Completing the circle of support for women in childbirth
 
 
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WHAT IS A DOULA AND WHAT do we DO?


Throughout herstory, women and many mammals have come together to support an expecting mother throughout labor and birth. They have offered comfort, encouragement, security, and community, a beautiful circle of love and support. A doula is a birth companion who provides emotional support and physical assistance to a woman and her family before, during, and after childbirth. Doulas work with you whether you are delivering in a hospital, birthing center, or at home. A doula's focus is to complete the circle of support and help you to bring your baby into this world under the best possible circumstances. Doulas provide emotional support, including reassurance, encouragement, and honest praise. We are non medical care providers who help advocate for mothers and their babies during labor, help decipher medical diagnoses, and provide evidence and information to help you make informed decisions. We offer support to spouses, partners, siblings, and family as well. We are an extra set of eyes, ears, and hands and contrary to some people's concerns that a doula might disturb the privacy and intimacy of birth, a doula can help to protect privacy and create an intimate atmosphere in a busy, institutional setting.

 
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I genuinely feel we can change our world for the better by changing the way we treat mothers and babies in labor and birth. Birth is a primal, physical, emotional, personal, beautiful, and spiritual experience and should be regarded as a sacred event. Our bodies are powerful and without bounds. My hope is for every mom to feel reassured that her body knows what to do and that she is strong enough to labor and deliver a healthy, happy baby. 

 
 
 
 
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ABOUT THE JOURNEY THAT BROUGHT ME HERE


My name is Jenny Rebecca, and I love being a doula. In my pursuit to become a doula, I found that I had an unquenchable thirst to learn about everything having to do with the birth process. My love, wonder, and respect for mothers and babies have made my excitement to work as birth keeper one of the clearest decisions I have made in my life. I am dedicated to being an advocate for mothers and to help them navigate all possibilities and options in their birth journey so they can be at ease and confident in their choices. I work to assure the women I work with, that their concerns and fears will be addressed without judgment. I believe mothers and babies should be treated with respect and dignity during their birth journey.

My own journey in healing and self discovery has led me to this path. Through the generosity and patience of my teachers and holistic and Indigenous medicine ways, I have been exposed to healing approaches in ceremony, somatic and metaphysical energy work. I have been a long time student of martial arts, and I am certified as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga. It is incredible what our bodies are capable of if we believe it's possible. I am still learning about so many profound and subtle ways our bodies and minds interact with the world around us. I hope to take this knowledge and demystify the unknown and elevate our body's natural abilities especially when it comes to birth.

I am a birth doula CD(DONA), a certified Lactation Consultant (CLC), and a MTM postpartum doula. I am certified in infant CPR and neonatal resuscitation (NRP), and I am currently studying nursing at City Tech College. My plan is to continue my studies to become a Nurse Practitioner and a Midwife.

I live with my partner Ebon and my french bulldog Gretel under the Manhattan bridge. I love math, making epic feasts, and feeding the ones I love. Garlic is one of my favorite foods, and I can cut and eat an entire Jackfruit. I love watching British mysteries while having tea and biscuits or spending time in the jungles of South America with the bugs and plants.

The name of my doula practice “Água Doce” or “Sweet Water” comes through the Yoruban Diaspora in Brasil where the Orixa Oxum (Oshun) is celebrated as the Mother of all children and fertility. She embodies beauty and grace and is the Mother of the rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. Oxum sees children as divine perfection and takes care of them from the womb until they are independent.

 
 
 
 
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SUPPORTING Every MOTHER'S needs

 

 
 

General

Services

My services include but are not limited to:

  • 2 or 3 prenatal meetings, where we can become acquainted with one another and start forming a list of preferences for everything surrounding your labor and birth. We will discuss your thoughts or concerns regarding your birth experience. We will work together on techniques for coping in labor and getting your body ready for labor. We will also create a postpartum plan for you. 

  • You will have unlimited communication with me via phone, text, or email from the date you hire me and I will be on call for you 24/7 from week 37 of your pregnancy until your birth.

