Dr. Jodi Cunningham

Educator | Doula | Mother | Wife

Dr. Jodi supports families near Cincinnati & Dayton, Ohio as they grow through all of life’s seasons, including the journey of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, back-to-work and beyond.

Drawing from her former career as a college professor and academic researcher, she uses skills in teaching and mentorship to walk side-by-side with you during these big life transitions.  As an Evidence Based Birth® childbirth instructor and compassionate birth doula, Dr. Jodi blends her expertise in public health and her passion for supporting families to bring you quality support and education.  With a knack for distilling complex health information into digestible insights, she gives you knowledge and real tools to help you navigate your journey with confidence.

But Dr. Jodi isn’t just about facts and figures; she’s also a champion of women. People often comment that doulas must love babies to do this work! While Dr. Jodi appreciates a newborn cuddle as much as anyone, she is in this work for the mothers.

 Having balanced her own career ascent with the joys and demands of family life, she intimately understands the balancing act that many women face. That’s why she’s not just a strategist; she’s your ally, helping you prioritize, plan, and conquer your goals while offering unwavering support every step of the way. And when it’s hard and the demands and lack of support in our current cultural beat you down- she’s still there, offering a presence that sits and holds you through that, grieving with you, but also offering a path forward to redirect that energy into something impactful, not only for you but the community around you.

Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Education Classes: Now Enrolling for 2024!

Join Dr. Jodi and other parents for a full spectrum 4-week childbirth class! Sessions will be run fully virtual by Zoom. You will also receive mentorship from Dr. Jodi, text support from her for 3 months, a spiral bound workbook, and connections with other expecting couples!

Client reviews

Dr. Jodi was my doula during the birth of my first baby. She was a wonderful help and had such great encouragement during the process of labor. Even before labor, Dr. Jodi and I would FaceTime to discuss the birth plan and to be ready when the time came. My first pregnancy I was having complications that the Doctor wouldn’t speak of. He just kept telling my partner and I that he needed to check me as soon as possible. When Dr. Jodi entered the room you could feel the whole vibe change instantly. She made him speak on what was happening because she knew I was scared.

She took charge when I felt like I wasn’t able due to the pain/contractions. She made minimal changes in my position that made improvements in my comfort. My family and visitors were there the entire night for me but not like Jodi was. She was next to me regardless when the Nurses/Doctors came in. Jodi would fill the gaps they could not see or fill me in on what I missed. Jodi saw my needs without me needing to communciate them. Jodi’s skills were amazing and a source of relief. She even taught my partner certain pressure points and places on the body to massage and relieve pressure and pain. Most importantly, Jodi was a GREAT advocate. She helped my partner communicate with the staff regarding things such as options, medications, delayed cord clamping, immediate skin-to-skin, and made it known that virtually anything and everything was up to us.
Marissa
Doula Client

Jodi was an incredible doula and educator as we prepared for the birth of our first baby. Jodi got to know me and my husband while we took her Evidence Based Birth class via zoom and through several in-person meetings. Jodi took the time to get to know us and helped me build out a birth plan based on my preferences- and she was able to help address all the questions I had about childbirth and provide useful guidance about options.


Thanks to Jodi I was able to release my fears about birth and I felt prepared, and even excited leading up to the birth of our daughter- and I was able to have the positive unmedicated hospital birth I had hoped for and welcome our first baby with confidence. Jodi helped me through labor and delivery and was a huge support to my husband as well so that he could act as an advocate for me. I truly can't imagine doing it without her and I know it would have been a much different and more stressful experience with a higher probability of unnecessary interventions. Jodi was always responsive, caring and able to provide information to address our questions before and after childbirth.

I absolutely recommend Jodi's doula services for anyone who is expecting!

