I am so thankful to have found Jen to be my Doula! This was my 3rd baby, and a Doula plays an important role no matter how many times you’ve given birth. Jen was caring, supportive, comforting and extremely responsive. I knew I could count on her throughout the pregnancy. She proactively offered up ideas/suggestions and information, and her deep and wide knowledge of pregnancy and birth was reassuring and helpful. My birth story took some twists and turns (as they all do!), and as my needs changed she supported my decisions. I’d definitely recommend her to any friends looking for the support of a Doula, and if I planned on more kiddos I’d want her by my side again. Thank you Jen! – Jill S.
Jenn will forever hold a special place in my heart and that of my family’s, especially my little boy. She was extremely comforting, caring, the list goes on and on to say the least. She used tools and techniques such as rubbing my back, playing with my hair, ensuring I always had water, essential oils and assisted me throughout the entire day. I was able to have my beautiful birth and I can’t thank her enough for making it possible. – Miranda F.
I don’t quite have words for how much it meant to have Jennifer with us through the end of my pregnancy and labor. She spent time getting to know us and sharing so much helpful information to give us peace in feeling prepared. She was accessible and we always knew her heart was deeply invested in her work with our family. While my delivery didn’t turn out to be what we planned for, having Jennifer with us through every step meant so much. She helped us make decisions to get our baby here safely and supported us wholeheartedly through all 30+ hours. She made sure my husband got food and took breaks so he could be empowered to be an amazing partner. The tools she used to help me manage pain and stay mentally engaged while laboring were incredible. She was with us through the most intense time in our lives and we will always be so deeply grateful for her presence and care. She checked in on us regularly after our son was home with us and we knew she genuinely cares for our family. We can not recommend having Jennifer support you in your pregnancy and labor/delivery more, you will be truly blessed. – Abbey C.
We feel so blessed to have found Jenn! My wife and I weren’t totally sure about what we wanted or needed from a doula, but Jenn provided us with exactly the support we didn’t even quite know how to ask for during our 14 hours of labor. She brought a positive energy, a joyful attitude, constant reassurance, and a personal touch that meshed with the atmosphere we wanted to cultivate. Jenn’s experience in the delivery room was invaluable to us as she provided her insight each step of the way whenever something new would happen. Her knowledge of the many possible laboring positions helped to always keep my wife as comfortable as possible, even with an epidural. Her ability to go with the flow and provide the care and compassion for me when things diverged from our initial plan gave me a confidence that we were going to get through it all together. – Phil G.
Jenn was incredible! She was with us for 37 hours of labor! She was a constant source of positivity, encouragement, knowledge of pain relief techniques and an extra set of helpful hands, which gave husband/coach a much-needed break. I am so grateful for the ways Jenn advocated for me throughout the whole process. She really, REALLY cares so well (for everyone, not just me). I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to not just meet her, but go through this crazy experience together. She’s an angel!! – Kelsey B.
We had the honor and pleasure of having Jenn as our doula for our second birth. After a traumatic experience with the birth of our first child we realized we needed a birthing partner in a hospital setting. I chose Jenn because of her Hypnobirthing education along with the fact that if I needed her at anytime she would be there. She also had a gentle and kind approach that I felt would be great in the delivery room (and I was right!). She was always accommodating and willing to go out of her way to adjust to our schedules. She made us feel comfortable and relaxed. She has awesome tools and techniques to help with laboring. She has a knowledge set that you can tap into to seek wisdom before and during labor. With my hypnobirthing education and training and her as a doula I felt much more prepared for my labor and birth of our baby girl. I had a very long labor with my second birth and Jenn was there for every moment of it! She was a HUGE support for my husband as he was able to take breaks and stay nourished during that full day. She helped me bounce ideas off of that were presented in labor and then I felt more comfortable to make the decision that was best for baby and me. In hypnobirthing they use a lot of touch to help counter labor “pain” and hers was by far the best, better than my husband’s! She reminded me to tap into my guided meditations/visualizations which is exactly what I needed. She also was able to capture our special moment when baby came into this world. We are forever grateful to Jenn for her patience, kindness, and support during our pregnancy and labor/delivery! – Julianne K.
There are no words to express how much we appreciate all that you’ve done for us. Your presence was an absolute God send during the most important evolution of our lives. Our daughter has brought so much joy to our home that it’s nearly impossible for me to put into words just how special this time is for us. Having your support during Alexa’s labor meant the world to us and there’s no way that I could have performed at a sustained level of attentiveness had you not been there to support my efforts. We really really appreciate you. – Ty S.
