Maura Jo Lynch, MA, CPBD, CCCE, CPFE
Maura Jo Lynch began her work as a birth professional in early December of 2006 with her partner and nursling in tow as she attended her rigorous three-day training to become a Doula. Between nursing visits from her little one, she learned more in three days than she had in the two years she’d spent preparing for her first child’s arrival. After her third client, Maura Jo realized that her Doula clients could be getting so much more if only she were teaching classes, so she began her training as a Childbirth Educator as well. Amidst all this birth energy, she announced to her first childbirth ed class that she, too, was “in the family way.” She attended her sixth required birth three weeks prior to the birth of her own second child, and completed her final exam while her then six week old slept comfortably, head resting on mom’s shoulder. Fifteen months later, Maura Jo got a second Childbirth Educator certification, this time through CAPPA. She holds one Perinatal Fitness certificate and is working on a second and regularly participates in many birth-related continuing education programs.
In addition to working in the birth field, Maura Jo is also an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University. She holds a Master’s Degree, three undergraduate degrees, and a Certification from Marist College in Complementary and Alternative Healthcare. She is also a Reiki Master with a background in coaching, fitness, homeopathy and plant medicine. Her focus in grad school was in Medical Anthropology and her thesis was Women’s Experiences Using Nonbiomedical Healing Modalities.
Maura Jo had both of her babies with homebirth midwives. Her main goal in working with expectant families is to give parents the tools they need to prepare for parenthood. Each family is unique, each birth is unique, so Maura Jo tailors her services to the needs of each client. She is presently writing a new Childbirth Education manual.