Birth Fee: $900 to $1000
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 24 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 13 families served
Clients per Month: 0 to 2 births and 0 to 2 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
I host postpartum support groups for Birth Tribe at our Manchester office. In addition I host weekly Walk and Talks in New Britain to help connect moms at varying stages of motherhood.
Languages spoken: English and conversational Spanish
Miles and I had a wonderful experience with Jennese! We clicked with her right away and knew she was going to be an awesome Doula. During my second trimester I ended up getting symphysis pubis dysfunction. Extremely painful… But Jennese gave Miles and me exercises using the Raboso cloth that helped relieve a lot of the pain! I was very thankful for that. She helped us prepare for a natural birth mentally but also prepared us if something else were to happen. And guess what?! It did! A week before our sons due date we found out he was breach. The doctor had to schedule a C-section at 39 weeks. They said the morning of the scheduled C-section they would take a ultrasound to see if he had flipped. He did not. Jennese came to the hospital in the morning with us and our operation kept on getting pushed back for hours. She helped me keep calm by massaging my feet, keeping my spirits up and using essential oils to keep my mind at ease. When it was time for me to go into the operating room she stayed with Miles as he prepared himself as well. Since Danbury hospital doesn't let doulas into the OR, Jennese stayed with my mom in the waiting room. I am so thankful for Jennese and how helpful she was to me and my family during this time. I honestly could not have done it without her support. Even after our postpartum visit I would text Jennese and ask her questions about being a new mom, dealing with family post partum, and sometimes just to see how she was doing. Finding Jennese was the best decision for us and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
Jennese is an amazing person and doula. She combines empathy and skill to provide a positive experience for mom, dad, and siblings. She expertly helped me with the birth, medical decisions that came up during pregnancy, and guided my husband through the birth process, supporting all of us on this journey of pregnancy and birth. She even engaged my other children during her pre and post partum visits. She is compassionate, caring, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend her.
When my husband and I were interviewing doulas we still weren’t exactly sure what their role was- I just knew I wanted one. The moment we met Jennese we had an instant connection. Her personality is amazing and she is so easy to talk to. She provided us with information about the role of a doula and some of her specialities. With this pregnancy being our first after we had a miscarriage, we knew we needed someone who would understand all of our anxieties. When we shared this during the interview, Jennese empathized with us and understood which made us feel very supported. She did home visits prior to the birth of our child and during these visits discussed what we wanted for our birth plan. She was very supportive of our decisions and also provided us with any information that we had questions about such as delayed cord clamping. We also felt like we were making informed decisions considering prior to having Jennese we weren’t really sure what everything was. During the actual birth she supported me and gave me words of encouragement and brought a bunch of items to help make the experience more relaxing. She often checked in on my husband to make sure he was okay and taking care of himself as well. She would explain things to me if I didn’t understand what the nurse or doctor was saying which was helpful. She also kept my family in the waiting room informed about the progress I was making. After the birth she did a post partum visit to check in on us and provided emotional support and made us feel like we were doing a good job as parents. Throughout the whole experience she was always there to answer questions and to support me when I was having a difficult time emotionally. Overall, we had a great experience and absolutely love Jennese and would definitely use her for our future babies!
Jennese is a knowledgeable, strong and compassionate doula. Chosing her as my doula was opening the door to someone who truly cares and supports me. I shudder to think what would have happened had Jennese not been there for us during our emergency home birth. You never want to have to call 911 when pregnant but Jennese knew immediately what my body was doing and advised my husband to do just that. Because of her decisive action, the EMTs arrived just in time. She raced to my side in the middle of the night and was also there just in time to calm me, my husband, and make sure my wishes were still heard and respected. My husband was so relieved when she arrived! Before birth, her instruction of Robozo help my husband and I connect through its use and was instrumental in getting baby in the right position for her speedy exit. After, during a painful repair she helped distract me and encouraged me to be strong. She did big things and little things to make me feel supported. Jennese is our guardian angel and I cannot put into words how grateful I am that she came into our lives.
We absolutely loved Jennese as a Doula.
My wife and I had decided right from the outset that we wanted a home birth and went looking for someone that we felt would support us through our journey to birth and be a strong emotional support for us during labor. We were immediately attracted to Jennese because of her warm personality, her strength of character and her amazing calming presence. 'Here,' we thought, was the woman for the job.' I myself was immediately reassured by the quiet dignity and competency that she carried with her, like she would know what to do no matter what.
