Barbara Jazzo is a licensed massage therapist and is certified in pre- and post-natal massage, childbirth instruction and infant massage instruction. She was a co-investigator for a study on the benefits of infant massage for at-risk premature babies conducted at George Washington Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit.
Jazzo currently works as a full-time massage therapist and teaches classes in childbirth, comfort measure and infant massage. At Momease, she teaches Childbirth 1,2,3; Comfort Measures and Infant Massage.
She says she is passionate about teaching childbirth classes because she knows that if a laboring mom can work with certain positions in labor she will get her baby into the right position to make labor and delivery a success. Jazzo says she loves empowering mothers and their partners to take control of the birth of their baby, and wants everyone involved in the birthing process to be as educated as possible, so that fear does not guide the decision-making process.
As the mother of a teenager who is studying sports medicine in college, Jazzo says she had a wonderful pregnancy and an incredibly easy labor and delivery, and she wants everyone to look back at that process with a smile.
Denessa Hicks is a birth doula, childbirth educator, and placenta encapsulation specialist. She is passionate about empowering women through support, encouragement, and education during pregnancy and throughout life. Denessa has trained with three separate childbirth education organizations, Lamaze, Bradley and Childbirth Languages. She has a deep respect for this sacred event in every woman’s life, and her only goal as your instructor is for you to be excited and confident about giving birth.
Denessa has been married to her high school sweetheart for eleven years. She is a proud military wife and mother to four gorgeous children, all less than four years apart (Yes! She gave birth FOUR times in less than FOUR years!) When her children aren’t keeping her busy, Denessa frequents local mom groups, works on various crochet projects, continues to further her education, and supports new and expecting mothers.
Mandolin Restivo-Walsh, MA
Mandolin Restivo-Walsh, MA is an academic, crisis counselor, childbirth educator, and doula. As a former professor of Women’s Studies I bring to my work the ability to research, teach, and connect. My academic background allows her to stay current in the ever-changing field of maternal health. As a certified rape and domestic violence crisis counselor I have seen first-hand how lack of access to information and choices about one’s body dehumanizes and dis-empowers.
I bring to my teaching a passion for ensuring that families have access to the information and support they need to make informed choices. I believe that by purposefully approaching birth and pregnancy as a prepared couple, women and their partners can experience empowerment, joy, and fulfillment no matter how the child ultimately enters the world. I have trained with two different childbirth methods, am the founder of the Birth Languages method am a certified doula I am also a mother to a toddler – and I have found great joy in the toddler years! WhenI am not supporting families, she enjoy traveling, rock climbing, and singing along to silly songs with my family.