Birth Fee: $550 to $1500
Fee Details: I offer a variety of packages and services. Please see website for full details! www.crunchymamadoula.com Payment plans available upon request.
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years
Clients per Month: 1 to 6Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Pawtucket, RI
Jenn helped us prepare for our first baby. I was overwhelmed by the unknown and needed some reassurance. She was calm, confident and very informed about pregnancy and birth. I am so glad that we didn't just do the obligatory hospital education class-- Jenn provided us with information and techniques that helped me to feel prepared and confident that I could do it! All of the prep and planning paid off because the birth itself went pretty quickly. I would highly recommend her as a doula for the piece of mind. Thank you Jenn!
My wife decided to use a doula which I had never really heard of doing, but Jenn was great. She helped me get more involved beyond just a birthing class and it was nice to have someone else in the delivery room. When questions came up it was amazing to have someone to turn to instead of Google. We highly recommend Jenn!
I used Jenn as my doula for the birth of my son in April 2018 and was so happy
I did. As a first time Mom I felt overwhelmed by the information out there and completely unprepared for child birth. My original intention was just to have some extra support since my husband was new to this and my Mom was not local, but I found Jenn was helpful to me in the entire process of becoming a Mom and not just the birth itself. Jenn’s warm and calm personality had me instantly at ease. Jenn helped me with all aspects of my pregnancy and then helped me feel empowered for the birth. I love Jenn’s philosophy around planning because she helps you understand how to feel confident in your choices throughout the stages even if everything doesn’t go perfectly. My personal birth experience was fast and furious and Jenn was able to help me manage the pain. After he was born, Jenn was incredibly helpful in getting me started with breastfeeding and we’re now on month 7 of breastfeeding which I really believe is thanks to Jenn’s knowledge and support. I can’t recommend Jenn enough- she is a wonderful person and so passionate and knowledgeable. Everyone woman planning to have a baby should have a doula!
We first looked for a doula because we wanted someone to be with us that had been through labor and delivery before and could help us feel prepared and supported. Immediately after meeting Jenn, we knew we found that person. Throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery there were many times where Jenn's support and guidance was the key to making us feel informed, confident and comfortable. She was neutral and offered information without pushing us in a direction. We really appreciate the way she made us feel like the decisions we made were our own.
With my high risk pregnancy Jenn was super helpful. She was always available to answer any questions I had in a timely manner and had some of the best advice I could have recieved. I am so glad we had her help, especially when at the end of this whole experience we ran into some complications and needed her a little sooner than we thought! She was there for me when I was hospitalized and needed the extra support, and she was ready to be there when I had to be induced 4 weeks early. I couldn't have asked for anyone better, and I am so glad that she was able to be there when my little girl was born. If you need extra support or have any questions, she is definitely who I would recommend. Thank you Jenn, for everything you did for us!
Jenn was a great source of comfort and knowledge during the preparation for my first pregnancy. My husband and I live away from family, and his job was taking him on the road quite a bit. With Jenn's help, we were able to obtain extensive information on the birthing process and become familiar with our options and various scenarios for labor. It is obvious she puts alot of work into her materials, and I found her vision exercises and hands-on assist to be the most helpful components for me personally. She always stays in touch and does a great job of making you feel supported and connected to her. Jenn truly cares and will do everything within her power to give you a positive experience.
I can't stress enough how competent and what a good person Jenn is. She was there for us because she cares about people, and she just made everything better.
This was our first pregnancy so when Jenn showed up to our introductory meeting organized and prepared with everything spelled out, she made us feel really good about hiring her. I never regretted it! I had a ton of questions the whole time but she responded quickly to every one and saved me and my family from doing things the hard way.
During labor, Jenn helped us adjust to a complication that led to a non-emergency but unplanned caesarian section. It was traumatic but we got through to a healthy mom and baby. What a relief we got through and are feeling okay!
