Jenise was a wonderful addition to my support "family" for the birth of my first baby. She tirelessly walked the halls with me during a very unpredictable and slow labor, encouraged me to try different positions to keep me comfortable while keeping my labor going and perhaps most valuable, helped my husband and I make some difficult decisions at each crossroads during the process. She was an incredible emotional support for me as I was unsure of what I was heading into for the first time! She was my cheerleader throughout my pregnancy, answering any questions I would have, and encouraging me that I was and am a capable woman and mother. She was such a warm presence the delivery room, and I am so thankful she was there. She'll always be a special part of our memories of the birth of our son.
I had experienced the birth of my first born without using a doula however I relied on an epidural to help me along. Eight years later when I became pregnant with my second child, I made the tough decision to have a natural birth without any interference from drugs. Jenise was the best pregnancy decision I have ever made! Jenise supported us in so many ways even prior to going into labor. she helped us with relaxation techniques and was so graciously supportive with the inclusion of my 8 years old daughter who wanted to be there in the room when the baby was being born. On the big day, without Jenise, I can guarantee I would have gotten an epidural likely before I even hit 5 centimeters. first of all, with Jenise's help I had little to no pain until I hit 8 centimeters. And even when the pain seemed unbearable her encouragement and her support helped me accomplish my ultimate goal. when my little baby Jayni, was placed in my arms it was like euphoria. Jenise helped me accomplish something that I wanted so desperately to experience. And my recovery period was so much shorter because I was able to work through the birthing process without the negative side effects of the pain medications. I am forever grateful to Jenise and she will always be a part of out family..... and she better be ready if we decide to have baby #3!!
It was our pleasure to work with Jenise as our Doula for the birth of our son in November 2010. Jenise met with us several times before the labor to discuss our birth plan. When I finally went into labor-8 days late! -Jenise immediately came over to the house to comfort me through the contractions, guide us through the stages of early labor and determine when we should leave for the hospital. At the hospital, Jenise and my husband served as my labor team, with Jenise providing helpful techniques to ease my discomfort and maintain our birth plan, which involved minimal intervention. Jenise is a patient, understanding, and very knowledgeable Doula who will advocate on your behalf while remaining open to other options and opinions. I felt reassured to have Jenise by my side when I gave birth to my son. She played a large role in providing a birthing experience that was very similar to what I had always hoped and imagined. We are planning to work with Jenise again this year for the birth of our second child and strongly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a caring and experienced Doula. -Melissa and Dev-