Birth Fee: Not specified
Fee Details: My fee is a flat rate of $1200, $600 is due at contract signing as a retainer.
Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 170 births attended
Clients per Month: 2 to 5Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I moved to the Northern Virginia area in 2004 from California and attended George Mason University in Fairfax, where I obtained a degree in Health Systems Management. Shortly after graduation, I gave birth, doula-assisted to my first son, Patrick and remember how amazing and empowering the experience was. A couple years later, I gave birth to her second son, Andrew, and decided to decline doula support thinking midwives would provide adequate support and quickly realized the value birth doulas provide before and during the entire labor process. As a result, I began my doula career shortly after Andrew was born. When I found out I was pregnant with my third child, Chloe, I hired a home birth midwife and a doula and had the most amazing birth experience. I trained to be a doula through DONA and Childbirth International (CBI) and have taken a spinning babies course, Peanut Ball positioning (critical for epidural support). I have worked in professional settings within hospitals and home-birth. I am passionate about supporting and empowering families through their birthing process. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband of 10 years, Colin and our three children, Patrick, Andrew and Chloe, and am an avid reader and health and wellness enthusiast.
Service Area MapArea of practice: Fairfax, VA
Having Jennifer at my daughter’s birth was one of the best decisions I made. She was professional, supportive, and creative in her suggestions of the different positions to try during birth. It was my goal to bring my daughter into this world with as limited of interventions as possible, and I was able to achieve that goal largely due to Jennifer’s assistance, helping me through my daughter’s 12-hour birth with no pain medication.
One moment that I tell several my friends, is that in the middle of my labor—maybe 3-4 hours into the birth—when Jennifer asked me a very innocuous question, something like, “Do you feel like you need to moan?” During the next contraction—really out of know where, it felt like—I started vomiting (I ate before going to the hospital…whoops!) and Jennifer, as quick as anything, pulled a bag from a drawer I didn’t even know existed and put it in front of me, saving me, the floor, my husband, and the birthing ball. She was prepared for anything and SO quick on her feet.
As I mentioned, our birth was 12 hours—admitted to the hospital at 1 am and my daughter was born at noon—and Jennifer stay with us the whole time. Additionally, I had complications after the birth and I needed surgery to remove the placenta. Jennifer stayed with my husband and newborn baby, helping him do skin to skin with her and ensuring he stayed awaked while I was in surgery. After surgery, she continued to stay with me to assist me with beginning of nursing. All in all, she was likely with us for 14 hours, and her assistance was invaluable. I sincerely hope she can join us for the birth of my second child.
We are so happy we (1) decided to hire a doula, and (2) hired Jenn to be our doula. Heading into our first pregnancy, we thought Jenn would assist us through a natural delivery but little did we know that our labor and delivery would become more involved than originally planned. Jenn assisted us through much of our 36 hours of labor, including the decision to have a C-Section, and post-op recovery. Jenn was with us every step of the way - she was compassionate; attentive; worked collaboratively with my husband, the nurses and doctors; and educated us as we encountered each hurdle. Post-delivery Jenn was full of great advice to consider for new parents with tons of questions. Having Jenn by our side gave us peace of mind and made a stressful situation much more manageable. If you are considering hiring a doula, we highly recommend Jenn!
Jenn was our rock during the birth of our daughter. Even with the birthing class and all the readings we had done, we would not have had the ease of delivery that we did with our child if it hadn’t been for Jenn. She spent the time to meet with us beforehand to understand what our hopes were, educate us on what options we had during delivery, and made sure we knew that it was ultimately about what we needed. She made sure I knew she was available for any questions, concerns, or just needing to talk in the time before I went into labor. This especially meant a lot to me as I had had a loss prior to this successful pregnancy and my anxiety and fear were palable. Jenn helped me through that.
Most important, I felt that she was there for us and solely focused on what I needed and doing her best to get me there during the labor. The medical staff have their priorities - I was Jenn‘s. Her help with pain management was vital and made my husband and I feel taken care of and understood. She stayed with us until we were comfortable to start to get know our daughter and checked in on us afterwards just to see how things were going.
i hope I will have the chance to work with Jenn in a few years when we hopefully have our second child. I could not recommend her more highly.
Jennifer was the support I needed to get through my birth. Although I had my husband there, it was nice to have her with me. When I was ready to give up, she was there to keep me going and was there to give me positive reinforcements that I could do this and this is what my body was made to do. I met her only a couple times before the birth of my baby and I wasn't sure that I would feel comfortable with her, but I was wrong. She made me feel very comfortable. She came to see me after my birth both at my home and at the Birth Center. I really appreciated everything she did for me. I couldn't recommend her enough!
