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351 Radnor Rd
Delaware, OH, 43015
United States

(614) 432-6695

Jenn Elfner Birth & Photography | Experienced certified doula and professional birth photographer. Services include fresh 48, newborn, family, and pregnancy massage therapy. Columbus & Central Ohio

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Doula Reviews


Jen | mother of 2 (birth doula service) "Hiring Jenn was the best decision we made during pregnancy! Jenn is knowlegable, balanced, calm, organized, and supportive.  Her priority was to understand how we wanted our birth experience to develop while providing resources to help us reach our goals.  Jenn offered empathy and reassurance when I encountered obstacles with my provider, encouraging me to engage in increased dialog with them and to self-advocate.  She also recommended a tremendous lactation consultant, who helped me achieve a succesful nursing relationship with my son.  Jenn helped both me and my partner remain calm and confident during the process. It was my goal to hold off on going to the hospital as long as possible as I did with my first birth, though my first birth progressed quickly and I arrived at the hospital ready to push.  Jenn therefore encouraged me to consider arriving at the hospital a little earlier and enjoy time outside (close to medical personnel if I needed it).  What a memorable experience-Jenn sat with me, my partner, and my parents in the hospital courtyard, providing calm encouragement as I experienced contractions. When it was time to check-in at the hospital, I experienced a lot of back pain since my baby was posterior.  Jenn provided non-stop massage to my lower back.  I cannot even imagine how my experience would have been without her massage, encouragement,  and calming presence.  Once our son arrived, Jenn remained with us as we processed the birth.  I didn't even realize Jenn documented our birth experience through photography.  Her photos captured our raw emotions and our love for each other. My husband carried significant fear about the birthing process, and during our postpartum meeting with Jenn, he said that it was one of the best experiences of his life.  His statement was an attibute to her support and knowledge shared leading up to and during the birth."

Bridgette | mother of 2 (birth doula + photography services) "Jenn is truly a birth angel. I was blown away by how truly wanted and needed that she was. She made the entire experience amazing and provided support that only a Doula could provide. She worked together seemlessly with hospital staff and brought a peace and tranquility with her prescence. I would recommend her to anyone in a heart beat. I also used Jenn for birth photography and the pictures came out wonderful. She was able to be a wonderful Doula and photographer at the same time. I really don't remember her even taking pictures throughout the experience. I remember her getting me pillows, getting nurses when I needed something and facilitating importing discussions with the birth team."

Susana | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Jenn was the calm in the middle of our storm. From the moment my water broke to the moment I laid shivering with a new baby in my arms and every moment in between, Jenn was my anchor to sanity. Like most doulas, Jenn performed the necessary basic tasks to help us through, but she also seemed to have a sixth sense about what I needed throughout the duration. She was there with a comforting touch, a grounding reminder, or a helpful suggestion at every turn. On top of the love and attention she gave me, she also provided my husband with the support and guidance he needed to be there for me. Whether it was reassuring him that something was "normal" or gently nudging him when we were at a good point that he should eat and take care of himself, I was so appreciative of how well she looked after him as well as me. He was my support person--she was the foundation that held us together through it. Her experience also proved invaluable as she knew some pretty amazing tricks of the trade that made things easier (omg, super sugary hot black tea after blood loss was the greatest. thing. ever).  I also really loved our follow up a week later when we talked through the details (some of which I didn't know even though they happend to me!) and reflected on the experience. I can't speak highly enough of Jenn and her skills and her compassion and her calming presence and her soothing voice and and and..."

Nicki | mother of 1 (birth doula + photography services) "From the first time my husband and I met with Jenn, we knew we wanted her to be our Doula. She is so knowledgeable and has such a soothing demeanor and calming voice. The support she provided us before, during, and after the birth of our daughter was priceless. We feel so fortunate that she was apart of the birth of our baby girl, and can't wait to work with her again in the future!"