We needed that strength because, after a long difficult birth, our daughter had complications at birth and had to be transported to the hospital for a lengthy two week stay. When everything seemed to be falling apart, Jennese was there to hold our hands, fight for our rights and cry with us when we needed release. And Jennese has never stopped visiting, checking in and sending us all the love we could have possibly asked for.
I have never had a doula, but I wouldn't pick anyone other that Jennese. When I think about the roller coaster that is pregnancy, labor, the complications we had after, plus the challenges of being first time parents, I know that Jennese is a huge reason we're in the good place that we're in. She went above and beyond what anyone could have asked for her and I am so grateful that she came into our lives when she did.
You'd be a fool not to pick Jennese for your doula. Her emotional strength, intelligence, patience and sense of humor will help you find the strength within yourself to over come and finally meet your beautiful baby.
I was beyond lucky to have Jennese as my postpartum doula. Not only was she wonderful with my baby, but she was also kind, helpful, knowledgable, and easy to talk to.
The first night in my home before we had even met Jennese brought soup and bread for my husband and I! This was an above-and-beyond kindness but even more so because Jennese knew that we are vegan and went out of her way to research a healthy, delicious food that she could bring for us! We were so thankful - it is hard to prepare healthy meals when you have a newborn.
Jennese also shared her thoughts and insight into questions and concerns I had about the baby as well as breastfeeding and recovery. She encouraged me to go to a postpartum mom's group and recommended a baby class at a local wellness center. I really appreciated being directed towards these awesome resources! It was so nice to be able to chat with another mom about my birth experience and to get some perspective. It was also therapeutic! Jennese even checked on me days later, via text, asking how my baby and I were doing. I had only hired her for a few nights, but she was still helping me long after her official job ended.
When I first hired Jennese, I thought I just wanted someone to care for my baby so I could get some sleep. What I didn't realize then that I know now is that the comraderie and emotional support that Jennese offered were at least equally important as the sleep!
My husband and I heard great things about Gennese from friends and family. We were thrilled when we met her and she instantly bonded with our 7 week old daughter. We had baby nurses before that were not compatible with us or our daughter and with Gennese we were instantly in love. She also stayed in touch with us when we were away from our baby be kept us updated so we were even more comfortable on how our daughter was doing when we were not home. Gennese is the type of baby nurse where you feel like she is instantly part of your family. She also taught us some things about our baby and helped adjust her to formula which we were having difficulty with her taking. She’s absolutely wonderful and wish we could have Gennese in our home more.
My husband was very skeptical of what a doula could do for us as second-time parents. We went to an interview set up with 3 different doulas with Jennese as 1 of our options. All were qualified and respectful, but Jennese immediately stood out as the one for us. My husband was asking which doula we were going to pick- before the door was closed! Her warm and inviting nature and sense of humor helped us make the decision initially. And each visit we had with her cemented our confidence in her ability to help us and ease our anxieties. As we navigated a very stressful last trimester, she was there with words of support and encouragement. I had additional medical concerns that popped up and could have potentially changed our entire birthing experience. She was thoughtful and helped by sharing her own birth experiences and knowledge. We were less anxious knowing that Jennese would be there with us through labor and delivery.
Once labor started (induced), it was a whirlwind of activity. Before labor, Jennese had discussed my preferences regarding an epidural with me, which greatly helped with my confidence in asking for one when I was ready. Unfortunately, something went wrong with the epidural and I ended up with side effects. Jennese was our rock. She helped assure us that everything was going to be ok and talked me down in a moment of panic. The numbing agents had to be turned off and, by the time they could be turned back on, it was time to push. Jennese supported me through a med-free natural birth that I had not expected and was the voice of reason, helping to coach me at just the right moments. Not only was Jennese our hero during labor and delivery, she took amazing pictures (I don't even know WHEN during the super intense 5 hour labor or 15 minutes of pushing!). After the shock of having a baby arrive so quickly, she stayed with us until things started to settle down and the realization that we had another baby sunk in. HIGHLY recommend!
