Memories of Jessica

Jessica's Legacy

Jessica specifically requested that money donated in her honor and memory be used in two ways:

1. The Jessica Atkins Education Scholarship Providing training for new midwives and doulas

2. The Jessica Atkins Medical Fund

Providing medical care for doulas and midwives

To donate or apply for these funds, please contact us below.

How To Donate

© 2017 Jessica Atkins Memorial Fund


Hays Atkins

2911 Wadsworth Way

Austin, TX 78748

On March 9, 2017, Jessica Atkins completed her life. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, doula, midwife and mentor. All who knew her, loved her.

Jessica was a bright light in this world. For those who knew her intimately, she was fiercely devoted to her husband and children. For those who knew her professionally, she worked tirelessly to improve the childbirth experience for many families.

In Jessica's lifetime, she was part of hundreds, if not thousands of births, both as a doula and as a midwife.

In addition to her practice as a doula and a midwife, she was also a DONA (Doulas of North America) trainer, training thousands of women, across the country, to become doulas.

She was passionate about helping people. She was involved in many organizations dedicated to assisting low income, single, teenage, and other under-supported women in their childbirth experience. She also provided countless scholarships for doula training.

  • GALS - Giving Austin Labor Support, Austin, Texas

  • North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis, MN

  • American Indian Family Center in St. Paul, MN

  • Red Lake Reservation, Minnesota

  • Mamas of Color Rising, Austin, Texas

  • Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps) Minneapolis, MN

  • Central Texas Birth Network, Austin, Texas

  • South Texas Birth and Women's Health Collaborative, Texas

  • Everyday Miracles

  • Twin Cities Healthy Start, Minnesota

  • Recipient of the Annie Kennedy Award - excellence and dedication to their community

  • Ramsey County Breastfeeding Coalition, Minnesota

  • Health Partners, Bloomington, MN

  • Comfort the Children International

  • International Mother Baby Childbirth Initiative

  • Creator and founder of Tiny Love Doula Training Program


Jessica's legacy is vast.

Knowing that her death was coming, she wanted her work to continue. She made arrangements and specifications for a memorial fund to continue the work of teaching women to help families in their childbirth experience.