ABOUT JOCELYN PIERCE (SHE/HER)
I grew up in Portland and moved to Seattle to get my degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology from Seattle Pacific University. I fell in love with the city and never left. I enjoy the beauty in the Pacific Northwest and the relaxed, natural atmosphere. I started working in corporate wellness at Boeing in 2010 as an exercise physiologist with the Well Being and On-Site Fitness program. I partnered with Boeing Employees to help them achieve their fitness goals – including prenatal and postpartum fitness. In working with employees, I utilized my training as a health coach to help guide individuals to making sustainable healthy lifestyle changes. A lot of my knowledge and experience as an exercise physiologist helps me as a birth doula in understanding pelvic positioning and working to help parents to relax and move that baby down for labor progress.
In 2013 I became a program manager for the Parent Support Program providing safe, private, clean, and comfortable rooms for milk expression. In this role, I also started a lactation education program, teaching prenatal and return to work lactation classes for Boeing Employees. I found a new passion for parent support that utilized my health education background and found lactation education to be incredibly rewarding, leading me to pursue a shift in my career. I received my lactation educator certification from Bastyr in January 2015 and became a leader with La Leche League in 2016, providing peer-to-peer support to other parents. I am now an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), the gold standard in lactation care. I have a special interest and advanced training in oral function, oral habilitation, and gut health. I also enjoy working with families of all types, particularly single parents as I started out my family as a single parent.
As my career trajectory evolved, I expanded my teaching in 2015 from just lactation to include childbirth education with a certification from Lamaze International. I enjoyed teaching so much that I decided to continue to expand my offerings and combine my background as a CPR Instructor to also include baby safety. 2015 also brought the start of my work as a birth doula and I certified with DONA International. In 2018 I started working as a postpartum doula. I enjoy the variety that each of these roles affords and appreciate being able to have continuity in support from early pregnancy through birth and beyond.