Birth Fee: $850
Fee Details: My fees include: unlimited prenatal visits, a group prenatal class, photography of the birth, 24/7 support while you are in labour and postpartum support
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Treasurer - Executive of the Doula Association of Edmonton
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Edmonton, AB
We were looking for a doula because we knew we needed extra support for this pregnancy since we also have another young child to take care of at home plus we are estranged from our family. Our birth story was totally unexpected as our baby came at 34 weeks and ended up in the NICU. Jeanelle was there to hold my hand from labour and delivery to NICU life and transition to home life. Jeanelle was the certainty in our time of uncertainty. She was the perfect support that our family needed. It was like having a really good friend by your side that was very knowledgeable about all things baby. I felt very comfortable around her because she was passionate, warm, caring and funny. I never once felt judged by her but instead felt empowered in making my own decisions. Something I didn’t feel at my first birth. She made it easy to communicate and schedule appointments via text messaging or email. Jeanelle’s own journey and experience as a mom is what made me feel connected to her from the beginning. Thank you for being a part of our birth story, Jeanelle!
We decided early on that we wanted a home birth, midwives and a doula. We did not hesitate a moment to choose Jeanelle. From the initial contact, Jeanelle was very professional, empathetic and compassionate. She was always available by email, text or call to answer any questions or worries I had. We felt she went above and beyond even prior to our birth. Jeanelle also offers a prenatal class; two in home sessions and a group. Originally I was worried about being in a group setting however, Jeanelle kept the group small and made the environment comfortable. It was an incredibly informative class and I highly recommend taking it.
During my labour, Jeanelle came as soon as I requested. Once she arrived she jumped to the task and had me complete some different positions and poses to get baby to move into the right position and ease discomfort. She was a calm, informative support who held space for me through my contractions. My birth did not go as planned but Jeanelle stayed with me and ensured my transfer to the hospital went well. She encouraged us to speak up to hospital staff so they were aware of our plan. Jeanelle even came by the next day to check in as well, another home visit to ensure breastfeeding was going well.
If you are looking for someone who is incredibly passionate about what they do, very educated and informative, empathetic, compassionate and calm then I would highly recommend you hire Jeanelle as your doula.
We wanted to take a moment to share what a huge impact Jeanelle had on our birth experience. Before we got pregnant we did not even know what a doula was... embarassing but true! A friend of ours recommended we do our research and really consider hiring a doula. Now, I could not have imagined preparing for our son's birth without Jeanelle! She helped us to make truly informed decisions and it gave us such peace of mind knowing that we could go to her with any questions. As first time parents, we felt confident during our 30 hour labour and there is no way that I could have done the majority of that in the comfort of our home without Jeanelle's support. Labour and deliever for us was a beautiful and empowering experience because we were informed and supported. We would highly recommend Jeanelle to anyone and everyone (even if they don't know what a doula is yet ;).
From the bottom of our hearts - Jeanelle, thank you for your kindness, love, and patience. <3
Anthony & Robyn
I wouldn't change anything about my birth experience. A large part of that is because I had Jeanelle there. She supported me by suggesting pain relief techniques and positions to help with progress. On top of this, I'm so thankful for the information sessions she provided for my husband and I prior to labour. This was our first child and we had no idea what to expect.
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