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Jessica Tabakin

Mama Doula LLC & Seattle Family Chef

Website: http://mamadoulallc.com

Phone: (206) 293-4472

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $45

Fee Details: I am certified Postpartum Doula with NAPS Doulas since 2011. As a Personal Chef, I am professionally trained and insured through the USPCA. My focus is on cooking lactogenic foods for nursing parents. Additionally I am a CNA, Certified Nursing Assistant, in WA State. My hourly rate is $40, plus sales tax for Entrée packages / Personal Chef services. Cooking is included as a part of the postpartum care I offer as a doula. I sell hourly packages for postpartum care 20/40/60+, customizing to fit your needs is always an option. Lower cost services are available to 3 families per year. I offer this to public servants, low income & military families.

Postpartum Doula Experience: 9 years and 127 families served

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Northwest Association of Postpartum Support (NAPS) - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • Northwest Association for Postpartum Support, October 2010
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Prefer to work in smoke free homes.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Great Starts Birth and Family Education
  • Trained to be a Childbirth Educator through Great Starts in 2014

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Nursing Assistant NC 60742632 Personal Chef, BA in Social Work & Psychology. Referrals to community resources, IBCLC Lactation Consultants, LLL Meetings and other support networks for any issues that arise pertaining to baby and new parenthood.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant, NC 60742632 & Personal Chef insured through the USPCA US Personal Chef's Association

College Education

  • AA/AS
  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • End of Life Doula Services
  • Infant massage education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep Educator

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

*Represented NAPS @ Ina May Gaskin Event, Town Hall. 2011 *Volunteered on NAPS Marketing Committee 2011-12 * Marketing Board Member for NAPS, 2012- 13 * Assistant to Childbirth Education Class, Great Starts, 2011 * Attended 2011-15 NW Doula Conference, * Secured Sponsorship for 2012 NW Doula Conference * Basic Breastfeeding Training, Birth & Beyond, 2010 * Taught ADT (Advanced Doula Training) Cooking section of Cooking & Nutrition class for Postpartum Doulas' 2011, with Sarah Silvers * "Milk Supply from a Developmental Perspective" & "The First 4 Days-What's a Doula to Do?" Renee Bebe, 2012 NASE Committee, NAPS Alliance for Social Equity, 2013 Feeding New Families, Cynthia Lair, 2014 WA Cash, Business Development Training, 2014 Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, Heidi Koss 2015, Overnight Care for Twins, Susan MacPherson 2015 Serving GBLTQ Families, Kristin Kali MAIA Midwife and Fertility 2016 As a postpartum doula and personal chef I provide a dual service. For breast/ chest feeding parents, I educate about galactagouges or lactogenic foods, ones that promote human lactation. I prepare nutritious, delicious meals in the homes of families that promote healing and recovery post childbirth. As a personal chef, my services also include preparing weekday/night meals for families with children of all ages or single working professionals.

Languages spoken: Basic Hebrew & Minimal Spanish.

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Sigrid bach Sørensen

The food Jessica made was wonderful and so so tasty ?? thank you!! Favorite items (hard to pick!) were miso soup and curry. Just perfect ???? Our 4-year old loved it too.

Posted 11/8/2019

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Amanda Fulmer

Jessica has a true passion for her work and this shines through every encounter.  She cooked wonderfully tasty and nutritious food for us aimed specifically at post-partum recovery needs and tailored to our dietarry restrictions.  Jessica also connected us to quality local services we had not known about at a time when they were sorely needed.  She is clearly experienced with children and enjoys being with them.  She was always business like in terms of logistics, and completely reliable.  We would recommend her services to anyone who is overwhelmed with a new baby (or other life circumstance) and needs someone to come in and cook up a storm and make things right while you focus on something other than cooking and cleaning.

Posted 5/28/2015

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Clara Sims Mulligan

I am a new mom. And this being my first kid, my family being on the other side of the country and knowing very little about what to expect once I gave birth, I knew I needed to surround myself with people that I could trust and who understood what it meant to be a new mom.

Specifically, I was looking for someone to help with the baby so I could have some time to take care of myself both mentally and physically, and someone who could be an experienced resource as I learned my new role. After interviewing Jessica, I knew she was that someone.

