Phone: (207) 329-2773
Birth Fee: Not specified
Postpartum Rate: Not specified
Fee Details: As a birth doula my goal is to create an environment where birthing parents have an easier time trusting their birth and instincts and partners feel comfortable being an active support person with space for their own experience. When parents feel supported and are tuned in to the process, delivery is more rewarding and outcomes more satisfying. I am a caring, objective and supportive doula who is attentive to the emotional issues surrounding birth. I will provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers & those who love them before, during and after the childbirth process. Please call so we can discuss our fees and your needs.
Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 215 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 15 years and 240 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula
Volunteer/pro-bono services donated yearly
Service Area MapArea of practice: Portland, ME
I cannot say enough about how wonderful Jodi Phinney has been as our doula. She supported us through all of the phases - from prenatal, to labor, and postpartum. A huge part of my confidence and that of my husband going into the day of delivery was thanks to Jodi! She helped us prepare for labor in all of the most essential ways. The day our son was born she was so helpful to myself and to my husband. She took care of me when I needed it and encouraged my husband when that was what was needed. I cannot express how thankful I am to have her in my life for the most unexpected reason - postpartum care! She helped connect me to other moms with babies, and to lactation support when it was needed. This has enabled me to make connections that I'm sure will last a lifetime! Can't put a price tag on that!
Jodi Phinney is my doula, more like my savior! I had my son 7 1/2 weeks ago. It was a very long 77 hour labor. The first 48 my husband and I labored at home with confidence as Jodi checked in on us regularly, popped in to show us new position ect. Once things progressed to a point we did not feel comfortable with she came to our home at 1am where she supported us and then the 3 of us headed into the hospital for a long road of active labor. Jodi was there with us for over 24 hours. She was an amazing support for my husband. Her presence made him able to take a break and get food, take a nap. She was amazing for me. As nurses and midwives came and went as shifts changed, it was wonderful having her and her vast experience there with us the whole way. It would have been a scary journey without her. Her presence gave as confidence and calm.
She was a great help during my pregnancy. It was fantastic to have her available for me to bounce questions off her. Postpartum she has been a godsend! When she called to check in and I told her about some excess bleeding, she encouraged me to call the midwife. It was a good thing I called.
I could go on and on about how grateful I am to have Jodi as my doula. She is my angel.
Jodi is the piece of your birth plan that is currently missing. No joke.
She has this gift of reading people. Knowing what you need before you even do. Lips were chapped; there was Jodi with my favorite burts bees. Hair in my face; Jodi’s hands were gathering it up in a messy bun. Head was hot; cool cloth being applied by Jodi or by husband who was being gently coached by Jodi. After days of prodromal labor and I didn’t think I had the energy to go on, she told me how strong I was. When breastfeeding wasn’t going as planned, Jodi was there for support and resources.
Seriously ladies. I’m pretty sure Jodi is a magical birth lady that makes you feel comfortable and confident in your birth and your decisions surrounding it. She is a wealth of knowledge and never judging. How amazing to have someone hold that kind of space for you while you go through one of the most influential times of your life. I am forever grateful to her and the role she held in our daughters birth.
We were blessed to have Jodi play such an integral part of the birth of our first child on March 9, 2014. I was hoping for a natural, unmedicated birth but with this being my first one I also didn’t know what to expect and was keeping an open mind. My husband and I met with Jodi a couple of months before my due date and instantly connected with her. We knew her knowledge, experience and calm demeanor would be just what we needed. In addition to the obvious discussions of our birth plan, she made sure to get to know who my husband and I were, our families and what mattered most to us in our relationship. We always felt comfortable with expressing our thoughts, feelings and objectives with her. I called Jodi when contractions started and while I was anxious and nervous, she reminded me to keep on with my daily life and let things progress as they should. She arrived at our home when contractions intensified and helped me labor comfortably at home for as long as possible. When we arrived at the hospital she ensured all involved were aware of my birth plan and worked extremely well with the nurses and doctors. She advocated for me whenever it was necessary so my husband could stay focused on supporting me. She not only provided me with guidance and support, but did the same for my husband. After only three hours in the hospital, I delivered my son naturally without any interventions and I credit much of that to Jodi. I have become such an advocate for doulas, specifically Jodi, because of my experience and highly recommend her a million times over. She visited us in the hospital the next day and then again when we were back home. While the focus from family and friends was on our beautiful, healthy little boy, she was focused on how I was doing which, to be honest, even I wasn’t thinking about. Jodi started out as my doula and has since become a dear friend. If/when we have another child, I would absolutely want to have her by our side again!
Jodi was my doula for the birth of my twin girls. During my pregnancy, I felt deeply that I was capable of a healthy, natural birth. However, twin pregnancies are automatically treated as high risk, and Jodi was the first birth professional to back me 100%. She affirmed my conviction that I could birth my girls naturally, and provided me with information, resources, and emotional support leading up to the birth. The birth did not commence as I had hoped; my water broke at a check-up just shy of 35 weeks, and I was taken alone in an ambulance to Maine Med. Jodi met me at the hospital along with my husband, and she was indispensible throughout my labor and delivery. As my labor began in earnest, Jodi asked the nurses and doctors to take a moment to review my birth plan (which they hadn’t even looked at), and negotiated for intermittent fetal monitoring, rather than continuous. To labor well, I needed to move freely, as the pain increased exponentially when I was asked to lie on the bed for monitoring. I don’t know what would have happened if Jodi had not been there to remind them of my desire for movement, as I was not longer in a state of mind to advocate for myself. Throughout the duration of the labor and delivery, Jodi was a comforting, calming, and protective presence for me, allowing me to do that work that I needed to do, and providing a buffer between me and the outside world. As my girls were born, they were taken immediately for monitoring in the NICU. It was heartbreaking to have them taken, but my husband was able to go with them, leaving Jodi to support me and care for me during what proved to be a challenging stage 3 of labor (delivery of the placenta). Jodi visited me the following day to bring me an amazing mother’s milk tea and to process the birth experience, and continued to check in with me during the following weeks. I will be forever grateful to Jodi for her love and support during this special time in my life.
