Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CD(DONA), CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
DONA-Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators
Since the very first day I started thinking about becoming a doula, I always knew that opening a space like BabyLove would be my ultimate goal to achieve. The very first Lamaze class I taught was to a handful of families in a room I had rented from the Rochester Senior Center. Since then, I have taught at two hospitals, in a yoga studio in St. Paul, in countless homes– but opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through. In September of 2014, I was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Childbirth Education.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.
I have a B.A. in English and a Certificate in Asian Studies from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. After the birth of my daughter, I attended the training to become a doula in November 2006, and I became a certified doula through DONA in August of 2007. I was so in love with helping families with birth that I became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in December of 2007. In April of 2008, I trained to become a Certified Lactation Counselor, and have earned the designation of a CLC by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. I taught childbirth, breastfeeding, and sibling classes at a small hospital in Rochester, MN until my pregnancy and husband’s job change caused us to relocate to the Twin Cities in the fall of 2008, where I was able to find another job as an in-hospital educator. In December of 2009, I became a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. I have also worked as a volunteer birth doula and provided support to mothers who are experiencing a suspected miscarriage through a local hospital program. That worked inspired me to become a coordinator for the Eagan GRACE Group; a group that helps families facing pregnancy and baby loss.
As an educator, I hope to provide mothers and dads/partners with the understanding and trust that they need to navigate through this wonderful transition into parenthood. As a doula, my goal is to provide care that informs and empowers women from all walks of life. I believe that birth should be viewed as a normal, natural process, and not as a medical emergency. All too often, birth is approached with fear, not confidence. I believe that women’s bodies were designed to give birth, and can do so with very little help. While medical interventions can save lives, I do also believe that they can be used unnecessarily, and may result in an outcome the mother does not find satisfying. When the mother is treated with respect, given a voice in her birth preferences, and educated on the normal birth process and the benefits, risks, and options to every choice she makes, she will feel empowered. This is a feeling that she can take with her throughout her life. I hope you find the education and support you need at BabyLove, no matter what your journey to become a parent looks like.