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Jessica Thomas

Ballast & Buoy Postpartum Family Care

Website: https://ballastandbuoy.com/

Phone: (207) 558-2229

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), November 2014
Type of Practice: Solo practice
Postpartum limits/restrictions: I am unable to work in smoking households.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified Gottman Educator
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross

College Education

  • BA/BS
  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Single parents

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Maine state coordinator for Postpartum Support International. || Volunteer with Maternal Health Alliance of Maine. || Pregnancy and infant loss support group facilitator with Heart to Heart.

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Portland, ME
Travel Range: 10 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: Other locations can be negotiated

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Client Testimonials for Jessica Thomas

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Reid Hayton-Hull

Having struggled with PPA/PPD after the birth of my first child, I enlisted Jessica's help for my second postpartum period.  Her support enabled me to engage in the self-care that I needed to maintain my mental and emotional health.  Jessica's demeanor is warm but firm, which I found comforting during the intensely vulnerable postpartum period, making it possible for me to better care for myself and my family.  She is knowledgeable, resourceful, and has a knack for identifing what needs to be done and doing it.  Maternity leave can be quite isolating, so it also helps that she is also a generally delightful person to be around.  The investment that I made in Jessica's services paid dividends for my entire family, and I recommend her to every pregnant person I know.

Posted 10/8/2016

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Joanna Balogh

Jessica came to our house after our second child was born and my wife went back to work. She not only provided us with essential support with daily tasks such as laundry, dishes, meals, etc. but also was able to hold and love my new little one while I cared for myself by napping or showering. This added support also provided me time and energy to reconnect with my older son in a way I had not been able to since we brought the baby home. Her positivity, encouragement, and problem solving skills were very much valued during this time!

Posted 5/2/2016

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Laura Huddy

I purchased a Ballast and Buoy gift certificate for a friend of mine who was having a baby- Jessica was extremely responsive and helpful to me, and I know my friend was thrilled with the services she received (including lots of yummy home cooked goodies!) I will certainly be buying other gift certificates in the future.

Posted 9/23/2015

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Katharine Brown

I was always very impressed at how easy it was to have Jessica in my home. She would pick up a broom, or a laundry basket, without hesitation. In my sleep deprived state, I was happy that she took initiative and I didn’t have to direct her. She was a quiet source of support during a challenging stage in my life. She exudes a natural warmth and compassion that makes her an ideal doula. Jessica was also very good at intuiting which days I needed to talk, and days I just needed quiet and rest.

 

 

Posted 4/29/2015

Postpartum Availability for Jessica Thomas

= Available. Calendar last updated: 6/18/2018 6:10:11 PM