🌺 Meet Jacquelyn Gatta Sheehan 🌺

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Jacki is from Natural Beginnings - Long Island Doula Services
We caught up with Jacquelyn and asked her some questions about what makes her business so successful.
💜What inspired you to start this business?
💕"When I was first pregnant, I was overwhelmed and fearful of what was to come. My husband and I decided early on that we were going to take a birth education class to help prepare us. We ended up enrolling in Jenn Barry's Bradley Method Class and from there my life's path changed. The more I learned about birth, the strength and intuitive nature of the woman's body, and our health care system, the more I wanted to learn and capitulate this information.
Towards the end of my pregnancy I knew we were going to need additional support during my labor. We hired the most wonderful birth doula, Nicole Jones. Having unwavering empathetic emotional and physical support during my labor was the best thing we did for my birth.
After the birth of my child, I had a yearning to give back and support women in a similar way that I was cared for. Understanding the lack of evidence-based education that is readily available to women in their perinatal period, our horrendous maternal death rate, and utter lack of continuous support for mom and baby during and after birth, made me want to support woman in their prenatal and postpartum periods.
For the past 7 years I have worked to support women and children in multiple capacities as a Social Worker. My decision to become a birth doula was a natural progression in my life's path and it has brought so much meaning to my life."
💜What keeps you going every day?
💕Knowing that there are too many mothers in need of empathetic listening, care, and genuine kind words.
💜What is your favorite part about your business?
💕I love having the honor to get to know different people and their families.
💜List the services you provide
💕Prenatal Care Visits, Continuous labor support, mother blessings, Birth & Beyond childbirth education, breastfeeding support, postpartum care visits, meal prep and delivery, herbal support.
💜Out of all of the services you provide, what would you say is your specialty?
💕I make each family a meal(s) of their choice for their postpartum care visit. It is difficult to even think about cooking dinner when you are home with a new baby.
💜What is one thing you would like us to know about your business?
💕I offer affordable birth doula services. It is important that every woman have access to the support they need.
💜What's the best compliment you have ever received?
💕"Jacki is both a peaceful but powerful presence. She is knowledgeable but always open to learning. She got to know me and my whole family before our birth which was so important to me. She listened to me. She heard me. She heeded my requests for things I wanted and also didn’t want at my birth. She got me through the most painful moments with our practiced meditations. I’m so thankful to have connected with this loving human and hope that others will choose to do that same." Michelle Casareale Malafronte
💜What makes your business unique?
💕I am a Social Worker and have merged my education and skills with my business. Knowing that each person is the expert on their own body, mind, and experience is the key to how I work with my clients.
Thank you Jacquelyn Gatta Sheehan for sharing with us and giving us insight to your business!