"I cannot say enough good things about Jen! My husband and I hit it off right away with her during our interview - and it's hard not too. Jen is sweet, funny, and knowledgeable - she felt like a friend from the beginning which is incredibly reassuring when you're hiring someone to participate in one of the most personal experiences of your life.
She helped guide us through what to expect about labor and delivery during our prenatal consultations and gave us helpful hints on when to go to the hospital and laboring positions. She was responsive to my texts and came over immediately when I began labor (8:30 PM on a Tuesday night).
During labor she was a rock for me, my mother, and my husband. I worried about having both my husband and mom in the room would be too much, and it might have been if not for Jen - she helped to calm all of us down at the right moments, and gave them both instruction on how to ease my pain/massage me. She set a calming environment by bringing lights And playing music, and even brought honey sticks to keep my energy up! Also incredibly important, during the toughest times of my labor Jen helped me to breath in a constructive way and offered just the right amount of support and encouragement I needed to have a completely natural, ~10 hour labor (I should mention this is my first kid!).
I'm not sure if I could have had a natural birth without Jen. I HIGHLY recommend her." - Erin G.
"Jen was such an amazing doula. She advised me and reminded me that I had choices, when I felt like I had none. For instance, I was being pressured by a doctor on call who wanted to induce. I'm glad I didn't go into labor that day. Thankfully, I delivered when the baby was ready, 4 days later. I was also then able to have the doctor that I had wanted and prayed for to deliver my baby. As Jen stated, "I support a woman's right to choose her own birth experience and seek to facilitate her wishes." She did just that and more. She stuck with me through 28 hours of labor, of which 6 hours were spent pushing. I was still able to have a vaginal delivery, and Jen worked so patiently through those hours and was an advocate for me when nurses around me were unprofessionally suggesting a c-section. I was so happy Jen was by my side, to calm my fears, to give encouragement and to be in my corner. My husband was also greatly impressed and he said that it was one of the best decisions we ever made to have Jen as our doula.
We were also greatly impressed with Jen's pre labor consultation so that we were more knowledgeable about the birthing process. She made great recommendations of what to read and she answered so many of our questions.
I can't imagine not having Jen by my side through such an intense labor. We were also thrilled that she took photos right after delivery, which I didn't think I would want, but I'm so grateful and glad that she did. I cherish the very first photos of our baby and the tears in my husband's eyes. Jen was such a blessing and we would highly recommend her." - Jenny F.
"I gave birth last month to my first baby with Jen as my doula. It was a great experience for me and my husband, and Jen was a big part of making that happen. My goal was for a med-free birth and given that it was my first, I really had no idea what to expect or whether I'd be able to manage the pain. I knew birth didn't have to be a scary experience that is often depicted in movies and TV, and I wanted someone there who knew what was going on and could help keep my husband and myself calm.
From my intro phone call with her to the two prenatal visits, Jen helped put our minds at ease. She is easy to talk to, relatable, matter of fact, and friendly. She answered our questions with a sense of humor and reassurance that made us feel like instant friends and that we could definitely have the birth experience we were hoping for. I never felt pressure from her to stick to any particular ideals or like she wouldn't be supportive if I ended up wanting pain medication.
Leading up to labor, Jen regularly checked in with me to see how I was doing. When the day came, she was immediately ready by text message. She kept in communication with me all through early labor, giving me tips and reassurance. When active labor picked up, it was a few hours before we decided we needed Jen. She was quick to join us, arrived at the perfect time, and helped me in the exact way I needed (mostly by applying counter-pressure to my lower back).
When we finally decided to go to the hospital, Jen was by my side the whole time. I arrived fully dilated, and my daughter was born about an hour later. I achieved my goal of an intervention free birth. I felt supported throughout and I was not afraid of what was happening. I know I wouldn't have been able to labor at home as long as I did without Jen. She was crucial in those last couple hours. My husband and I were so happy to have had her as part of our support team, and I would not hesitate to recommend her services!!" -Danielle M.
"Jen was a fantastic doula. My husband and I first looked into a doula because we were concerned with how he would feel during labor/delivery as well as how I would manage. We found Jen through the recommendation of our Healthcare provider.
After interviewing Jen the first thing I felt was comfortable; she had an ease to her and she listened and responded to all my questions and concerns. She followed up with me ready to answer any other questions I may have had. It took me a bit to get back to her, but she didn't pressure me by reaching out too often which felt great.
