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Meet Jerriah Marie of The Snuggle House

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jerriah Marie. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Jerriah Marie (She/Her),
She is a holistic doula, herbalist, and student midwife in the twin cities. She is also the founder of the non-profit “Snuggle House Foundation”; an organization that aims to provide advocacy, education, and access to doula, midwifery, and wellness services for black and underserved families.

“When I am not serving families in the birth space, you can find me writing poetry, whipping up herbal remedies in my kitchen, and sharing cuddles with my daughter Leilani. My passion for birth work began at age 5. After witnessing my aunt’s stillbirth, I knew that changing the disparities around birth was my mission. As a young adult, I was always deeply moved by birth and found my way of supporting family members and friends during their labor. It wasn’t until 2020, after the birth of my daughter, that this spark reignited back into my life, and I dove deep into the meaningful work I now do as a birth worker. This work became 10 times more meaningful to me after I experienced pregnancy and birth for myself, and I know many birth workers share a similar understanding.”

“Birth is sacred and should be handled with intention. My doula approach is to meet you where you are and aid to the best of my ability in bringing your birth intentions to life, whatever that may look like for you and your family. Birth is a special moment many remember for the rest of their lives. My hope, as your doula, is to ensure you embark on the journey of parenthood feeling educated, supported, and empowered.”

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Birth work as a black person is not a “smooth road.” There have been many challenges I’ve faced, and much more I’m sure will come. As a student midwife, there have been MANY challenges along the way. I’ve struggled for over a year to find an adequate preceptor to study under. I believe I’ve struggled for so long to find preceptors and a MEAC accredited school because there aren’t enough black midwives working in out-of-hospital settings in Minnesota. For a black person looking to get into this field it feels extremely impossible and requires a lot of determination. If you DO manage to slip through the cracks, you’re still met with other challenges like funding, resources, and so on. It’s not easy to navigate, but for me, that is even more reason to continue to work at breaking those barriers for others that are also looking to go this route and be a part of the solution to black maternal morbidity.

As a black woman, I can only speak from the perspective of a black birth worker, and still, my perspective is limited to my experiences. I will say, however, that navigating birth, specifically black birth, in America is a challenge! In my opinion, birth work comes from the heart, and you can’t learn that no matter what schooling, training, or money you spend. I find that most of my work is deeper than just educating the families I work with to make an informed decision. I also gently guide them on their journey of healing beliefs surrounding birth, most of which are generational traumas brought on by the very people who were supposed to serve and support them. I’m finding that the fear behind birthing as a black person comes from the narratives we’ve been told, not the reality of what we’re capable of. Black people have been birthing since the beginning of time and will continue to give birth. However, somewhere along the way, we’ve been told to doubt ourselves and our bodies, and that what we’ve been doing since the beginning of time, all of a sudden “doesn’t work” anymore. This is NOT true and will NEVER be true.

As you know, we’re big fans of The Snuggle House. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about the brand?
Thank you! Well, my name is Jerriah Marie. I am the founder of The Snuggle House as well as the non-profit Snuggle House  Foundation. Not only do we focus on birth and postpartum, but we also dive into mental health, wellness, nutrition, etc.

The families I work with are just that, my family, and I strive to tailor my services to the individual needs of each person/family I work with. My core offerings are my doula packages, which include prenatal and postpartum appointments/care, yoga sessions, and meditation. I also offer my doula packages on a sliding scale basis, so that families can invest what they can afford towards their care.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role you feel it’s played for you?
I would say that most of my success has come to fruition mainly because of intention. I put a lot into the families I work with; I believe my clients can feel that on a heart level. Not much of what I do is by luck or chance. However, I will say I’ve recently gained more traction through social media, so maybe that has been some good luck at work haha!

Pricing:

  • My doula package tiers are offered on a sliding scale base.

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