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Jocelyn Skinner CD(PALS,DONA)

Beautiful Beginnings Doula Services

Snohomish, WA Service range 20 miles No ferries please

425-280-6219

http://www.bbdoulaservices.com/home.html

Birth Fee

$1000

Birth Fee

$1000


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula
  • Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula

Birth Doula Experience

4 years and 59 births attended


Doula Training

  • DONA International, April 2016

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 2

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
I am happy to support your birth at any of the following hospitals; Evergreen Kirkland, Providence Everett, Swedish Issaquah, Swedish First Hill, Swedish Ballard, Overlake Bellevue. If there is another hospital you are planning to use and it's in this area, I just haven't worked there yet :)

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I believe that a birth center can be the perfect compromise between hostital and home birth, providing a satisfying birth experience.

Attends home births? Some Home Births
I love the laid back, private atmosphere of a midwife attended home birth and love attending them.


Special Services Offered

  • Childbirth education services
  • Military families support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • TENS units rental
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I have volunteered as a birth doula at the Pregnancy Resource Center of Everett working with young, single and teen moms in the Expecting Miracles program, Eastside Youth Services and Step by Step.

Fee Details

10% discount for active duty military, veterans and law enforcement families. On call service from about 37 weeks until delivery, 2 prenatal visits, continuous presence during your labor and birth, 2 postpardum visits. Referals to other birth professionals as needed and access to my video and book library.

Snohomish, WA Service range 20 miles No ferries please

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Client Testimonials for Jocelyn Skinner CD(PALS,DONA)

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Shana

5/20/2020

Jocelyn was such a great support system for my first birth. I really wanted to give birth naturally, and I felt the type of support Jocelyn provided really helped me to acheive my goal. It's just so comforting knowing someone who is experienced and compassionate is in your corner and there to encourage you when things get challenging. 

We gave Jocelyn a call at about 2am when we arrived at the hospital and she arrived shortly after and was with me throughout the whole experience. She was just the right amount of vocal and worked beautifully with the nurses and hospital staff. She has really perfected the art of knowing how to comfort someone in labor! I realized once I was in labor that I really did not like people talking to me, and I never felt annoyed by her, because she intuitively knew what I needed! That is a gift! 

I'm so thankful that Jocelyn was able to help us welcome our baby boy, Holden, into the world. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking out an additional support person to help them through the process of pregnancy and childbirth. Thank you Jocelyn!

Crista

5/5/2020

I highly recommend Jocelyn for anyone looking for a doula! We came to her last minute when it looked like we were switching from a midwife to an OB with the hope that having a doula could make sure our wishes were heard. We’re so thankful she took us on! She stayed in contact with us frequently leading up to my due date to check in on how I was doing. The morning I went into labor (at 3 am) she arrived quickly and got right to work gathering all the information about the beginning of my labor and getting a TENS unit on my back. We quickly realized I was progressing too quickly to make it to the hospital and while we were all frozen with that reality, she calmly gave everyone a task to prepare for an unplanned home birth. She coached me with such a calm demeanor as I brought our boy into the world. I’m immensely thankful Jocelyn was there. Her calm presence made what could have been a traumatic experience a beautiful and empowering birth

Kate M.

3/3/2020

Jocelyn has a presence about her that makes her feel like your friend's cool mom who always has cookies in the oven and gives really good hugs. Like she's not your mom, but a really close second. That was exactly what I was looking for in a doula, and Jocelyn totally fulfilled all my needs. When my little one was rushed to the NICU right after birth, having her there to hold my hand while my husband went with the baby was truly helpful. I don't know what I would have done without her. Plus she has a good sense of humor and I find that important in a doula! Thanks for everything Jocelyn, you are a star!!

 

Amelia King

8/21/2019

We had such a lovely experience with Jocelyn! This was our second birth (and a VBAC) and what a difference Jocelyn made the second time around. She had so many resources for getting ready for the birth including birth plans, birthing techniques, and exercises. Once labor started it was so nice to have an extra set of hands helping me cope. She also did a wonderful job talking with me through and after contractions, especially when they were getting really difficult. This also took a lot of pressure off my husband, who wants to help, but isn't always sure how. At the hospital, Jocelyn worked amazingly with the hospital staff: she often spoke with the nurses about how to best help me labor and positions to try after I'd chosen an epidural and for pushing. Having Jocelyn to help advocate for me and getting the nurses more involved was invaluable to my birth experience.

