After a 7 hour unmedicated birth to my daughter in 1992 (with doula and midwife at a women’s hospital in Israel), I was empowered by the lesson that our instincts and choices can lead us to have powerfully fulfilling and transformational birth experiences.
My desire to become a Childbirth professional was not from an intellectualized vision that all women should have the same birth experience, but rather the wish to convey that instincts and knowledge, together, form the core of strength and yielding that a woman needs.
I believe in meeting women wherever they are along the spectrum – from fear of birth to idealization of birth – and helping them move further along to a place of confidence and realism.
I believe that successful childbirth classes are not a series of lectures or instruction, but rather a process of growth and self-discovery that prepares new parents for this life transition.
“I’ve been sitting in on my mom’s classes for 16 years, since I was 2. There is no better class than this. I still learn new things whenever I listen to some of the discussions. She knows everything, is completely honest, and is fun. Also the best mom I could ever wish for. She’ll definitely be my doula when I have a baby someday, no question!”
Orit Wernor – January 2011
Jana Wernor became a Certified Childbirth Educator and Labor Support Educator in 1995 through the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth (AAHCC). After completing the Midwifery Licensure Challenge Competence Program through Association for Childbirth at Home Intl.(ACHI) in 1996, she created Supported Birth Childbirth Education and Doula Training.
Supported Birth has educated and prepared thousands of couples for the births of their babies and their entry into parenthood. As founder and director, Jana has served as teacher, mentor, guide, doula, and supporter. She is an advocate of choice based on knowledge and instinct.
Supported Birth Doula Training has trained over 100 doulas and teachers, many of whom went on to become midwives, nurses, lactation consultants, and postpartum professionals, practicing throughout the U.S. and the world.
Jana is an ICEA Certified Postnatal Educator, an ICEA Certified Advanced Labor Support Professional, with additional professional trainings from Pam England, Sheila Kitzinger, Spinning Babies, and Midwifery Today. She has trained in Breastfeeding & Infant Care, HOPE Parenting Skills, Resources for Infant EduCarers, and received credentials in Basic Fetal Monitoring from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
She completed the Birth Partner Training Program at St. Anne’s Maternity Home, attended births of teen moms, and participated in the St. Anne’s Mentor Mom Program (postpartum support).
As a doula, Jana has supported more than 3/4 of her clients to achieve natural birth outcomes.
Jana has been a guest speaker for the Israel Childbirth Education Center, the Maple Counseling Center, the Intl. Cesarean Awareness Network, and a panelist at the L.A. Mamagathering.
She is the author of the Supported Birth Course Book, the Supported Birth Doula Training Book, and has published articles on parenting and childbirth.
She is affiliated with the Wagner Paraprofessional Counseling Program, Temple Beit T’Shuvah, Insight Meditation, Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Hotline, and several Youth Mentoring programs. Jana enjoys psychology, music, reading, meditation, swimming, yoga, nature and visiting her wonderful daughter, who specializes in Children’s Studies and Infant-Toddler Development. Her dogs have always enjoyed participating in classes as well.