It’s hard to know how to give a ‘review’ of someone who shared such a special time of your life. Similar to other posts here, Jen was fantastic to have by our side during pregnancy and birth.
We never thought of having a doula really but I was so nervous about birth and took Jens mini course for nervous birthers. Within about half an hour of meeting her both myself and my partner knew we wanted to continue our pregnancy journey with Jen.
She was always on hand during pregnancy - giving advice and support via texts or in person herself. I am classed as an “older mum” and Jen did a fantastic job of navigating some of the challenges that we faced from professionals at times as a result of this.
One thing that I feel important to point out is that I didn’t in some ways get the birth that I had hoped for (I imagined I would have a water birth but because of various medical factors I ended up with a c-section). However Jen helped us to manage what could have been a really tough situation into one where we felt empowered, listened to and respected by everyone involved in our birth. She worked well with all staff involved in our care and despite there being some medical challenges Jen rode them with us. I will always remember just holding onto her during labour as a rock and a place of safe harbour. You mentioned Jen that it’s something about needing a feminine energy in labour and couldn’t agree more!
I was telling someone yesterday that it seems strange sometimes that we went through something so life changing with someone we have only known for a relatively short period of time - but thats the power of the doula I guess!
I will always tell Norah our little girl about the badass doula Jen who helped bring her into the world, loving and supporting us all the way. Thank you Jen for everything x
Catherine & John
I cannot recommend Jen enough. She is a phenomenal doula. The meetings with Jen while I was pregnant helped me to work through some anxiety I had about birth, and made my husband and I confident about our home birth. On the big day, Jen was our calm, super cool rock. She basically made it so that all I needed to concentrate on was my baby and my body. I had a fantastic birth, and I have no doubt that it was because Jen was our doula.
Jess & Iain
Jen was our doula during my second pregnancy. Jen is knowledgable about pregnancy, birth & birth rights. She lent me books & helped me to get excited about the magic of birth. Jen is a fab listener and is super reliable. She always replied to my messages promptly. She helped me to clarify my needs & rights but never told me what to do. With her support I was able to say ‘no’ to professionals and birthed how I wanted to. During the birth she tuned into mine and my partner’s needs. She helped me to safely avoid certain medicalisation consistent with my birth plan. I felt empowered with her support. After the birth we had our post natal meeting - it was so beneficial to be able to talk about such an important, sacred experience and to indulge in all of the detail. Oh and the placenta capsules are 👌🏽
Thank you, grazie Jen x
Sian & Luke
Jen was so wonderful during the birth, reminding the midwives of my birth plan and making sure that all my choices were respected and followed by them. She was such a support for my family as well, taking away the need for them to act as my advocate so my husband could be 100% with me in my birthing. Jen's unobtrusive and comforting presence when she was in the room felt completely natural and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her as a doula for any family. I felt supported throughout the pregnancy and always felt stronger and calmer after speaking to her, my needs, choices and decisions were her priority and she made a huge impact on my ability to exercise my right to have the pregnancy and birth that I chose.
Lizzy & Ben
We are so glad we had Jen as our doula for the birth of our daughter & could not recommend her enough. As India was our first we were apprehensive beforehand and she offered us the most incredible support & guidance. Not only to myself but to James, my husband, Jen was able to give him much needed time out during my labour. Jen made us both feel really comfortable with our decisions throughout & our choice of a home birth. She even helped with locating the perfect birthing pool. I used hypnobirthing throughout my pregnancy & Jen was able to help with advice to take my into a zone during the labour. As well as offering countless tips through the end of my pregnancy, labour & with breastfeeding afterwards. Even holding my hand while I had my stitches after India was born when everyone else had left & James was enjoying some skin to skin. It’s for all of these reasons & hundreds more that Jen is truly awesome & if we have any other babies in the future we wouldn’t think twice to have her there by our sides!
Annie & James
Jen is an amazing doula! She made possible our dream birth. If she hadn't been there, we would not have felt confident enough to make it happen.
She was there for us during my pregnancy, to help me make my choices clear and respected by the midwives.
She helped us make informed choices and it was exactly what we needed.
She was also there to share this wonderful day, when our baby was born.
She was just the perfect partner for both my husband and I, discreet when needed, here to help me go through some very powerfull contractions, and reassuring or encouraging when I needed that.
Our baby will be one next week, and Jen has a very special place in our heart.
Cecile & Jo
Jen made me feel like I could give birth the way I wanted even though I didn't believe in myself. She made myself and my partner at ease, kept in touch most days and is still in touch now 4 months on after having my son. Thank you for giving me the perfect birth.
Florence & Ben
Jen was our Doula for the birth of our 3rd baby at home. She provided a wonderful balance of reassurance, comfort & support during my pregnancy & labour itself. Her quiet & calm presence & ability to hold the space so well during my birth really contributed to making it a hugely positive & empowering experience for me & our
whole family. I only wish more women were fortunate to have a doula present at their birth - it's a hugely underrated service but one which is so very, very important.
We are forever grateful to Jen for being with us to welcome our beautiful little girl into the world in exactly the way we had hoped to.
Justine, Kobus & family
Jen is simply amazing. She was a huge part of making the birth of our baby boy the best experience of our lives. We knew the first time we met her that we would like her to become our doula and it was one of the best decisions we’ve made on this special journey. We found her to be a great support before and during birth, providing a safe and supportive environment for us.
When I told my friends about Jen I called her the pregnant/labouring woman whisperer as she was essential in preparing us and guiding me through labour, especially the second stage of my labour. I wholeheartedly recommend Jen
Réka & Jeroen
Jen was amazing, from our first meeting to visiting after the birth - she was a huge part of making the whole experience wonderful. My husband found her to be a massive support during our homebirth and she helped keep a lovely calm atmosphere. I’d recommend her services to anyone and wouldn’t want to have been without her
Jen supported us throughout the later stages of my pregnancy and also attended the birth of our daughter. This was our 2nd baby and having her there made the whole experience 10x better for the both of us. My partner missed a lot of hospital/midwife appointments so Jen coming to see us at night was amazing. During labour she kept us in our zone and made sure things went how we wanted even with it not going to plan (as always). Jen is so professional whilst also being incredibly friendly and approachable, would highly recommend her.
Megan & William
Jen was my Doula for my beautiful homebirth. The love and support she showed my entire family through the pregnancy was insane! She’s a very selfless person and it truly shows. She was exactly what my partner and I needed at the birth. Such a strong, empowering woman. Thank you Jen
Stevie & Andrew
We decided to hire a Doula for our 5th baby after a poor experience with the hospital last year. We contacted a few others but from the very beginning Jen was extremely friendly, didn't pass judgement and truly listened to us. She has been incredibly supportive during our pregnancy and was amazing during our homebirth, (even though our little one didn't wait for her to arrive) making sure we were all ok before leaving. Our daughters adore her as Jen included them every step of the way. Our placenta was returned encapsulated in rapid time and the presentation was lovely. I can't recommend Jen enough and if the family expands again we will definitely be hiring Jen again.
Sarah & Fraser