Johanna was a god send for our family after having our second baby. We used her for overnight visits as we don’t do well with lack of sleep in our house. She was so helpful around the house helping us get chores done (while we slept!) and was so great with our newborn. It was such a blessing having her help in what is a special but challenging time in life. Her endless knowledge helped keep our stress and worries to a minimum and we always knew our baby was in good hands while we got some extra rest. We highly recommend Johanna to anyone who is looking for a doula!! - Trisha H.
It was absolutely wonderful having Johanna as our postpartum doula for our first week home from the hospital. We had a rough transition to a family of four that ended up as a struggle around our 3-year-old's bedtime, but Johanna's calm presence and gently offered advice helped us get through it. I'm a "doer," so struggled a bit to sit back and let someone else do the chores, but it was amazing and so helpful for the clean dishes to be put away, dishwasher reloaded, laundry done, and floor swept (and for me to have a chance to take a shower each day she came!). In the end, I was much more relaxed than if I'd tried to juggle those chores myself in between caring for the newborn and the preschooler. As much as Johanna helped with the practical things, I also found being able to just sit and talk and process things with her so valuable. We are considering hiring her for additional time after my husband goes back to work. I couldn't recommend Johanna more highly to anyone having a baby! - Alli R.
The Plan for Postpartum workshop was invaluable to myself and my husband as we imagine life with our first baby. I did not grow up around family who had young children and so my understanding of this unique time is limited. It was so helpful to step through the physical, mental, spiritual, and intimate challenges that arise in the fourth trimester. If anything, my only criticism is that I wish the workshop was longer -- I could have easily spent a half day, or a full day, working through the exercises and conversations Johanna brought up. I also appreciate Johanna's calm demeanor and the supportive environment that this workshop created as we begin to put in place what we need to make this new stage in life joyful. - Amy C.
I have had the pleasure of attending both the "Planning for Postpartum" workshop as well as the "Dream On: The Art and Science of Infant Sleep" course. Both of these courses were packed with opportunities for learning and exploration, as well as concrete tools for use to approach the challenges of the postpartum period and infant sleep. Johanna is knowledgeable and compassionate, and helps prepare parents for these major transitions without any bias or judgement. She meets you where you are at and helps you work to make a plan that will best support you and your family's lifestyle and preferences. As a soon to be second time parent, I know all to well the tendency to over prepare for labor and birth in our culture, but under prepare for the all consuming changes and challenges that the 4th trimester brings. These courses help bring awareness to new parents to be and offer practical solutions for tacking these transitions as a partnership. I highly recommend both courses to everyone, from first time to seasoned/experienced parents! - Grace S.
Her sleep class was awesome! Even as a second time mom I learned a lot about newborn sleep, what to expect, and how to get quality sleep as a new parent. Such a fun and engaging teacher who could answer my numerous questions with evidence-backed answers. Highly recommend learning from Johanna, and if I ever need a postpartum doula I know who I will go to first! - Zoe R.
Johanna provided postpartum support for my family after I had my baby and a subsequent appendectomy 3 weeks later. She helped get our house back in order and it just felt like such a necessary reset to get us back in the swing of things. Johanna is an extremely kind, gentle, and peaceful presence. I feel as though she truly enjoys everything she does for mamas, even picking up my used nursing pads and putting them in the laundry! You can feel the joy she has for caring for people in their postpartum time of need and it puts you at ease - particularly if you're someone who has a hard time asking for help or feel guilty having others do things for you. She's so authentically happy to help, it is refreshing and relaxing. Johanna is also incredibly easy to talk to and non-judgmental if you have any motherhood questions while she is there. - Becca D.
I recently attended Nested Mama’s Dream On workshop and have walked away with a new understanding of babies and their sleep. Johanna taught and presented material in such a way it was easy to understand. She was very professional in a way there was absolutely no judgement or bias. She presented evidence based material and really spent time explaining the importance of doing what’s right and comfortable for you and your family. I would highly recommend her services and classes to new and even seasoned moms and dads. - Kristi N.