Birth Doula Services

Jennifer is a self-employed professional who provides the following services:

  • At least one prenatal visit to discuss your birth plan
  • Birth preparation handouts and resources
  • Phone and email support before and after birth
  • 24 hour a day on call service weeks prior to your expected due date
  • Continuous presence from early labor through 2+ hours after birth
  • Exclusive advocacy for you, not the doctor or hospital
  • Extended comfort measures including the use of my TENS unit
  • Breastfeeding support soon after birth
  • Record of labor progress and procedures
  • At least one postpartum visit in your home

About Jennifer

“I believe women are more powerful than even they recognize, and with proper labor support each birth experience will become a unique, loving event. I also understand that despite valiant efforts, things don’t always go as expected and laboring mothers manage pain in different ways. My role as a Birth Doula is to offer encouragement and reassurance so women can achieve their birth plans. Not only am I perceptive to your needs, but those of your partner, children, and family. I strive to minimize your pain and help labor progress while using all of my resources to assist this sometimes difficult, yet very natural process. Together we can create a positive, treasured memory!”

Jennifer has attended over 100 births including cesareans, twins, and VBAC’s. She regularly attends advanced doula trainings such as Traumatic Birth taught by Penny Simkin and recertified with DONA International and PALS Doulas in 2015. Other qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business, University of Washington
  • Stay at home mom with two vaginal births: Since 2001
  • Labor support training at Seattle Midwifery School: 2008
  • DONA International and PALS Doulas member: Since 2008
  • DONA International Certified Birth Doula: Since 2009
  • PALS Certified Birth Doula: Since 2009
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) device training: 2009
  • NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) Provider: Since 2014

Birth Doula Benefits

According to The 2012 Cochrane Database, women who have doula support are:

  • More likely to have shorter labors
  • More likely to give birth without pain medication
  • More likely to give birth vaginally and without vacuum or forceps
  • Less likely to feel a loss of control in labor
  • Less likely to have their newborn admitted to a special care nursery
  • Less likely to report negative feelings about their experience

There is also evidence that new mothers who use birth and postpartum doulas feel less anxious, have more confidence with their baby, and are more likely to be breastfeeding.

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“Birth is not only about making babies; it’s about making strong, competent, capable mothers.”

— Barbara Rothman