About Me

It is important to create a birth team with folks who make you feel safe in a vulnerable time, and who will support your wants and needs.

I’m Jen Nelson, and I love birth! And parenting! And feeling as if I have had a positive impact on a person’s birthing experience. In 1997 I began preparing for my first birth by reading, talking with my midwife and others who have given birth. I was enthralled by the birthing process and knew that I wanted to be a birth worker. I gave birth to 3 children in my home surrounded by a strong birth team each time. I understand the value of that birth team. My work as a doula began soon after my first child was born.

My children are all grown now and I still love birth. I believe that pregnancy and birth are the beginning of our parenting journey with our child and how that journey begins has a huge impact on our relationship with ourselves and with our child. My goal is to nourish parents on that journey through sharing evidence-based information, providing emotional and physical support, helping them to create a safe space where they can feel vulnerable in the birthing process.

I am happy to nourish all families regardless of their gender, sexuality, skin color, family culture or caregiver dynamics.

I serve families in Eugene/Springfield, western Lane County including Veneta, Noti, Junction City, Mapleton and Florence and then down the coast to Reedsport and Coos Bay. I have experience working in all birth settings including hospitals, birth clinics and homes. I am a THW Birth Doula and accept OHP and other private insurances. I am happy to nourish all families regardless of their gender, sexuality or caregiver dynamics.

I am a person who loves being outside……gardening, foraging for food or medicinal herbs in the woods, swimming in the river and laughing and playing with family and friends. I value health and happiness and strive for those daily. I am conscious of my carbon footprint and live a lifestyle that attempts to reduce harm. I believe in contributing to my community. For many years I have volunteered in ways to support local and sustainable food production through farmers markets, community education and Fill Your Pantry events in the Florence area. I support families in western Lane County by providing education and parent support.

I would be honored to be a part of your birth team and to nourish you and your family on your journey!

Certifications & Training

Additional Training

  • Certified Birth Doula - Birth Arts International
  • Postpartum Termination & Loss Training - Daisy C.H.A.I.N. Eugene
  • Birth Doula Training - DONA International
  • Professional Member - Evidence Based Birth
  • Milk Magic Lactation Educator - Nurturely
  • Spinning Babies
  • Advanced Doula Training with Traci Weafer
  • Diversity and Equity Training
  • The Erickson Institute: FAN training
  • The Trauma Healing Project
  • Make Parenting A Pleasure: Parent Educator
  • Oral Health in Pregnancy
  • Mind Your Mind
  • Well Mama Summit: Supporting Mental Health During Reproductive Period
  • Growing Great Kids Curriculum Training
  • Healthy Families/Parenting Now! - Family Support Specialist and Family Resource Specialist

My Mission

To positively affect reproductive and parenting outcomes in our community through education and advocacy. I believe the birthing experience is a trifecta of support.

Birther

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Doula

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Provider

Whether doctor, midwife, or other, this role is part of the team.

I'm here to support you where you are.