I don’t usually do testimonials, but my doula Susan was so incredible that I absolutely must share my experience.
Early in my pregnancy I learned about doulas and with my personality I knew I wanted to have one attend my birth. I was high risk at the beginning so the birth center I wanted to attend couldn’t accept me which pushed me to deliver at Chester County Hospital instead. I wanted a natural unmedicated birth and knowing I’d be having a hospital birth it was even more important to find a doula. I researched doulas in the area and I honestly didn’t know if a doula would be feasible for us until I found Mothership. They were amazing and worth every penny and more! We attended a couple of their free classes and met with multiple doulas, this was wonderful, and I immediately felt I really connected with Susan’s personality. Move forwards a few months and here I was in labor. I called and was asked who I preferred and I said Susan and lucky for me she was available!!! She drove to me shortly after and helped me, alongside my husband, labor at home for over 7 more hours (ALL through the night) until she decided we really needed to leave for the hospital. With back contractions 2 min apart for what seemed like FOREVER, and a very loving but clueless-in-the-moment husband, she was my brain and my voice! She made the perfect call on when to leave for the hospital just by watching me and when we arrived our little guy was ready to be born! We actually had to wait on my doctor to arrive!
I have to add some of the reasons I loved Susan:
– She and my husband were a team. I made them work!! Every single contraction I needed both of them using counter pressure and they were both incredible working together.
– at home she sensed the baby was coming down crooked and tried to change my position (I wasn’t listening well at that point haha).. during delivery his shoulder got stuck a bit! I still can’t believe she could see that just from observing my contractions!!!
– she helped me manage my pain naturally and is the ONLY reason I was able to achieve an unmedicated birth
– she was SO calming through the entire thing! She was exactly the person I needed! My water broke and my husband was a bit panicked and started dressing me to leave for the hospital and she just asked us where we were going haha we didn’t leave for at least another hour or so.
Doulas are advocates for you during childbirth! They are so empowering! Susan was exactly what I needed in every way for the birth of my baby. I am teary eyed writing this because she helped me have the perfect birth that I envisioned for me and my little boy and I was able to leave the hospital after only a day because we were both doing so amazing. I would not have been able to labor for so long at home without her and I wouldn’t have been so blessed as to show up at the hospital ready to have a baby! We shocked all the nurses that night! Haha
I thank Mothership for providing me with such support prior to my labor, and I honestly can’t thank Susan enough for helping to give me the most incredible birth story that I share over and over again!!!!

Alysha Lewis, August 2014


I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with the service provided by Mothership in the service of being our Doula during the birth of my darling daughter.

Your service from start to finish had been exemplary and on a professional, knowledgeable, yet friendly and nurturing level that far exceeded my expectations.

Nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble to you and I felt unique, never feeling that I am just one of many clients that you have to deal with each day. From your arrival you were like an old friend with great natural birthing experience that provided wonderful support to me, my husband and even my daughter when she was born.

There were many supports you provided to us from the labor to post delivery that helped to create a wonderful birthing experience for me and my husband. Your thoughtfulness in bringing snacks, suggesting birthing positions during each stage, helping me during my contacting by providing physical and emotional support, providing information as to each stage purpose and length of the birthing process, reading my cues and preparing the room to suit my own comfort, tending to my physical needs such as hydration, being positive and encouraging with your words when I was tired, talking with the hospital staff, reminding me of my own inner strength as a women and mother-to-be, encouraging my husband and tending to his needs, teaching me how to breastfeed and visiting my home post-partum to make sure my little family was doing well all created a wonderful birthing experience. Your energetic, positive, yet calm and tranquil manner was perfect.

Especially, appreciated was your continued friendship and care to our family after our baby was born. You answered our questions, provided informational materials, provided baby wearing information and samples and much more.

In conclusion, I highly recommend your services to any mother-to-be and wish you best of luck in the future.

-Nanda, March 2013


When I met Jaclyn, I was 8 months pregnant and so unaware of so many things!! I didn’t even know where to start with questions to ask my practitioner and I hadn’t even considered a doula as an option. Jaclyn provided me with reading material to educate (my mind and my husband’s too) and make a confident and prepared birthing plan that WE were leading! After only one prenatal yoga session, I learned so much and felt confident (as confident as can be for a 1st time mom) to enter the birthing process….and to persevere in our natural labor and delivery. So thankful! I am now able to encourage other women to think critically about the beautiful process of childbirth, and I am so glad my path crossed Jaclyn’s (MotherShip) when it did!

-Jessica Wansley, Lancaster July 2012


Last year my body was screaming at me. My cycle was completely out of whack. I began working with Jaclyn Downs in August. Since that point, I am now down 60 pounds and my cycle is more regular than it has ever been in my life. She is awesome! I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to change. She does not push diets, but preaches true lifestyle changes that will last forever. Check her out, it has been truly life changing for my husband and I.


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