I am Jennifer Doebler, founder of For Baby and Me, and a RIE® Associate who lives in Berkeley.
I have been fascinated with infant and toddler development and working with RIE® concepts for over 10 years, having discovered Magda Gerber’s unique insight into babies when my daughters were born. I took them to RIE Parent-infant guidance classes™ in New York City and it opened up a whole new world for me.
I have now been teaching parent-infant classes for 4 years and have supported over 100 families on their parenting journey.
I enjoy helping parents discover their child’s competence and deepen their relationship with their child.
In addition to completing the RIE professional training, I have completed Introductory and Advanced-Level Pikler training with Anna Tardos and Agnes Szanto.
I have completed the first year of Waldorf teacher training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training.
I hold a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Columbia University I am an MA candidate at Pacific Oaks College in the Human Development department, specializing in infants and toddlers.
If you want to know more about me…
I came late to parenting. Before that, I worked for nearly a decade in Brand Management, rising to Marketing Director for a Fortune 50 corporation in the U.S., managing some of the most helpful and recognized medicines in the world. I ran the marketing department of this corporation in Vietnam, and later I returned to the US to launch one of the most recognized products in the world. I then oversaw its launch in Japan, China, Australia and the rest of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Next, I started and ran my own business for 7 years. I closed my business a few weeks before I had my first child — the day I turned 40. I was so happy and thrilled to have a new baby and devote myself to her care — but I had absolutely no idea what I was supposed to do. I thought it was supposed to be intuitive. For me, it wasn’t.
I read some of the popular books of the time, but none of them felt right. Then my friend handed me Your Self-Confident Baby by Magda Gerber. Here, at last, was a woman who I felt understood the demands of the job, the feelings of confusion it can bring up in those of us who haven’t been around babies in years, and the true needs of children. I had met my mentor — even if only via her ideas in a book. That was the beginning of a journey for me — through her books, into RIE® parent-infant guidance classes with Johanna Herwitz in New York City, to RIE professional development, Pikler training, and finally my own classes. Whew.
Along the way, I have been reading extensively about child development and educational theories. I also encountered Waldorf education and the insights of Austrian scientist and philosopher, Rudolf Steiner, and have completed my first year of Waldorf teacher training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. All this has happened because I have realized how much there is to understand about child development, how much it helps to know this stuff, and what a joy it is to have a real connection with one’s children.
We know today that the first three years of life set the stage for our entire life. The care of infants and toddlers has a direct relationship to how peaceful a world we will have in the future. When you see a baby diapered the RIE way, you know that it has the power to change the world for the better — with more people beginning life with a deep experience of their self-worth.
I want to help parents today:
- develop their intuitive understanding of what their infant or toddler needs,
- learn how to balance their child’s needs with their family’s needs, and
- know that they are enough and that their conscious and attentive presence is all their child truly needs.
We don’t need a prescription for every interaction, we just need a new way of seeing things to build up our own solution for our own families. RIE provides that way of seeing. I would love to help you discover your own way.