Harbor Doula Care
Rockport, MA Service range 50 miles
$0 to $1800
$40 to $45
Availability Remarks: If needed, I can attend births, conduct prenatal preparation meetings and visit with postpartum families virtually.
$0 to $1800
$40 to $45
4 years and 50 births attended
4 years and 30 families served
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 happily support births in your home with a certified midwife attending.
I am a Doula with Beverly Hospital's Connecting Young Moms program and the Pettaway Pursuit Foundation.
I'm happy to discuss your needs and create a custom package for you.
Rockport, MA Service range 50 miles
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Working with Jennifer was the best decision I made ! As a first time mom I didn't really know how much support I needed while being in labor and having Jennifer there really made me feel better about everything. She helped me mentally & physically to deliver my baby and I really appreciate her for that ! If I have another baby I would definitely want her there again ??♥?
My husband and I hired Jennifer to help us navigate the labor and delivery of our first baby. I really wanted an unmedicated hospital birth with minimal interventions and Jennifer’s knowledge, skill, and compassion helped me have a birth experience better than I could have ever imagined. Jennifer empowered us to ask important questions and understand each decision we made at the end of our pregnancy and during labor & delivery. Jennifer came to our house and got to know my husband and I, and our dog (very important family member), as we prepared for labor and delivery. We had such peace of mind knowing that we had Jennifer on our team- an experienced doula and mom herself. Jennifer was a quick text or phone call away in the days and weeks leading up to baby’s birthday. She guided us through my water breaking before the onset of labor. She advised me on how to spend my last few hours being pregnant and eventually on when to go to the hospital. She met us at the hospital in the middle of the night and calmly helped me manage my contractions and delivery without medical interventions, as I wished. I cannot imagine my labor and delivery without Jennifer. She was there with my husband and I as we welcomed our first baby into the world and as we became mom and dad. She was supportive as I learned to breastfeed and recovered during the golden hour. She was consistent about checking up on us postpartum and we thoroughly enjoyed reliving our baby’s birth story with her during our postpartum visit several weeks later. Jennifer is now an honorary part of our family and she will be our first phone call if and when we are blessed with another pregnancy in the future. As Jennifer has said to me several times, “you can do this without a doula, but you shouldn’t have to”. We feel so lucky to have Jennifer in our lives.
I loved having Jennifer involved as my doula during my most recent pregnancy. Her words of encouragement during my pregnancy and especially towards the end made me feel extra confident in my decisions regarding my body and baby. Her calm demeanor helped tremendously when it was time to deliver my daughter. I loved having her as an extra support person during my pregnancy & she was always a text, call or FaceTime away. When faced with a repeat cesarean over my ideal birth, she was there to weigh out the pros and cons and ultimately helped me come to peace with my decision.
Jennifer is the best Doula Ever . She was always there even when she couldnt through text , call , or anything . I never felted alone as a firsg time mom. She made this experice for my partner & I the easiest & answer all of our questions. If I ever decide to have another baby , I would love to have her again as my doula. She's amazing.
Jennifer was very supportive and on board with every method I wanted to do for my birth. Even though it did not go as planned, she still supported and helped me through the process. She provided me with a bunch of information on topics that I was not well aware of, she made sure I was 100% positive about my decisions and was still supportive. Very good communication throughout my labor and made sure I knew she was just a text away from me. Definitely would recommend her to anyone else because of how helpful she was and always sending out positivity even when I got discouraged towards the end of my pregnancy.
Hiring Jennifer as my doula was one of the best decisions I could have made during my pregnancy. Her wisdom, compassion, endless patience, and good humor put me at ease during the most tense days both before and after giving birth to my son.
Though my plans for this birth did not pan out in the slightest, I felt absolutely at ease with each twist and turn due in no small part to Jennifer. I never felt judged or anything other than supported by her and will be forever grateful to have had her on my team.
We also made the decision to have Jennifer as a postpartum doula for the first few weeks after leaving the hospital. Jennifer's warm, reassuring presence in those early weeks was absolutely essential in helping us to settle in at home.
I genuinely and wholeheartedly recommend Jennifer to anyone looking to work with an amazing doula!
Highly recommend Jennifer! I never had any true expectations when it came to my pregnancy or labor, but my birthing experience was everything I ever wanted and more. Jennifer was a big part in that. Jennifer made herself available to both my husband and I to answer any questions. On the day I went into labor Jennifer was our first call, she helped us labor at home for as long as possible, which was fantastic. Once we got to the hospital she met us there and was so helpful throughout the whole delivery by explaining in detail to me what was going on and paying attention to all of my husband and my needs. She made sure we were both comfortable and made me feel like a family member rather than a client. I loved that as I truly felt she had my best interest in mind and helped guide me through certain decisions.
About a week after my birth we reconnected with Jennifer where we went through the whole deliver. It was exciting to relive holding my baby in my arms. She shared some details that my husband and I both had missed, along with additional insights.
I was hesitant to hire a doula, but I am so thankful I did and know that Jennifer was the right match for us. We will absolutely hire her for any future births.
Jennifer is a fantastic Doula! She was extremely supportive during my pregnancy and labor and delivery. She has a wealth of information and shared many valuable resources with me. She taught me a lot during my pregnancy and I felt prepared going into labor. Jennifer was extremely comforting during my labor and helped a lot with natural pain management techniques. She was very encouraging and kept me grounded during contractions. Jennifer stayed with me until my baby was here! She even slept in the hospital over night and brought healthy snacks. She worked cohesively with the nurses and doctors and helped answer questions when I couldn't. Jennifer was very calm and reassuring at the most important times! Although my birth plan changed, she continued to give me a lot of support and held my hand the entire time! Afterward, she was able to recap my experience, offer more valuable information about recovery, and answer anymore questions that I had. If I ever have baby #2, I definitely want Jennifer to be there.
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!)
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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