Jenny, We feel so blessed that you came into our lives and helped us welcome Madlen into the world! Your prenatal classes and support helped us work together and approach Madlen's big day with confidence and joy. I'll always be grateful for your presence during her birth. You helped me achieve a natural birth when I didn't feel I had the strength to keep pushing.
With love always, Anne and Thomas
Jenny, To say thank you for what you did for us is inadequate! To say thank you for your love and energy is inadequate! To say thank you for your help in all those moments when we needed it most, is inadequate!
All we can say is that what you did for us can never fully be expressed except by saying that you will always be in our hearts and every time we look at Sean we will know what you did to help us.
All our Love, Jeff, Nami and Baby Sean
Dear Jenny, Caleb and I just want to let you know how wonderful it was to have you as our birth Doula for our baby girl's big day! You were such an invaluable part of the whole experience, that I just can't imagine how that night would have gone without having you there. I personally can't express enough how happy I am to have had you by my side. You made such a big difference in making my experience through labor such a positive one. I think I got as close to my birth plan as possible, and a huge part of that was having you there to keep me focused and breathing- something that sounds easy, but isn't! You really are a calming spirit to have around, and you seemed to be totally in your element through the whole labor and birth process. Never once did I ever think that you weren't right there with me, and that's not easy- considering what an emotionally and mentally exhausting thing labor can be (not just for the mother, but the people around her). I know my husband as well was happy to have you there with us. I know he felt much better that there was someone else with us who knew what was going on at every step of the way and had the experience of how to help me through it all. Without you I don't think I would've tried as hard to catch my baby, or understood as fast how to "push"- glad it only took a half hour! You were also invaluable in helping me to latch my baby on in that first hour. You have always been generous with your time before and after the delivery as well; and it has been so wonderful to have someone to contact these first couple of weeks whenever the need arises. I know that if we were to have another baby, I would want you there by my side again! I'm so happy with our little girl that it is hard for me to think that far in the future right now, but that is how strongly I feel about how great of a Doula you are!
With much love and a lifetime of appreciation, Kristin, Caleb and Kaia
We decided very late in my pregnancy to hire a doula (two weeks from my due date!), and completely lucked out in finding Jenny. We had been on the fence about hiring a doula because we are pretty private people and were not sure we’d be comfortable with someone along for the journey with us. Jenny met with us right away and immediately put us both at ease with her warmth and humor. She made a point to understand our boundaries – what makes me comfortable, what makes me agitated – and was always respectful of that. She made sure we knew it was about our comfort level, not hers, and said we could kick her out of the room at any time if we wanted some privacy. Well, we never kicked her out of the room! We took such comfort that she was there with us that we wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Jenny was always just a phone call away when we needed her – for advice, questions, and, finally, for when our son was on his way. With Jenny in our corner, we always felt like we had a great source of experience, knowledge and wisdom on our side, and that was enormously reassuring and helpful for us as first time parents-to-be. She made us both feel like we could handle anything unexpected that may come our way during the delivery, and took a lot of anxiety out of the entire experience. During my labor and delivery, she always seemed to find a way to make me feel a little less uncomfortable, a little more relaxed. I always felt encouraged and empowered to go just a bit further than I thought I could, and I was so grateful for that support. She provided a continuum of care and support before, during and after the arrival of our son that truly made the journey a whole lot smoother. Thank you, Jenny! –
Karen and Jared
Dear Jenny, Josh and I want to thank you again for the enriching and wonderful experience of your 4 week childbirth course. We are confident you have set us on the path to a wonderful birth experience.
Thanks again for everything! Much Love, Beth and Josh
Jenny was a very kind and calming presence for Nicole and her husband. A high risk tertiary care center is a difficult place to have a no-intervention or lo-intervention delivery. Most of the staff "don't get it" or "don't buy it". I come from a midwifery background, so the experience was a nice treat. Jenny was so nice and accommodating. She made the birth very positive.
