“Terra Peterson Jonker is Doula Of The Year in our eyes. My wife Laurie and I have recently adopted the baby of one of our family friends daughters. The birth mother lived with us for six weeks prior to the birth and for two weeks after. All three of us felt SO comfortable with Terra. It is very clear from our experience that this is not a job Terra does, but a passion she has for helping expecting families get exactly what that want during the birth experience. We all felt we were treated with incredible care, respect, and love. From the beginning, Terra started by asking what we were hoping for during the process, and then went above and beyond to help that come to fruition. We always felt comfortable asking quesions and seeking guidance. We did this before the birth via text, phone calls and emails. She was prompt in responding and always had the information we were seeking or found it for us quickly. During the labor process Terra was nothing but a rock star. She came to our home when we felt we needed the extra support, and guided us through delivery more than 24 hours later. Her soft but confident approach made us feel more safe and secure during labor. When we were anxious or feeling insecure, Terra was right there. It was comforting to look across the labor room and receive re-assuring looks or words of advice. After delivery, Terra came to our house again after a couple days to check in. She was able to answer all our new questions again. We feel like we started with a doula for support but ended with a friend or more so family. We cannot recommend Terra highly enough. She was simply awesome.”
“Terra offers you the care, kindness, strength, and the love you need during the adventure of labor. Her overall ambiance keeps you calm and focused yet empowered. The little things you and you loved one forget about during the craziness is taken care of when Terra is there. In fact, she will do and offer you options that never crossed your mind. You know those random questions you have at odd hours of the day/night, Terra will not only answer but give suggestions suiting to your personality. Having a doula like Terra should be a requirement for all pregnancies and labors. The support we received from Terra was more than we could have ever hoped for. More than we even thought we needed, until it came time to meet our little nugget. Doulas, like Terra, play such an important role in bringing your little one into the world. Choosing Terra as our doula was hands down the best choice we made for our pregnancy, labor, and birth.”
— Amanda and Ryan
“Terra attended the birth of my second child, Maya. From the very beginning of working with Terra she was so calm and supportive. I felt very comfortable speaking with her about my concerns and hopes for this delivery. My husband, who is generally skeptical of my "crunchy" holistic ideas, wasn't sure we needed a doula the second time around. After her birth he told me he was going to hire a doula for each of his siblings as a gift. He went on to praise her ideas for helping me through labor, stating that it took the pressure off him to know what to do and when to do it and he could just enjoy the experience. We both knew what I should have been doing, but it was so much easier not to think and to let someone else coach us through this. She was there to speak up when I couldn't or bring up things that I had spoke to her about but wasn't able to remember at the time, but also encouraged and supported me as I voiced my ideas and opinions to the medical staff. Terra's easy-going, calm and nurturing demeanor helped make this birth exactly what I needed after a very chaotic delivery with my first child. We are so thankful for her guidance and care during this delivery.”
“My experience with Terra was fantastic! Terra was a strong and confident doula, leader, and teacher. Her calming demeanor was reassuring. She helped me feel safe and secure when I was anxious. Terra was an excellent listener and provided knowledge and wisdom during our prenatal sessions that helped me prepare my body for labor and delivery. She answered my questions and provided helpful information when I was writing my birth plan. She taught me strategies for pain management that I could practice at home. Terra took time to get to know us and our hopes and dreams. She was always so respectful and kind. Terra was on call and prepared when I needed her. She even helped take care of my husband and reminded him to get food and to rest. She helped me manage my pain by guiding me to use the strategies I had learned and she even taught me new ones on the spot. Terra helped me stay calm and feel positive through difficult and unexpected situations. She worked well with all of the staff at the hospital to ensure that I was taken care of and that my wishes were always considered. Her postpartum check in visit was exactly what I needed. I was so impressed with Terra. I do not hesitate to recommend Terra as a doula.”
“I first met Terra when I was around 6 months pregnant, at a prenatal class called “All About Doulas” run by the Childbirth Collective at Blooma. My partner, Austin and I had been unsure about whether to hire one until Terra introduced herself to the class and our son began kicking me like crazy! After the class, we had coffee with her to get to know her better and were convinced she was right for us.
During the next few months, we met in person a few more times to introduce her to the rest of the birth team, practice pain management techniques that would be used during labor, and to set up a birth plan. On top of that, Terra was available 24/7 to answer calls or texts about my questions and concerns (and as an anxious expectant mother, that was extremely comforting!).
From 36 weeks until the actual birth date, I had 3 or 4 false labors and she coached me gracefully through each of them. Actual labor was no question though, as my water broke at 2am on my due date! As Austin and I had planned to labor at home alone for as long as possible, Terra came over around 8am and we spent the day going for walks, stretching/massaging through rushes, and actually having lots of fun.
Eventually it was time to go to the hospital, my rushes were much more intense and I was almost completely dependent on Terra to cope. She kept me focused and squeezed my hips through every rush of active labor/transition, what a saint! During pushing, I was in a birthing tub with Austin, and Terra was my grounding presence in the room.
Almost 3 hours later, our son came earthside into Austin’s arms.
This amazing woman is responsible for the birth of my son being the best day of my life. Without her I would not have laughed through rushes, I would not have refused chemical pain management, and I certainly would not have had the beautiful waterbirth I had hoped for. I am forever grateful to her for all that she has done for us. Love you Terra!