Janet Hall Padgett began Birth Partners in 1990, after the birth of her children inspired her to help families have positive birth experiences. She was the first doula in Connecticut and the 17th in the U.S. to be certified through Doulas of North America (DONA) and has served as a member of the Advisory Board for The Birthplace at St. Mary’s Hospital, and State Representative for DONA.
In October, 2011, Janet received the Midwifery Community Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, recognizing her “for the facilitation of midwives in caring for women in the midwifery model of care through education and support of childbearing families and the promotion of midwifery in our community”. She was also honored with that award in 2008 and in 2000 was the recipient of the Community Achievement Award from the National Association of Childbearing Centers.
While Janet no longer is an active doula herself, she mentors each of the doulas serving Birth Partners’ clients personally, and continues to teach Birth Partners’ comprehensive private in-home and group childbirth education classes. Janet is a well-known speaker on childbirth, VBAC, and other related topics and speaks with each prospective client personally, matching her with precisely the right services and doula for her specific needs.
Each doula serving Birth Partners clients is carefully chosen for their skill, professionalism, and commitment to supporting families during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.
Birth Partners offers intensive doula training and continuing education, far beyond the normal certification process, to provide the highest quality of care to each client. In May 2011, Birth Partners’ exemplary training program and standards of excellence were cited in a thesis published in the Yale School of Nursing library (“Birth Doulas: Luxury or Necessity”).