Meet Jessie, the Doula
A little about me…
My name is Jessie Howard and originally, I wanted to be a rock star. Most people laugh when I tell them that, but I am dead serious! I was in the School of Rock Music from ages 15 to 17, playing electric guitar alongside teen rock protégés and playing cool gigs like a Zappa cover show alongside Napoleon Murphy Brock of The Mothers of Invention.
How did the Rock Star dream turn into the Doula dream?
Easy. I had a baby.
My pregnancy hit me at a less than ideal time- my last semester of undergrad, when I was studying Cultural Anthropology. At the time, I was planning to pursue grad school for Sex and Gender Studies….and then I found myself with a kiddo on board!
When I first read about doulas during my pregnancy, I thought they were a luxury item, and way above my financial means. After my daughter arrived though, I was struck by what true value there would have been in having an un-related, non-judgmental, birth pro in that labor room with me.
Oh Molasses-Jedidiah, it would have made
All. the. Difference.