Linda Appel,RN (Baby born at Einstein Hospital, Bronx, NY)
Dear Jenny, Thank you so much for helping us through labor. Your presence there was reassuring and comforting. I'm especially glad for the help you gave Howard. The pictures are great. We already have them on display.
Sincerely, Danielle and Howard
Jenny, Thanks so much for all the TLC during our "marathon birth". Though we just met, you are so special to us. Thinking of you as Evan already turns one month on 3/27. Thanks so much for writing our birth story! There was so much I forgot -
Lots of Love, Jennifer
Jenny, Thank you so much for being there for me. You are such an incredible support. I don't know what I would have done without you. You made it so warm, caring and not scary. I can't thank you enough for all you've done. I am so grateful for you. You are the sweetest.
Thank you Jenny, Nicole
Jenny, Thank you for being there when you were needed so very much.
Jenny, We would like to say a very heartfelt "thank you" for your help in bringing little Brooke into the world. You brought such a sense of peace, calm and focus to the delivery room and you made us both feel exceptionally comfortable. You made the labor and delivery such a positive experience for both of us, and a day that we will look back upon joyfully all of our lives. You have such a patient and generous spirit and your presence was a real gift to us. We hope that you will be part of the birth of our next child in a few years! Thank you again for your kind and generous support.
With Love, Tara and Brandt
Hi Jenny, Thank you so much for writing our birth story! There was so much I forgot- All brought tears to my eyes remembering all the details. Thanks again for being our strong support! And helping us bring our baby into the world!
Lots of love, Jill
Dear Jenny, Thank you so much for all of your time, advice, support, and for playing an integral role in A's birth. You truly made the pre-labor and birthing experience a calm, smooth and memorable one, and we will forever be grateful.
Special thanks again, D.L. & D.F.
Jenny made it very easy to work as a team. She kept Erikka's husband involved, and helped Erikka stay motivated. She was wonderful to work with. We collaborated TOGETHER to help mom! Her energy is Fantastic!! Ayanna Walden, MD (Cedars Sinai)
Jenny was great in helping me stick to my plan of having a natural birth. She was also excellent in explaining to me everything everything that was happening, each step of the way. Jenny is excellent at what she does and her experience is invaluable! I would do it again with her any day and I would recommend her to other expecting mothers!
Erikka Sy Savanne
...Your kind listening and coaching were so powerful and inspirational that I felt very strong and optimistic. I had a wonderful 12 hour labor and wide awake and unmedicated birth. Thank you SO much for helping me and giving so freely of your time, energy and expertise!
Thank you, Bettina
Hi Jenny, Thanks again for your doula services! We really appreciated the time you spent with us and the guidance you provided. We plan to use your services again with our next child!!
We hope you are doing well. Jully and Johnny
Dear Jenny, You were the greatest support I could have asked for. During my labor you were dedicated, patient and extremely sensitive to my needs. You were there when I had no one else by my side at the most important moment of my life. I will never be able to thank you enough.
My Doula, Jenny Gillespie... She should get a trophy for going through labor with me!
Dear Jenny, You were so supportive during of all of our labor and delivery. We couldn't have asked for more! You already knew how to support us!
Thank you, D & A
Hi Moms, I wanted to tell you about my doula, Jenny Gillespie. She is FABULOUS! I'm so glad she helped me through labor!! When I was nearing the end of my pregnancy I started thinking about labor education classes and found Jenny's card at Yomama Yoga in Santa Monica. I called her and she offered private labor prep classes (which I prefer). She also teaches at Innovative Baby in Marina Del Rey. With her help I had a 9lb 23inch baby boy without a C-section! I also relied on the info she gave me to successfully begin breastfeeding. It's so important in the first hours of baby's life to know HOW to teach your little one to breasfeed. The nurses are supposed to show you when you're in the hospital recovering from labor, but mine did not. I remembered what Jenny had taught me and had my son breastfeeding just in the nick of time.