$950 to $1200
$30 to $40
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Office Manager at local Birth Center Previous Volunteer/jobs within NICU at local hospital, domestic violence center, at-risk youth, and mental health tech.
Additional add on packages avaiable to include placenta encapsulation and additional postpartum sessions. Please contact me directly for package information. I'm a strong believer that every family deserves a doula regardless of financial situation. Payment flexibility can be discussed.
Stephens City, VA Service range 60 miles
At the beginning of my pregnancy, she provided me with birth options and she was fully supportive of our decision to have a natural birth. Additionally, she provided me with recommendations on how to deal with those lovely pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, heartburn, carpal tunnel, and coping with high blood pressure.
Prior to the birth of our daughter, she met with my husband and myself and discussed how to cope with labor pains. Additionally, she to make sure I was emotionally prepared and ready for labor. This was vital because I never really felt connected to my pregnancy. She assured me that it’s normal! She recommended some options to help me feel connected and sure enough, they worked! In the week leading up to birth, I felt more connected to my pregnancy than I did in the 8+ months prior.
Jessie was incredible during labor. She was encouraging, supportive, reassuring in times of fear, helped me cope through the pain of contractions, and coached me when it came time to push! She also made sure that my husband and I were able to connect and gave us time to ourselves. She helped him to understand what I needed and when things got a little scary, talked to both of us about what was happening and kept us calm.
My postpartum journey has been tough with regard to breastfeeding. There were a lot of tears on my part and Jessie was available to listen when I needed her. When I decided that my daughter and I’s breastfeeding journey had come to an end, Jessie was fully supportive and assured me that IT’S OKAY and I’m still and amazing mother! It was exactly the reassurance I needed.
I’m proud to say that Jessie is part of my daughters birth story and if we’re blessed with more children, Jessie will be part of their birth stories too.
Jessie had truly found her calling as a doula.
I highly recommend Jessie Johnson and would hire her again and again! I am a health care provider and gave birth to my first at 40. I hired Jessie as my doula and boy was that the single best decision of my pregnancy.
We planned for an unmedicated home birth but as pregnancy often goes, I ended up in the hospital needing an induction. My goal at that point was to have the most natural birth possible in the hospital and without Jessie I am 100% sure I would’ve ended up with an unwanted c-section. Thank God for Jessie being there to advocate for me and to lift me up during one of the scariest and most rewarding times of my life.
Her incredible wisdom, her loving heart, her gift of Service, all lead to my son getting the best possible start in life and I am grateful to her and will be for the rest of my life.
“You’re safe. You’re surrounded by people who support you. You’re stronger than your contractions; you control them, they don’t control you. You can do this!”
Jessie is a Godsend. These are phrases I didn’t realize I needed to hear until the birth experience. She has all the desirable traits of a doula: nurturing, supportive, encouraging.
I was so anxious leading up to my first VBAC, but thankfully, Jessie lifted me up, physically and emotionally, which led to a seamless delivery. She’s a true birth partner!
Our experience with Jessica was something we will never forget. We were brand new to Virginia with no family and she instantly became our pillar of support. I had personally never heard of a doula before my wife mentioned she would be interested in looking into one. After going through the birth proces, there was so much that Jessica was able to do for my wife that I simply was not able to do. I highly recommend hiring Jessica for as your doula. It made our birth experience so much more calm and peaceful. Jessica, thank you so much for everything you did for us.
I had an amazing birth experience with Jessica by my side. We met several times prior to the birth and she was always available to answer any Concerns I had. Together, we got to know each other so by the time I went into labor she was able to anticipate all my needs physically and emotionally. Though my partner was there to support me, it was Jessica who talked me through each contraction and my fears. Very professional, kind hearted and a good friend. I highly recommend Jessica‘s services to any soon to be mommy.
Honestly, I tear up whenever I write a review for her. I am so grateful that she was my doula. I cannot recommend jess enough! If at all possible I will always hire Jess for any future birth we have. She was so much more than a doula. She was a lifeline, a comfort, and a friend to this day. From our first meeting I could tell that she was so passionate and knowledgeable. I hardly knew her at all and immediately felt so comfortable with her. She was incredibly organized, prepared and so attentive to me and what I needed. My birth was was long with a few nights of false labor (but every time she was at my doorstep to keep an eye on me, help manage the pain, and report to the midwife.) She monitored my contractions, massaged my back, made me drink water, and was just there to talk if i needed too. Jess got me through an a very tough and long birth (on pitocin) with no pain meds. She had to be exhausted from being up almost two nights in a row, but she was not phased at all. Ice packs, hip squeezes at every contraction, and telling me to breath when I really didn't want to.
Jess went (and still had gone) above and beyond the normal duties of being a doula. Night or day she has been there with open arms and great advice. She was there giving me clary Sage oil when I was frustrated trying to go into labor, and now 3 months after the birth I still get texts from Jess checking up on how I'm feeling. She is experienced in both being a doula for births, and grief counseling if needed. She is passionate and so reliable. Basically: giving birth is one of the hardest things you will ever do, and it shouldn't be something you go through alone. Specifically, it shouldn’t be something you go through without Jess.
Jessica was indispensable during the entire length of my pregnancy, labor and postpartum. She soothed my anxieties as I anticipated my labor, answered questions about anything to make me feel more confident and helped me move the baby into better positioning She was there every second of my labor when things didn't go as we hoped and reassured me through each step. She was fantastic at offering comfort both physical and emotional and was very attentive to my needs if something didn't work for me. After my baby was born, Jessica offered her postpartum service, which was and still is helping me to survive through the first weeks of motherhood. She needs no direction when helping around the house, and makes sure everything that I need is taken care of and that my house and I are functioning well. She is fantastic at soothing my baby while I take a shower or break, or she let's me snuggle baby while she takes care of everything else. She has been a lifesaver and I hate to see her go at the end of our sessions!
Although my story isn't a typical "birth" story, I wanted to leave a review about my miscarriage and the amazing support I received from Jess. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant with baby #2, well we did, yay! I was going to an OBGYN, all was well with our sweet baby, my due date was August 20, 2018. I went to celebrate my daughters 2nd birthday with her & her friends at the babysitter; February 1, 2018 and when I got home, I used the restroom and saw a horrific amount of blood, I panicked and went to the ER, after many tests and ultrasounds it was determined that we lost our sweet baby (it seemed to have stop growing at about 7 weeks). I was shocked, hurt, angry, heartbroken...the list goes on.
Jess had shared her story about the loss of her second sweet baby on social media around the same time that I lost mine. Jess and I have been friends since high school and I was so ashamed and embarrassed but I needed to talk to someone that I trusted and that knew what I was going through. I reached out to Jess and she jumped into action from that moment, from preparing me for what was to come with a miscarriage, to reaching out multiple times a day to check on me and see how things were progressing. She answered so many questions I had and brought me so much strength and courage during such a terrible time. She even sent me a wonderful gift in the mail to help brighten my day; she goes above and beyond, folks!
Jess has always been a wonderful, caring friend but when I needed someone more than I can even put into words -- she stepped up to help and guide me during such a terrible time, without hesitation.
If you are looking for a Doula or in my case someone to help you through the grieving/post miscarriage process, she is your woman, I still cannot express enough not only what a wonderful person and friend that Jess is, but a top notch Doula.
= Available. Calendar last updated: 09-21-2020
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