Meet the Doulas

Jana J.

I have been a doula for six years (CAPPA certified) and a childbirth educator for 3 years (trained at Bastyr University) and have attended more than 90 births. I began my midwifery education with Mercy In Action in January 2017. I LOVE serving families through the birth of their child.  I believe it is one of the most significant experiences anyone will have in their entire lives. Why not make it amazing?!

Katy L.

After receiving my M.A. in Counseling Psychology, I started a photography business. Through sitting with new moms at newborn photos sessions and my own profound transition from maiden to mom, my passion to nurture, support, & create healing spaces for women was birthed. I completed a 6-month apprenticeship with a seasoned local doula and certified with The Art of Sacred Postpartum. I believe every women deserves to be welcomed into motherhood through gentle and loving care.


Jessica, Tiarra, & Alexis

Introducing Jessica, Tiarra, and Alexis. We are beyond excited for these three beautiful ladies to be joining the Yema Mamas team as apprentices for the next year! We long to see more women wholly cared for in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Let’s reclaim and continue to pass on the art of women caring for women in this profound transition of maiden to mother!!

Words from Mamas & Papas

Darin K.
Jana was there for us this summer to support an amazing birth. I was looking for a doula to help me have a successful VBAC and she… Read more "Darin K." Read more.
Ellen R.
There were many things about labor about which I was nervous. I was planning a natural, unmedicated birth and Jana was so encouraging of this. Of course… Read more "Ellen R." Read more.
Alyssa G.
Jana is amazing! She was wonderful with helping us prep for baby number #2 (we couldn’t believe how much we forgot in just two short years!). Her… Read more "Alyssa G." Read more.
Anahi W.
Birth is a journey and like any journey there are always going to be variables. As I carried my second child I knew I wanted a more… Read more "Anahi W." Read more.

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How to Make Your Own Herbal Sitz Bath
How to Make Your Own Herbal Sitz Bath I'm going to teach you how to make your own healing herbal sitz bath! What is a "sitz bath"?… Read more "How to Make Your Own Herbal Sitz Bath" Read more.
What is Induction of Labor and Natural Alternatives
  I want to explain first the difference between induction and what you might have heard is called augmentation. Then I will explain the various medical induction… Read more "What is Induction of Labor and Natural Alternatives" Read more.
Why I Started Caring for Postpartum Mamas & Families
  As a mama and a postpartum doula, I wanted to share some thoughts with you about something that I've been thinking about today!   I just… Read more "Why I Started Caring for Postpartum Mamas & Families" Read more.
Baby Blues & Postpartum Depression, What do I do?
After a woman has a baby, we often describe the variety of emotions and experience as baby blues and/or possibly postpartum depression. This is something that I think we… Read more "Baby Blues & Postpartum Depression, What do I do?" Read more.
Afraid of Birth? Combat the Fear-Pain Cycle
  Okay, let’s keep it real. Most young women I talk to are afraid of childbirth. But we don’t have to be afraid! And actually, it is… Read more "Afraid of Birth? Combat the Fear-Pain Cycle" Read more.
Writing a Birth Preferences Plan
What is a “Birth Plan”?   First of all I want to explain that it is better to call it a birth preferences plan.  That is what it actually is because… Read more "Writing a Birth Preferences Plan" Read more.
Birth Plan or No Birth Plan? That is the question.
The question is to have a birth plan or not have a birth plan? First of all I want to talk about the idea of a “birth plan”. The… Read more "Birth Plan or No Birth Plan? That is the question." Read more.
Birth Your Baby: You Choose Where & Who
You may not know that you actually have several options for where you can birth your baby and who can medically care for you through childbirth.  Here I am going… Read more "Birth Your Baby: You Choose Where & Who" Read more.
How to Bengkung Belly Bind Yourself!
You may have noticed in our other video (Yema Mamas Belly Binding) we showed you how to bind someone else but now we will teach you how… Read more "How to Bengkung Belly Bind Yourself!" Read more.
DIY Doula Workshop
The Do-It-Yourself Doula Workshop is a 3-hour hands-on experience to teach mamas, their primary support partner (husband, boyfriend, mom, etc), and their extra support person (mom, sister,… Read more "DIY Doula Workshop" Read more.

About Us

Doulas Jana & Katy work together to bring their birth & postpartum services to families in the Tacoma/Seattle area as Yema Mamas.

‘Yema’ means flower bud in Spanish, which represents birthing new life. We believe Jesus is our source and giver of new life. Our mission is to attentively nurture families by serving women through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum seasons of being a mama. We serve women through this vulnerable and spiritual transition with passion and knowledge.

We desire to see all women wholly loved and supported through their transition from pregnancy to motherhood. We aim to empower women to love and nurture each other in community to ease and honor the new life of a mother.

To meet us in person and learn more, contact us to set up a free 45 minute consultation.