The loving nurturer that I am led me to becoming a birth doula. I have the sincere pleasure of assisting many families in Jasper and Hinton. My education as a RMT, Yoga Instructor, Birth Doula, together with my own birthing experiences, has given me the skills to develop a well rounded holistic approach to supporting women and families through this life transition. I work with families where they are at, to empower, educate, to achieve their birth wishes and desires. Jenna
A Birth Doula...
- recognizes birth as a key life experience that will be forever remembered
- understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour
- assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth
- stays by the side of the labouring woman throughout the entire labour
- provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance in getting the information needed to make good decisions
- perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience
- mothers the mother
The acceptance of doulas in maternity is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional well being of mothers and infants.
Why use a Doula?
Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to medical care, love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.
I am educated and experienced in childbirth and the postpartum period and am prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth, as well as to families in the weeks following childbirth. I offer a loving touch, positioning and comfort measures that make childbearing women and families feel nurtured and cared for.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth
- tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
- reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and caesareans
- reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
Research shows parents who receive support can:
- Feel more secure and cared for
- Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
- Have greater success with breastfeeding
- Have greater self-confidence
- Have less postpartum depression
Women & couples hire doulas for many reasons. Some couples hire a doula just as much for the partner as for the labouring woman. Some women in our region who are seeking midwifery care turn to me as a doula to provide them with as close to a home like environment as possible given the choice for midwifery is just not available here, yet! Doula services are as flexible as you want them to be.
What does the service look like?
A free consultation is always available to see if the services I provide are the right fit for you and your family. Please contact me to discuss a convenient time and place for you.
Once you decide that you would like to hire me for Birth Doula services we will set a date for our first prenatal appointment.
During the initial appointment we will sit down as a team, you and your partner and anyone else involved. We will go through a health history intake form, have discussions about what your wishes and desires are and get to know each other more thoroughly.
A second appointment will be scheduled as per both of our availability, during this time we spend time talking about when to call me, stages and phases of labour, recommended reading and videos, and fears or concerns to be addressed and referred to appropriate modalities. Time is spent practically going over hands on labouring positions, rituals and rhythms of labour and how to best listen to your body. We spend time ensuring your team is on the same page to best support you.
Additional appointments available upon request.
Prenatal Massages can be added to either of these appointments in the comfort of your own home.
When you think you are in labour, or having to make decisions around your birth it is best to call me, we will decide together what course of action to take.
I will remain with you continuously for the entire process of your labour. I provide massage, soothing words, breathing assistance, atmosphere control (dim lighting, music, candles etc) comfort techniques for coping, recommendations for position changes, in depth one on one support to husband or partner showing him or her how to best assist you. I will remain with you until baby is breastfeeding well and you are ready for quiet time as a family. Depending on time of birth I try to always deliver a healthy delicious meal to the family at the hospital, served on a silver platter of course!
Following your birth if you have chosen to have your placenta encapsulated I will take it to your home and begin processing right away.
I will make regular contact with you to see how you are doing and find a time that works best to come to your home following the birth to assist you with anything you may need, make referrals, give you your birth story and debrief you birth with you answering any questions you or your partner may have.
Pre and Post-natal In-home Support
Leading up to and/or following the birth of your baby. This option can look like whatever we want it to, you will be able to know best what you require as far as support, hourly rate
- Nap for parents
- Newborn Care
- Soft Support
- Breastfeeding Assistance and or referrals
- Answering questions, instilling confidence, listening
- Light housework (laundry, dishes etc)
- Overnight support
Contact Jenna for more information and to see if there is availability after your expected due date!