Molly | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "I am so glad we hired Jenn to help us have the best birth experience possible. I wanted a doula to be a skilled, comforting presence during labor and to help ensure the best outcome, and Jenn certainly fulfilled that. But what I didnt expect was everything else Jenn provided in advance: strong support in helping me be direct with my provider, and coming along with me to a prenatal appointment, that proved to be a real turning point in me getting the care that I needed for my unique situation; expert recommendations of childbirth classes and postpartum support that were just right for me, and calm encouragement and reassurance via phone, text, and email along the way. I ended up with the empowering birth experience I had hoped for, and there were a lot of factors involved in that, but a big one was the decision months before to hire Jenn."

Susie | mother of 2 (birth doula service) "I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Jenn as my doula.  She was actually at the births of both of my sons (1st as a backup and 2nd as our hired doula).  Jenn is very professional and knowledgeable.  She was readily available and willing to answer questions and provide suggestions/support throughout my pregnancy.  Throughout my labor Jenn was very calm and attentive. She was supportive of our birth preferences(which she had previously helped us in establishing) from the beginning. Jenn was able to advocate for our needs and was able to facilitate communication with the staff. One thing my husband noticed was her great rapport with the nurses. We both loved working with her and wouldn't hesitate to use her services again. We also would recommend her services to anyone."

Katie | mother of 2 (birth doula service) "Jenn was amazing from the very beginning and we were so thankful to have her apart of our birth of our 2nd child. I knew after my first child, I wanted to make sure we did what we could to have a positive birth experience for our 2nd (and potentially) last child. I had a lot of healing that I needed to go through after my first birth experience and Jenn was there to help me through it. My first birth experience came very fast and furious with contractions on top of contractions. I ended up opting for an epidural after being stuck in triage for almost 4 hours with the possibility of not having a L&D room available. The epidural did help me to have a breather; however, our daughter ended up having TTN and was admitted to the NICU after birth. We had some struggles with getting her discharged and the post-partum experience was a very hard adjustment for me. I suffered from anxiety for about six months after this event. Our daughter is happy and healthy now but it took me a bit longer to get to that point. Jenn helped me prepare for what would be a very healing and natural childbirth. She helped me heal from our experience before and she also prepared me and made a plan for if we were stuck in triage for hours again. We were lucky to not have to put that plan into place and I was able to get into a room with a tub upon being admitted. From there, my labor progressed beautifully and was manageable. Our midwife suggested breaking my water to help me get over that hump and begin pushing. The idea of the intensity changing made me a bit worried and Jenn was right there to help me sort through how I was feeling. She very calmly talked to me and gave me some time to process everything that was going on. The idea of holding my baby was right around the corner and I could not believe it! After about 20 minutes, I was holding our healthy son. We are so thankful to have Jenn apart of our healing birth and would hire her again!"

Kate | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "We had such a positive experience with Jenn! From the moment we met her we knew that she was the perfect fit for us. Jenn made us feel so comfortable and at home with her and made it clear that she was going to be a support person throughout our pregnancy and labor rather than someone who takes charge and tells us what to do. It was so great to work through different scenarios and possibilities in making our birth plan and to be given the freedom to make the decision that suited us best, rather than feeling pressure to adhere to one particular way or another. Although my birth ended up being over before Jenn was able to get to the hospital, I am still able to say with 100% certainty that I would not have been able to do it without her! Knowing that she was there when I came out of surgery played a huge role in my mental and emotional stability in those first moments. Both my husband and I felt so lucky to have her there to help me in the immediate aftermath when it was all just too much for me to take in. I know my husband especially felt relieved to have Jenn there to talk me through the pain of waking up when he didn't know what to do or say. I cannot imagine ever giving birth without having a doula, and specifically having Jenn with us. I look forward to (hopefully!) having a "true" labor experience with her next time!"

Jane | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "I was so glad to have an experienced and calm female voice during labor - it made all of the difference."

