Meet our newest Birth Doula, Jessi Heins! She filled out our questionnaire, so let’s get to know her!
What did you do before you became a doula?
Currently I work part time at a hotel in Douglas, Michigan. Prior to that I was a stay at home parent. I have also made lattes and worked as a social worker helping people find long-term employment and helping families through times of crisis and change.
What inspired you to become a doula?
I have always had a soft spot for pregnancy and parenting. I babysat throughout middle school and high school. Eventually my partner and I got pregnant with our first little one. I feel strongly that if I had adequate support, my birth would have turned out differently than it did. My partner and I went on to have 3 more kiddos and each birth experience was better than the last. I attribute so much of that to education and a strong support system. I want to help other birthing people feel like I did. Like the amazing and incredible humans that we are.
Tell us about your family.
I have an amazing partner. Together we have four super cute (not biased at all) littles. They are 8, 5, 2, and 4 months. They are wild and loud and loving all in one breath.
What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
I’m not sure I have a favorite spot. I think I might be more of a staycation type person, with trips to some of the local tourist spots. Each year we try to travel Up North to explore new areas.
Name your top five bands/musicians and tell us what you love about them.
Currently on my “Recently listened to” list on Spotify I have Disney songs (cause kids) and Sia, I just love the way her voice sounds; it gives me warm fuzzies. Hozier, I love his bluesy sound. And ballad songs by Spice Girls, the best songs to sing to, and my 5 year old will belt it out with me! Michael Jackson, his music always makes me dance.
What is the best advice you have given to new families?
Take it one day at a time. It’s ok to call upon your support system for help and sign up for childbirth education!!
What do you consider your doula superpower to be?
Listening. Because as a new (or seasoned) parent your concerns, excitement, and ideas are worth being heard. Even at 3am in the middle of labor.
What is your favorite food?
Probably pizza. Just no mushrooms.
What is your favorite place in West Michigan’s Gold Coast?
Anywhere my family is. Which is likely the beach.
What are you reading now?
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn
Who are your role models?
My mama because she is one of the strongest people I know. My partner, my brother, my kids, and Elizabeth Eckford.