Janine is everything that you could possibly dream of in a doula and more! From our first meeting Janine made me feel safe and comfortable and my husband confident in her support. Janine made sure that we got to know each other, that all our questions were answered and that everything was ready for our baby’s birth.During our long labour, Janine was on the phone regularly and was then with us for the remaining 30 hours or so! While I was labouring at home and when we went to the birthing suite, Janine offered many invaluable suggestions to help my labour along. There were many times I felt like Janine was reading my mind and meeting my needs before I even knew what they were, which allowed me to go into my body and not worry about anything else. As the midwives and medical staff changed their shifts Janine was with us there through it all - what an incredible person to share the most challenging and most special journey with us. Janine was also great support and advocate with all the other medical staff through many tough decisions.After the birth Janine was the first to once again recognise what we needed to recover and start us on that very important path. Her support all along has been unswerving. Janine’s care has meant the world to us and our little girl. We hope you are lucky enough to experience it too!
A doula is absolutely essential for a first time parent and if you have the opportunity to work with Janine, seize it! She was our guardian angel throughout the whole process for whatever we needed, a word of encouragement, vital information when making critical decisions or a much needed home cooked meal when we were settling back in. She has an absolute wealth of knowledge and experience and the warmest of hearts. We cannot recommend her highly enough!! Thank you for making this time in our lives so special.Much love
I truly believe my little family is thriving because of Janine’s support and guidance. Janine’s support before and during our son’s birth enabled us to bond with him in such a special way. I do think I didn’t tear during birth because of Janine’s coaching during the birth. Janine’s support has enabled me to be the mother I always wanted to be. Thank you! Janine has guided our family to develop feeding, sleep and play routines that are so joyful. As a result we have such a contented baby. The bath routine Janine taught us has become the most special time for our family and is such a joy to watch my husband thoroughly enjoy bathing our son. Janine has had a huge impact on our lives and our family’s future. We are truly grateful.
Janine is an amazing person and a wonderful doula. Her calmness grounded me and kept me focused throughout the labour, which at times was very intense. On the day she helped me to release tension to be able to labour more effectively, gave me relaxing massages, decorated the room and took pressure off my husband, which helped him feel more confident so he could support me better. She knew exactly how to keep me calm and focused on my breathing, and she was also great with the Doctors and nurses. We both are so grateful to Janine for helping us before, during and after the birth of our beautiful daugher.
I hadn’t even considered having a doula until we did our birth course with She Births. It was then that we realised how valuable this could be in helping us to have the birth we wanted. With the rest of our family in the UK, it was amazing having Janine on hand for guidance and support throughout the pregnancy and birth. She never failed to reassure us and definitely helped me stay calm and level headed. We loved having the support with writing our birth preferences and picking our favourite essential oils for birth.Janine was fantastic during the labour and birth, really helped us create the perfect atmosphere and helped us use all the tools we had learnt. There’s no way I would have remembered any of them so it was great having her and my husband to make suggestions and help me::-)At the very end of my labour, we ended up needing extra help to get him out and this is where Janine really saved us, by offering different suggestions then changed the course of action taken. This meant that I could still have delayed cord clamping, an hour of skin to skin and breast feed for the first time, which were really important to me. Janine did all of this in her super calm and gentle manner and we are so truly grateful to Janine for her help with bringing our little man into the world.Initially we hadn’t planned on having any postnatal support but changed our minds after he was born. Having Janine around in those first few weeks really helped reassure and guide me when I was questioning every little decision I made. From breastfeeding, bathing our baby for the first time, to answering all my “is this normal” questions. The food was definitely an added bonus in those early weeks and always tasted delicious!Janine is always available to talk and also happens to be the nicest person you could meet. We would recommend her as a doula to anyone. Thanks again Janine :-)
When I was about 36 weeks pregnant I had a freak out moment: our closest family is an hour away (by plane), how are we going to raise a baby without local support? Do we know what we are doing? I knew about the term Doula and googled Doula’s in Sydney and was so impressed reading Janine’s wonderful recommendations that I had to contact her! She came over for coffee and we connected straight away. We were mainly looking for postnatal support and that was exactly what Janine offers as one of her packages.Janine has been helping us for the last two months. In the end my birth was a bit more complicated than expected and it was the best decision EVER to have Janine around. She just knows exactly what we need......She is always available via text or phone, which has been amazing. She is so motivational and I find her very calming to have around. She has taught us so much in terms of looking at our baby’s cues, feeding, settling and wrapping techniques, and basically how to be good parents. She has really given us confidence in being parents.I really underestimated the first few months after giving birth and I am so glad Janine helped me through this. Every time she came over to our place I felt instantly calm and because of her I am really enjoying and loving being a mum.Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us and I don’t know what I would have done without you! We can’t thank you enough and would recommend your services to everybody who is looking for support.
