Testimonials

Homebirth

 “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

“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

“When I became interested in Reiki I was experiencing a loss of my voice literal and figuratively (spiritually & emotionally. I had experienced traumatic childhood abuse that had left me feeling without a voice. I learned about it through a friend and a short time later I met Jacquelyn.

“My Doula helped my partner and I to protect myself and my child physically and spiritually.
As a first time mom there were so many things I did not know during my pregnancy and my experience in the middle of a Pandemic.
I consider myself a smart, self sufficient, career driven individual with the ability to figure out most things but my experience and education did not prepare me for what I encountered during my pregnancy.
You see, my partner and I tried for two years to conceive a child and finally our prayers were answered. I was two months pregnant when I took the pregnancy test and we finally received a positive result.
 
 
At seven months of pregnancy I began to research more about pregnancy, symptoms, complications and testing and came across a couple of articles touching on the importance of having a doula as a minority. During a dinner with a family member I was given De La Luz Wellness contact information.
 
I immediately made a call and I will tell you it was the best decision I made to prepare myself for the rest of pregnancy and delivery. There was so much information I received from Jacque that strengthened my knowledge. She taught me how to have the courage to challenge and ask questions that were pertaining to my health and my child. She taught me to hold everyone accountable to supply me with information to make better decisions. Without that knowledge like so many other black mothers I would have been lost and excepted what doctors said not knowing I can always ask for clarity and more information or gain a second opinion.
 
By having my doula in my corner gave me the strength I need to protect myself and my child. The reality is, there are positive things that happen in hospitals concerning care and there are negative things. During my stay I encountered both negative and positive medical professionals but I was equipped with knowledge, strength and Wellness to all mothers in need of support throughout their pregnancy and post partum.
 
Jacquelyn THANK YOU, there no words to describe your dedication and support.”- C. Rants
 

“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 Reiki 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

 
“So much of my 37-hour home-birth is now a blur of pain and spirit. One thing I can remember with the most rooted gratitude and joy is Jacquelyn’s gentle, strong, ancient mother tree-like voice, exactly when I didn’t think I could: “Go Deep, Mama. Go Deep.” She reminded me of what I was doing amidst the uncertainty, the pain, the chaos. I am eternally grateful for Creator gifting me her presence at my birth. *(MOST) HIGHLY RECOMMEND* “💖🙏🏽🌟with Eutimia Cruz Montoya.
 

“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.

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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

 

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“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

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