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Birth Advocate » Jessica

Jessica


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As a birth and postpartum doula, I work with parents before, during and after the births of their children. I work helping to prepare families for childbirth and I provide continuous support, guidance and encouragement throughout labor. I believe that birth is a natural and powerful event and that every woman deserves undivided care and attention as she brings a new life into the world.

I also work with parents to help them adjust to their new arrivals by providing practical assistance and emotional support in my postpartum practice. This includes assistance with breastfeeding, teaching parents to care for and soothe their newborn and understand their baby’s cues, helping mothers recover from childbirth through rest and nutrition, and helping with general household tasks such as dishes and laundry.

Each family, mother, baby and birth is unique, and my care is tailored to meet individual needs.

My path to becoming doula starts in South Africa, where I lived until moving to Canada in the late 1980s. After 10 years in Toronto, I moved to San Francisco in 1999. After surviving several spectacular dot-com meltdowns, I shifted career paths into the not-for-profit world.
After five years of raising money for wonderful organizations such as Shanti (a San Francisco-based organization that provides social services for people living with AIDS and breast cancer), I embarked on a more hands-on career: working as a doula.

This work enables me to fulfill my life-long passion for women, pregnancy, birth and babies!

In 2006 I had the opportunity to learn from the legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin by participating in The Farm’s Midwifery Assistant workshop and I have also completed several programs offered by Doulas of North America (DONA). I have also volunteered as a birth doula at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco, primarily servicing low-income women.

After living in San Francisco for four years, I now live in Oakland’s Lake Merritt District. I provide birth and postpartum services in the East Bay, San Francisco and the South Bay.

Other Training/Education
I was a women’s studies major at the University of Toronto. I am also a DONA-certified birth, a DONA-trained postpartum doula, a Lamaze-trained childbirth educator, a lactation counselor, and I participated in the assistant midwifery program at The Farm (Tennessee) in September 2006.

Fee Schedule

Birth $1350 - $1575 (sliding scale).

Postpartum care $30/hour (with a three hour minimum)