Jessica Lu, LMSW, CBE, Birth Doula
I am a DONA-trained birth doula, childbirth educator, Licensed Master Social Worker and psychotherapist who specializes in trauma.
In 2009 I began reading about the childbirth industry in America. I found the stories so interesting that I decided to complete my undergraduate research thesis on the American experience of childbirth. It astounded me how much I did not know about pregnancy, labor, and delivery. I soon learned I was not alone.
When I spoke to women about childbirth, I heard stories of horror, pain, risk, surgery, confusion, and even disgust. So many women viewed childbirth as a medical or hospital experience, not a womanly experience. None of it sat right with me, and I realized I wanted to be a part of a different kind of birth story. I wanted women to feel well informed, peaceful, confident, and powerful about birth.
I created Bird &Bee Birth Services because I believe it is possible to birth without fear. I believe childbirth is an experience in which women should be empowered to use their intuition and strength as they bring new life into the world. I am extremely passionate about my role as a doula, educator, and as the owner of Bird & Bee. I will ensure you are provided with unwavering physical and emotional support, education, and the tools you need to have your BEST birth.
I have additional training in rebozo use, acupressure, Spinning Babies, and essential oils use. I trained as a Midwifery Assistant at The Farm Midwifery Center in Summertown, TN. I am a trauma therapist and specialize in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, trauma, domestic violence, and sexual assault. I have additional training from the Seleni Institute for Maternal Mental Health in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as perinatal loss. I provide miscarriage support and I conduct bereavement counseling for families.
Jessica received her B.A. in Women and Gender Studies at Hunter College and her M.S.W. at The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.