Crunchy Mama Doula
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"Jenn stepped into our birth planning at the most delicate moment in our lives, just weeks after we unexpectedly lost our first daughter. With only 7 weeks until our due date for our rainbow baby, Jenn swooped in with an abundance of kindness, compassion, and a much needed sense of ease. She calmed my husband's anxiety about the upcoming birth, and acted as an emotional safe haven for me. Jenn adopted the hypnobirthing plan of our choosing and knew just when to speak up or remain silent to allow us to fully enjoy welcoming our second child into the world. Jenn collaborated with the hospital staff seamlessly, and was by our side from triage to our first feeding. She quickly became an extension of our family and maintained a connection to us far beyond the obligation of our contract. I'm glad now to be able to consider Jenn as a friend."
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"I was thrilled that we found Jenn to be our doula for the birth of our daughter. Right from the start, Jenn was welcoming, warm, and understanding of any concerns/questions we had. I always felt that Jenn was on OUR side and never felt judged by any of our decisions. Jenn met with my husband and I to help us prepare for the birth on 2 separate occasions. Each time we met, I felt more confident and sure of myself to handle the birth (because I knew she'd be there with my husband rooting me on!). When the day came, Jenn was so comforting to have in the delivery room. Not only was she a strong support for me, but my husband as well. She knew just what to say and do to make the process one I will treasure forever.
Upon leaving the hospital, Jenn made sure to check in with us and see how everything was going. She even came by our house the next morning to help out with breastfeeding! We couldn't have done it without her-- Thank you, Jenn!"
"My experience with Jenn was wonderful! We decided to seek out the care of a doula when we were down to the wire, (I think about 32 weeks?!) when we realized that a traditional birth class was just not in the cards for us. But goodness, am I glad that everything happened the way it did because I couldn't imagine our journey without Jenn!
Jenn is knowledgeable, caring and down to Earth. Being an RN myself, I had a lot of basic knowledge about pregnancy and birth but Jenn is very skilled and brought the education to meet me where I was. Jenn promptly answered my calls and questions, provided regular check ins up to birth and postpartum and much needed breastfeeding support (we are still going strong after a year!). My labor went very quickly and I was so happy to see her walk through my labor room door right when my partner and I needed support. She was a great support to my husband too. I have recommended Jenn to family and friends, Jenn rocks!!"
"Jenn has been absolutely wonderful for our family. At first, we were reluctant to hire a doula, but from the first meeting Jenn gave us useful advice and was so comfortable to be around that we knew we wouldn't mind having her in the hospital room. Jenn put a ton of effort into making sure we felt prepared to give birth, providing us with her curated information and materials. When we found out we’d be induced but didn’t know exactly when, Jenn arranged her family activities for a whole week so that she would be nearby in case she got an urgent call from me. This was absolutely above and beyond.I am very proud to say we delivered without pain medication in only 4 hours, and I truly believe this wouldn’t have been possible without our preparation with Jenn.
Since our son was born, Jenn has visited and has been supportive for every single question about breastfeeding, sleep tips, and overall wellness - and it’s been 4 months! She is basically a saint and I would hire her again immediately if we have a second child."
"Having Jenn with me through my second pregnancy and beyond has been so beneficial to my transition as a mother of two. I had a very quick labor, but as we arrived at the hospital at the same time she was there just in time for me to hit my transitional phase and I am so thankful for that. She was calm, nurturing at just the right moments and helped me feel comfortable when I didn't feel like anything was bringing me comfort. What has been so incredible for me is the support I have received from her postpartum. I am so thankful I was able to reach out to her with my concerns, emotions, anything , even still 6 months later. Having that quality in a doula is something I find invaluable. I felt that she was able to voice my needs at the hospital when I was not, and she was able to gently guide me from the negative voices telling me I couldn't do it , it was just what i needed, and that is because she takes so much time to go over everything you are hoping to have for your birth, without ever feeling like you are being coached through your experience, unless that's what you want, I'm positive she could do that for you! She's upfront, but nurturing in all the right moments. I will forever be grateful for having her in my life!"
"3 words that describe Jenn: Kind, calm, and experienced.
