I was researching doulas online and the moment I came across Jordyn’s website I just knew she was the doula for me!! Her bright, loving, calming energy came through and I immediately felt drawn to her. After meeting her in person it was a no brainer. We hired Jordyn right away. Throughout the third trimester I had the pleasure of doing prenatal yoga with Jordyn both in my home and at a studio – a necessary activity that kept me feeling strong in my body and confident in my mindset. Anytime I had anxiety or worries or questions as I neared 40 weeks Jordyn was always a text or phone call away to reassure me.
The day that I went into labor is still so crystal clear. Per Jordyn’s recommendation, I labored at home for about 6 hours before leaving for the hospital. By the time I was checked into the hospital my water was broken and I was 8cm dilated. My birth plan was to go through labor naturally- no drugs at all. When we got to the hospital I decided I wanted an epidural. Jordyn calmly and encouragingly motivated me to keep going just as I was. Both she and my husband believed that I could do it and that was all I needed to keep going.
As labor became more intense Jordyn was the one rubbing my back and speaking soothing words of motivation to me. My amazing husband was right by my side too, but it was Jordyn who I wanted closest to me physically in the moment. She knew what she was doing and brought me a deep sense of calm amidst the chaos.
Finally it was time to push, push push! My daughter got stuck in the birth canal on her way out and things turned serious very quickly. It all happened so fast and I am beyond grateful that Jordyn was there not only for me, but for my husband. She encouraged me every step of my labor and I know I could not have done it without her. She helped keep me very calm throughout the entire process and I will never forget how her soft voice kept the tone in the room relaxed and positive.
THANK YOU, Jordyn for being truly amazing at what you do. You have such a gift for making women feel taken care of, safe and at ease through what was the hardest/most empowering thing I’ve ever done in my life. Jordyn is now a dear friend whom we adore and I am so happy she came into our lives! We love you, Jordyn!!
I could not envision a better birth experience of the birth of my daughter and with the guidance, support and love from Jordyn. After taking a few prenatal classes with her I sensed that she would be the right type of doula for me: emotionally, spiritually, and physically supportive and available. She has an intuitive gift of knowing how much of each of those components her clients need and thus what I needed from her that day. She takes more time to really get to know her clients and this is why I still feel a special connection to her 2 years later.
I started feeling contractions that were irregular in timing (but regularly painful!) on a Friday night. I had a very inconsistent and long first stage of labor that still kept me up all night. Jordyn arrived in the morning, on Saturday, and was with me as my husband took a nap (he stayed up with me on Friday night) and allowed me to begin to enter a safe place where my labor could finally progress. Let me back up a bit to say that the start of my labor was partly due to Jordyn. I was nearly a week overdue and was really hoping to have no interventions and very stressed out that I was not dilated and did not feel any contractions. She advised that I begin to prepare myself a way to let go of control (this is a huge issues of mine!) and truly connect with my baby and relax. She recommended a meditation and I went for it. The moment after I finished this meditation I felt my first contractions since being pregnant, on that Friday night where this story began.
During the day on Saturday as my labor progressed, Jordyn led me through yoga poses and ways to alleviate my pain while we spent a mild autumn day at a neighborhood park. She reminded me of the confidence I had inside myself when I couldn’t access my own strength alone during challenging moments of the journey. It was part of my plan to stay home as long as possible and when we reached the hospital to my surprise I was 7.5 cm dilated! She and my husband sat patiently for a few more hours by my side, holding my hand while I finished the rest of my labor in the tub at Pennsylvania Hospital. We welcomed our healthy, perfect little girl at 4am.
The birth of my daughter was challenging, transformative and life-changing and I was blessed to have such a wonderful husband and doula/ friend to guide my through that journey!
Jordyn entered my phase of pregnancy at a very integral part of the process…the last 10 weeks, which were extremely precious, emotionally exhilarating and quite anxiety producing.
I immediately knew, upon introducing myself after a pre-natal yoga class, that Jordyn was the doula for me. She presents with amazing warmth, a smile that penetrates your entire system, playfulness and humor and gentle challenges. She also had the ability to quickly ease my husband into the process from our very first time together. She soon became a steadfast rock during a time where I almost lost my grounding on a weekly basis.
My connection with her only grew stronger as she continuously guided me through a process where my “body knew exactly what to do” and I became a participant as opposed to a controller. Jordyn further enhanced my own trust in my body’s natural ability through lengthy discussions and educational sessions with my husband and I, eventually leading us to truly connect with and feel amazed by our daughter’s approaching birth and to let go of the constant worry that previously followed us everywhere.
