Jennifer Gray
Birth Doula

About Doulas

Commonly asked questions

What Is a Doula?

A Doula is a trained childbirth companion who:

  • Assists women and their partners preparing for childbirth.
  • Provides continuous emotional, informational, and physical support and comfort measures before, during, and just after labor and delivery.
  • Serves women in the immediate postpartum period to address concerns and assist them in processing their birth experience.

Why Have a Doula?

You may want to have a doula if:

  • You view the task ahead of you as both exciting and terrifying at the same time.
  • You want more out of your pregnancy and childbirth experience.
  • You see pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood as an opportunity for self-growth and discovery.

Benefits of a Doula

Evidence based and highly supported by research.

With continuous support from a Doula, women experienced:


decrease in the use of Pitocin


decrease in the risk of Cesarean


decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience


increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth


decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief


decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery


Supporting you from pregnancy to postpartum

Prenatal Care

  • Complimentary meet and greet to see if we are a good fit
  • 2 prenatal visits to discuss questions and/or concerns you may have as well as your birth wishes and vision
  • Unlimited support via text, phone or email throughout pregnancy

Continuous Labor Support

  • 24/7 on-call availability in the weeks surrounding your due date
  • Continuous labor support tailored to your particular needs and desires including physical comfort measures and emotional support

Postpartum Care

  • Up to two hours support immediately after birth to provide breastfeeding support and encourage bonding
  • One postpartum visit to check-in on your and baby's wellness and to assist you in processing your birth experience

Meet the Doula

Jennifer Gray


Serving the areas of DeKalb/Sycamore, Rockford, and Western Suburbs of Chicago

The growth, nurturing and beginning of a new life combined with the transformation that occurs in the heart and mind of a new parent have fascinated and awed me since my own first pregnancy and the birth of my son in 2016.

With a background in Mental Health and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I worked for the university’s counseling center, navigating the equal parts exciting and terrifying process of preparing for birth and my baby became a calling to help others do the same. In 2017, I completed my training and certification as a Birth Doula with DONA International. Since then, I have accompanied families in welcoming their children in a variety of birth settings; hospital births as well as homebirths and birthing center births, both under the care of midwives. Given my mental healthcare background, I have a particular passion for perinatal mental health support and education. Today, it is both an honor and a deeply felt calling of mine to educate and support families in perhaps the greatest transition of their lives…that of welcoming a new life! My hope is that each of my clients will look back on their birth experiences having felt safe and nurtured as well as strong, capable and emboldened to care for their children with the same ferocity with which they brought them into the world.

Between births you can find me reading, cooking, dancing with my two young children (who like a good beat as much as their mama), spending time with my sweet husband Caleb and our friends and enjoying life at home in Sycamore.

Contact Me

Consultations are always free!