Early in my pregnancy, I got a straightforward and helpful account from Jocelyn on the practice of midwifery and birth center options in Portland. When I made my decision to give birth in a birth center, I was able to get Jocelyn as my midwife as well. During all my prenatals, Jocelyn was enthusiastic, proactive, and always available for any question no matter how trivial. Her extensive experience working with a variety of clients in both home and hospital settings and her study of recent literature on high-risk pregnancies made us feel comfortable with our decision to deliver at a birth center despite being labeled high risk due to my age (41!).
During labor, Jocelyn was hands-on, helping alleviate the intense pain with massages, compresses, and gentle but firm coaching on effective positions. She helped my husband to get through moments of despair during the labor; she helped me get through my own low points by directing my attention to different approaches to the contractions. After the birth of my son, Hugo, at his 24-hour check-up, it was great to experience Jocelyn’s positive energy and see her skill in handling newborns.
She continued to give me advice on natural remedies to help heal during our postpartum visits, and actively followed up with us to make sure we were on track for visits and that everything was going well. I highly recommend Jocelyn for any woman seeking an intelligent, skilled, no-nonsense, compassionate midwife. – Erica and Armando
We hired Jocelyn to be our birth doula for a November 2013 hospital delivery, and are so thankful that we did! Jocelyn is professional, capable, and passionate about her field. She is informed and up to date about pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. She is easy to be around and we found that we could depend on her: she was never more than a text or phone call away, and remained at Elizabeth’s side throughout labor and delivery.
There were several key points during labor where Jocelyn was invaluable. She provided a birthing tub, which got Elizabeth through several hours of contractions. When labor stalled out right before transition, Jocelyn was hands-on, leveraging natural methods to help reposition our baby. Her knowledge and input helped us navigate the medical options available to us so that we could make decisions about medical interventions, likely leading to the avoidance of a C-section. She provided lots of psychological support and reassurance to Elizabeth, particularly during transition and pushing.
For us as first time parents, Jocelyn’s post partum visits were extremely helpful as a check in for where we were and sharing of information and resources. She was skilled at handling our newborn and taught us ways to hold, comfort and burp him.
In short, working with Jocelyn was a pleasure. Having her on our team helped us have the natural, non-medicated birth that we wanted. We recommend her highly! -Elizabeth, Mark, & Armas
Upon our first meeting, I was extremely impressed with Jocelyn’s caring yet “tell it like it is” approach. Mike and I chose her because not only is she a doula, but also a midwife. We wanted to partner with someone who could not only support us during this process, but also had the clinical knowledge to back up that support.
When it came time, Jocelyn met us at the hospital (we delivered at OHSU through the midwifery practice) and was helpful from the time she arrived. She was constantly comforting me through a non-medicated labor, using massage techniques and suggestions for position changes. In the end, I gave birth after 17 hours to a calm, healthy baby girl. With Jocelyn’s help, I remained calm throughout my labor, and gave birth to a calm, alert baby. The midwives were great too, and along with our doula, they all worked so well together as a team.
The prenatal visits were incredibly helpful for first time parents. In addition, we found the postnatal visits to be EXTREMELY helpful. Jocelyn was always willing to answer any and all questions, no matter how outlandish they seemed. And with the postnatal visits, she was able to help with baby questions too…and trust me, we had a ton of
All and all, I can’t say enough about Jocelyn and her approach to supporting families in their birthing experience. Should we decide to have another child, Jocelyn will definitely be a part of that pregnancy as well. – Melissa and Mike
Jocelyn was wonderful to have as one of my midwives! I am happy that I can say I had a beautiful birth experience. My baby is 5 months old now and I still think about it almost daily. Even though I now think back on the experience with joy and love, I could have easily been overwhelmed at the time had Jocelyn not been so calm and helpful. Having calm and steadfast midwives helped remind me that although this was a new and unique experience for me, I was not the first or last woman to go through labor pains and everything was normal and okay. I didn’t realize a woman could look back on the birth of her baby and feel so much love. Jocelyn and my other midwives helped make the birth of our baby peaceful and sweet and we will forever be grateful. – Amanda, Isaac & Baby Theodore
Towards the end of my pregnancy, we hired Jocelyn as our monitrice, after not feeling confident with our initial doula. After our first meeting with her, it was obvious she was exactly what we were wanting. Throughout all of our visits, phone calls, texts, & emails, we felt 100% comfortable and had complete confidence with her by our side. She has great knowledge, experience, tips & advice that I don’t think we could have gotten anywhere else. She was an amazingly calm presence throughout labor and birth, always there with calming & reassuring words and techniques to help get my focus back where it needed to be in a positive way. My husband was able to be at the birth as a man becoming a dad and a support to me without the stress of having to solely be my coach, he was able to relax and be more present in welcoming his son.
