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Second Nature

Postpartum Doula, Rites of Passage Guide & Parenting Mentor/Coach

Parenthood has been an innate human experience since the beginning of time. Except, sometimes it doesn’t feel easy or intuitive. Whether this is your first or fourth baby, there are always new challenges. As a postpartum doula, I strive to support and empower families, making parenting feel like second nature.

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My Story

Hi, my name is Jessica Wadden, I am a mom to four young kids, a CAPPA certified postpartum doula, parenting mentor and coach, lactation educator, maiden to mother teacher, a reiki practitioner, and have been supporting families for 19 years as an educator. Read more about my qualifications here

I am privileged to help new and parents to be make the transition to parenthood as positive and healthy as possible. I offer in person support to new parents and families across the greater Burlington, Vermont area. I'm available to support or mentor anyone in any location with my virtual support and mentoring.

The journey from conception or adopting to physically becoming a parent is difficult to prepare for. In my work as a Maiden to Mother teacher, I utilize archetypal wisdom to lead women through the rite of passage from immature feminine (maiden) to mature conscious feminine (mother).  This work is available to anyone who identifies as a woman. A blog post to learn more about maiden to mother work is coming soon. 

Holding Hands

Peace of Mind

Come home from the hospital with peace of mind that you'll have support for as long as you need it.  Schedule support for the first day, week, six weeks or more.  You’ll receive 30 minute Reiki sessions as often as you’d like.

You're Not Alone

Schedule support by the day for relief care, a minimum of four hours is required.


Contact me to schedule or learn more about the services I offer.

Mother and Baby

1:1 Meetings: Parent Mentoring or Guided Rite of Passage from Maiden to Mother

Athletes have coaches and professionals have mentors, yet parents are expected to raise their tiny humans on their own.  Tap into my years of professional and personal experience to boost your confidence at any age or stage of parenting. Cut out the noise of advice from relatives or friends that doesn’t align with your parenting style.  We’ll work together to come up with a plan for you to feel confident and relaxed about your parenting choices and style. We'll create more space for self care or pre-kids hobbies, sync your schedule with the cycle of the seasons and learn how universal archetypes can be supportive throughout parenthood.


Just a Call Away

Virtual support is a great way to have peace of mind after childbirth. It includes newborn care instruction, lactation support, meal planning, a follow up email after each session and more.  This service also includes a prenatal planning session when a contract for eight hours or more is signed.  Contact me for more information.

Smooth Transitions

Enjoy your pregnancy and let Second Nature take care of creating a registry, planning a nursery and so much more.  Contact us today to learn more.


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Additional Services


Lactation Support

Second Nature specializes in breastfeeding multiples, breastfeeding after a cesarean, and exclusively breastfeeding while going back to work.  

Breastfeeding support is available by the hour. Contact me to learn more. 

Be prepared to start breastfeeding when your baby arrives, schedule a prenatal breastfeeding class with friends via Zoom or in the comfort of your home when COVID precautions allow.  Contact me for details.  

More Peace in Parenting

These experiential workshops just for parents includes; all-levels yoga,  discussion, guided meditation, reiki, and reflection. 

Let’s be real: you could not have known the challenge parenting would be until you were in it! If you have ever wondered how to find more harmony in your role as a parent?

In supported community and through practices of reflection & self-care we begin creating more mental, physical, & energetic space to be more mindful and meet the demands of parenting.   

Contact for more information.

Guides: Jessica Wadden, M.Ed., Mom-of-Four, Postpartum Doula, Reiki Practitioner, Educator & Founder of Second Nature; Sarah L. Frederiksen, M.A. Child Dev., C-Yoga Teacher/therapist for Emotional Wellness, Early Childhood/Parent coach, & Founder of Elevate You.  

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Contact me to schedule or learn more about my services.

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"Do less; observe more; enjoy most."

Magda Gerber



Shelburne VT United States

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