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I cannot say enough good things about these three! We knew having a doula was what we wanted as first time expecting parents but didn't fully grasp everything we were signing up for. Having three doulas with unique and complimentary backgrounds, skills and personalities was such a wonderful experience for us. My husband and I felt like we received consistant, genuine, and enthusiastic support before, during and after our birth experience. I know it sounds cliche but we honestly couldn't imagine being where we are now as a happy and healthy family of 3 without them. We had access to all of their combined recommendations and tools as well and for someone like me who couldn't get enough baby/pregnancy information, I was able to keep myself plenty busy. During our actual labor Jen was in the trenches with us, supporting me through intense contractions, talking us through options when our labor stalled, and helping us feel comfortable and supported during the quiet hours. It feels like we are a part of the Jet City Doulas family now and they are apart of ours as well. You won't regret working with them!
These ladies most literally wrote the book on the birthing process. I would say I couldn't do it without them, but every mama can do this, and they were the empowerment I needed to do it. You have a team of strong women at your fingertips and the peace of mind to know that when the big day comes, they will be there for you, and you have a relationship with each. Their support was priceless, from evidence-based perspective to the emotional. And a certified lactation consultant in your back pocket to boot.
I apologize for the long review, but I can't say enough about how fantastic Jen, Katie and Mariah have been before, during and after the birth of our Son. My husband and I were initially on the fence about hiring a doula. The Jet City team was friendly, non-judgemental and made us feel totally comfortable with our birth preferences. Their experience and offering of both prenatal and postpartem support helped to reassure and normalize many of the things we were going through especially during the callenging last few weeks of my pregnancy.
Mariah was on call for the birth of our son. We had gone to the hospital early in labor due to my water breaking. Mariah arrived shortly after we did and stayed through the entire 24hr+ labor. She worked seamlessly with the nursing team and provided immeasurable support to both myself and my husband, keeping him informed and helped us both to advocate for our needs. And through all of that, she even found time to document the labor so we didn't need to think about it.
The whole team has been available for help during late night panic calls like when I thought my water broke
(twice) and feeding issues in the first days after bringing baby home. They have been ears to listen and shoulders to cry on when I was so tired I didn't think I would be able to do it. More than anything they helped my husband and I to feel empowered and informed when going into the biggest adventure of our lives. And didn't even laugh when we called panicked that we were going to drown our baby when my milk supply came in early :-P.
I would (and have) recommend Jet City Doulas without question to anyone seeking support from a doula. If we ever decide to have another baby we would absolutely ask them to be a part of our journey again.
Despite my partner’s skepticism, I felt that hiring a doula would be beneficial, as it was my first pregnancy. After our virtual meet-and-greet with Katie, Mariah, and Jen, I knew that Jet City Doulas was a perfect fit for us. They were with us through the end of pregnancy, into labor, and even postpartum, and helped us prepare in ways we didn’t know we needed. They went above and beyond to make themselves available to us, regardless of the time of day or how trivial our questions may have seemed.
Having 3 doulas to reach out to truly enhanced our experience. Each doula providing a different perspective and unique set of skills. Jen put all of my breastfeeding anxieties to rest, and I am grateful to her for my smooth and successful breastfeeding journey thus far at over 2 months postpartum. Katie supported me when health concerns arose during pregnancy, and helped me identify what was best for me and how to advocate for myself with my providers. Mariah’s skills shone through when my contractions kicked in- I don’t know how I would have gotten through them without her guidance.
Even though I delivered via C-section, which was not my initial preference, I felt incredibly prepared and confident to make the decision with the education and support that had been provided to me. My partner’s skepticism transitioned to relief (when Mariah saved the day once labor intensified), and then to immense gratitude (when Jen helped us welcome our healthy baby boy into the world). What could have been a frightening or even traumatizing experience when things took an urgent and unexpected turn ended up being overall incredibly positive, and I credit a large portion of that to Jet City Doulas.
