Intersectional Birth Services

Vanessa Lovejoy-Guron,

LCCE, CD(DONA), IBC

I am a doula, childbirth educator & lactation counselor.

Your birth is unique & I can help you discover your birth story.

A B O U T

While I feel called to serve families of color, particularly in API communities, mixed race and LGBTQIAP+ families, everyone has the right to make informed decisions surrounding pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and newborn care. Allow me to help you discern what that may look like for you; every birth is different and I want to help you have the best birthing experience as you define it.

 

When my wife and I decided we were ready for babies, I dove into reading as much as I could, from Penny Simkin to attachment parenting books. We were becoming a two-mom, biracial family -- I had to prepare how best we could face the world of hospital interventions, and questions about who I was as a non-gestational parent. And then a few years later, we decided to do it again and this time, I was the pregnant person! My passion for birthwork through an intersectional lens began percolating after the profound connections we made with each of our doulas.

My older son designed my logo shortly after I completed my doula training in the Summer of 2017. In his words, "The dot in the middle is the baby and the baby connects everyone else." I thought his words were very poignant: it takes a village! It took me a long time to decide on a business name, particularly one that coincides with my logo. While I want folx to know me more by name and not my business name, it's still important. As I sat at my dining table having a conversation with my mom about this, we agreed that it ought to be Intersectional Birth Services. Our identity is a sum of its parts. My feminisim and birthwork is intersectional. To learn more about intersectionality, check out this kid-friendly YouTube video.

 

Kimberle Crenshaw, who coined the term intersectionality, is a Professor of Law at Columbia and is the director of the Law School's Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS), which she founded in 2011. Her TED Talk entitled the Urgency of Intersectionality is a powerful review of her work and why in any social justice forum, the implications of this term are paramount.

And finally, my logo depicts new families at an intersection, learning to maneuver life through pregnancy and later with a newborn. It's an adventure and I adore being a part of that journey! 

I live in North Seattle with my wife and two kids. In between teaching and pre/postnatal appointments, I fill my life with color, love, books, superheroes, LEGOs, spirit, family, Minecraft, podcasts, & boy cuddles.

 

Birth Doula Skills Workshop, Simkin Center at Bastyr University (2017)

Birth Doula Workshop, Open Arms Perinatal Services (2017)

NW Doula Conference, What Do You Bring to Your Work? An Invitation for Self-Examination (2018)

Lamaze Childbirth Education Skills Workshop, Passion for Birth Taught by Sharon Muza (2018)

 

TENS Unit Training, Big Belly Services (2018) 

Anti-Racism & Community Health Conference, UW Students of Color for Public Health (2019)

Serving Trans Survivors from a Trauma Informed Lens, WCSAP, Talcott Broadhead (2019)

Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor Training, Taught by Camie Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC & Kimberly Moore-Salas, IBCLC (2019)

Group Peer Support Facilitator Training, Perinatal Support WA, Taught by Mia Edidin, LICSW & Crystal Gurney (2019)

Spinning Babies Workshop, Hosted by Open Arms Perinatal Services, Taught by Kelly Dungan, RN, BSN, RNC-OB (2019)

T R A I N I N G

 

I am currently focusing my birthwork with Daybreak Star Doulas.

D O U L A  S E R V I C E S

C H I L D B I R T H  E D U C A T I O N

Due to my other birthwork commitments, I am no longer teaching for Parent Trust for Washington Children. 

Feel free to read client testimonials on my DoulaMatch profile page.

 

I am not currently offering private practice childbirth education and focusing my work with Daybreak Star Doulas.

 

D A Y B R E A K  S T A R  D O U L A S

As of September of 2019, I'm proud to announce that I joined Daybreak Star Doulas with United Indians of All Tribes Foundation! We are very busy building our program, serving American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander families birthing in King County. We are pleased to provide free-of-charge, culturally responsive, full-spectrum doula care for Indigenous families. 

 
 

I am a Lamaze certified childbirth educator which is signified by LCCE after my name and a certified birth doula through DONA International which is signified by CD(DONA). I am also a certified Indigenous breastfeeding counselor which is signified by IBC.

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R E S O U R C E S

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C R E D E N T I A L S

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C O N T A C T

SERVING THE GREATER SEATTLE AREA

 

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