Having Jocelyn at our birth was the best decision we could have made. After birth, she was a great help with breastfeeding and a go-to trustworthy person as first time parents with a question or concern. Even when she has been technically ‘off duty’, she has always offered help/advice or pointed us in the direction of someone/where that would have the help we were looking for. I have complete confidence in Jocelyn and refer her to all expectant parents we come across, friends or not! I know Jocelyn will be at our side for out next birth and any others after that…. maybe as our midwife at a home birth instead next time! I trust her implicitly. – Meagan, Jesse, & baby Asher
Hiring Jocelyn was the single best decision my husband and I made during our pregnancy. I had a typical Ob/Gyn whose approach was to get me in and out of the door as soon as possible at each visit. Jocelyn was available to answer questions, make referrals and offer reassurance when the doctor fell down on her job. During labor, Jocelyn was a calming presence who worked wonderfully with the nurses. We never asked her to, but she grabbed the camera as our daughter was being born and snapped several photos of the big event. We were so thankful she had the presence of mind to do that because we weren’t thinking about photos at the time! Most importantly, Jocelyn helped me breastfeed seemingly within minutes of having given birth. My daughter and I have had no breastfeeding hiccups — she’s 3 months old as I write this — and I think Jocelyn’s early support played a crucial role in establishing that relationship. This was our first pregnancy and we got the natural childbirth we wanted! – Beth
Our midwife, Jocelyn, was such an important part of our birth team. She was a major support system leading up to the birth of our son. My partner and I both felt completely at ease with her and love her perspective. Not only was Jocelyn great before our son’s birth… she was incredible after. When our 4-day old baby was admitted to the hospital for jaundice, Jocelyn met us there and walked us through every step. She sat with our sweet baby while we went to get something to eat. She stayed with us until the doctor came to talk to us and checked in with us regularly after she left. Jocelyn is supportive, knowledgeable, fun, professional, comforting, and a pleasure to be around! – Katie-Laine
When I made my first trip to see my doctor, my husband and I were informed immediately that she would not be present during the delivery and to choose another OB if this would pose to be an issue. I freaked out. But then we realized we didn’t have to do this alone.
We interviewed a number of monitrices, but immediately connected to Jocelyn’s “You can do it!” attitude. It was this attitude that got us through the toughest moment in our lives.
After an amazingly short labor (9 hours), our little Autumn was delivered at the hospital during an unplanned water birth. I had no idea it would happen the way it did, but Jocelyn was quick to provide us with the comfort and advice at all the right times. She just intuitively knew to ask all the right questions. It was an easy delivery, but what happened after is what really changed our lives.
