I am a woman in love with life. My phenomenal, midwife-loving husband Dan and I have two precocious, hilarious children, our son Asher and our daughter Lucy. We live a fun-filled life in East Anchorage, playing in the sun, growing veggies all summer long, living in flow with the seasons, and traveling when we can. We are all born and raised Alaskans, and we adore our beautiful home state.
When faced with the question, "Why midwifery?", all I can think to answer is this: My path to midwifery began as a result of my myriad path of life experience, adventures in holistic health, and an unshakable knowing that our bodies are governed by an innate intelligence that deserves reverence and attention.
I earned my undergraduate degree as a pre-medical and natural sciences student at UAA. I came to a cross roads - I adored science, but Western medicine was not the healing path toward which I was called. I took time, I followed my heart and traveled, spending months in India learning Reiki and energy healing modalities, and completing a teacher training in Kundalini yoga under Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa. I came back stateside and knew that following western medicine was not my next best step. I began to teach yoga in Anchorage, and fell deeply in love with prenatal yoga.
As I began to contemplate starting my own family, I found the practice of midwifery and I felt an absolute sacred YES ping for me. This was the quality of care that I saw in my mind's eye when I daydreamed about what healthcare should look like. I began my clinical and didactic training in professional midwifery in 2015 and I haven't stopped learning since! I earned my state and national certifications in 2018 and launched my intentional, sustainable, perfect-for-me boutique prenatal home birth practice. Additionally, in 2019, I co-founded the Pacific Birth Institute with the primary goal of educating, training, and activating the next generation of community birth professionals, regionally and beyond. Bringing birth back into the community by bringing the community back into birth!
I truly live a blessed life - I educate, care for, and attend fantastic, healthy clients at home; I am so deeply honored to be a part of welcoming their babies Earthside, whether I catch them or they just want prenatal and postpartum love. And when I'm not midwifing moms, I am pouring my love and attention into the Pacific Birth Institute, midwifing the legacy and longevity of midwifery and community birth in Alaska and beyond.
Surrounded by the people I love, supported in the work I love, living on the land I love, I delight in the beauty of life and I am eternally grateful today and every day.
My Care and Practice Philosophy
I integrate intentional, intuitive, educational classes into my comprehensive midwifery care model because it is sustainable, supportive, and the safest option for mothers and midwives alike. Giving birth is a rite of passage that a woman must do alone, for herself, through herself. But she does not need to be without support while she walks her path. Facing these rites of passage pulls deep on the sense of self, bravery, and capacity in every woman. Bravery is not an inherent skill. It is a learned skill that takes practice and coaching and support to master and employ in one’s life. As a midwife, I take my role of being "with women" very seriously. Walking with women means that I never get behind them and push, nor do I get ahead of them and pull them faster than they want to go. I show them the reverence, autonomy, sovereignty, and respect that they deserve as they craft their best birth journey. I walk with them, I walk to them in their homes, I meet them where they are at. By creating a space for education, social connection, and healing in combination with prenatal and postpartum care, I hope to help mothers feel held and guided through how to value and create community and sacred space in their lives, both with others and within themselves. And they don’t have to feel lonely, isolated, or scared while doing it! These women learn the strength that exists in leaning into each other. They learn that their mental and emotional health and sense of belonging are just as important to their health as coming in for a prenatal check-up. They learn the cycle of reciprocity - of giving and receiving of themselves, which in turn helps them to understand how to develop boundaries around their energy exchange in all of their relationships. They learn bravery, and through bravery, they develop a deeper sense of self worth and self love.
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What Clients Are Saying
"Just this last August, I had a home birth and Jessica was my midwife. I dont think that I could have had a better experience. This was my second child, the first I delivered at the hospital naturally. I decided to look into have a home birth about three weeks before my due date because I wasn't looking forward to checking into the hospital and my friend had had a great experience birthing her child at a birth center earlier this year. I found Jessica by googling "home birth anchorage" and by reading through her website and the positive reviews. You get personalized care with Jessica, she really listens to you and takes the tine to talk over anything that is on your mind. I felt like she was a champion for me and a friend through the whole process. I had to supplement my first child with formula, and my second child I am able to exclusively breastfeed. I think a lot of that success is due to being more relaxed and better rested from being at home for the birth. With my first child, I didn't go back to the hospital for postpartum care, it just felt like too much at the time with a newborn. What's great about Jessica is that after the birth, she came by the next day and contunued to check in on me until my baby was four weeks old. She was also available by text and phone to answer my questions. It's so convenient that she did the home visits so I didn't have to load baby into the car seat and deal with leaving the house. All that to say, it was a very happy experience, and I'm so glad Jessica was able to support me given that I reached out to her so late in my pregnancy." - Sarah
"We love you Jessica! Super supportive and a book of knowledge! I could not have imagined my little ones birth any other way. She was able to guide me from beginning to end with so much support and provided us with so many options for prenatal care, delivery, and postnatal care, that I didn't even know existed when I had my first one at the hospital." -Maria
"Amazing care. I loved the open environment where I felt comfortable asking all my questions and actually left feeling heard. So thankful for the knowledge passed down that guided me into a healthy pregnancy and a healthy home birth!" - Rebecca
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