Jessica V.

Jessica Vanderberg

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Jessica Vanderberg

In Person
Childbirth Educator Birth Doula Postpartum Doula Pregnancy Coach Birth Counselor Lactation Counselor (CLC) Antepartum Doula
About me

Hi....I'm MomTown. And I am here for you. I want to take care of you as you plan for your baby’s arrival, to educate you on what birth can be, be with you while you are having your baby, and be there for you when you bring your baby home (and for lots of time beyond). I'm also very invested in your mental well-being along the way. Because I know taking the time to have your needs met gives you strength to take care of your family.

MomTown is for moms. MomTown is for dads. MomTown is for people who are curious about being parents. MomTown is for non-binary parents who don't go by mom or dad. MomTown is for gender fluid parents who go by both mom and/or dad (and every other name they choose to be called). MomTown is for people who identify as unicorns. MomTown is for people who believe the moon landing was a US government conspiracy (though I'll probably argue with you about that). Basically, MomTown is for everyone.

I am a certified birth and postpartum doula, Certified Lactation Counselor and Childbirth Educator in training. I am also currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work, focusing on both perinatal mental health and family leave policy development. I volunteer for Postpartum Support International as a helpline operator.

How I work with parents

I believe in support and collaboration while you discover ways to trust your body and your mind. I am here to help you make informed choices when developing birth preferences and choices which best suit you and your partner. I am trained to build alliances and have meaningful conversations with your birth team while simultaneously meeting you and your partner’s needs.

I am a perinatal mood disorder (PMAD) early screening advocate and have a special interest in supporting people who have experienced past trauma or loss and people who have a history of anxiety or depression. Early intervention promotes stronger connections for new families. I also believe people who have given birth should not require critical care to be well-cared for.

My training & experience

I've trained with DTI (Doula Trainings International) and Carriage House Birth. I am training to become a CLC and Childbirth Educator. I have also completed Postpartum Support International's Components of Care training.

Birth through Postpartum
True to my mission, I provide preconception through postpartum full-spectrum care. I will: be available for prenatal check-ins, be present for your birth and support you during your postpartum period.
List Of Services:
  • I'm available by phone, email or text to answer any of your questions.
  • I am on call for you from week 37 until the birth of your baby.
  • When you are ready for me, I will meet you at your home or your birthing facility and help you labor. I will be with you and your partner through your birth to provide encouragement and support. I can even take pictures, if you'd like.
  • I will stay with you for up to two hours after your birth to encourage skin to skin and assist in first latch if it is your intention to nurse.
  • Within your first week home, I will schedule a postpartum visit (1 hr.). We can process your birth together, check in about feeding, discuss your well-being
  • I also include 2-3 postpartum visits (as needed) where we work together to be sure you are feeling confident and cared for; as a couple, as a parent and someone requiring care after the delivery of their baby.
Private Childbirth Education
During two 90-minute sessions, we will review the labor process, coping strategies, interventions and the immediate postpartum period.
Virtual services provided:
List Of Services:
  • Check-in on your mental and physical wellbeing
  • Basic physiology of pregnancy
  • Recognizing stages of labor
  • Hands-on coping strategies
  • What to expect the first hour after birth
  • Basic preparations for the postpartum period
$200 for 2 sessions
Postpartum Care
I am passionate about postpartum care. This 16-hour package is divided into 1 four-hour postpartum planning meeting, and 3 separate four-hour postpartum support sessions.
List Of Services:
  • A postpartum planning session (around 36-37 weeks pregnant)
  • A check-in from the hospital after baby is born to schedule our first home visit and answer any immediate questions you may have about baby care or nursing.
  • When at home visit, a download of how the previous night/week has been. (Highlights help me frame the rest of the visit)
  • Answering questions about feeding, healing, sleeping or other new parenting topics
  • Exploring ways to heal: a massage therapist, postnatal yoga practitioner, herbalist or another healing modality suitable for your unique postpartum care
  • Helping with food preparation and or recipe-finding
  • Helping with baby while you nap, shower, make phone calls - just give you a moment to have some time for yourself, safe from judgment or guilt
  • Helping with baby-wearing (and help to pick out a good carrier for your needs)
  • Assisting with older siblings & introducing ways siblings can connect with their new family member
  • Taking a walk, weather permitting, to figure out how nursing in public might feel
  • Creating the routine framework for your new family
  • Talking about things that excite you as a new parent
Past Events

Emotional wellness in the perinatal period

by Jessica V.

Join three graduates of The Motherhood Center as we talk about the things we wish we knew before having babies, the gritty truth about perinatal mental wellness, and why The Motherhood Center is such an important resource. This evening will be moderated by psychotherapist Elizabeth Baron from The Motherhood Center of New York and draw knowledge dropping topics from Dr. Catherine Birndorf's book, "What No One Tells You". There will be snacks (super important)! There will be giveaways! There will be resources! It's FREE and a great place for mingling with new parents and parents-to-be. RSVP on HATCH Collection NYC's website.
February 19
1:00pm - 2:00pm
HATCH Collection, Bleecker Street, New York, NY, USA
Childbirth preparation New parent support