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The start of my pregnancy I was not very informed of my options or the support I could have during pregnancy. After I took control and found Talena I felt a sense of comfort and confidence. Talena was the best support I could have ever asked for during my pregnancy and delivery. Throughout my pregnancy Talena checked in constantly and answered any questions me or my husband had about the entire process. Once I was in labor she pushed me out of my comfort zone to get the process moving and provide me the best labor possible. I labored for 36 hours and I started to get discouraged and worried about how long the process was taking. She not only supported me through every decision, but comforted me and assured me that I could get through this delivery. I cannot recommend her enough.
Alyssa I. -- Last Minute Doula Service
My friend recommended Talena, and I was SO glad she did. I am a first time mom, and when the time came, I found myself just sitting in bed at the hospital as my contractions were starting with no idea really what to do. It was late, so my husband was laying on the couch majority of the time. When Talena showed up she was such a blessing! I had someone to talk to, ask my million questions, and she recommended lots of different positions and techniques to manage the pain. She pushed me to stick it out naturally for as long as I could, which is what I requested. And respected and supported my decision when I ultimately decided to get the epidural. She also captured so many special moments, I didn’t even realize she was taking pictures. I am very grateful and would not have wanted to go through labor without her. I definitely will be contacting her when and if I get pregnant again. Thank you Talena ! :)
Callie -- Last Minute Doula Service
My last minute decision to say yes to Talena was the best decision of my entire pregnancy.You dont HAVE to have a doula, but you WILL regret not having one. You go from making decisions in pain to being able to trust someone you just met to advocate for you, in just a few. I'm extremely thankful that our paths crossed! She came last minute, and stayed to the drawn out end. Smart, capable, assertive: she will be your advocate! I had an amazing experience with Talena!♡
Talena was perfect! From the first time we talked I knew she was going to be perfect for my birth journey. She is sweet, very knowledgeable, helpful, thoughtful and very supportive (of course). I highly recommend her for all your birthing needs! I will definitely be calling her again.
I hired her during my third trimester. she was very flexible with appointments, always stayed in communication if she were to be away a day or two, met with her back-ups (incase it was needed, and she was always kind and respectful. During my birth she was a life savior with all that she did to support my natural unmedicated delivery at St.Vincent Hospital. She went above and beyond during postpartum visit too with a copy of photos she took during the birth and ensuring I was doing well physically and mentally. I would highly highly recommend. Thank you Talena!!!
I found Talena through my midwife and I will forever be thankful for her! This was my first pregnancy and even though I am apart of the health/fitness/prenatal world I still needed everyone ounce of support Talena offers. I always knew I wanted a doula more for the sake of saying I had one, but I now know having a doula is an essential part of pregnancy and birth. My birth plan changed over night and Talena was there every step of the way, being my advocate, encouraging me through each contraction, pushing me to keep going, and even being an emotional support not just for me but my husband too. Not only did I have Talena for my birth but I also used her for postpartum support too. I had my baby during covid which means only Talena and my husband were in the delivery room. This was very saddening for my mother and immediate family but with the help of Talena my family was continuously updated via text message. One of my favorite things Talena did was take candid photos and record every decision/part of my birth story in which she shared with us on a flash drive and she hand wrote the birth notes. These special touches have allowed me to forever have the memories of every detail to my birth story. This is only baby number 1 and I cannot wait to have Talena for all future births. You wont go wrong with hiring Talena as your doula. She will always hold a special place in my heart.
I had a wonderful and supportive experience. She kept in touch throughout my pregnancy and was there when it was time to deliver. I would recommend her to anyone. I just received a bespoke curated birth gift from her. I am just blown away by her thoughtfulness and care. Doula Talena has a serving heart and is just a tower of support and advocacy. thank you again!
Talena is an amazing doula and friend. I had doubts at the beginning about getting a doula but after I seen how she worked, I made my decision and I was the best decision I could’ve made. She made sure I was doing good during my pregnancy and after. She answered any questions I had without hesitation and not only that she informed me about birth plans, things that I could do to the baby go down, what to have in my hospital bag, and she always had a positive mindset. In labor, we were doing all exercises possibly so I can dilate and I went hours without any pain medication and mind you I was on Pitocin. If it wasn’t for talena, I would’ve doubted myself of ever thinking I could do it but she was there the entire time and never let me go and pushed through everything with me so I could be okay and my baby to come into this world safe and sound. All future mommies should look into a doula because that is your right hand in battle ❤️
The Nix Family
"Talena was a joy and a blessing to our family before, during and after the birth of our sweet little girl. Talena’s calm, confident demeanor was reassuring during some of the most intense moments of my life. She never gave up on me, she barley left my side during my labor and delivery. I’ve never experienced such compassion, she intuitively knew how to just be present with me and when to make gentle suggestions for different positions to labor in. I’m a first time mom, having Talena visit me after the birth to assist with whatever needed done at the house was priceless. My husband also benefited greatly from Talena‘s presence. Having her here with me allowed him to take a break to handle all the other things that needed attention. It’s impossible to fully and accurately describe what Talena did for us, but I don’t want to imagine what this experience would have been without her. She’s doing God’s work and you can feel it. If I ever bring new life into this world again, I would be thankful to have her as my doula again."