  • When your labor begins, I will remain in contact with you and your partner and join you whenever you are ready. I will be present during your labor continuously until your baby's birth.

  • I will remain with you postpartum 1-2 hours to help you get comfortable, fed, and hydrated, and if you plan to breastfeed, I will help to facilitate breastfeeding if your little one is ready.  

  • I will make two postpartum visits with you within three weeks of your delivery. I will be able to help with breastfeeding, newborn care, light housework, cooking or food shopping, as well as discuss your birth and any thoughts or feelings that are important to you. I am all ears, heart, and hands, and nothing is too big or small. 

  • I will be available via phone, text or email for as long as you need postpartum. I will also help with referrals or recommendations for any of your needs.

  • "Cerrar las Caderas" Closing of the Hips, a Mexican Traditional Medicine practice using the rebozo to close the hips and bones postpartum.

  • I also like to make myself available to help my moms who are planning to return to work in the weeks or months following their baby’s birth. We can create a plan for breastfeeding, pumping, bottle feeding, and milk storage. Returning to work is a crucial time for some NYC moms, and we will work to make this transition as stress-free as possible.

  • Kundalini Yoga and Meditation and Qi Gong practice

  • Birth pool rental

 
 

 
 

Postpartum

Services

  • Newborn care, lactation counseling, family support

  • Help to create a nurturing and quiet environment for your family

  • Continued emotional and physical recovery support

  • Light house cleaning, child care, meal prep, food shopping, laundry, dog walking

  • Returning to work transition support

 

 

MEDICAL AND LEGAL DISCLAIMER:

Doulas are not doctors or midwives and do not practice medicine. Information presented on this website or in our discussions is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of a duly licensed health care professional. Always consult a healthcare provider to determine what is appropriate for your particular situation, and to clarify any questions you have about your care plan. Also, doulas do not make specific health claims or promise medical results. Doulas provide education and guidance, pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and breastfeeding support.

 
 
 
 
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nice words from the families I've worked with

 
 

"Jenny was a beautiful and present energy on my journey to become a mother. She encouraged me with sweetness in all the difficult moments of my birth experience and also understood everything I needed with a present heart. It's not easy to find people as mindful as she is. Gentle touch and a kind gaze were one of many meaningful things she offered me at all times. My birth experience was quite long and she was there ready for everything regardless the sleepless nights. Jenny also guided my husband during this journey to make him an essential part of it. Besides that, she also knows all the tricks and movements you need to maintain your energy and strength during the magical moments of labor. After all, when she came to visit me and my son, she brought a letter for him, telling all the things that happened on his birth; wonderful gesture. My husband, my mother, my sister in law and I can't thank her enough for being part of my son's way to come to this world."

– E. Zuluaga

 


I’m writing to offer my wholehearted endorsement of Jenny McLaughlin. Her positive presence and contribution to our birth experience cannot be overstated. Prior to hiring Jenny, I was nervous about having “too many cooks in the kitchen” with a midwife, doula and the delivery nurse. But after meeting her, my wife and I agreed that her energy and enthusiasm could only enhance the experience. We could not have been more right. My wife labored in total for 24 hours and Jenny with us the entire time. The first 2 hours she was responsive and reassuring through phone and text, as my wife and I sussed out how much we could do on our own. When we decided it was time to call in the cavalry, she was on her way immediately and she remained through the wee hours of the next morning. Her calm, steadfast encouragement helped us through the most difficult parts of the night. Yet it was her sensitivity and respect for our sacred space that most impressed me. Jenny possesses a unique ability to create opportunities for connection as well as a deep respect for the birth process and an awareness of what needs to be done in the moment. When the water in our birthing bath was not warming out of the faucet, she began filling buckets at the sink and bringing the water to the tub herself. When I began to lost steam, sometime in the early evening, she happily popped out for coffee and food. She sought constantly to protect our birth experience and to allow us to remain wholly in the moment together. In the end, Jenny’s knowledge and perceptivity saved my wife from a Cesarean section. She listened to the recommendations from the midwife and nurse, translated those to us and offered actionable techniques we could use to help my wife deliver vaginally. She was, in short, an absolute rockstar. I highly recommend Ms. McLaughlin’s services. We are forever grateful to her for helping us to bring our healthy, happy son into this world.

