$30 to $35
5 years and 160 births attended
2 years and 16 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 3 to 5 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
2016-Current: Member of the Childbirth Collective (http://www.childbirthcollective.org/members/profile/457/) 2016-Current: Everyday Miracles Doula (https://www.everyday-miracles.org/) 2015-2016: Woodwinds Doula Program Volunteer
Welcome to Doula Minnesota! Doula Minnesota was built on the belief that every person deserves to be surrounded by compassionate, unbiased care and support. My goal is to have birthing persons and families feel empowered and educated to make the choices that are right for them – and for everyone that is different. There is no one size fits all way to welcome a babe and there is no one size fits all package at Doula Minnesota. So let’s find a time to chat! From hospitals to homebirths, birth to postpartum, welcoming one babe to welcoming multiples, Doula Minnesota is here for you. *Doula Minnesota can accept HSA/FSA and payment plans or barter/trade/price reductions based on need.
Saint Paul, MN Service range 25 miles
The moment I met Terra at a pre-natal yoga class, I knew that she would be the perfect fit for our birth. Her calm, supportive, and caring personality was the perfect fit for us. Throughout my pregnancy, she made me believe that we could have the birth that we had envisioned. And we did!
Both my husband and I were pretty open and easy going when creating our birth plan. In fact, our plan consisted of two things… to have Terra there and to have the baby. Besides that, we didn’t have many expectations. If it weren't for Terra, our birthing story would probably have been extremely different!
Once Terra arrived, she took our easy-goingness and knew exactly what to suggest and when. From the neighborhood walk to making sure that we ate something, she knew what to say and when to say it. She made me feel comforted, strong, empowered, vulnerable and all the feelings in-between. When we were at the birth center, she was my advocate and there by our sides the entire time, even at 3 in the morning when our baby had already arrived; she was just there to ensure we were feeling comfortable. Days after our birth, she continued to check-in and offer encouragement and support.
We did not use a Doula for the delivery of our first child and it was a long and challenging experience. Because of this, my husband and I met with Terra for a Comfort Measures class to prepare for the delivery of our second child. We left our meeting with her and both immediately decided we wanted Terra at the birth of our second child. She has a confident and calming presence that was exactly what we were looking for in a Doula (and we didn't know it until meeting her!) She offered the reasurance, recommendations, and comfort we needed. The birth of our second was a much smoother and dare I say easy delivery thanks to Terra. We are so grateful to have found Terra and would reccomend her to anyone!
We were so fortunate to work with Terra during the birth of our second baby. We reached out to Terra on the recommendation of my OB. We suffered a devastating loss during our first birth, and my OB suggested we look in to a Doula to provide emotional and physical support during the birth of our second baby. I will forever be grateful at my OB's suggestion, and extremely thankful that we found Terra.
Terra has the most beautiful calm presence. She made us feel totally at ease and when she could sense we were getting nervouse or scared, she calmly reassured us that everything was normal and everything was going fine. We cannot imagine going through a birth without her by our side. My husband was originally concerned that he wouldn't be as needed with a Doula present, but that couldn't have been further from the truth. Not only did Terra support me by anticipating my needs and being by my side for the entire labor, but she also kept a close eye on my husband and reassured and encouraged him when he needed it. She didn't take over his role, she made it easier for him to fill his role in the delivery room by keeping a close eye on him, reassuring him and showing him ways to help me.
We also were fortunate enough to have Terra for some post-partum doula hours. She was amazingly helpful and always made me feel better and more confident, which is half the battle as a new mother! I have also given post-partum doula hours to a friend as a gift and she was so thankful for the support Terra provided.
I cannot recommend Terra enough. She is wonderful and made our second birth experience joyful when it could have been filled with fear and anxiety. We still talk about Terra regularly (even 18 months later!) and will always be thankful that she was there to help us when we really needed it.
