CD (DONA), PCD (DONA), BDT (DONA), LCCE, Mother Tree Founder
I believe that every woman’s journey into motherhood is unique and it’s my personal strength to assist her by creating a safe, loving environment for her to open to her own Mother Nature.
Jesse is a birth and postpartum doula, DONA-Approved doula trainer, birth counselor, Flower Essence Alchemist and MamActivist. She specializes in natural birth, cesarean support, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), breastfeeding support, premature birth and postpartum bonding.
She co-founded Mother Tree Birth Services in 2001 to provide pregnancy, birth and postpartum support for women as well as to help them access their personal power through the birthing process. As a premature 2 pound 9 ounce miracle baby herself, she specializes in supporting families through premature birth experiences and the postpartum bonding.
She assists families in the labor process using pain coping techniques including labor massage, acupressure, aromatherapy and a variety of other relaxation techniques. She is the creator of the Natural Pain Coping Techniques(TM) Seminar Series for birth.
She is a certified Lamaze instructor and teaches in a wide variety of settings including hospital and private classes. Her Mother Tree classes assist women in experiencing the power of their bodies, hearts and spirits in the transformation of birth and help partners feel confident about their role in birth.
Jesse is very committed to the professionalism of the doula role. She is a doula trainer, providing advanced mentorship training for doulas of all experience levels. See our mentorship page for more details.
Jesse completed an intensive midwifery curriculum to give her a strong understanding of the physiology of birth. She was an infant hearing screening coordinator for six years in the Legacy Health System. She is trained in Shiatsu for Doulas, Tens Machine, Hypnobirthing and Hydrotherapy for Labor. She also received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon and also has ten years experience in event planning. She uses these skills to assist families in preparing joyfully with love, trust, resiliency and authenticity for the sacred journey into parenthood. She has supported hundreds of families through the childbearing year.
Jesse includes birth photos and a birth story for each of her clients complimentary in their birth package. In 2012 she traveled to Isla Mujeres (The Isle of Women) to visit the Mayan Goddess of Childbirth Ixchel and brought back healing massage stones for her birth bag and private sessions. She also includes aromatherapy and flower essences in her healing practice.
Jesse is the mother of two boys, Dashiell Thomas 8, and Juna McKenzie 5, a kuvasz named Skye and a lab named Mocha. She is the keeper of the Mother Tree land, home also to horses, goats, chickens, bunnies, deer, red-tailed hawks and the occasional traveling coyote.
“Jesse was very helpful in suggesting strategies and positions to cope with the contractions. Her massage was very soothing. Also, it was nice that she showed my husband how he could help me through the pain. Jesse made me feel strong and confident through her support.” – Joli M.
“Thank you so much for being a part of this journey for helping me find my voice for this birth, making me feel supported, and for caring for me physically, spiritually and emotionally. My whole family felt supported and cared for and thanks you too! — Sarah and Family
“How can we begin to thank you for all that you’ve done for our family? I would not have stayed sane without you and this whole experience has been so much the richer and more wonderful because of you and the knowledge, kindness, wisdom and compassion you brought to our birth experience. Thank you for being there for us and for being such an integral part of the most important day of our lives to date. You are truly and inspiration. With Love, Whitney, Mike and Lila