Rebecca B.

Your birth story is something you want to look back on with pure joy. You want to continue to relive it because it was so awesome. You want to force your husband to talk about it over and over and over. You want the best people surrounding you.
Even as I am writing this, I’m choking up at the good fortune I had when I found Jen. There is no other person that I would have wanted by my side. Jen was able to get me to focus through the contractions and I will always remember her voice in my ear telling me to “grrrrr” through the pushing. She knew all of my intentions and wishes and communicated them like they were her own when I was unable to do so. She explained things for us as they were happening in terms we could understand. And she didn’t leave my side after the baby was born. She helped baby latch, made sure I continued to eat and drink and in general was extremely attentive and intuitive to my needs. I didn’t even realize that was something I wanted until it happened. I will always look back and fondly think of her and the presence she had in our birth experience.

Kristen W.

Jen Jester is truly gifted, and we were blessed to have her by our side for the birth of our daughter.  I was immediately drawn to her quiet strength and felt so comfortable with her.  Our meetings with her prior to birth were so helpful-she gave us tips on how to loosen and align my body, which made me so much more comfortable through the later parts of my pregnancy.  She helped my husband and I talk through what was most important to us for our birth.  During labor, Jen’s strong but calming presence helped me focus on breathing through contractions and relax my body.  My husband commented that as soon as Jen arrived during active labor, my emotions and body visibly relaxed and refocused.  In fact, I was so relaxed that we didn’t have time to get to the hospital as planned, and Jen delivered our daughter at home!  She was assertive but so gentle with me, empowering me to have the natural childbirth we had wanted, even when I thought I couldn’t do it.  Although a home delivery was not planned, I wouldn’t have had it any other way and I was never worried.  My recovery was so much faster and easier than with my previous hospital birth, and Jen was a wonderful resource with texts and visits after my daughter was born.  Jen is so knowledgable and connected through the natural birthing community in St. Louis.  If we have more children, I would definitely plan a home birth with Jen there to guide us through.  She was such a blessing for us, and we can’t thank her enough.

Rebecca M.

Jen made our birth goals possible in the most gentle and informed way. She spoke our language- fluently!- guiding us to some amazing resources so that I could do the homework I felt so compelled to do in entering this new world. She validated my concerns while smoothly guiding me in the direction she knew I needed to go in order to feel confident in my decisions. She helped me find my intuition! Jen is direct, yet gentle. Well-studied, yet intuitive. Loving, yet professional. Her prenatal and postpartum care got me through the most surprising and confusing days of my life. She was our rock during labor and delivery, empowering my partner in his own role as birth coach, just like we wanted, and helping us add a kick-butt home birth to our list of accomplishments! I feel secure in my ability to mother and love my sweet baby while also taking care of myself. Thinking of going through this without her freaks me out! Pick Jen!

Lauren C.

Jen was with me even before my pregnancy. She was fantastic. She was always easy to talk to, understanding and empathetic.  During my birth, she was just the voice i needed to hear. Very calming and encouraging.  I would highly recommend her to anyone during their pregnancy and birth!

Kate S.

[Jen] has a meaningful connection to the community, a non-judgmental, yet evidence-based approach to care, a reputation for providing a superior level of support, oh! and when she talks about birth – she lights up like a Christmas tree!

Lauren T.

There was a point where I looked at her and Said ‘I can’t do this’,  she pulled me in, looked me straight in the eyes and said ‘You already are and you are doing fantastic.’ (along with much more). However, it was like I was standing at the edge of a cliff and she was able to calm me down and bring me back, so I could focus and somehow, I found the strength. I remember feeling so pumped and encouraged after her words of wisdom. My birth experience changed my life & my husband’s life. It was truly one of the best days of my life and I know and feel so grateful that Jen was the reason. I will remember that experience for the rest of my life.

Sara N.

“She is fierce yet gentle. She has an intuition about her to guide you along your journey. She knows just what to say or do to help you achieve the birth you’re looking to have. She was with me in every moment, every contraction to keep me moving towards my goal.”

Debbie P.

“She has a confident peace that made me feel at ease. She supported me during my pregnancy, answered questions, and changed the way I felt about my body. My husband loved having Jen because he felt like the pressure was off of him to be everything I needed while still having his own experience.”

Brooke H.

“I received Jen’s care when I went into labor when my midwife was not available. Even though I hadn’t worked with Jen my whole pregnancy, I immediately felt comfortable with her. The day I went into labor, Jen constantly stayed in contact with me, giving me support, guidance and so much information. During my homebirth, Jen was incredible. She was everything I needed her to be. I was able to do things my way with her gentle guidance. I felt so comforted knowing she was there. When I thought I couldn’t go on, she helped me realize I could. She was so patient and knowledgeable. She even took the time to lay out my placenta and explain it to my children. Jen also came back for a couple of follow up visits. She was so thorough, comforting…basically, she is amazing in every way and I cannot recommend her enough.”

Dana J.

“As a birth photographer, I’ve witnessed Jen in action on numerous occasions, as well as having her in attendence at my own daughter’s birth. Time and again, I see Jen hone in on exactly what each individual mama needs during their birth journey and meet them exactly where they are with the precise support that they require – whether that be hands-on physical support, choices to feel informed and empowered, or emotional support to make it through one more contraction. She is an incredible presence of calm, confident wisdom in the birth space and brings strength, courage, and peace to each of the families that she serves. When necessary, she asks tough questions and empowers parents to make their own informed choices for their birth experience. Throughout the entire birth journey, she is an invaluable source of knowledge, wisdom, warmth, and kindness for the families she serves. If you have even an ounce of doubt about whether to hire her, let me assuage that by saying that she is one of the most important investments you can make in your once-in-a-lifetime birth experience.”