About Jenni Jenkins
My name is Jennifer Jenkins-Sekine and I am a Birth Arts International Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula.
As of January 2021, I am working to complete my bereavement doula, adoption doula, and babywearing educator certifications. I am also in the beginning stages of working towards my International Board Certified Lactation Constant (IBCLC) certification.
Working to create positive change within my community is a passion of mine. This is why I created and facilitate the OKC family support group, Kaleidoscope.
I am a mother, wife, animal lover, aerialist, archer, book worm, baker, fire breather, fermentation enthusiast, urban farmer, and study the Japanese & German languages.
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Why I became a Doula
I serve the Central Oklahoma community of birthing people & families who are searching to take their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum options into their own hands through the support and resources of a doula specific to their birth experience goals.
After graduating high school, I attended Ohio University & Louisiana State University for a bachelor’s of science in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. During this time I worked for the United States Forest Service in Louisiana. While I originally intended my life path to be days full of adventures into the forests to save endangered species, plans changed after I personally experienced traumatic births with my two children.
After seeing & experiencing the care model that women expect to encounter during their pregnancy experiences, I decided things needed to change for the better. The first step was to change career paths and devote my life to fighting for birthing person’s rights during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum as a birth doula.
The trauma of my experiences, while unfortunate, lit a fire in my heart for supporting and empowering birthing people. I feel very passionately that every birthing person deserves to be supported regardless of how they choose to experience birth. It gives me profound joy that I have the opportunity to be welcomed into such an intimate and life-changing event in others’ lives in order to provide support.
There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of a new life entering the world
It is the combination of my experiences as a qualified birth and postpartum doula & a mother of three, that helps me in empowering women’s lives in my community, by providing clients with emotional, physical, and educational support. My own birth experiences with and without a doula enlightened me on how crucial a doula’s support is to achieving an empowered birth.
CONTINUED BIRTH DOULA EDUCATION & COMMUNITY
I am a proud member of the Thrive Mama Collective, a health and wellness collective located in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District.
The Thrive Mama Collective strives to help families thrive – from considering to expecting to parenting– by offering a comprehensive list of pregnancy and postpartum services. I participate in group meetups and host classes & groups related to pregnancy, birth, & postpartum topics.
Furthermore, I have a collective of experienced health and wellness professionals to turn to whenever I may have questions. It is through the support of the TMC members that I have been able to flourish educationally and professionally as a birth doula. I am also able to refer clients to other services we provide in house, some of which, at a discount.
As of the summer of 2020, I am working towards completing my certification as a Bereavement and Adoption Doula through Stillbirth Day Academy. It is my hope that I can provide full, passionate support to clients with this additional certification. Having personally experienced the loss of a pregnancy and previously supporting clients through loss, nothing could be more important to me than ensuring I am professionally trained on how to provide support to a family if they experience loss.
Providing clients with evidence-based care is a crucial part of what I do for my community as an Oklahoma City Doula. I have earned multiple certifications from Evidence Based Birth including the Evidence-Based Care Certification. If you hire me as your doula, you will receive up to date information on your options in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum that are evidence-based!
I studied to become a Birth Doula through Birth Arts International Certified Doula training.
Doula certification with Birth Arts International is supported and mentored. Since their beginning in 2000, they have certified thousands of perinatal professionals. I am thankful to have been able to learn from BAI and serve my community!