Defiitely call Jenn Fantasia if you need your doula to be committed and awesome. She was there for me from start to finish during pregnancy, labor, and post partum and with no regrets. we <3 Jenn :D
We had an amazing experience with Jenn. We decided to work with a doula because we knew early on that my wife wasn’t medically able to get an epidural and we were both anxious about the possibility of a general-anesthesia c-section. Jenn clicked with us right away and made it a priority to figure out what worked best for our situation and personalities. She was our top resource throughout, helping us prepare beforehand, helping us settle in for an overnight stay when my wife was induced, and essential for the main event (you try remembering what you learned in a class when you’re actually in the delivery room!). Jenn supported my wife through a vaginal delivery without pain medication and was great in the moment with constant support that never once felt intrusive. The support she gave in the following months was just as important to us -- having Jenn available via text for any of our many questions brought a lot of comfort to us as first time parents. In addition to her standard post-partum home visit, she also visited us for two lactation consultations: one early on and another to help my wife with weaning. Every step of the way Jenn was solid, comforting, and encouraging and I can’t imagine what we would have done without her energy and guidance!
When my wife told me she wanted to hire a doula, I was not sure how I felt about it. My wife wanted an all natural VBAC and I wanted supported her decision. looking back we couldn’t have done it without Jens support. She was there for my wife emotionally and physically and helped me by explaining things throughout the labor and her sense of humor kept the environment less tense. My wife was able to have her all natural VBAC with Jen keeping her focused and using great pain management techniques . Thanks Jen for the support you gave us both.
I can’t say enough great things about Jen. Hiring her as my doula was the best decision I made and She truly helped me achieve the labor I Hoped for. I wanted an all natural VBAC and Jen was by my side the whole time, keeping Me focused and using different positions and pain management techniques. From the moment I texted her she was on her way to the hospital. She answered my emails and texts right away and constantly checked in with me. She was a great resource and was a great listener. She came out to see us the day after we got home and a Month later we still talk! I highly recommend Jen, she’s amazing !
I thought I was prepared going into childbirth — my spouse and I had taken an eight-week birthing class, in addition to four or five classes at our hospital on everything from birth to post-partum care to breastfeeding. And yet, when my labor actually started, nothing matched what I had been taught: there was no pattern to my contractions, no space between some of them, and I found myself wholly unprepared mentally and emotionally for the kind of pain I was in. I was just scared. Having Jenn at my side felt like a literal lifesaver. I honestly don't know how I would have gotten through it all without her. She kept me as calm as possible, helped me focus on getting through each contraction one at a time, reminded me to try different positions to see what might help me to cope, and reminded me that I could do this (and that I was doing it with each breath). She knew exactly what I needed to hear and how to support me while allowing the midwife and other staff to do their jobs as well.
We also hired Jenn as a post-partum doula, and honestly that was the best decision I ever made about my entire pregnancy. Through every up and down — the sleep deprivation, the first-timer panic and self-doubt at every little cough or symptom the baby had, the learning curve of breastfeeding — she was right there with information, encouragement, resources, and support. Even though a lot of the information I needed was already in the well-organized binder she had given us pre-natally, she never made me feel bad for not looking it up, she just brought copies of what I needed when I needed it and went over everything with me until I felt calm and well equipped. Again, she was a total lifesaver.
Becoming a parent for the first time is HARD. Jenn helped us get through it with evidence-based information and a lot of experience, but also with a huge amount of compassion, patience, and humor. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.
I don’t know how many people find themselves seeking out a doula for the first time in their second pregnancy, but that’s where we were. My first pregnancy and birth were complicated and left me scared, and for a while unsure whether I wanted to repeat the experience at all. When we decided we wanted to have another child, I knew I was going to hire a doula this time. We had delivered prematurely last time and I had never experienced labor and did not know what to expect. Being pregnant there is a lot going on that is out of your control, it helps me to prepare for what I can.
Jenn is exactly what I needed. She is there with all the information you could want about a number of topics (and all compiled in an organized binder!), she is just a text or email away if you have any questions, and she does not judge you. She says on her website that she supports you and your way 100% and she does! I felt like I was safe with her, and when you are at your most vulnerable that is EVERYTHING. With Jenn there for physical and emotional support I was able to labor the way I had wanted to, and even though it ended in another emergency cesarean, I view this experience in a much more positive light. Knowing I could depend on extra support from Jenn when the time came gave me peace of mind, reduced my anxiety, and improved my pregnancy experience. Thank you, Jenn!
