I am a Certified Birth Doula servicing the Mid-Michigan area including Genesee, Shiawassee and Oakland Counties. I provide physical, informational, and emotional support throughout pregnancy, labor/delivery, and immediate postpartum.
Associates in applied science. (2004)
Certified Birth Doula, BAI (2022)
My services include a complimentary consultation/interview, two prenatal visits, on call availability starting at 38 weeks gestation, labor and delivery support, and 1-2 postpartum visits.
After having a c-section with my 1st baby due to the baby’s position in my pelvis, I decided one thing I wanted to do differently for my 2nd pregnancy was to hire a doula educated in the Spinning Babies techniques. While searching for doulas, I had 3 people recommend that I reach out to Jennilee, so my husband and I contacted her to set up an interview & after careful consideration we both believed that she was the best fit for us. She was flexible and came to my house twice for prenatal appointments to discuss my desires/expectations, the labor I envisioned, to show the different Spinning Babies positions and stretches to use up until delivery, & to educate us on the tens-unit. When I went into labor my husband contacted Jennilee and she was ready and willing to come to my home or meet at the hospital–whatever I felt most comfortable with. When she arrived at the hospital, she immediately jumped in to providing support, with each contraction I felt relief with her applying sacral pressure and controlling the remote of the tens-unit. At my discretion, she instructed me through different Spinning Babies positions to ensure baby was in the ideal position. She provided positive energy and encouragement throughout the process and was never overbearing to me or my husband. Six hours after my first contraction I had a successful unmedicated VBAC to a healthy baby girl. My husband and I are so thankful that we “found” Jennilee to be a part of my labor and are so happy with our decision to hire her. One thing that I really liked is that she sent us some notes on my labor which provided a nice recap of the stream or events/timing since you aren’t really thinking of it in the moment. Jennilee came to my house for a postpartum visit where we discussed the labor and how postpartum life was going. All in all, she was a blessing and exceeded every expectation that we had and would definitely rehire her for a future pregnancy.
- Jessica V.
Jennilee is amazing! I would absolutely recommend her to any pregnant woman! When I was in my last trimester, she gave me stretches/techniques to ease my aches & pains and make sure the baby was in optimal position for delivery. During labor she coached me on breathing/positioning and was my only means of pain relief, via counter-pressure on my tailbone, due to my back labor. After delivery, she taught me so much about caring for my newborn! From how to help relieve gas pains in my little one, to endless breast feeding information/support; she even helped me figure out why it was hurting when my baby latched! Jennilee has such an obvious passion for pregnancy, labor, and motherhood, unlike I’ve ever encountered before. You will not regret hiring her as your doula!!
- Amy S.
Jennilee is the sweetest! She is very knowledgeable about pregnancy, birth, and babies. She gave me and my husband a lot of information and resources up front (which we appreciate), and we felt very comfortable asking her questions throughout the journey! Jennilee is very encouraging and supportive, and I felt like she really got to know me in order to best help me during my birth. I definitely don't think I would've had as positive an experience without her reminding me to stay calm and encouraging me, and giving me and my husband the tools to cope through labor. I felt very empowered throughout it all. Even after the birth, we had so many questions (this was our first), and she helped us breastfeed right away and even care for my body in the early recovery hours. I'm very thankful that she was our doula!
- Lexi P.
"Jennilee has a natural passion for her work! Her knowledge and training in Spinning Babies helped me be able to flip my breech baby. She was a valuable sounding board throughout my pregnancy in helping me navigate information and building my confidence in striving for the type of birth I wanted. During labor her assistance and attention to detail with pain management techniques, specifically using counter pressure, was a huge relief not just to me, but to my husband who she worked side by side with to support me. Sweet Pea Doula Services is the place to go if you are looking for someone who will passionately support you in achieving the type of birth you want!"
- Colleen M.