Birth With Jen
Glendale, CA Service range 12 miles
3 years and 7 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 2
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
In response to COVID-19 and hospital restrictions, I am providing virtual prenatal and postpartum visits, as well as virtual labor support. Policies are ever-changing and we’re receiving new information every day. You’re not alone! We will navigate these waters together, and I will support you in any way that I can. Please contact me for more details.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Should you choose me as your doula after a complimentary consultation, my fee includes 2 prenatal visits, phone and email support throughout your pregnancy, physical and emotional support during labor and delivery, 1-2 hours of immediate postpartum and early breastfeeding support, and one postpartum visit to be scheduled a week or so after delivery. I believe that everyone deserves to have a labor and delivery they can look back on and know that they were supported, respected, and well cared for. It would be a joy and honor to come alongside your family to help facilitate this kind of birth experience! *If my fee is cost-prohibitive, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I will do my best to accommodate you, or help you find someone who can work within your budget.
Glendale, CA Service range 12 miles
I gave birth during the covid pandemic, things were crazy. I was super excited to find Jenn, because she was not only affordable, in a time when my husband lost work, and I was off for maternity, but she was also so friendly, easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. I spoke to a another doula who had been a doula for 20+ years and I truly couldn't find a huge difference between our consultations. I felt comfortable with both, and decided to work with Jenn because she actually has kids and has first hand experience with 3 different types of births. She isn't judgemental of any medicalized last minute decisions. She's super accepting of whatever our birth stories end up being, since birthing has a mind of its own.
As my due date neared I realized that I wanted to give birth at home or a birthing center instead of the hospital and I found a birthing center near by that would take me last minute. She was so supportive at my home for before we left, I was so afraid of being told to go back home until I was "ready". My active labor came unusually fast and i wasn't sure if I was in active labor or not. once she arrived to my home we timed and she witnessed my contractions and she gave the green light to head to the center. It was absolutely wonderful to have two hands to hold, and sometimes one person to get things I needed while another never left my side. My husband loved having her too, he said he's not sure if he could've done it all without her. She is so warm and welcoming, she really becomes part of your family quickly, we only met a couple times before the birth, but we felt like we knew her forever. She came to visits when we were ready for her to after the birth too. And had always been there for us prenatal and postpartum if I had any questions or concerns. I would Highly recommend Jenn, to be your doula, Doulas are invaluable, especially a great one like her!
Jen is fantastic. She has attended the births of both of my children and there is no one I would rather have in the delivery room with me. Her demeanor is so warm, supportive, and calming, and she was wonderfully helpful both in verbally encouraging and physically supporting me during both labors. She stood behind me for hours putting pressure on my lower back during the worst parts of labor, she encouraged me with just the right words when I was getting tired, and she made a great team player with my husband, offering to be helpful where needed but never being invasive. As labor intensified, Jen suggested comfort measures that I could say yes or no to, allowing me to stay focused on my own breathing and stay calm, knowing I had an attentive, responsive person there with me to help me through every contraction. She was so good at being attuned to what I needed throughout the whole process and always considerate of my preferences as each stage of labor progressed. She even offered to take photos for us in the delivery room once baby was born, capturing the first precious moments of meeting baby, and I'm so grateful she did that for us. Jen was so available and supportive to me, especially in the final weeks of pregnancy when I needed to talk through aspects of delivery that I was uncertain about, and when I started second-guessing my birth plan, she was fantastic at listening, asking thoughtful questions, and helping me make sense of my most important priorities. I knew she was absolutely committed to doing what she could to help me achieve the best birth possible, and I am so blessed that she could be there with me during two of the most formative moments of my life. I would highly, highly recommend Birth with Jen to anyone!
= Available. Calendar last updated: 05-29-2020