“All women and their loved ones deserve respectful, compassionate support during the childbearing year. I am inspired to serve expecting families so that they may have a positive, fulfilling birth experience and a strong transition for the whole family.”
Jessie’s Approach to Doula Work
Jessie is passionate about the transformative journey of the childbearing year. She believes, as studies has proven, that pregnancy and birth are enriched by the informational, emotional, and physical support of a qualified doula. Jessie is an extensively trained certified birth doula and childbirth educator, committed to providing her heartfelt presence, evidence-based information, and helpful tools 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. Whether you plan for a physician or midwife to attend your birth, medicated or not, Jessie will work with you to optimize your experience. Prenatal sessions with Jessie are empowering and informative, opening the way for personalized, trust-based support during labor and birth.
In labor, Jessie supports her clients with safe and universal coping techniques, including comforting touch, movement, and help with relaxation. Jessie’s takes special care during labor and birth to harmonize the birth team, including providers and loved ones, with compassionate and professional communication skills. In the time immediately postpartum, Jessie honors the new family with gentle care, photography, and basic breastfeeding support. Her final visit, around two weeks postpartum, includes sharing your birth story and offering resources for all things baby, mama, and family. Jessie wholeheartedly wishes you a fulfilling, meaningful transition into motherhood and your growing family!
Jessie, originally from Baltimore, received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University. Jessie began her career in education in Washington, DC, relocating to Portland over a decade ago. While taking some time away to travel the world, Jessie met her husband and started a family in Spain. The transition into motherhood led Jessie down a beautiful and challenging path of self-discovery and growth. The support and empowerment that she and her husband received from their doulas and providers throughout pregnancy, birth, and miscarriage were essential.
Jessie began her doula training in Valencia, Spain when her eldest son was an infant. The 10-month, full spectrum training was inspiring and life-changing. In Spain, she also trained in prenatal yoga. Jessie moved her little family to Portland and they welcomed their second son. While he was a baby, Jessie continued her training and worked hard to acquire 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 and two sons in the amazing Pacific Northwest. Jessie, both a nature-lover and an extroverted urbanite, loves to sing and dance, see live music, throw parties, 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
“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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