T. Scales

 


It was such a blessing to have Jenny as my doula . I'm a first time mom  who delivered naturally at a birthing center and with that comes all the anxiety and fear of going through the process. But having Jenny as my doula made it such a smooth and joyful experience . She is very supportive and informative. She gave me great advice on coping with pregnancy symptoms and pain management , as well as preparing myself for delivery. When it came time to deliver Jenny was there instantly , she help me labor at home for a few hours and help me go through the contractions . Having her by my side made me fell reassured and that I was in good hands and comforted . As labor progressed we made it to the birthing center and Jenny help make my delivery room to be peaceful and zen with all the things that made me comfortable. It was such a humbling experience delivering my 9lb baby and with all of Jenny support and encouragement guiding me and my husband through the whole process was incredible. She knows her stuff well and she helped me push that baby out and believed in me at times I felt like giving up. I'm so thankful for her and Im glad I was able to have her as my doula . I would have her again in the future as we grow our family and I highly recommend her to people and friends.

Sincerely, The Mulet family!

 


Jenny was absolutely amazing during the labor and birth of my son. I felt heard and supported every time we met. When the time finally came for me to give birth, Jenny was incredibly comforting. Her willingness to care for my daughter and support my husband, in addition to caring for me, made me feel safe and like I could focus on the work of giving birth. During the last moments of my labor, Jenny brought my toddler to the side of the pool and made sure she saw her brother come into the world. I can't express how important this was to me and how grateful I was to Jenny for hearing this request so many weeks before and carrying it out even when I could not voice the request. I would recommend Jenny to anyone looking to feel truly heard and cared for as they become a mother.

Jenni


To Jenny with Love,

I was 25 weeks pregnant when I walked out of Brooklyn Acupuncture Project and Jenny’s card caught my eyes. I heard about Doulas before but didn’t really know what they do. I looked into it and knowing that I wanted an intervention free birth, the help of a Doula sounded just perfect. From our first resourceful email to the birth of my child the support Jenny provided for me throughout my pregnancy is priceless. I would call or email her with questions and she would check in regularly via text. She offered guidance and encouraged me to advocate for myself and to never do anything I did not want to do.  She helped me feel safe, calm, and supported. My more than a picture perfect pregnancy changed in the 37th week when my daughter decided to turn from heads down position into breech. Trying everything possible, she decided to stay breech. Going through various emotional stages from sad to pissed to resolved that this is the position Avin feels most comfortable, Jenny’s loving and positive presence was so important. I was very skeptical first when my Gyno asked me to schedule a c-section. Doctors and hospitals are conditioned to follow a certain routine and if a little thing seems odd they decide for a c-section. Seeing that my doctor was working with me in having a natural birth and changing the c-section date (which is highly uncommon), giving me another week to work on turning her, made me trust her and agree on the due day, looking one more time at her ultrasound to make sure she hasn’t turned and she won’t turn, to a complication free c-section. I gave birth to a super healthy baby. Jenny, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such an incredible passionate, resourceful, loving person and to make my c-section experience a beautiful one.

Claudia, Ross & Avin


I knew I wanted a doula who was compassionate, knowledgeable, and supportive once I was 3 months pregnant. Then before I knew it, the universe brought Jenny and I together! Jenny is an amazing doula. She puts love and special care and attention into her work and it shows. Upon the arrival of my son, I was worried about having a negative birth experience at the hospital due to all the stories I heard and read online. Jenny made me feel confident, empowered, and secure my entire pregnancy. When it came time to have the baby I had a beautiful and transformative birth. I felt so calm and at ease and I have Jenny to thank for that. She not only cared for me but also made my partner feel calm and supported in his role as well. If I ever have another child, I will plan around Jenny's availability!

