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Oct 3rd, 2014

Client Testimonal: Christina S.

"I chose Jennifer to be my doula for my delivery in May. I chose her over other doulas I interviewed because of her down-to-earth, matter-of-fact personality. I felt that I could trust her to ground me in reality and support me through it. I am very glad I chose her! She came to our apartment for two pre-birth visits and went through some great excersizes that really helped me work through some of the fears I had in going through an unmedicated birth. She is also very familiar with GW hospital and the GW midwives and had some fantastic tips for us going there. When I went into labor she was very responsive right away, giving my husband tips via phone to help with back labor. Her suggestions were amazing and really helped me cope. A few hours later we decided to meet at the hospital (my labor progressed quickly). She arrived at the same time we did and she got right to work helping to get baby repositioned (the cause of the back labor). It was great that she became an integrated part of the birth team right away. Her help was invaluable but never intrusive. She told me what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it. She fulfilled the role of doula perfectly! I would highly recommend her and I would love to have her for future deliveries. Overall I had a very positive unmedicated birth experience. And she took great pictures afterwards! And she saved my postpartum life by showing me how to use a ring-sling in our postpartum visit (I got my hands back)! Jennifer is a fantastic doula!!!"

To read more testimonials, click on the “testimonials” link at the bottom of this post, or view them on my DoulaMatch profile.

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Oct 1st, 2014

Lately I’ve spoken with many young women who have an intense fear of birth. And I don’t blame them. Birth can seem scary when:

  • you’re unfamiliar with it (as most women in the west are) 
  • the birth stories you hear are out of context (and when you’re unfamiliar with birth, all the stories you hear are out of context) 
  • birth is almost universally misrepresented in entertainment and media

In my experience, some of the most common fears about birth for those of you who haven’t been there yet (and some of you who have) are:  

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Sep 26th, 2014

In first births, for first time mothers and for many VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) we expect baby to engage before labor starts. When a first baby isn’t engaged until labor begins the rate of cesarean is high. (Oboro; Siddiqui; ROSHANFEKR) Fortunately, we can let babies engage in labor with the help of labor contractions in certain maternal positions described at www.SpinningBabies.com.

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Sep 19th, 2014

From redwineandapplesauce.com

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