$600 to $700
1 years and 39 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Only home births attended by a licensed midwife (no unassisted births).
Operation Doula- Balboa Medical Center Volunteer Doula Service Mentor Doula with Hearts And Hands Volunteer Doula Service, UC San Diego (Jacobs Medical Center & UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest)
Hello! Upon contacting me, we will arrange our initial face to face interview at no charge. Once hired, my fee includes: • Min. 2 Prenatal in home OR VIRTUAL Visits • Unlimited Email/Text Support to Answer Questions & Provide Referrals throughout Your Pregnancy Until 6 Weeks Postpartum • Assistance with Preparing Birth Preferences • 24/7 On Call Starting at 38 Weeks until Birth • Access to a Back-Up Doula • Continuous Support throughout Labor Until Birth (In Home, Hospital or Birth Center) • 2 Hours Postpartum Support to Assist with Breastfeeding • Photography/Video of the Birth (Non-Professional - Using Client’s Camera or Phone) OR I Can Refer a Professional Birth Photographer • 1 Postpartum Visit 7-10 Days After the Birth to follow up with anything you may have questions about OPTIONAL ADD ON: • “Your Birthing Experience” - Summary of Notes Taken During Labor and Birth with a Detailed Timeline of Events *MORE TESTIMONIALS AVAILABLE ON MY WEBSITE*
La Mesa, CA Service range 50 miles
I met Jennifer a couple of years ago through improv. I didn't know she was a doula until I did research on San Diego doulas and came across Destiny Doula Services page on Facebook. I remember thinking how lucky I was to have found a doula whom I already knew, but also liked her vibe. I gave her a call and we set up a time for her to meet with me and my husband.
At our first meeting, I was impressed with Jennifer's experience and knowledge of what to expect pre and postpartum. She went over her services and we comprised a game plan for leading up to, during, and after delivery. I cannot stress enough how important it was to us that Jennifer had a warm and calm energy about her. This is what I wanted during pregnancy and delivery.
I was 35 weeks pregnant when news of the Corona Virus had spread into the US. It was during the first few weeks when news of NYC hospitals weren't letting anyone except the mother into the hospital, so I was concerned. I asked my obgyn about having a doula in the room, but was denied. Jennifer and I immediately set up a new game plan and decided that we would be in touch through facetime once I was admitted into triage.
I was in early labour for over 24 hours before I was admitted into triage. When we pulled up to the Mary Birch hospital, my husband and I were stunned to find out that he was no longer allowed to enter with me. They had literally just changed the policy that day. He was understandably very upset, but I told him it would be ok. I was relieved when they told us he would be allowed once I was in the delivery room. Jennifer and I had discussed that situation like this could happen, so I felt prepared to be physically alone.
I can honestly say, I do not know if I would have had such a positive experience if Jennifer wasn't part of the process. It's a bit scary to be alone when feeling the pain of contractions and not knowing what to expect next. Having Jennifer in my ear (I couldn't hold up the phone to facetime during contractions) coaching me and and guiding me through breathing was so helpful and comforting. I didn't feel alone at all. Even in moments of silence, I felt so much comfort knowing she was still listening and there for me. Since my husband wasn't allowed inside, she was also super helpful in keeping him in the loop and letting him know the moment I was being sent to delivery.
Once I was in the delivery room, my husband joined me and was able to set up my phone holder so that Jennifer could see us in the delivery room. The nurses and midwife were very open to Jennifer "being there" and they all worked well together. Again, Jennifer did an amazing job at knowing when to step in and knowing when to let the nurses do their thing. She was also very helpful in reminding my husband to give me water or prop my head up with a pillow. The 3 of us even meditated before I started pushing which is a memory I will always appreciate.
Our son, Nolan Jon, was born 4/9/20 at 6:54 pm after 36 hours of labour and almost 4 hours of pushing. Jennifer was able to take photos of the birth and recorded the entire experience with notes and timestamps. That was an added bonus to the service we chose. I highly recommend choosing this option as it is wonderful to go back and read everything that happened and show to our son one day.
From start to finish, I had a fantastic experience giving birth to Nolan. We will always be grateful for Jennifer's service and love that she had such a positive impact on our special day.
