About Maura Jo
Pregnancy, Birth and Wellness Professional
Maura Jo Lynch began her work as a birth professional in early December of 2006 with her partner and nursling in tow as she attended her rigorous three-day training to become a Doula. Between nursing visits from her little one, she learned more in three days than she had in the two years she’d spent preparing for her first child’s arrival. After her third client, Maura Jo realized that her Doula clients could be getting so much more if only she were teaching classes, and she began her training as a Childbirth Educator in 2007. Amidst all this birth energy, she announced to her first childbirth ed class that she, too, was “in the family way.” She attended her sixth required birth three weeks prior to the birth of her own second child, and completed her final exam while her then six week old slept comfortably, head resting on mom’s shoulder. Fifteen months later, Maura Jo got her second Childbirth Educator certification, this time through CAPPA. She was one of the first in the US to become a Certified Pregnancy Fitness Educator, and holds an additional Perinatal Fitness certificate. She has completed training as a HypnoDoula to better support the unique needs of clients trained in GentleBirth, Hypnobirth, Hypnobabies and other hypnosis-related techniques. In December of 2015, she also completed the rigorous training and community project requirements to become the state’s fourth (out of nine) Certified Birth and Bereavement Doula through StillBirthDay.
She has a Rebozo Certification through Gena Kirby’s program. She is the first (and so far only) GentleBirth Certified Educators in Connecticut and participated in both Mindfulness Training and Hypnosis Courses as part of the certification for GentleBirth. Most recently, she completed training as a Evidence Based Birth ® Instructor and especially enjoys bringing the wealth of EBB resources to her doula clients and teaching Savvy Birth 101. She has authored an inclusive language Childbirth Manual, used in her legacy evidence-based childbirth education programs. She has also presented on birth-related topics at many area Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies conferences over the past several years. Education is part of her life's work, to gain information and to share and apply it. She has taught Parent Education and Childbirth Classes at a metropolitan hospital in Massachusetts, and now teaches Childbirth Education and GentleBirth at Yale New Haven Hospital. Maura Jo loves teaching and realizes that this is a core passion for her.
In addition to working in the birth field, Maura Jo is a former adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University, and Southern Connecticut State University. She holds a Master’s Degree, three undergraduate degrees, and a Certification from Marist College in Complementary and Alternative Healthcare. She is also a certified Herbalist and Reiki Master with a background in coaching, fitness, homeopathy and plant medicine. Her focus in grad school was in Medical Anthropology and her thesis was, “Women’s Experiences Using Nonbiomedical Healing Modalities.” She recently began working with doulas in Connecticut to help them complete their certifications through the Connecticut Doula Tutoring Program, in order to raise the bar of professionalism in the Connecticut Doula community and help other birth professionals advance their own careers. Maura Jo had both of her babies with homebirth midwives. Her main goal in working with expectant families is to give parents the tools they need to empower themselves in pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Each family is unique, each birth is unique, so Maura Jo tailors her services to the needs of each client, and she is happy to discuss how her Programs and Packages can best serve you and your growing family.
Credentials and Certifications
CAPPA (CCCE), GENTLEBIRTH (CGBE), EVIDENCE BASED BIRTH (R)
With a Master's Degree and six years of experience teaching in the university setting, Maura Jo brings an understanding of adult learning and pedagogy to her Birth Classes. She began teaching Childbirth Ed in 2007 and has enjoyed learning more and adding additional certifications ever since.
PROFESSIONAL BIRTH DOULA
ALACE (CPLA), STILLBIRTHDAY (SBD), MADRIELLA (MCD)
Beginning with training in 2006, Maura Jo has been trained and certified with three birth organizations (ALACE has since dissolved), and is in training with a fourth. Going the extra several steps to complete a certification gives Maura Jo additional background, skills and mentorship other doulas may not have taken the opportunity to receive. She is also Rebozo Credentialed with Gena Kirby.
PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM FITNESS EDUCATOR
CAPPA (CPFE), AFFA (COURSEWORK)
As one of the US's only Certified Pregnancy Fitness Educators, Maura Jo offers private consultations, group classes and more to help folks enjoy healthy pregnancy, healthy birth and healthy postpartum "bounce back" into fitness.
WELLNESS EDUCATOR, REIKI MASTER, HERBALIST
CERTIFICATE IN ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH CARE (MARIST COLLEGE), RMT, CERTIFIED HERBALIST (SAGE MOUNTAIN)
With an interest in alternative and complimentary healthcare that began in the early 1990's, Maura Jo has studied several modalities and types of alternative care including herbs, body work, homeopathy, Reiki and more. Her work with the public focuses on basic herbal literacy, stress-reduction, energy work and health care literacy.
PROFESSIONAL BIRTH DOULA
Maura Jo offers Postpartum Doula services to folks in Central Connecticut, New Haven and Dutchess County, NY. Services include light meal preparation, light housekeeping, breastfeeding support and infant care. Call or email for more information.