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Jenny Putnam, CD(DONA)

Balanced Birthing, LLC

Newburyport, MA Service range 60 miles

617-543-4990

https://www.balanced-birthing.com

Birth Fee

$200 to $800

Birth Fee

$200 to $800


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Birth Doula Experience

2 years and 18 births attended


Doula Training

  • DONA International, April 2018

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
As your doula I will support you and your partner through labor, delivery and the ‘golden hour’ by working to create calm, soothing surroundings, employing physical and emotional comfort measures, and helping you to make informed choices for the best and safest possible birth experience.

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Some Home Births
I attend home births only when a licensed midwife is attending.


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Miscarriage support
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I offer my services on a volunteer basis through the Connecting Young Moms program at Beverly Hospital, serving at-risk teens and young adults.

Fee Details

COVID-19 FEE UPDATE: I am currently offering a sliding fee scale to those experiencing a financial impact due to COVID-19. Please contact me for details. Currently offering virtual prenatal, birth and postpartum support. My fee range reflects the fact that I am a full spectrum doula and offer my services at a lower rate to those experiencing a late prenatal loss, planning to offer their baby for adoption, or seeking an abortion.

Newburyport, MA Service range 60 miles

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Client Testimonials for Jenny Putnam, CD(DONA)

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Rebekah Krieger

5/7/2020

Working with Jenny as our birth and postpartum doula was nothing but a positive experience.  With Jenny’s support and guidance I was able to have the unmedicated birth experience that I wanted. Jenny provided me and my husband with resources and evidence based information that we would not have otherwise had. She was hands on in helping my husband learn comfort measures to use during labor. His knowledge of these tools was so valuable when it came to us laboring at home as long as possible which we were able to do successfully. She introduced us to acupressure as well, which we practiced every night starting at 39 weeks. We think that it helped immensely in getting my labor started. Jenny was always available to me whenever I had questions or needed more information on something. She never pushed anything on me and was super supportive of all of our decisions. She provided a fantastic worksheet to help me write my birth plan and went over the final revisions with me to make sure I had considered all the fine details. During the uncertain times of covid-19, Jenny took all precautionary measures to keep us safe and even reached out to the hospital to make sure her presence would be allowed during my labor and delivery. Jenny reassured me that what I was going through during labor was normal and that I was safe. She held my hand and talked me through effective breathing and pushing. With her help I gave birth to our beautiful baby boy with minimal interventions and time spent at the hospital. She also offered me a ton of postpartum resources and support. Jenny has such a calming presence which really helped me focus on the work that needed to be done to get through labor. Jenny is a naturally kind and caring person. I highly recommend her services to anyone looking for support during their pregnancy, labor and postpartum period. Thank you Jenny!

Kate

3/30/2020

We had a great experience working with Jenny! She was extremely responsive throughout pregnancy when any questions came up. Our meeting with her to talk about our birth wishes and to go over strategies for labor was super helpful - it helped us think through our plan and preferences and gave us some great tools for when labor started. Jenny was a wonderful resource during labor itself for both my husband and me. She suggested some more techniques for us when things started to get intense and helped both of us stay calm and know that what was happening was ‘normal.’  This was true at home and at the hospital, where Jenny also helped us advocate for ourselves and communicate with the providers. We are so happy to haven been able to work with her and highly recommend her!

Anne Gutmann

1/15/2020

Jenny’s calm, steady presence and encouragement allowed me to get through labor without painkillers. The fact that she stayed by my side, held my hand, and talked me through each contraction made all the difference. I couldn’t have done it without her. Thank you, Jenny!

Sarah

10/15/2019

Working with Jenny was one of the best decisions my husband and I made. She helped me accomplish a drug free, natural hospital birth and it couldn’t have been a more wonderful experience! Her kind, trusting, & compassionate nature helped me feel at ease and comfort during labor. She was a wonderful addition and I highly recommend her services.

Mira

10/7/2019

I loved Jenny's profile. So, my husband and I asked Jenny to help with the delivery of our first child (a baby girl). Jenny met with us and helped with information regarding breathing techniques, exercises on the birthing ball and other details regarding the birth delivery. She also showed my husband how to help with alleviating the pain during contractions. I was induced in the hospital and my contractions started in the middle of the night. Jenny was checking on me regularly and she came to the hospital after we called her (after midnight). This night is a blur but I don't think I could have done it without Jenny. She was encouraging me and helping me to get through all the contractions. Eventually I gave up and asked for epidural. Thanks to the fact I was walking every free minute and doing the exercises on the birthing ball (shown by Jenny) in the hospital my baby girl was in perfect position and I pushed for 20 minutes. Jenny helped us with the most precious moment of our lives, delivering our daughter. Jenny is a very nice person and very knowledgeable. I felt very supported as Jenny was always available for my questions. I learn a lot from her. We are still in touch. It is amazing when you could find someone as wonderful as Jenny for your doula.
I highly recommend Jenny as a doula!

 

Mark Carlson

5/23/2019

My wife and I hired Jenny to help us through our first birth experience and we are so glad that we did.  After a lot of difficulty conceiving, we wanted to make sure the birth of our first child went as smoothly as possible.  

Jenny met with us several times and made sure we had all of the available resources and support that we needed.  Her advice, gentle encouragement, and caring were greatly appreciated.  

The birth plan that we carefully drew up together quickly went right out the window in our case, and the birth did not go as expected at all, but Jenny was there to guide us through the worst of it.  You just never know what life will bring.  In the end we were blessed with a healthy happy baby boy!

Thank you Jenny for everything.  We will always remember what you did for us.  

Jessica Ortega

4/28/2019

In a few words, Yenny is wonderful and so helpful to me! I had two meetings before my son was born. When I first saw Yenny, she was very polite and informative, she asked me about what was my desired birth experience and what kind of things I wanted to have in my delivery day, then in the second meeting we discussed my birth plan and she gave me a binder with very helpful advice about everything I needed to have an excellent experience in my delivery day (some of these are not available in books that I read). Because I went over the due date by 12 days, she was always in touch with me, and when I was admitted into the  hospital (because I lost amniotic fluid) she came and stayed with me. She was aware of all decisions that nurses and midwifes decided with me and lend me artificial candles, an aromatic diffuser, handouts and little things that made a huge difference during my early and active labor. She wasn't with me all night because my husband helped me at that time, but she always said to me that she was available whatever time I needed her. Her suggestions about changing positions and sweet voice was very helpful to me during my four (nearly five hours) pushing stage that gave me strenght to not give up. Finally my son Daniel was born vaginally with 10 pounds 3 ounces! I was so surprised with his weight and size (23 inches long). I definitively recommend her!

Birth Availability for Jenny Putnam, CD(DONA)

= Available. Calendar last updated: 05-30-2020