We feel so blessed to have found Jenn! My wife and I weren't totally sure about what we wanted or needed from a doula, but Jenn provided us with exactly the support we didn't even quite know how to ask for during our 14 hours of labor. She brought a positive energy, a joyful attitude, constant reassurance, and a personal touch that meshed with the atmosphere we wanted to cultivate. Jenn's experience in the delivery room was invaluable to us as she provided her insight each step of way whenever something new would happen. Her knowledge of the many possible laboring positions helped to always keep my wife as comfortable as possible, even with an epidural. Her ability to go with the flow and provide the care and compassion for me when things diverged from our initial plan gave me a confidence that we were going to get through it all together.
I am so thankful to have found Jen to be my Doula! This was my 3rd baby, and a Doula plays an important role no matter how many times you've given birth. Jen was caring, supportive, comforting and extremely responsive. I knew I could count on her throughout the pregnancy. She proactively offered up ideas/suggestions and information, and her deep and wide knowledge of pregnancy and birth was reassuring and helpful. My birth story took some twists and turns (as they all do!), and as my needs changed she supported my decisions. I'd definitely recommend her to any friends looking for the support of a Doula, and if I planned on more kiddos I'd want her by my side again. Thank you Jen!
We had the honor and pleasure of having Jenn as our doula for our second birth. After a tramatic experience with the birth of our first child we realized we needed a birthing partner in a hospital setting. I chose Jenn because of her Hypnobirthing education along with the fact that if I needed her at anytime she would be there. She also had a gentle and kind approach that I felt would be great in the delivery room (and I was right!). She was always accommodating and willing to go out of her way to adjust to our schedules. She made us feel comfortable and relaxed. She has awesome tools and techniques to help with laboring. She has a knowledge set that you can tap into to seek wisdom before and during labor. With my hypnobirthing education and training and her as a doula I felt much more prepared for my labor and birth of our baby girl. I had a very long labor with my second birth and Jenn was there for every moment of it! She was a HUGE support for my husband as he was able to take breaks and stay nourished during that full day. She helped me bounce ideas off of that were presented in labor and then I felt more comfortable to make the decision that was best for baby and me. In hypnobirthing they use a lot of touch to help counter labor “pain” and hers was by far the best, better than my husband’s! She reminded me to tap into my guided meditations/visualizations which is exactly what I needed. She also was able to capture our special moment when baby came into this world. We are forever grateful to Jenn for her patience, kindness, and support during our pregnancy and labor/delivery!
Jenn was incredible! She was with us for 37 hours of labor! She was a constant source of positivity, encouragement, knowledge of pain relief techniques and an extra set of helpful hands, which gave husband/coach a much-needed break. I am so grateful for the ways Jenn advocated for me throughout the whole process. She really, REALLY cares so well (for everyone, not just me). I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to not just meet her, but go through this crazy experience together. She’s an angel!! – Kelsey B.
Jennifer is such a beautiful soul and I was so lucky to have her as my doula. Not only was she informative but she encouraged me all the way up to delivery. She put me at ease when my birth plan didnt go as planned and she has been super helpful. I just love the person she is and I wouldn't change anything about my pregnancy and birth experience. Special thank you to her.
It's not possible to praise or thank Jennifer enough for how supportive and invaluable she was to my birth experience! I don’t know how I could have done it without her and I feel so lucky that she was there for me working hard to ease my physical discomfort and mind. I’m grateful for the physical an emotional support she provided over such a long stretch of time, and she was so helpful to my husband as well, allowing him to take breaks while she stayed at my side. Even the nurses were impressed with how amazing and helpful Jennifer was! There was a point in which my labor wasn’t progressing much, and the doctor thought it may be that the baby was positioned sunny side up and was having trouble, so Jennifer was able to help get me into some different positions to try to get the baby in the optimal position for delivery—and it worked! Soon after her help, I was fully dilated and effaced and finally ready to push. Jennifer has the kindness, calming presence, and expertise that was so necessary for me during my labor and delivery to make a scary unknown so much more bearable. She also provided great resources postpartum to ensure that I ease into the journey of being a new mom. I can’t recommend Jennifer enough!
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