Jeanine O’Toole

Jeanine (she/her) joined Birthways in 2014 as a postpartum doula. Focusing on daytime support, Jeanine brings a strong foundation and ever-deepening knowledge around women’s health and wellbeing, newborn safety and development, and lactation support.

Many in her circle of friends and acquaintances have called on her to visit and answer new parent questions and her experiences working as a private childcare provider over the years lead her to pursue this path of a postpartum doula. Jeanine brings a kind, focused attention to each family she supports, helping identity what will be most impactful now and looking ahead to future milestones.

Jeanine’s warmth puts one at ease and her thoughtful approach ensures that families will get the resources they need. She enjoys tending to the practical needs of meals, laundry, and tidying up. She is fun and creative at engaging the older siblings, and calm and soothing for the newborns and their parents.

In addition to full-term singletons, Jeanine has also cared for premature and medically-fragile infants, fussy babies, and supported older sibling adjustment. She has supported families through the Baby Blues and Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. Her awareness and sensitivity to each member of the family bring much-appreciated ease and nonjudgment into the home.

I love to empower people to find their own way of parenting, to listen to their newborns and their own instincts. I try to give my wisdom and experience and evidence while seeing and supporting their own journey. The joyful surprise of finding what “works” is a delight for them and me roller-coaster time of life.


“She is simply spectacular at her job. I can’t imagine what life with a baby would have been like without her.”

“Jeanine was amazing. Having her here to support me and help me care for my daughter was invaluable.”

“Having support in the first few weeks made all the difference – I gained a great deal of confidence, and I looked forward to having a calming presence in the house…I still think of Jeanine at nap time – she was a miracle worker!”


Training + Education

  • Birthways Core Training: 2001 & 2014
  • WisdomWay Institute’s First Year Specialist/Postpartum Doula Certification
  • Gold Midwifery Conference: 3/16
  • Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants (WALC) Breastfeeding Conference: 3/15


  • 15+ years doula experience
  • Child care provider
  • Premature and medically-fragile infants, fussy babies, and supported older sibling adjustment
  • Postpartum mood disorders


  • National criminal background check completed with no adverse information
  • Birthways Reference Checks: Completed references with no adverse information and excellent feedback
  • Covid vaccinated
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