Jessica was essential to my recovery. I hired Jessica both as a postpartum doula and a personal chef. As a doula, her knowledge of newborns was extensive, and she delivered information in an objective yet nurturing way. No judgment, no unsolicited advice, no overbearing commentary—she was always very easy to talk to and learn from. Not only was she able to answer all of my many questions, but she would bring relevant information and resources to me. It was like she was reading my mind—I would be wondering about something one day and she would bring a pamphlet or book about the exact thing the next. Just goes to show that she was very attuned to what was going on in a new moms’ brain.

As a personal chef she cooked fresh, nutritious, delicious meals, thoughtfully prepared to help a nursing mother get back on her feet. Without her, I would have probably gone the whole day without eating, so having prepared food in the fridge was awesome. It allowed my husband and I to enjoy our new family, rather than spend time figuring out what to eat.

I felt fully recovered and healthy four weeks after I gave birth and I owe that to Jessica. She really embraces her job as a doula and aims to take ultimate care of the mom and that’s exactly what my experience was. Jessica is the Porsche of caregivers. Hiring her was worth every penny and if I have another child, I will hire her again.

Posted 3/12/2015

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carrie clark

Jessica has been an amazing resource of knowledge for our little guy and her cooking is absolutely amazing! The house smells so good and it has been a huge help to not have to worry about making meals when we are tired and just want to focus our time with our new baby. Not only has Jessica kept myself and my husband well fed, now that our little guy is starting to eat solid foods, she's got him hooked as well. Highchair tray slapping good!

Posted 2/6/2014

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Julie S.

 It was so uplifting to get a visit from Jessica -- in just a few short hours I'd had a nap, the house was tidy, laundry done, trash out, and a delicious dinner was simmering on the stove. Jessica made herself at home in my kitchen, preparing herbal tea, a snack for me, and  a meal that took into consideration our dietary needs. Jessica was also just a wonderful support and sounding board during her visit. I spoke with her about some issues I am experiencing and she offered a kind ear but also an expert's perspective on the postpartum period. She was there for me so that I could truly be there for my baby --my batteries are recharged after her visit and I would highly recommend her! 

Posted 1/29/2013

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Rosty

During chaotic and stressful period that followed my wife’s difficult labor & birth, I returned to work, cooked & took care of my family. Things became very challenging. Hiring Jessica was one of the best decisions I made during this period. While providing valuable postpartum care for my wife and son, she has cooked enough great food for us to eliminate stress related to food preparation and subsequent cleanup. My wife and I are very picky about the food we eat. Excellent meals that Jessica prepared exceeded in quality those that we would cook ourselves. Jessica worked with us to determine food preferences and everything she prepared was healthy, natural and tasted great. In addition, Jessica shared recipes that greatly reduced the amount of food we used to discard due to our lack of sufficient knowledge to prepare it quickly. I was impressed enough to continue using her services regularly since. I would recommend Jessica's postpartum care and chef services to anyone without hesitation.

Posted 11/9/2012

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Rosty

I cannot say enough good things about Jessica's postpartum care services. With my wife recovering from difficult labour and myself going back to work we were getting overwhelmed with newborn care tasks, food preparation, errands, etc. Hiring Jessica to help us was one of the best ideas I have had throughout this ordeal. She took care of newborn tasks and most importantly cooked enough great food for us to eliminate stress related to food preparation and subsequent cleanup. We are very picky about the food we eat (healthy, organic, etc.) and the quality of her meals exceeded those that I would cook myself. In addition she provided great advice related to various newborn care tasks as well as essential products required. Some of these products are making valuable contribution in pacifying our newborn at times of distress. I would recommend Jessica's services to anyone without hesitation.

Posted 6/13/2012

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Sally Gates

I highly recommend postpartum doula Jessica Tabakin-Manor. It's so easy to forget to take care of yourself in the midst of the post birth chaos. Doula Jessica was there to help me remember. She was there to help with whatever needed to be done.