Not only did she make herself available for our expected and anticipated birthing education sessions, numerous walks and belly casting, but was extremely available for every text and phone call, especially during the days and hours leading up to labor.
My husband and I anticipated a natural delivery in a hospital setting. When I went past my due date and started the conversations of induction with my OB-GYN, Jordyn’s level of education and support surpassed my expectations. After a few days of trying various natural methods and constant reminders of delivering a healthy baby as being of utmost importance, we eventually agreed to an induction day and time. It was at this time that I truly began to let go and ease into the moments of greeting our baby for the first time. If it weren’t for Jordyn’s presence during this entire process, I’m sure I would have had a very different outcome. On our way to the hospital, I began natural contractions on my own and by the time we got to the hospital I was 3cm dilated and 60% effaced. My husband and I were so at ease and well informed that we actually labored together for five hours with minimal staff interruptions and eventually had Jordyn join us when hard labor began. At a time when a child was about to enter our world and my body was doing amazing feats I only dreamed of, Jordyn was by my side helping me stay focused and continually in touch with what my body was supposed to be doing until my daughter was finally in my arms. And it was Jordyn who captured our very first family photo!!
She is and always will be a very special and sacred part of our lives.
Before each prenatal yoga class, I like to come up with a theme for us to think about through our practice. This week I ask the question, what happens when we take ourselves out of the center? When we are pregnant it is very easy and natural to feel like the center of everything; in a lot of ways you are, but can it help us to move to the outside every once in a while? YES!
I felt in my own experience and I see it with clients often, where the mothers feel a ton of personal responsibility for the well being of the beautiful little life growing inside of them. Sometimes we forget that there is an ever flowing and revolving universe that also has a powerful impact on how things are going to go. We even forget at times that this baby inside of us is a person who’s journey is not solely based on our personal hopes and dreams for that life. That is a tough one to swallow, even more so now that my son is here on the outside with me.
So, what can be gained from shifting our perspective? I find that when I put myself next to these things instead of in the the middle of them, I feel free! Free to let go just a little a bit and really forces me to trust in something bigger. You, baby, the universe and g-d (if you believe) are all working together and working together equally. Honestly, I did not really get this concept till much further along into my pregnancy. Before I was pregnant with Maxwell I had a miscarriage at 7 weeks. When I got pregnant again I didn’t want to move. I wanted to stay perfectly still, as if I am the reason that this pregnancy will be a healthy and normal one.
Eventually, I accepted that I am not that powerful and that the pregnancy will take the course it is meant to. I started living again, I started exercising, I felt happier, I fully embraced my experience and for the most part loved every minute of it to the moment he was finally in my arms. To the pregnant mamas out there who may be reading this, I encourage you to ask yourself; If I move my mental position, will that benefit me and how?
Please join me for the month of November, every Sunday 10-11:15 am at Divine Play Space
And Sunday December 7th-21st at 12pm I will be teaching a prenatal Yoga series at Focus Fitness. Would love to see you there!
As a doula and educator I am always telling my clients and students to trust their body… Telling them that their body knows exactly what to do and how to do it… to “just let go”.
Well…now as I have entered into my 39th week of pregnancy, convinced I would have had this beautiful baby by now, I am faced with the challenge of trust. Just last week I sat on my birth ball rocking my hips around and around thinking about how close I felt to labor; now I rock slightly worried that it won’t happen on it’s own. As I walk into the room where our birth pool is blown up and ready, I touch the edges wondering if I will get to use it.
I can add this to the huge list of realities I have faced by being the pregnant woman this time and not the doula. My husband tells me this is the calm before the storm now and I want to believe him; my doula tells me to let go of the fear and I think that I have, but then there is this voice in my head instilling fear and skepticism. I am writing this for all of the amazing clients and students I have had to say I know now TRULY how hard it is to trust and I am tapping into all of your births to help me through this moment.
Something that helps me to think about when I am finding it difficult to trust my body, I think of the “birth team” I have chosen and of course my incredibly committed and loving partner. I chose my midwife Kathy because I trust her abilities and she makes me feel strong; I chose my doula Joy because I know she will advocate for me and I trust her completely not only as a doula but a friend. And I have never trusted another person the way I trust my husband… I would blindly follow him anywhere because I know he will always protect me. These 3 people believe in me and my body, they have confidence in my ability to birth our baby in our home in due time. Trusting them helps me see myself through their eyes.
