Welcome to Borealis

Midwifery, Monitrice, and Doula Services

Thanks for visiting!  Borealis is a destination for home birth, water birth, and in-hospital doula support in Portland, OR.  Please spend some time on our website – we hope it serves as a helpful guide.  If you’d like to set up a free consultation with midwife/doula Jocelyn Brown, please send us an email or give us a call.

“Sometimes,” said Pooh, “The smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
A.A. Milne

 

 

 

Services

Midwife Care

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“I love home births. I love their unexpected diversity. Women react with perfect freedom
in the comfort of their own homes.” 
-Peggy Vincent
 

Midwives are specialists in natural birth. The Midwifery Model of Care is a philosophy that views pregnancy and birth as normal, physiological events, and treats mothers as partners in their care. To this end, we provide informed choice about benefits and risks of your options so that you can make the choices that are right for your family. At Borealis we know that each mother has a unique set of needs, but our standard of care encompasses the following aspects, and more.

During pregnancy, we provide:

  • Free consultation
  • An hour-long prenatal visit every month until 32 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks, then every week until your baby is born
  • Prenatal care takes place in our office, except for special circumstances. All clients get a 36 week home visit
  • Pregnancy-related lab testing
  • Well-woman care (such as Pap smear, breast exam, and STI testing)
  • Referrals for prenatal testing, such as quad screening, amniocentesis, and ultrasound
  • Referrals to specialists
  • Co-care with other care providers, such as naturopaths, obstetricians, and perinatologists
  • Post-dates testing for fetal well-being
  • Informed choice for special circumstances
  • Availability by phone, text and email during business hours  for general inquiries and scheduling
  • Availability by phone ’round the clock for urgent matters or if you are in labor

In each prenatal visit we cover:

  • Maternal urinalysis
  • Blood pressure and other vitals
  • Monitoring of fetal well-being and growth
  • Nutritional and herbal counseling
  • Pregnancy discomforts
  • Warning signs
  • Addressing fears and concerns
  • Planning for your birth

During Labor and Birth we provide:

  • Home birth or birth at a freestanding birth center
  • The standard medical equipment necessary for a planned out-of-hospital birth
  • Ongoing labor support from your midwife and her assistants (Borealis midwives and assistants are all licensed midwives)
  • Medical monitoring of fetal and maternal well-being throughout active labor and the immediate postpartum
  • Suturing and anaesthic for vaginal lacerations
  • Emergency measures such as IV for shock, medications for postpartum hemorrhage, and newborn resuscitation
  • Assistance with hospital transport, and labor support in-hospital if transport is necessary
  • Herbs and homeopathics for facilitating birth and placental delivery, and minimizing blood loss
  • Water birth tub rental, if desired
  • Cord blood banking collection, if desired
  • A full newborn exam, including optional newborn procedures such as Erythromycin, newborn metabolic screening, and vitamin K
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Clean-up after the birth
  • Maternal and newborn monitoring for two to three hours postpartum, and ensuring that both mother and baby are stable before our departure
  • Herbal sitz bath

During the Postpartum we provide:

  • Maternal care and well-baby care for up to 6-8 weeks after your birth. These hour-long visits happen at 24-hours, 3 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 6-8 weeks. These visits are a combination of home visits and office visits, with earlier visits being in the home, to accommodate your postpartum needs
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Availability by phone, text and email during business hours for general inquiries and scheduling
  • Availability by phone ’round the clock for urgent matters
  • Pediatrician, family practice, or lactation specialist referrals, and referrals for community resources such as newborn hearing screening, new moms groups, and postpartum fitness classes
  • Birth certificate filing
  • Substantial discount on placenta encapsulation

Each postpartum visit includes:

  • Assessment of maternal vitals and bleeding
  • Assessment of newborn vitals and growth
  • Breastfeeding assessment
  • Guidance with newborn care
  • Maternal emotional well-being
  • Processing your birth experience

Who will attend my birth?