Michael | father of 1 (birth doula service) "Hiring Jenn was the single best decision we made in regards to our pregnancy. Her experience and expertise were invaluable during labor. Her calm and supportive demeanor were extremely helpful."

Heather | mother of 2 (birth doula + birth photography services) "As soon as I found out I was pregnant with our second child, I knew I wanted this birth to be different than my last. I was determined to have a natural birth with minimal interventions and knew that hiring a doula would be a great investment. Although my husband was skeptical about hiring a doula, we knew Jenn would be a great addition to my support team from the first time we met her. Jenn was always quick to respond, even at 5 am when early labor had started. Although my contractions weren't consistent at first, Jenn reassured me that baby was coming soon and did not hesitate to arrive at our home. Because I was having back labor, her TENS device was very helpful during contractions. I wanted to stay home for awhile but Jenn knew exactly when it was time to head to the hospital. She continued to be an amazing support while still allowing my husband to be involved. I was able to have a natural, un-medicated birth and feel as though Jenn played a huge role in me being able to do so. I am so thankful my birth preferences went exactly as planned and I wouldn't change anything about my experience. Jenn also did our birth photography. Our photos are breathtaking and it is unbelievable how she can capture so many important, precious moments with her camera, while still being fully active as a doula. Our photos of labor, delivery, and bonding with our newborn will allow us to relive our son's wonderful birth forever."

Micah | father of 1 (birth doula service) "Jenn was absolutely perfect to work with. She prepared us for what to expect, kept us calm, and always knew what we needed at exactly the right time. I cannot recommend Jenn highly enough."

ElizaBeth | mother of 2 (birth doula + birth photography services) "Our experiences with Jenn at the births of our two boys were nothing less than exceptional! She was an intuitive bridge between our needs and community with one another and those around us. She made me a stronger birth partner by guiding me through this incredible journey from our first meetings through the moments we met our boys. We were pretty certain we could *handle* our second birth; but having Jenn's support, guidance, intuitive care, and multitude of other skills completed our experiences."

Leigh |  mother of 1 (birth doula + birth photography services) "My husband and I knew we wanted the support and guidance of a doula with the birth of our first little babe very early on in my pregnancy. I had two big reasons in wanting this. One, it was important to me to know I would have a "constant" there to help me during my labor. Nurses come and go. I saw great benefit in having a familiar face with me the whole time to support me through such a vulnerable, difficult process. Two, I looked at Jenn as being a teammate for my husband as well, so he felt like he also had someone to lean on. Jenn was exactly what we were looking for. The meetings we had leading up to our daughter's birth were very beneficial. Jenn gave us wonderful handouts and thought of questions we should ask that we may not have thought of since we had never been through this before. By the time labor rolled around, I felt like she was an old friend. My labor was nothing like I thought it would be and I made some choices that were different than I thought I would want. I was okay with the changes, but I appreciated Jenn reminding me of things that I had told her were important to me during the decision process. It's easy to be all over the place when pain is doing the talking. Jenn's calm, care-giving nature helped keep my mental state in a better place. She shared a beautiful experience with us and it was hard to say goodbye once it was over. The photography was raw, real and beautiful. Jenn captured the first images of us and our daughter with all the range of emotions one feels when they meet their child for the first time. We are so glad we had her take those photos for us."

Michael | father of 2 (birth doula service) "My wife really wanted a doula for this experience, especially since she was aiming for a VBAC. I was unsure because I wanted to be the one who supported her through the birth. Jenn alleviated all my concerns. She was knowledgeable, loving and supportive of us both. She was an amazing source leading up to the birth, during and after. I'm so thankful that we were able to work with her."

