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

I grew up a big sister in a large family embedded in a tight knit religious community, I’ve never not been surrounded by infants and mothers. Babies are my native language and a great joy to me. Because of that background, my expertise in childcare can seem like intuition but it’s actually a set of skills that I love to teach mothers and fathers who find themselves in entirely new territory. I’ve watched too many new parents struggle from a lack of modeling and support and fall victim to the shaming and fear based information that abounds in a society geared away from children and mothers, parents and families. My interest in helping childrearing families has naturally shifted to support families throughout all of the childbearing year because I desire to build a stronger foundation for the families of Portland to build, grow, and thrive on.

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 Background

I came to Portland the traditional way; in a caravan with my college band, but roots grow fast in the Pacific NorthWest and it never didn’t feel like home for me. While I made my living in music for a while, I also put my years of experience as a mother’s helper and au pair to work, employed in many Portland homes providing care for children and support to new parents.

I’ve had the joy of supporting TOLACs, teen mothers, Mood Disorder affected mothers, ESL and bilingual households, families with nontraditional structures, and twins as a labor and postpartum doula and I look forward to serving many more. My work within the birth community also allows me to continue to further my study in my other passions for music, social justice, and women’s health and body image.

Photos of Jenna in Action

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