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Meet Jessica Bieber Simonson of Harmonious Birth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Bieber Simonson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My personal journey to become a birth doula began several years ago when I decided to teach prenatal yoga while pregnant with my second baby. I have been practicing vinyasa flow yoga for quite some time, and although I continued to take those classes during both of my pregnancies, I truly felt so much more connected to my pregnant body and growing baby during prenatal yoga.

Through the process of prenatal yoga teacher training, I became thirsty for more knowledge about the entire birthing process. I learned to recognize the stages of labor and birth not just physically, but also about the emotional, mental and spiritual aspect of birth.

My decision to take what I had learned through yoga to the doula world just made sense to me on an instinctual level. I have always been a nurturer and a connector by nature, and to be able to help support a woman and her partner during the most incredible life-changing event is amazing.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
For the most part, the road has been smooth once I fully committed the time and energy. Being a mother of two young children, creating the time and space in my life to allow these blessings to flow in is definitely the hardest part. I think that is also why I love this work.

I understand what the motherhood transition is like, and I know that mothers need more support. When we take care of ourselves physically and emotionally, we are better nurturers to our children. And if you ask my opinion, the world desperately needs our children to be raised by parents who feel loved, supported and listened to.

Please tell us about Harmonious Birth.
As a birth doula, I am hired to provide emotional support and physical comfort to a laboring woman. I gather any information for her that she needs to make personal and informed decisions in relation to her birth. I can help to facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers.

I think that what is most important for my clients to understand is that I am not a medical professional. I do not make any medical decisions or perform any clinical tasks. Rather, I can make suggestions for labor progress and help with relaxation, soothing massage, positioning for labor, and other techniques for comfort.

I love to get to know the mother on a personal level to understand her fears, anxieties, and if she has a partner, to get to know them both so that I know the best way to support them. Birth is never exactly as we plan, but if I can help to make the transitions a bit easier than I am happy.

My goal is for all of my clients to feel loved, supported, and heard. In my classes, I focus on breath work, meditation, safely strengthening her body in preparation for birth and the postpartum period. I offer private prenatal classes as well.

There is unfortunately often a disconnect between doulas and the clinical care staff in a hospital setting. I believe that the lines of communication need to open and our very different roles clearly defined in order to come together in the best interest of the laboring mother and her partner. I am passionate about and hopeful that as a doula, I can do my part to help bridge this gap through my work in the birth world. Something extremely important for my clients to know about me is that I am not at all the doula who pushes any agenda or my personal views on birth.. I am not there to be a barrier between my client and her nurses and doctors. In fact, I am quite the opposite. I want the support that I offer in a delivery to enhance her birthing experience, for her to feel that extra love and encouragement she needs as she makes her transition into motherhood. I support whatever type of birth my client wants, with zero judgment.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Honestly, there isn’t anything that I would have done differently other than having the courage to trust myself to take the leap sooner. I used to live with the mentality that new careers paths and passion projects were for others, not for me. I am not sure why I stayed in that mindset for so long.

We often tell ourselves stories that are untrue, for whatever reason. Once I committed to following this path, the stars have aligned. I look so forward teaching my classes, connecting with women as they go through their own journeys into motherhood. Being a part of bringing new life into the world is nothing short of a miracle.

Contact Info:

  • Website: Harmoniousbirth.com
  • Phone: 310-944-5165
  • Email: myharmoniousbirth@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @harmoniousbirth
  • Facebook: Harmonious Birth
  • Yelp: Harmonious Birth

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