Autumn suffered a stroke upon her birth. She spent a week in the NICU at OHSU before coming home with us. It was a terrifying time. Jocelyn provided us with the right tools to get through it all. Stopping to run errands for us, lots of hugs, coming to the NICU to provide us with comfort during the bad news doctor meetings, picking up things for me to help with breast feeding. Even just being present and sitting next to me or printing out helpful tips and advice. Her guidance was so helpful and just what we needed, without even asking for it. As a result of this, we definitely feel as though we’ve made the best decision in our lives to include her on this incredible journey. We’re so grateful Jocelyn has been a part of our story and we’re so happy to call her a part of our family. Thank you for easing our worries and helping us bring Autumn into this world. – Melenie and Paul
I wanted to convey my gratitude for the care and support midwife Jocelyn Brown gave to me and my husband during my 27 hours of labor and the entire pregnancy. During my pregnancy, Jocelyn was always clear about what to expect leading up to and during the birth of our daughter, Elizabeth. As a soon-to-be new mommy, I took comfort in the reassurance and clear answers she was always providing. She was definitely a walking encyclopedia of knowledge. Also she was always an advocate for my and my husband’s wishes.
I remember a point during the birth when I was ready to throw in the towel because my baby was taking her time. I had been laboring all day and night. Jocelyn made me a smoothie and spoon fed it to me so that I could recharge my energy to make it through. That will be stuck in memories forever.
There were so many moments where Jocelyn took care of me (us) that I could go on and on. We are so blessed to have had Jocelyn become part of our lives. She contributed to the health and peaceful birth of our daughter. She’s such an amazing advocate and is wonderful friend! -Andi and Paul
Jocelyn was our doula for the birth of our first son, Thomas. During our interview, I knew Jocelyn was a great fit for us. She was so knowledgeable, grounded, and laid-back. In the months before labor, Jocelyn was readily available to answer questions and provide support. I found this essential as time with our OB always seemed so limited. In fact, I was stuck abroad half-way through my pregnancy with horrible food poisoning. While I could not for the life of me reach my OB, Jocelyn picked up right away and followed up by e-mail. What a relief it was to have that input during a scary time.
I can safely say there is no way I could have had a natural birth without her support during pre-labor and labor. She was calm and nurturing and provided expert support through massage, water/heat soothing, positioning, coaching, and calming. She also gave my husband tips to help him be involved. As I pushed she offered to take photos while my husband and I focused on the task at hand. We would have never thought to, and those pictures are so special to us. Thanks to Jocelyn (and my healthy baby!) I was able to labor completely naturally. Our hospital staff was very impressed with her, and commented on how well she collaborated with care partners. After the birth she was also available for support as I struggled with some blues and anxiety. My husband and I call this the best investment of our entire pregnancy. -Tracy and Mike
Jocelyn, Lori’s prenatal yoga teacher, then our doula for the birth of our daughter, is now our friend. Our daughter’s birth, though not without its twists and turns, went according to our birth plan and we have Jocelyn to forever thank for that. She left us in NYC to chase her dream of becoming a midwife and we couldn’t be more proud of her or recommend her more highly as a professional. -Adam and Lori, Brooklyn, NY
Jocelyn Brown was the best birth investment we could have made. It was not clear to us in the beginning just how much we would come to use her knowledge and expertise. We were nervous, excited, first time parents-to-be and met Jocelyn through a recommendation from a local midwifery school. From the very first meeting, Jocelyn put us at ease. She was always available to us to answer any questions (from serious to “off the wall”), and was a valuable combination of frank and reassuring.
Jocelyn walked us through the birth planning process, and we outlined exactly how we wished our son’s birth to be carried out (without medical intervention if at all possible). Labor was particularly long – roughly 36 hours. Throughout the entire process, Jocelyn supported us in a multitude of ways, suggesting different positions, initiating walks or rest periods, and giving much-needed pep talks. I have no doubt that without her calm reassurance and knowledge of the birthing process, we would have ended up at the hospital hours earlier and, given the length of labor, would likely have had interventions. We cannot emphasize enough how, through Jocelyn’s support and insight, our child was born precisely according to our wishes. We are planning to have another child sometime in the future, and we can say with 100% certainty that Jocelyn is the person we want with us when this happens. –Nate and Emily
I knew from the beginning of my pregnancy that I would hire a doula due to my unreasonable fear of the epidural and the story of my own birth, in which my mother was told to labour in a hospital bed instead of being allowed to move about. My nightmare birth was to be restricted to bed and connected to machines. A doula, I believed, would be able to help me avoid this by guiding me through labour positions, encouraging me through contractions, providing comfort and help keep the anesthesiologists and their freaky needles far, far away. Jocelyn gave me all of this and much, much more.