Kate | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "After a difficult first birth experience without much support, Jenn helped transform my second experience with childbirth. During labor, I was amazed at how intuitive she was in anticipating my pain management needs. Everything she suggested during labor seemed to be just what I needed, exactly when I needed it. I loved how her attention to helping me work through my physical pain often freed my partner to hold my hand and focus on meeting my emotional needs. Jenn was also an amazing prenatal consultant! She maintained clear boundaries and never gave medical advice. I felt empowered to have a neutral support person who could listen to my concerns and help me translate my feelings into questions for my other care providers."

Lesley | mother of 1 (birth doula + birth photography services) "I have no doubt we would have had a very different birth experience had Jenn not been present. She helped us know when was the right time to go to the hospital and kept my husband calm(ish) about what was going on during the birth. Her massage background was immensely helpful during my long labor. I think Jenn has the perfect temperament for a doula, and I think her services will benefit anyone who chooses to have her attend their birth."

Steve | father of 1 (birth doula service) "Sage was our first baby and we wrestled with the idea of hiring a doula, mainly because of cost. But we decided that having a doula during our first experience would ensure that it went smoothly. We're so happy we hired Jenn to assist us through labor & delivery. She was so nice and thoughtful leading up to Sage's birth, and really sprung into action during labor. Jenn gave me great comforting & support tips, and stepped in when necessary. She was very conscious of her level of involvement, and took steps to ensure my wife and I had the experience we desired."

Carly | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Having Jenn as our doula was the best investment we could have made for our birthing experience. As a first time mother, it put my worries at ease knowing I could call or text her anytime with questions. It was so amazing to have someone with so much knowledge, experience and caring there for us as soon as labor began. She knew everything I wanted and needed before even I did. I would recommend Jenn to every new mother as a fantastic support and partner to complement your other supports."

Rob | father of 1 (birth doula + birth photography service) "As the husband, I was very happy to have Jenn there because she helped me figure out the best ways to make my wife feel comfortable during labor. We didn't have any family in town to help with minor things during delivery, so Jenn filled that role in addition to being a coach for me. Rather than worrying about how I could help my laboring wife, I could focus on doing the things I knew would help her, because Jenn always knew exactly what would help and was able to always keep us informed about things we could expect to happen next. I also could not have imagined how helpful it would be to have another set of hands available to help with comfort things - when I was busy holding my wife's hands and couldn't reach the water cup or massage tool or whatever else we needed, Jenn could grab that stuff for us, so there was no interruption in our connection during the process. All of these things made the whole labor much less stressful and much more enjoyable. As an added bonus, she took some wonderful pictures of our new family that I will always treasure. Thank you so much, Jenn!"

Amy | mother of 1 (birth doula + birth photography services) "Jenn was the perfect labor companion for my husband and myself! She has such a calming and caring presence, which was wonderful during the intensity of labor. I remember how thankful I was she was there to help me and my husband when I reached the hardest part of labor. She helped us get through it by reminding me of my strength, by sharing her calming and love spirit, and helping my husband do physical things like reminding me to breath and relax. Jenn really helped us make our first birth a wonderful experience!"

Paul | father of 4 (birth doula + birth photography services) "Your patience and insight helped keep us focused on what was important and enjoying the pregnancy. During the delivery your presence and reminders helped create a more loving and warm feeling to the delivery room. Thank you also for the fantastic photographs."

Josh | father of 2 (birth doula + newborn photography services) "For our first child,we did lots of research and Lamaze, ect. When we got to the hospital we were completely alone much of the time. Having Jenn supporting us made the whole labor so much less stressful even though we had been through it before. The extra set of hands is absolutely worth it!"

Amanda | mother of 2 (birth doula + newborn photography services) "My first child was born via c-section and the recovery was very difficult. When I found out I was pregnant with our second child, I was determined to have a VBAC and wanted to do everything possible to increase my odds, including hiring a doula. We are so grateful to have found Jenn! She exceeded our expectations throughout the pregnancy, and especially during labor and delivery. She was the calming presence my husband and I needed which enable us to focus on what was happening in the moment and keep our minds at ease. I believe that a successful VBAC could not have been possible without Jenn's physical and emotional support. We will definitely hire her again!"

