Megan Jacobsmeyer: Co-Founder of Santa Cruz Family Doula Collective, CAPPA Trained Doula
Megan has supported over twenty births in Santa Cruz County and counting. Her life’s work has been focused on supporting young families in various professional roles for over 20 years! Megan studied Women’s History at UCSC, which is where she discovered her passion for birth work. She wants all families to have a positive, fulfilling experience wherever and however they give birth. Megan has a deep trust in nature’s process and loves connecting with new families and new life. She sees the transition of birth and the transition into family life as opportunities to learn, grow and transform. She hopes to help all woman see what she sees in them, the potential and power to achieve a positive birth experience in the way that feels meaningful to them. Megan is also a credentialed teacher who taught kindergarten and first grade in Santa Cruz County Public schools full time for six years. Megan is a devoted member of the Soquel Parent Education Nursery School Cooperative (Soquel PENS), nurturing her two children through their preschool years there for 5 years and serving on their school board for 3 of those years. Megan is the Co-Founder of Womb Song. She lives in Watsonville with her husband, two children, and their two cats.
Jenni Harn, CAPPA Trained Doula
She recognizes that we all have our own ideas of what childbirth encompasses and she honors this diversity. Her goal is to prepare expectant Mothers and partners to enter their birth feeling empowered and supported; confident in their ability to make decisions and advocate for themselves.
Jennifer is preparing for nursing school, with a long-term goal of practicing Midwifery. Though becoming a doula was the first step in this journey, she has realized that it is necessary, meaningful, and transformative work.
Stephanie Kerwin, CLD
Stephanie Kerwin became interested in doula work following the birth of her son, 14 years ago and began training and attending births. After the birth of her second child, she focused mostly on her young family while continuing to attend births periodically. In early 2017, Stephanie began the labor doula certification process through CAPPA (www.cappa.net) and became a certified labor doula in December 2017.
She wants all women to know and understand their choices in childbirth and to feel supported and empowered in the choices they make. Stephanie strives to provide physical and emotional support to mothers and their partners before, during and after childbirth.
Stephanie is excited to be supporting families in her community again as a birth doula and has a long term goal of attending midwifery school. She lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and two children.
Kim Guiley: Co-Founder of Santa Cruz Family Doula Collective, CD (DONA)
(Kim is not currently practicing with Santa Cruz Family Doula Collective.)