Jennifer Gray
Birth Doula

About Doulas

Commonly asked questions

What Is a Doula?

A Doula is a trained childbirth companion who:

  • Assists women and their partners preparing for childbirth.
  • Provides continuous emotional, informational, and physical support and comfort measures before, during, and just after labor and delivery.
  • Serves women in the immediate postpartum period to address concerns and assist them in processing their birth experience.

Why Have a Doula?

You may want to have a doula if:

  • You view the task ahead of you as both exciting and terrifying at the same time.
  • You want more out of your pregnancy and childbirth experience.
  • You see pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood as an opportunity for self-growth and discovery.

Benefits of a Doula

Evidence based and highly supported by research.

With continuous support from a Doula, women experienced:

31%

decrease in the use of Pitocin

28%

decrease in the risk of Cesarean

34%

decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

12%

increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

9%

decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

14%

decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery

Services

Supporting you from pregnancy to postpartum

Prenatal Care

  • Complimentary meet and greet to see if we are a good fit
  • 2 prenatal visits to discuss questions and/or concerns you may have as well as your birth wishes and vision
  • Unlimited support via text, phone or email throughout pregnancy

Continuous Labor Support

  • 24/7 on-call availability in the weeks surrounding your due date
  • Continuous labor support tailored to your particular needs and desires including physical comfort measures and emotional support

Postpartum Care

  • Up to two hours support immediately after birth to provide breastfeeding support and encourage bonding
  • One postpartum visit to check-in on your and baby's wellness and to assist you in processing your birth experience

Meet the Doula

Jennifer Gray

CD(DONA), MSW


Serving the areas of DeKalb/Sycamore, Rockford, and Western Suburbs of Chicago

That a woman’s body is able to grow, nurture and manifest life is truly amazing. Since my own pregnancy and the birth of my son in 2016, I have been fascinated and awed by birth.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Franciscan University in 2012 and then completed my Masters of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, specializing in Mental Health. In March of 2017, I completed my training as Birth Doula with DONA International. Today, it is both an honor and a deeply felt calling of mine to educate and support women and their families in perhaps the greatest transition of their lives…that of welcoming a new life! My hope is that each of my clients will look back on her birth experience having felt safe and nurtured as well as strong, capable and emboldened to care for her children with the same ferocity with which she brought them into the world.

Between births you can find me reading, cooking, dancing with my toddler (who likes a good beat as much as his mama), spending time with my sweet husband Caleb and our friends and enjoying life at home in Sycamore.

Contact Me

Consultations are always free!