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Jennifer Symes

Harbor Doula Care

Rockport, MA Service range 50 miles

508-523-0827

https://harbordoula.com/

Birth Fee

$0 to $1200

Postpartum Rate

$40 to $45

Availability Remarks: I am attending births, conducting prenatal preparation meetings and visiting with postpartum families virtually when needed.

Birth Fee

$0 to $1200

Postpartum Rate

$40 to $45


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula Experience

3 years and 30 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

3 years and 28 families served


Doula Training

  • DONA International, November 2017

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 0 to 3 births and 0 to 3 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Some Home Births
I will attend home births only with a certified midwife attending.


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula support
  • First Aid and CPR
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Military families support
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I am a Doula with Beverly Hospital's Connecting Young Moms program and the Pettaway Pursuit Foundation.

Fee Details

I'm happy to discuss your needs and create a custom package for you.

Rockport, MA Service range 50 miles

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Jackie

9/2/2021

My husband and I truly enjoyed working with Jennifer in preparation for the birth of our first child. Jennifer is incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful and easy to get along with. She’s down to earth and never makes you feel like your questions are silly. It being my first birth, I was very anxious and had lots of questions and concerns. Jennifer was always easy to reach via email and phone to put my worries to rest. She guided me through so many decisions like choosing the right provider for my prenatal care and finalizing my birth plan. She also recommended resources like books and courses that helped me and my husband prepare for birth. She even helped my husband and I practice exercises to help ease the pain I was having in the days leading up to my labor. At times, Jennifer felt like part doula, part couples therapist - helping us talk through decisions and helping us all work as a team. It was so valuable to have a third party as part of our labor prep and labor experience to help walk us through the steps and wrap our minds around what to expect. We didn’t have to worry if we forgot anything from our birthing prep courses and readings in the birthing room because we had the peace of mind that Jennifer was there to guide us. I would recommend Jennifer as a doula to any friend. (I actually already have!)

Alanna

8/23/2021

Jennifer was an amazing support to me and my husband during the birth of our second child. Throughout the pregnancy she was extremely supportive of our wishes for the birth and provided a lot of support for me around my anxiety about giving birth. It was always very clear that the birth experience and decisions were up to us and that Jennifer would help support and advocate for our choices. I could absolutely never have gotten through an unmedicated labor and delivery without her!! Jennifer provided many suggestions for pain management and to help move the labor along, which helped both me and my husband to feel confident and supported during the labor and delivery experience. After my daughter was born she had to go to the NICU, and Jennifer sat with me while my husband went to be with our daughter -- very welcome company during a stressful situation! In our meeting after my daughter was born she helped me to process the experience and talk through some of the more difficult aspects of it. She is so supportive, knowledgeable, and kind -- I would absolutely recommend her to anyone!

Christine

1/11/2021

We had an amazing experience using Jennifer as a doula! We found her to be very thoughtful, knowledgeable, and caring as we prepared for my son's birth this past fall.  This was ou first child and whenever we had questions on what to expect about birth or were unsure of how we wanted the birth plan to go, she eased our anxiety and was very knowledgeable about all topics. She gave us great questions to ask health care providers and there wasn't a subject she couldn't converse about or provide us resources for. Jennifer attended our birth at the hospital in the middle of the pandemic and was a calming presence. She stayed by my side when my husband went with my son to the NICU after birth while I was stitched up and recovering. I cared a lot about being able to breastfeed and Jennifer texted with me frequently during my son's stay in the NICU for his first week of life to make sure I got the right help. He is a great breast feeder now.  Jennifer was an invaluable resource and support for us as first time parents, and we can’t recommend her highly enough! 

Jess Hodge

10/30/2020

I can't imagine my birth story without Jennifer.  Her soothing tone, confidence and joy in her work was everything I was looking for to feel fully supported and in good hands as a first time mom during a pandemic. She was curious about me and my husband and her individualized care was outstanding.

Pre-birth meetings were so helpful and allowed us to be vulnerable with our questions and empowered with our choices. In April of 2020 - The pandemic was new and scary and Jennifer gave us confidence. Jennifer was a mentor, mother, guide, coach and a friend.

Sadly, COVID prevented her from attending the birth but was there all 12 hours via video conference. Honestly? I wasn't sure a virtual doula would feel right.  I was skeptical and worried that if she couldn't be in person I wouldn't get the full benefit of what I had looked forward to for so many months. I was so wrong!  Her support rang through the room like a guardian angel.

Suddenly my contractions stopped.  The nurses and midwife waited it out for 2 hours and then wanted to give me pitocin to help them start again. This wasn't what I wanted but I was ready to meet my baby.   I asked Jennifer what she thought..  This was learned behavior from early meetings with her - I always had a choice and am in control of what happens. I learned to make sure I knew what my options were.  She said, "Could we check her and see how the baby is positioned?  Maybe something is in the way?"  They found my waters reformed and the baby was stuck.  By  breaking them, my contractions started again and my baby was here about an hour later.  Because of Jennifer - I had my dream birth and was empowered.

