Jen Hamilton CD(DONA, PALS), CLE

Birth & Postpartum Doula, CLE

EVERY birth can be a beautiful experience with the right support.

Seattle, WA

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5.0 of 5 (6)
Jen made the difference between being scared out of my mind about giving birth for the first time and feeling confident. The way she approached asking questions made me stop and really think about times of stress. Her questions made my husband point out a few things that I hadn't realized or considered myself. I was still nervous and a bit scared but those feelings were manageable. I had done weightlifting in the past and talking with Jen gave me the mindset of "breath through the rep, don't think about the next set" as odd as that may seem. I wasn't panicking as each contraction hit. I was focused on her voice and breathing through the moment as contractions hit, then focusing on relaxing as they eased. She made sure I knew my husband was near as that kept me calm. Her gentle encouragement was exactly what I needed and that low level of stress was incredible to feel in the moment. She took something unknown that I'd heard horror stories about and framed it in a context I could wrap my mind around. I can't recommend her highly enough.
Working with Jen has been a gift! The pre-partum sessions with her helped us prepare for labor, birth, breastfeeding, parenthood and more. When we had unexpected twists with our birth, Jen was calm, supportive, and the rock we needed to manage through the changes. Following birth, Jen helped us build confidence as new parents with our first child and was an excellent coach. Best of all, we laughed, joked, and smiled with Jen all the way through. She became one of the family.
Jen is INCREDIBLE. We feel so lucky that we had the opportunity to work with her. She helped us wtih our twins after they were born through the first several months. During this time Jen was basically like an amazing aunt or grandma - she pitched in wherever and however. Sometimes she watched the babies while I cooked or ran errands and sometimes we just hung out with both babies. Jen is incredibly easy to be around and adapts to whatever your needs are. Most importantly, she is gifted with babies and clearly loves them. My babies instantly went to her and she took such incredibly good care of them. I have already recommended Jen to several friends, she is truly a gift for any new mom. I really can't say enough about her.
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Seattle WA 98115, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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About me

MY BIRTH PHILOSOPHY

It's YOUR birth.

My personal experiences, my ideas, and my training make it clear to me...this birth yours to lead, and mine to follow. We will work together to make a plan that feels just right to you. As a parent, I have experienced midwife and OB birth, vaginal and cesarean birth-- both emergency and planned. And they have all been incredibly rewarding. There are so many things that can make the birth you have be an empowering one:

- having the undivided attention and focus of someone who is able to help ease fear and pain during labor;

- knowing that you have been heard, understood, and well-supported by your caregivers; and

- being well-informed about your options and having the time and space to make decisions that feel right for you.

It doesn't matter to me what type of birth you're intending to have--I am happy to help support anything from vaginal birth with no pain medication to a planned cesarean birth and everything in between. My job is to find ways to support you, whatever your desires. And, if you're not sure what you want, we can work together to figure that out, too.

MY POSTPARTUM PHILOSOPHY
It's YOUR family.
Just as with birth, YOU are the leader in this process. Only your family can decide what will work best for your life and your situation. As a postpartum doula, I have deep background and wide skill set that can help you discern what might work best from among the myriad of options available for EVERY choice: from how, what, and when to feed, to how and when to sleep, etc.--including putting different pieces together to create a custom approach for your custom family. From the basics of baby care to the (occasional) chaos of incorporating a whole new person into your world, I will be there to support, nurture, and educate your family during the fourth trimester. Things that can make an enormous difference during this time of transition include:

- a listening ear and non-judgemental support as you navigate these new, occasionally rough, waters;

- a spare pair of hands to provide respite and practical household support;

- a trained set of eyes to assess the ongoing needs of any and all family members; and

- encouragement and validation as you begin to walk this new path.

Each new baby, be it the first or fourth, brings a beautiful new and unknown into a family. I find it an enormous privilege to be able to help a family find whatever tools they need to successfully embark on their newest adventure.