I interviewed 3 Doula's and I knew 15 seconds after meeting Terra, she was the perfect fit for our family! She is extremely professional, supportive and very knowledgeable. She was very clear about what we could expect from her throughout the process and was very detailed in understanding what was important to our birth plan. She is so supportive and provides fact based information versus opinions or judgement. I had a more challenging and lengthy labor (41 hours) and nothing went according to my plan (which has ZERO reflection on Terra). Every time the doctor/nurses proposed something new, Terra was right there asking questions and relaying to us what the options/implications were so we could make an informed decision. She communicated and collaborated so well with the nurses- collectively they made the BEST team. There is no way I would have got through my labor without Terra's techniques, knowledge and guidance. If you are on the fence in anyway about the value of a Doula or who to select, you will not be disappointed by Terra. We truly considered her a part of our family.
Terra attended the births of both of my boys, and I will always be endlessly grateful for her calm presence, positivity, and warmth. She showed my husband how to help me through labor, and he is now a huge advocate for doulas as well! It's hard for me to explain what an immensely positive impact she had in my life, and I will never forget her!
For my first delivery experience I was determined to have the support of a doula and was really nervous and uncertain how I would handle everything. We interviewed several doulas, but landed on Terra right away. Her warm, calm, cheerful personality was EXACTLY what I was looking for and the way she talked about helping create a feeling of safety and trust with her clients really resonated with me. My labor and delivery was in many ways the polar opposite of what I'd been hoping and planning for due to sudden and rapidly escalating preeclampsia, but Terra helped me stay calm, was there with me in the hospital over 24 hours continuously and I firmly believe was a huge reason I was never really scared or in significant pain and was able to take ownership of the dwindling amount of choices I had left. Not only did Terra take exceptional care of me, she was simply wonderful for my husband who is on the autism spectrum and we were worried would find staying with me and supporting me really challenging. Our beautiful little boy is nearly 18 months now and we still talk regularly about how special Terra helped make our delivery journey. We are endlessly grateful and cannot recommend her enough.
I am so grateful we found Terra! She was a wonderful resource throughout the pregnancy, but it was her help during the labour that I am most grateful for. I felt like she anticipated all of my needs and offered so many helpful suggestions to make the process easier for me. I felt incredibly supported and well cared for with her as part of our birth team. Even with my own mother and husband in the room, I remember Terra’s encouragement around pushing the best! She is such a positive and kind person, I am so grateful she was part of our birth. There is nothing I would change about the experience we had with her.
Working with Terra was an absolute joy, and my only regret is not having found her sooner! My husband and I met Terra a week before I went into labor. From our initial meeting we felt extremely comfortable with her. She is so caring and genuine, and has a true passion for making your birth experience and goals a reality. I went into labor before creating a birth plan which made me a little anxious, but Terra was reassuring the entire time and helped me go with the flow. She also is extremely knowledgeable while also being upfront about the limitations of her expertise, which I really appreciated (and though she doesn’t profess to be a nurse, she is as knowledgeable as all the medical staff we interacted with!). While laboring I reached a point where I wanted pain medication, and Terra was a fantastic resource for reminding us how certain meds work without pushing one option over another. She was also there for my husband as much as she was for me, which was wonderful. Terra is a true advocate and such a wonderful person. I hope we can keep in touch, Terra, and baby Will, Bob and I can’t thank you enough for all your amazing support!
Terra Peterson Jonker is Doula Of The Year in our eyes. My wife Laurie and I have recently adopted the baby of one of our family friends daughters. The birth mother lived with us for six weeks prior to the birth and for two weeks after. All three of us felt SO comfortable with Terra. It is very clear from our experience that this is not a job Terra does, but a passion she has for helping expecting families get exactly what that want during the birth experience. We all felt we were treated with incredible care, respect, and love.
From the beginning, Terra started by asking what we were hoping for during the process, and then went above and beyond to help that come to fruition. We always felt comfortable asking quesions and seeking guidance. We did this before the birth via text, phone calls and emails. She was prompt in responding and always had the information we were seeking or found it for us quickly.
During the labor process Terra was nothing but a rock star. She came to our home when we felt we needed the extra support, and guided us through delivery more than 24 hours later. Her soft but confident approach made us feel more safe and secure during labor. When we were anxious or feeling insecure, Terra was right there. It was comforting to look across the labor room and receive re-assuring looks or words of advice.
