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Isotope Building, 88, USA
Mothers Strong

Contact Information: 530-966-5391
Methods of payment: Sliding scale private pay, Private Insurance, Medi-Cal.

I always wanted to be a mom. I love babies. I'm a kid person. I was Auntie Jarynna to all my friends' kids before I had my own. Then I had a baby... WOW. That was a game changer. I had no idea...

A little more about me- I attended my first birth 17 years ago, when I was in the Marriage and Family Therapist program at Chico State. I became a doula because I love the energy of being in the birthing process with a family, supporting parents physically, emotionally and spiritually through the transition into having a baby. When I had my first baby (12 yrs ago), I joined La Leche League. I became a Leader because of the perspective and sisterhood I gained from being in a group of mamas that "got it". They gave me permission to listen to my instincts and my baby, to take what resonates with me and leave the rest. La Leche League trained me to facilitate mom circles, to help moms troubleshoot breastfeeding issues. Over the years, I've been fortunate to help numerous families with their transition from pregnancy to birth and beyond.

In 2012, I joined my therapy practice with my passion for helping mamas and new families. From an idea and a First 5 Butte County grant, I got a position creating a home-visiting counseling program for pregnant and post-partum moms. I served in that capacity all over Butte County for 6 years. I learned from the diverse families I worked with. I listened to real stories highlighting how hard it is to raise babies without resources, without family or social support, with traumatic childhoods, depression, anxiety, intrusive thoughts. I received specific training in Perinatal Mental Health. I went to Bastyr University (Penny Simkin's school) for both MotherWoman group facilitator training, and "When Survivors Give Birth" to help survivors of incest and sexual abuse manage the triggers of birth and breastfeeding and to help moms heal traumatic birth experiences. I have also completed my EMDR training for trauma work. In the therapy room, I witness mothers giving birth to their inner voices, speaking hard and loving truths, trying new roles and identities, learning how to get what they need.  I truly believe we are all doing the best we can, and when we are doing better, we do better for our children. My hope is to help parents heal so they can bring their best into raising the next generation.

Besides being outdoors with my family, I love dancing, singing, playing music, hanging out with friends, hiking, swimming, and on a mellow day you might see me crocheting...