The Great Northwest Doula Service
The Great Northwest Doula Service is a Birth, Postpartum and Educational Service serving the south sound since 2016. Led by an experienced Birth and Postpartum Doula and Medical educator, and tailored to your specific needs, we absolutely have the service or course to allow you to achieve your best Birth, smoothest transition home or better understand the journey ahead of you! We are here to support you and your growing family during Pregnancy, Birth and beyond!
About Me: In addition to my Doula work, I have been in EMS for 14 years with twelve as a Paramedic. I have also been a Medical Educator in a wide variety of topics for 20 years. Coming from a family of Doctors it is hard not to be fascinated by the wonders of the human body. Because of all of this I bring with me a substantial amount of medical information and experience both in and out of the hospital. This knowledge allows me to work with even the most medically complex of clients with relative ease and support them through their wondrous journey.
Birth Doula: I have worked with a wide variety of clients, from first births to 7th’s and beyond. Vaginal Births, Vbacs, Cesareans, Natural, medicated, homebirth or hospital birth however you want to deliver your baby I have the experience to support you. If you choose me to be your Birth Doula, you receive 2 prenatal visits and 2 Postpartum meetings, in addition to my attendance at the birth.
Prior to the big day, I ensure through our 2 prenatal visits that you have you have a rock solid birth plan, and that any questions, fears or other issues are alleviated.
On Delivery day from the time you call me, I am there with you through every step of the process. My goal is to support you and your partner in bringing your newest family member into the world. I can help translate “medicalese” for you In addition to helping you and your partner make informed and educated decisions for any last minute things or birth plan deviations that may come up. I can also provide a wide variety of non pharmaceutical pain relief techniques to help you sail through labor. As a male, I can innately interpret and understand both partners perspectives in the birth room which then allows me to best support you in a way many other Doulas may not be able to! Getting partner hands on and heavily involved in your support is always a big goal and a frank specialty of mine. I have no problem showing them every trick in my book to better support you while I stand back and watch. Simply put I am there to make one of the greatest days of your life, just a little better.
After you return home I meet with you two other times, and during our postpartum visits I ensure the transition is going smoothly. I can also give you tips on or assistance with breastfeeding in addition to making sure that you and baby are doing well.
Postpartum Doula: Are you an overwhelmed first timer or possibly an experienced mom just needing an extra hand? Maybe you desperately need a nap or 15 minutes for a shower but the baby won’t stop crying, don’t worry, I am there to help you out! I’ll make sure the baby is fed, changed and well taken care of while you take a much needed and well earned break. I can also do light housework, offer breast or bottle feeding assistance and total baby care! Simply put, my goal as a Postpartum Doula is to make your life easier. Night and day shifts are available.
Educational Services: Taught by a very experienced Doula and Medical educator, our goal is for you to leave your course feeling completely confident in the application of your skills, with all of your questions answered so that you and your partner are fully prepared for the journey ahead! We currently offer two courses: First Aid and CPR for Families and Childbirth Education. Both of these courses are taught in your home and around your schedule to ensure your total comfort. Also, unlike the Doula offerings, I am willing to travel outside of the South Sound to teach these courses! For more Information on these offerings please go to my website and click on the “Educational Services” tab
“More than just a a doula for birth. Jay helped to plan and prepare a birth plan that was reviewed and followed by the hospital staff. Jay is well versed on more than birthing. He is the person you want in the delivery room.”- Bill Netherton
“Jay was a huge support during my pregnancy. I was hoping for a VBA4C. Even though in the end I didn’t have one he was a big support at my 5th csection and helped me get together my birth plan. Having a doula was the nicest thing I could have done for myself during this last pregnancy. He took all my questions and didn’t make me feel stupid for asking them because he understands every pregnancy is different.” – Dawnann Netherton, Birth Client
“Jay is so friendly and informative. He was very gracious in lending an open ear and his knowledge for my questions and concerns with my pregnancy. His experience in the medical field and compassion for helping people make him the best choice for a Doula”- Shaylynn Davila
“Being male, I was a bit skeptical at first. But meeting Jay and getting to know him and his background I learned to trust that he had our best wishes at heart. He was a great coach for me and great support for my wife. My wife, Mandy, was all set to have a VBA3C and Jay was on board and showed no fear. This was huge as we both were aware of the risks and knew we needed all the support we could get. Jay was awesome at supporting both of us. When either of us had a question he would answer with facts and if he didnt know what the answer was he would research and get back to us as soon as he was able. I highly recommend Jay as he will support you and your decisions on your birth plan.”- Anthony Tirado
“I had been trying for a VBA3C which was quite a battle within the medical community. Jay came alongside me, encouraging me through the whole experience. When, at the last minute, it became clear that the VBAC would not happen, Jay continued to encourage me and uplift me as I faced my fourth cesarean. Because of this amazing amount of support, I found healing instead of the trauma I had anticipated from the fourth cesarean. It was an amazing experience for me. My husband, Anthony found great solace in having Jay on our birth team as well. For him, the greatest benefit was that there was another male around to “protect” me should something happen. Jay’s wealth of knowledge and experience in the medical field afforded Anthony great peace in going to work each day as my due date approached and complications arose. I’ve never had a better birth experience than this last one with Jay at my side.” – Mandy Tirado, Birth Client
“The help with the dishes, picking things up and wrangling my 2 year old so I could be with my baby was very helpful”- Kaylin Brenay, Postpartum Client
“Jay was very helpful with explaining to my family about what was going on. He was also helpful in reminding me to breathe during contractions because I kept holding my breath.”- Kaylin Brenay, Birth Client
“Everything!! I am so thankful!!! I don’t know what I would have done without you being there for the most intense part of my Labor and the placement of the epidural! He was on top of everything and so helpful with everything I needed and beyond!”- Angie Shemeveko, Birth Client