Jenny
Doula Client & Childbirth Class Participant
Dr. Jodi was wonderful! Her research based knowledge was so helpful when developing my birth plan and answering my many questions that I felt confident I was making safe and smart decisions for myself and baby. When I had doubts about giving birth in a hospital and having a natural birth, Jodi knew exactly what to say, reminding me of my birthing goals, which helped me feel that I was strong enough and able to give birth anywhere! With Jodi’s help, I felt calm and relaxed during labor and was able to have the natural water birth that I wanted!
Kiersten
Doula Client
We loved working with Jodi! We moved to a new area with no family around and knowing we had her in our corner during our pregnancy was SO helpful and reassuring! She is super sweet and always came prepared for our meetings and checked in on us throughout the pregnancy.

We’d definitely recommend her!
Kaleigh
Doula Client

Who is Dr. Jodi?

Education

Experience

Working as a researcher and public health practitioner for a decade, Dr. Jodi has vast experience in broad community health issues, strategies and needs.

Leading a neighborhood infant mortality prevention initiative, recognized by the CDC and PBS NewsHour, she has advocated to change local policy and build systems that better support families, including partnering with community leaders to support the passage of breastfeeding friendly policies, addressing food access issues in neighborhoods, and supporting community health programs that uplift resident expertise to support communities to grow and thrive.

Guiding Principles

Maternal Health is A Human Right
Trust Women & Birthing Person
Targeted Universalism
Evidence-based Practices

Beaming Back® is Dr. Jodi’s exclusive return-to-work club for parents after bringing home a baby. This can be a tender and challenging time, and you shouldn’t have to walk through it alone!

Dr. Jodi has spent countless hours creating this coaching program, which includes individualized 1-1 support, access to an online community of other parents, tailored resources to fit your job and your unique circumstances, all honoring the whole of you. 

Dr. Jodi utilizes her skills as a Certified Doula, using whole-person listening and radical presence to truly hear and see you during this time.You will meet for a series of 4 hours, by zoom and/or phone, developing a strategy for your return-to-work, including support from Dr. Jodi is with you during those first four weeks back, with brief check-ins weekly check-ins. You also have her as a resource, outside of your call time, available to use her decade-long experience as a working mom/coach of other working moms and a community health leader to your benefit!

 

You get access to her by email and text for the duration of your return-to-work window, as well as helpful printable and resource recommendations to help you navigate pumping, understanding your rights, navigating work/life balance and more. Please invest in yourself during this time- the back-to-work you will thank you!

A little more about me…

In addition to being Dr. Jodi, I proudly wear many hats: wife, mother, daughter, sister, and granddaughter. Thanks to the incredible women who raised me, including some prayerful grandmas, I was instilled with the belief that I could achieve anything I set my mind to—and I was bold enough to go out and prove it!

During my college years, my passion for maternal and child health, coupled with a fervor for research, ignited within me. This journey led me to become a three-time alumna of The University of Cincinnati (Go Bearcats!). My focus? Delving deep into the realms of co-sleeping and breastfeeding, driven by a desire to make a meaningful impact in these areas.

Remember how I believed I could conquer it all? Well, I decided to embark on the adventure of growing my family simultaneously with my educational and career pursuits. Amidst completing advanced degrees, I found love, married a wonderful man, and welcomed my second son into the world. Picture this: giving birth in the same month I began teaching college classes, all while putting the finishing touches on my PhD dissertation. Yes, I was quite literally typing away on my laptop, nestled in bed, with my newborn son cradled across my lap, nursing to sleep, and my dissertation spread out before me.

I did it all! But let me be real with you—it was tough. Despite the support I had, I found myself grappling with postpartum depression and an overwhelming sense of exhaustion. Yes, I achieved so much, but I also learned that I didn’t know what I didn’t know. These personal experiences, coupled with the stark statistics highlighting the deficiencies in maternal and infant care in the U.S., propelled me to where I am today in my career.

Now, armed with a wealth of skills, expertise, and personal lived experience, I’m on a mission to ensure that women and families receive the support they truly deserve for the best possible birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding experiences. Because, let’s face it, you deserve it. We all do.

Get In touch

740-703-0027

available during normal business hours

Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving a 100 mile radius

Email connect@docjodi.com

"I believe that becoming a new mother is one of the most transformative experiences you can have in a lifetime, if you let it be. "
Dr. Jodi
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