Jessica Simonson graduated from the University of Washington in 2008, receiving both a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Bachelor's of Arts in English (Creative Writing). Since graduating, she worked in four different maternity care roles as an RN: in a high volume ObGyn clinic; a midwifery centered labor and delivery unit; a medical model centered labor and delivery unit; and a homebirth midwifery/naturopathic practice.
Jessica now works as an independent Doula, Birth Educator, and Elimination Communication Educator and Consultant. She supports women and families during their pregnancies, births, and the postpartum period. She utilizes various Love and Healing modalities with the families she serves, including belly painting (natural ultrasound), storytelling, herbs, nutrition, touch, massage, rebozo, movement medicine, active listening, open communication, Healing Love education, placenta encapsulation, and spirituality.
Jessica is an enthusiastic student of birth and is constantly learning from the families she serves. She has completed numerous additional trainings to support her in the service of birth, such as doula training through the Simkin Center at Bastyr University, techniques for optimal fetal positioning and maternal pelvic balance with Spinning Babies, and placenta encapsulation.
Following the gentle and ecstatic homebirths of her own two sons, Jessica’s aim has been to share her knowledge about birth, and the practice of treating babies like the Magnificent, Divine Beings that they are.
Vision & Intention
We imagine a time when all women experience their births
as Ecstatic Transformations,
into a Motherhood
of Love, Healing, Growth, Joy
and Deep Satisfaction.
From this place,
we treat Ourselves,
and so the World,
Reverence and Freedom.
May Love be our reason and our way.
My story began again ten years ago when, on a rather brash dare, I found myself kissing the most spectacular man. Fast forward ten years, one glorious Love Party (that's what we call weddings in our house), two gentle homebirths and countless wonderful moments later...I find myself in our back bedroom, bouncing on a birth ball, holding our sleeping three year old, listening to Nat King Cole Christmas songs (in Sept.- my three year old's request), one handedly typing the readers digest version of the most magnificent story I know...LIFE.
Love School. That's what my dear friend calls this place. This experience of a soul, inhabiting a mind/body, on the earth. I like to think of it that way. I'm learning a lot.
This morning, the most spectacular thing happened, I woke up. I truly don't know how to account for this blessing and I don't know if it will happen again. So, while it lasts, I'm trying to be a diligent student.
My favorite teachers?
Babies..and children. I want to be like them.
They are, intrinsically, loving, present, mindful, curious, interested, awe inspired... They look for the world to reflect these divine qualities back to them, especially for their caregivers to do so. This is the most worthwhile and challenging work I've ever done. It is a remembering, and a letting go.
So now, I practice.
I practice Loving.
I practice hatha yoga, meditation, sex, dance, story telling, doulaing, singing, hiking, gardening, laughing, swimming, hugging, kissing...and anything else that amplifies my Joy. This way I might have the best chance to mirror back the love that these little ones pour forth, and look for, in every moment.
I practice watching, listening, and growing in their wisdom.
I practice serving Birth,
the Divine, Creative, Force of Nature that brought us all here, and weaves us all together in Love. It is my honor to introduce her, and her nature.
I practice serving women and families,
these units of Love that call forth Divinity. Their willingness to see and do the work of Love moves me, and I am called to offer the years of study and service I have amassed, in homage to them.
I hope that some of what I share will prove useful for you- it takes a village after all. I look forward to growing together. In the meantime, I wish you Love and Joy.
May Love be our reason and our way.
Jessica- Student, Wife, Mother, Doula, RN