Our first meeting she went over everything we were hoping for our birth to be. She knew hypnobirthing and was ready to support me utiilizing the method I had learned. We went through a thorough checklist that brought up things we hadn't thought about and we were able to talk about how we felt about each aspect of birth.
My baby decided to surprise us all and come 2.5 weeks early, ahead of our second meeting with Jen. I called her when my water broke at 7:30 at night and told her I would need her sometime that night. She checked in with me before she went to bed and encouraged me to reach out whenever I felt I needed her. She came to my house about 6am after I'd reached a point where I was in full labor. She found pressure points that helped me get through labor and encouraged me when I felt exhausted. At the hospital she helped me and my husband as we moved straight into delivery. After I delivered she stayed with me and helped me get settled with our little one.
Jen was a saving grace throughout my labor, delivery and post-partum follow ups. Knowing I could reach out to her has been HUGE for me. She is a source of great information and she's been a support I can't imagine not having. I highly recommend her services! I hope Jen is available if I'm pregnant again in the future. She is a special part of my baby's birth story and I'm blessed to have had her." -Anna M-W
"I cannot recommend Jen highly enough. She was a joy to work with, from the first time we met through our prenatal visits, birth, and post-partum visit. My husband was initially skeptical of hiring a doula and concerned about having another stranger in the room at our daughter's birth. Jen has great knack for putting you at ease and listening closely to your concerns and goals. She quickly won my husband over in our initial visit. By the end of our first prenatal visit, spending time with her felt more like hanging out with a friend than preparing for an intimate life event with a relative stranger. Jen helped us prepare with birth positions, preparing a birth plan, and evaluating different options and scenarios that might arise. When my labor started in the middle of the night, Jen responded to my messages promptly and kept in touch as things progressed. She was crucial in helping us acheive the natural birth we wanted at several points in the process: deciding when to go to the hospital, encouraging me to wait on pain meds until my first cervix check, suggesting I labor in shower with her delightful christmas lights, and getting some calories in me just before the final push. These and many other well-timed assists really helped get me through the hardest event of my life. I truly can't imagine my birth experience without her and I feel so grateful for her help. Hire her -- I promise you won't regret it!" -Sara V.
"Jen is an amazing doula and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking professional birthing support. My husband and I decided late in my pregnancy that we wanted a doula and were worried that we wouldn't have time to find one that was a good fit. We needn't have worried because we found Jen. Jen is warm, open, supportive, and a strong advocate for her clients. She helped us understand and navigate the hospital birth that we had been hoping to avoid and she was a great support to both me and my husband before, during, and after labor and delivery." -Mandi F.
"I am so lucky to have had Jen as my Doula. Not only is she knowledgeable and well prepared, she is also kind, funny and easy to be around. By the end of our first appointment, I felt like I knew Jen for years! I was in a very long extended early labor and it always felt like "today's the day", it didn't matter if I called her at 3 in the afternoon or texted her at 3 in the morning, i always got a quick response and felt well taken care of. When my entire birth plan needed to get scraped due to a medical issue, Jen was just as essential to me as the nurses and the doctor (if not more so). My active labor was about 32 hours long and she was with us through the majority of it. Because of the placement of the baby, i wasn't allowed to move much but Jen still helped me breath through the contractions, keep my husband and my mother at ease, and gave us all a ton of information when we were feeling antsy about what was coming next.
While i could have gotten through my labor without Jen, i am so so glad I didn't have to! The way she was able to keep me calm through the scariest parts of my labor and make me laugh when I wanted to cry was something special. I feel so blessed that I was matched with her as a doula and will recommend her over and over again." -Noelle G.
"Jen Wood is an attentive and caring doula. Jen was responsive and reliable from start to finish. She took the time to make sure she understood what my partner and I wanted for a birth experience. Jen helped me feel empowered to be my own advocate at the hospital when things got overwhelming and scary. She has a magic touch, from providing back relief during contractions to gentle and soothing touch and massage that was just right for me. I was glad to have Jen as my doula for my first birth experience as I felt safe and supported and cared for from the little things like bringing me ice chips and sucking candies for a sweet distraction to the big things like working through back breaking contractions or dealing with a resident doctor pushing for something I wasn't ready for. Jen is also an experienced mama I could trust and feel comfortable asking lots of new mama questions. I highly recommend Jen Wood as a doula." -Taylor J-S