Laurel Jensen

Los Angeles based Postpartum Doula specializing in nurturing, guiding and empowering parents in the first twelve weeks of baby's life.

 
 
 
 
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Good beginnings make a positive difference in the world, so it is worth our while to provide the best possible care for mother and babies throughout this extraordinarily influential part of life.
— Ina May Gaskin

Services & Pricing

 

 


 

 

 

My services always include

  • A prenatal visit of 1.5-2 hours to discuss specific concerns and types of support provided

  • Non-biased emotional, physical, and informational support during the postpartum period; 100% emotional support for the family

  • Assisting with non-medical self-care assistance and guidance

  • Encouraging the family to seek care that reflects their values and needs

  • Modeling and teaching effective communication

  • Encouraging informed decision making

  • Supporting the physical and emotional healing of the mother

  • Providing information on care options and resources for the mother and newborn

  • Supporting and assisting with infant feeding

  • Educating the family on newborn care and characteristics

  • Providing support to the new mother’s partner and/or older siblings

  • Assisting with household organization (organizing nursery, light cleaning, washing dishes, laundry, preparing meals*)

  • Referring to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis

 

Specialized services included based on family's needs and wishes

  • As a Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor, I have specific training in breastfeeding support and the typical patterns of newborn baby feedings

  • Meal planning* and preparation for the family including specific postpartum dishes that promote healing in the recovering birth parent - for more detailed information click here

  • Light massage for birth parent targeting shoulders, arms, and neck

 

Fees and Hours

Available for daytime hours and overnights Monday - Sunday. Daytime shifts can be booked between the hours of 7am and 2pm with a minimum of 4 hours per shift. Overnight shifts can be booked between the hours of 8pm and 6am with a minimum of eight hours and a maximum of 10 hours.

My rate per hour is $40 without a contract. Package deals are available with the option for day or overnight hours only, or a combo of overnights and days. Package deals with more hours are available upon request. Contact me for a free consultation about additional package options and extended overnight support.

  • $40 per hour

  • Package of 40 hours for $1500 - day hours only

  • Package of 40 hours for $1550 - overnight hours only

  • Package of 50 hours for $1900 - Combo of day and overnight hours

 

 


 

Bio and Credentials

Laurel Doula 

I am a Certified Postpartum Doula (CAPPA), a Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor (UCSD), certified in pediatric CPR (AHA) and a mother since 2008. In an effort to stay constantly informed and up-to-date on new research and follow my passion for learning, I am consistently attending workshops and trainings. Based in the Eagle Rock/Highland Park, I serve the greater Los Angeles area, including Pasadena and Glendale.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2015 and receiving formal training as a Postpartum Doula, I have worked with more than 20 families.  For the last three years I have supported first time parents, as well as expanding families, and parents of multiples. As a postpartum doula, I provide comfort measures for the whole family, and guidance to help ease the transition into parenting. I encourage families to make informed, evidence based choices based on their individual philosophies. Focusing on empowering families and instilling confidence is a cornerstone of my practice, and it is an honor to get to work with parents in the early, intense weeks following a birth of a new baby. As every family discovers their "new normal",  I strive to fill in any gaps and uplift the family to maximize their experience so they have a gentle and memorable beginning. 

Respecting all family structures, I strive to provide non-judgmental and evidence based information to support families.  All conversations and experiences during consultations and interviews will be kept in strict confidence.

 

Certifications

Lactation Educator and Counselor (CLEC)
UCSD Certified in 2016

Pediatric First Aid and CPR Certified
American Heart Association, current, renewed in 2017

Postpartum Doula (CPD)
CAPPA Trained in 2015 and certified in 2017

Click on links to verify certifications

 

Trainings

Childbirth Educator
CAPPA training, 2015; working toward certification

Breastfeeding for Doulas: Beyond the Basics, Lacey Mackey, CLEC, CD (DONA), CBE, April 2016

Hug Your Baby: Helping Parents Understand their Newborn, February 2016

Beyond the Swaddle, Advanced Postpartum Doula Training, Two Doulas Birth, February, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Testimonials

Laurel has a way of making you comfortable by asking the right questions, not assuming, and being attentive to your needs. Her services go much beyond having someone “help”. There is a level of understanding about simple things that make a huge difference. For example, knowledge of sanitizing equipment, what to and what not to eat while nursing and so much more.
— Dayvia Nelson, mother of two
With care and compassion, she provided incredible emotional and educational support, guidance with breastfeeding, and instruction on how to care for our precious baby. We have come to know Laurel as a truly lovely person who is honest, dependable, flexible, extremely informed, and professional.
— Tammy and Mike Hill, parents of one
I have had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Laurel Jensen for the last two years. As a postpartum doula, I know Laurel to be kind, caring, conscientious, anticipatory of client’s needs, thorough and non judgmental.
— Jennifer Westfall, CPD, CLEC, mother of three
After meeting Laurel, I felt very comfortable sharing jobs with her when I am in need of a back up. She is kind and has a gentle spirit .I have seen her in action as a Postpartum Doula and feel she is amazing at what she does. She is knowledgeable, confident and responsible. She works hard and goes the extra mile every time.
— Sharlene Hales Mayhew, CPD, mother of two
Laurel came into our lives when we were brand new parents and had no idea what we were doing. She provided us with an extraordinary foundation of confidence, love and safety that we so desperately needed. My husband and I were tired and overwhelmed, we questioned almost every choice we made as we were worried it was either not right, or not enough. Laurel not only gave us all the information we needed, but more importantly, she constantly assured us that we were enough and that we were amazing parents. She gave us so much love and support. We are honored to know her and have had her in our lives during such a vulnerable and sacred time. She is one of the nicest, most compassionate and intuitive people I have ever met and it is truly an honor to recommend her to anyone looking for a postpartum doula.
— Rachel Fleischer, mother of one
Laurel is such an incredible asset and brought such a loving and calming presence to our home during the postpartum period. We learned so much from her - from baby care, learning & recognizing baby cues, schedules & routines and being kind & patient to ourselves. Having Laurel present during the early stages helped us build confidence as parents and create a warm and welcoming environment for our newborn. She was always good company, a good source of information and a shoulder to lean on. Oh! And she nurtures with yummy warming meals. And I couldn’t imagine that time without her pumpkin muffins and energy balls.
— Mara Milicevic, mother of one
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Laurel as a person and as a postpartum doula. As a first time mother, I felt so supported by her, both emotionally and physically. The crucial two months after birth were wrought with self-doubt and exhaustion that I could not imagine how I could have survived it without her help. Laurel was there to not only support my emotional and physical well being, but also to teach me about how to care for a newborn. The best gift a mom could get for herself is a few months with Laurel postpartum!
— Sheen He, mother of one
Laurel was kind, patient, nurturing and extremely helpful with her knowledge of postpartum care. She quickly became more than just a doula to me. She felt like part of the family. She was also so great with my first daughter, and that warmed my heart.
— Christine Wang, mother of two

Contact

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Email:  laureldoula at gmail.com

Phone: 917-251-0156

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