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Jaclyn Smith

Birth Doula, Prenatal Fitness & Nutrition Coach

About Me

Born and raised in Oklahoma Jaclyn loves spending time outdoors. Jaclyn graduated from College majoring in Criminal Justice & Pre-Law with a Minor in Business. Jaclyn has been married to her husband and the love of her life, Scott for 14 years. They are both biological and adoptive parents to 2 children, Evan and Jaylee, which make their world whole. Jaclyn has 3 life passions, Serving God, being a Doula and a Crossfit-L1 trainer specializing in pre and post-natal performance. When asked, her closest friends state that she is a highly dedicated, compassionate individual that always thinks of others first.

My Why

The very word Doula to me personally means service, support, care, consideration of others along with many other positive adjectives I could use. My why is so much more than fulfilling a desire or a dream that lay in my heart awakened by my own personal process. My “Why” is because I was called to serve others and show compassion and emotional support in one of the most powerful times of a Mothers life. I long to help women and their partners embrace the birthing process and feel educated all while recognizing they have a voice….They ARE the voice for such a time as this.

What Makes Me Unique

I have an unusual amount of intuition when it comes to people; I am able to figure out motivations and intentions with a high rate of accuracy. Even with people whom I've had very little interaction with. This allows me to understand and act on cue in any moment within the laboring world. I love being different and surprising and not fitting stereotypes. I would rather please God, than go my whole life pleasing the world. I am sensitive yet strong and can handle situations on a whim with comfort and confidence which helps others be more at ease. In the Doula world, I combine physical strength with mental and emotional to help women see their potential and what they were made for.

Qualifications

DONA Trained Birth Doula Childbirth Education Course Breastfeeding Education Course Kids and Safety First Course CPR/First Aid Certified Crossfit L-1 Trainer

Confidence

Experienced in Relaction VBAC experience Experienced in training pregnant athletes Adoption and Adoptive and Birth Mother Transitioning

What Working With Me Looks Like

Working with me is fun and educational. I love to help women and their partners grow their knowledge and laugh or smile to relieve the daily pressures put on a growing family.

Prenatal
From our first prenatal consult to our last face to face meeting I will be listening to all of the items that are important for you and your partner during this special time. I will keep notes handy as well as all my doula tools. During the first couple of visits it will be us just getting to know each other so we can grow together during this process. By our 2nd prental appointment we will have fun practicing pretend contractions in the comfort of your home and what works for you the best!! No worries...partners are as involved as you and they feel comfortable with. I am here to support your network and work together as a team!
Labor & Birth
I will arrive once you contact me and request my presence at your side for laboring and birth support. I will have trained you on different movements with proper techniques to strengthen your perineum before and help you keep focus and movement to your advantage. I will be an encouraging force throughout this amazing time for you and will be on call 24/7! I will be an advocate to remind you during trying times of what your birth plan is as well as provide mental, emotional and physical support!
Prenatal Fitness & Nutrition Coaching
Jaclyn is a Crossfit-L1 Trained Coach and BIRTHFIT Coach Certificate holder who uses her expertise to specialize in nutritional and fitness training for expecting and postpartum moms. Focusing on FITNESS | NUTRITION | CHIROPRACTIC | MINDSET, Jaclyn's goal is to educate and empower each client to not only prepare physically for birth, but to prepare their body, mind and spirit as well. Cost is subject to 3, 6, and 12 month programming along with location availability. 10% Discount offered for Packaging with Birth Doula Services.
Postpartum
After baby arrives, I will assist with the first latch if you insist but also keep my distance in the background so you can enjoy your first look...your first touch together. By day 3 or 4, I will arrive at your home and check on you and baby and partner and and answer any questions you may have. I will be on call till the end of your 2nd week postpartum! I am excited to be a part of each journey and I show that enthusiasm as well as bring education to the meetings so you have someone to lean on! It is an honor to work with each new family and I treat it just as that!
Pricing
Jaclyn's fee is $500. If verifiable proof of financial hardship is presented then Jaclyn will consider to negotiate in special circumstances.

Testimonials

It was my first pregnancy and I definitely wasn't ready for it. My husband was, but I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was God said, "You will be fine". With so many insecurities and worries from being a nurse and having worked with sick kiddos, I had anxiety of taking care of my sweet little one, in and outside my body. Could I take the pain of labor? If I couldn't, would I still be a strong momma? Jaclyn, as a wonderful and caring friend, encouraged me throughout my pregnancy. I had looked at getting a Doula but didn't have the finances at the time. Unknowingly, though, Jaclyn had stepped up into that place. She answered all questions and gave me great resources to prepare myself throughout pregnancy. When the night came, I took labor upon myself cause I didn't really know if I was in it! I labored from 10 pm until 1 am when I couldn't stand it any longer and finally woke my husband. Contractions were 3-5 minutes apart and we had an hour drive to make. By the time I got to the hospital and through triage, my contractions were 30 secs - 1 min apart. I was not successful in not getting the epidural because there was no rest for me or my daughter and her heart rate would plummet during each contraction despite any breathing and imagery techniques I tried. I just had no rest. Come morning, I message Jaclyn. She worked as a calm and encouraging spirit for both me and my husband. If my daughter's heart rate went low or my blood pressure dropped, she was there to let him know we were ok and that God's hands were in this. She prayed over me as I rested and constantly checked on me and helped me to be comfortable. Come times to push, she was involuntarily chosen to hold one of my legs and did it like a champ. She took it in stride and never made me feel vulnerable or embarrassed. Throughout the pushing, the doctor declared that he didn't think Norah was going to fit. He gave me one ultimatum: I had to give it my A-game. I had to push with everything I had or I was going to have a c-section. In that moment, I wanted to cry, but I knew that if I did, all my strength would leave and I'd definitely be having a c-section. I asked my husband to pray with me as I held back MOST of my tears and Jaclyn grabbed my opposite hand and prayed along with us. She then grabbed my leg again, the nurse on the opposite leg, and my mom behind me and I pushed one last time. Norah came into the world and she was perfect. I couldn't have done it without Jaclyn's calm and motivating spirit, creating a relaxing tone throughout the chaos. I am so thankful and know she will be an amazing addition and helper to any momma who would like that extra bit of help, knowledge, motivation, and encouragement throughout pregnancy and labor. But not just that, she was a big help with breastfeeding and still is (some 18 weeks out now). She educated me on breastfeeding, helped make sure my latches were good, and was a helping hand and there at any moment did I need her. To say her help was priceless seems lacking. And as we sat out on my back porch, I just remember telling her, "You have to become a Doula. It's your passion and you were mine, so I can vouch for you. Now we know you can do it, you just have to go out and do it for real!" And she has. I couldn't be more proud of her. I pray God uses her for miraculous things.


Megan R.