Meet the doula

 

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Hi! My name is Jordana Frost and I am a DONA-certified childbirth doula and the owner of Grounded Birth Doula CT.  Keen on improving maternity care services for all, I have entered the doula profession with the training, experience, and passion needed to provide pregnant individuals and their families with the tools, knowledge, and support they need to have an empowering birth experience.

In 2018, I earned a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) with a focus on Maternal Child Health from Boston University, where I studied perinatal health disparities and high quality, high value family-centered intrapartum care practices, under the mentorship of Dr. Gene Declercq and Dr. Neel Shah.  I am very comfortable with understanding research and enjoy sharing the latest evidence about maternity care best practices with my doula clients. I layer this knowledge with a personal interest in human connection, birth art as a vehicle to tap into personal emotions surrounding pregnancy and birth, a quirky sense of humor, and hands-on skills in diverse comfort measures and optimal positioning during labor. Training in lactation support and perinatal mood disorders round up my toolkit for the care I provide. My doula work marries well with my role as the Director of Maternal Child Health and Government Affairs for the CT and RI chapters of a large national nonprofit organization, where I work closely with partners statewide on promoting evidence-based programs and policies for healthy moms, babies, and their families. As a founding member of the Connecticut Doula Collective and a member of Birth Tribe, I take pride in taking an active role in advancing the doula profession and partnering with maternity care providers to improve the patient experience, while also ensuring positive birth outcomes. Born in Australia, and raised in Italy, I have also lived in Indonesia, Africa, and four states in the U.S. I love working with individuals and families from different backgrounds, cultures, and spiritual paths!

Having experienced two radically different births myself, I understand first-hand the intricate relationship between body, mind, and spirit and the importance of ensuring that pregnant people and their birth teams, are adequately supported during pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period. My goal is to support you no matter what your choices are, with unbiased information, helpful comforting strategies, emotional support, and personalized care.