Andrew | father of 1 (birth doula service) "We took a Bradley Method class, but we couldn't have done it without Jenn - at least not nearly as well. She supported both of us without taking over. Because of Jenn, I became a better coach."

Jessica | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Jenn was an invaluable friend during a long, powerful, emotional day. When my labor didn't go as planned she provided stability and support that made it less scary and helped us feel like we were still in control. If I'm lucky enough to get pregnant again, Jenn will be one of the first people I call!"

Brooke | mother of 1 (birth doula + newborn photography services) "Jenn is knowledgeable, dependable and kind. She was very responsive to my emails and always knew what to say to put me at ease during my pregnancy. Most importantly she was there when we needed her, and she went above and beyond to make sure our birth experience was remembered in the best way possible."

Sahiti | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Throughout the whole process, we always felt supported and comforted by her kindness, warmth and devotion. Jenn kept her focus on me, so my husband could do what he needed without getting overwhelmed. Overall, we couldn't have been more pleased with her. I recommend her very highly!"

Sarah | mother of 1 (birth doula + birth photography services) "Hiring and working with Jenn alleviated so much anxiety for me. I felt so much more confident about our ability to calmly and thoroughly talk through anything that happened during birth. And when the time came, Jenn was a trusted, calming presence and sounding board. I wouldn't hesitate to hire her again!"

Mara | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Jenn's calm and supportive presence was invaluable during our 28 hour long labor. She will be one of the first people I call if we get pregnant again!"

Morgan | mother of 1 (birth doula + birth photography services) "My husband and I were expecting our first child and we knew we needed someone to help us 'navigate' the journey of our birth. Finding Jenn did exactly that. We were hoping for an un-medicated low intervention birth. It was so nice having Jenn to not only help me get through when things didn't go as planned, but to help me cope with the discomfort of labor. Jenn was always a quiet presence with loads of information to offer whenever we had concerns or needed clarification. We truly enjoyed having Jenn join us on our journey, and if we are lucky we'll use her again next time without a question!" 

Erica | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "I was so relieved when I saw Jenn come through the door. Her guidance and support with breathing and labor positions helped immeasurably during what was a very surprising experience for me. Although things didn't happen exactly as expected, our birth story is one that I cherish. It would have been so much harder without Jenn there. Thank you!"

Miranda | mother of 2 (birth doula service) "Having a doula like Jenn helped us throughout the birth experience. She worked with us for the birth of both of our sons in 2011 and 2013. Jenn made sure she understood what we wanted and helped us talk through decisions as they came about. We ended up having a c-section for our first son, and a natural VBAC for our second son. Jenn helped ensure both experiences were ones that we could cherish!"

Emily | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "When my husband and I found out we were expecting, we knew we wanted to have a natural, un-medicated childbirth. This was so important to us that we decided to have a doula attend our birth, in order to ensure we had maximum support and had set ourselves up to be successful. Jenn proved to be a valuable resource to us not only in our labor, but also in the weeks leading up to birth. She helped us clarify our thinking around why a low-tech birth was so important and helped us write a birth plan that was effective. When some members of my OB team reacted negatively to the items we included on our birth plan, Jenn led us to resources that gave evidence that what we wanted to do wasn’t ‘crazy’, and helped us evaluate what our options were, from a caregiver perspective. During labor, she was quietly supportive and didn’t interfere with my husband’s coaching. When, many hours into our labor and when contractions were 2 minutes apart, we discovered I was only 4 centimeters dilated, Jenn helped my husband and I remain optimistic and offered suggestions for negotiating with my OB to avoid interventions. About 90 minutes later, I was able to deliver my son – without Pitocin or pain medications. Jenn’s encouraging and supportive personality helped my husband and I have the birth experience we wanted, and we look forward to working with her when we have more children in the future."


