After much research, hours of overthinking, and a bit panicked wondering what in the world I am getting myself into. I decided to take a few deep breaths, open my computer and just start writing.
Hi, I am Leah Jacobson, living in Summerville, SC, with my wonderful husband Bryan, two of our three kids, our lab Oscar, and our mastiff Bruneau. Bryan and I happily blended our family in 2017. Derek is 25 years old, Reuben is 14 years old, and Norah is 11 years old, going on 16.
As a doula, I strive to make sure my clients get a birth story they dream of. The journey they are going through is such a special gift, and I absolutely love being part of a birth team. So, I am going to take a few moments and let you get to know a little about me so you can feel comfortable allowing me to be part of your journey.
Growing up in Oregon, my family loved camping, traveling, and sports. My love for international travel started when I was 13 years old. My dad took me to the interior of Irian Jaya, Indonesia. He worked in villages helping build water towers. I ran around barefoot with friends and helped the missionary nurse give shots, and learned basic wound care. From then I knew my dream was to travel and help people. I lived in Central America after high school and traveled to Africa and all over Asia. I also worked as an English teacher in China during college. I have learned something new in each adventure I have taken. Besides travel, I have a passion for photography, backpacking, and any water sport you can think of! I am even a Divemaster in scuba diving.
Between traveling, starting a family, going through some life experiences that were not that fun, and then basically restarting my life journey, I finally was able to finish my bachelor’s in human development in 2019. While I was finishing up my last few credits, I was thinking to myself. What the heck am I going to do with a degree in Human Development? Thinking back to all my travels, my trip to Kenya came to mind. I remember sitting in a hospital seeing a pregnant woman getting tested for Malaria. I knew she was not going to get the care she really needed, especially during her pregnancy. My heart just sank. Then I thought, why not pursue my midwifery degree as I wanted to do a years ago!
Let me stop for a second and tell you, EVERYTHING happens for a reason! 10 years ago, I wanted to move to the Philippines and go to school for midwifery. Life happened and I couldn’t go. I am now finally able to make this dream happen. If I would have gone back then, I wouldn’t have been able to finish, I wouldn’t have been a surrogate for two wonderful families, I wouldn’t have been able to become a doula, and I wouldn’t be sitting here writing to you today. I also would not have gained the experience and knowledge from my first degree because I would have never gotten it! All those extra paths that led to a new path or a dead end were adventures I needed to help me on this path of getting to my passion. Yes, they are long and windy, broken sometimes, but the journey is completely worth it!
That is why I am in this place at this moment. My passion and desire are to help you. Giving you support, and encouragement. Helping remind you that yes, it’s difficult, but you are so beyond strong and amazing that you will get through it! You have support from me every step of the way!