Jodi was simply amazing to work with through pregnancy and childbirth, and continues to be a wonderful support to our family. While I was pregnant, Jodi truly listened to our thoughts and concerns about the birth process, and helped us talk productively through issues we thought we might have with our families or healthcare providers or childbirth itself. She also helped us learn about different approaches to labor, and gave us things to think about that might not have occurred to us on our own, but ended up being important parts of our birth plan. During labor, Jodi was a calm and reassuring presence, and kept me focused on my breathing and visualizations even through the most intense and scary moments, allowing me to achieve the unmedicated birth I was hoping for. She also knew exactly the right questions to ask at just the right times to make sure I could advocate for myself with my doctors and stay as close to my birth plan as possible. Jodi is warm and caring, and always knows when you need a laugh or when you need someone to take things seriously. I felt throughout my pregnancy and labor that I was her absolute first priority and that I could depend on her for anything I needed. I am so grateful to Jodi for the huge part she played in my incredible birth experience, and I could never recommend her enough.
Jodi was our doula at the birth of our first daughter in August 2012, and I would absolutely highly recommend her! She is knowledgeable, experienced, open-minded and extremely nurturing/supportive. She was an amazing contributor to our birthing experience, both my husband and I were so happy to have her there! Even my healthcare provider commented on her superior talents as a doula - and he performs something like 300 births a year! Overall, Jodi was just an amazing supporter throughout the entire process - she met with us prior to the birth to discuss our birthplans, fears, expectations, etc. She met with us afterwards for breastfeeding support, to help us understand infant bowel movements, and to demonstrate how to use a moby wrap:) And during the birth, I really can't say enough about her nurturing presence - she stopped on her way in to pick up coconut water, was a non-invasive but very supportive/nurturing presence throughout the entire birth, especially reminding me when to breathe and stay hydrated, encouraging me to change laboring positions, even helping me to the bathroom and literally dropping to her hands and knees to help physically support me when I had a contraction while walking! She was also extremely helpful in offering suggestions to my husband of things he could do to help support me and the process, which he was very grateful for (it can be a little overwhelming for the partners! ha!)! Those are just a few of the many examples I could give of her contributions to our labor process; immediately after the birth, because she knew that breastfeeding was a high priority for us, she helped my daughter and I start nursing successfully for the first time. And because actions speak louder than words, we never gave a second thought to asking Jodi to attend the birth of our second daughter as well - Jodi ended up literally catching her! We feel absolutely blessed to have had Jodi as a part of our birthing experiences.
My husband and I were expecting our first child in December 2013. We were looking for someone who would help both of us through the new experience. Someone we felt comfortable with, who put us at ease, listened to what we were hoping for in the birthing process, and wanted to join us in the journey (instead of leading it).
After meeting with several doulas, we both felt Jodi was a wonderful fit. She sat at our kitchen table and it felt like we were chatting with an old friend. This was someone we knew we would feel comfortable seeing us both at our most vulnerable and human. Jodi met with us several times prior to labor and delivery. We were appreciative of her suggestions and ideas as to how to we could prepare for the birth experience we wanted. My husband was really nervous about trying to "coach" me through labor and delivery. He was worried he would choke, not know what to do, and would somehow fail me. Having Jodi as our doula was comforting to him.
As with many first time moms, there were lots of exciting "Could this be it!?" moments leading up to the real deal. Jodi helped us through all of them as our cheerleader and sounding board. When my labor finally did begin, Jodi was there as soon as we felt we needed her support. I had a long labor. It wasn't what I had hoped for, but it was still our experience and we wouldn't trade it! The labor and delivery experience would have been very different had Jodi not been there with us. We were so thankful for her presence. My husband rocked it (thanks to her quiet, gentle suggestions to him on how he could support me). I had no regrets, thanks to having someone there to help us fully understand everything that was happening and enable us to have the information we needed to make the best decision.
I would HIGHLY recommend Jodi to anyone who was interested in having a doula as part of their support team!
Our baby boy was born on December 17th, 2010. Jodi was with us for a long (multiple day) labor. She was calm, caring, nurturing, and supportive not only to mom-but dad as well. Jodi truly coached us through the tough points in our labor, offering strtegies to move the labor ahead. Jodi worked collaboratively with the doctors and nurses and became part of the team. She asked clarifying questions of the doctors and nurses which helped to guide us. During a time in which I found it difficult to ask questions and advocate for myself, having Jodi helped to get clear answers for myself and my husband. We were so blessed to meet Jodi in the final trimester. Although she was truly a professional, she became part of our new family.
Jodi is an incredibly gifted doula. She attended the birth of my second baby at Maine Medical Center. She was wonderful. She supported me through all the most difficult parts of labor. She intuitively knew exactly what I needed and when. She was able to provide me just the right amount of support that I needed. I did not have a doula at my first birth, so I know what a world of difference it made having her there, especially as far as pain management goes. Jodi was both professional and warm in all my interactions with her before, during and after the birth. She was excellent at politely handling unwanted hospital inteferences, and worked beautifully with the doctors and nurses on staff. I had a beautiful birth, and I can honestly say that I couldn't have done any of it without Jodi.
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