Thank you for sharing your story and experience with me as your postpartum doula!
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