Nashville Birth Doula Services

“…we can always be kind to the mother. That kindness, which for some women is rarely felt, may send her a message of worthiness, and in some way model how she might respond to her baby. Kindness begets kindness.” ~ Penny Simkin

Welcome!  I’m Jessica McGilvray, doula and founder of Hands and Heart Doula and Birth Services. The above quotation from Penny Simkin embodies the heart and soul of how I approach my work as a doula. I strive to cover the birthing or postpartum mother in kindness, compassion, and love, supporting her in her choices for herself and her baby. The act of loving and supporting the mother does more to create positive birth and postpartum experiences than all the tools, tricks, positioning, and birth balls in the world (although I still do all those things too!). Kindness 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.

Evidence shows that having the continuous support of a doula at your birth leads to fewer cesarians, shorter labors, a decrease in medical interventions such as pitocin, fewer requests for pain management such as epidurals, and a higher satisfaction with the whole birth experience for the birthing woman (Dekker, Rebecca. The Evidence on Doulas, Evidence Based Birth). I would love to talk to you about how I can support you for your pregnancy and birth!

I am pleased to also offer Breastfeeding Counseling Services! As a mom with 8+ years of breastfeeding experience, a trained Breastfeeding Counselor through Childbirth International and Breastfeeding Advocate with Breastfeed {Naturally}, and an active volunteer with the Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition, I bring experience, knowledge, and compassion to the breastfeeding moms in our community. Let me help you to learn more about breastfeeding and to establish a good breastfeeding relationship with your baby and answer all of your questions along the way!

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.