My husband and I knew we didn't want family in the hospital but that we needed someone there who had more experience than we did. It was also important to me that there be someone there to support my husband and provide him with breaks if necessary.You seemed to know I was about to start another contraction just a millisecond after I started to feel it. My husband ended up being a great coach through contractions, but he didn't catch on to the start of a contraction for a second or two - during those moments (which felt so long) you knew what I was going through, and you'd just calmly make eye contact and silently get me started on my breathing until my husband caught up. It kept me from tensing up with the start of each contraction and your attention was so appreciated!
I wanted a birth with as little medical intervention as possible - I hoped to not be induced, receive no pain medication, etc. You provided a lot of helpful resources and while I was so nervous, I felt prepared. Life had other plans for me, though, and I had to receive a great deal of medical intervention. You were by my side through it all and reassured me I could do it all. I felt reassured that I was making the best choices for myself and my baby and that I was doing what was necessary.
I also had thought that you'd be done with us as clients after the postpartum visit. But you surprised me by texting to check in with us periodically, to see how everything is going. You've continued to provide such great support and advice - and I can't tell you how wonderful this has been!"
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"My husband and I are first-time parents with no family members in this area. We interviewed a few doulas and finally chose Jenn. You know what? Looking back, this may be the most critical and correct decision we made and we are soooo grateful for having Jenn with us. She is very kind and caring, and not assertive or condescending at all when discussing with us about what options are out there for us. She was also very accessible throughout the whole time and provided a lot of useful information for us, which turned out to be a huge help. If we decide to have another baby, I will definitely hire Jenn again."
"Jenn was a wonderful doula as I was in labor, within the delivery room and even postpartum. Unlike other doulas whose services stop once the baby was born, Jenn continued to contact me to ensure that breastfeeding was going well, I was taking care of myself... even checking in to make sure that I showered! She helped to keep me calm during my contractions and was a great advocate for everything that I wanted for my birth. I would recommend Jenn to any mother looking to have a natural birth. Thanks, Jenn!"
"I'm so thankful to have had Jenn at my side as I went into labor. Her tools and expertise helped to keep me as calm and comfortable as possible. I honestly cannot imagine how I would have handled the long, hard process of giving birth without the help of a doula. She also provided important support to my partner. Many thanks to Jenn!"
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"I clicked with Jenn right away when we meet. She made me feel at ease with what I wanted and with what I felt I needed during birth. Jenn is very kind, calming, and knowledgeable. Of course nothing went to plan during my labor. Jenn rolled with all the punches and kept me and my husband calm and comfortable. Poor Jenn had a long night in a hospital chair but I was so happy she was there for support. I was unable to hold my baby after birth due to medication reactions. Jenn went with my husband and baby to the nursery which allowed me relax and recover a bit. I was so happy to know my husband had Jenn to lean on in my absence.
I also used Jenn for Postpartum Support which I am SO happy I did. It was an emotional and physical roller coaster after my birth and to know Jenn was coming over soon to help took a huge wait off my shoulders. Jenn walked me through every question I had and helped with any issues that came up. She also sent me to take a nap when I needed one (and needed someone to tell me to!).
Jenn is a wonderful, talented Doula and the best person. I cannot recommend her enough if you are looking for support before, during, and after having a baby. Thank you for everything Jenn!!!!"
"From the moment I first contacted Jenn, she was professional, organized, friendly, caring and helpful. That continued through my daughters birth, the postpartum period and as recent as our conversations this month. Because I am a single mom, I was looking for someone to support me and my baby through the end of pregnancy, labor and beyond. Jenn was always available to me between our prenatal visits. I would text her the results of tests and ask her questions on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. She explained things to me in a way that made sense, and then let me make my own decisions. I chose Jenn because I didn't want to be pushed into having a natural birth or doing hypnosis. I figured I would probably choose to have drugs during my labor, and didn't want to feel bad about it. Jenn was fully supportive of all my choices and never pushed for anything. She is very knowledgeable and will give you all the facts to make your decisions - but they are your decisions. And her support never wavered or changed based on the decisions I made. I never felt bad or guilty for anything. During my extremely long induced labor, Jenn stayed next to me the whole 36 hours helping me understand what was happening, helping me labor, being a hand to hold, or someone to get ice or juice. She held my hands while I got the epidural, and she was holding my legs when I was pushing. She took the very first pictures of my daughter and I cherish those to this day. It can be a scary, confusing, hectic time and Jenn was my calm in the storm. She continued to help me with breastfeeding when I got home from the hospital. I can not recommend her highly enough. I am still connected to her and her family to this day and my daughter and I are so lucky to have them all as a supportive extended family. I am so happy that I chose her as my doula."
