Bienvenue! Welcome to my web site! 
My name is Jacquie Biehl and I am a former French teacher-turned Birth Doula. I grew up as one of seven children in Portland, Maine, and I've been around birth and babies my entire life. I was interested in becoming a doula long before I became a parent, but it was my personal experience with childbirth and motherhood that gave me the impetus to pursue official training and certification. I trained with DONA International in 2015 and completed the requirements for DONA certification in early 2016. I joined the WakeMed Doula Labor Support Services program in September 2015 and opened my private doula practice, Bienvenue Birth Services, in January 2016. In August 2016, I became an International Placenta and Postpartum Association (IPPA) Trained Specialist and added placenta encapsulation to my array of services. 
I am an experienced, professional birth doula who greets each family and birth with passion, confidence, compassion, and excitement! I feel so lucky with each new parent who chooses me to be a part of their pregnancy and birthing journey. My aim is always to provide women and their families with emotional, physical, and educational support to achieve the positive and healthy birth experience they desire. 

My Birth Story

I gave birth to my own son in September 2014 at the Women's Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill, NC. My husband and I took Bradley Method childbirth education courses with Carol Horrocks and spent lots of time reading, watching, and listening to birth stories in the lead-up to my son's ("overdue") birth date. Despite his impressive size (10 lb., 2 oz.), I was able to achieve the natural, unmedicated childbirth I had planned through preparation, patience, and support. 
As I planned for my own birth and helped my close friends and family develop birth plans, register for baby essentials, and prepare for this big transition, I found that I had a great passion for helping others to become informed and make healthy choices for their pregnant selves and their infants. 
With a family history of domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse, I am especially passionate about providing support to single mothers and survivors of these difficult situations. I seek to be a trustworthy and caring presence for my clients throughout their pregnancy and birth.
I hope that serving as a doula will allow me to help women become educated about childbirth, advocate for themselves, and make their own informed decisions about their birthing preferences. My clients can then work to fulfill these preferences with my support by their side. 
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As a Birth Doula, I work to give pregnant women the resources and emotional and physical support they need to achieve their birthing goals. I have developed a vast network of support and resources in the Triangle Area to help women find the care providers, birthing place, and postpartum support they need as their families confront this life-changing transition. 
During labor, I practice various comfort measures to help women manage any anxiety, stress, or pain they may experience. These comfort measures may include simple actions like positive words of encouragement and affirmation, breathing exercises, and position changes, or actions that require more advanced training, such as the use of a Rebozo, acupressure, massage, or guided meditations. Immediately after birth, I can help facilitate mother-baby bonding in that first golden hour and to establish the first latch for breastfeeding. 
For the postpartum period, I can help with resources for breastfeeding help, infant care, and maternal recovery, or offer recommendations for pediatricians or family medicine physicians in our area who can meet your family's specific needs.
I am trained in DONA International standards of practice and breastfeeding support, I am a mentored doula with the WakeMed Doula Labor Support Program, I am fully trained in adult and infant CPR, and I am also working toward certification as a Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula, learning methods of Rebozo use and positioning through Spinning Babies, and learning more about Integrated Energy Therapy healing and meditation. I love learning more about birth at every opportunity and finding new ways to help my clients. I am also a member of the local Crescent Doula Collective, a wonderful group of women providing many pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum services in the Triangle area. 
Throughout my experience in birth doula practice, I have been fortunate to be able to support a diverse array of wonderful families and beautiful birth experiences. Whether you desire an unmedicated natural birth or just want guidance about when and how to use pain relief measures, you are trying for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), you desire a water birth, a birth center or hospital birth, or you may be having a planned (or unplanned) C-section, I strive to be a calming and knowledgeable presence for my clients and vow to remain by their side whatever their circumstances or choices may bring. I am here to help mothers achieve their goals and birth preferences, but most of all to leave them with a positive birth memory full of care and compassion. 
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