We had a fantastic experience with Jessica before, during, and after labor.
We met a couple of times in the months leading up to labor. She did a great job of working with us to understand our birth plan, the challenges we were facing going into the birth - both physical pregnancy complications as well as emotional challenges that my wife and I were facing. Based on that, she provided us some meditation and mindfulness exercises to help out. Jessica spent time focusing not only on my wife but also me. Recognizing and reinforcing that we were a team and both going through shared and unique challenges.
For the birth itself, she was awesome. We had a rough birth with a lot of complications. Jessica was there and upbeat the whole time. She gave us support in every way we could have helped. Providing physical assistance, emotional support, providing and explaining the various birthing options. As we ran into complication after complication, she was there to give us a hand, explain and suggest alternatives. She overall helped keep my wife and I focused and calm. She was a great liaison between us and the doctors and nurses when necessary. She was constantly aware of and attentive to our needs whether we were directly asking for support or not. One thing I loved is that Jessica was genuinely curious and actively learning the whole time she was helping us. I love to see people engaged and excited about doing what they love.
Postpartum, she's been a great resource as well. She's done a great job of helping us prepare for this really tough period. She's one of the few people out there talking about this and was active in helping us through out.
January 22, 2021