My husband and I had hoped hoped for a natural birth and we knew that if we wanted to try for this, we would need help, so we searched for a doula. We interviewed several candidates, but I felt a connection to Jenn immediately. I liked that she grew up and lives in my hometown. When I met her, she seemed relaxed, non-judgmental, and organized. Most importantly, she made me feel calm.
Jenn met with us leading up to the birth, providing important and relevant information. She came to the hospital, not once, but twice, and she supported me in my very long attempt at a natural delivery. I think I hold the record for the longest labor that Jenn has even been a part of -60+ hours! Although the birth was not as I had planned, we were grateful to have Jenn with us. Her presence was important- it allowed my husband an opportunity to leave the room if needed, knowing that I had someone with me. Jenn’s techniques for relaxation and pain relief were incredibly helpful and without her I wouldn’t have been able to labor as long as I did without pain medication.
I did not end up having the kind of birth that I envisioned, but I did feel supported during the process. My husband and I were able to make educated decisions about the processes and procedures that took place in the labor and delivery room- for me this was very important. I am a Nurse Practitioner and I had certain expectations and wishes. My husband, has no medical background, but because we had discussed everything in detail, and because he had Jenn to help guide him, he was able to help me make important decisions about the labor, delivery and aftercare of our daughter when I was unable or unaware.
After the birth, Jenn answered my questions about breastfeeding, sleeping and all things newborn. She checked up on me for weeks after the birth, just to make sure that I was coping well as a new mother. I would highly recommend Jenn to those seeking a doula.
I cant say enough positive complients about Jen. She was actually our "back up doula" as our orginal doula was out of town the day I went into labor. Jen jumped right in and made me feel so comfortable.
She helped keep myself and my husband calm through the labor and the unfortunate event of having a terrible L&D nurse. The nurse was negative and unhelpful to put it lightly. Jen helped to keep my birth experience positive and kept me focused on meeting my son, instead of focusing on being upset at the nurse.
She also continues to keep in touch with me and offers wonderful, non-judgmental advice everytime I ask. The home visit after the birth was great as well- I was extremely sleep deprived and needed reassurance at that time. Jen told me I was doing a great job and answered all of my questions.
I would reccommend Jen to anyone looking for a doula and I will most certanly be calling her again for my second pregnancy!
I'm so thankful to have had Jenn at my side as I went into labor. Her tools and expertise helped to keep me as calm and comfortable as possible. I honestly cannot imagine how I would have handled the long, hard process of giving birth without the help of a doula. She also provided important support to my partner. Many thanks to Jenn!
Jenn was a wonderful doula as I was in labor, within the delivery room and even postpardom. Unlike other doulas whose services stop once the baby was born, Jenn continued to contact me to ensure that breastfeeding was going well, I was taking care of myself... even checking in to make sure that I showered! She helped to keep me calm during my contractions and was a great advocate for everything that I wanted for my birth. I would recommend Jenn to any mother looking to have a natural birth. Thanks, Jenn!
My husband and I are first-time parents with no family members in this area. We interviewed a few doulas and finally chose Jenn. You know what? Looking back, this may be the most critical and correct decision we made and we are soooo grateful for having Jenn with us. She is very kind and caring, and not assertive or condescending at all when discussing with us about what options are out there for us. She was also very accessible thoughout the whole time and provided a lot of useful information for us, which turned out to be a huge help. If we decide to have another baby (I mean IF -- still struggling with the first one after all), I will definitely hire Jenn again.
Jenn has been absolutely wonderful for our family. At first, we were reluctant to hire a doula, but from the first meeting Jenn gave us useful advice and was so comfortable to be around that we knew we wouldnt mind having her in the hospital room. Jenn put a ton of effort into making sure we felt prepared to give birth, providing us with her curated information and materials. When we found out we’d be induced but didn’t know exactly when, Jenn arranged her family activities for a whole week so that she would be nearby in case she got an urgent call from me. This was absolutely above and beyond.
I am very proud to say we delivered without pain medication in only 4 hours, and I truly believe this wouldn’t have been possible without our preparation with Jenn.
