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The Happy Mama Place supporting birthing families since 2015
Providing continous emotional, physical and educational support while guiding moms-to-be through their journey to an empowering birthing experience.

Jessica Ann

Certified Doula
Licensed Massage Therapist Certified in Prenatal, Labor, & Postpartum Massage
Specializing in Induction Massage
Placenta Specialist
Certified Infant Massage Instructor

I am a mother and passionate promoter of women’s rights. My journey to becoming a Birth Doula and Licensed Massage Therapist began nine years ago. I was a terrified young pregnant woman, who found herself overwhelmed with fears stemming from horrid television narratives and petrifying accounts of other women’s birthing experiences. Luckily, I was introduced to a Doula through my birthing hospital.

During our first prenatal visit, I learned my Birth Doula was a Licensed Massage Therapist. She helped diminish my fears as we discussed my worries and developed a birth plan. I was provided with educational, emotional and physical support during my pregnancy; it prepared my mind and body for labor. My Doula was there for me from the time of our first prenatal consult throughout labor till the time my daughter began breastfeeding. Instantly, after giving birth I was left with an invigorating powered feeling, as if I could run a marathon. It allowed me to fully enjoy the initial bonding time with my beautiful 7.2lb, 20.5in baby girl. Having a Birth Doula allowed me to have a memorable birthing experience. Giving me the ability to remember the details with my Doula filling in the blanks of my labor. Which enables me to share those memories with my daughter till this day.

As a result, I developed a lingering desire to help pregnant moms. Soon after, I obtained my Massage Licensed through the State of Pennsylvania. I worked for multiple chiropractor practices and received certifications specializing in prenatal, postpartum, and induction massages. I completed my Certification Doula requirements through DONA, mentored with The Growing Place in Emmaus, PA and shadowed under DONA International Certified Doula since 2002 / Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Virginia Rivenbark. I have supported moms at hospitals in the parts of New Jersey, Lehigh Valley, Wilkes Barre, Danville, Bloomsburg, Williamsports, Lewisburg, Scranton, Honsedale consisting of both vaginal and cesarean births. Beyond hospital births I have supported moms birthing at home; including, water births with area midwives.

When I am not attending a birth or conducting an infant massage workshop you can find me working at a Holistic Wellness Center in Kingston PA, Thrive Wellness Center. Thrive gives my moms-to-be opportunity to further educate themselves about nutrition and health care by Holistic Healthcare Practitioners, Licensed Nurse Practitioners, and Holistic Nutritional Consultants. Supplementary to prenatal expertise I hold certifications in modalities of Reiki, Thai Massages, and aromatherapy. As a Birth Doula, I take the time to get to know each of her moms-to-be needs and wishes to ensure they too have a fulfilling healthy pregnancy birthing experience to share with their child.

While supporting moms into their transition into life with baby postpartum, baby blues, low energy and inadequate milk supply become a reality to some. During my search to find a solution to help moms overcome these barriers I came across placenta encapsulation. I completed my Placenta Specialist Certification through IPPA because of their intensive training, support and a scope of practice.  Even though placenta consumption is not regulated by the FDA client feedback has reported positive results.

Licenses & Certifications
Certified Doula
After completing Doula training through DONA International, Jessica Ann mentoring under a group of Doulas whom among them had over 300 births.  She then shadowed under the International President Virginia Rivernbark and birth assisting under NEPA local home-birth midwife Lisa Gambini prior to supporting birthing families on her own.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Certified and member of DONA International
  • CPR Certified
Certified Placenta Specialist
Processes the placenta in capsules, tinctures, and smoothies to be used as a tool for postpartum recovery in highest regards to health and safety set forth by OSHA and ServU-food handling.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Certified and member of IPPA
  • Blood Borne Pathogen Certified
  • ServU Food Handling Certified
Licensed Massage Therapist
Licensed with the Pennyslvania Department of Massage & Insuranced with American Massage Therapy AssoicationJessica Ann’s is a Level 2 Reiki Practice and incorporates Thai and Aroma Therapy into her practice.  Her background includes working in a chiroprator office for 3 years.
SPECIALIZES IN
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Induction Massage
  • Postpartum Massage
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified with the Pennsylvania State Board of Massage.  She teaches parents and care-givers infant massage techniques and how to safely incorporate massage into a daily routine with baby.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  •  Certified through International Infant Massage Association – USA