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Jen Berryman
Birth Doula; Maternity, Newborn, and Birth Photographer; Labor and Postpartum Nurse; Lactation Educator

jenberryman@bravebirth.com
(608) 347-3579
Instagram: @jenlberryman
Facebook:
@pdxbirth


Bio

Called to support birthing families from as early as I can remember, I began my path as a labor and delivery nurse. I’ve had the honor of witnessing over a thousand births in all its many forms and developed a deep respect for all the many ways families are formed.

For my own births, I began in the hospital with my first son and was cared for by my very own coworkers. Despite having a great experience, I decided to have my next two babies at home with the support of a community midwife. The extra time spent during each prenatal visit with my midwife left me feeling encompassed in loving support. These experiences helped me understand what it truly means to feel seen, heard and empowered in birth. As your doula, I hope to provide the same for you.

Whether functioning as a birth photographer or doula (or both!), I have a quiet, grounded presence that promotes comfort and open communication. I draw from my varied experiences in the birth space to function as a bridge between each member of the birth team so that everyone is at their best to support you.

When I'm not with birthing families as a doula or birth photographer, I like to muck about in nature and go exploring with my husband and three children, knit, travel, and have impromptu jam sessions around our antique player piano. Learn more about my adventures here!

My Doula Philosophy

I believe that positive birth experiences grow from a place of feeling safe and confident and having your choices respected, no matter how or where you choose to birth. It is my goal to nurture a space for you to grow your confidence and tap into your own intuition. As your guide on this journey, I bring a sense of safety and normalcy to your birth space, while utilizing positioning, acupressure, music therapy, and visualization to help you have the best experience possible.

Birth asks you to find a balance of believing in the wisdom of your body and surrendering to that which you cannot control. This is a spectacular challenge that will serve you throughout your parenting journey. As a parent, I understand firsthand the importance of surrounding yourself with people who fully support you in a positive and respectful way. It would be an honor to walk beside you.

Experience & Relevant Education:

  • Prenatal, Labor, Postpartum Doula training - SMC Full Circle Doula Training

  • Labor and Delivery/Postpartum Nurse

    • Kaiser Sunnyside, Clackamas, OR; Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA; Meriter Hospital, Madison, WI

  • Certificated Lactation Educator Counselor - UC San Diego

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Infant and Adult CPR/AED certified, American Heart Association

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certified, American Heart Association

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - UW Eau Claire 

birth photography

For clients working with another doula and desiring professional documentation of their birth story, I offer a reduced rate on birth story photography. Learn more!

Fee

Birth Doula Fee: $1600 (includes choice of maternity, ‘mini’ birth, or newborn photography session)

Birth Doula Care and Complete Birth Story: $2000

Jen was very respectful of my space. However, as things intensified at the end, knowing she was a labor nurse, and she had also experience unmedicated births, her presence was comforting. She encouraged me by acknowledging my feelings. She captured the most incredible moments between my husband, myself, our newborn, my daughters, and my support team.
— Analisa B.