Jennifer also offered me postpartum support - something every mom should seek out.  I am forever grateful for her and if we are blessed with more babies, I hope she will be our doula again.

 



Hannah G

8/14/2020

Because of the coronavirus, the hospital and birth center where I was receiving pre-natal care were restricting visitors during and after delivery to just one healthy partner. This meant no doulas were allowed to attend births in person. My husband and I were both disappointed - this was our first pregnancy and we had only heard phenomenal recommendatioms from our friends who had worked with doulas. But when I was 37 weeks pregnant, policies changed and one additional support person was allowed to attend births. By the time I was 38 weeks pregnant, we had found Jennifer and were so relieved to have her on our team!

Jennifer came highly recommended and totally surpassed our expectations. She is easy-going, knowledgeable, and makes herself so available before, during, and after the labor and delivery. My husband and I met with her over Zoom a couple times prior to going into labor. She helped us think through a few things we hadn't considered yet and was just such an encouragement as she checked in on us. Once I was induced, Jennifer arrived at the hospital at 6:00 in the morning and was a constant source of comfort throughout the remainder of my labor. She offered words of encouragement and helpful perspective; she gently reminded my husband and I to advocate for ourselves when offered options that strayed from our birth plan; she helped get me into positions that were more effective during contractions. Her presence was a comfort not just to me but to my husband as well, who was able to focus on supporting me in his own way and not on memorizing different positions for me to try out or how to apply the correct amount of counter-pressure during contractions.

If we are fortunate enough to have future pregnancies, we certainly hope to work with Jennifer again!

Megan Manyuru

8/10/2020

Jennifer was amazing! She helped with breastfeeding and sleeping needs. She even connected me with other resources when I needed them. She was kind and helped really normalize everything we were going through. She still checks in with me even though her time is done. I would highly recommend Jennifer for you postpartum care. 

Tajwattie Amanda Basdeo

7/2/2020

My husband and I were privileged to have Jennifer as our Doula. She was professional, laidback and provide a ton of support and great information.  Unfortunately due to the covid pandemic she wasn’t allowed to join us in the delivery room however she made herself available 24/7 via FaceTime and it was a huge help having her guidance. Even after the birth of our baby boy, she has still made herself available for check ups to see how we’re handling parenthood and has provided extra information on any questions we’ve had.

Thank you so much Jennifer. You’ve made this experience quite enjoyable. 

Emily Sweet

6/22/2019

Jennifer was such a huge help for our family postpartum. With two school age children, our lives were already hectic before the arrival of baby number three. As I recovered from my first c-section birth and our family navigated the somewhat bumpy transition from family of four to family of five, Jennifer’s visits were a welcome relief. My newborn was slow to gain weight at first and Jennifer confidently stepped in with helpful nursing tips, calls to lactation and other specialists and, best of all, as a caring and experienced listener. She was quick to respond to my calls and texts and was such a reassuring presence in our home. Her visits allowed me to get some much-needed rest, my big kids adore her, and she left me feeling confident that our family would indeed find our new normal. I’m so glad that we had Jennifer’s loving help to welcome our new baby!

Natasha

5/25/2019

Jennifer Symes is an amazing Doula! Having her around was a tremendous help. Although my labor did not go as plan, she was very attentive and helped me to become as comfortable as possible. She assisted me with different techniques to help manage my labor. During my pregnancy and childbirth Jennifer was available to answer any questions that aroused. My partner expressed many times being grateful for her presence. Having her there gave my partner the opportunity to rest after working a double shift and know I was in good hands. Postpartum Jennifer continues to make herself available if needed. I would highly reccommend Jennifer and would definitely reach out to her in a heartbeat shall we decide to extend our family. Thank you again Jennifer!

Molly Kula

3/13/2019

When my husband was not present for the first three weeks of my baby's life due to serving in the National Guard I was so grateful that I had Jennifer's help. She helped me on a pragmatic and emotional level. Logistically, Jennifer just knew what to do without needing much direction. During that time I had a little anxiety and I wanted everything in my physical environment to be just so to help me feel more in control. Although I know this form of control is illusionary Jennifer helped keep my physical environment orderly and clean so I could enjoy my little one. I remember one afternoon I got lightheaded and laid down to rest. Jennifer got my baby to sleep and when I woke up rested, my trash was taken out, my dishes were done, and there was a beautiful note telling me what a great job I was doing. I felt like an angel just took over and I could let go for some time. Emotionally, Jennifer listened to my concerns about being a new mom and helped me to process them. I felt lighter and more reassured after our conversations. Jennifer listened in a way that did not feel like she was trying to fix me; she was present, accepting, and nurturing. And she helped me to laugh which I definitely needed. Jennifer truly cared. She came by twice after my husband got home just to make sure we were transitioning okay into being parents together. She was always available to talk when I needed her. I would wholeheartedly recommend Jennifer as a doula. My husband and I are planning on having a second child and I will certainly hire Jennifer again.

Birth Availability for Jennifer Symes

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Postpartum Availability for Jennifer Symes

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