"I had a really great experience with Jenn. Right from our first meeting we clicked and I knew I wanted her to be my doula. All throughout my pregnancy she was always available to me. Jenn was able to answer all my questions and help me prepare for my (desperately wanted) VBAC as well as breastfeeding, which I was unsuccessful at with my son. From the moment I suspected I was in labor Jenn was in constant contact with me and having her with me in the hospital was wonderful. She was a great support person both to me and my husband. She helped to calm me down and explain things to me when I wasn't sure what was going to happen next. Jenn never left my side and even helped my daughter to latch right in the delivery room! My daughter is almost two months old now and Jenn still keeps in touch with me to ask how the baby is doing and helped me with some breastfeeding issues and questions. I am very grateful to have Jenn as part of my support network and would absolutely recommend her services. I made the decision to hire a doula because I was adamant that my baby be born via VBAC and I am so glad I did."
"Jenn is absolutely amazing and I am so grateful to have had her support throughout my pregnancy, labor and delivery. I am a first-time mom and this was all very new to me. Jenn did an amazing job coaching me through the whole process. Her knowledge and expertise helped me get through a difficult labor, and her postpartum support helped me cope with the exciting - but also overwhelming- experience of a newborn. She is truly a gifted doula!"
"I can't thank you enough for your support through this birth experience. Your presence gave me both peace and encouragement. Most of all it made an experience I was so worried about, into something beautiful and amazing. Thank you for that- you are a fabulous doula!"
"Thank you for being by our side every step of the way. You truly have a gift and we were so fortunate to have you in our lives. We will be forever grateful for all of your support."
"I can't say enough positive compliments about Jenn. She was actually our "back up doula" as our original doula was out of town the day I went into labor. Jenn jumped right in and made me feel so comfortable. She helped keep myself and my husband calm through the labor and the unfortunate event of having a terrible L&D nurse. The nurse was negative and unhelpful to put it lightly. Jenn helped to keep my birth experience positive and kept me focused on meeting my son, instead of focusing on being upset at the nurse.
She also continues to keep in touch with me and offers wonderful, non-judgmental advice every time I ask. The home visit after the birth was great as well- I was extremely sleep deprived and needed reassurance at that time. Jenn told me I was doing a great job and answered all of my questions. I would recommend Jenn to anyone looking for a doula and I will most certainly be calling her again for my second pregnancy!"
"My husband and I had hoped hoped for a natural birth and we knew that if we wanted to try for this, we would need help, so we searched for a doula. We interviewed several candidates, but I felt a connection to Jenn immediately. I liked that she grew up and lives in my hometown. When I met her, she seemed relaxed, non-judgmental, and organized. Most importantly, she made me feel calm.
Jenn met with us leading up to the birth, providing important and relevant information. She came to the hospital, not once, but twice, and she supported me in my very long attempt at a natural delivery. I think I hold the record for the longest labor that Jenn has even been a part of -60+ hours! Although the birth was not as I had planned, we were grateful to have Jenn with us. Her presence was important- it allowed my husband an opportunity to leave the room if needed, knowing that I had someone with me. Jenn’s techniques for relaxation and pain relief were incredibly helpful and without her I wouldn’t have been able to labor as long as I did without pain medication.
I did not end up having the kind of birth that I envisioned, but I did feel supported during the process. My husband and I were able to make educated decisions about the processes and procedures that took place in the labor and delivery room- for me this was very important. I am a Nurse Practitioner and I had certain expectations and wishes. My husband, has no medical background, but because we had discussed everything in detail, and because he had Jenn to help guide him, he was able to help me make important decisions about the labor, delivery and aftercare of our daughter when I was unable or unaware.
