ballast & Buoy


Ballast & Buoy was born in 2014 from a desire to help parents in greater Portland stabilize and stay afloat when bringing a new baby aboard. Personalized postpartum family care takes many forms: answering questions about diapers and baby carriers, running household errands, and making sure that parents are reasonably clean, rested, and well-fed are just a few. Parenthood is a sea change, and Ballast & Buoy helps keep the ship afloat while families get their bearings.

About Jessica

Jessica Thomas is a postpartum navigator, writer, and amateur baker living in Deering Center with her husband and son. After studying Humanities at the University of Colorado and earning a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, she worked in public libraries for many years before shifting gears into postpartum family care. Her postpartum doula certification is through CAPPA.

She wears both her librarian and doula hats as a volunteer for Postpartum Support International, where she organizes support resources for Maine families struggling with the effects of postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, and psychosis.

Jessica’s interests include maternal mental health, intersectional feminism, loud music, and Gilmore Girls marathons. When required to write about herself in the third person, she adopts an imaginary British accent to do so. The coast of Maine is her favorite place on Earth.