I am Jennifer Doebler, a RIE® Associate who lives in Berkeley.
I have been fascinated with infant and toddler development and working with RIE® concepts for over a decade, 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 been teaching parent-infant classes for years and have supported hundreds of families on their new parenting journey. I am also a RIE Practicum mentor and sit on the Board of RIE.
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 now hold an MA in Human Development, specializing in infants and toddlers, from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA.
If you want to know more about me…
I came late to parenting. Before having my first child, I worked in Brand Management, rising to Marketing Director for Pfizer, the medicine company, managing some of the most helpful medicines in the world. I ran the marketing department in Vietnam, and later returned to the US to launch one of the most recognized products in the world, then overseeing its launch in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. I then started and ran my own business for 7 years, closing it 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 honestly felt quite unsure of myself in this realm that wasn’t efficient, logical or verbal.
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 surprising experience of being a new parent, the feelings it brings up, 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 — into RIE® parent-infant guidance classes with Johanna Herwitz in New York City, to RIE professional development, Pikler training, and finally becoming a RIE Associate.
Along the way, I have read 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. I now have my MA in Human Development as well. All of this because I was fascinated with my own daughters, how children develop, and how helpful it is to better understand them.
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 your intuitive understanding of what your infant or toddler needs,
- learn how to balance your child’s needs with your own, and
- know that your conscious and attentive presence is all your child truly needs.
You don’t need (or want!) a prescription for every interaction, you just need a new way of seeing your baby so you and they can adjust and make a family. RIE provides that way of seeing. I would love to help you discover your own way.