The first time she brought me a hot breakfast as I snuggled my sleeping baby, it made me feel so nurtured and cared for. It's so easy to forget to eat! Although my primary concern when looking for a postpartum doula was finding someone to connect with my toddler, I completely underestimated how much I would appreciate having someone skilled in the kitchen! Thankfully, in my experience with Jessica, she was wonderful with my son and regularly left our fridge full of delicious, flavorful, healthy food.

Jessica also went above and beyond to look for ways to keep my very active son engaged. Whether it was singing songs, taking him on walks and trips to the park, or looking for creative toys to keep him entertained, I appreciated her enthusiasm. He's a handful!

 

Posted 4/29/2012

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Melody Turner

I met Jessica at four weeks postpartum, overwhelmed and exhausted, after having my 3rd child. She graciously offered to volunteer six hours of her time to help with the transition. On her first visit, Jessica lent me a book about breastfeeding and watched the baby while I took care of household items. At this point I was still recovering from the birth and feeling homebound and I was really wanting to get out. She helped connect me with my neighborhood pool and at our next visit she met me there with a bathing suit and other swimming accoutrements. I was feeling very shy about getting into the pool and she gave me a much needed pep talk that inspired me. It felt really great to go swimming after inactivity for what felt like forever. As a mother of three I rarely have the chance to do something for myself and it was so nice to have a moment to just swim and be free and have the baby safely close by. In my experience, having a doula is invaluable to a smooth adjustment with a newborn and I wish I had known about doula services when I had my first two kids!

Posted 4/13/2012

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Hadas Weiss-Peled

In February 2012 I gave birth to my second child Naomi and was privileged to have Jessica, a friend and a Postpartum Doula with me in the delivery room, as a support to the birth process. Jessica was a great help to me, from late in my pregnancy to the end of my labor. In the last trimester of my pregnancy I suffered from Pregnancy Cholestasis, a liver disease, caused by pregnancy in a small population of women, that causes terrible itching and early labor. It can be dangerous to both the pregnant mother and baby. Symptoms of this problem showed up when I was 32 weeks. Jessica helped by referring me to a local acupuncturist who almost cleared the Cholestasis and enabled me to stay pregnant until full term when I gave birth at 38 weeks. Jessica stayed with my husband and I through my labor, which was induced. She blended naturally into the labor room scene and my husband and I felt immediately comfortable around her. I believe that an assistant to a woman in labor needs to have various qualities, sometimes paradoxical. I think these character traits are a part of Jessica’s nature. Through my labor, Jessica was calm and relaxed. She provided a strong stable ground onto which I could hold. She was optimistic in spirit but could also be with me in the painful parts of the labor. She was flexible and could support me in the medical decisions I made. Most importantly, Jessica was present, in her body and mind, in the intensity of active labor and did this with a great love to the process. I would highly recommend Jessica to help other women in this important life moment.

Posted 2/27/2012

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Stacey Zaidi

 After the birth of my 2nd son I was left with a longer and more difficult recovery than anticipated, our family was out of town, my husband came down with a cold and was left to care for our 2 boys, me, our dog and himself. We didn't plan for a postpartum doula but quickly realized we were drowning during this difficult transition. We met Jessica and she saved us! She came in, quickly fit right into our family - our 2 year old still asks when she is coming back! - and worked her magic. We have a farm share that comes each week that was sitting in the fridge waiting to be used and she managed, in 2.5 hours, to cook every single piece of produce in that box! We have a hard time getting through it each week and here we had a week's worth of incredible food ready and waiting for us. She taught my husband a lot about cooking and eating for anemia and breast feeding, which he is ever grateful for since I am dealing with both at the moment, and she inspired our salad making to new heights with the fantastic things she put in the salads she made us. This would have been enough but she also got through a list of other things that needed done, how she did all of this and still found time to talk with me, my husband and our son, I do not know. As I said, she is magic. I whole heartedly, and with profound gratitude, recommend Jessica to anyone needing a postpartum doula. She was fantastic with the little things we needed done (laundry, filling soap dispensers, etc), incredible in the kitchen (I wish she made our food every week!) and kind and supportive of my recovery and situation. The emotional understanding and support is deeply restorative and I felt safe in her kind care. We felt so taken care of and safe with Jessica helping out our family and we wouldn't have made it through the first weeks without her help.

Posted 11/6/2011

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