“You don’t know what to expect the first time you have a baby. While those first days are filled with wonder and awe, they’re also filled with a million previously unthought of questions and insecurities regarding new motherhood. The questions seem limitless in those first days and having Jen there for me as I waded through those earliest moments of new motherhood were invaluable. From teaching me how to get the baby in the Baby Bjorn to taking walks with us to simply holding the baby while I took a much-needed nap, Jen gave me the time and resources I needed to set a strong foundation as a mom. I’ll never forget how much she helped our family.”
– D. D.
“When our first child arrived five weeks premature, my husband and I were caught off guard and pretty much left in a fog once the baby arrived. Jen was more than a blessing to have around. Not only did she handle the piles of laundry, she also provided with healthy meals. This not only allowed my husband and I time to bond with our baby, but it also gave us time to play catch-up with everything, including sleep and showering, since we were quite unprepared. Having meals prepared, chores completed, and having an extra pair of hands to physically help with the baby made our transition into parenthood a lot smoother with Jen’s help.
Being a first-time mom of a premature baby none the less made it quite difficult for me to want to leave the house. Jen encouraged me to get out of the house to take the baby on walks outside and start involving our son and our daily errands. Nursing my son was a very unnatural thing for me which discouraged me from attempting it in public when necessary. Luckily, Jen gave me pointers on how to be comfortable with him and taught me how to nurse in public inconspicuously.
It was a very sad day when we had to say goodbye to her. If it were up to us, she would have stayed with us the entire first year! With a newborn, you really don’t have a lot of time to handle the daily chores on a day-to-day basis that were normally taken care of without giving a second thought prior to having a child. Having an extra person around to handle these tedious tasks allows for a mother and father to concentrate on what is most important: the new addition to the family. Jen provided us that experience two-fold. She went above and beyond and we will forever be grateful.”
“As my due date approached, I couldn’t help but be intimidated by the common tropes of new motherhood: the exhaustion, the chaotic pile-up of dirty dishes and laundry, the isolation, the frantic internet-searching for practical advice, the inability to eat or shower—let alone heal. Added to this, I was expecting twins. I could not be more thankful to Jennifer for ensuring that this cliché was not my reality. What you need to know about Jennifer is that she is professional, unobtrusive, upbeat, informed, frank, non-judgmental, and tirelessly active. She ran errands, helped keep the nursery stocked and organized, cooked, washed dishes and clothes, helped me figure out breast- and bottle-feeding, and assisted in caring for the babies. Most importantly, she made everything logistical recede into the background, so that I could focus on recovery and bonding with my babies. Bringing home two healthy girls was my dream come true. Jennifer provided me with the rest and support I needed in order to experience that joy fully, in the moment.”
“After our initial meeting with Jennifer, we cancelled all our other postpartum doula interviews. Not only did she make us feel comfortable right away, but our daughter, who was at the height of stranger danger, was immediately drawn to her. She was also super supportive of our Chinese tradition of practicing yue zi, a period of postpartum rest for the mother, and very much willing to work with our dietary needs.
Jennifer was a reliable constant in our lives through our many transitions: my husband returning to work after paternity leave; my mom (who helped us tremendously) returning to work; leaving the house with both kids and returning to normal activities; and finally with my transition to part-time work. She made all of these transitions less overwhelming, and she would think through strategies on how I could be successful with the ever changing “new normal.”
Jennifer’s work ethic is marked by diligence, efficiency, kindness, and compassion. Jennifer was constantly on the move with tasks, but she never hesitated to include my older daughter and make her feel like she was being helpful. When I was busy with parenting and unable to think of my own needs, she always made sure that I had a chance to eat and shower before she left. Two under two (especially when neither walk) is so busy and overwhelming, I do not know how my husband or I ever would’ve been able to rest or even eat as much as we did in those first few months without Jennifer.”