I am listening to the most beautiful song and I am not sure how to incorporate it, but I know it’s relevant to this process and I wish you could hear it…
Snatam Kaur- breathe my love, breathe my love, breathe in the quiet center.
Birth Doula Jordyn awakens the soul and eases the spirit in this 3 week birth preparation workshop. This class covers a couple’s spiritual, emotional, and physical journey through pregnancy. Birth-partners will learn a mix of yoga, mediation, breathing and relaxation techniques, and ways of communicating needs in order to ease discomfort during late pregnancy and labor. Whether you are having a birth at the hospital, medicated or non-medicated, birth center or at home this course will have couples feeling confident and prepared for their labor and birth.
These sessions will cover
– exercises to prepare mind and body for labor
– coping techniques/doula tricks of the trade
– making the best, informed decisions for you on your “birth-day”
– Post-partum plans
– appropriate, directed communication with your birth team/birth center/hospital staff
My classes will combine the practice of kundalini yoga asana and meditation with doula tricks of the trade and birth empowerment. Enjoy connecting with other mom’s to be while we explore and discover our strength as women and the goddess within each of us! I will be teaching at the following locations, stay tuned for additional classes coming soon. I look forward to seeing you there!
The Yoga Garden on Wednesday’s at 5:30-6:45 pm. The Yoga Garden– 903 South St. Philadelphia
Amrita Yoga & Wellness on Sunday’s at 9-10:15am. Amrita– 1204 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia
Become Yoga on Sunday’s at 11-12:15pm. Become Yoga– 31 North Lansdowne ave. Lansdowne, PA. Above the Lansdowne Theatre.
Brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini yoga uses breath and movement to open the mind and body. Kundalini meditations are particularly useful in preparing for labor because of their ability to physically challenge the body and break through the mind’s doubts and fears. Giving birth is a moment that will re-define a woman’s trust in her abilities as a mother, partner, lover, and human being. I believe that trust in one’s self comes from unlocking the power to overcome challenges. Prenatal yoga will help to build trust in your ability to embrace your labor with grace and confidence.
There are few things I encourage moms to go out and buy during their pregnancy: an affordable birth class at a center you trust, yoga classes, maybe some herbal suggestions AND Gurmukh’s book: BOUNTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BLISSFUL.
Gurmukh is the founder of Golden Bridge Yoga, a student of Yogi Bhajan, and an inspirational teacher who aids all people in connecting to their truest self and finding their limitless power. Her name, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, was given to her by Yogi Bhajan and means “one who helps thousands of people across the world ocean”.
This interview with Dawn Thompson, a doula in San Diago, has been passed around within the doula community. I believe it to be insightful for doula’s, mothers, and mothers-to-be. So many of us have experienced stalled labors that have led to Caesarean sections. Often the reason for the C-Sections is a “failure to progress” or “the baby was just too big”. My belief has long been that our bodies wouldn’t make something that we could not push out on our own. So when I read this article about cervical scar tissue forming knots and restricting the cervix from dilating I let out a sigh of relief. Care providers, doulas, and all women must know that this cause of restricted dilating CAN potentially be avoided.
The rise of HPV and the increased presence of abnormal cervical cells and cervical cancer has resulted in more cervical procedures among girls. One of these procedures, called a coloscopy, conducts a biopsy by removing cervical tissue containing abnormal cervical cells. Another procedure, called a Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP), uses a thin wire loop electrode attached to an electrosurgical generator. The generator transmits an electrical current that cuts away cervical tissue in the immediate area of the loop wire. This causes the abnormal cells to rapidly heat and burst and separates the tissue as the loop wire moves through the cervix. Each of these procedures potentially leaves scar tissue especially when a woman has this procedure more than once which is common.
Unfortunately, the cervix has to be greatly effaced to know whether or not there is scar tissue and a doctor or midwife will not feel the scar tissue during a routine check. Asking your care provider to look for and break up scar tissue is an easy way to increase your likelihood of a vaginal birth. I am now asking my clients if they have had any cervical procedures, because this bit of knowledge can possibly change the direction of a labor and its outcome.
Dawn wrote a blog about this 6 years ago after experiencing this with her sister and it has changed her life as a doula and educator.
Birth Doula Jordyn Cutler awakens the soul and eases the spirit in this two hour birth preparation and prenatal couples yoga workshop.
This class covers a couple’s spiritual, emotional, and physical journey through pregnancy and labor. Birth partners will learn a mix of yoga, mediation, breathing and relaxation techniques, and ways of communicating needs in order to ease discomfort during late pregnancy and labor.