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Jennifer Sestak

Strength And Dignity Birth Services


Phone: 8044371492

Birth Fee: $500 to $650

Fee Details: My basic fee includes 2 prenatal visits, on-call support from 38 weeks until you have your baby (this on-call period will be adjusted for parents of multiples or parents expected to deliver early),a backup doula in the unlikely event that I'm unable to attend your birth, continuous birth support, amateur birth photography, and 1 postpartum visit. Basic babywearing assistance is included. Payment plans are available and initial consultations are free! I have personal experience with childbirth hypnosis using the Hypnobabies system. I also have experience attending Hypnobirthing births. Whether you desire an unmedicated home birth, or a planned ceserean, or anything in between, I'm here to support your choices! Additional testimonials at

Birth Doula Experience: 0 years and 8 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Hypnobabies - Certified Hypno-Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, September 2018
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Home births with midwife present

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • A combined total of 4.5 years of personal breastfeeding experience.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Rebozo Training
  • I have a combined total of 4.5+ years of cloth diapering experience. I also have specialized training in rebozo skills for optimal fetal positioning and comfort in labor. Additionally, I am familiar with Spinning Babies techniques.

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Plus size mothers
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Former birth intern with Embrace Birth Center, member of Richmond Doulas.

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Mechanicsville, VA
Travel Range: 25 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Jennifer Sestak

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Jennifer was so supportive throughout my pregnancy, checking in for updates as I progressed through the second and third trimester.When we met during our appointments to discuss our birth plan, she did a wonderful job listening to our family’s wishes and providing suggestions and answering any questions we had. When I started early labor, Jennifer was always available, checking in for updates, providing suggestions for relief and encouragement every step of the way. She joined us as soon as I needed in-person support. She helped alleviate the discomfort I was feeling by suggesting relaxation techniques and was reassuring when I had any questions about whether what I was feeling was “normal.” I labored for a long time and had to re-route my original plan for a natural birth when I was transferred to the hospital.She was with us every step of the way, probably for nearly 15 hours since my birth didn’t go quite as planned.I cannot stress how helpful Jennifer was at this point!I didn’t plan to go to the hospital so I wasn’t very prepared for the setting.She was critical in helping my husband and I navigate our options and advocate as much as possible for the birth we hoped for!She helped us ask the staff the right questions to find which options were best for us. By the time my baby arrived I was exhausted. When I got home, I was still trying to process my birth experience.She came to check on us a few days later,and I was completely touched and when she provided me with a written copy of my birth story. She had taken notes since I first text her I was in early labor through the delivery of my baby and compiled it into a 5 page story for me to read.I can’t begin to put into words how meaningful this was to me, especially since some of the details escaped me.My husband and I cannot recommend Jennifer more enthusiastically! She was incredibly supportive, patient, responsive, detail-oriented, and encouraging.

Posted 7/2/2019

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Jessie Hughes

Jennifer is an amazing doula! I can’t imagine my birth without her. The weeks leading up she was always there to answer my texts and calls. When my birthing time came, she was there to support me both physically and emotionally. She knew when to step in and when to step back. She is also a certified Hypnodoula and supported me with Hypnobabies cues and techniques. ??

If you’re looking for a doula, look no further!!

Posted 3/25/2019

Birth Availability for Jennifer Sestak

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