“Highly recommend her for others wanting to have a doula at their birth.”
Jessie is amazing. She is very generous and felt like a [guardian] throughout my labor experience, especially while at the hospital. She was there when we needed her to be, she did not have an "agenda" but was always able to assist in the right way. She is very calm and easy to get along with, while being assertive and knowledgeable about a variety of labor choices, I felt safe with her. She focused on movement based labor, which was fun and distracted me away from the intensity of surges (contractions) even though I had a long labor! She was also very comforting and helpful for my husband allowing him to focus on being emotionally supportive of me throughout, letting her guide different labor movements...We went over various resting and active positions and exercises during our early meetings and talked about the few routes our birth plan might go, so that we could be flexible if we needed to change anything--and still have a natural birth! We had one postpartum visit with her which was great to decompress the birth experience with her, she brought photos, and our son's birth story in great detail--priceless. Highly recommend her for others wanting to have a doula at their birth.
“ I was so grateful to have had her there and would highly recommend her to anyone!”
Jessie was phenomenal! From the first time I met her, I was at ease. She was very thorough in preparing to work with me (I believe we met three times). She wanted to know exactly what it was that I wanted out of my birth and how she could help. When the time came (I thought!) Jessie came twice in the middle of the night to help me with contractions that ended up petering out. She was SO sweet and kind about it all! She never once indicated frustration about that (though I certainly did). When my birth finally did come around, she was there, 100%, totally helpful. I was so grateful to have had her there and would highly recommend her to anyone.
Her two visits prior to our labor were very informative and empowering for us going in to having a child--we went in to the labor experience feeling confident in the notion that "my body is meant to do this".
“...[W]e appreciated Jessie's comfort in acknowledging ALL of the emotions involved....”
Jessie is calm, cool and collected when it matters most! Our pregnancy and delivery got complicated and was full of the unexpected. Her warmth and kindness were incredibly helpful. We were welcoming our Rainbow Baby, and after two previous losses, we appreciated Jessie's comfort in acknowledging ALL of the emotions involved, both happy and sad. She went out of her way to share educational information and multiple perspectives, and her supportive disposition continued well into postpartum and breastfeeding.
“[The essential oil blend] kind of turned into my security blanket.”
This was a very long labor with a lot of unexpected twists and turns that this oil blend totally helped with. It kind of turned into my security blanket. Mandy rubbed the oil on my low back every few hours during early active labor. If I needed a little extra pick me up I would go over to the diffuser for a few contractions and deep breathe right next to it...I noticed specifically that the blend both grounded and re-energized me.