Jocelyn Brown, CPM, LDM will be on call for you as your primary midwife. In addition, you’ll be attended by one other licensed midwife from the Portland Midwife Collective. You’ll meet this secondary midwife at one of your prenatal visits, and she’ll also attend one of your postpartum visits. Back-up midwives are available from the Portland Midwife Collective, as well. You’ll also have the option to have a student attend your birth.  Students range in experience levels and will participate in your care only to the extent to which their learning thus far enables them, and always supervised.

Pricing:  Several private insurance plans cover home birth with a midwife.  Although the coverage is usually out-of-network, if you do the math and understand your percentages, you might find that your out-of-pocket cost for having a home birth will not be much different than a hospital birth.

Some insurance companies don’t cover home birth, even though out-of-hospital midwives have comparable (and in many cases, better) statistics and cost significantly less than a vaginal birth in-hospital.

We believe that midwifery care is an investment in your and your baby’s long-term health.  We also want to help you make a financial plan that works for your family. Please contact us directly for pricing information that applies to your unique situation.  If you have insurance, we can check into your benefits.  If you don’t have insurance, we can come up with a payment plan, together.

We are also happy to work with low-income families, and provide need-based discounts.  Currently Oregon Health Plan may, under certain conditions, cover your home birth and midwifery care.  Special cash rates apply for women who qualify for OHP but who may not be covered under their individual OHP plan.

In general, midwifery care is charged “globally,” meaning that one set price covers the majority of prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. Lab tests, ultrasounds, supplements and visits for other healing modalities are not included in the global fee and are paid separately to the individual practitioner providing the service. Even if you have insurance that doesn’t cover midwifery care and home birth, it will often cover lab tests, ultrasounds, and the like.

 

Doula Care

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“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”

-Dr. John H. Kennell

A doula is a unique part of a woman’s birth team, especially given the time demands on doctors, midwives, and nurses in the hospital.  The presence of a doula at a birth can significantly decrease the need for interventions, including Cesarean birth, pain medications, and vacuum-extractor or forceps. Perhaps most important, women who have doulas report having a better birth experience. Though it is true that labor support could come from a  friend of the mother or a member of the hospital staff such as a nurse,

“Continuous support from a person who is present solely to provide support, is not a member of the woman’s social network, is experienced in providing labour support, and has at least a modest amount of training, appears to be most beneficial.”

Your doula is not your medical care provider;  she does not provide blood pressure checks, dilation checks, or fetal monitoring. Instead, her job is to focus on the emotional and physical comfort of a laboring woman, leaving medical care to other professionals.  Hiring a doula does not require that you are planning a natural birth; a doula is present to help you to have your ideal birth, as you define it.

Though each laboring woman has a unique set of needs, Borealis doulas provide the following services, and more:

  • Free consultation, 3 prenatal visits, your doula’s presence at your labor and birth, and 3 postpartum visits.
  • Your free consultation and your first two prenatal visits take place in-office. The third visit is a home visit, as that is where your doula may be supporting you for a portion of your labor. Your doula will come to your home for all your postpartum visits
  • Nutritional and herbal support for pregnancy-related discomforts
  • Referrals to resources in your community, such as alternative healing modalities, lactation support, or midwives and doctors
  • Pain coping support during labor, such as hydrotherapy, movement, massage, visualization, affirmations, deep relaxation, and aromatherapy
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Help with newborn care and postpartum discomforts
  • Borealis’ proprietary blend of herbal sitz bath
  • Round-the-clock phone availability for urgent matters
  • Availability by phone, text and email during business hours  for general inquiries and scheduling
  • Back-up doula support, included in your care package. Your back-up doula will attend one of your prenatal visits
  • Substantial discount on placenta encapsulation

Pricing: $900.00 covers your prenatal and postpartum visits with your doula, as well as her presence at your labor and birth.  We ask for half of that fee at the onset of the relationship, and the remaining half is to be paid at 36 weeks.

