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Looking for a Seattle Doula?

Your birth and the precious newborn period is a story waiting to be written.

This story will be unique and all your own.

Doula Jen has joined with another experienced, professional doula at Seattle Doulas. Together we have 24 years of combined experience and have attended over 600 births.

Please visit SeattleDoulas.com

I continue to provide postpartum doula services and private, in home childbirth education classes.

It may be all that you had hoped for and dreamed. It could also present obstacles and challenges you feel ill prepared to manage alone. Imagine having an outside perspective, a woman who has both experienced and been trained to handle the demands of birth and the postpartum period. My desire is to help your family gain confidence, provide encouragement and walk alongside you on this journey into parenthood.

I believe that an understanding of the birth process coupled with support alleviates fear, encourages a peaceful birthing atmosphere, and leads to optimal baby / family attachment.

In the weeks following birth when uninterupted sleep is a distant memory, I am the breath of fresh air that provides both emotional and physical support. Need a shower? I’ll hold the baby. Questions about normal newborn behaviors? I can fill in the blanks.

Many of us are transplants to Seattle and lack the support and care of family nearby.   I can provide the knowledgeable support of mother / sister / friend.

Free Doula Consultation.

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Birth Doula Services

  • Complementary interview in your home or local coffee shop
  • 1 prenatal visits to discuss your desired birth experience, help writing or reviewing your birth plan, discussion of your hopes, fears, and desires for labor and parenthood.
  • Discussion of what to expect and how to prepare for not only labor but the transition to parenthood including newborn and mother care.
  • Access by phone or email during your “due time”.
  • Physical and emotional support during labor and the immediate postpartum.
  • A meeting in your home postpartum to discuss your birth and support your transition, providing information or resources as needed.

Cost: $1400

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Postpartum Services

 

  • Breastfeeding or bottle support.
  • Emotional support, assurance of normal newborn traits, discussion of the healing process taking place in a woman’s body.
  • Tangible physical help: baby care while parents nap, eat, or shower!
  • Light household chores, meal preparation
  • Newborn care assistance (swaddling, soothing techniques, baby bathing)
  • Suggestions for helping your family transition well.

Prices: $38 /hr daytime, 2 hr. minimum.

42/hr. overnight, 8 hr. minimum

Gift Certificates available.

 

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Testimonials

Jen was a wonderful addition to my birth experience with my second baby, Luke. My first birth had been very difficult and emotional (preemie with an emergency c-section). Jen sat and talked with me in our initial meetings and really helped me process my feelings, and prepare for Luke’s birth, and reassured me that every birth experience is unique and helped me feel more in control. During labor, she was a calm and friendly presence, and walked the halls with me during induction. After Luke was born, I was a little “out of it”, but Jen made sure to get Luke latched and nursing and while everyone was focused on me, she made sure to keep Luke nursing rather than in his crib. Honestly, I credit her with helping him nurse from day one.

Jen was an amazing source of support in the days prior to delivery, and during my induction and eventual c-section. She was able to help me when my husband was resting or checking in with our toddler, and was easy to chat with during our long walks around the halls. My husband also found her easy to talk with, and appreciated having her with us. Her presence made Luke’s birth a positive experience, and I really feel that she helped me come to peace with some of the emotions I had surrounding my first birth experience.

Michelle Farris

I’ve had the honor of observing Jen in multiple birth settings.  She has a very intuitive, personal manner that she uses to serve laboring women and their partners.  It is obvious that she has much experience in labor support.  Jen knows how to help a woman feel safe when met by a challenging labor and is incredibly calm in the event of complications or emergencies. Any couple who has the honor of her doula services will appreciate her stamina, knowledge and her witty sense of humor.
Mel Parsons, LM Midwife Seattle

When I was asked what I needed or how I envisioned our birth, I mentioned a “sense of humor”. You , my dear, were a perfect fit! Thank you for your positive energy and light heartedness. And thank you for being a part of a fabulous team during my amazing birth experience.

Thanks for the awesome role you played in Judah’s birth. Your encouragement, comfort, and hard work were so appreciated. We so appreciated your magic touch with the baby and perfect swaddle!

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A Doula is

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Postpartum Doula

  • Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
  • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
  • Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.

(adapted from the DONA website)

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Contact Jen

Email : jen@doulajen.com

Phone: (206) 434-2508

Please contact me for a FREE no obligation meet and greet.

I am a resident of Northeast Seattle. I serve the greater Seattle area and the Eastside.

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About Jen

My journey into work as a doula is the culmination of life experiences and a passion for supporting and resourcing people. I worked for a nonprofit organization for 13 years during which time I traveled the globe extensively. During my early years of motherhood I became the person others turned to for support and advice for pregnancy and baby care. In an effort to explore using these skills professionally, I completed Doula training for both birth and postpartum in 2007 at the Simpkin Center for Birth at Bastyr University in Seattle.

After working as a doula for a time, I decided to further pursue working in maternity care by attending midwifery school. I studied midwifery at a university in New Zealand as well as in the United States. I feel my education has given me a unique physical and psychological understanding of the mechanisms of birth. In addition, I have extensive experience educating women during pregnancy, supporting women in labor, caring for women and newborns postpartum, as well as cesarean delivery and postpartum care.

I am the mother of three elementary age children who were born close together, 3 in 4 years! I have birthed babies in 2 different countries (the USA and New Zealand), experienced a full range of pregnancy related complications, and experienced both Obstetrical and Midwifery care. While I am unreserved in sharing my experiences, they remain as such, my experiences. Each woman’s pregnancy and birth is their story, their experience and cannot be compared to anyone elses. Drawing from doula experience, midwifery education, research, and personal experience my goal is to provide individual support to you and others involved in your birth.

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