Tiffany | mother of 2 (birth doula service) "When I was pregnant with our first son, I decided that I would like to have a natural birth. Although our birth experience was not terrible, it was not natural and was far from what we had hoped for. The second time around, I was determined to find a way to improve our experience. After much research, I was confident that hiring a doula would bring us closer to having the labor and delivery we dreamed of. My husband was quite skeptical, but he agreed because of my insistence. In the end, we had the most wonderful natural birth experience. We both agree that this would not have been possible without Jenn's amazing knowledge and experience with childbirth along with her kind and supportive approach. Having Jenn present put my husband and I at ease and allowed us to truly enjoy the birth of our second child. We feel so fortunate to have had Jenn there to help us welcome our son into the world, and we will never forget all that she did for us. I only wish we would have met her sooner!"

Krissy | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "My labor was pretty intense, but I succeeded in having a natural birth thanks to Jenn. She talked me through each contraction and made my husband feel more comfortable in his support role. We couldn't have done it without her!"

Rebecca | mother of 2 (birth doula service) "Jenn was fantastic and so encouraging! She helped facilitate a fantastic VBAC birth. Her encouragement to ask questions of the health staff and reminders of those questions helped me to understand all the opportunities I had during labor!"

Julie | mother of 3 (postpartum doula service - triplets) "I was amazed by how Jenn seemed to know just what I needed at the time I needed it without me having to say a word. Having Jenn at my house allowed me to make time for myself but also to spend time with each one of my kids, which was exactly what I needed."

Caroline | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Jenn was critical to making up our dream birthing team. We were all able to be and do our best because of her support before, during and after the birth."

Jen | mother of 2 (birth doula service) "Jenn was an integral part of our birth experience. Her knowledge of positioning and the birth process was invaluable and assisted the progression of my labor. Just as important was her emotional support which helped me to stay focused on my goal of a natural birth and allowing my body to do its job. Without Jenn, my husband and I would have been along in the hospital and lost as to how to achieve the birth experience we desired."

Abby | mother of 2 (prenatal yoga instructor - birth doula service)  "Jenn was absolutely invaluable to me and my partner in our two birth experiences. Her support made me feel safe and confident when things got hard. She helped my partner feel secure and empowered in his role. She cared for us practically – keeping me hydrated and my partner fed, massaging my back, offering suggestions for working through contractions etc., and she encouraged us emotionally. I am immensely grateful to have had her calm, wise, and loving presence with me through the most amazing and challenging experiences of my life. Jenn was an essential part of each of our two son’s births, and if we have a third child, we will not do it without her!"

Sweta | mother of 2 (birth doula service) "Having Jenn as our doula was a wonderful experience. It was so reassuring and helpful during our long birth to have someone who was there just to support us. That took a lot of the uncertainty and fear out of a new an difficult situation and helped the experience be more positive and rewarding." 

Megan | mother of 2 (birth doula service) "Having Jenn in the room when push came to shove gave me the strength to speak my mind and stand up for what I really wanted...a VBAC, not a repeat c-section."

Amy | mother of 1 (postpartum doula service) "Wow! Jenn was such a help after my baby's birth! She came into my home and helped in so many ways. She helped with the new baby, and also made sure I was taking care of myself. She helped me learn about my breast pump and helped with the new car seat. She was a help every time she came."

Julie | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "I/we couldn't have done it without Jenn! It was so comforting to know someone else was there for us to work with that had our best interest at heart and knew what we wanted to do."

Carolyn | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Despite having an unplanned c-section, my husband and I are very grateful for Jenn's support throughout our pregnancy, labor and delivery. Our labor was very long, difficult and had some unusual circumstances, which made Jenn's knowledge and insight invaluable. She worked hand-in-hand with our midwife. She offered suggestions that we would never have thought of. She provided support for each of us that we were not able to provide for each other. We are so glad that we hired a doula and that we chose Jenn." 

