All birth. I believe there is no one size fits all perfect birth story. In all its forms, Birth is beautiful.
I believe that birth doesn't have to be scary.
I believe birth is a love story. I see beautiful moments of connection and support and discovery.
I believe photographs of this day can be can healing, strengthening, empowering.
I want to be your Winnipeg doula and Winnipeg birth photographer.
Jenine, I don't think words could ever express my gratitude to you. You were a pillar in enabling me to birth my baby boy, bring life into this world and become a mother. Your mantras and your touch were what got me through each contraction. As soon as you arrived in that room, and I saw you get into gear and come behind me, I felt empowered. You helped my husband find a place in my birth that allowed him to participate in the way that he could. It was a balance that I wished for and that you mastered.
I hired Jenine expecting to have a natural, drug-free birth, but my little one had plans of his own. I had to be delivered via c-section because he was breech. When I found out (in the third trimester) that this was a possibility, Jenine helped me through my feelings of not getting the birth I had envisioned.
When the time came to deliver, I was so thankful that Jenine was allowed into the operating room along with my husband. She was a huge support before, during and after the c-section. Once my son was born, my husband was able to hold him, and Jenine was there to hold my hand (literally and figuratively) while they finished the c-section and my husband focused on our son.
The most amazing part was her photos of the event though. I am forever grateful that we have images of that day, and her photos are beautiful. Those first images of my son will be something we always treasure.
After a pretty traumatic csection with my first child I was adamant I go into my second birth with more support and knowledge. Jenine was amazing! Just by being there she made me feel confident in asking questions and understanding what the Drs and nurses were suggesting to me. She helped me through contractions and get presence was so calming and reassuring to me.
I got my VBAC and I know Jenine was a big part of that!
She is knowledgeable, kind and so very supportive! I'd recommend her to anyone who is expecting!
I cannot say enough good things about Jenine. She met with us in our home several times before I gave birth and was patient and knowledgeable with all of our questions and concerns. Her own experience as a mother of 3 certainly provides her with a great deal of hands of experience.
She has a pleasing personality....calm, friendly, good sense of humour. She sent me useful links to articles etc throughout my pregnancy. She was the calmest person in the room when my labour took a turn for the worst. She was an incredible support to my husband when I ended up in the OR and he was so afraid/anxious. I highly recommend Jenine also because she is accepting of a couple's decisions for medical intervention, whereas I found other advertising doulas clearly had a negative opinion of medical intervention and pushed the natural childbirth process. I appreciated her non-judgemental attitude in this regard.