My name is Jenny Putnam, and I’m a DONA-certified full spectrum birth doula serving the north shore of Massachusetts and coastal New Hampshire. My interest in supporting laboring women goes back many years. While living in California in the mid-1990s, I acted as labor companion for a pair of close friends who were expecting their first child. I found the experience incredibly powerful and uplifting. It literally changed my life, and pursuing a career in birth support became a long-harbored dream of mine.
My own son’s birth in 2005 added a completely different perspective to my experience. After a bout with breast cancer and struggling with infertility, I eventually got pregnant with the help of a medicated IUI and went on to have a mostly complication-free pregnancy. It wasn’t until I found myself in the birthing suite, faced with questions for which I had no answers, that I realized the critical importance of in-depth prenatal education and a plan to cope with labor, especially for first-time parents. My son was born vaginally, with no complications, but my experience of his birth left me feeling frustrated and unhappy with myself and my choices. This strengthened my resolve to help others avoid a similar situation.
I’m honored to support my clients in achieving their ideal birth experience.