My Vegan Doula: Supporting you before, during, and after birth

About My Vegan Doula

Hello,  I'm Jenn and I am happy you found your way here.  As a birth professional, I am here to support you in navigating this  journey through pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn stage. I'm a trained labor & postpartum doula and Lactation Educator working  towards certification through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA). I provide support to all genders, races, classes, sexual orientations and bodies. 

My role as a doula and Lactation Educator is to offer physical, emotional and informational support for women before, during and after their birth.  Studies have shown that there are many benefits to having a doula present at birth, such as: a decreases in the overall cesarean rate by 50%, shortened labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%.2, according to the American Pregnancy Association. I believe establishing an environment where the mother feels safe, nurtured and informed in the delivery room, birth center or home, is absolutely essential. 

My goal is to support mothers and their partners so they feel empowered in their parenting roles to make the best decisions for their birth and early parenthood journey. As your doula, I will listen carefully and help guide you and your partner to meet your needs during this amazing time. With me, the birthing person is empowered, honored, rested, educated and well-fed. With my experience as a mother, caregiver and birth work training, I hope to empower living your unique, sweet and healthy life for today while also mindfully and lovingly nurturing your future.   

More about Jennifer

I am happily married to a great man, Devin Letzer, and we share three wonderful children named Ruairi, Saoirse, and Ciaran. I have a passion for holistic health wellness and lifestyle. I've been vegan for over 5 years and vegetarian several years before that. What started out as a healthy diet quickly grew to a huge lifestyle change for me. I like to help prevent animal suffering, help shrink my environmental footprint, especially in regard to climate change.  Eating plants is very, very good for you and if you eat a lot of them,  you can reap the rewards, which include improved health, lower disease risk, weight loss, and longevity.  I will support families regardless of their diet or cultural differences in food.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from California State University, Northridge. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, In the Spring of 2014, I took a step back from my professional career as a full-time newspaper reporter to become my father's caregiver and to care for my two young children at the time.

In the summer of 2019, my family and I moved to Sandy Springs, GA to begin our new adventure. In addition to being a mother and a doula, I am also a co-leader for the Holistic Moms Network, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit support and resource organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. Our Atlanta Metro West chapter provides support, education, and social network for parents interested in green living, alternative health care, and gentle, responsive parenting. I also love being outdoors, exercising, reading, cooking, spending time with my husband and our kids and making sure they’re well taken care of. I look forward to loving and supporting you and your family.


Why Doula Work?

Prior to having my first son in 2011, I never imagined that I would be in charge of rewriting my life's birth story someday. Before that day, I carried my mother's traumatic birth story my entire life. That and whatever they portrayed on TV and films. I had a true fear of delivering my baby because fear and pain is all that I knew. I didn't fully trust that my body would know what to do when it was time to birth my baby. With my husband's loving support we read books, took child birth education classes and Hypno Birthing to prepare us for our first child. I saw childbirth, especially an unmedicated one, as the ultimate challenge of physical endurance, mental stamina and my ability to handle pain. But having someone by your side, especially when you start to doubt yourself, can help release fear/pain cycle and ease labor.  

I became passionate about supporting mothers when I became pregnant with my third child in 2016. I knew I wanted to hire a doula this time as well. Through my own experiences as a working mother, stay at home mom and caregiver, and what I learned through friends who were also doulas, I knew then that I wanted to help empower other moms on their own birth journey. I know first hand that there is so much overwhelming information and contradictory information about pregnancy, parenting and breastfeeding. I was supported tremendously by my husband through each of my pregnancies and births, but I know that that's not the case with every woman.

I chose to be a doula because I feel every woman should feel supported and deserves to have a peaceful, positive memory of their birth. My doula helped me to trust in my body and gave me confidence to have an unmedicated birth the way I always planned. I’ll never forget that, “I did it” moment once my youngest son was placed on my chest after he was born. It was such an uplifting and empowering moment for me. I hope every birthing woman can experience that in their birth story.

If you've been thinking about hiring a doula or just curious about what a doula can do for you, I would love to schedule a time for us to talk. Together, we can create a plan for a birth experience that you desire, help eliminate fear of the unknown and empower you to write your own birth story.