A few kind words from our wonderful friends and clients.
We had planned on a natural child birth for the birth of our first child, and decided to take Lamaze with Jill. The class exceeded our expectations! It not only gave us practical knowledge of how to manage our birth experience, but most importantly gave both me and my husband confidence in our birth plan. I am happy to report we had a wonderful natural childbirth. Jill was available to us when we arrived home for support with breastfeeding aswell. We also took Jill’s Happiest Baby class which I would highly recommend. The techniques that Jill shared have given us fewer sleepless nights and a happy baby and mom! I can’t imagine life without tummy massage and swaddling!
Best of all Jill has always available to answer a quick question or give suggestions which I truly appreciate more than words can express! I have found that Jill inspires confidence in both childbirth and the new parenting experience through her honest, warm and open approach.
I can’t thank Jill and Alyssa enough for their support and true dedication to their desire to help and support new parents. Jill is truly a natural teacher and extremely knowledgeable with breastfeeding support. Many, many days Jill would drive to our house to help me in the morning to get breastfeeding established for the day. Making these trips and helping me on a consistent basis gave me the encouragement and assistance that I needed to continue with breastfeeding through the pain and emotional difficulties I was experiencing.
Now at 8 weeks my baby is exclusively breastfed and I owe that to Jill. To this day, Alyssa consistently contacts me to ensure that I am still doing fine and not experiencing any issues that I may need help with. To know that they are doing this because they truly care is probably what touches us the most. My husband and I both believe that hiring Jill and Alyssa for support in the first days and weeks home from the hospital is the best money that we could have spent and we will be ever grateful for their help.
We just wanted to say thank you for an amazing weekend of Lamaze class! We found all the exercises very relevant and practical and we definitely learned a lot of new information. This was a class that was definitely worth taking and we told all our friends about it. You made it all about the experience of birth together and included the dads very much. It was a very comfortable and relaxed setting and you were very prepared and organized. We loved it!! We are now more confident in speaking with our OB and know that we will have a great birth experience. Thanks again!
Irena and Brian
“Being a first time parent was difficult at times-trying to organize my thoughts, my life and my schedule. I was unprepared for many things such as sleep deprivation, the arguments between my spouse and problems with breastfeeding. Alyssa helped ease many of these stressful issues.”
“I had an extremely hard time nursing and had to call upon Alyssa often. It was painful and stressful; although I am proud to say- thanks to her I am still happily nursing my daughter. She never once pressured me to continue to do so as I had heard many in the lactation support field do. She was kind and thoughtful and stressed the benefits of breastfeeding which was always on my mind when I wanted to quit.”
“Anytime I had a concern or question I could call Alyssa for an answer. She would often just call to check in on us. She offered many suggestions when needed and was always kind and considerate of me and my husband and daughter. I know that she truly cares about my family and our well being. She really was a big help getting through the many days and nights of stress and worry.”
“…due to the stress in every area of my life, I felt unable to bring up a baby, so I was considering adoption very seriously. Once (my baby) was born via c-section, there was no way I’d have gone through with it. After (he) was born I spent 5 days in the hospital dreading the day I had to leave the care of the nurses and go home.”
“It was during the first week home that I called Alyssa. When she showed up a t the door it was like greeting a close friend. She exudes warmth and care. I immediately felt like I could trust her emotionally and physically. Over the past few months Alyssa has brought me dinners, given me massages, done my laundry, given me a pedicure, cleaned my bathroom, done my dishes, give advice for my son and listen to my unending stories . She is an amazing listener and I never felt like I burdened her. As a new mother she helped me feel confident and able. She is adamant that any help she gives me is fully deserved and is almost uncomfortable being thanked. I have called Alyssa at night, at home with questions and even if she didn’t have the answers would take the time to find them out for me.”
“Alyssa was an invaluable support that I will recommend HIGHLY to anyone having a baby or who already has babies.”
“We Are Grateful For The Time You Spent With Us Jill..”
“I suspect that our story isn’t that different than many people’s. Our little Olivia Rose was born 3 weeks early, weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces. Olivia’s mouth was so tiny that she wasn’t able to latch on and nurse properly. The hospital insisted that we give her formula because they did not think that the colostrum that I was pumping was enough for her. We were so glad that on our 2nd morning home from the hospital, my Mother connected us with Jill. Jill helped us to understand how much food Olivia needed at her young age.”
“Jill is someone who I would describe as a Mother, a best friend and a professional. Jill’s gentle teaching and encouragement is that of a Mother’s. Jill always had something positive to say about our progress. I remember Jill coming over one day and telling us that she could see that little Olivia had grown because of the weight on her legs (while I felt like many others were always saying “she’s so tiny”). Jill makes you feel like you could tell her anything in the world and she wouldn’t judge you, like your best friend. When we decided to give Olivia a bottle to help get the breast milk into Olivia, she supported our decision and helped to make a plan of how to continue to try nursing, giving us many options. Jill is an incredibly professional person who is passionate and dedicated her job. Jill was flexible and always accommodated Olivia’s eating schedule when coming to see us.”
“I can’t thank Jill enough for the gift she gave myself and my daughter. Not only did Olivia learn how to nurse, I was able to bond with my baby in a way I could not even imagine. It is without hesitation that I highly recommend Jill to provide breastfeeding support to any new Mom.”
