For the Love of Laina

For the Love of Laina



When my family first moved to Baton Rouge, LA at the end of summer 2013, I needed to rebuild my business in a new city.  I ran a special for Fresh48 sessions and April Blackburn was the first to reply and book a session with me.   April’s session really stands out because I got lost and ended up being late!  I was so stressed and worried; this was my first client in a new town and I was screwing it up!    The session went great and April loved her images.  I also know April through our local online Facebook groups and attending several of our Baton Rouge ICAN meetings together.  See her Fresh48 session here:  



This past weekend, the Blackburn family received some terrible news.   On August 21, sweet Laina, was diagnosed with Pre B Cell Leukemia. She is undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.  They live about 2 hours from Children’s Hospital New Orleans, no family locally and Laina has an older brother as well. Their needs will be significant and they will need support and prayers.







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SpinningBabies!! | Baton Rouge, LA Doula & Birth Photographer

SpinningBabies!! | Baton Rouge, LA Doula & Birth Photographer

Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting and attending a SpinningBabies workshop with Tammy Ryan, the same trainer that held my DONA training in 2013. We had a wonderful turnout with doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, chiropractors,  a lovely nurse from Touro in New Orleans, and SIX OB’s from Associates in Women’s Health!  We all had a wonderful day of learning how SpinningBabies movement and techniques can work before and during labor.   If you have an opportunity to host or attend a workshop in your area, DO IT!  Sure, you can get the information online but attending, practicing, and connecting with others is so much better.

Thank you for all that attended and made it such a wonderful day!!

All images are copyright of Jennifer Wakefield of My Doula Heart Birth Services.  Images may not be copied, printed, or used for any purpose without written permission. 




09wBelly Mapping

14wRebozo Sifting 

18wForward Leaning Inversion 



27wSidelying Release


35wShake the apple tree






44wStanding Sacral Release


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Haven Ella  | Baton Rouge, LA Birth Doula and Photographer

Haven Ella | Baton Rouge, LA Birth Doula and Photographer

I was contacted in December 2014 by Kim. She was looking for a birth doula to support her and her husband through their birth experience, and a photographer to document it. We met at a local coffee shop and hit it off.  It fills my heart with joy knowing that they trusted me to be a part of their birth team.


The Birth of Haven Ella from Jennifer Wakefield on Vimeo.

Which Photography Session do I Book?  | Baton Rouge, LA Birth Doula and Photographer

Which Photography Session do I Book? | Baton Rouge, LA Birth Doula and Photographer

So you know you are wanting to hire a professional photographer, but which session do you choose?!  I’m here to break down the different types for you. 


Birth Photography

Birth photography sessions are a one shot deal, no do-overs.  As a birth photographer, I stay on-call for you just as a doula or midwife would.  We will have one casual prenatal visit to go over exactly what shots you are wanting photographed, what images you do not want photographed, and any special moments with family or friends you’d like.  We discuss your current and previously – if any – pregnancy history, to help guide when I should join you in labor or adjust my on-call times. While we always hope your birth will go exactly as you’d like, emergency situations are also discussed so that I can capture as much as possible and within your comfort limits.




Fresh48 Photography

Fresh48 sessions take place within 48 hours of birth during daytime hours.  Many parents want professional photos of their new baby to share as soon as possible, but aren’t comfortable with a photographer present at birth and Fresh48 sessions are perfect.  They are shot as a lifestyle session and capture parents bonding and feeding, and changing baby.  If there are other family members present, some photos are taken with them, but the main focus is baby, lasting about an hour.





Newborn Session Photography 

Newborn sessions take place typically before baby meets 14 days old in your home.  Newborn sessions are posed, lifestyle, or a mix of both and will sometimes involve a few shots with parents or siblings, lasting about 2-3 hours.


World Doula Week 2015!

World Doula Week 2015!

world doula week

World Doula Week begins with World Doula Day on March 22nd and will go through March 28th annually.   March 22  was chosen because it is the spring equinox, which represents the return of fertility in countless cultures.  Read more here.
My journey as a birth professional began in 2010 as a birth photographer.  I absolutely LOVED my ‘job’, but I was lacking something.  Two wonderful and amazing doulas encouraged me to attend DONA training in 2013; I was hesitant but went and there was no turning back!  I’m now able to balance both hands on doula work or quietly documenting a clients beautiful birth.  
Because I am SO incredibly grateful to all my clients that allow me to do what I love – doula, photography, and encapsulation – I am giving away FOUR amazing prizes for #WorldDoulaWeek!  Enter for yourself, your friends or just support by sharing!  
Don’t forget to Pin and Share with #WorldDoulaWeek !  GOOD LUCK!!


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Prizes include: 1 birth planning & comfort measures visit ($200 value); gift card towards one placenta encapsulation service ($225 value); gift card towards one fresh48 session ($500 value)

Winner must be delivering in the Baton Rouge area. Travel fees may apply for Birth Planning & Comfort Measures visit if outside of the Baton Rouge area. Prizes cannot be exchanged for monetary value.

Three winners will be chosen on 3/29/15 and announced on my blog and Facebook page.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email!