After the birth, Jenn answered my questions about breastfeeding, sleeping and all things newborn. She checked up on me for weeks after the birth, just to make sure that I was coping well as a new mother. I would highly recommend Jenn to those seeking a doula. "
"I was so blessed to have had Jenn Fantasia as my doula throughout my pregnancy. Jenn was there for me from the moment I got to the hospital and was my rock throughout my entire delivery. On January 23rd 2015, I gave birth to my second miracle, Logan Benjamin. Jenn gave me the physical and mental support that I needed throughout my delivery, she even made me laugh! I was not able to have my sons father there, due to an accident he had several months prior. The love and support I had from Jenn, made me feel so comfortable. It truly was an experience I will never forget and am so fortunate to have had Jenn by my side. I will be forever grateful for her! Thank you Jenn from the bottom of my heart in sharing this experience with me!"
"Jenn was very knowledgeable and helpful in navigating me through the last couple of months of my pregnancy and birth. I was very nervous about the process with this being my first and she was able to ease my mind with her experience and resources. Jenn was readily available to answer any and all questions I had and was very supportive of me and my husband. Jenn checked in with me frequently and came to the hospital when I felt I needed her support. Unfortunately, I ended up having to have a c-section but Jenn was very encouraging and helpful throughout. I would highly recommend Jenn Fantasia for a doula and would love to use her again in future pregnancies."
"Jenn was excellent to have in the delivery room. She made the experience much more relaxing than it had been with our first child and she did a wonderful job of looking out for my wife''s best interest. I wasn't sure about having someone else in the delivery room with us at first, but having Jenn there to help and provide support made for a terrific experience. "
"I don’t know how many people find themselves seeking out a doula for the first time in their second pregnancy, but that’s where we were. My first pregnancy and birth were complicated and left me scared, and for a while unsure whether I wanted to repeat the experience at all. When we decided we wanted to have another child, I knew I was going to hire a doula this time. We had delivered prematurely last time and I had never experienced labor and did not know what to expect. Being pregnant there is a lot going on that is out of your control, it helps me to prepare for what I can.Jenn is exactly what I needed. She is there with all the information you could want about a number of topics (and all compiled in an organized binder!), she is just a text or email away if you have any questions, and she does not judge you. She says on her website that she supports you and your way 100% and she does! I felt like I was safe with her, and when you are at your most vulnerable that is EVERYTHING. With Jenn there for physical and emotional support I was able to labor the way I had wanted to, and even though it ended in another emergency cesarean, I view this experience in a much more positive light. Knowing I could depend on extra support from Jenn when the time came gave me peace of mind, reduced my anxiety, and improved my pregnancy experience. Thank you, Jenn!"
"I thought I was prepared going into childbirth — my spouse and I had taken an eight-week birthing class, in addition to four or five classes at our hospital on everything from birth to post-partum care to breastfeeding. And yet, when my labor actually started, nothing matched what I had been taught: there was no pattern to my contractions, no space between some of them, and I found myself wholly unprepared mentally and emotionally for the kind of pain I was in. I was just scared. Having Jenn at my side felt like a literal lifesaver. I honestly don't know how I would have gotten through it all without her. She kept me as calm as possible, helped me focus on getting through each contraction one at a time, reminded me to try different positions to see what might help me to cope, and reminded me that I could do this (and that I was doing it with each breath). She knew exactly what I needed to hear and how to support me while allowing the midwife and other staff to do their jobs as well.
We also hired Jenn as a postpartum doula, and honestly that was the best decision I ever made about my entire pregnancy. Through every up and down — the sleep deprivation, the first-timer panic and self-doubt at every little cough or symptom the baby had, the learning curve of breastfeeding — she was right there with information, encouragement, resources, and support. Even though a lot of the information I needed was already in the well-organized binder she had given us prenatally, she never made me feel bad for not looking it up, she just brought copies of what I needed when I needed it and went over everything with me until I felt calm and well equipped. Again, she was a total lifesaver.
Becoming a parent for the first time is HARD. Jenn helped us get through it with evidence-based information and a lot of experience, but also with a huge amount of compassion, patience, and humor. I would work with her again in a heartbeat."
"I can’t say enough great things about Jenn. Hiring her as my doula was the best decision I made and she truly helped me achieve the labor I hoped for. I wanted an all natural VBAC and Jenn was by my side the whole time, keeping me focused and using different positions and pain management techniques. From the moment I texted her she was on her way to the hospital. She answered my emails and texts right away and constantly checked in with me. She was a great resource and was a great listener. She came out to see us the day after we got home and a month later we still talk! I highly recommend Jenn, she’s amazing !"