Jennese was our postpartum doula and took such great, loving care of our newborn. Jennese is not only a skilled doula, she is a wealth of knowlege, a kind and compassionate listener, and worked so hard to take care of not only our baby, but us as brand new parents. She was there for our whole family and helped us through the difficult first few months. We relied on her to care for the baby at night and she was also there to answer questions during the day. Jennese is warm and friendly, and quickly became a member of the family, keeping in touch long after her work was done.
We couldn’t be happier with the service from our Doula Jennese. We chose Jennese after a “speed dating” process, where we got to meet a number of different doulas. All the women were special in their own ways, but Jennese was the perfect match for us and throughout our entire pregnancy we felt as if we had a guardian angel sitting on our shoulders. From our first postpartum visit, we knew we had somebody that we could rely on to help us navigate the birth process and to give us the information we needed to make the best decisions for our family.
When it came time for our baby to arrive, Jennese was the ultimate support person for both myself and my husband, comforting us with the expertise of a professional and the love of a sister. She helped to make our entire delivery truly special, instead of something to be feared. Even in the days and weeks after our baby’s birth, Jennese was constantly checking in to see how we were doing and making sure that we had a smooth transition into parenthood.
To anyone who is newly pregnant, especially for the first time, forget the fancy gadgets and everything you think you need for a new baby. Hire a Doula. I can guarantee that it will be the best investment you can ever make in your journey as a new mother.
I had never heard of a doula until a few months ago. My wife explained what a doula is and what they do and suggested that we hire one. That's when I was introduced to the Birth Tribe. 4 doulas were chosen for us to interview with. They were all wonderful, but our connection with Jennese was unmatched. I have 3 boys from a previous marriage, and this was my wife's first (although we suffered 3 losses previously). I was kind of freaking out on the inside, as the births of my first 3 were very processed. I felt sidelined and useless. Whatever the doctors or nurses said was how things were going to be. I had no say. It didn't feel like i had any place in it and frankly, it sucked.Everything this time around was different. Jennese was a god-send! She taught us various positions and techniques on how to soothe my wife in the weeks leading to labor and during labor. Her guidance and advice was on time every time! Her compassion and ability to get inside of our thoughts and souls still moves me to tears. During the many hours of labor, her support was key. Not just for my wife, but she was there for me also. She helped me be heard. She showed me how to be involved, and boy was I! Ultimately, decisions needed to be made, and they weren't the kind found in our birth plan. During these moments, Jennese was able to call for a time-out, giving us a chance to discuss these very drastic changes. Pitocin was needed to augment labor. 12 hours of contractions led to 3 plus hours of pushing...only to result in the need for a C-section delivery as the baby was getting stuck. It was worst-case scenario for us. Jennese kept my wife comfortable while she helped keep me grounded and centered. She may not have realized, but she helped me fight through my own quiet insecurities- and helped me find my place as a father and partner during the birth of our little rainbow. It felt too personal to just be a "service". Jennese is nothing short of an angel!
There is so much to say about our experience working with Jennese with the birth of our rainbow baby. So much so, I don't even know where to begin because every aspect was pretty amazing. To start, my husband and I had 3 losses in the past so my anxiety was pretty high throughout my pregnancy. I just always felt like it was too good to be true. We had reached some pregnancy milestones that I had never reached before and it finally felt like it could actually be real. That's when I realized we needed some extra support. With wanting a more natural birth, I felt like we needed an advocate, good education and comfort as well. I reached out to Melissa at Birth Tribe and interviewed with 4 doulas at 30 min increments. Although I loved all the doulas I met, I instantly felt very connected to Jennese and we hit it off flawlessly. From the very start, she always knew exactly what to say and how to encourage me to let out those anxieties so I could enjoy my pregnancy. I could call or text her at any point that I had concerns or a bad Dr's visit and she was there to guide me through. She included my husband in every discussion and made him feel so included and empowered to help me. We instantly became a team and it showed in the birthing room. She was with me in my labor through every step and was showing my husband what he can do to help. We used the beautiful Rebozo she gave us and she always had a cold wash cloth on my face. She helped me find comfortable positions, helped with pain and I always heard her encouraging words and reminders to breath and relax. She helped to implement my birth plan and let the staff know our story. She integrated so well with staff and was so respectful to them when my birth plan had to change. She also allowed time for me to make informed decisions about those changes. All the nurses and my doctor complimented that she was an amazing doula. I'm so happy our little rainbow baby was brought into the world with such a loving person.
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