“I am happy to share that it is 6 months later and our 5 pound 4 ounce “tiny” Olivia is now weighing 17 pound and 10 ounces (and she hasn’t had a drop of formula since day 3).”
“Thank you Jill, from the bottom of our hearts.”
Lisa, Chris and Olivia Wedlake
“Thank you for being so wonderful with us and Karsten. Your patience and expertise was much appreciated.”
Jason, Bonnie & Karsten
“Thank you very much for being a part of our birth experience. You were highly recommended by many people in the community and you exceeded our expectations. Your care and concern about my emotional well being before giving birth really helped us to feel at ease going into our labour. Your presence and support at our birth was phenomenal. We felt so relaxed with all of your comfort measures, support and encouragement. You truly were my new best friend. We will forever look back on Owen’s birth with fondness. It was a wonderful, positive experience that we will cherish forever.”
Kate, Scott, Lucas & Owen
“What can we say – you are heaven sent. We can’t thank you enough for your kind support before, during and after the birth of our baby boy.”
Susan, Len & Alden
“Thank you so much for your care during such a difficult, yet BEAUTIFUL time in my life. Your calm and gentle manner will not be forgotten..”
“Thank you for all of the support with breastfeeding. I don’t think I would have been able to continue without your help. Ethan is growing like a wee and is now sleeping through the night.”
“Thank you so much for your incredible support during my pregnancy, labour and postpartum time. You helped both Andrew and I tremendously during the labour – I couldn’t have done it without you!”
Love Lindsay & Andrew
“Jill thank you so very much for your support with Claire and our breastfeeding issues. Your calm nature and positive and supportive attitude helped us tremendously! I want to tell everyone about Babeeze in Arms.”
“Jill, we thank you for your ability to give unconditional love, patience, compassion, support and understanding. You are a mother, sister and friend to so many and we are very fortunate to have had the pleasure of meeting you. As our son grows up he will know that through your loving touch and comforting voice his journey into this world was so very positive and special. We will ALWAYS hold a very loving place for you in our family and within our hearts. Thank you for all that you have given and all that you are!”
Love Stacy & Dugg
“We can’t tank you enough for all the support you gave us during the pregnancy and during the birthing process. You undoubtedly went above and beyond, your love and support will not be forgotten.”
Sebastian & Kara
“Thank you so much for all your help and support during and leading up to my delivery. Because of you this delivery was a pleasant experience. Your help on visualizing for pushing really made all the difference in the world. It was really comforting to know you were there, and the massage during contractions was amazing. Thank you again for supporting us during our second delivery!”
Nancy – Birth Mom
“Thanks again for all your assistance for Nancy and I. It is so relieving for me to know that I didn’t have to leave her alone at any time during her labour. Your guidance and ….stamina is appreciated !!! Thanks for everything.”
Brian – Father
“Jill came to my home to assist and support me through the duration of my labour and delivery. She provided information on my birth, attended a hospital tour and assisted in a birth plan. She provided therapeutic massage and ensured I had everything I needed – verbal support as well as emotional then and after birth. She provided outstanding support during a difficult birth.” “I would also like to mention Jill was one of the only persons to continue in supporting us in the hospital and after. Amazing! Thank – you for LIFE!”
Home Birth Mom
“Jill remained calm when I was tired and felt like I was not going to be able to go on. She would be positive even though I did not feel positive myself. She understood my fears and tried to help me work through them.”
“Jill made my second labour a special and wonderful experience. I do not think that this birth would have gone as well as it did if I had not had Jill as my Doula. She was wonderful.”
“We have every intention of having her present at our next birth”.
Hospital VBAC Birth Mom
“Jill was a wonderful labour assistant for her client. Her mood was always upbeat, yet respectful of the birth environment.” She provided suggestions for position changes, monitored fluid intake, used words of encouragement, and remained calm and supportive during intense delivery.”
Student Midwife at Home Birth
“There were several things about our doula that made working with her such a pleasure. Probably the most important was that she is very knowledgeable, and very experienced. For any question that I had, she either knew the answer, or knew where to get it. She also loaned me a number of books, which was not only helpful, but perceptive on her part, as I’m a great reader.”
“The next most important thing to me was that our doula had such a calm, confident demeanor that I couldn’t help but feel the same way myself. And that’s no small achievement for a new mother!”
“I was very pleased with the entire experience, and wouldn’t hesitate a minute to recommend her.”
Susan – Birth Mom
“Your continued support of listening, literature, guidance and special touch through the last 10 months has been so much appreciated. Many times I felt not only a friend in you but even a wise mother.”
“I can’t tell you how sincerely grateful I am to you for your time and energy in the aid of helping me to bring my daughter into this world. Your quiet and calm nature is so tranquil and peaceful.”
“You have a very strong and nurturing spirit that I appreciate very much.”
“Jill, thank you so very, very much for everything you have brought to me physically, emotionally and spiritually. I couldn’t have done this without you …really!”
Birth Mom & Dad
“I wanted to send you a letter of appreciation from the staff in the FBC and D3. I was told on three different occasions that you went above and beyond the call of duty with your help in caring for XXXXXXXX .”
“Your caring and compassion was quite evident. You showed a true volunteer spirit in your selflessness in the help you provided to this woman during this stressful time. IN this year of the volunteer you are to be commended for your volunteerism.”
Director of Perinatal & Women’s Health/Maternal & Well Newborn Care St. Josephs.