"My friends would describe me as articulate, perhaps absurd, and thoughtful."

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Jessalyn

I AM a

Childbirth Educator and Full-Circle Doula

Jessalyn (she/her) is a Childbirth Educator and Doula serving families in the San Francisco Bay Area, nationwide, and in her new home of Eugene, Oregon. She started studying birth in 2010 as an anthropologist, and often brings a systemic approach to helping birthing people to understand their options, experiences and possibilities. She integrates evidence-based training and research with a holistic mindset and an activist’s passion for reproductive empowerment. Jessalyn serves on the board for the Oakland Better Birth Foundation, where birthworkers, birthing people, and care providers work together to end preventable maternal and infant mortality and address racial disparities in health care.

credentials

  • CAPPA-Certified Childbirth Educator
  • SMC Full-Circle Doula

Happy place

  • A richly-smelling forest

Childbirth Education

Informed Consent & Patient Advocacy

Mindful Self-Care & Communication

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Jessalyn

What is your support style?

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I believe I'm an educator and a communicator first, but in order to do that well, I need to always make sure I'm listening. I like to start out with meeting the client or my audience with where they're at, and then that allows me to fill in some context, maybe give some affirmation, compassion, and hopefully humor along the way.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

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I come from a pretty non-traditional family and that I was raised by an incredible mom and dad in different households. I also got to grow up with other families in my household before co-housing was trendy.
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