Since our son was born, Jenn has visited and has been supportive for every single question about breastfeeding, sleep tips, and overall wellness - and it’s been 4 months! She is basically a saint and I would hire her again immediately if we have a second child.
My experience with Jenn was wonderful! We decided to seek out the care of a doula when we were down to the wire, (I think about 32 weeks?!) when we realized that a traditional birth class was just not in the cards for us. But goodness, am I glad that everything happened the way it did because I couldn't imagine our journey without Jenn!
Jenn is knowledgable, caring and down to Earth. Being an RN myself, I had a lot of basic knowledge about pregnancy and birth but Jenn is very skilled and brought the education to meet me where I was. Jenn promptly answered my calls and questions, provided regular check ins up to birth and postpartum and much needed breastfeeding support (we are still going strong after a year!). My labor went very quickly and I was so happy to see her walk through my labor room door right when my partner and I needed support. She was a great support to Peter too. I have recommended Jenn to family and friends, Jenn rocks!!
I was thrilled that we found Jenn to be our doula for the birth of our daughter. Right from the start, Jenn was welcoming, warm, and understanding of any concerns/questions we had. I always felt that Jenn was on OUR side and never felt judged by any of our decisions. Jenn met with my husband and I to help us prepare for the birth on 2 separate occasions. Each time we met, I felt more confident and sure of myself to handle the birth (because I knew she'd be there with my husband rooting me on!). When the day came, Jenn was so comforting to have in the delivery room. Not only was she a strong support for me, but my husband as well. She knew just what to say and do to make the process one I will treasure forever.
Upon leaving the hosptial, Jenn made sure to check in with us and see how everything was going. She even came by our house the next morning to help out with breastfeeding! We couldn't have done it without her-- Thank you, Jenn!
Jenn was excellent to have in the delivery room. She made the experience much more relaxing than it had been with our first child and she did a wonderful job of looking out for my wife''s best interest. I wasn't sure about having someone else in the delivery room with us at first, but having Jenn there to help and provide support made for a terrific experience.
I had a really great experience with Jenn. Right from our first meeting we clicked and I knew I wanted her to be my doula. All throughout my pregnancy she was always available to me. Jenn was able to answer all my questions and help me prepare for my (desperately wanted) VBAC as well as breastfeeding, which I was unsucessful at with my son. From the moment I suspected I was in labor Jenn was in conastant contact with me and having her with me in the hospital was wonderful. She was a great support person both to me and my husband. She helped to calm me down and explain things to me when I wasn't sure what was going to happen next. Jenn never left my side and even helped my daughter to latch right in the delivery room! Another nice surprise was when I was looking through photos on my camera after we were home from the hospital and discovered that Jenn had grabbed my phone and taken pictures of my husband and me with our newborn daughter immediately following delivery. I had no idea she had done that and I am so happy to have those pictures. My daughter is almost two months old now and Jenn still keeps in touch with me to ask how the baby is doing and helped me with some breastfeeding issues and questions. I am very grateful to have Jenn as part of my support network and would absolutely recommend her services. I made the decision to hire a doula because I was adamant that my baby be born via VBAC and I am so glad I did.
Jenn is absolutely amazing and I am so grateful to have had her support throughout my pregnancy, labor and delivery. I am a first-time mom and this was all very new to me. Jenn did an amazing job coaching me through the whole process. Her knowledge and expertise helped me get through a difficult labor, and her postpartum support helped me cope with the exciting - but also overwhelming- experience of a newborn. She is truly a gifted doula!
I clicked with Jenn right away when we meet. She made me feel at ease with what I wanted and with what I felt I needed during birth. Jenn is very kind, calming, and knowledgeable. Of course nothing went to plan during my labor. Jenn rolled with all the punches and kept me and my husband calm and comfortable. Poor Jenn had a long night in a hospital chair but I was so happy she was there for support. I was unable to hold my baby after birth due to medication reactions. Jenn went with my husband and baby to the nursery which allowed me relax and recover a bit. I was so happy to know my husband had Jenn to lean on in my absence.
