.
Bringing our son into the world could not have happened without Jessica. She was my incredible guide through the journey of labour. Jessica acted as my advocate and spokeswoman and seamlessly transitioned us from home to hospital. She was incredibly comforting and had a magical way of bringing me back to center through my contractions.
Her help with my labour and then postpartum care was paramount. Always calm, always caring and always teaching. She kept us level as we adjusted to this new person in our lives and as he adjusted to his new parents. Her help with breastfedding was also incredible. She made it simple and helped me gain the confidence to do it.
I highly reccomend Jessica if you are looking for a doula.
Jessica was an essential part of my second labour. I knew I needed extra support while attempting a vaginal delivery following a c-section. She was able to sense my hesitations and predict my needs. She had complete confidence in my abilities and was able to encourage me while providing necessary support. Her service was priceless.
Before a friends referral to Jessica, my husband and I met with several Doula's but none felt like a good match. As soon as we met with Jessica it was clear to us that she was the one! Her support durig our daughters birth and especially during postpartum care was invalueable. Jessica is calm, levelheaded, experienced and incredibly knowledgeable. Her advice is clear, direct and on-point. The in-home postpartum care and support we received from Jessica was essential and I don't know how we would have made it through those early weeks without her. Hiring a doula was the smartest investment we made. Jessica is quite simply the best in her field. You cannot go wrong having her on your corner. Thank you Jessica xoxo
Jessica was our post partum doula in Jan 2015. There are very few doulas who would have more experience than her. She is incredibly knowledgeable and excels at her vocation.
Jessica has spent a considerable amount of time shadowing Dr Jack Newman, one of the most highly respected Drs in the breastfeeding world. Her expertise with nursing was particularly valuable for me. She can, at times, come across with a bit of tough love but it is only in the interests of seeing her clients overcome hurdles and thrive. She respects peoples' choices and won't push them beyond their comfort zone. Jessica is incredibly dedicated to her clients accepting calls and texts at any hour of the day. She genuinely cares about her clients and their babies and it shows.
Our daughter is now almost eighteen months old. I still call Jessica from time to time for her opinion. She is always happy to take my calls provides me with great advice.
Jessica Cherniak was our doula for our first baby. Working with Jessica was the best decision we made. From the moment we hired Jessica (which was when I was around 3-4 months pregnant), we were able to talk openly with her. She happily answered any questions I had regarding my pregnancy and was always able to put my mind at ease. Having a doula assist through the birth experience is so valuable. The first weeks at home with our baby boy Jack were challenging and nothing prepares you for that emotional rollercoaster. Jessica was a calming presence during her daily visits. She helped me with breastfeeding, bonding with the baby, and general baby care. She also has so much wisdom when it comes to the changes that occur between a husband and wife post-baby. Overall, I cannot sing her praise enough - she is amazing! I am going to miss her.
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