After delivery, Terra came to our house again after a couple days to check in. She was able to answer all our new questions again. We feel like we started with a doula for support but ended with a friend or more so family.
We cannot recommend Terra highly enough. She was simply awesome.
Terra was the back up arranged by our doula. Our doula had a scheduled C-section to attend the morning I delivered my daughter. Terra arrived before our doula left and we had the honor of having both doulas present for the birth. It's rare that you meet someone and feel immediately comfortable enough to have them present during your biggest life moment. However, Terra's calm, nurturing nature was obvious from the start. We feel so blessed that she was there for us as a support post-birth and would highly recommend her to other couples looking for a caring, empathic doula.
Terra attended the birth of my second child, Maya. From the very beginning of working with Terra she was so calm and supportive. I felt very comfortable speaking with her about my concerns and hopes for this delivery. My husband, who is generally skeptical of my "crunchy" holistic ideas, wasn't sure we needed a doula the second time around. After her birth he told me he was going to hire a doula for each of his siblings as a gift. He went on to praise her ideas for helping me through labor, stating that it took the pressure off him to know what to do and when to do it and he could just enjoy the experience. We both knew what I should have been doing, but it was so much easier not to think and to let someone else coach us through this. She was there to speak up when I couldn't or bring up things that I had spoke to her about but wasn't able to remember at the time, but also encouraged and supported me as I voiced my ideas and opinions to the medical staff. Terra's easy-going, calm and nurturing demeanor helped make this birth exactly what I needed after a very chaotic delivery with my first child. We are so thankful for her guidence and care during this delivery.
My experience with Terra was fantastic! Terra was a strong and confident doula, leader, and teacher. Her calming demeanor was reassuring. She helped me feel safe and secure when I was anxious. Terra was an excellent listener and provided knowledge and wisdom during our prenatal sessions that helped me prepare my body for labor and delivery. She answered my questions and provided helpful information when I was writing my birth plan. She taught me strategies for pain management that I could practice at home. Terra took time to get to know us and our hopes and dreams. She was always so respectful and kind. Terra was on call and prepared when I needed her. She even helped take care of my husband and reminded him to get food and to rest. She helped me manage my pain by guiding me to use the strategies I had learned and she even taught me new ones on the spot. Terra helped me stay calm and feel positive through difficult and unexpected situations. She worked well with all of the staff at the hospital to ensure that I was taken care of and that my wishes were always considered. Her postpartum check in visit was exactly what I needed. I was so impressed with Terra. I do not hesitate to recommend Terra as a doula.
I first met Terra when I was around 6 months pregnant, at a prenatal class called “All About Doulas” run by the Childbirth Collective at Blooma. My partner, Austin and I had been unsure about whether to hire one until Terra introduced herself to the class and our son began kicking me like crazy! After the class, we had coffee with her to get to know her better and were convinced she was right for us.
During the next few months, we met in person a few more times to introduce her to the rest of the birth team, practice pain management techniques that would be used during labor, and to set up a birth plan. On top of that, Terra was available 24/7 to answer calls or texts about my questions and concerns (and as an anxious expectant mother, that was extremely comforting!).
From 36 weeks until the actual birth date, I had 3 or 4 false labors and she coached me gracefully through each of them. Actual labor was no question though, as my water broke at 2am on my due date! As Austin and I had planned to labor at home alone for as long as possible, Terra came over around 8am and we spent the day going for walks, stretching/massaging through rushes, and actually having lots of fun.
Eventually it was time to go to the hospital, my rushes were much more intense and I was almost completely dependent on Terra to cope. She kept me focused and squeezed my hips through every rush of active labor/transition, what a saint! During pushing, I was in a birthing tub with Austin, and Terra was my grounding presence in the room.
Almost 3 hours later, our son came earthside into Austin’s arms.
This amazing woman is responsible for the birth of my son being the best day of my life. Without her I would not have laughed through rushes, I would not have refused chemical pain management, and I certainly would not have had the beautiful waterbirth I had hoped for. I am forever grateful to her for all that she has done for us. Love you Terra!
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