Pittsburgh Doula

Premium Birth Doula and Birth Photographer in Pittsburgh

A Real Passion For Birth

Hello, my name is Jessica Thomas. I am a professional birth photographer and certified labor doula through CAPPA. My family moved to the Pittsburgh area in 2015. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania I was a birth doula in Denver, Colorado where I belonged to a very strong and thriving birthing community. 


  • I was raised in a very small rural farming community in Nevada with a population a little above 1000 people.
  • My formal educational background is in music where I received my BA from the University of Nevada, Reno. I play guitar and clarinet. Yes, I can play Free Bird!
  • I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, playing guitar, and scrapbooking family albums in my free time. 
  • I LOVE to cook!

The pregnancy with my first child ignited my passion for birth. I have since had a strong desire to work in this field and be a part of the birthing community. I am committed to quality, professional, caring birth services for expectant families. Birth photography allows me to continue where my first love is: the fine arts. I have always enjoyed and have always had a natural talent with music, painting, drawing, and photography. I love to be able to exercise my photographer skills in a birth environment.

It is easy today for expectant parents to experience decision fatigue with the overwhelming amount of decisions they are expected to make for the birth of their child. My role as your labor doula is to help your family navigate through the various options available to you, prioritize what you as a couple feel is most important, and make the birth process a little easier.

You will see that there are no birth philosophies when exploring Under My Heart Birth. There is room for only one philosophy in a birth space, and that is the one of the expectant family. It is important for me to help my clients, without preexisting bias or judgement, and offer support and guidance instead. 

I strive to make the birthing experience an empowering, beautiful event in a couple's life even when unexpected situations arise. Working with families to gain confidence in themselves before birth is something I strongly work towards achieving. My ultimate goal as your birth doula is to help expectant couples feel supported during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.