2013-03-14 / Living

Earthside Doula

Woman helps new moms adjust to parenthood
BY TARA MORENO
810-452-2645 • tmoreno@mihomepaper.com


Jennifer Witek is a modern day doula. She helps laboring mothers with emotional, physical, and informative support. 
Photo provided Jennifer Witek is a modern day doula. She helps laboring mothers with emotional, physical, and informative support. Photo provided BURTON — Jennifer Witek is a modern day doula. She works by providing emotional, physical, and informative support during a mother’s laboring process.

Witek’s journey in becoming a doula (a labor coach) began while away at college. At Central Michigan University she studied psychology and family studies.

During a class, she was introduced to the practices of doula work when a practicing doula and a midwife visited. She said she began learning the fundamentals of homebirthing at that time.

At the same time she sparked the interest in doula care, Witek found out she was pregnant with her first child. After her own birth experience, she felt a strong desire to learn more about the natural birthing process.

When her son Leo was 6 months old, she started her training to become a certified doula.


Jennifer also provides placenta encapsulation, which provides the ability for mothers to consume their baby’s placenta. She also creates umbilical cord keepsakes. 
Photo Provided Jennifer also provides placenta encapsulation, which provides the ability for mothers to consume their baby’s placenta. She also creates umbilical cord keepsakes. Photo Provided It wasn’t until after watching the documentary “The Business of Being Born,” a film about hospital birthing, she said she felt like she needed to help women in this area.

“Every woman needs a doula whether she is planning a c-section or if she wants a homebirth,” she said. “Everyone needs to have that emotional support.”

Witek began offering services through her company Earthside Doula Care. As a doula, she offers a range of services. Everything from phone or in-person aconversation about any birthing fears or concerns to offering support in laboring positions during the birth process and also will do light errand running and housework after the baby is born.

Witek also provided placenta encapsulation, which provides the ability for mother’s to consume their baby’s placenta. She writes on her website this is a tradition that has been practiced among several cultures for quite some time.

Placenta encapsulation is said to help in the mother’s recovery, milk supply and postpartum blues.

Currently, she is on maternity leave and will accept new clients after May 1.

For more information on Jennifer’s doula care and a detailed list of services, visit www.facebook.com/JenThedoul or earthsidedoula.weebly.com.

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