After meeting Jocelyn, I was assured I was making the right choice. She is easy going, confident, supportive, knowledgeable and shows great respect for the opinion of other professionals consulting in a pregnancy.
I am a fit, healthy young woman, who did not expect – nor did anyone monitoring my pregnancy – any complications. However, by my third trimester, it was discovered that I had two conflicting blood disorders and would need to be attended my a mid-risk doctor to balance my medications, monitor the development and health of my baby, Seraphine, and my own health. Jocelyn was a reassuring presence during this time, sending dietary tips and other research my way to support the medications I was on.
When I was just over 35 weeks pregnant, I started contracting. I had promised my doctors that I would get checked out if anything unusual happened, so my husband and I went to the hospital in the middle of the night. After being monitored for a few hours, I was admitted because my blood pressure was very high. The plan was then to monitor me for 24 hours and induce if my blood pressure did not reduce. I was able to text and call Jocelyn through this process for emotional support and to ask her opinion of what the hospital staff was recommending. After the 24-hour trial, it was decided it would be best to induce. Much to the nurse’s surprise, I had been effectively laboring and was already dilated to 3 cm! Seraphine was ready to go. I labored for a while with family visiting in the room until it became difficult to breathe during the contractions. At that point, I kicked them out and called Jocelyn to come in.
During my active labor, Jocelyn was a precious gem. She tried out ways to comfort me physically, taught my husband these methods so he could participate, offered position options and reassured me. She worked around the IVs and kept a close eye on how I was reacting to the medication being used to control my blood pressure. Also, when Jocelyn took a break, she went out and updated the family waiting anxiously for news. With the extraordinary efforts of her and the hospital staff, I was able to have a beautiful birth and delivered a perfect little girl. – Christena and Travis
Jocelyn was our midwife for the successful and joyful delivery of our nine pound daughter, Isabella. We were impressed with the high level of thorough, informed, and competent care Jocelyn gave from prenatal to post.
We had some serious concerns regarding GBS from our previous birth experience, and Jocelyn provided us with all of the most current information we needed to make an informed decision. She then let us choose intuitively, without pressuring us in any way. She supported our decision not to test, and instead to have an extremely clean and fresh vegan diet, exercise, and lots of positive meditation for a healthy immune system and successful delivery. We had no issues.
We appreciated how open she was to working and including other therapeutic modalities in the process, and her excellent connections and recommendations for qualified people in the area, as we needed some craniosacral massage for better positioning of our baby before birth.
Delivery was very quick, and as a result, our baby needed a little extra time to get her breathing regulated; Jocelyn and the others on my birth team were vigilant and a few steps ahead of the game in monitoring in case of our baby needing extra care outside the scope of midwifery practice. My team was in close contact with a NICU doc who gave excellent input, enabling us to stay safely at the birth center where we delivered.
After delivery, I needed a few stitches, and Jocelyn did a beautiful and painless job placing the stitches, which healed well and left me with no discomfort whatsoever. I also retained a small portion of amniotic sac in the womb, which was addressed by the team, all resulting in a safe recovery. We had an exemplary birth experience, and highly recommend Jocelyn to anyone. Thanks so much Jocelyn for your positive and bright energy! You really deliver. Pun intended. – Jessica and Greg
Jocelyn was my birth doula with my first child. She was so knowledgeable and supportive that I felt confident and secure about the whole process before my first contraction ever hit. Once I was in labor, Jocelyn was a superb coach. She made the entire experience positive, even when I had had enough. Her warmth and acceptance during my labor and delivery, as well as post-partum, all spoke to a partnership that enabled me to have the natural birth I wanted. -Caryn