Janice | mother of 2 (birth doula service) "My spouse and I really benefited from Jenn's wealth of knowledge and experience as a birth doula during my labor and delivery. I am so grateful that Jenn was able to help my spouse feel more confident in his role as a support person. Thank you Jenn!"

Susan | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "I had a great experience with Jenn. She was wonderful, in fact I have no idea how people go through this with less than two support people. When I was told I'd have to be induced, I was very upset. I had wanted to go into labor naturally, and Jenn calmed me down on the phone before I headed into the hospital. Early on, she helped with doing hip squeezes, pressure and massage.  When labor started getting more intense, there was one point during which I was in a contraction, with my eyes closed and my breathing got really, really fast. She had me open my eyes and focus on her, and breathe with her. This was the single method that got me through the rest of labor.  The way it worked for us is that Jenn would suggest something, and my husband would pick up on it and run with it.  She supported him, which enabled him to support me, which was great, because I was super needy, and would not let him out of my sight. I was anxious about going through a contraction without him. She also suggested different labor positions, and was the one to suggest the shower, which was wonderful for me. I stayed there for about 8 hours, I think! For us, the shower was alone time for my husband and myself. Jenn gave us space, and would crack the door to tell us when we needed to get out to go back on the monitor. Additionally, she updated my Facebook page for me, took pictures during labor and after delivery, ran to the waiting room to update our family, and helped my husband talk through decisions when I was fully inside myself during contractions and sleeping in between them.  She also ran defense with a difficult nurse, and I was really impressed with that.  We had one difficult nurse, and Jenn did a great job of trying to quell the nurse's worries while also supporting us. Jenn was very tactful, and did a great job of walking the line with the hospital staff. We also called Jenn a few days after birth, when I was crying out of frustration with breastfeeding, and she was helpful linking me to the local La Leche League leaders. During the postpartum visit, she was very helpful in clarifying what happened when, since much of labor was a blur. The written timeline she provided was so valuable to me, and she noted things that neither my husband nor I were aware of at the time! She also helped us to understand what happened with the one nurse that we struggled with, which helped me feel more peaceful about the whole experience. I felt really, really good about hiring Jenn, and we are definitely going to hire her again for our future children."

Erin | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "As a first time mom, having an advocate was a very valuable part of the birthing experience. Having a knowledgeable source of information to turn to proved priceless during a time of endless questions. Deciding to use Jenn's services was probably the best choice I made during my pregnancy."

Stefanie | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Jenn was such an amazing support throughout the pregnancy. We had kept in touch by email so by the time I went into labor, she was already a dear friend whose company put me completely at ease. My husband and I can't thank her enough for her encouragement and unwavering focus. I can't wait to do it again!"

Kaori | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Without Jenn's support during my son's birth, I'm not sure if I would have been able to go through natural birth." 

Megan | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Having Jenn there to help with the birth of my son was beyond helpful. She was there to help me talk through the decisions I needed to make. She told me the pro's & con's and helped me decide what was best for me. She gave me several ideas of things to do to stay more comfortable during labor. She was there for me the whole time I was in the hospital, even though it was over 24 hours. She made things easier and less scary for me by giving me ideas of what to expect since this was my first child. I am extremely grateful to her and I think that having her help & support was priceless." 

Russ | grandfather (birth doula service) "My wife & I supported our daughter with her delivery. There was one point I remember that we were both too tired to stay awake. Having Jenn there to support our daughter gave us a chance to rest that we would not have had or would have had to leave my daughter without support. This was more valuable than anything I can think of."

Sara | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Jenn was great and she was a calm presence during labor and at birth. It was great having someone there to advocate for us."

Shoshana | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Jenn is wonderful, with her help we were able to have the birth experience we wanted. Her warmth and calmness kept us focused through an 18 hour labor. Jenn's knowledge & understanding of the birth process allowed us to have a natural childbirth in a hospital setting where we welcomed our baby girl."

