Back in 1991, I attended my first birth. I was my sister’s labor coach. I was 18 and I had no idea what I was getting into (even though I went to all of the hospital birth classes with her). It was the first time I had ever seen anyone give birth, and I tried really hard not to see anything from the waist down. When the midwife asked me if I’d like to cut the cord, I shook my head and said, ‘No way! It looks like a telephone cord!’
Fast forward to 2009 when, after two previous “meh” hospital births, I had a life-changing homebirth experience. I was transformed! I couldn’t have done it without an amazing childbirth class, a cultivated sense of autonomy, and the support of the team I built around me. After this experience, I felt called to support expecting families.
I became a CAPPA certified childbirth educator and a DONA trained birth doula in 2010, and in 2014, I had another fantastic homebirth.
In 2015, after years of supporting families, and realizing that one of the biggest obstacles to a positive birth experience is the American maternity care system, I became an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor and am now an Instructor Emeritus.
Because I realized that my birth experience was intrinsically linked to my health, I went on to become certified as a Health Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute in 2016, with the goal of offering more holistic prenatal support.
In 2019, I joined the team at SoShe, Inc. to develop curriculum for the first-ever childbirth prep app. I am currently one of two instructors in the birth prep videos, and I am also a coach to Soshe app users.
I believe that childbirth can be a transformative and affirming experience for birth givers, and I’m humbled anytime I’m able to support individuals who embark on this transformation. I also really try to provide the nurturing care that I needed as a 18-year-old birth partner. Some of the greatest birth outcomes I have seen are a direct result of very supported birth partners. They are often the secret to an awesome birth.
My Birth Philosophy
I earned the moniker, “Earth Mama Jenn” because of my natural ways. I like to eat close to the earth (though I still enjoy a donut from time to time). We have a kitchen garden and backyard chickens, and prefer to shop at the local organic food co-op and health food stores. I relate my birth philosophy to my lifestyle choice in that I believe our bodies were created as nature intended and under typical circumstances need very little intervention to bring forth “fruit”.
My passion for birth coaching came after a life-changing birth experience of my own with my third child; born at home, in the water, surrounded by nothing but love, support, and respect. This experience was truly transformational for me and my family. I felt more connected than ever to my body, to humanity, to my ancestors and to the earth. I felt a deep calling to share the wonder I now have with childbirth with parents-to-be.
Through the years, I’ve learned that something we all have in common is the desire for a positive birth experience. This means something different for every birth giver. My heartfelt wish is for you to come away from your birth experience with gratitude, and a sense of satisfaction knowing that you were supported and respected. I’d be honored to join you on YOUR journey.