We had the best experience with Jet City Doulas. We felt so supported through out our entire prenatal experience, the birth, and postpartum. They each bring their own unique expertise and experiences and we couldn't be more thankful that we chose them as our doulas. Not only did we have 3 prenatal and postnatal visits, but Mariah also attended our ECV procedure. Having her there was so comforting. Having Jen as an IBCLC has been so helpful. She helped us learn the best flange sizes for my pump and helped me learn how to self express colustrum before our baby arrived. Once our baby arrived, she came over to weigh our baby pre and post feeding and to check his latch and to answer any questions.
Jen was our doula during the birth and was so supportive and helpful during the whole 24 hours+ of labor. As soon as she arrived at the hospital, she put twinkly lights up in the room so it didn't look so medical and made it a much more peaceful experience. She made me a warm bath and helped me with labor positions and talking through questions to ask the doctor. We had a complication during our birth and we ended up having to do an unplanned c section due to an issue out of our control, and Jen supported my husband and I the whole time, explaining next steps and comforting us as we processed the changes of our birth plan. I know I would have been much more anxious through it all if Jen wasn't there to support us. After our baby was born, she helped me learn how to breastfeed and make sure he had a good latch. She also took amazing pictures of us during the labor and of our baby after he was born. After the birth of our baby, Jet City Doulas continue to support us. I am the kind of person who really values a lot of support and kindness and advice/info/help during such a huge life changing experience of preparing for a baby, having a baby and then taking care of a baby and my husband and I couldn't imagine doing it without Jet City Doulas. They are the best!
I have so many positive things about the Jet City Doulas! I can’t imagine my pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey without their support. I would have been completely lost without them. As a first time mom with so many questions and concerns, they helped me navigate through the entire process allowing my worries and hesitations turn into confidence and success. Their program which included the prenatal and postpartum visits in addition to the labor and birth support was amazing. Although labor and birth was the most physically, mentally and emotionally challenging thing I have ever experienced, I was able to make it through the way I envisioned with Katie’s pain management guidance and emotional support. I reached out to the doulas at all hours of the day and night after my baby was born multiple times with questions and concerns and they were always available and quick to respond. That level of support during a vulnerable time in your life is priceless. Jen’s exceptional knowledge and experience as an IBCLC helped me navigate through my difficult breastfeeding journey and Mariah’s calm and kind-hearted words made my insecurities fade away. The three of them worked together so well and were always aligned and on the same page. They are the kindest, sweetest souls and I would now consider them friends.
As first time parents, my wife (Rebecca) and I had strong opinions about how we wanted our birth experience to be and were uncertain how to prepare ourselves for the birth process, how to select the right facility to give birth and how to effectively communicate to the birthing staff aobut our desired approach leading into the birthing process and during.
After doing research, Rebecca determined that having a Doula help us with this journey made sense, and through additional research, we contacted Jet City Doulas. From the first interview session with the Jet City Doula team, it was abundantly clear that not only were they knowledgable about the various topics we needed help with, that they were experienced in each of their specialized fields,, but through a series of throughtful questions, it was also very clear that they were passionate about their field of work and cared about us.
That said, the coaching we received leading into the pregnancy was extremely helpful - not only for our own preparation, but also coaching us on how to best prepare the midwivery team at Swedish hospital for the expereince we hoped for. During the pregnancy, the assistance of our Doula to help sooth Rebecca through the birthing process, but also provided suggestions to the Swedish staff that helped "encourage" the birth to occur.
It was the post-pregnancy experience that really made the Jet City Doula team stand out, in my mind. During the folllowing several weeks, somebody was always available to help us with nursing, sleeping and other important topics related to our new baby. On several occassions, Jen made visits to our home and spent as much time as necessary to ensure Rebecca was comfortable with the coaching provided and helped improve our mental state!
In closing, I cannot say enough about the postiive experience this time provided.
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