As people become familiar with the words “postpartum doula” I hear…..”I wish I knew about doulas!” or “I could have used a doula when…..”
Here are some quotes from people that know me and some things to ponder as you embark on your new baby journey.
My sister was happy when the family came in to visit, but I saw relief on her face when Jacquie walked in. -Uncle Adam, August 2015
Jacquie helped our family tremendously. She is kind and approachable, easy to talk to and had such a lovely way of being with our babe. Still can’t believe she got our little one to fall asleep on her shoulder during some of our hardest postpartum moments! -Sam, September 2015
Wesley and I want to thank you again for all of your support and guidance during the first month Wes was born. You truly have a gift and I feel so lucky that you were there at such an emotional time. I am so excited for all of the new parents that you will impact. ~Wesley’s Mom, October 2015
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! ~Austin’s Father, December 2015
Jacquie’s postpartum help was INVALUABLE to me. I can honestly say that I don’t know how I would have done it without her during the first few weeks. I had a lot of pain and a general lack of confidence, especially when it came to breastfeeding and Jacquie talked me through it, gave me lots of great advice, gave me articles to read and checked up on me every day. Anytime I had a question, no matter how silly I thought I might be, she was there to answer it. One night my baby was crying for hours and I had no idea what to do. She suggested a few things to try and it worked within 5 minutes!!! Her knowledge and passion regarding all things baby is incredible.
She also has an amazing sense of positivity and reminded me that I was doing a great job (even when I didn’t think I was) which kept me going and not giving up. She was also a great help to my husband and was the only person who took the time to ask how HE was doing through all of this.
Knowing that Jacquie was a phone call or text away when I needed her help and advice was priceless to me. I never realized how important postpartum care was until now and I strongly suggest it to every new mom. Thank you Jacquie!!! ~Gigi’s Mom, April 2016
Becoming a mother is a true miracle but also it is a big stress. Labor doesn’t always go smoothly and can be very traumatic for a mother and for a child. That’s why it’s very important to get right care and support in postpartum period. I am a mother of a preemie. And it was very hard for me not to loose my milk supply when my baby was at the NICU. When Jacquie started working with us my breastfeeding routine was very unorganized. I wasn’t producing enough milk, so I had to substitute with formula. And I was certain that it will always be like that. But Jacquie helped to believe that It is possible to stop using formula and get a good milk supply. She encouraged me to breastfeed more and use a bottle less, and not to give up when my daughter was getting fussy and didn’t want to latch. She was so used to a bottle already and also she was not strong enough to latch long enough. With Jacquie’s help I was able to achieve my goal as to breastfeed exclusively.
Also Jacquie was very helpful with finding right specialist for my daughter and for me. I wish I started using her help while I was pregnant. I could avoid many problems that way.
Jacquie is very professional and also caring person. She loves what she is doing and I think she really enjoys helping new moms. She provided me help and support that I really needed. Thank you very much for everything!!! ~An Anonymous Mamma, June 2016
When I first met Jacquie, I knew It was a good fit. She understood what I was looking for, and more importantly, what I needed in a doula. In the months leading up to the birth of my twin sons she offered support and guidance to me and my wife as we prepared our home and our hearts for two more boys (we already have one!) . After the birth of my twins, She seamlessly worked with my family, giving direction and support when needed, while avoiding stepping on anyone’s toes. She made sure I was eating healthy foods and routinely chased me with a water bottle. Jacquie offered suggestions and support (that were always backed by experience or research) around my breastfeeding goals, baby wearing and basic twin life hacks and made sure I laughed everyday as we powered through. I have no doubt that we would have somehow survived the first weeks with twins without a doula, but Jacquie made it a wonderful experience that I wish everyone could have. ~Owen’s & Ryan’s Mommy, June 2016
Thank you for sharing about your story and experience with me as your postpartum doula!