Jenna Bourgeois completed her initial doula training through DONA International with Debra Pascali-Bonaro in 2012 and then in 2013 went on to become a Certified Holistic Doula with Whapio Diane Bartlett through The Matrona. This further training reaffirmed Jenna's belief in a woman’s instinctual knowledge of how to birth her baby and deepened her understanding of how best to accompany without disturbing one's process.
An aspiring midwife, Jenna went to Bali for a semester in 2014 for an Introduction to Midwifery course where she lived and worked in a gentle birth clinic alongside local midwives. Awestruck by Ibu Robin Lim, Bumi Sehat and all she encountered in Bali, she returned home to NYC with a greater fervor for serving women and their families.
In order to help her clients achieve their breastfeeding goals, in 2015 she became a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor with Lea Rivera Todaro of Mami Mia.
In the waning hours of 2015, after a fast and furious labor, Jenna gave birth to her son, Cruz, and she is so grateful for every part of that experience, even the parts she didn't like. Unsurprisingly, she found that it was different being in labor herself than accompanying someone else in labor.
With her newly acquired first hand knowledge of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period, she started teaching childbirth education with Manhattan Birth in an attempt to ensure pregnant folks (and their partners) were as prepared for childbirth as possible. Additionally, she launched new parent support groups also within Manhattan Birth to welcome parents back after birthing their babies and give them a space and a community to connect where they can both listen and be heard, laugh and cry, and simply get out of the house.
Seeing first hand the impact of optimal fetal positioning on a smooth vaginal birth, Jenna trained with Tammy Ryan of Spinning Babies to be able to better serve pregnant and laboring folks. Also in 2016, Jenna became a certified instructor through the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support, AED (defibrillator), Infant, Child and Adult CPR and she was trained in Neonatal Resuscitation with Karen Strange.
In 2017, Jenna began working as a homebirth midwife's assistant for Tanya Wills of Manhattan Birth Midwifery. A constant seeker and student, she regularly attends relevant workshops to grow and expand her perspective. Also in 2017, Jenna began a training program with Jessica Drummond and the Integrative Women's Health Institute to become a women's health coach.
Jenna’s birth-work experiences in a diverse array of communities, both domestically and internationally, have made her sensitive to the various cultural and religious factors that can affect pregnancy and birth. She has great hope in birth as a site where some of the intersecting challenges to the human family — such as poverty, racism, and gender inequality — can begin to be addressed.
Jenna serves all 5 boroughs of NYC and works in any environment someone wishes to have their baby — hospital, home or birth center. She believes in birth and she believes in you!
She lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with her husband, Pierre and their son, Cruz.