Kami

4/21/2019

I cannot recommend Jocelyn enough!  We had a great birthing experience and I credit much of that to Jocelyn's presence, support, and suggestions.  She had a ton of information and recommendations both during prenatal visits and throughout labor and delivery.  She kept our preferences and aspects of our birth plan in mind the entire time and helped us get the information we needed to make decisions.  We really appreciate all of her help!

Kristen Phillips

1/16/2019

Jocelyn was fantastic! My biggest concern about selecting a doula was finding someone that would make me feel comfortable,  someone I could be myself with and trust in a very vulnerable situation. Jocelyn was all of those things. She felt like a family friend which allowed me to relax and concentrate on getting through a very long labor and delivery. Jocelyn was amazing to have at my home prior to heading to the hospital and in the hospital room. She was a calming presence that gently requested I try different positions, walking, getting in the tub and reassured me that I was doing great throughout. She was an advocate for me and my husband when dealing with hospital staff and always kept my birth plan in mind. I would highly recommend Jocelyn!

' Nonye '

1/9/2019

Initially my husband and I weren't really sold on the concept of a Doula but last-minute nerves got the best of me and I found myself searching for a Doula @ my 36week mark...needless to say I came in last minute with the need for a Doula. I looked around doulamatch and narrowed my options to 3 potentials. I met all three. Jocelyn was the last one I met and after our initial sit down, I knew she would be the one I would go with. There was something really easy about our conversation. I found her energy to be quite calming but I knew she would take her work very seriously based on how she answered my questions. I also want to point out that she was the only Doula that I spoke with that I felt educated me in a few areas. This picked my interest more because I love interacting with knowledgeable people. I had my baby at 38 weeks and 1 day so I didn’t get to have the 2 pre-meetings before labor day. We did have 1 pre-meeting and she gave us lots of tips for the main day. She also gave us exercises to work on! On the main day Jocelyn was fantastic. She really worked with my husband and I in a way that we felt like we were in good hands. She labored with us at our home mostly in the bath (this helps a lot!). By the time we got to the hospital, I was already 8 cm dilated. (WHOA!!!). In the hospital, she was equally great. She switched up laboring techniques a few times to figure out the best one for me. My husband felt that we couldn’t have gone through the day without Jocelyn. She was just superb. I think every first time mom needs one and it really helps if you get the right one. Go with Jocelyn, you wouldn’t regret it. Main pros of going with Jocelyn:affordable (I know this is relative), passionate, she doesn’t take a lot of clients in a given month, wealth of knowledge (maybe I just don't know much in this area but compared to the others I interviewd, I would say she knows her stuff), Calming spirit and easy to talk to

Shelley Engstrom

4/22/2018

I couldn’t more highly recommend Jocelyn; she was a Godsend to us. I am so grateful for her calming presence and encouragement throughout my pregnancy and birth experience. She was supportive of us and our decisions and affirming to me when I struggled in my anxiety. My husband and I agree that our son’s birth would not have gone as well as it did without Jocelyn’s presence and expertise as a doula. (Plus, she’s a wonderful person, and we enjoyed her company!) I would certainly work with her again and am recommending her to everyone I know. 

Maura Hameroff

2/27/2018

I would not have been able to give birth with no intervention without Jocelyn. I was skeptical of how much a doula can help when you get an epidural, but the exercises, the psychological support, pushing techniques, and help handling all the options that the medical staff offer that she provided, were key for me to safely give birth and have a great recovery.

Keeley Kent

2/18/2018

Jocelyn helped with the birth of our first child a couple of weeks ago. Before the birth, she helped us put together our vision for the birth and work on some positioning and other exercises to help with labor. Unfortunately nothing about the birth happened like we had envisioned. Jocelyn was instrumental in helping me physically, mentally, and emotionally get through 3 days of labor induction and an eventual c-section. She was also a huge help mentally and emotionally for my husband. She had an amazing optimism and enthusiasm despite little to no sleep for 2 days. She was so supportive and encouraging when I just wanted to give up! She was also great at helping my husband support me and make sure he was a full participant in the process. I am so glad she was on our team for the long journey to welcoming our son into the world. My husband and I would hire her again in a heartbeat. 

