About Doula Jaclyn

Welcome, I'm Jaclyn (she/hers), a birth doula, excited to engage with you through your birth journey.

I am a CAPPA trained birth doula with a background in public health. My previous work includes STD and sex education, public health research, and healthcare administration. Understanding the healthcare complexities of pregnancy and birth, I am passionate about ensuring all clients have full agency throughout their birth journey. I value the power of relationships, championing for strong provider and family relationships and supporting birth partners to be just as engaged. Most importantly, I love connecting amazing people to other amazing people to assist clients in accessing the best resources for them throughout pregnancy and postpartum.

I live in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL and predominately serve within the city of Chicago. Email me at doulajaclyn1@gmail.com to schedule a free in-person or virtual consultation.

What is a Birth Doula?

A birth doula provides physical, mental, emotional, and informational support to individuals in labor. As a non-medical member of a birthing person's care team, a doula does not provide clinical advice or interfere with the doctor or midwife's role, instead they are complementary. For example, a doula provides coaching on breathing and positioning through labor, supports the birthing individual to have ownership over their birth and delivery decisions, and supports the non-birthing partner (e.g. the father of the child, mother of birthing individual, partner, etc.) to best support their partner throughout birth. Additionally, a birth doula ensures continuous and consistent support throughout the birthing process.

Several studies and research show the benefits of doula support:

  • Less likely to have a cesarean section (C-Section)

  • More likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth

  • Less likely to use synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin) or other interventions to speed up labor

  • More likely to have a shorter labor

  • Less likely to rate childbirth experience negatively

Source: 2017 Cochrane Database Systematic Review

Services Offered

Birth Doula Package

  • 1 Prenatal Visit

  • On call from start of contract through 6 weeks postpartum

  • Labor and delivery support (throughout entire labor and up to 2 hours postpartum)

Prenatal Support:

  • The one prenatal visit via zoom (can be in-person, depending on family's preference). This time will be used to discuss birth options, birth preferences, and other topics/needs depending on the client. We will take time to learn and prepare for labor and postpartum, further build our relationship, and share resources and information. In addition to the prenatal visit, I am on call 24/7 for emergency situations and have daily office hours for non-emergent concerns as they arise.

Labor Support

  • Throughout labor, I offer continual hands-on support including comforting techniques and positioning support, and strive to create and maintain a peaceful environment. I stay up to two hours postpartum. I can also provide labor and birth photos.

Postpartum Support

  • I am on call 24/7 for emergency situations up until 6 weeks postpartum and available during daily office hours for non-emergent concerns.