The first time I met Talena I knew I wanted her as my doula. She was so easy to talk to and answered all my questions (and I brought a list!) She checked on me frequently throughout my pregnancy and sent me super helpful resources. I ended up needing to be induced towards the end of my pregnancy and I was heartbroken and terrified. Induction was the furthest thing from my birth plan but Talena brought a certain calmness to the situation and helped me navigate the situation. During labor she kept me moving but also let me rest when needed. She was so knowledgeable about different positions and techniques and advocated on my behalf to the hospital staff. She also gave my boyfriend the opportunity to rest and recharge when he needed. She continued to check in and offer support postpartum, and gave us the sweetest parting gifts. Talena is extremely dedicated and caring. She was an amazing asset to the birth of my son!
I hired Talena as a postpartum doula and I would definitely recommend her to other new moms! Talena is kind, patient, and so understanding. I had so many questions about how to care for myself and my son after leaving the hospital, so I was very thankful to have someone knowledgeable to answer them.
The Cox Family
“From the moment I found out that I was expecting my first child, I knew I wanted to hire a doula to help me have the delivery I dreamed of. Talena was referred to me and was immediately available to meet me for a consultation. My pregnancy journey wasn’t the smoothest as I experienced morning sickness through out the entire pregnancy but Talena was consistent with checking on me and sending helpful information to keep the sickness at ease. Whenever I reached out to her, she was always available even in the midst of a world wide pandemic. Not only was she supportive in my birth plan, checking on me, and ensuring I had the things I needed to be at ease, she made sure she was proactive with sending me alternative birthing centers for my delivery. Once my water broke, Talena was readily available and prepared to meet my husband and I at the hospital. While there she was supportive not only when helping me naturally induce myself but while needing other prenatal care. Even when the hospital made her leave due to COVID regulations, she was still with me virtually. She made sure she sent me all the tools and resources I needed to make sure I was able to have the birth I wanted. I’m so grateful for her highly recommend her services to any expectant mother. I look forward to doing business with her again in the future. Thank you so much!”
Talena is an amazing doula and postpartum doula. With my first birth I was in labor for over 30 hours. In my second birth which included Talena as my doula, I labored for only 12 hours. I’m a 100% sure adding Talena as my doula saved me from another 30 hours of labor. My family and I are so grateful. She baked me lactation cookies, folded clothes, washed dishes, and watched my kids so I could shower. Making postpartum so much easier. My husband and I highly recommend Talena, and will use her again.
The Rhodes Family
“Talena was such a great help & a pleasure to have around, for my birth, from start to finish. She helped me get in and out of MANY different birthing positions during my 28 hour labor. Even after being told we would need to go to the hospital (I was planning for a home birth) Talena met my spouse and I at the hospital to support us for the duration of the birthing process. She was such a huge asset during our first birth. I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
The Hunter Family
“I just wanted to say that I am very grateful to have Talena as my doula. My husband and I were fairly new to Jacksonville and the doula I had for my last Child was moving to California ,I knew that I would need support due to the fact that I already had 4 children and this was gonna be a home birth I needed to get my team together, through some research I was able to find Talena we hit it off pretty well and made sure that we had a game plan in place for me and my family. I think the way she really shined was when I went into labor she showed up help me set my area up supported my teenage daughter who also wanted to be apart of the birth process and also work closely with my midwife to make sure that my labor went smoothly my family and I will always be grateful for her help”— Crystal Hunter “Usually I’m not very comfortable with the first stages when my wife goes into labor and Talena was able provide the support that she needed. When she was called she was prompt respectful and never left my wife’s side diligent in her craft she was there when my wife needed her she gets 5 stars from me.” —Gerald Hunter
“Talena helped me get the birth I wanted, VBAC. I'm delighted to say, that with her motivation and help, we were successful! I can't imagine not having her there. She stayed positive and advocated for me when I needed it. Thank you so Much Talena.”
The Coyle Family
“Talena was such a huge help during my pregnancy, birth, and postpartum! I’m so glad I listened to a midwife’s recommendation to hire Talena. She has a passion and calling for being a doula assisting women achieve their birth goals and we are so happy she was on our birth team! She was with us our 4th pregnancy and during COVID-19 uncertain times and was always available and checking in on us. Having a doula was so important to me and thankfully our hospital allowed doula support because I couldn’t have achieved an unmedicated delivery without her! She was so helpful during my induction and after it failed helping me physically and emotionally. I had horrible back labor pains and she was amazing at alleviating them during each contraction without getting tired! She memorized my birth plan and followed everything I had mentioned I wanted to try during labor. She brought a bag full of tools that were very helpful during labor. If you’re looking for a doula who is supportive before, during, and after birth Talena is your doula!”