“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers–strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”                                                                                                                         

  ~Barbara Katz Rathman, PhD

Welcome!  I’m Jessica McGilvray, doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and founder of Hands and Heart Doula and Birth Services. We are proud to now be a part of Blissful Birthing, a Christian birth agency serving women in the greater Nashville area.  Doula work is at its heart woman-centered. We strive to cover the birthing or postpartum woman in kindness, respect, and love, supporting her in her choices for herself and her baby as she undergoes the tremendous transformation of becoming a mother. Whether it is your first baby or your fourth, giving birth and adding a baby to your family impacts women deeply, both physically and emotionally.  The act of loving, supporting, and caring for the mother does more to create positive birth and postpartum experiences than all the tools, tricks, positioning, and birth balls in the world (although we still do all those things too!). Kindness and respect can and should be shown to every woman in any type of birth, any scenario, when the birth goes according to plan and when it does not, when postpartum adjustment flows smoothly and when the road of motherhood is bumpy.

We are a group of like minded Christian women who want to serve and nurture you as you journey through birth and postpartum. It is our pleasure and our privilege to walk beside you, encourage and support you from a Christian perspective and help you find the joy in motherhood.

Please take some time to look around the website and check out the blog and resources for pregnancy, birth, postpartum period, and breastfeeding information. If you are interested in doula or breastfeeding support, contact me to schedule a free consultation.