About Jenn Crawford
Owner, Certified Lactation Consultant, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Certified Newborn Care Specialist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Gentle Sleep Coach, Midwifery Apprentice
I'm a Doula (birth & postpartum), Childbirth/Lactation Educator and Lactation Consultant. I started my journey in 2001 when I had problems nursing my second daughter, who happened to be my first of two NICU babies. I had issues with my first daughter but they were quickly corrected with the help of an amazing Lactation Consultant (who down the line was one of my instructors and mentors). I realized there wasn't enough education and support in my area. Instead of being encouraged, I constantly felt discouraged and left doubting my instincts when it came to childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting.
My first birth as a trained Doula was in 2002, I've since attended hundreds of births. From 2004-2007 I was an inpatient Lactation Consultant for Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. In 2005/2006 I completed a midwifery internship in Tijuana, Mexico. The most memorable experience was catching a baby while wearing my toddler on my back. I've recently went back to midwifery school and I'm currently a midwifery apprentice at Desert Birth & Wellness. My long term goal is to open a free standing birth center.
While I advocate for natural childbirth, breastfeeding and attachment parenting, my job and passion is supporting other woman and assisting them with their informed choices. Like most things in life, Birth and Breastfeeding don't always go as planned. As an experienced professional, I will guide you through the process and provide assurance, encouragement, options, and answers, easing the transitions into parenthood.
I've been in the Hi Desert since 2008. I have 5 daughters ranging from 7-19, a 25 year old step-daughter, along with a very supportive husband who is a retired Marine. We own Joshua Tree Excursions and are both very active in our community.