Birth Fee: $400 to $600
Fee Details: I have a sliding scale when necessary because I want a doula to be available to every woman who wants one. I will work with you on payment plans and would consider barters. Services include: Two prenatal visits, unlimited texts, calls and/or emails during pregnancy; access to my home library and resource list; home labor support and/or labor support at the hospital once in active labor; I stay around two hours after birth, and assist in establishing breastfeeding (if desired); optional home visit after birth.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 20 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Service Area MapArea of practice: Eldridge, IA
I want you to know that if you choose Jessica to support you at this big moment of your life, you will be getting more than a professional, you will be gaining a friend who truly cares about you, your needs, your fears, your spouse’s experience and helping that new baby into the world in the most loving and safe way. Jessica is a wonderful listener and will never force her will upon you. As a professional she offers great advice and tips but realizes that every women and every birth experience is unique and will allow your birth to be driven by your feelings and comfort. My experience with Jessica was gentle, empathetic and calming. She gave me advise on getting my labor going. She walked a mile down the road with me, literally! She encouraged my husband to step in and participate, she allowed my "helpful" sister to be near me but Jessica continued to ask if I needed anything and was vigilant to suggest things that would add comfort to the moment. I think what I loved the most was seeing how joyful she was when the baby was here, she was just as full of awe as we were. As a nurse, I know I have become used to the miracles that I deal with every day, but I was really tickled to know that Jessica saw my birth (and because we are friends outside of my delivery I know she sees every birth, every mama and every baby) with eyes of wonder and excitement and really does not take for granted that you have trusted her in this once in a lifetime moment! I cannot speak highly enough of Jessica as a person and as a doula. My family was very greatful to have her near!
Jessica was my first choice for a doula when I found out I was expecting my second child. I knew that no matter what, I wanted her by my side. Jessica is so sweet and compassionate, she will not only be your doula, but she will become your friend. When I went into labor, she was my strength, she kept assuring me that I could have a natural birth and that I was strong and my body was made to have this baby. She helped get my husband involved in the birth of our daughter, and had him assisting her with the items I needed. Without Jessica I don't know if I would have been able to have the natural birth I wanted. I'm so glad I had her as my doula and as my friend.
My experience with Jessica Holst. I wanted a homebirth. I prayed that the stars (finances and finding a homebirth midwife) would align and I would get my wish. I didn't get my wish. What I did get was God putting ever so gently on my heart to ask Jessica to be our doula. Turns out, I had issues that needed to be somewhat closely monitored and my hospital midwife and the OB she works with were able to do that.
Jessica has such a gentle sweetness about her. She patiently asked me all the right questions and was able to help me put my desires for my son's birth into words. Words that were put into our birth plan and that were respected and followed nearly every step of the way. She answered texts when I asked about certain signs of labor. I was induced with my first child and was unsure and a little scared of knowing when I was going into labor naturally. While laboring at the hospital she gently reminded me to relax through every contraction when my natural reaction was to tense up. She kept me hydrated and tried to keep me fed, though I was the stubborn pregnant lady that refused food. She snapped pictures that we'll always cherish. Our birth went smoothly and pretty much by our birth plan but I have no doubt that if things would have changed she would have kept us calm and supported the entire time.
I look up to Jessica as a role model. She's an awesome mother and just a great person all around. I didn't just get an incredible doula but an amazing friend. I also didn't get what I prayed for, but I did get exactly what I needed.
I planned to birth my fourth baby at home, just like my third. All three of my previous births had been wonderful drug-free experiences. I'd never used a doula before. I didn't really think I needed a doula for this birth, because I knew what I was doing and I had a great midwife to help me. However, the choice to use Jessica as a doula turned out to be one of my best decisions ever.
Jessica knew exactly how and where to touch me during contractions. In all my previous births, no one was allowed to touch me at all. They did nothing but cause more pain. Jessica was so different. She applied just the right pressure to my back. She could tell simply by watching me when I needed her to start again. I did not have to announce the beginning and end of every contraction. But that wasn't even the best part. The best part was that between contractions, Jessica and I carried on conversation frequently interspersed with laughter, and we just really enjoyed ourselves. What a different experience for me!
When I got into the birth tub, things were extremely intense, and I didn't really feel like chatting anymore. Jessica could sense this, and she lowered her voice and didn't talk unless I talked. She poured water over my back almost constantly. It would have been easy for Jessica and the midwife and her assistant to chatter and carry on, but they didn't. They kept their focus on me. Unlike my hospital birth experiences, they were not asking me a thousand questions or telling me what to do. They just supported me. Quietly.
I roared and pushed my baby into the world, and Jessica took lots of gorgeous photos that I will treasure forever.
I thoroughly enjoyed having Jessica as my doula. I sincerely wish I'd had her along for all of my births. She really made the experience less intense, less scary, more personal, and more fun.
I first decided I wanted a doula with my second baby. I was only 20 when I had my first child and was so ignorant I thought the umbilical cord was there to attach my belly button to my baby's. Seriously. I had a horrid expiernece and nearly lost my life. With my second baby I craved information. I wanted to have the support of someone who knew more about birth than I did. My husband was 110 percent against having anyone present let alone the "competition" a doula would bring.
Jessica was there for us... Both of us. She was with me the whole time and helped my husband learn some tricks and moves to ease my pain and take my mind off my contractions. She took tasteful pictures that I will always treasure. After having the expierence Jessica gave us my husband now believes that EVERY woman NEEDS a doula. He never felt threatened or left out. He was so glad to have her there and was totally blown away by how much help she was.
I can honestly say that with out the love and support that we got from Jessica we wouldn't have had the same birth experience. She is a very kind and Loving person. I would recommend everyone to scoop her up for your birth.
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