Kind Words

 Every family has taught me something that I have been able to add to my own toolbox.  I encourage a completely honest dialogue with my families so that I do know what is working and if I am on target with their needs. I am happy to share with you these kind words from families that I have supported as you embark on your new baby journey. Congratulations for reaching out and creating your support system! ~Jacquie

Jacquie was a godsend when our son was born.  We were pretty clear we didn’t want many people around after his birth so we could spend time getting comfortable in our own little family unit.  However, we didn’t know how exhausted we would be, or how many questions we would have!  Jacquie stayed up with Arlo in the middle of the night to afford us some precious sleep.  And she helped this this new mama with baby basics like baby wearing, bathing and sleeping– without judgement or fanfare.  She also naturally made sure the house was clean, healthy meals were made, and fresh water was always by my side. She is the kind of person who knows how to step in and help without a great deal of direction–never overstepping the line–just having a natural sense about what will be helpful in any situation         -Jess & Ken, 2013

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

I can’t thank Jacquie enough for all of the dedicated support she has provided to our family. Jacquie made our transition from three to five so smooth and I have learned so much from her. She’s incredible! ~ Owen’s & Ryan’s Mamma, 2016

 

Jacquie was recommended to me by my birth doula who was not available for overnights at the time. I booked her that same night and then extended it 2 nights and then another night a few weeks later. I still see her and keep in touch. She has become a part of my family. She is so friendly, caring, loving, understanding, knowledgable and confident. When your life is turned upsidedown by the birth of your child and you can’t think straight, call Jacquie. She will come to your house and give you a hug, lovingly take the baby into her arms, tell you to go sleep and then make you food and clean for you while you sleep. She also listened when I cried and helped me with nursing, and just showed so much compassion and care towards me and my family. Jacquie understands what it’s like and she truly truly cares for each family she meets. If you are even thinking about hiring an overnight doula, just pick up the phone or email her today. It will be the best decision you ever make. And her French Toast is the best I’ve ever had!!   ~Ellie’s Mom, 2017

My husband and I were blessed to have Jacquie as our doula during and after the birth of our son. I have known Jacquie for many years, and when I was pregnant, knew very little about what a doula relationship was (or could be.) I am truly not exaggerating when I say, thank GOD for Jacquie! We were lucky enough to be with her through part of her journey of birth doula training, and have her with us during labor. She was absolutely essential to me reaching my natural labor “goal,” and I can honestly say that her calm and present coaching gave me the peace of mind and courage to give birth naturally. More than 9 months later, I still remember what she told me during those final 2 pushes! Her prenatal meetings and breast-feeding lessons eased many of my fears and prepared us for what was to come. Her patience and attention to our potential postpartum needs factored in our individual personalities, and those of our (sometimes nosey) family members. This proved extremely important for us. As a Lactation Counselor, her constant attention and availability to me while I was having trouble with my son’s latch was not only comforting – as she sat at my bedside close to midnight helping him latch – but imperative to my breastfeeding success. Breastfeeding was the biggest challenge for me, and she is a big reason I’m still nursing now (trust me, it was BLEAK at times!) We love Jacquie, and feel endlessly lucky and grateful to have this forever relationship with her, and our new family. ~Leon’s Mom, March 2017

We found Jacquie online when our son was a newborn, when we realized we had a lot of questions about caring for a newborn, but no one in our families to ask/help (we were new to the area and our families are not close by). Jacquie has a warm, compassionate, and easy-going manner that was incredibly reassuring to two stressed out and sleep-deprived first-time parents. We immediately felt comfortable with her in our home and with our son. Jacquie always somehow knew exactly what we needed and although she asked us what we needed, she also made suggestions on what she could do, and it was an incredible gift to not have to think through exactly what to ask but to simply say “yes” to her suggestions! So, Jacquie took our baby for walks, held him, helped get him to sleep. This allowed me to continue working from home and my wife to sleep, and Jacquie would bring our son to my wife to feed when needed. She also helped my wife get the hang of breastfeeding, and gave us some soothing tips. 

Our only regret is not having Jacquie come sooner, more regularly, and not having her do an overnight or two! We will certainly be in contact with Jacquie if we have more children so we can have her postpartum support again – it was invaluable the first time around. ~ Peter, July 2017

Jacquie has been my post partum doula. She helped me keep my sanity in the early months after my second birth. I had a long recovery time due to my csection, and my toddler was driving me nuts. Jacquie was a huge help. She came reccomended by my birth doula. I didnt need a regular post partum doula, but I did need some help from time to time whem it all became too much. Jacquie was the most responsive and dilligent helper I had at the time.

Jacquie was always on time, always responded very quickly to my calls and text, and even put in lots of effort in helping me find another helper if she was not available herself. My toddler loved her and so did the baby. She knows what to do with kids and is very nice. Finaly, her rates were reasonable. I highly reccomend her to any new mom. ~O., September 2017

We were so, so lucky to have had Jacquie become part of our lives as we welcomed our daughter. In those early, bleary postpartum days, Jacquie cared for our whole family, not just our baby. She was an educator and a cheerleader to two overwhelmed mommas, in ways that we didn’t even know we would need. She answered all of our questions, gave non-judgmental advice, and supported our decisions. She was a true professional, but also very warm… and she brought joy to a tired house, singing and dancing with our daughter while we took a moment to rest! ~ June Bug’s Mammas, October 2017

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

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