doula + student midwife

Hi, I'm Britt.
Brittany Jackson, CD(DONA)

After birthing three of my own children and years of being a doula, the most important value about birth to me is trust - trust in your process, you, your partner or support people, your decisions, and trust in birth.  I value greatly the emotional and physical support a doula provides, but most importantly the space we hold and respect for the intimate process that is birth for you and your family.

My doula journey began with the birth of my last daughter.  What an empowering, transformative process!  Through my own healing birth I learned how much of a difference being heard, respected, and in control of you birth makes - and I had found my calling.

 

I began the certification process with DONA International in March 2014, and spent my first two years as a doula working with a non-profit that provides free doulas to underserved families in San Antonio, TX.  I earned my certification in January 2016 and felt the call to come back home to MN.  Shortly after, my fourth baby - Birth Services by Britt - was born!

I began my transition to midwifery work shortly after.  As a community organizer and activist for racial and social justice issues, I was drawn to furthering my impact and positively influencing outcomes for all expectant families through becoming a provider.  Within a week of starting my apprenticeship, I fell in love with the respect and autonomy offered to families via the midwifery model of care.  I continue to work towards my CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) as a student midwife, birth + clinic assist, and postpartum home visitor with Roots Community Birth Center in North Minneapolis.  I hope to finish my CPM by the end of 2019.

Since becoming a birth worker, I have supported about 200 families, who are so very near and dear to my heart.  Once completing midwifery training, I will always be available to my doula families for repeat services.

 

When I'm not in clinic or at a birth, my world revolves around my family!  My wife and I have three amazing daughters, a sassy teen-cat, and a mischievous kitten who loves to annoy his big sister.  We love music, singing, and dancing, which means our house is often very loud and lovingly chaotic, and we wouldn't have it any other way.  Between work and study, you can find me spending time with my loved ones, baking (the more difficult the recipe, the better!), binge-watching Netflix or horror movies, and my most favorite of all: napping!

Professional Qualifications & Associations

As a professional in the ever-changing world of birth work, I routinely participate in continuing education opportunities to keep myself current.  I maintain both professional and volunteer memberships with various birth, baby, and community organizations, and greatly cherish the opportunities to serve my communities.

Professional Qualifications & Continuing Education

DONA approved birth doula workshop
(including childbirth education, breastfeeding, doula training)

Completed 1/2015

DONA birth doula certification

Completed 2/2016

Neonatal Rescusitation Certification
Completed 6/2016

Advanced Lactation Skills for Midwives
Completed 6/2016

MCCPM Continuing Education Workshop
Completed 6/2016

Expect the Unexpected™: Midwives Handling Complications in Out-of-Hospital Settings Seminar

Completed 5/2017

Neonatal Rescusitation Certification Renewal

Completed 6/2018

Professional Apprenticeship (Roots Birth Center)

2016 - Present

ADN (Nursing)

In Progress

Professional Associations

Student Midwife, Birth + Clinic Assist & Postpartum Home Visitor: Roots Community Birth Center

Administrator: The Queer Exchange MPLS/STP​

Board Member: Queer Birth Project

Former Board Member: The Childbirth Collective

Founder: MN Birth Equity Alliance

Member: Minnesota Council of Certified Professional Midwives (MCCPM)

Member: MN Cultural Birth Workers

Member: Black Birth Workers Association: Twin Cities

Member: DONA International

Professional Apprenticeship

I began apprenticing with Roots in 2016.  As a student midwife, I attend clinic during the week and am a part of Roots client's care team.  I also attend births as an assist or student, and visit families at home during their first week postpartum to provide medical care to parent and baby, and to provide lactation assistance.

Although I do have a skillset and education in midwifery, those aspects do not intersect with my role as a doula.  As a doula, I still give evidence-based informationa nd support, however,  I do not give medical advice or recommendations, do not perform medical tasks, and will attend client's births in the role of the doula, only.

Member of DONA International

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