3 years and 25 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 2 to 4
Postpartum limits/restrictions: I am unable to work in homes with cigarette smoke.
I work together with the local chapter of the Nurse Family Partnership, providing pro bono postpartum support to families. The Nurse Family Partnership provides support to low-income, first time moms, prior to birth and through the first 2 years of their child's life. I am also a volunteer with Perinatal Support Washington.
My focus is on Postpartum support and IVF/Fertility treatment Antenatal Support. At this time I am offering postpartum services at a reduced rate, and IVF/Antenatal Support pro bono. Please reach out to me with any questions. Thank you!
Bellingham, WA Service range 60 miles none
Gina is very knowledgeable and is great at sharing her wisdom in a meaningful way. I appreciate that she is an avid reader and shares her reading list, and she applies what she learns to help her clients. I really appreciate the newborn massage aspect she shares as well as that has developmental benefits as well as bonding benefits <3 very personable, she is a great example of her profession and calling to help support women and families.
We attended a Bringing Baby Home workshop with Gina. We're from Pakistan so the timings were very inconvenient for us but Gina made every second of the workshop worth it. Other than the most useful material she covered and provided us with, she went out of the way to make sure that everything went great. We'd be really astonished at times by her putting in so much effort which she didn't really have to but she still did to make it the best experience for us. Just give Gina a few minutes and she'll show you that she really is an expert at what she's doing. Unfortunately for us, we don't have the luxury to get Gina here with us in Pakistan. However, we feel really envious of all the couples/parents who have Gina assist them in person throughout the birthing process and afterwards. We hope we're able to benefit even more from her in future.
P.S. The little tidbits that Gina gives here and there might seem trivial or just some 'by the way' stuff are great and super helpful/useful.
With good fortune I found Gina's relaxation + massage + connection course though the 8-Limbs post-natal yoga group. There was very little that felt normal about having a newborn in the midst of a global pandemic. My daughter was born in mid-February right before the pandemic hit. She is healthy, sweet, and has filled our family with joy beyond measure. I have no complaints. However, I did have high expectations for my third (and final) maternity leave so I mourned all of the activities I had anticipated doing outside the house. Gratefully, with Gina's course we had something to look forward to each week - some semblance of stability, connection to the outside world, and growth together as Mamma and baby. Gina connected with us and gently, expertly, coached us weaving together relaxation exercises, infant massage techniques and theory, mindfulness, supportive parenting, storytelling/reading, and all things baby! Gina's warmth, knowledge, and positive reassurance transcended Zoom each week and it was more moving than I ever would have imagined. I will be forever grateful for the precious moments she helped me create for my family, the reassurance she provided to build confidence as a mamma, and for the gift of having such a special, unique, HAPPY experience during maternity leave in this unprecedented time. Gina was relatable on so many levels, patient, and kind. I would highly recommend working with her!!
My husband and I took Gina's infant massage class series. We loves it! Our sweet boy loves his nightly massages and they've become a meaningful part of day where we can really connect with our baby. Gina has such a warm and kind heart, and having her in our home weekly was something that we both looked forward to. She is a great resource for any baby advice and I highly recommend any class or service she offers! We plan on hiring her as a post partum doula if we are lucky enough to have another child. Thanks Gina - hope to see you soon!
One of the most helpful things, especially in the first few weeks, was all the information about sleeping and breastfeeding issues. Rather than googling things and having my energy sucked into that, we literally had a walking library come to the house :) It was also incredibly helpful to have the opportunity to get a few naps, get out for some walks to spend one on one time with my older babe, and to have the extra help with household things so I never really felt too buried in keeping up the house.
I cannot recommend Gina enough! She was the right balance of listening and offering support, as well as solutions. I had my first child last year, and I do not have any family nearby. It was so wonderful to have support during a time where everything is so new, and at times scary. Gina hellped answer any questions that I had, tidied up my house, and allowed me time to sleep or exercise so that I could be my best self. If you are looking for a doula, do yourself a favor and get Gina!
Gina was such a blessing to my life! She is so sweet and caring and thoughtful. She helped me clean, eat, and best of all she became a great friend to my toddler who has had some struggles adjusting to being a sister. She is a great listener and was very kind and resourceful with helping me with my post partum depression, parenting classes and books, lactation consultant resources, adjusting to two chlidren, helping a husband adjust to two children, and just being a supportive good friend. Having Gina over to help was the only chance I had at trying to catch a nap or catch up on cleaning especially the dishes when my dishwasher was broken for several weeks. She made me a few delicious healthy filling meals. You can see she is an amazing mother herself. You can feel her warmth and positive energy. We miss seeing her on a regular basis! She is an amazing post-partum doula and amazing woman we love her so much!
Gina was referred to me through my home visiting nurse. I have never heard about a postpartum doula ever before. I had just had my first child and she was around 3 weeks old. I was extremely anxious and feeling very overwhelmed with learning to be my daughter's mother. Gina helped me overcome so many of my fears and she was absolutely wonderful. Her smiling face and willingness to listen to my concerns was exactly what I needed. I wouldn't be in such good shape without her today. I would recommend having a postpartum doula for each mother if possible. Gina for me was the best match I could have asked for and then some. She was always kind, caring and supportive as I was going through such a major adjustment in my life. I will never be able to thank her enough for all that she has done for me. I have gained the confidence that I need and and my daughter has fallen in love with Gina as well.
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