'There are times in life when you just know something feels right... meeting Jenna was like that. Both my husband Grant and I walked back from our first 'positive birth meeting' really pumped and excited... we were like - 'she's AWESOME!'... Grant who'd known nothing about what a doula was 3hrs beforehand was as keen as I was to have her part of our birth.
All births are a unique journey it seems and mine was no different, I went into labour at over 43weeks, a challenge I hadn't foreseen and one that came with a lot of stress and pressure from the world around me.
Jenna didn't make choices or decisions for me. She allowed me to make my own and stayed with me whilst I went through the process of trying to figure that out... she didn't judge me, she held me... and in late pregnancy it turns out that this is a really rare and beautiful gift ;)
I'm eternally grateful that Jenna was there from the moment I needed her in early labour all the way through to Finn being born... and not just there - really present. To be fair I chose her as I felt a strong connection and bond... yet during the labour it was like she merged into my energy field... and knew when to stroke my hand... or would pass me water just as I realised I needed it... and would know the small question or comment I needed to hear in order to help me go within and regroup myself... In something as intense and unknown as labour it's just incredible to have someone who can be the 'constant, reassuring pillar' so that you don't have to... and so you can always find your way back to a familiar centre when you need it or when it all feels too much. Jenna was an amazing pillar for me. She still is. Thank you x'
Olivia & Grant, March 2017
'Jenna has been an absolute privilege to not only meet, but to have as my doula. I couldn't have wished for anyone more perfect. She was so very nurturing and spiritual, yet down to earth...an absolute rock at a time when I felt very vulnerable. Words cannot describe the strength she pulled out of me, to create the birth experience I wanted. I sincerely wish she had been at all my births! My partner found her amazingly supportive and my children adored her! She will always hold a special place in our hearts and I can throughly recommend her...thank you Jenna! xx'
Sara & Steve, December 2016
'This was our first birth (a home-birth to begin with and transfer to hospital), we are very glad that we chose to have a Doula, and Jenna was perfect for us. She was able to answer our questions and address our concerns in the meetings at our home, which helped to keep us relaxed and confident, and gave us a chance to get to know her. She was able to give us lots of helpful advice, for example: putting us in touch with an amazing pre-natal massage therapist (Laura) and a local birth-pool hire person (saving us money on buying a new one). On the morning of the birth Jenna got to our house quickly, she was a very calm, steady and supportive person from the moment she arrived. We had 3 different midwives come to our home during the morning, and when we transferred to hospital in the afternoon there were several new midwives and doctors. Jenna was with us throughout the whole day and evening, helping to keep Emily calm and focused, until 1 hour after the birth of baby Josephine (around 1am). It was so good to have her with us throughout the whole process – to have one constant person that we knew well supporting us during quite a dramatic birth. The post-birth support has been very helpful too (immediately after the birth, and for several weeks afterwards). Jenna, a mum with her own two children, has also helped Emily to connect with some of the other local mums, which has been nice for her to meet new people in the same boat as her.
Thank you Jenna, love from Emily, Dylan and Josie Xxx'
Emily & Dylan, July 2016
'Jenna is incredibly calm and reassuring but has a quiet strength about her, we were so lucky to have her supporting us for the birth. Jenna was great at listening to what support we needed and she tailored her pre natal visits to this. She also gave us good birth support after the birth and sign posted us to lots of useful resources throughout. We had the calm, quiet, hypnobirth at home that we had hoped for. I would encourage everyone to seriously consider hiring a doula when preparing for their birth and would highly recommend Jenna.'
Susan and Luke, April 2016
'Jenna is kind natured and empathetic. She fully supported and empowered me with my birth preferences. I honestly don't think I would have had the confidence to have a natural home birth without her support.'
Home birth Mama, October 2015
'As soon as you came in, there was a sort of quiet calm, which spread from you to everyone around. I wasn't sure there was much need for me after you arrived but not only did you support Cat but you really helped me find my place and see where I could help and support her. It was just amazing having you here.'
Birth partner, October 2015
'Jenna was a fantastic support to us in the late stages of our pregnancy, during the birth and after. Jenna was like a sea of calm and comfort during an exciting, but also a somewhat daunting time! After only a few chats with her I felt empowered and confident in myself both for the labour and afterwards as a new mother. Her suggestions and ideas around the birth truly helped during labour, and I have no doubt that my ability to keep relatively calm during labour was largely thanks to her.'
Clare & Dave, September 2015
'Thoughtful and empathetic, Jenna provided consistent support throughout. She supported my wishes to avoid an induction by referring me to the evidencebasedbirth.com website as well as the AIMS website and encouraged me to call the AIMS support helpline as well as making me aware that I was within my rights to ask for a meeting with my hospital’s Supervisor of Midwives when I was still unhappy after being pushed towards an induction by my consultant. Jenna helped me realise that I always had a choice in the matter.
Jenna was very supportive and kept in touch with me with messages of support and reassurance. During labour, Jenna provided constant emotional support for me and my partner. She was very good in keeping the choices I'd made beforehand in mind and reminding both me and my partner of them but not pushing the point. The choice was always up to us. During the active labour stage, Jenna was happy to let my partner take the lead in supporting me but it was good to know she was there to step in if needed. We thought everything that Jenna did was spot on and can’t think how it could have been improved.'
Eva & Rob, July 2015
'Although circumstances meant that I didn't end up using Jenna as a birthing partner she still supported me towards the end of my pregnancy and was always there to help me with any questions and concerns I had about giving birth and she was an extremely positive and helpful support post birth. I could not recommend her more and any mother-to-be would be lucky to share her birthing experience with the calm, kind and positive force that Jenna is.'
Karina, March 2015
'I highly recommend Jenna as a doula...she provided questions and guided me to find a complete birth plan that I might not have done on my own. She helped me view the pain of birth as a positive process, which was essential in my ability to handle the pain.'
'I thought Jenna was amazing from start to finish. From the very beginning she embodied what we hoped for and expected from a doula. She was calm and calming, thoughtful of and focussed on Philippa's needs and how to help her and me overcome our fears. She was approachable and adaptable. She also helped me much more than I was expecting offering reassurance, encouragement and calm. This in turn gave me more strength to help Philippa. I couldn't recommend her enough.'
Philippa & Ed, July 2014
'Jenna was amazing during labour! I had an epic 36 hour labour and she was supportive, informative and helpful throughout.'
Ali, April 2014
I believe women deserve to choose how and where they have their baby and should be given all the information necessary for them to make this choice as informed as possible to best suit them and their families. I am here to help you achieve your birth wish in whatever way I can by offering emotional and practical support at a life changing time in your lives. I am there for you and your needs, whatever they may be.
My first birth and postnatal experience was tough, tougher than I thought it would be. When I came out the other side, I started looking into ways I could help new mothers who might also be struggling and this led me on my journey to becoming a doula. This opened up a whole new world to me of birth work and empowerment.
I am a thirty something doula, yogi, mother to two beautiful children, Ed (2011) and Mabel (2014), recent minimalist and a dancing round the kitchen kind of girl. I live with my husband, Andy, in Surbiton, Surrey.
Olivia, Grant & Finn, March 2017
Emily, Dylan & Josie, July 2016