Janine was introduced to us us by friends, she had recently helped with the birth of their daughter. While it was baby number two for us, our first was delivered by caesarean and our preference was to do it naturally second time around. There is varying conjecture regarding the safety of natural delivery post-caesarean which resulted in some uncertainty and concern on our part. These fears disappeared after our first meeting with Janine. She listened to us, reassured us that everything would be ok and explained how she will be able to help us through the later stage of the pregnancy, birth and beyond. And in hindsight now, Janine was much more helpful and needed than we were ever able to imagine. You cannot comprehend how much you need a doula by your side until you birth your own child.Janine was always available to talk, offer a calming word when needed and when circumstances changed and we had to move hospitals a month prior to the due date, her experience and know-how really came to the fore. This disruption caused us some anxiety, only for Janine to step in and use her contacts to help make this transition smooth and leave us feeling that we were in an even better place than before. Her support continued, culminating in her being ever-present as labour commenced and progressed.Labour was an unknown quantity for my husband and I, given the prior caesarean and safe to say, an incredibly challenging experience. Janine however, had seen it all before, had all of the answers and her smile, calm words and knowledge contributed hugely to what was a successful natural delivery of our son. Her support didn’t end there with regular visits and contact to ensure that we were handling the postpartum well and to also have a cuddle of the little one. First, second or tenth baby, I would not hesitate to recommend Janine’s partnership. While pregnancy and childbirth will never be easy, she certainly makes it a lot less difficult. Thank you Janine and lots of love!!!
I hadn’t heard about seeing a doula until I had my baby and I felt I would need some professional support. I am so glad my friend introduced me to Janine........she was an angel in my life!!!!!It was a Sunday afternoon when I came back home from hospital with my 4 day old baby. I couldn’t stop crying. It was a mix of feelings (happiness, excitement, fear, discouraged, lack of confidence). I was feeling emotional highs and lows. I had no idea having a baby would require a big emotional and physical adjustment.I called a friend that had a 1 year old baby at that time and asked her what to do. She gave me Janine’s contact details. I called Janine and couldn’t stop crying on the phone, I didn’t know what was happening but I knew I needed help (my family was there but they couldn’t understand what was happening to me). Two hours later Janine was at my house. It was the best thing that could happen. I felt so much better after talking to her. I felt relief and safe. She helped me to understand all these mixed feelings. She showed me how to look after my baby, how to feed her, bath her etc, and I started feeling more confident and that I could do it :-).She helped me so much! She knew what I was going through, I didn’t have to keep explaining to her my feelings and that I was mentally demanding.......Working together she helped me to grow my confidence and to connect with my little baby. After a few days I was feeling so much better and happier! She was always there for me, whenever I needed her.Janine, thanks so much for all you have done!! Because of you, I have really good memories of my first days as a mummy.