I also used Jenn for Post Partum Support which I am SO happy I did. It was an emotional and physical roller coaster after my birth and to know Jenn was coming over soon to help took a huge wait off my shoulders. Jenn walked me through every question I had and helped with any issues that came up. She also sent me to take a nap when I needed one (and needed someone to tell me to!).
Jenn is a wonderful, talented Doula and the best person. I cannot recommend her enough if you are looking for support before, during, and after having a baby. Thank you for everything Jenn!!!!
From the moment I first contacted Jenn, she was professional, organized, friendly, caring and helpful. That continued through my daughters birth, the postpartum period and as recent as our conversations this month. Becuse I am a single mom, I was looking for someone to support me and my baby through the end of pregnancy, labor and beyond. Jenn was always available to me between our prenatal visits. I would text her the results of tests and ask her questions on a weekly, sometiems daily, basis. She explained things to me in a way that made sense, and then let me make my own decisons. I chose Jenn because I didn't want to be pushed into having a natural birth or doing hypnosis. I figured I would probably choose to have drugs during my labor, and didn't want to feel bad about it. Jenn was fully supportive of all my choices and never pushed for anything. She is very knowledgeable and will give you all the facts to make your decisons - but they are your decisions. And her support never waivered or changed based on the decisions I made. I never felt bad or guilty for anything. During my extremely long induced labor, Jenn sat in a chair next to me the whole 36 hours helping me understand what was happening, helping me labor, being a hand to hold, or someone to get ice or juice. She held my hands while I got the epidural, and she was holding my legs when I was pushing. She took the very first pictures of my daughter and I cherish those to this day. It can be a scary, confusing, hectic time and Jenn was my calm in the storm. She continued to help me with breastfeeding when I got home from the hospital. She helped me connect with someone to encapsulate my placenta, and she connected me with another nighttime doula for additonal support. I can not recommend her highly enough. I am still connected to her and her family to this day and my daughter and I are so lucky to have them all as a supportive extended family. I am so happy that I chose her as my doula.
Having Jenn with me through my second pregnancy and beyond has been so beneficial to my transition as a mother of two. I had a very quick labor, but as we arrived at the hospital at the same time she was there just in time for me to hit my transitional phase and i am so thankful for that. She was calm, nurturing at just the right moments and helped me feel comfortable when i didn't feel like anything was bringing me comfort. What has been so incredible for me is the support i have received from her postpartum. I am so thankful i was able to reach out to her with my concerns, emotions, anything , even still 6 months later. If you are lacking someone that you can totally unleash to free of judgment who actually can provide words of understanding and comfort, having that quality in a doula is something i find invaluable. I felt that she was able to voice my needs at the hospital when i was not, and she was able to gently guide me from the negative voices telling me i couldn't do it , it was just what i needed, and that is because she takes so much time to go over everything you are hoping to have for your birth, without ever feeling like you are being coached through your experience, unless that's what you want, I'm positive she could do that for you! She's upfront, but nurturing in all the right moments. And i will forever be grateful for having her in my life ! ?
I was so blessed to have had Jenn Fantasia as my doula throughout my pregnancy. Jenn was there for me from the moment I got to the hospital and was my rock throughout my entire delivery. On January 23rd 2015, I gave birth to my second miracle, Logan Benjamin. Jenn gave me the physical and mental support that I needed throughout my delivery, she even made me laugh! I was not able to have my sons father there, due to an accident he had several months prior. The love and support I had from Jenn, made me feel so comfortable. It truly was an experience I will never forget and am so fortunate to have had Jenn by my side. I will be forever greatful for her! Thank you Jenn from the bottom of my heart in sharing this experience with me!
Jenn was very knowledgable and helpful in navigating me through the last couple of months of my pregnancy and birth. I was very nervous about the process with this being my first and she was able to ease my mind with her experience and resources. Jenn was readily available to answer any and all questions I had and was very supportive of me and my husband. Jenn checked in with me frequently and came to the hospital when I felt I needed her support. Unfortunately, I ended up having to have a c-section but Jenn was very encouraging and helpful throughout. I would highly recommend Jenn Fantasia for a doula and would love to use her again in future pregnancies.
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