My husband & I hired Jen to attend the birth of our first child as our labor doula & we could not be happier that we did! We lived an hour away from her but she was willing to make the drive to do our 2 prenatal visits. During the prenatal visits she answered any questions we had & was very knowledgeable in her responses. When the big day finally arrived, Jen's support was absolutely indispensible to me. We checked into the hospital around 11pm & my son was born at 3:22pm the next day. His birth ended up being way more medical than I had envisioned. I had wanted an unmedicated labor & vaginal birth & ended up with artificial labor induction, an epidural, pitocin & ultimately a c-section. Each decision that I had to make took me further away from my vision for the birth & was very difficult & emotional for me but Jen was by my side every step of the way. I did labor on my own with no drugs for quite a while & during that time Jen was fabulous. She has a very calming presence & soothing voice & was able to encourage me gently through each contraction. She brought her own music to play which helped keep my mind focused. She & my husband worked together very well to make sure I was comfortable. When the midwife finally determined that a c-section might be the best course of action, I asked Jen for her thoughts as to alternatives that we might have at this point. She offered her thoughts and then gave my husband & I space to make the desicion & fully supported us when we decided to go through with it. She stayed for a couple hours after the baby was born and helped him to latch on & begin nursing. Jen is a very kind, gentle and supporting person & I would highly recommend her to any mama-to-be! I will definitely be calling her to attend my next birth! Thanks for all you do, Jen!
June 27, 2014