Cindy | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Jenn was a great resource during my pregnancy for those moments when I was unsure of the twinges or cramps I felt. I would call Jenn to talk about what was going on and she would help solidify my thoughts to either go ahead and call my doctor or chalk-up the twinges to pregnancy pains. During our 28 hour labor Jenn was a calming presence throughout the whole labor. When I lost complete mental focus Jenn centered me back to the task at hand. We experienced almost every intervention during the natural labor attempt. Having Jenn give her experienced advice helped us decide when to implement a certain intervention. After the birth of our precious son, I had complications with blood pressure causing me to be unconscious for two hours afterwards. While my husband went to the nursery with our son, Jenn stayed with me in my L&D room for those two hours. Jenn was an invaluable part of our team, while she kept a quiet respectful presence. We felt absolutely comfortable having Jenn with us in our journey and would recommend Jenn to anyone wanting a calm, quiet, friendly gentle presence with you throughout your labor. We now feel Jenn is part of our family!"

Tori | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Jenn was such a comfort during such an amazing journey. I don't think we could have done it without her!" 

Paris | father of 1 (birth doula service) "From a husband's perspective, I was thankful to have Jenn's help during the birth of my child. I am afraid I would've been somewhat overwhelmed without her guidance. Jenn was helpful and supportive and always kept our interests in mind. She was worth every penny."

Mandy | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Jenn was incredible - an absolute joy to work with, and an essential part of my natural childbirth experience. Labor can actually be enjoyable, empowering, and a beautiful journey if you have the right state of mind and are adequately prepared - Jenn helps you to get there. Thanks for everything! I'll never forget you, and I'm eternally grateful!"

Samara | mother of 2 (Bradley Method instructor - birth doula service) "We hired Jenn for the birth of our third daughter and had used epidurals in the past, so we were afraid we would be tempted to again. We took Bradley classes too, but my husband was nervous still. Jenn made both of us feel so at ease! She filled in for my husband when he didn't know what to do. She knew just what to do and say at all the right times. We were able to have our med-free birth, and I know she played a big role in making it happen!" 

Amanda | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "I think every woman should have the support of a professional doula during her labor & delivery. Jenn's knowledge and support was invaluable before, during and after labor. Her knowledge about every aspect of pregnancy and birthing ensured that I passed a common test known to produce false positives (Jenn's Note: non-stress test for post-dates). Her diplomacy helped smooth over tense relationships during the delivery. She kept me informed during every step of my pregnancy and during the birth of my daughter. She was encouraging, reassuring and instilled confidence in my choices. I appreciated that during my birth experience, she was 100% focused on me and serving any and all of my needs. It was nice to have a supportive knowledgeable person completely focused on my needs and wishes by my side at all times during my birth experience. Also, she did a great job encouraging my husband to get involved in the process. She helped him understand what was going on and gave him suggestions on how to help me. My labor was really long and Jenn was with me every minute - she worked really hard! Her services were well worth it!"

Lealani | mother of 1 (birth doula service) "Working with Jenn allowed me to have a fabulous natural labor and birth. I don't know how women get through labor without a doula, even if they are planning an epidural. Jenn was irreplaceable! Just as helpful was the postpartum visit. Breastfeeding was such a struggle for me. Jenn proved to be the best lactation consultant I could have asked for. Thank you! "

Michelle | mother of 2 (birth doula service) "Hiring Jenn was the BEST decision we made in planning a natural, non-medicated birth. Her calm and reassuring personality helped me find the strength to face my fear of pain and have the birth we wanted."

Vanessa | mother of 3 (birth doula service) "Thank you, thank you, thank you Jenn! You were wonderful & helped me so much!" 

Sarah | mother of 3 (birth doula service) "I really appreciated having someone to talk to during the long days waiting for labor to start and also having someone to help when labor got intense. Thank you so much for sharing this with us Jenn!"