babywearing aliceHello! 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 peaceful, beautiful brith experience and should have the right to choose that experience, whether that means natural childbirth, having an epidural or other medical interventions, or having a cesarian section. It is my goal to support women in their pregnancies, labors, and post partum period informationally, emotionally, and physically to help them achieve their birth goals and to have a peaceful, empowering experience however their birth unfolds.

I am currently completing Labor Doula and Breastfeeding Counselor Training through Childbirth International. I am passionate about continuing education and further learning. I participate in many continuing education trainings and events each year, including training in peanut ball use, Spinning Babies techniques, and Rebozo use among others. I am an active volunteer with the Nashville Volunteer Doula Program at Vanderbilt with the Vanderbilt Nurse Midwives and also offer free/low cost services to women in crisis.

I am a homeschooling mother to three daughters, and have spent a cumulative total of 6 years breastfeeding my babies. I am wife to a wonderful husband and kitty mom to one spoiled house cat. When I find a leisure moment, I can be found curled up with a cup of tea and a good book or crafting in my sewing room.