Maggie Jennings

LCCE, CD(DONA), CLC, CHBE, Evidence Based Birth® Instructor

Maggie Jennings Belly Laughs Birth ServicesFirst and foremost, I am the mother of four beautiful children. I am blessed to work from home, so I am able to spend my days with them, and I love watching them grow and change on a daily basis.

It is actually my children who took me along the path of providing doula and birth services. Their very different births (the first being full-term & unmedicated, the second being a cesarean birth at 34 weeks – with a stay in the NICU to boot – and the third & fourth as wonderful unmedicated VBACs) led me to do a lot of research on childbirth, and as a result I often became the “go-to” among my friends for information. When I came across the role of a birth doula in my research, I felt like I had struck gold! Providing support for mothers & their partners is a role that I am passionate about, and I am excited to help others in their own birth experiences.

Providing additional birth services came naturally. I love teaching, and the role of childbirth educator is one that I was eager to take up. I searched high and low for an appropriate childbirth training program, and I hit the jackpot when I found Lamaze’s Passion for Birth program with the esteemed Teri Shilling. That workshop showed me what I needed to do to ensure that my classes are actually INTERESTING! I offer a complete childbirth education series and weekend course, combining the knowledge and practices that I have learned in my various trainings and doula experience.

While very pregnant with my third child, I had the opportunity to attend a 40-hour training as part of Healthy Children’s Certified Lactation Counselor program. This was an absolutely phenomenal training that has enabled me to help so many new mothers – as doula clients, students, and those seeking help in the early weeks after birth.

In 2015, I was part of a pilot program to become one of the first Evidence Based Birth® Instructors. As a Lamaze educator and birth worker, I have loved this organization since its inception. Evidence based care is my – dare I say it? – passion, and helping parents learn how to find that care is one of my favorite roles. I plan to offer the Evidence Based Birth® workshop to parents in their first and second trimesters, teaching them about them about evidence based care and their rights as parents, as well as their options for care provider, birth setting, birth team, and childbirth education. What an awesome opportunity!

These additional services are the perfect complement to my doula role, and I am so happy to be able to provide them.

Training

To see a complete list of my trainings and continuing education, click here.

I am professionally trained and certified as a birth doula by DONA International. I am a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and a member of Lamaze International. Additionally, I am a Certified Happiest Baby Educator (CHBE) for “Happiest Baby on the Block” a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), and an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor.

My View on Birth

I am an advocate of the Lamaze philosophy of “normal birth” (listed below). However, that being said, I recognize that every mother must reach her own conclusions about how she forsees her birth experience, because each mother has different values, goals, and past experiences. I will do everything in my power to help you achieve the birth that you desire.

Lamaze’s View of Birth
  • Birth is normal, natural and healthy.
  • The experience of birth profoundly affects women and their families.
  • Women’s inner wisdom guides them through birth.
  • Women’s confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by the care provider and place of birth.
  • Women have the right to give birth free from routine medical interventions.
  • Birth can safely take place in homes, birth centers, and hospitals.
  • Childbirth education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health, and to trust their inner wisdom.

Professional & Educational Experience

I received my B.S. in Animal Science from UCDavis, anticipating a career as an Outreach Educator in the zoo environment. Shortly after the birth of my first child, however, I realized that staying at (& working from) home was my path. Being a “people-person,” I became involved in and serve on the Board of a local non-profit organization assisting quadriplegic individuals. I also decided to continue my education by obtaining a certificate in Web Design at Mt. San Jacinto College. At long last, I found my calling in helping other mothers. Today, I am a childbirth educator, birth doula, and sometimes web designer & developer. I am also a founding member of Temecula Valley Doulas, the founder/leader of a local VBAC Support Group (former 2010-2016 Chapter Leader for ICAN), past ImprovingBirth.org Rally Coordinator, a member of DONA International’s Certification Committee, and I plan to sit for the IBCLC exam in the coming years. I currently teach classes in Murrieta.

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