About back up doula Ryah Jo:
Giving birth is one of the hardest and most gratifying human experiences a person can have. This is why I believe we need a community, our village of strength, around us when we embark on the birth journey and I do the work I do. As a medical anthropologist at heart, I have always been in awe of the way humans have cared for one another and the evolution of our medical industry. While modern science and facilities have implemented policies, practices and tools that have re-vamped and altered the way in which humans give birth in many parts of the world, the design in the process of getting baby Earth-side has largely remained the same. I believe labor and birth are normal and natural processes which challenge the birthing person as a whole: mind, body and spirit.
I am an educator, caregiver and healer so it felt a very natural calling, after serving 8 years as a Medic in the Air Force and my own experience during the delivery of my first child, to be drawn into birth work. In this space I am able to use my passion for supporting the body in its natural state, my training and familiarity with medical systems and the tools needed when necessary, to be able to provide comprehensive support to families as they navigate the various pathways of giving birth. My philosophy is to empower you with knowledge and hands-on skills for labor and birth, provide evidence-based resources and work closely with your birth team so you are a full participate in the decision-making process. My hope is that with transparency, communication, trust and encouragement we all work together to create a circle of support, to be your village, and ensure you and your partner receive the best labor and birth experience possible.
My personal birth/postpartum experiences include:
EMT-B, United States Air Force (2002)
B.A. Humanities and Anthropology University of Washington (2010)
Midwife Assistant Midwives College of Utah (2011)
DONA trained (2011)
Neonatal Resuscitation (2011) *updated every 2 years*
University of Washington Doula volunteer (2012)
Basic Life Supported Certified and Instructor certified (2013)
Open Arms Birth Doula volunteer (2014-Present)
DONA Childbirth Educator Trained (2017)
Trauma Informed Professional Training and Certification (CBI, 2020)
M.A. Maternal and Child Healthcare Systems Bastyr (2023)
MAWS (Midwives of Washington State) student rep