Having Janine as a doula was the best decision we made around our birth! Being from overseas we had our first baby without family support. Being a new parent was quite overwhelming to us and Janine was my mum, my friend and my support before, during and after birth. Having her on my side gave me reassurance and confidence in a very challenging new life situation. Before the birth she helped me pack the hospital bag and we made a birth plan together. On the day I was in labour for 22 hours and ended up with a caesarean section. Janine stayed by my side for the whole time and with her warm and calm nature she was a big help to me and also my partner. After we left the hospital she came to our house and gave so many helpful tips about feeding and settling techniques. Thanks to Janine, I know what’s the most comfy positions for feeding my baby and which tricks I can use to put him to sleep. I don’t know what I would have done without Janine, I would highly recommend her services to everybody who is looking for support around birth.
Six months in and I decided to see a doula. My husband didn’t understand why I needed to have one when I already had a good OBGYN who was looking after me. I found myself explaining not only to my husband but to a lot of people what a doula was and why it was at the top of my list.Janine was my birth angel. Looking back to our first meeting, she was practically a stranger, but I found myself breaking down about all the things I have been carrying for six months. Not even my husband has heard it before. Yes, it took a while for me to get out of that solitary confinement I felt I was in. That’s why Janine played an instrumental role in my journey. I only had one goal - have a healthy/stable state of mind to be a good mother to my daughter when she arrives. Janine’s encouraging care and support allowed me to have that, making me physically, spiritually and mentally ready for my birth and postpartum time.Janine was very respectful to my decisions. She never once pushed anything out of my requests. So did my birth go as planned? NO. I was scheduled for an induction due to alarmingly low amniotic fluid causing my baby to move less and less. I was worried that Janine would not be able to participate any more as I won’t have a natural induced labour, but she was there throughout from start to finish. She was with me in every wave of overwhelming pain. Calmingly putting me in another state of consciousness to get my mind off the excruciating pain. Her gentle whispers reminding me to breathe, making sure I was hydrated, nourished, comforting foot massages, the efforts of creating a zen embience with oils, candles and music and reassuring me that midwives and doctors are working on my requests. My husband is thankful for her as she was able to accentuate his involvement in the birth of our daughter. She was able to calm him down by keeping him informed about what was happening. Her presence alone reassured my clueless and stressed out husband that we are going to be okay. And she got me through until the last push because all I had to do was focus on delivering my baby. 5.03pm in the afternoon on the 14th of February, nine hours after, we marvelled at the sight of the tiny human that was crying on my chest. The skeptical midwives and doctors that questioned her presence at the beginning were in awe of her.After all the emotions flying out in such a momentous moment, when all the midwives and doctors had gone out of the room, Janine was there to stay and give me a hand in the shower and made sure I was all set for my first night with bub.I had a planned medicated birth. People tried to convince me that a doula might not seem necessary. I hired one to save my sanity in the midst of all the overwhelming emotions I had during my pregnancy. My husband and I are extremely grateful to have crossed paths with such a beautiful soul. We can’t thank you enough for making our birth experience a story of a lifetime.
Working with Janine was the single best decision we made in the pregnancy, birth and beyond journey.From the time we made contact, nothing was too much. Janine was on hand via text, email and phone if I had any questions (despite actually being on holiday at the time). Having her there at the antenatal appointments was extremely useful especially towards the end of the pregnancy when various decisions had to be made, she provided insight, perspective and above all unconditional support.Despite having to be induced and having a long labour, I believe Janine played a huge part in making my birth and labour experience a positive one.Janine coached me very effectively throughout labour and birth and made me feel extremely supported, empowered and loved. She never left my side! She also provided the same support to my husband.Janine’s support did not stop after my daughter was born. In fact I later learned that it had only just begun. Having Janine on hand for postnatal support was amazing. Having that level of experience, knowledge and care on hand when needed was just the best, especially because she had grown to know me and then my daughter so well, and neither myself or my husband have family nearby to lend a hand.It’s very hard for me to put into words how Janine has helped me and how she can contribute to your birth and postnatal experience. What is easy to say, is that my husband and I both consider Janine to be part of our family and has become very very special to us indeed.Worth every cent and a 1000 times more.Thank you Janine x
I’m so grateful we found Janine. She gets along so naturally with each of us. Between her and my husband, I knew that the two of them would have both me and our toddler covered during the birth. She’s so easy to get along with and has helped us in so many ways above and beyond. But most important, she had the intuition, forsight and experience to come before I asked - which proved invaluable in her catching our beautiful baby just minutes before our midwife could arrive. She has always helped me feel confident and reassured, from the twists and turns during pregnancy, intense moments of the birth, to the haze of the newborn weeks. Thank you endlessly Janine!