Kelsie Herdlevar

7/18/2017

As someone who spent a lot of time researching and planning to have the optimal birth experience, I can confidently say that hiring jocelyn was by far the investment during the entire process. Jocelyn met with my husband and I twice before the birth. She demonstrated daily exercises to help prepare my body and move baby into the best position. She was with us through my entire labor (which came 2 weeks early) and was absolutely essential in helping me cope and deliver baby naturally. When I look back at the birth experience, I am empowered and overwhelmingly grateful to have had Jocelyn by my side. 

Deanna 'Deaton' Barley

7/12/2017

Jocelyn was very kind and encouraging. Although my birth plan did not work out as hoped, due to complications, she was there to support me and coach me through my 11 hour labor. I especially appreciate the pictures she took of my baby's birth to help capture those precious memories that I may have otherwise forgotten. I also really appreciate her help in getting my husband involved in an uncomfortable situation for him; and Let's face it, most men don't know what to do in that situation. Lol But Jocelyn helped him feel as comfortable as possible and to get in there and support and encourage me and to be part of the whole process. Thank you!!

Christy Appell

4/29/2017

Jocelyn was an absolute essential part of our birth team, hiring her was one of the best decisions my husband and I made regarding the birth of our daughter.  She was not only professional and knowledgable, but she was also caring, supportive, and very reassuring.  She was respectful of my wishes and at no time did I feel anything but support from her.

Jocelyn met with us a couple of times before the birth to discuss my birth preferences, answer questions, and help navigate through the planning process.  Due to some health issues, the birth went nothing like I had planned.  Jocelyn helped me through each step of the birth and was tremendously calming in my worst moments.  She helped normalize the process for me and helped me make informed decisions for myself.  

If we have another child I will definitely want Jocelyn by my side for that birth!

 

Rebecca Ryan

11/1/2016

One word: AMAZING. Jocelyn was actually my backup doula and I had never met her. My baby girl was sunny side up so I was having horrible back labor. My hubby called Jocelyn to come over because I was beside myself with pain and was not coping well at all. The minute she walked in, everything changed. She helped me to calm down and regain control. She instantly felt like part of the family; like I'd known her forever. Her voice and manner were so calming. She had all kinds of ways to help ease the pain and get me through my contractions. My husband and her made an amazing team. They got to the point where they didn't even have to talk to know what they needed to do. It was seamless. I was planning on giving birth at a birth center, but due to unforseen events, I had to transfer to the hospital. Knowing that Jocelyn was in charge of keeping the hospital staff to stick to my birth plan was a load off my mind. She very politely but firmly made sure the hospital staff knew what I wanted and why. Since my midwife was unable to stay with me at the hospital due to regulations, having the continuity of care through Jocelyn helped so much. To know someone other than my husband who was helping me made all the difference. Without her, I honestly don't think I could have relaxed enough to have a regular birth. Jocelyn sat next to me all night, encouraging me thorugh the pain, helping me make the difficult choice about whether to get an epidural (it had been 20 hours of difficult laboring and I wasn't progressing and couldn't relax), allowing my husband to sleep for a while, and continuing to remind me how to stay calm. Jocelyn is an amazing doula and a wonderful woman. If you think you don't need a doula, please reconsider. I couldn't have gone through such a difficult birth without her. I thought that a doula would be redundant since my husband is extreamly supportive. It wasn't. Both my husband and I were incredibly thankful that she was there. She is fantastic!

Alex Matera Hausman

9/9/2016

Jocelyn was so great! Prior to labor she met with us to find out the kind of labor we wanted. Her questions were detailed and thorough. When I went into labor she was easy to get in contact with, and had some good ideas to help my labor along. Even when we called in the middle of the night, she was ready to come over and provide assistance. Throughout the whole labor she knew when to jump in and when to step back. She worked well with my husband, helping him to help me. I also liked that after our baby was born she came to visit twice to make sure we were doing well and offer help with finding resources. Overall, our experience with Jocelyn was very positive, and I will be reccomending her to my pregnant friends!  

Birth Availability for Jocelyn Skinner CD(PALS,DONA)

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