Birth Fee: Not specified
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 40 births attended
Clients per Month: 0 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
President of the Tampa Bay Birth Network; Owner/Photographer of Secondhand Exposure Photography; Podcast Host/Creator of Working Birth
Languages spoken: English
Jillian is an amazing Doula. She was there for us right when we needed her. I honestly feel I would not have made it through my labor without her presence. The fact that she knew just what to says or gesture at my hardest moments helped me the most. The combination of her support and my partner’s is exactly what I needed to accomplish my natural unmedicated birth. She kept me moving and changing position during labor to help things continue to progress. I was also lucky enough to have her and her mom, who is an LC, come over for my postpartum visit and they gave me a lot of information that made me so much more comfortable with my decisions. I highly recommend Jillian!
I highly recommend hiring Jillian for Doula support! She was always available for my questions and is very knowledgeable. She has a very calming personality and really created that type of environment around me during my labor. Jillian is very hands on with pain management and different laboring positions. I was able to do the majority of my laboring at home as I desired because she is well experienced. She is incredibly good at knowing intuitively what a Mom needs and when a Mom needs it. She empowered me with information when I looked to her for it so I could make important decisions confidently. I loved that my husband was able to be an important part of this labor because Jillian guided him on how to best support me. I wish I had known about her for my first birth and would hire her for another birth without hesitation. Her depth of experience and passion for Moms is evident in my experience with her. I could not have achieved my desire for a natural birth without her!
Jillian is the absolute best and I cannot recommend her highly enough. From the moment we met her my partner and I had an intuitive sense that she was exactly who we wanted at the birth with us. She makes you feel at ease immediately and is incredibly knowledgeable, non-judgemental, sweet and supportiive. The support we received from Jillian during the labor and birth was absolutely essential to keeping our experience positive. My partner frequently says that Jillian showed up like an angel just when we needed her. She was able to take control of aspects of the labor that were more challenging for my partner and brought the most soothing, confident energy. When our birth plan changed and I needed a surgical birth, Jillian held my hand in the operating room and helped us to stay calm. The C-section would have been nearly impossible to get through without her by my side. As a bonus, Jillian also captured the most beautiful photos of our birth that we will cherish forever. I would gladly talk with anyone who is interested in Jillian's doula services to answer any questions about our experience with her. Jilian has a real gift of knowing exactly what a woman and her partner need and we will never use another doula besides Jillian for our future pregnancies and births.
We first contacted Jillian for her photography, and once we found out she could also be our doula we were so excited to get both of these services in one person. Jillian was with us for a long and unexpected hospital labor and was a calm presence throughout. She guided my mother and husband with how to support me, and provided massage, verbal encouragement, and advice along the way. I have to admit, the thought of someone seeing me in labor who I’d only met a few times seemed a little weird at first, but now I can't imagine my birth any other way. Her support was key to getting the vaginal birth I so badly wanted. We saw about 6 different nurses and midwives since they change every 12 hours, but Jillian was a consistent presence. Hire a doula!! Just do it. And hire Jillian if you want someone super attentive, calm, supportive and knowledgeable. Her photography was also beautiful and exactly what I needed to help process the birth. Birth is so internal and you forget so much more than you think. Seeing the photos of the moment our son was born is the most special photo I’ve ever been given. Thank you Jillian!
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