Services Offered: Birth Doula
Jess (pronouns: they/them/their) is of mixed settler Anglo-Franco European and Jewish ancestry born, raised, and living in Tkaronto, the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat peoples – now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Jess is a labour, birth, loss, and termination doula completing studies with Doula Training Canada (DTC); Jess aims to be a doula of this land – as a place in the water where trees stand, both ever flowing and steadfast. Jess approaches their work and relationships with inclusivity, compassion, and an open heart. Their ongoing studies include grounding in mindfulness, sex-positivity, feminist and trauma-informed frameworks which continue to build their patience, compassion, and anti-oppressive values. Each of these pillars informs Jess’ belief in the importance of collaboration. Their approach to birth work is, at its core, collaborative whether in person or in our ever changing and expanding virtual world!
Prior to studying all things birth, Jess studied Political Theory and Gender Studies at Western University, where they developed not only critical thinking skills, but the values and practice of consent and autonomy which were furthered by their studies of massage. Jess has also worked as a personal support attendant and sex educator/community collaborator; each of these experiences has provided tools for understanding not just the body but the whole self.
Jess has a thirst for knowledge and a passion for puns. They can be found grounding and roaming in nature with their partner or curling up with their cats and comic books.