We met Janine through a friend, and my husband and I instantly connected with her. Having no family around, Janine gave us all the support during my pregnancy, birth and postnatal with frequent visits and calls offering assistance with anything we needed, and also words of encouragement through the most challenging times. Janine attended some Specialist and Hospital appointments with me during the pregnancy and postnatal which was very important as she helped me to understand some very specific medical terms.Our meetings with Janine during my pregnancy were always fun. We talked about everything from normal daily life to our birth plan and preferences, which always made me feel very relaxed and confident.Everything was going as planned until 39 weeks when I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and I had to get induced urgently. Janine was there from the moment I was admitted to hospital, until Mia was born, and I was medicated and out of risk. She not only gave her support to me, but also to my husband who was very worried.It is difficult to write in a few words the importance that Janine had and still has in our lives. She was without doubt one of the reasons why I had an amazing birth experience. She is now part of our family and our most beloved friend. Our family wouldn’t be the same without her.If you or your partner want to have a wonderful birth experience we highly recommend Janine as your doula.
My husband and I met Janine at our birthing course and instantly connected with her calm, positive and caring nature. By the end of the course we knew we wanted Janine to be part of our journey, not only in pregnancy and birth, but parenthood.Janine attended several appointments with me during the pregnancy and decoded the hospital lingo and encouraged me along the way when I was convinced Kaian would never come out. Janine was a critical part of our care and support team as my husband had just broken his arm.During labour Janine was calm, supporting and positive......everything we needed, and more. She held my hand as I pushed, wiped my forehead in the bath and cut the cord of our baby boy once he was born. We truly believe that Janine made our birthing experience what it was, and as beautiful as it was. Janine has since come around to visit us just because, and we look forward to building our relationship well into the future with her. We didn’t really know what a doula was going into the birthing course, but cannot recommend doulas, and more importantly Janine, more.
Janine was the perfect doula for us. My husband and I are so glad we had her support and care with our first baby. I could trust her professional experience, broad knowledge and understanding, to give us guidance and sense of assurance. She was truly helpful with all my questions and worries, and was actively supporting me in hospital and at home. It has made all the difference in my first labour and birth, to make it a smooth and stress-free experience.
I always wanted to be a mother, but I was always scared of giving birth. So for me, an elective caesarean was the way I would move quickly from the terrifying thing that was being in labor. And that was the theory in my mind until I feel the first kick and everything changes: your baby is the priority, and a natural birth would probably give her a better experience on coming to this world. So when I was 35 weeks pregnant I met Janine, and she was everything that we needed to support us through the now known as the happiest day of our lives. We couldn’t ask for someone better, an experienced nurse, mother of 3, a doula that held my hands during contractions, gave my husband the comforting eye contact reassuring everything was fine and gave my daughter the chance to learn how to latch correctly to enjoy breastfeeding. For any type of labor you wish to have, we highly recommend Janine as your doula, your friend and your extended family.
Me and my husband were so glad that we had Janine as our doula, she is awesome and helped me to achieve my perfect birth even though it didn’t go as planned. I love how she supported and helped me to make my decisions. She was always available and ready to answer all the questions and doubts I had. I really think that the positive birth experience that we had this time was due to her emotional support.