Jenn was warm and supportive from the first time we met. She listened to the details of my first pregnancy and delivery experience, which led to a scheduled c-section, and helped to plan our VBAC experience. She responded promptly when I texted her random questions, and had good advice when I needed it. When I went into labor, she kept in touch with me and guided me in managing the discomfort as my contractions intensified. Once I finally started active labor, Jenn met us at the hospital and was an absolute STAR. My OB wasn't on call, and the on-call doctor from his practice got pulled over for speeding to get to the hospital; while the nurses scrambled to get my room set up, Jenn helped me to cope with the contractions and focus on helping my baby to make her way out. Although my labor was a blur (delivery took less than 2 hours from the time we checked in to the hospital), I clearly remember being grateful for Jenn's calm, positive support. We didn't have time to set up all the aesthetics I'd requested when we met, but she was there to support me and my husband in having the unmedicated natural birth I'd always wanted. The experience was so positive, I'm almost tempted to have a third child!
I specifically selected Jenn because I wanted a doula who was familiar with Hypnobabies since I was using the home study curriculum during my pregnancy. After having an induced labor which resulted in an emergency C-section with my first baby, I was hoping for an unmedicated VBAC with my second. Jenn was great in answering all my questions and helped me finalize my birth preferences. She even gave me recommendations on what specific rooms to request at the hospital that had bathtubs, as well as the name of a wireless fetal monitor I could request since I knew that my OB practice required me to be continuously monitored. She had previously worked with both of the midwives in my practice which gave me another level of comfort.
She participated in a birth rehearsal my husband and I had with a Hypnobabies instructor and was instrumental in making me feel more comfortable about what I could do at home to stay calm and focused during contractions (Hypnobabies terminiology- “birthing waves”) and to stay as long as I was comfortable at home before going to the hospital.
When I contacted her to let her know we were going to the hospital, she came promptly and met us in triage. I was 5 cm dilated already upon arrival. Everything went very fast for me, which was a good thing but also was extremely intense. She was the best support I could have ever asked for, and was not only emotionally supportive in telling me not only that I COULD do it but I WAS doing it, she physically provided support such as counter pressure where I needed it, helping me change positions, and helping me with my breathing. She is the main reason that I was able to deliver my son vaginally and not have another emergency C-section due to some heart rate decelerations. My husband and I are forever grateful to her for all she’s done for us. I would recommend her to anyone, but especially those interested in an unmedicated birth.
I found Jenn while searching for a doula with Hypnobabies experience. I had gone back and forth on the value of a doula for several weeks and finally decided that I needed a doula to help support me in achieving my vision of an unmediated birth for our first child.
Jenn was from the very beginning very responsive, friendly, and professional. I really connected with her during our initial meeting to review her services and contract, and left knowing that she was the right person to have in the room with my husband and I. I truly felt that she had my best interests in mind and understood my vision. Subsequent communication took place via e-mail mostly, with an in-person visit at our house at 36 weeks to discuss my birth plan, and she always responded to me within 24 hours.
Jenn was particularly instrumental in helping guide me through an unexpected change in plans that ultimately led us to an induction - her confidence was invaluable while I was struggling with an influx of emotions and uncertainty. The day of our birth, Jenn kept in close touch via text, and joined us at the hospital as soon as we requested. Upon her arrival, Jenn paid close attention to my nonverbal cues in determining how to best support us during my birthing time with essential oils, counter pressure positions, etc., and was a calm and confident presence in the room. She motivated me and reminded me that I was wholly capable of delivering our daughter naturally when I began to lose confidence in myself towards the end. I can honestly say that she was integral in helping us achieve the birth we wanted for our daughter. I also appreciated her guidance following the delivery and the postpartum visit a week later to check-in and ensure that we were settling in at home well.
Jenn is a strong advocate, confident doula, and genuinely nice person. We will absolutely use her for our next birth!
Jennifer is amazing! I absolutely credit her with helping me navigate the end of my healthy pregnancy, a very long, induced labor and prolonged delivery— with pure back labor, and successfully done without pain relieving drugs! She was a wonderfully calming and knowledgeable presence. It was uncanny how she literally predicted what the hospital staff would next say and do. Many, many helpful suggestions and ideas that even the nurses didn’t come up with and that made all the difference in my experience. I can only hope that I will get to work with her again in the future. I 100% recommend her as a doula for anyone’s birth and am so grateful to have had her at mine.
My husband and I are so glad we had Jenn with us during the birth of our baby. As a first time mom hoping for an unmedicated birth, I had no idea what to expect and Jenn was instrumental in encouraging me and making me feel like I could do it even when I wasn’t so sure myself. She provided necessary support and guidance during a hospital birth in which the nurses were absent more than they were present and her encouragement and support made all the difference in helping me achieve the birth that I envisioned. My husband and I thought we’d have a doula for our first birth only because we thought there probably wouldn’t be a need the second time around, but after having Jenn there, we’ll definitely give her a call for baby #2! We couldn’t recommend her enough.
I had the most amazing birth experience and Jenn was a huge reason why it was so great. She was both assertive and passive enough for both my husband and me. It was our first birth and my husband was nervous about the entire thing. She really helped him know how he could help and stepped up when my husband was getting uncomforable. Jenn was amazing at answering all of my questions before the birth and stayed extra long after the birth and with her follow-up checkup to make sure that she answered any of my questions. She had great advice and is definitely an experienced mother and birth partner. I will definitely be using Jenn again if I have another child. I highly recommend her and her practice.
