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!
Dawn Thompson radio interview.
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.
Sunday, March 25 th, 2-3:45pm
Jivala Mind and Body Studio at AFC
601 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
“Trust is the fiber of love” -Yogi Bhajan
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.