“I am a full spectrum doula that came to Jacquelyn feeling unprepared to go out and do the work. After working with her I felt empowered, educated and excited to get started. Going through Spirit Song De La Luz mentorship, I gained the sense of what direction I wanted to focus on and actually learned a little more about myself.
This mentorship not only provided me with a mentor but a lifelong friend and a great connection to the new world of Doula I was entering in. Jacquelyn helped me to truly see what I bring to the table and cultivating them to be huge assets when meeting with clients and how to run my business.
I’m grateful for the connections I’ve gained working with Jacquelyn and the avenues it has led me in my journey. I would recommend this mentorship to anyone who has the basic knowledge of being a Doula but not sure how to really get out and start the work.”-Krys F,
“Where to begin. Talking about Jackie, words honestly fail because she has become such a big part of our family. She is just absolutely incredible. I remember when I was looking for a birth doula when we found out that I was pregnant, I was like, I needed somebody that will understand that I want this to be Christ-centered. I want a supernatural experience. I want this to be spirit led. And when I say Jackie is the support I never knew I needed.
She is kind, she’s patient, she’s loving, she’s a well of knowledge. When she was supporting me physically and emotionally, everything just came so naturally for her. Like, she just has this quiet, gentle spirit, but she’s a quiet storm meeting her. I am so grateful that our paths crossed because I wanted a vaginal birth, an unmedicated vaginal birth, and I don’t think I would have been able to go through no, I know I would have been able to go through it without her.
I love how she got my husband involved, how she got my mom involved with the comfort measures, because I was like, I just want my body to just do what it needs to do. And she supported that decision. She was like, you want unmedicated? Let’s work towards that. And she just worked with our birth plan. And I’m just so grateful that we got to meet her.
And I remember when I gave birth to our baby and I was just so emotional because I’m like, we can’t stop here. I need this journey with us to continue because I was just not ready to let her go. She is a powerhouse. She is just so incredible. She held my hand through it all, from pregnancy till now, actually. And when I say she’s holding my hand, she held my hand literally when I was delivering my baby, and it was just so beautiful.
And I remember she was reading my affirmations to me….when they say somebody understood the assignment, she understood the assignment, and she allowed God to work through her, which is exactly what I needed.
God knew exactly what I needed when he brought Jackie into my life. And I’m just forever grateful for her. We love you so much, Jackie, and we thank you. We are forever grateful. You are a part of our family, and if we ever decide that we’re going to have another one, we know exactly where to go.
Without a doubt, she is, like, number one in that birthing room because the experience was just supernatural. It was everything that I prayed for and dreamed of and more. And when I mean more, he just delivered and I am lost the words because I just love Jackie, and she’s a big part of my life now, and I’m forever grateful. Thank you, Jackie.”-K.M.
“I first discovered De La Luz Wellness (Jacquelyn) on Instagram! I found out about her right on time because I had just moved to Maryland and was terrified of finding a good birthing team due to the current maternal statistics for black expectant mothers. From our first session , we instantly clicked. My husband and I both took a liking to her, she provided various resources , was sooo welcoming , friendly , positive, relatable, and passionate.
She definitely pours her heart into her work and you can tell this is her passion and purpose. I unfortunately went into preterm labor, so I didn’t get to work directly with her during labor, but she was and is a great source of support for my postpartum care. I would highly recommend Jacquelyn for your care, she is reliable and trustworthy. Book her now!”-I. Owens
“Where to begin. Words to describe our new-life journey, from my support partner role, are tough to capture. Jackie provided so much for us, this will be just a glimpse. Thankfully, Jackie helped to make our story full of beautiful moments and fond memories to recall. For our third child, we sought out a different, more intentional approach than prior pregnancies.
Learning new ways to grow empowerment and agency from the very beginning. The joys, loss, and lessons in life gave us confidence in our abilities, but also an understanding for support building and finding the right help for us. Our goal was a healthy delivery, but also a more full experience, with higher expression, connection, and manifestation.
We determined that doula guidance was the best way to proceed. After combing the web, asking for referrals, and searching social apps, we were delighted to find Jackie. Jackie particularly fit well with us because of her insight, background, and expertise with black maternity issues.
She understood the power and value of the black mothers voice, and natural techniques that we have used for many years. It also sealed the deal that Jackie’s communication was professional, warm, genuine, and hilarious at times. Jackie balances listening and coaching better than most in healthcare related fields.
Meetings with Jackie were informative, reassuring, and therapeutic. What also stood out to me personally was Jackie’s writing and ranges of ways to transfer knowledge and expertise. I truly enjoyed articles, blog posts, social media, YouTube, and her companion study book. Specifically from a support partner perspective, I didn’t expect so much of attention and investment throughout the journey.
I’ve always wanted the mom to get all the help possible and my role would be to assist in any way. Jackie brought some clarity and helped me to understand better that I need support, to give support more fully. Mindfulness techniques, labor strategy, exploration, and self knowledge were very present themes in our conversations.
Jackie’s approach understood what we needed individually and collectively to help make this a unique, growth experience. We put together a solid plan and accepted the suspense of delivery day with a peace and resolve that was surreal. When showtime started, we felt awake and presence of mind to accomplish the primary goal, as well as savor and take control of the moment.
