jessica de la peña | birth doula, prenatal yoga instructor, placenta encapsulator
My name is Jessica de la Peña and I am a birth doula, prenatal yoga instructor and placenta encapsulator. My love for pregnancy, labor and childbirth began through yoga. I took my first prenatal yoga teacher training in 2011, which blew my mind open to the wonders of the female body during pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. Since then I have gone on to complete over 125 hours of training, spanning both prenatal yoga and doula trainings.
I now travel internationally to train upcoming prenatal yoga instructors with The Dolphin Method, and have mentored apprentice doulas. I am also honored to volunteer as a birth doula at Sutter Davis Birthing Center since 2013.
I am passionate about my work to empower women through the transformational experience of childbirth. I have been a doula since 2011 and have aided over 50 women in their journey to motherhood in a myriad of births (cesarean, elective epidurals, water births and all in between). Each birth experience is different and I encourage every mother-to-be (and their partner) to find what is best for them. I pride myself on helping dad(or co-mother) to be fully immersed in the experience as well.
Birthing takes a village. I rely heavily on my yoga background and its profound applications for birth, working with the body and the breath, in helping women through labor.
Aside from birth work, I have lived, worked, and traveled all over the globe. I’m a stepmother to two amazing teenage girls and spend my free time between yoga, running, chauffeuring kids, reading and hanging with my man and our two adorable kitties, Zelda & Link.
In my previous lives I have been a full time yoga instructor and a microfinance researcher in Peru. Currently, I am a hopeful nursing student with a long term goal of working at a L&D unit near you!