It was such a privilege and honor working with you the other night! Megan did such an amazing job. She has so much to be proud of! She truly came around with accepting and digging in to the job that she had to do and she did it with such grace, power, and beauty. It never ceases to amaze me the power and strength that a woman has as she crowns and takes that final step into motherhood! Truly amazing!!!!J
Thanks again for all of your help!
Mary Schroeder CNM, MSN, WHNP
North County Health Services
February 26, 2012
I really can't thank you (and my hubby) enough for helping me through the labor and delivery of our beautiful daughter. We are so in love with her. Even though I was induced, you helped me thru the natural birth I wanted with no pain meds! The hospital staff seemed amazed and I was up and walking around right after you left. Our family keeps commenting on how alert Brie is... I think it has something to do with this natural birth! It's funny how you really do forget so much of what goes on during labor, so the birth notes and pictures you took are awesome to have. We think you're the best Jo!!!
Heather, Kyle & Brie
It was great to see you. Thanks so much for the photos and the birth notes. It is so great to have a record of what happened. I was surprised to see the timing of certain things. Some seemed much longer and some much shorter!
Thanks again for all your care. We feel blessed to have found you!
Heidi and Dave
Thank you so much for everything you did to help bring Tyler into this world. Your advice, kindness and support meant the world to us. It was a great comfort to know that you were helping us to achieve the natural childbirth we had hoped for. You will always be a part of the most special day of our lives.
Patty and Dan
I wanted to tell you personally that I am so happy you were there with us and was so impressed with how calm, comfortable, supportive and professional you were. I am even happier when I think that you experienced a birth unlike the many you have helped with in the past, and now you can use that experience to help other moms and dads who might experience a story similar to ours. I can see why you love your job - you really make a difference!
Congratulations, Veda, on your new-baby-on- the-way!
We LOVED, loved, loved our doula, Jo Kilburn. We actually found her because she taught our HypnoBirthing class, which was also fabulous. I interviewed another couple of doulas while we were deciding, but we came back to Jo because we loved her gentle and professional manner, knew that she understood our Hypnobirthing approach, and we had developed a rapport with her through our classes.
I'm not sure of her experience at Sharp Mary Birch or with high-risk deliveries, but she was wonderful in every way for our unmedicated natural birth at Scripps Memorial. And, as you're looking for, she has vast experience with hypnosis techniques for birthing.
I've said many times that I don't know how we would have had such a beautiful birth without her guidance, care and support. I'd recommend her any day of the week!! Her website (which includes her contact details) is http://www.precious birth.com/ .
All the best in finding a wonderful doula and best wishes for your upcoming birth and new baby's surgery.
On Yahoo Group, San Diego Natural Families
Jo was amazing, everything I hoped for in a doula. Jo gave me her all, she was there for me emotionally, physically and had sincere compassion. She was in for the long haul, my labor was almost 30 hours before my baby James arrived. Jo took the time to get to know me and my husband, Dave, and attended my check-up appts the last couple weeks of my pregnancy. Jo is a very warm person, very easy to be around and share things with. She has the nurturing side to her that allowed me to feel like I truly was being taken care of in a place I'd never been before. She was strong and loving through and through for me and Dave. She spoke on my behalf when needed and helped me deal with a very traumatic birth. She was and is simply amazing. I would want all women who are searching for a certified doula (and loving and compassionate) to hire Jo Kilburn. Without a doubt, she is everything wonderful and all about helping to provide women with "a precious birth" experience.
With love and a great big THANK YOU....
Diana Marie Young
Thank you for your kind words and inspiration during pregnancy. I can't believe I am just days away from meeting Baby Bruce! You really are a trooper and I admire your passion for the birthing world and for women. I can still remember the first time I spoke with you by phone clear as day. A calm, collected, thoughtful, caring, wise, and passionate woman was the image painted in my mind. I remember calling Chad, saying I found our doula! Sincerely, you go above and beyond for your "Mamas" and I feel so confident in your care. I am so looking forward to sharing such a sacred day in one's life with you."
"Jo was a tremendous resource for my pregnancy and birth - her loving support and wisdom radically changed the birth of my son in a positive way and made my experience one without regret. Her ability to radiate calmness as well as empowerment made her an excellent resource and inspiration. We feel so blessed to have found her and are so appreciative of all that she did for us. Can't wait to have another baby!"
"Dear Jo; Thank you for the lovely sentiments and card you left for me at Scripps. It is always such a pleasure to have the extra hands, eyes, and compassionate care of a well-trained and well-intentioned doula. I was so sorry I missed the birth, but ecstatic to know they delivered vaginally. Such a loving family! I have never heard the words "I love you" exchanged so many times in one shift. In fact, hearing it at all is rare.
I would absolutely love to be your guest in attending some of your HypnoBirthing classes. I'll look into the schedule dates as you mentioned, then I'll get back to you and let you know the ones I can attend. It's very nice of you to do this. Thank you."
Sincerely, Carolyn Eoff
Grateful L&D R.N.
"We are so thankful that Jo attended the birth of our son . We knew that we wanted a doula who was familiar with hypnobirthing, and Jo was perfect, as she was also our hypnobirthing instructor! Since this was our first child and we had no family nearby, it was so reassuring to be able to share our birthing experience with Jo. Her comforting yet confident demeanor made us feel as prepared as possible, and was especially appreciated when we had to make some important decisions during labour. We can't wait to have her as our doula again!"
"We want to send our many, many thank yous to you Jo, our wonderful doula and coach for all you did and for the person you were at our birth, before and after. Jason and I felt so at ease, at peace and comfortable with you at our sides during our journey. Your loving spirit was exactly what we needed and your guidance was a godsend. We feel extremely blessed to have had you with us at Daisyís birth."
With much love and thanks,
Meredith, Jason and Lily
Hi Jo, Thanks so much for being here, you were such a wonderful asset to our birth. You took on a role that we didnít think would be needed and it was such a benefit to me and Cliff. Thank you, Thank you. We look forward to seeing your pictures.
"Thank you so, so much for all the love, encouragement and support throughout the pregnancy and of course labor. You truly have a gift at being a doula, and I feel lucky to have had you present at both my babies births."
By KJ. Yuma, Arizona. February 06
"Jo Kilburn came to the birth of my son as my friend and as my doula. It was a magical experience - not easy but magical. Her experience and training were invaluable throughout my labor,birth and recovery. Jo has a wonderfully maternal air - calm, reassuring, wise and joyous. She's mothering without being smothering! Throughout the years, I've found Jo to be a devoted friend, an excellent listener and a truly compassionate soul. This is who she is all the time and whatever she does."
By MG, Genoa, Nevada. July 05
"I'm glad I used HypnoBirthing, I know it helped a lot. And I'm also so glad we used the help of our doula extraordinaire Jo, she was a wonderful support. "
By LS, San Diego, CA. July 05
Jo, I just wanted to tell you how much it means to me that you offered your services at my baby's birth. Even if it happens at a time when you're gone, just having your good energy and wishes has restored some of my inner strength that I felt I'd lost. I feel blessed to have met you, and to have learned from you!
Thanks for everything!
By L.O. expecting mom 8.05