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Life and Work with Jorden Mackin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jorden Mackin.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I knew early on in my high school years I wanted to go into a profession where I could help and care for others and I ended up gravitating toward the idea of becoming a nurse. Once I started nursing school, I found I really enjoyed my clinical rotation on the Labor & Delivery unit and it became my goal to become an L&D nurse when I graduated. I quickly found out upon graduating, finding any sort of RN job was difficult, let alone an L&D RN job, which is highly sought after. I ended up sort of putting that goal off to the side and taking the first RN job I was offered, which was at a small surgery center, and from there, I eventually ended up working in the main operating room at Anschutz Medical Center, which was really fascinating and great experience for a newer nurse like myself.

After the birth of my first daughter, my interest in the birthing world was renewed and my passion for breastfeeding/helping others breastfeed was born. All I could really do at that time was plant those seeds for the future because I wanted to focus on being a mom. I dropped my work hours down to part-time at the hospital and spent the rest of the time with my daughter. As my daughter got older, it was becoming harder to ignore my passion and I started trying again to find an L&D nursing job. I kept getting the same response from every job posting– they were searching for nurses with L&D experience, and I was never even granted an interview. SO frustrating! I felt so stuck and like I would never be able to accomplish my goals.

When my husband and I decided to have another baby, I decided I was going to be done working in the OR and just stay at home for a while with the new baby and spend time searching for a job that would actually help me further my goals. About two months postpartum with my 2nd baby, I developed bad postpartum depression and anxiety and for the following six months, most of my time and efforts were spent on just surviving and working on my recovery. Recovering from and overcoming postpartum depression gave me the push I needed to get back on my path, this time with a renewed understanding of myself and how I could help others. I decided it was time to take my future into my own hands. I could no longer leave my fate in the hands of a hospital HR employee who would pass by my resume without a second glance based on my “lack of experience.” I didn’t really want to start my own business, but it seemed to be the only way I could do the work I wanted to.

I knew that I really wanted to help other women in their postpartum period, and I had recently learned about the existence of postpartum doulas, who are professional support people who provide in-home support to families in the days, weeks, and months following the arrival of a new baby. I eagerly signed up for the next training being held in Denver, which was the first step on my new path. After attending the postpartum doula training, I decided I should also finally attend the CLC (certified lactation counselor) course, as it was something I had an interest in for a while, and would fit in nicely with my other skills.

Along with postpartum care, I knew I was also passionate about helping women have empowering natural birth experiences, as I was fortunate enough to have. I had successfully used a form of Hypnobirthing with my first daughter, which then led me to learn about and use the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis program with my second daughter, and it helped me to have an amazing and comfortable childbirth experience I fondly look back upon. I wanted other women to be able to have that experience as well, so I signed up to take the Hypnobabies instructor training, and am currently working on my certification.

Funnily enough, once I took matters into my own hands and was ready to give up my nursing career in lieu of these other pursuits, the nursing job I had always dreamed of was presented to me. I found Seasons Midwifery and Birth Center in Thornton when I was working on a resource list for my postpartum doula certification, and I got in touch with their director when I heard they were hiring nurses. I wasn’t holding my breath, but I knew I had to at least try for the opportunity, and I’m glad I did because I am now one of their nurses they call in to attend births. So, now I am in the position where I get to work with women and families through the whole spectrum of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, which is really a dream come true, and what I truly feel to be my life’s purpose.

Has it been a smooth road?
In some ways, it feels almost serendipitous, the way things have worked out. It feels like all the right things are just falling into place… however, I think it’s because I have put in a lot of work and effort to get here. I have struggled a lot on this road and would call myself more of a reluctant entrepreneur, as I often lament to my husband, I don’t want to do all this “business-y stuff”, I just want to help other women have an awesome pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Unfortunately, I have learned the “business-y” stuff is necessary for me to be able to do the work I really love.

What I struggle with the most is feeling inadequate, and that I need more education, one more certification, etc… When, realistically what I’m currently bringing to the table is enough, and in the end, the only thing that will fix this feeling isn’t going to be more and more certifications, but self-confidence in my knowledge and skills.

The advice I give to myself, and to other women getting started- keep your eyes on the prize! Pursuing your passion is worth the hardship and struggles you will face on the journey, and any obstacles you overcome will aid your self-growth.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with North Star Pregnancy and Postpartum Services – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I offer postpartum doula home visits, lactation counseling visits, and will soon be offering Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis classes for expectant moms and their partners.

Postpartum doula work is really important to me because I believe it is so important to really honor and take care of new mothers. Our culture seems to have lost respect for this special and transformative time in a woman’s life and I want to change that one family at a time. Postpartum women need to be celebrated, valued, respected and well-cared-for so they can do the important work of mothering their new baby. My goal as a postpartum doula is to “mother the mother” and really help her and the rest of her family thrive during the transition period of introducing a new baby into the family dynamic. As a mother who struggled with postpartum depression, I am uniquely qualified to help others who are also struggling.

My goal as a lactation counselor is to help women reach their breastfeeding goals. Obviously, I think breastfeeding is super cool, however, I acknowledge not everyone feels that way, and everyone has their own personal goals for breastfeeding and I want to help them achieve those goals and feel good about whatever their breastfeeding journey is.

I am really excited about certifying as a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis instructor and bringing this awesome program to women in my area. Hypnobabies is a 6-week comprehensive childbirth education course that also teaches women how to use medical-grade hypnosis techniques in order to help women achieve an easier and more comfortable birth experience. Using Hypnobabies, mothers can experience truly empowering un-medicated births, which is a great way to start their mothering experience with their baby.

What I feel most proud of with my business is the chance I am given to create such a positive impact on the families I work with. Pregnancy, birth and postpartum are really vulnerable, transitional times and I feel honored to be invited along on any part of that journey with my clients to help them have the best experiences they can have.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
My parents have always been extremely hard workers, so I had great role models in that department and learning the value of hard work, which is vital when you’re on the path of chasing your dreams. I also grew up in a tight-knit family, and I was lucky enough to see my grandparents, aunt, and cousin frequently, and having those relationships and support from so many loved ones have been really vital to my success.

Pricing:

  • postpartum doula- $30/hour (minimum purchase of 12 hours required)
  • Initial lactation consult- $100
  • 6-week Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis course- $400

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Larissa Welch We, The Light Photography

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