On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Jill Magoffin, a certified birth Doula and postpartum Doula with DONA INTERNATIONAL. In addition to being a Doula, Jill is also trained as a New Parent Educator and Newborn Care Specialist. Additional Doula training has included courses such as Hypnobirthing and advanced Rebozo skills for birth and postpartum care. They discuss comfort care and self-care during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum.
Comfort care is making sure the birthing person is as comfortable as possible before, during, and after labor. It’s not necessarily pain medication or using different positions, but more along the lines of little things that make the birthing person feel comfortable. It is an extension of self-care – comfort care is someone else taking care of you in those ways. Some examples given in the episode include:
- Essential oils
- Heat/cold packs
- Scratching their back
- Rubbing their feet
- Brushing their hair
What kinds of things make you feel calm? Do you like twinkle lights? What are your favorite colors/what colors feel calming to you? Do you like certain scents (diffusers or candles)? How can you tap into a sense of magic and wonder while you’re in labor? What birth affirmations really speak to you? What clothing makes you feel beautiful/comfortable/cozy/positive? Is there music or sounds that are relaxing to you (white noise, ocean sounds, thunderstorms, etc.)? What foods are nourishing, comforting, and filling for them?
“I prefer that everyone have a healthy experience.” – Jill Magoffin
“It’s ok to ask for what makes you feel good.” – Jill Magoffin
“I have to remind my birthing people that they are in charge.” – Jill Magoffin
“I just urge anyone that’s having a child to prepare and really think about what relaxes them, and get those things.” – Jill Magoffin
“What’s the plan for your postpartum care? Who is in your village? Who is going to be offering to help? Are you going to assign them things to do? Do not let everyone just hold your baby!” – Jill Magoffin
“Your only job after you have a baby is to take care of yourself and that child. Everything else can be handled by someone else.” – Jill Magoffin
“There’s not one way of doing things. There’s not one way of birth. There’s not one way of feeding your baby. There’s not one way of swaddling. I mean, there’s a million ways. You have to do what works for you!” – Jill Magoffin
“Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.” – Elle Kennedy
“I think the partner participating [in comfort care] is just as important as the person giving birth.” – Jill Magoffin
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After spending most of her life in the corporate world, but attending the births of countless friends and family members, Jill finally realized her calling, and completed Doula training at Bini Birth in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Jill is a certified birth Doula and postpartum Doula with DONA INTERNATIONAL. In addition to being a Doula, Jill is also trained as a New Parent Educator and Newborn Care Specialist. Additional Doula training has included courses such as Hypnobirthing and advanced Rebozo skills for birth and postpartum care. Jill is a Certified Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki I & II healer.
Jill approaches her role with flexibility, kindness, humor, and compassion. She is extremely passionate about making sure that the person giving birth is supported and advised of all their choices surrounding birth. Jill aims to achieve a safe, calm, and joyous experience of bringing their little one into the world.
Jill lives in Simi Valley, California with her beautiful, blended family of 4 children, and her loving husband Bryan.
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Who are Elle and Taylor?
Elle Kennedy is a maternity, birth, and family photographer and doula based in Orange County, California. She’s a mother of two, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for consent and respect for personal preferences during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. She homeschools, is polyamorous, loves tea and scones, and loves using her free time to create and bake.
Dr. Taylor Garcia is a Webster Certified Chiropractor located in the Orange County, California area, with a family practice that focuses on pregnant persons and babies. She is currently going through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s certification program and plans to have that completes by 2021. While not a mama yet, she is the consummate “mom friend,” and hopes to adopt with her partners in about 5 years. She is part of the LGBTQ+ community and polyamorous. She believes in focusing on health and wellness from before birth, and using that as a firm foundation for health and wellness throughout life. She believes in the importance of connection and consent in all aspects of life. She is a dancer, a writer, a bookworm, and a fan of music and musicals.
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