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5.0 of 5 (6)
Jen made the difference between being scared out of my mind about giving birth for the first time and feeling confident. The way she approached asking questions made me stop and really think about times of stress. Her questions made my husband point out a few things that I hadn't realized or considered myself. I was still nervous and a bit scared but those feelings were manageable. I had done weightlifting in the past and talking with Jen gave me the mindset of "breath through the rep, don't think about the next set" as odd as that may seem. I wasn't panicking as each contraction hit. I was focused on her voice and breathing through the moment as contractions hit, then focusing on relaxing as they eased. She made sure I knew my husband was near as that kept me calm. Her gentle encouragement was exactly what I needed and that low level of stress was incredible to feel in the moment. She took something unknown that I'd heard horror stories about and framed it in a context I could wrap my mind around. I can't recommend her highly enough.
Working with Jen has been a gift! The pre-partum sessions with her helped us prepare for labor, birth, breastfeeding, parenthood and more. When we had unexpected twists with our birth, Jen was calm, supportive, and the rock we needed to manage through the changes. Following birth, Jen helped us build confidence as new parents with our first child and was an excellent coach. Best of all, we laughed, joked, and smiled with Jen all the way through. She became one of the family.
Jen is INCREDIBLE. We feel so lucky that we had the opportunity to work with her. She helped us wtih our twins after they were born through the first several months. During this time Jen was basically like an amazing aunt or grandma - she pitched in wherever and however. Sometimes she watched the babies while I cooked or ran errands and sometimes we just hung out with both babies. Jen is incredibly easy to be around and adapts to whatever your needs are. Most importantly, she is gifted with babies and clearly loves them. My babies instantly went to her and she took such incredibly good care of them. I have already recommended Jen to several friends, she is truly a gift for any new mom. I really can't say enough about her.
From the first time we talked, Jen put me at ease with her warm, outgoing manner. She took the time to listen to me, answer my many questions, and educate me around what to expect for labor and delivery. Jen is a wealth of information- she’s basically a walking encyclopedia of pregnancy and birth. In developing the birth plan, Jen helped me crystallize my ideas around what I needed to have an empowering birth experience. Throughout labor and delivery, Jen was calm and positive. She is a bright and happy person and brings a soothing energy to the room. Her zest for life and passion for her work is clear and I feel extremely lucky that she was my doula.
Jen provided invaluable postpartum doula care for my family after we welcomed our third child. It was a huge relief to have someone who could understand the chaos and the lack of sleeplessness we were experiencing. She allowed me to get rest by caring for all the children so I could squeeze in a nap or run an errand, accompanied me to appointments, and helped me brainstorm solutions for trying to improve my little guy's sleep. I am grateful to have had her services during the challenging transitional time in our family!
Jen supported me and my husband during the birth of my son in December. I could not recommend her more highly to anyone looking for a doula. The first thing you’ll notice about Jen is her warm, friendly personality. She’s like a fairy godmother, except instead of a wand she carries a TENS unit. Along with her cheery disposition, though, comes a fierce drive to support and advocate for you in every way she can to help you achieve the birth you want. I had a hospital birth in which I labored for 17 hours before getting an epidural. Before the epidural she pulled out all her bag of tricks—TENS unit, pointy squeeze ball, essential oils, etc. She reminded me how to breathe to manage the contractions better. She was a huge support for my husband. Once I got an epidural Jen continued to prove herself invaluable. I still had significant discomfort, and Jen and my husband traded off helping me to breathe through contractions into the wee hours of the morning. Her expertise in all things birth was so helpful as well. I would express what I was feeling and she knew what was apt to be going on. She was the one who identified that it was likely time for me to push.I should also add that her prenatal and postpartum visits were perhaps as helpful as the birth itself. It was great to have someone to talk through questions and concerns about the birth beforehand and to discuss issues, particularly those related to breastfeeding, in the days and weeks after the birth. She stayed as long as we needed during these visits (usually 2-3 hours!) and, for one of our postpartum visits, she rearranged her schedule to come over that day after I’d messaged her in desperation. I couldn’t have been more grateful. Also, whether it’s a birthing instructor, acupuncturist, or lactation consultant, she has all sorts of recommendations and contacts should you need them.In sum, Jen rocks and you should totally hire her as your doula.





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