Jessie Mangual, Birth Doula

“All women and their loved ones deserve respectful, caring support during the childbearing year. By empowering women in pregnancy and birth, we doulas help them connect with their inner strength and wisdom needed for motherhood.”

Jessie’s Approach to Doula Work

Jessie is passionate about the transformative journey of the childbearing year. She believes that pregnancy and birth are profound physical and emotional experiences that are enriched by the support of a qualified doula. Jessie is an extensively trained certified birth doula, CD (DONA), committed to providing her heartfelt presence, cultivated listening skills, and evidence-based information as she gets to know you, your partner (if you have one), and your preferences for childbirth. By valuing your choices and tailoring her offerings to meet your needs, she empowers you and your loved ones to make this experience your own. The connection Jessie and her clients develop during prenatal visits opens the way for soothing, informed, and trust-based support during labor and birth. Jessie directly supports the birthing woman with safe and universal coping techniques, including comforting touch, movement, and help with relaxation. Her compassionate and professional communication skills have been key to unifying her clients’ birth teams, including providers and loved ones.

Jessie’s Background

The childbearing years led Jessie down a beautiful and challenging path of self-discovery and connection to a rich well of women’s wisdom. The support and empowerment that she received from her doulas and midwives throughout pregnancy, labor, and miscarriage were essential to the integration of these moments into her journey.

Jessie began her doula training in Valencia, Spain in 2010 when her eldest son was an infant. The 10-month, full spectrum training was life-changing and inspiring, giving clarity to Jessie’s purpose in service to womanhood in all of its beautiful forms. In Spain, she also trained in prenatal kundalini and hatha yoga. In 2012, Jessie miscarried. It was a vulnerable and mysterious life experience that she shares with others so that all may be heard and supported, especially in difficult moments.

Her second son was born in Portland in 2014. While he was a baby, Jessie completed the Birth Doula training through DONA International (via Mother Tree Birth) as well as a six-month internship, and acquired the internationally-recognized DONA birth doula certification, CD(DONA).

Jessie lives her life under the guiding principle of gratitude, and treasures the full spectrum of life’s experiences, the beauty and the pain. She feels honored to share her journey with her beloved husband Victor and two sons, who have made Portland their home since 2013. Jessie, both a nature-lover and an extroverted urbanite, loves to sing and dance, attend concerts and festivals, and thrift shop.

Additional Services Jessie offers

  • Belly Casting
  • Blessingway Planning & Facilitation
  • Tree Planting Ritual

Certification, Training, & Education

  • Certified Birth Doula, DONA International
  • Registered Traditional Health Worker
  • Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
  • ICEA-approved Childbirth Educator Training with Circle of Life Holistic Care
  • Culturally Competent Care Training with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Miscarriage & Abortion Doula Training with Cascadia Abortion Support Collective
  • Birth Doula 6-month Internship with Mother Tree Birth Services
  • DONA-approved Birth Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth Services
  • Collaborative Practice and Professionalism Training with PDX Doulas
  • Prenatal Kundalini Yoga Workshop with Imma Campos
  • Yoga & Other Tools for a Conscious Pregnancy with Edurne Garcia
  • 10-month Full Spectrum Doula Training with Nacer y Renacer
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Yale University
  • Visual Arts Diploma at Carver Center for Arts & Technology

 

Photos of Jessie in Action

 

Client Testimonials

“Choosing to have doula Jessie present at my birth was one of the best and most supportive decisions I have made in the process of becoming a mother” – Mama V.

“Jessie made sure everyone was noticed and she helped get my family involved. She got along great with the hospital staff and it was very helpful that she is bilingual. She always made sure my needs and wants were met.” – Mama L.

“Jessie was a great asset to her client and the birth team throughout labor and during the emergency postpartum transport. She was calm and very supportive.” – Midwife Megan

“I think Jessie is extremely intelligent, warm, and thoughtful. She takes doula work seriously. I am grateful for doulas who speak languages other than English because the birth community needs diversity. Jessie will serve families naturally and be an excellent doula.” – Midwife Jordanna

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