OMG where do I start – Jennifer is amazing. When the nurses came in and saw how I was in pain and feeling discomfort they asked me if I was interested in a doula. At first I didn’t know how to feel about someone I didn’t know being there, but it was the best thing ever! She became a part of my family – my family and my boyfriend really loved her. She was there every step of the way. I was in labor for a really long time and she helped me so much and helped me relax as much as possible. She is completely amazing at what she does I highly recommend to anyone. I was hoping to deliver my daughter vaginally, but after 24 hours of no change in my dilation the doctor came in and spoke to me about having a c-section and yes, it was hard to deal with because I definitely wasn’t expecting that but I agreed to it for my daughter’s safety and Jennifer was there comforting me while they prepared me for the c-section. She was in the OR with me and stayed from start to finish and was able to meet my daughter! When I have my second baby I will definitely be calling her. – Sasha W.
First off, Jen is obviously well trained. She is much smaller than me, but was able to relieve more of my labor discomfort than even my strong husband was. She has just the right touch and took a lot of pressure off my husband. Even more importantly though, she has a heart of gold. I had a couple of unexpected turns in my birth that devastated me at the time: the news that I needed a c section because labor was getting too hard for my baby, and then when my baby stopped breathing and was rushed to the nicu just moments after being delivered. I wouldn’t have gotten through without Jen. Not only was she there for each turn of my labor and c section to comfort and calm me…but she stayed with me well after my baby came. While my husband went with our baby she was silent with me, cried with me, held me in the absolute lowest moment of my life. She knew just what to do, what to say… what to NOT say. She was insulation for me from the rest of the world when I needed it the most. It was so evident to me that she cared so much for me and my family. It isn’t just a job for her. I will never forget how she made me feel. – Danielle G.
Wow! I can’t say enough wonderful things about Jennifer! She was truly a God send after an unexpected induction. I can’t thank her enough or talk highly enough about how much she helped me through labor and delivery. Her presence and communication was incredibly comforting and her techniques with pressure points, massage and aromatherapy were so incredibly helpful for pain relief and effectiveness in pushing. I highly recommend her and would want her by my side for my next birth! – Merci R.
I would not have had the birth I had without doula Jen and am forever indebted to her dedication and care in the birthing process. She stuck by my side, supporting both myself and my husband during a 26hr medication-free birth in the hospital, unwaveringly guiding us through each step of labor and beyond. She was a hand to hold as well as coming equipped with tools such as massage, essential oils, rebozo and relaxation techniques that she taught me to use at the perfect time. After the birth, my husband had to go to the NICU with our newborn and Jen stayed with me until I was ready to go to the recovery room. Truly a rockstar and we are so thankful to have had her with us on the journey of our daughter’s birth. – Roisin P.
Amazing, invaluable, kind, caring, patient, knowledgeable, experienced, supportive… These are just a few words to describe Jennifer Cole’s Doula Services. As a dad-to-be, I watched videos on hypnobirthing, attended child birthing classes, and read books on how to guide my wife through labor when the big day comes. Well, the big day came (3 weeks early), and all of that valuable information became scrambled and fragmented. My wife was in the hospital for 15-hours before the baby arrived. I was running out of ideas on how to comfort her. Luckily, Jennifer came to the rescue. She arrived at 9am and was with us every step of the way up until our evening delivery. She was constantly massaging the right pressure points to ease pain, assisting with more comfortable positioning options, and was extremely helpful during the pushing process (among millions of other things she did)! She even emailed us a birthing timeline a few days after. Pretty cool when you don’t remember much because everything became a blur. From a SO’s point of view a doula is worth everything! Especially if you’re having your first child and don’t quite know what to expect. And trust me when I say it, Jennifer’s one of the best. Thank you Jennifer! – Sidney V.
Jennifer Cole was the volunteer doula available on the day of our son Maximus’ birth. She arrived just as I was transitioning from active labor to intense pushing. My husband and I had been working together through each contraction up until that point, and were very glad and relieved to have Jenn arrive when she did. Since I opted for an unmedicated birth her presence made a huge difference in my birthing experience. She suggested many things that I found valuable in the throes of labor. Hydrotherapy was one suggestion in particular that I believe helped me reach complete dilation faster. She offered so many words of encouragement, giving me the confidence to know I could go the distance. She also communicated well with my husband and supported him as he was supporting me. After we finally birthed my son, she shared in the celebration and accomplishment with words of affirmation and joy. She was a guiding voice that day and I’m grateful she was a part of our birth story. – Cris A.
