World Doula Week - Jenn

Happy World Doula Week 2017!  

Peterborough doula Hello Baby

If you follow Hello, Baby! on Facebook or Instagram you have probably been seeing a whole love of doula love being shared this week and for good reason.  We love our work and it gets us super excited to have the chance to let everyone know more about who we are and what doulas  do!  Even better is the chance to tell you a little bit more about us as people and doulas and what we have learned about birthwork so far.  Ready?  Let’s do it!

Doula Selfie!

 Hello, Baby! co-owner and doula, Jenn Avis.

Hello, Baby! co-owner and doula, Jenn Avis.

This is me, Jenn, on my way out to a birth!  One of the exciting things about being a birth doula is the "surprise" factor - babies come on their own schedule, that much is for sure.  The name of the game when it comes to dressing for birth is comfort and layers.  I have supported births as short as 5 hours and as long as 46 hours!  

Favourite Quote.

Peterborough doula world doula week

I remember seeing this quote a couple of years ago and it really stuck with me.  The process of becoming a parent - whether that happens by birthing a child, surrogacy, or adoption - changes you in ways you couldn't have anticipated.  Physically, emotionally, and spiritually you grow.  It is an amazing process to be a part of and it deserves celebration!

 

Tool(s) I use most

Peterborough doula Hello Baby Jenn

There are so many wonderful resources and tools that can be used to support a person as they labour or after baby is born but in the end I tend to rely on the basics: my head and my hands.  I love when birth balls, wraps, and cool cloths get pulled into the mix, but I am a firm believer in the power of touch and the comfort and strength it can help someone achieve during birth!

Some kind words from past clients.

Definitely recommend having a doula! You made my experience a more calm one. Knowing someone was there focusing just on me helped me to relax. Doulas rock!
— Crystal K. 2016
For me, pregnancy after loss has brought with it a whole mixed bag of emotions: joy mixed with fear and mainly a huge helping of anxiety. Along with excellent care providers and a wonderful therapist, hiring a doula as part of my care team is the best choice I could have made for myself. For me, having a doula with me on this journey is like having a friend I can contact day or night when I’m feeling like I’m about to fall to pieces. She is always there to help me put myself back together with gentle encouragement and is never judgmental. Pregnancy after loss has been a very difficult journey for me, but having a doula on my side has helped make it bearable.
— Sarah M 2016

A doula is there for YOU and the difference that kind of unconditional support can have on a person's experience with pregnancy, birth, loss, or the transition into parenting is real and important.  Kind words like these are what makes the work we do so meaningful.

My doula bag

Peterborough doula Hello Baby Jenn

For the most part this is it!  I do often have some essential oils for diffusing if that is something a client is interested in & one thing that is definitely missing is my phone charger!  Other than that, there isn't much I need that we can't find in a home or hospital setting.

A Mentor/ Source of Inspiration

There are so many people who inspire me an my work as a doula.  There are authors and researchers and other doulas who are very much part of why and how I got started on this path.  I think, however, that one of my most constant sources of inspiration is a friend and family member - my sister-in-love, Sarah.  

 Sarah & Jenn at a family wedding 2016

Sarah & Jenn at a family wedding 2016

Warm. Intelligent. Determined.  Strong.  Wise. Willing to learn.  Striving to heal.  Sarah has been my companion and friend through the wild ride of pregnancy, birth, and life with a baby and now toddler.  She has taught me so much about compassion and self-love.  She is an unwavering friend and one of my biggest cheerleaders.  Love you , Sarah!

What is my favourite part about being a doula?

As long as I can remember I have been looking for work that allowed me to help people in a meaningful way.  It took me a long time to find the right path but after having my own experience with with pregnancy, birth, and the bumpy postpartum road and seeing first hand the deep impact that unbiased and unconditional support can have for a person going through this life and self changing process, I knew that becoming a doula was the first step to finding my "thing".  

Are you thinking about hiring a doula?

If you think you would like to have a Hello, Baby! doula on your birth team click HERE to contact us and get the ball rolling.  We would love to work with you and help you have a positive and empowered birth.