My name is Jill Silberstein and I am a DONA certified birth doula, certified lactation counselor, student of polarity therapy, and dabbler in herbal medicine. I grew up in Rockville, Maryland, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Art History and traveled around the world on a ship through the Semester at Sea program. I recently moved to Los Angeles by way of Nashville, Tennessee and New York City.
Since I was a little girl, I was drawn to birth and the mystery of pregnant women. I remember playing baby doctor and meticulously displaying my pretend instruments (neon pink and green hair clips) next to my friend-turned-patient who was instructed to lie on the floor with a pillow stuffed in her flannel shirt.
Years passed and I didn’t just “grow out” of my fascination with birth and pregnancy. It was channeled into anatomy, biology, and women’s studies classes in college. I continued attending lectures, courses, and workshops in New York while I gained experience in the television commercial production and post-production side of the advertising industry. (Check out jillsilberstein.com for more info on my production work)
While working in advertising, I attended an assistant midwifery workshop at The Farm with Ina May Gaskin and the farm midwives. Even then, becoming a doula was more than a fantasy and not quite a career but I decided to do the doula training anyway when I got home. I continued onto certification by volunteering at the Inwood House in the Bronx.
Then I officially became a birth junkie and joined Carriage House Birth in Brooklyn. I juggled my career as a producer with my career as a doula and attended as many births, conferences, and trainings as possible. I attended the 2011 DONA conference, the 2012 Midwifery Today conference, and the Birthing From Within Mentor workshop in April 2012 as well as coordinating the Improving Birth Rally that year in NYC. In 2014, I graduated from a three year Herbal Apprenticeship with Robin Rose Bennett. In 2015, I became a Certified Lactation Counselor and attended a training on Gena Kirby’s Rebozo techniques. Click here for a full list of all of my trainings.
My latest interest is in polarity therapy and I’m working on my certification. I attend and sometimes lead women’s circles and gatherings as often as I can.
Here Lil’ Birdie is in wings-up mode in Los Angeles as I get acclimated to this beautiful city.
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