My wife and I used Jessica as our doula for our first child and she was incredible. She was warm, communicative, and informative. We instantly felt as if we could talk to her about what is a rather personal time. We wanted a doula because while we planned to give birth at a birth center, we knew that if we ended up at a hospital, we wanted someone who could help guide us through decisions and communicate our wishes clearly. She also pointed out that she could help me, as the husband, better understand what my wife needed from me during delivery. We felt glad we had hired Jessica leading up to the birth. And then labor started. My wife labored for 22 hours before we went to the birth center. Jessica was texting with us the whole time, waiting until we asked for her to join us. She joined us at the birth center and was a rock the entire time. She helped me push on my wife's hips. She coached my wife through hours of intense pushing. She made sure that my wife felt supported, and made sure I was involved. Despite my wife's best efforts, the baby was not coming out, and the pain was increasing. Jessica helped us talk through transferring to Virginia Mason. She was with us every step of the way in the hospital. She helped us talk through decisions while never going beyond her boundaries. When the baby's situation made it clear a C-section was in order, she was there. Going into surgery is always scary, and this was an unplanned one that was coming after 36 hours with no sleep. It felt so good having her there to talk to, to reflect with, to rely upon as a check on our thinking. She was in the room when the surgery happened and held my wife's hand as I went to hold our baby for the first time. She was a major part of our birth story.
I would have recommended Jessica if our birth had gone according to plan. After all that happened, I can only say how lucky Zarya and I feel that she was with us. I cannot recommend her more highly.
March 03, 2022