Monitrice Care

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“How could there be just one right way to give birth when there
are billions of women in this world?”
-Pam England

Think of your monitrice as a doula, plus! Borealis monitrices are licensed midwives who, in addition to providing the labor support of a doula, are also able to monitor your blood pressure, do intermittent fetal monitoring, and check cervical dilation at home. Your monitrice is not your midwife, and  she will not deliver your baby. Instead, she offers more clinical information than a doula is able to help you make an appropriate decision about when to travel to your planned place of birth. Hiring a monitrice does not require that you are planning an un-medicated birth, though many people find a monitrice invaluable in helping them to avoid using pain medication.

Though each laboring woman has a unique set of needs, Borealis monitrices provide the following services, and more:

  • Free consultation, 3 prenatal visits, your monitrice’s presence at your labor and birth, and 3 postpartum visits
  • Your consultation and your first two prenatal visits take place in-office. The third visit is a home visit, as that is where your monitrice may be supporting you for a portion of your labor. Your monitrice will come to your home for all your postpartum visits
  • At-home monitoring of fetal heart beat, mama’s vitals and checks for cervical dilation
  • Nutritional and herbal support for pregnancy-related discomforts
  • Referrals to resources in your community, such as alternative healing modalities, lactation support, or midwives and doctors
  • Pain coping support during labor, such as hydrotherapy, movement, massage, visualization, affirmations, deep relaxation, and aromatherapy
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Help with newborn care and postpartum discomforts
  • Borealis’ proprietary blend of herbal sitz bath
  • Round-the-clock phone availability for urgent matters
  • Availability by phone, text and email during business hours  for general inquiries and scheduling
  • Back-up monitrice support, included in your care package. Your back-up doula will attend one of your prenatal visits.
  • Substantial discount on placenta encapsulation

Pricing: $1100.00 covers your prenatal and postpartum visits with your monitrice, as well as her presence at your labor and birth.  We ask for half of that fee at the onset of the relationship, and the remaining half is to be paid at 36 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

Providers

Jocelyn Brown, CPM, LDM

Owner of Borealis, Midwife, Doula

 

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Jocelyn Brown, CPM, LDM has been working with families for nine years.  Jocelyn started teaching prenatal yoga and childbirth education in New York City in 2005.  Her trusting relationship with clients led to Jocelyn attending many of her students’ births as a novice doula. She fell in love with attending births and pursued a DONA  (Doulas of North America) certification in 2006.  In 2008, she moved to Portland, OR to attend Birthingway College of Midwifery, in conjunction with a two-year clinical training at Andaluz Waterbirth Center.

Jocelyn graduated as a Certified Professional Midwife in 2011, and shortly after traveled to Morne Rouge, Haiti, to work at high volume, out-of-hospital birth center whose mission is to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality in Haiti. This four-month position taught her a great deal about both normal birth and how to handle problematic scenarios. Upon returning to Portland, Jocelyn has balanced the opening of her private practice, Borealis Birth, with working as a midwife at Alma Birth Center, and helping to found Portland Midwife Collective.

Jocelyn’s birth philosophy is as big as birth itself.  It can be boiled down to the importance of client choice, safety and facilitating the trust that every woman needs when choosing a care provider and place of birth.  Jocelyn continues to attend births as a doula as well as attending home birth and water birth as a licensed midwife.  During her downtime, Jocelyn likes to read, practice yoga and tai chi, and hike with her cattle dog, Clay.  When she is feeling especially brave, Jocelyn works on sewing projects. She is also active in midwifery and women’s health activism in Oregon.

Jocelyn Brown, CPM, LDM
jocelyn@borealisbirth.com
503-481-8639

 

 

FAQ

What is the Borealis philosophy of care?

We believe that where you plan to give birth and who you choose to accompany you through this process are highly personal decisions that only you can make. We believe that choice and trust are as important as lining up the best medical resources available.  Our goal is to balance medical recommendations with unconditional support so that you are able to make decisions with clarity and confidence.

Why choose a midwife?

If you feel that pregnancy and birth are normal life events, and want to make informed decisions regarding your and your baby’s care, a midwife may be your preferred provider. During pregnancy, midwives are able to spend more time with clients than OBs are, and thus are able to offer more education and choice to their clients. Midwives have lower rates of birth interventions such as epidurals, vacuum extractors, and Cesarean birth. Though both midwives and OBs are focused on the goal of a healthy mother and baby, midwives understand that the process of birth is meaningful, too. After your birth, midwives offer extensive support and care for both mothers and babies, including breastfeeding support.

