Welcome! I’m Jessica McGilvray, Birth Doula and founder of Hands and Heart Doula and Birth Services. I am passionate about birth and about empowering women to make evidence based and informed choices for themselves and their babies throughout the child bearing year. I believe that all women should have a birth experience in which they feel heard, supported, and empowered, whether their birth involves having a natural childbirth, having an epidural or other medical interventions, or having a Cesarean section. As a doula, it is my practice to spend unhurried time with each woman I serve and to provide individualized encouragement and support and up to date and evidence based information on all the options available and the risks/benefits of each one, while building confidence that each woman is fully capable of making the best choices for herself and her baby in her unique situation.
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!
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 birth doula support, contact me to schedule a free consultation.