Afterwards, we kept touch, and laughed with Jackie, at how our connection seemed to have a greater alignment. Jackie was the a perfect match for us, just at the perfect time, and we would strongly encourage family and friends to consider reaching out.”-J. S
“Jacque was exactly who she said she would be during my hospital delivery. She held space for me and my family and supported us through words, touch, and energy! Her calm nature was reassuring. She helped show my husband how to physically support me through labor pains and ensured he had his space. She was also professional and worked well with the hospital staff. We are forever grateful!”- J. Watanuki
“De La Luz delivered phenomenal postpartum care for me and my family. Not only is Jacqueline a baby whisperer by nature she is knowledgeable, warm, intuitive, caring, and a delight to have in the home. The immediate postpartum period is such a delicate time and it’s so important to receive adequate support.
As a first time mom I felt so supported and reassured by her. Not to mention some much needed naps while she took care of the baby! Her comprehensive care was outstanding and I recommend you take her up and everything she has to offer! “-A.Blue
“Choosing Jacquelyn to be our Doula was one of the best decisions my husband and I could have made. Finding out we were pregnant for the first time ever and with twins was exciting, yet terrifying. We knew that we needed much guidance and support through this new journey and Jacquelyn was that for us and much more.
I experienced a high risk, complicated pregnancy and often times was met with the medical team trying to make decisions for me or being dismissive. Jacquelyn, however provided my husband and I with the tools/resources/ and education necessary to make sound decisions. She empowered us to find our voice and speak to what we wanted.
I felt seen and heard with Jacquelyn. She was like our fairy God doula lol, our saving grace. Also her expertise on Black maternal health made me feel safe. I knew that my feelings and emotions would always be valid with her and that I could voice any concerns without fear of being judged or dismissed, she listened.
Jacquelyn gave us a safe space to express ourselves authentically about all things baby and not lol. We were guided emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically, she was very in tune with us. Not only did we discuss the process of pregnancy and birth but she also reminded us to continue to nurture our relationship which was so necessary. At times being faced with so many challenges, that was the last thing on our mind.
Through the use of journal prompts, zoom sessions, constant check-ins and reminders to go on dates and communicate, she helped us to water our foundation. We were a unit that was able to face anything that came our way. Lastly the postpartum care I received was exceptional.
The fourth trimester is not discussed enough and although Jacquelyn and I discussed it, I was prepared mentally as much as I could be but my body was in shock. Recovery from pregnancy, and giving birth through C-section was very challenging. Although she could not be in the room with me during my C-section she was right by my side immediately after.
She helped my husband and I meditate, breathe, balance and take in the moment. She made sure I remained hydrated and paid attention to my needs, checked in with how we were feeling and helped us advocate for things we wanted and needed in the moment.
She also provided a postpartum massage which was everything. It brought back circulation to my body after being in a hospital bed for so long and helped with my swollen feet and draining my lymphatic system. This is something every mama needs, it was the care I didn’t know I needed.
While I recovered at the hospital Jacquelyn prepared delicious, nutritious and hearty meals that she froze and stock piled for me. It felt great to just sit back and focus on healing without having to worry about cooking etc. I felt loved and nurtured during my healing process. She was part of our village. I would recommend Jacquelyn’s services to all mamas and couples, you will not be disappointed. Let her be a chapter in your birth story.” D.D-Garcia
“Jacquelyn was so warm and kind at a time that I needed it most. Her spirit genuinely seeks to serve in the healing process that my children and I need. My session has helped me in my daily practice to ground and bring peace to my day. Thank you so much!!!”-M. Searcy
“Absolutely incredible. She was nothing less than critical as a physical, emotional, and spiritual liaison during the labor process. All kinds of support for both me (the father) and the Momma.
5/5, 100%, everything you could ever ask for. Seriously, could not rate higher.”– Ryan Foo
“Throughout the whole laboring process without having pain medicine Jacquelyn was very attentive and was able to really read my needs and energy. She was perfect in her approach and knew just the right things to say to me and really helping me to go to another level of mental fortitude to push past the pain.
We finished off my postpartum care with a Hamam ceremony, where I felt like utter royalty. She made my house so serene, relaxed and majestic. It was really an amazing way for her to honor me as a new, exhausted, hungry, sore, breastfeeding mother.
I truly felt like royalty and would implore any woman having given birth to acquire these services and allow ourselves as the mother to be nurtured. Although my birth did not happen in the birthing center where I so badly desired it to. The Hamam ceremony really made up for that.
I am so grateful that through my experience and having used Jacquelyn’s services that my birth experience was more than pleasant. I desire birthing more children and am insistent Jacquelyn helps me. I will forever be grateful for this and fortunate to have not only gained a wonderful member to my wellness team but a friend and sister.”- R. Heru-Cole
Hospital Birth Support
“I will start off by saying any further children I have, Jackie will most certainly be my doula. I knew from our first conversation that I wanted to work with her and become apart of the De La Luz Wellness family.
I felt like she was in perfect alignment with my values, spiritually aligned with my birthing plan. This was my second pregnancy that I was very adamant that I wanted to deliver naturally. Not knowing what I was walking into, Jackie made sure I was prepared in not only delivering a healthy baby but also making sure I knew ways to advocate for myself during my pregnancy at every doctors appointment- especially when I was having kidney issues that continued to be dismissed as nothing.
Jackie has truly become family to me- talking to her through my PPD and all of my emotional waves during my pregnancy even the day I went into labor has been so helpful. I believe anyone who is drawn to her is for a reason that should be listened to.
Her support after delivery has never wavered in any way which has been a blessing. Not everyone understands PPD, advocating for yourself and although while preparing to bring new life in the world and after , how important it was to continue to work on my mental and emotional health. Jackie, Ju and I are forever grateful for you. Thank you for allowing us to be apart of your family and being apart of ours.”- Charlie Rose