I'm a Mom and a Wife, but I'm also an Advocate for all women. I enjoy road trips with my partner and attending live concerts. I love jam bands, grunge, and 90's gangsta rap. I'm a total foodie and love to dine out as well as bake in my kitchen. I enjoy yoga and sunshine and the grass between my toes. I am a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. I was raised in Tulsa and attended Memorial High School with an emphasis in stage choirs. I pursued a Mass Communications degree from Virginia Commonwealth University by way of Washington D.C., where I attended Montgomery College and was a published student staff writer for the Montgomery Advocate. I love to write and edit.
I will arrive on time for our postpartum visits with 2 bags, my DONA doula bag and my siblings bag. My doula bag includes things like a warming rice sock, a ring sling, my DONA manual and my notebook filled with all of the wonderful doula hacks I have to share with you.
My siblings bag contains age appropriate toys, games, books, and activities based on information I gathered during our prenatal meeting. The contents of this bag will change from day to day. This gives siblings something to look forward to that is just for them and provides a distraction when you find they (you) may want one throughout the day.
As your postpartum doula, my sibling care is also included. I am a Great Siblings instructor and take great pride in the attention and delicate care I am able to provide all of your children while I am in your home, if this is a need you have. This looks like preparing their favorite meals, reading them a book, playing a game with them, taking them outside, helping with bathroom needs where applicable and bedtime routines, all while incorporating new brother or sister into the mix. Mom will rest, heal, and absorb her new baby while I handle the household. This allows partners the invaluable time to get to know baby, as well as give big brother or sister the one on one time they require.
I am mindful of your healing and emotional cues during your 4th trimester. I am a friend to talk to and an insured and trained resource for current, research-based information and local professional contacts. I prepare and serve snacks, follow you around with water, and fill in the domestic gaps while you heal. This often looks like conquering (and putting away) the piles of laundry, running the dishwasher, changing the linens, or vacuuming the carpets, all while wearing new babe so mom can take a much-needed shower. Maybe you'd like to sleep? I listen for babe's queues and help with breast and bottle-feeding, cloth and disposable diapering, and practical babywearing.
My care is not limited to your human babies! Any fur babies you may have in your home will also have their needs met with daily feeding, walking, and touch. My services are available day, overnight, and weekends.
Jessi Lane helped me as a postpartum doula during some challenging weeks of our twins' early days. She steps right in with a great attitude and helps where needed--even if you don't yet realize it.
Jessi was so intuitive with entertaining my three-year-old still-adjusting new big brother and my twin infants. She wore one baby around the house while working from room to room helping with laundry, clothing organization, bedding, etc. so I could have a few moments to myself. Jessi fed us and fed the babies bottles or would bring them to me as needed.
She was a calm presence, great with kids and babies, as well as a knowledgable helping hand when I felt like I was drowning; I'm so grateful she was available to help us out and my 3-year-old still asks for her :)
Jessi is an amazing postpartum doula. She notices all the littles things that need attention (whether I had a fresh drink in reach, when the paper towels needed restocked, when the kitchen needed swept); while simultaneously sweetly engaging my big kids and helping me relax so I could truly rest. The kind of rest you get when you don't have to explain to your husband which "blue sippy" cup your toddler is crying for. I was able to nap, knowing that my baby was happy and would be brought to me when she was hungry. When I woke up, my house was tidy and my laundry was put away. She even went with me to my salon appointment so I could breastfeed my daughter there instead of pumping milk ahead of time. Jessi is maternal and instinctive; having her by your side is invaluable.
I had no idea what to expect with a postpartum doula, and was apprehensive that my home was too dirty and that I was mothering wrong. Jessi put me so at ease with her servant's heart and kind, supportive encouragement.
She walked through my door and, as I was currently talking with a lactation consultant, went straight to my kitchen and started doing dishes and cleaning. She cleaned, did laundry, picked up groceries, and gave me invaluable help and advice about the most varied topics, from the cloth diapers I had bought but had no idea how to use, to baby wearing, to postpartum emotions. She Did whatever I needed done so that I could rest, shower (!), and enjoy my baby. She is a godsend and I highly recommend her to every momma!