After taking a Bradley method class we learned about a the role of a postpartum doula. We thought it sounded great and we got Jacqui’s info but we assumed we wouldn’t end up needing her help. Lo and behold, I ended up with a c-section and having a newborn was more overwhelming than we thought! It was extremely easy to get in touch with her and she was available to help us within a couple of days of our initial conversation.
It was great to have her help for multiple reasons. First it was just great to have someone who understood the struggles of being a new parent and she encouraged me to take care of myself and be patient while recovering from a c-section. This was different from family members who were encouraging me to walk around, get up and do stuff already! She also just helped train us as new parents and helped us set up a system for washing bottles that has served us well to this day. There is lots of stuff we learned in class or read about, but it’s incredibly helpful to have someone come to your home, someone who is kind and understanding and gentle, and show you how best to care for your child in your own home. And it’s great to have the encouragement of a professional. It is worth the cost to get this kind of professional help, to build confidence and get that immediate help and support as a new parent.
In case it wasn’t already clear, I highly recommend Jacqui as a postpartum doula! ~Z’s Mamma, December 2018
When we met Jacquie for the first time we were looking for some sleep and help with our one week newborn son. We never could have imagined the incredible woman she is and how much she’s helped us in many areas. My wife had experienced postpartum emotional complications with our first child and we thought we would be more prepared the second time. When that time came she had a difficult child birth and it took a toll on my wife both physically and mentally.
Jacquie was a breath of fresh air who would show up nightly prepared with information to help guide us and educate us regarding what we were going through. She would listen to our daily concerns and engage us in great conversation. She wouldn’t tell us what to do as most people would. She would let us talk freely and we would talk about our daily struggles and successes’ which would make us feel much better.
Jacquie also gave my wife an amazing amount of emotional support. Jacquie being a mother could empathize, where I could not. Jacquie works with a great doula network that helped train her and educated her on the resources out there for new mothers. Not only did Jacquie support my wife but also me as well. As a father of a newborn I had a lot of new responsibilities added to go along with helping more with our 2 year old, job, and emotional support for my wife. Jacquie would ask how I was doing with everything, which was unexpected. She provided me with a website for dad’s with wives who were experiencing postpartum emotional complications.
She would also leave encouraging notes for my wife and also research any questions my wife had. It wasn’t Wikipedia info either . She would find the sources of her research and give us great information so we could make an educated decision. Jacquie was a blessing to our whole family and we’re sure she will be to yours as well!