“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. Doula work is at its heart woman-centered. As a doula, I 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 I 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.
I am pleased to offer PostPartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, Breastfeeding Education, and Bengkung Belly Binding Services in addition to Birth Doula Services, providing support for your entire experience from pregnancy to postpartum. I would love to talk to you about how I can support you on your journey to motherhood.
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). A large portion of what I do is to help you access evidence based information and become aware of and talk through all your options so that you can make the best choices for you, your birth, and your baby in your unique situation. I support you, believe in you, and work to facilitate your choices in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
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.