My name is Jennifer Lind, and I am a Postpartum Certified Doula through NAPS (http://napsdoulas.com) as well as a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association (http://nutritionaltherapy.com)
My love of taking care of new families during pregnancy and the postpartum time came from several different paths.
I worked at Evergreen Hospital for 14 years. For most of that time I was a Medical Transcriptionist, but the last 2 years I worked as a clinic manager for a Pelvic Health Clinic that specialized in pelvic floor disorders, where a lot of our patients were postpartum mothers. I enjoyed being able to provide a crucial service for women during this time, and I also loved watching and holding babies while their moms were having their appointments! Also, when both my children were infants I was involved in a program at Evergreen Hospital called “Mother to Mother Volunteers”. I would go around to all of the new family’s rooms and let them know about the programs available to new families, such as the Baby Parent Group, the lactation consultants, the Baby Boutique, etc.
As a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, my passion and focus has become fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum nutrition for both mother and baby, and I am happy to provide nutritional suggestions and support as well as meal preparation for those who want this in addition to my postpartum doula services. For those seeking ways to enhance fertility through nutrition and lifestyle changes, I offer a 6-week course called Feed Your Fertile Body TM. Please visit the Fertility Nutrition page for more details on this exciting program!
Experience with my own two children, who are now in their 20s, has brought me extensive personal knowledge. Back when they were infants, I went through a very trying time with breastfeeding. As young parents, my husband and I were not aware of all of the signs of improper latching and insufficient weight gain. After a lot of tears and projectile vomiting of formula, we were steered in the direction of a wonderful lactation consultant that was able to restore breastfeeding. However, I wish we would have had the benefit of a Postpartum Doula at that time to help us recognize the problem and provide resources for where we could get help sooner.
Now that my children are older, I remember how precious those first few months are, and I love that there is a way I can still be a part of that for all of the new families in our community.
In my free time I love to be with my family – my husband Rich of 23 years, my son Max and my daughter Maddie, who are both in college, and our dog Lily.
I also love practicing yoga, taking long hikes, watching my son’s college baseball games, quilting, and cooking.
EDUCATION and ONGOING TRAININGS:
- Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Training – 2012-2013.
- Basics of Lactation Management for Doulas – 2014
- Bastyr/Simkin Center Postpartum Doula Training – 2014
- NAPS Certification (PCD) – 2014
- Nutritional Therapy Association Annual Conference – 2014
- NW Doula Conference – 2014
- Babywearing workshop – 2014
- Overnights with twins workshop – 2015
- NW Doula Conference – 2015
- Infant/Child/Adult CPR certification – 2015 (CURRENT)