Postpartum Doula Profile - Jennifer Rogers PCD/CD(DONA)
“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”-Don Herold (US cartoonist and humorist, 1889-1966)
Jennifer’s goal as a postpartum doula is to educate, inform and assist her clients so that they feel confident that they can handle the enormous changes in their lives that occur when they bring home their baby. Parents today are bombarded with information from all sides, and Jennifer allows them to trust their instincts regarding baby care. Years of experience have given her a wealth of tried and true methods to help with nursing, mood changes, and perhaps most important of all, to establish a sleeping routine for both parents and baby. Jennifer strives to see what needs to be done to help the parents and lends a hand accordingly. This could include doing baby laundry, fixing lunch, washing dishes, and just providing safe baby care while parents catch some sleep. She especially enjoys overnights, where she cares for the newborn to the extent desired by the parents.
She spent a number of years in the corporate world where she had to be able to appreciate and understand all levels of employees from the most modest positions to the Chairman of the Board. The most important thing she learned was to listen and to affirm what she was hearing. This skill has carried over into her experience as a doula. It is important to really hear what a client is saying – reading between the lines if you will. Sometimes what is not being said is even more important than what is being expressed. Without a doubt, she loves being a doula and appreciates it more than any other work she’s done.
Jennifer is a graduate of Smith College and Geneva School of Business. She has two adult children and two outstanding grandsons. She and her husband live in Peabody, MA, and Bowerbank, ME. Her certifications as a birth and postpartum doula are through DONA International. If she were to claim a specialty, it would be that she believes she is a good teacher and compassionate listener. She’s fortunate that she’s able to limit the number of clients with whom she contracts, which almost ensures that, barring illness or accident, she will be present for her families.