Jenna Chidester, Birth & Postpartum Doula

As a trained labor assistant and postpartum doula I strive to be the manifestation of the support a new family would traditionally receive; educating and nurturing parents as they find their footing in new terrain, assessing needs and providing referrals within the wider birth community when needed, facilitating better communication and connection between parents and children, and above all caring for every member as a new family is born.

 Jenna’s Approach to Doula Work

As a trained labor assistant and postpartum doula Jenna strives to be the manifestation of the support a new family would traditionally receive; educating and nurturing parents as they find their footing in new terrain, assessing needs and connecting to them to resources within the wider birth community when needed, facilitating better communication and connection between parents and children, and above all caring for every member as a new family is born.

Jenna’s doula practice is evidence based, inclusive, and non-judgmental. She has had the honor of supporting teen mothers, older mothers, Mood Disorder affected parents, ESL and bilingual households, families with nontraditional structures, LGBTQ+ families, and twins as a labor and postpartum doula and she look forward to serving many more.

 Jenna’s Background

Jenna came to Portland the traditional way; in a caravan with her college band, but roots grow fast in the Pacific NorthWest and it always felt like home for her. While she made her living in music for a while, she also put her many years of experience in care work to use, employed in many Portland homes providing care for children and support to new parents

Because of her background, growing up as a big sister in a large family embedded in a tight knit religious community, Jenna was never not been surrounded by infants and mothers, babies are her native language and a source of great joy. Her expertise in childcare can seem like intuition but it’s actually a set of skills that Jenna loves to teach mothers and fathers who find themselves in entirely new territory. Jenna says she’s watched too many new parents struggle from a lack of modeling and support or fall victim to fear based information that abounds in a society geared away from children and mothers, parents and families. Her interest in helping childrearing families has naturally expanded to supporting families throughout all of the childbearing year because Jenna want to build a stronger foundation for the families of Portland to build, grow, and thrive on.

Her work within the birth community also allows her to continue to further study her other passions; music, social justice, women’s health and body inclusivity, and pinball.  She lives in the North Tabor neighborhood with too many houseplants and her life partner, a 5 year old ginger tabby named Patrick.

Additional Services Jenna Provides

Certifications, Trainings, & Education

  • DONA International Birth Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth
  • DONA International Postpartum Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth
  • Mother Tree Birth Doula Intern 2016
  • ICEA Childbirth Educator Training with Doula Love Training Center
  • Collaborative Practice and Professionalism Training with PDX Doulas
  • Miscarriage & Abortion Doula Training with Cascadia Abortion Support Collective
  • Studied Music and English at Brigham Young University Hawaii

Photos of Jenna in Action

Testimonials

“Jenna was warm and attentive with us, respected our needs and preferences, and advocated for us without judgement. She communicated thoroughly with both my husband and I, and was there for us when we needed her. She brought a sense of humor and a lot of knowledge to our birth experience, and I don’t know what we would have done without her!”

-Client, 2017

Jenna was AMAZING and I can’t imagine not having her at the birth of my son. We met Jenna late in the game of my pregnancy because i kept going back and forth about affording it. WORTH EVERY PENNY! She was lovely, explained the birthing process, discussed our needs, and overall great to work with. When it came down to business, she was prompt at the hospital when I went into labor, created a stellar and comfortable labor environment, and kept offering advice for movement/breathing. I will never forget her advice/support with my breathing during labor, it has stuck with me and I think about it often! Both my partner and I walked away and said, wow we are SO GLAD we had Jenna there.  Now- for the real stuff. I regret not booking her (budgeting it in) for POSTPARTUM DOULA SUPPORT. It’s intense coming home and her postpartum visit was amazing. You don’t think about it during pregnancy because there is so much planning about the birth, but BOOM, once that is over- breastfeeding, baby advice, sleep support, chores, etc- all become reality. YOU WILL NEED HER!

 – Client 2017

Jenna is simply amazing. She is like a warm soothing hug, in person form. She took all the stress out of a day with nine months of built up anxiety. The sessions we did before going in for delivery helped us prepare and learn more about our own communication style.  I cannot say enough good things about what Jenna brings to the table. I had so many pregnancy complications but going in for delivery day I was calm and happy. Hiring her to help us through the long delivery was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

  • Client, 2016

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