HELLO THERE - I'M SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE YOU HERE.
My name is Jenna and I am the heart and hands behind Mother Willow. Why don't you brew yourself up a hot cuppa of something delicious while I take a little moment to share a bit about myself + my story.
FULL-SPECTRUM DOULA + CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR
“DON’T BE THE REASON SOMEONE FEELS INSECURE. BE THE REASON SOMEONE FEELS SEEN, HEARD AND SUPPORTED.”
- CLEO WADE
If I could express just two words to you that would could describe me in a simple way, those words would be nurturer + creative. Both of these I believe have been the stones and foundation upon which I have grown up from and because of that they are at the core of who I am today.
What surprises some is the nurturer in me was fostered greatly by the Death I experienced within my life. Both death and its process is something I was exposed to early on as a young girl. I watched as the Matriarchs of my family softly dribbled water into the parched mouths of dying loved ones before tenderly rubbing lotion into still hands. I would sit alongside deathbeds for hours and days, witnessing unwavering loved filled care. This is where I truly think my Doula heart was first called to. In those quiet rooms of low light, where the veil between worlds thinned. There is where I learned how to hold space for those in their most vulnerable moments.
“OUT BEYOND IDEAS OF WRONGDOING AND RIGHTDOING THERE IS A FIELD. I’LL MEET YOU THERE.”
- Year-long mentorship and training with 17 year experienced Doula, Becky Purpur
- Pregnancy Loss Mentor with the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath & Death
- Certifying Doula with Birth Arts International.
- Rebozo Trained and Certified with Gena Kirby.
- Certified Sacred Pregnancy & Birth Journey Instructor
- Birth Art Mentor Certified with Birthing From Within
- Placenta Training with Placenta Benefits
- Pregnancy & women's health seminars with Clinical Herbalist, Abrah Arneson.
My calling to birth work has been present since I was a young child. That calling has influenced my choices in educational opportunities, personal development, and experiences throughout my entire life. Much of this has proven extremely beneficial and necessary to my skills and current service as a Doula and Mentor. I consistently work at continuing my education through books, videos, classes/ training, communicating with other professionals/ community members, and personal development.
I have supported families through: VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), Water Birth (home & hospital), Premature Birth (vaginal & cesarean), Home Birth with Midwives, Hospital Birth with Midwives & Doctors, First Births, Subsequent Births, Medicated and Unmedicated Birth, Induced Birth, Loss, and Cesarean Birth.