Meet Our New Birth Doula, Jordyn!
What did you do before you became a doula?
I have worked in the mental health/crisis industry for the last 8 years. I started with 2-1-1, helping people find local resources, and then the suicide prevention hotline. Over the previous 6 years, I have worked in the EAP world, assisting with coordinating crisis response teams around the country.
What inspired you to become a doula?
I have been fascinated with birth since I was a young child; my babysitter would set me up in her room so I could watch TLC’s Baby Story every day while the rest of the crew watched cartoons. I took every family science class in high school and went to Western Michigan University for my degree in Family Studies. After having my own son, my passion was reignited.
Tell us about your family.
I come from a large family, who are very important to me. My partner and I welcomed our son on our 4th anniversary; not sure anything will ever top that gift! He is now a toddler who enjoys chasing around our 2 cats, Shade & Storm.
What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
The Upper Peninsula! I love road trips, getting into nature, and star gazing, so the UP provides the ultimate experience. A stop at Clyde’s for a burger, taking scenic M-2, and chasing waterfalls are some of my favorite things to experience each trip!
Name your top five bands/musicians and tell us what you love about them.
This is a tricky question, as music is my love language. If I had to choose: Kings of Leon, Led Zeppelin, Miranda Lambert, Young the Giant, and Fleetwood Mac.
What is the best advice you have given to new families?
I don’t like to give unsolicited advice; parents definitely get enough of that! However, I’d tell parents to trust their gut and don’t compare!
What do you consider your doula/consultant superpower to be?
I am empathetic and a great listener. I know how to de-escalate stressful situations and have been called the calm in the middle of chaos.
What is your favorite food?
Another hard question, as I love to cook and try new things, but a big plate of pasta is the ultimate comfort.
What is your favorite place on West Michigan’s Gold Coast?
Holland State Park reminds me of the family reunions we had every summer at the beach.
What are you reading now?
I am an avid reader and always have a few books in rotation. Currently, I am reading: The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood by Kathleen Kendall-Tacket and Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols.
Who are your role models?
My grandmother, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Brene Brown.