My husband and I decided to hire a doula for our first child. Although we had initially been working with another peer doula, that doula could not attend our birth due to reasons beyond her control and in stepped Jenn. Jenn was easy to connect with and talk with about our birth plans, etc. She proved to be very responsive leading up to the big day, answering all our questions promptly. When the big day approached, Jenn was fully available upon a moment's notice. She spent over twelve hours with us during my fairly complicated labor process, including being in touch on the phone leading up to her physically being with us at the hospital. During my laboring, it was as if she was telepathic during my contractions when I was seized by pain and couldn't speak. My husband and I can't think of anything she could have done differently to have better taken care of our laboring and delivery needs! Her postpartum visit was also so very informative and put us at ease as new parents. Knowledgeable, attentive, and stress-busting would sum up Jenn!
Jennifer was wonderful to work with! We decided to hire a doula just 2 weeks before delivery, and when we met with Jennifer for the first time, I knew she would be perfect for us. She was very attentive, responsive and helped me feel calm and at ease during the delivery. She followed up a few days after baby was born, and even checked in with a home visit to assist with any nursing/baby related questions. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
Jenn was originally our backup doula. She took the time to come with our original doula to meet us ahead of time, and asked a lot of questions to get to know us and our previous birth experiences, as well as what we wanted for this birth experience. When it turned out that our primary doula was not going to be available for us, Jenn immediately stepped in to support us. She responded immediately to text messages and emails that I sent in the couple of weeks before my delivery, and was always positive and supportive. She came to the hospital for our induction and helped me to process my options for how to get labor started, while sticking to my birth plan as much as possible. She walked the halls with me and my husband, she got me water when she thought I needed it, observed how I was doing and made suggestions for things to help me in the stage I was in, like the birth ball and getting the tub ready for me to use. I could tell that she was very comfortable in hospital settings, as she was able to help the nurses with their procedures, such as helping to get the monitor on me quickly to reduce the time that I would be in an uncomfortable position. She was able to tell when I was progressing in labor and when to get the nurse and request for the midwife to come. When I felt I couldn't keep going, Jenn stayed confident and positive and encouraged me the rest of the way. She stayed after the delivery, took pictures for us, and made sure we were doing well before she left. She came to our home the following week to check in and see how we were doing. I am so grateful that my husband and I had her support during this labor and I feel Jenn was instrumental in helping me have the birth experience that I wanted to have. My only regret is that I did not have Jenn with me during the birth of my first child, because I know she would have made that a much better experience! I would highly recommend Jenn to any woman looking for support during labor.
Jennifer served as the main doula for my birth because my intended doula had multiple clients go into labor on the same day. We had never met before she arrived at my bedside.
She was fantastic. We clicked immediately and she just got to work, guiding me through a very bizarre, long, just the opposite of everything planned birth experience.
Jennifer was very skilled at picking up non verbal cues and rolling with the punches.
She provided excellent support for both me and my my husband, she helped us sort through information when it came time to make decisions and we were beyond exhausted. She stood with us when we were standing up for ourselves when we were being bullied by an on call doctor.
We were very grateful to have her by our side for the majority of our son's almost 2 day arrival. I could not have asked for a better birth doula experience, given the circumstances. I would choose to use her services again in a heartbeat.
Meeting Jennifer was a tremendous blessing! Tired of all the interventions with my previous pregnancy, I wanted to go as unmedicated as possible. I knew it would be painful so I started to get Jen's help. From the day I met Jen, she answered all questions and helped me for the big & most special day. That day came and Jen was with me from the beginning to the end, helping me manage every wave with different techniques, just as if solving a puzzle; every technique worked like magic, just like there is one key for every lock. For example, when I was going through transition, Jen would tell me what to do and/or she would do it for me, the best thing for me was that it often involved my husband. Even when I was being stiched up and my husband walked away with the nurses and the baby, Jen distracted by talking to me.
I don't know how I would have done without Jen. It was short but intense! Hiring Jen was worth every second! I recommend Jen to all my sisters, friends, and will contact her again for my third pregnancy and labor.
I can't say enough wonderful things about working with Jennifer. She was kind, supportive, motivating, and just a wonderful presence to having throughout my labor. She was able to assit me and work with my husband to help with pain mangement. I ultimately ended up needing to get a c section and I would have thought that I wouldn't necessarily need a doula for that but having Jenn there made all the difference in the world! She was so helpful when it came time to discuss the options. I would absolutely use Jenn again as she made the experience so much better. Having an extended labor ( over 40 hours) that results in a c section can be incredibly overwhelming and she absolutely helped keep me calm, assisted with my pain, and was just a wonderful person to have in the room with us to support both myself and my husband.
Jennifer was a godsend for my family. Originally we had not planned on using a doula, but I am so glad we did. Jennifer was kind and competent. She saved me from back labor by directing me in movements to help flip our baby. She compassionately directed my husband in comforting me during my contractions. She constantly stayed by our side to monitor our baby's stubbornly dipping heart rate (the nurses and midwives aren't always in the room). She even helped us get our son's days and nights regulated! Hiring Jennifer was worth every cent. We are incredibly grateful for her guidance and support before, during, and after labor.
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