Breath of Life Doulas

 

The Support You Need

A doula is a woman who has been trained to provide continuous, non-medical support to a woman and her partner in labor.

At Breath of Life, the doula becomes part of the birth team and our midwives work hand-in-hand with her to provide mom and her partner the best care and comfort during their labor.

Her skills include providing massage, encouragement, emotional support, suggesting positions, assisting mom in and out of the tub, offering ideas for how dad can support his partner, and giving dad an occasional break to eat, sleep or contact family.

While there are many doulas to choose from in the Tampa Bay area, we are proud to offer an in-house team of doulas who offer seamless support as an extension of our midwifery team. These doulas have completed a training at the birth center to become more familiar with — and practice with — the labor tools that we have available at the birth center. We know the power and the value of having a doula present at your birth to ensure you are cared for every step of the way. We make it easy to add a doula to your care team.

BOL Doula Team

Our in-house Breath of Life Doula Team provides full-service support, and is an extension of the midwifery team. You’ll receive the total package with the care from an experienced doula from our team. When choosing to add a doula to your care team through our in-house doula program, you can count on receiving seamless support.

The Breath of Life Doula Team have completed training through Breath of Life and are part of our in-house support team.

They are focused on our client base and are committed to providing the utmost level of care for you! When you hire a doula from our team, you will receive dedicated support from a doula with the comfort of having built-in back up doula support.

Meet our Breath of Life Doula Team at their monthly ‘Meet the Doulas’ night or fill out the inquiry form below and a doula will reach out to you.

Jillian Camisasca-Lopina

Jillian is thrilled to be in a profession where she can support and empower other women. Her goal is to nurture families from all backgrounds and help them feel heard, respected, and empowered. She is also a photographer, specializing in maternity, birth, and family photography. Jillian has attended a wide variety of births and is certified as a labor doula by ProDoula.

She has a B.A. in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College, IN, where she completed research on what influences women’s attitudes towards childbirth. During that time, she also interned with a midwife and a social worker in a community hospital, providing support for medically-underserved expectant and new mothers during home and office visits. Jillian is originally from the Washington D.C. area, where she grew up learning about birth early on as the daughter of a lactation consultant & childbirth educator.

Jillian currently serves as the President of the Tampa Bay Birth Network, a local nonprofit. Aside from being a doula and photographer, she has a podcast called Working Birth that explores the work of birth professionals. In her free time, Jillian loves to read memoirs, catch up on design blogs, and travel.

Jessy French-King

Jessy is very excited to be a part of the Breath of Life family as a doula. The support system that she had during the birth of her first child in 2007 was instrumental for her physical and emotional health. It was then that she knew without a doubt that she wanted to be with women through their pregnancies and labors.

Since then, she has grown her family and worked as a nanny and medical assistant in both primary care and hospital settings with experience working in the pediatric, NICU, labor and delivery, and mother/baby units.

She is trained and certified with Prodoula and has supported a variety of births including home, birthing center and hospital births. Her goal as a doula is to leave women feeling stronger than they ever knew, empowered and supported.

Jessy is also a certified lactation counselor (CLC) from Healthy Children’s Project. A Professional Lifestyle Photographer, with a passion is capturing life’s moments in their purest state. And she is a life long learner with a passion and profession with Beautycounter that enables her to continue empowering women and others to grow.

Jessy lives in Palm Harbor with her four children and husband. In her free time she enjoys yoga, running, taking pictures, exploring nature, a good netflix binge or podcast listen, but at the end of it all truly loves just being with her family.

Additional Breath of Life Certified Doulas

Breath of Life Certified Doulas have completed training through Breath of Life and are part of our recommended resource team. Please click on the button to the left (or bottom on your phone/tablet) to see the listing which will route you to their additional information.

Breath of Life Doula Team and Certified Doulas are independent contractors and offer individual contracts. The doulas are not employees of the birth center, nor are their services covered by any fees that are paid directly to the birth center. All fees and contracts for doula services are arranged directly between the client and the doula.