Jennifer is such a beautiful soul and I was so lucky to have her as my doula. Not only was she informative but she encouraged me all the way up to delivery. She put me at ease when my birth plan didn’t go as planned and she has been super helpful. I just love the person she is and I wouldn’t change anything about my pregnancy and birth experience. A special thank you to her. – Latisha N.
It’s not possible to praise or thank Jennifer enough for how supportive and invaluable she was to my birth experience! I don’t know how I could have done it without her and I feel so lucky that she was there for me working hard to ease my physical discomfort and mind. I’m grateful for the physical an emotional support she provided over such a long stretch of time, and she was so helpful to my husband as well, allowing him to take breaks while she stayed at my side. Even the nurses were impressed with how amazing and helpful Jennifer was! There was a point in which my labor wasn’t progressing much, and the doctor thought it may be that the baby was positioned sunny side up and was having trouble, so Jennifer was able to help get me into some different positions to try to get the baby in the optimal position for delivery—and it worked! Soon after her help, I was fully dilated and effaced and finally ready to push. Jennifer has the kindness, calming presence, and expertise that was so necessary for me during my labor and delivery to make a scary unknown so much more bearable. She also provided great resources postpartum to ensure that I ease into the journey of being a new mom. I can’t recommend Jennifer enough! – Natalie L.
I met Jennifer a couple of years ago through improv. I didn’t know she was a doula until I did research on San Diego doulas and came across Destiny Doula Services page on Facebook. I remember thinking how lucky I was to have found a doula whom I already knew, but also liked her vibe. I gave her a call and we set up a time for her to meet with me and my husband.
At our first meeting, I was impressed with Jennifer’s experience and knowledge of what to expect pre and postpartum. She went over her services and we comprised a game plan for leading up to, during, and after delivery. I cannot stress enough how important it was to us that Jennifer had a warm and calm energy about her. This is what I wanted during pregnancy and delivery. My husband and I had lost our daughter at 18 weeks in a previous pregnancy, so we wanted to make sure that we kept our stress levels low and kept a calm and positive energy throughout my second pregnancy.
I was 35 weeks pregnant when news of the Corona Virus had spread into the US. It was during the first few weeks when news of NYC hospitals weren’t letting anyone except the mother into the hospital, so I was concerned. I asked my obgyn about having a doula in the room, but was denied. Jennifer and I immediately set up a new game plan and decided that we would be in touch through facetime once I was admitted into triage.
I was in early labor for over 24 hours before I was admitted into triage. When we pulled up to the Mary Birch hospital, my husband and I were stunned to find out that he was no longer allowed to enter with me. They had literally just changed the policy that day. He was understandably very upset, but I told him it would be ok. I was relieved when they told us he would be allowed once I was in the delivery room. Jennifer and I had discussed that situation like this could happen, so I felt prepared to be physically alone.
I can honestly say, I do not know if I would have had such a positive experience if Jennifer wasn’t part of the process. It’s a bit scary to be alone when feeling the pain of contractions and not knowing what to expect next. Having Jennifer in my ear (I couldn’t hold up the phone to facetime during contractions) coaching me and guiding me through breathing was so helpful and comforting. I didn’t feel alone at all. Even in moments of silence, I felt so much comfort knowing she was still listening and there for me. Since my husband wasn’t allowed inside, she was also super helpful in keeping him in the loop and letting him know the moment I was being sent to delivery.
Once I was in the delivery room, my husband joined me and was able to set up my phone holder so that Jennifer could see us in the delivery room. The nurses and midwife were very open to Jennifer “being there” and they all worked well together. Again, Jennifer did an amazing job at knowing when to step in and knowing when to let the nurses do their thing. She was also very helpful in reminding my husband to give me water or prop my head up with a pillow. The 3 of us even meditated before I started pushing which is a memory I will always appreciate.
Our son, Nolan Jon, was born 4/9/20 at 6:54 pm after 36 hours of labor and almost 4 hours of pushing. Jennifer was able to take photos of the birth and recorded the entire experience with notes and timestamps. That was an added bonus to the service we chose. I highly recommend choosing this option as it is wonderful to go back and read everything that happened and show to our son one day.
From start to finish, I had a fantastic experience giving birth to Nolan. We will always be grateful for Jennifer’s service and love that she had such a positive impact on our special day. – Ana C.