Why would I have a doula at my birth?

Doulas are available for both in-hospital and out-of-hospital birth. A doula is in the unique position of being able to focus solely on your emotional needs and physical comfort during labor, and she will stay with you throughout your birth. A doula is also able to simplify medical language in order to help you to make decisions for your care. The presence of a doula can lower your chances of having an intervention (if desired) and increase your happiness with your birth experience.

Why would I hire a monitrice?

A monitrice offers all the support of a doula, but with the added benefit of offering blood pressure checks, cervical checks, and intermittent fetal monitoring at home. This information can help you make a clear decision about when it is appropriate to move to the hospital for your birth, at which point your monitrice will accompany you and act as your doula. Your monitrice is not your midwife, and she will not deliver your baby at home.

How will labor support enhance my partner’s experience?

Borealis midwives and doulas value the birth partner’s experience, too.  We want to find out how each dad or female partner visualizes his or her own involvement in pregnancy and birth, and we respect the wide range of needs that come up.  One recent study of fathers involved in pregnancy and birth showed that continuous professional support during labor not only increased satisfaction with the father’s experience, but made fathers more likely to take an active role in labor support, and to enjoy and feel empowered by his role.

Why would I want to give birth in a hospital?

A woman who is higher risk will probably probably plan a hospital birth. Just a few examples of situations that may be safer attended in the hospital are a mother on insulin therapy, who has very high blood pressure, or monoamniotic twins. A low-risk mother might choose a hospital birth because of the immediate availability of epidural or narcotics for pain relief.

Why would I want to give birth at home?

A 2012 Chochrane Review of home birth vs. hospital birth suggests that for low-risk women and babies, giving birth at home is as safe as hospital birth. Home is a place where many women are able to feel the most calm and at ease, and often, home imparts a sense of safety and mastery of one’s surroundings. This sense of security can often facilitate a more efficient labor and make coping with labor easier. Privacy, fewer time restrictions, broader choices, and a care team who comes to you are added benefits. After the birth, your midwife will come to your home for at least three of your six postpartum visits.

Home birth sounds so messy!

It’s really not. Your midwives use soft, protective underpads on any surface you’ll be resting on during labor and birth. A few inexpensive and non-toxic cleaning supplies, such as hydrogen peroxide, are an essential part of the home birth kit, and midwives use them for quick spot-cleaning.  Water birth is particularly tidy, as any mess is contained in the tub. After the birth, while your midwives are monitoring you and your baby, we’re also restoring your home environment to a condition the same or better than when we arrived, and we start the laundry. One of the reasons we love home birth so much is that you and your baby will only be exposed to your own germs, rather than in a hospital or birth center, where others have given birth before you.

Why would I want to give birth at free-standing birth center?

“Free-standing” means that the birth center is not affiliated with or located in a hospital. In Portland, the free-standing birth centers are home-like facilities that are staffed by midwives. Some families find it desirable to be away from home for a birth, such as when their home lacks space and privacy, if they live with other tenants, or the birth center is closer to a hospital than their home. A birth center provides the same equipment and medical expertise as a home birth.  Borealis midwives are able to attend your birth at Canyon Medical Center.

Who will attend my home or birth center birth?

Jocelyn Brown, CPM, LDM will be on call for you as your primary midwife. In addition, you’ll be attended by one other licensed midwife. You’ll meet this secondary midwife at one of your prenatal visits, and she’ll also attend one of your postpartum visits. Back-up midwives are available as well. You’ll also have the option to have a student attend your birth.  Students range in experience levels and will participate in your care only to the extent to which their learning thus far enables them, and always supervised.

What kind of pain relief is available at home?

Midwives do not offer epidurals or narcotics, as these medications carry risks and require a hospital facility to administer. Midwives help women use natural pain coping techniques that range from warm water to verbal guidance to position changes, and more. Often, women cope with contractions by “going within,” and a midwife’s job is to simply be present, standing by if assistance is needed. Your midwife can bring a birth tub to your home.