Paloma

 


I had a lengthy induction + labour (42 hours!!) and Jenny was an absolute rock to me and my husband. Our family lives far away, so Jenny stepped in and provided so much support and pain management knowledge during that marathon. Then when I got home and had some medical complications, Jenny once again stepped up and was a shoulder for us during a difficult transition. She came over and cooked, gave me breastfeeding advice, emotional support and always made herself available by phone. Honestly don’t know how we could have done this without her!

Justine


Jenny coached my wife and me through the birth of our first child and I cannot emphasize enough how helpful she was to us.  Jenny met with us twice in person in the weeks leading up to the birth of our son to discuss our birth preferences, and questions and concerns, about the birthing process.  Jenny helped to educate us, distinguishing fact from rumor, giving us a much better idea of what to expect during labor.  Jenny brought calm and confident energy to our team.  My wife experienced prodromal labor, which lasted several days before delivery.  Those days were filled with questions and frustration, as we tried to understand where in the birthing process we were.  Jenny was always available to us by phone to coach us, to help us understand what was happening, and to reassure us that what we were experiencing was one version of normal, if less common, labor.  If not for Jenny, we would have gone to the hospital days before we were anywhere close to delivery.  After three days of early labor, when contractions increased in intensity and duration, Jenny came to our home at 3 am to labor with my wife.  When Jenny arrived, my wife and I had gotten very little sleep over three nights, my wife was in severe pain from the contractions, and my anxiety level was high as I scrambled to get our hospital bags together while trying to comfort my wife.  She immediately changed the energy in our apartment.  She calmly walked over to my wife and knelt beside her, putting her hand on my wife's back, and coached her to slow her breathing while applying pressure to her lower back to ease her pain. With Jenny's help, my wife was able to endure some of the most challenging stages of labor in our home. Jenny then coached us on when to leave for the hospital, and by the time we arrived my wife was 9cm dilated!  It was time to push!  Three hours later our beautiful son was born.  My wife's wish was to labor without drugs or medical interventions, if possible, and she was able to achieve her wish with Jenny's help and care.  Jenny's knowledge of, and experience with, labor and childbirth helped us to make decisions throughout the birthing process with confidence.  She contributed knowledge and experience and helped to establish a sense of calm during the most difficult challenge of my wife's life.  A few days after our son was born Jenny came to our place and once again saved the day! My wife was having some difficulties breastfeeding and was in pain. If it were not for Jenny's knowledge encompassing the breastfeeding process, we would have ended up back at the hospital. Needless to say, we highly HIGHLY recommend Jenny to anyone who is considering working with a doula during childbirth.     

Jay


 
 
 
 
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WISDOM CAN BE FOUND IN SO MANY PLACES 

These are some of the books that have helped me to understand, and come to love the journey of pregnancy and childbirth. I revisit some of these books because they have helped me to become the birth keeper I am today. While there is so much to read and learn about pregnancy and childbirth I genuinely believe listening to your inner voice can help you to decide what is right for you. Your body knows what to do...


 

Birthing From Within

Pam England & Rob Horowitz

 

Red Medicine

Patricia Gonzales

 

Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful

Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

 

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Ina May Gaskin

 

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn

Penny Simkin

 

Spiritual Midwifery

Ina May Gaskin

 

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Wiessinger

 

The Birth Partner

Penny Simkin

 

The Vaccine Book

Sears

 

Debunking the Bump

Daphne Adler

 

The Nursing Mother’s Companion

Kathleen Huggins

 

Heading Home with your Newborn:

From Birth to Reality, 2nd Edition

Jana & Shu

 

The Conscious Parent:

Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children

Dr. Shefali Tsabary

 

Natural Hospital Birth:

The Best of Both Worlds

Cynthia Gabriel

 

Ancient Map for Modern Birth

Pam England

 

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother

eng Ou

 

Childbirth and the Future of Homo Sapiens

Michael Odent

 

The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Genevieve Howland

 

Nurture:

A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood -

and Trusting Yourself and Your Body

Erica Chidi Cohen

 

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

choicesinchildbirth.org

 

childbirthconnection.org

 

lllny.org

 

mothersadvocate.org

 

wombecology.com

 

spinningbabies.com


evidencebasedbirth.com






 
 
 
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