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My name is Jessica Ruscetta and I am a doula, lactation & childbirth educator, wife, mother and adventure traveler. Well, almost adventure traveler, more on that later. I founded the doula co-op Two Hands Birth Services, located in southern New Jersey. I love to work with families during one of the most wonderful, crazy, life-changing times in their lives when they are expecting a new baby! I also love mentoring new doulas and hearing all about people's journey to birth work.

In 2008 I gave birth to my first child and it was not the experience I had hoped for, from the pregnancy to the birth to the postpartum it was disappointing. Of course, I had a healthy baby and I was physically healthy but was mentally and emotionally unhealthy. When I became pregnant again in 2011 I was not going to let history repeat itself and I armed myself with more information and support during my pregnancy and the birth of my second child. The difference was life changing! I knew that if first-time mothers had the support, information, education, and guidance that they could have a better outcome than I did. I wanted to help these families so I began to research becoming a childbirth educator and with that, the Pandora's box of birth work was opened!

With very supportive family and friends behind me, I began my training in January of 2013 to become a birth doula, attending workshops in the fall of 2013 and becoming certified in July of 2015. After completing my training I started my own birth services business Two Hands Birth Services in southern New Jersey in late 2013. My hunger for more knowledge continued and I soon also became a certified postpartum doula and certified lactation counselor as well. I wanted to be of as much service to families that called on me as possible.

During my experiences supporting families through pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period I also developed wonderful, supportive relationships with other birth workers. I found that these sisters in birth work were essential to the services I was trying to provide. I enjoyed hearing their stories into birth work just as much as the stories of the families I supported through birth. In the summer of 2017, I transitioned my solo practice into a doula co-op and think its one of the best decisions I ever made. We now share our passion for maternity care with each other and support each other's work and lives.

In the fall of 2017, in a time of transition both personally and as a family my husband and I decided to do something radical. On a long drive to a client, I had an epiphany about how to merge my calling as a birth worker and our family's dream to tour the country in a converted bus. The Nomadic Doula was born! As the Nomadic Doula, I hope to learn from birth workers and families all over the United States and share in their experiences. The hope is to give a spotlight to these wonderful, caring doulas, midwives, advocates and educators who give all they can to change attitudes and policies on maternity care, postpartum issues, and breastfeeding. I hope that this adventure will give me more knowledge and understanding so I can be of better service to the families who I am honored to support and my doula sisters who lean on me as I lean on them.

The combination of traveling with my family and showing my children a different way of life, connecting with nature, minimalism, nourishing my wanderlust and developing relationships with birth workers from all over the United States is a harmonious union of all of my passions and I look forward to sharing them with you.

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