Should I plan a water birth?

For labor, water immersion offers comfort, relaxation, pain relief, freedom of movement, and increased circulation for laboring women. This may result in both mothers and babies coping with labor better.  For birth, water may help reduce vaginal tearing and give the baby a gentler transition into extra-uterine life.

We like to say that water birth is fluid (pun intended).  Women tend to get in and out of the tub a few times throughout labor, and your midwives will refresh and rewarm the water when you’re not using it. Giving birth in the water is not required, and your midwives are happy to help you give birth in any position that is working for you and your baby, either in the water or “on land.”

Water is just one tool available for labor and birth, and not all women find it effective. But in general, our clients express a great deal of gratitude to the birth tub.

What happens if something goes wrong during home birth?

Borealis midwives are prepared for the occasional transport of a birth from home to hospital.  Your midwife assesses your and your baby’s well-being throughout labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum. If your birth strays out of the range of normal, your midwives will inform you and talk about your options. In the event that hospital transport is required, your midwives will accompany you to the hospital for support. Most home-to-hospital transports are non-emergent, and Borealis midwives strive to transport a woman safely and efficiently before an emergency occurs. Women who have transported to the hospital for their births will usually continue to see their midwives for postpartum care. In the rare event of an emergency at home, midwives carry and are trained to use several anti-hemorrhagic medications (to stop bleeding), IV fluids, and resuscitation equipment.

What kind of a relationship do Borealis Midwives have with Portland and surrounding area hospitals?

Borealis believes that cooperation and rapport with hospital care providers are the best way to make the best of a unplanned situation, provide mothers and babies with excellent care, and ensure the future safety and longevity of planned out-of-hospital birth. Fortunately, more area hospitals feel the same and are welcoming home birth transports, respecting clients’ choices, and honoring the midwives’ role in client care.

How much is a Borealis birth going to cost me?  Will my insurance cover it?

The good news?  Several private insurance plans cover home birth with a midwife.  Although the coverage is usually out-of-network, if you do the math and understand your percentages, you might find that your out-of-pocket cost for having a birth center or home birth will not be much different than a hospital birth.

Some insurance companies don’t cover home birth, even though out-of-hospital midwives have comparable (and in may cases, better) statistics and cost significantly less than a vaginal birth in-hospital.

We believe that midwifery care is an investment in your and your baby’s long-term health.  We also want to help you make a financial plan that works for your family. Please contact us directly for pricing information that applies to your unique situation.  If you have insurance, we can check into your benefits.  If you don’t have insurance, we can come up with a payment plan, together.

We are also happy to work with low-income families, and provide need-based discounts.  Currently Oregon Health Plan may, under certain conditions, cover your home birth and midwifery care.  Special cash rates apply for women who qualify for OHP but who may not be covered under their individual OHP plan.

In general, midwifery care is charged “globally,” meaning that one set price covers the majority of prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. Lab tests, ultrasounds, supplements and visits for other healing modalities are not included in the global fee and are paid separately to the individual practitioner providing the service. Even if you have insurance that doesn’t cover midwifery care and home birth, it will often cover lab tests, ultrasounds, and the like.

Will my insurance cover a doula or a monitrice?

It is rare for insurance to cover a doula’s  or  a monitrice’s fees.   Some FSAs, HSAs or RSAs will cover doula or monitrice care. For doula and monitrice prices, please see the Services section. To inquire about need-based discounts, please contact us by email or telephone.

Borealis Babies

Early in my pregnancy, I got a straightforward and helpful account from Jocelyn on the practice of -1midwifery 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

 

babyarmasWe 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

 
talulahthinkingUpon 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
them.

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

 

isaacbabyJocelyn 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

asherbabyfilterTowards 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

 

BethandbabyHiring 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

rebelbabyfilterOur 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

meleniemombabyinstWhen 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

andimombabyinstaI 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

 

emilymamababyinstaJocelyn 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

 

ChristymamababyinstaI 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

 

jessicamombabyinstaJocelyn 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

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