I came to birth work after having my own children. My three boys all had very different births, my first was born via scheduled cesarean, my second was born vaginally in a hospital, and my third was born at home in a birth pool with his whole family present. Hiring a doula for my own births helped me advocate for myself and take ownership of my own birth journeys.
I took my DONA training shortly after having my second child and started attending births as a solo doula soon thereafter. In the past 7 years I have become a Certified Lactation Counselor, childbirth educator, and have attended many other workshops including Spinning Babies, VBAC Facts, TENS unit, and Massage and Touch for Comfort in Labor.
My previous career as a costume designer and dresser in theatre prepared me to anticipate others needs, and to keep a cool head in stressful situations. I pride myself on bringing a sense of peace into your birth space. I want you to be supported, and to make your birth a joyous experience. I come to birth wanting to empower and lift up the birthing person, helping them have an empowered birth.
I started birth work before I even knew what it was, supporting several friends during their children's birth. Once all my little ones were in school full time, I took the opportunity to pursue birth work as a full-time profession.
I am a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Our Baby Class Instructor, Belly binding specialist, and Placenta encapsulator. A nurturer at heart, starting as a teen, I worked with disabled children, and later as an emergency medical technician providing emergency services.
As a mother, I know that each birth and every child brings new adjustments. I encourage parents to trust their instinct and make their own informed decisions. We all need a village of support as we find our way during pregnancy and parenthood. The many tips and tricks offered by an experienced go-to person will help you adapt to your new role.
I consider myself truly lucky to do what I love and love what I do: helping families build strong bonds as a birth worker and supporting them as they grow. I help ease the transition to parenthood and your new normal by providing comfort and confidence as each day brings new challenges.
I decided to become a doula after attending an International Childbirth Education Association Doula Workshop in Doha, Qatar. I was certified through both ICEA and DONA in 2008. Throughout my certification process, I attended DONA and ICEA birth doula workshops, a 20 hour Lactation Management course, two ICEA Conventions and countless other trainings in labor and breastfeeding support.
Before becoming a doula, I went to school for Theater Stage Management. My experience as a stage manager uniquely prepared me for helping my clients during their pregnancy and birth. From good communication skills to implementing a vision to keeping calm in high-stress situations, I learned the importance of helping people work together to achieve a goal.
I am mom to three boys: Liam, Caleb and Isaac. My boys were born in a birth pool in the comfort of our own home. Their births were empowering and life changing events that helped me gain a better understanding of the miracle of childbirth.
WHAT Clients SAY about
Jackie is exactly what both my husband and I needed. She was strong when I needed her to be direct and extremely comforting and consistent when I needed her to get thru a tough contraction. I felt pretty out of it once we got to the hospital (I was fully dilated) so Jackie was able to connect with the hospital staff and share my needs and birth preferences while my husband was always by my side, holding my hand. She is everything you would want in a doula and more.