What is a Doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
Community Well Doulas & Collectives:
Jennifer Moran | Birth Doula, Holistic Massage Therapist & Placenta Encapsulation
For more information: (415) 254-1141 | email@example.com
Jennifer offers a comprehensive birth doula package that includes 2 prenatal meetings to get to know each other and plan for labor and birth. It also includes 4 weeks of being on-call around your due date and unlimited phone support throughout your pregnancy and early labor. She supports/attends to you and your entire active labor, delivery of your baby and stays one to two hours after the birth. She makes a postpartum visit when you are ready.
With Jennifer's empathetic awareness of the mind-body-spirit connection, you will feel deeply seen and supported in just the way you need to have an empowered birth experience.
Jen Reyes Moran, Community Well founding partner, is a holistic massage therapist and doula who is committed to healing the world through birth work, building strong families and promoting health equity. Her studies of psychology and anthropology at UC Santa Barbara, special education at San Francisco State, bodywork and energywork at The World School of Massage and Holisitc Healing Arts, integrative medicine education at the Institute for Health and Healing, and doula training through Doulas Of North America have all contributed to the well-rounded approach she has in working with her clients. Jen also has strong spiritual practices that guide her healing path. She worked as a special ed. teacher for Oakland Unified School District and has always been committed to working with families. Please visit her doula website to learn more about her work and to schedule a meeting: www.mamadoulajoy.net
Suzannah Weening | Birth Doula | Birth Photographer | Aromatherapist
When: Wednesdays 3-9pm
Sliding Scale Cost: $250-$2,500
Suzannah provides birth support to ALL growing families in San Francisco . She fell passionate to photographing the birth experience in 2010 and continues to grow and learn every day. After attending many births, witnessing a wide range of transforming mamas, she has integrated doula work providing a full range of services. Her process involves connecting two to four times prenatally, getting to know her clients, adventuring out and photographing real moments, inserting her passion for essential oils and becoming a part of a POWer birth team. She follows with a postpartum visit within the first week of the born day, then stays connected for a long time after.
She offers Birth Doula support for home births, Birth-Center and hospital births in San Francisco and occasionally in the East Bay/ Marin county.
Suzannah holds a BFA in Photography & Painting from Temple University/Tyler School of Art, Birth Doula certification from Natural Resources and extensive experience with babies and families. She is a mom to two girls, both with interests in babies and photography. Someday they will be her helpers.
Collective Hearts Birth Services
For more information: (415) 217-9885 | www.collectiveheartsbirth.com
Collective Hearts Birth Services is a fun loving and seasoned collective of birth workers who provide doula care throughout the family building year to families in San Francisco. We facilitate positive relationships with medical and holistic practitioners, while striving to include all desired family members in the process. As a collective, we see ourselves as part of a large and diverse movement of change makers working to improve access to respectful care for all families in our city. In addition to birth doula care, we offer childbirth preparation classes, placenta encapsulation, pregnancy loss support and infant massage classes.
Alli Cuentos | Birth & Full Spectrum Doula | Habla español
Alli supports a wide range of families who chose to birth in hospitals and at home. She provides prenatal support through education, practice and connecting families with the resources they need to thrive. Alli also offers her doula/sisterhood services for people experiencing pregnancy loss or choosing termination.
Alli Cuentos, Community Well founding partner, is a birth and full spectrum doula, family educator and early learning consultant. She has worked in schools, resource centers and community based programs across San Francisco for the last 15 years. Alli supports a wide range of families who chose to birth in hospitals and at home. She provides prenatal support through education, practice and connecting families with the resources they need to thrive. Alli also offers her doula/sisterhood services for people experiencing pregnancy loss or choosing termination.
Jen begun as a doula in 2011 after experiencing her own loss, which led her interest to holistic approaches in maternal health and wellbeing. She soon learned what a doula was and never turned back! Jen believes whole heartedly in the body's innate wisdom and a mother's right to informed consent throughout her experience. Her love for birth, families and connection fuel her work and have helped her serve nearly 500 families in the Bay Area and internationally at home, birth centers and hospitals.
Jen's formal studies include a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (SFSU), Certified Birth Doula (DONA), Certified Postpartum Doula (Cornerstone), Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Garden), Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga, and soon to be a Certified Professional Midwife (National College of Midwifery). She is currently offering birth doula services and placenta encapsulation.
Shannon Padlog | Birth Doula, Placenta Encapsulation & Birthing From Within Classes
Supporting families as they prepare for parenthood is the most fulfilling and awe-inspiring work Shannon has ever done! She's been serving families as a birth doula, Birthing From Within Mentor and placenta encapsulator since 2009. By nature, birth is a unique and deeply personal experience and each mom-to-be has her own set of hopes and expectations. Shannon strives to offer non-judgmental care and mentoring in preparation for this journey, so parents greet labor with knowledge, connection, confidence, and trust. When she isn't supporting families Shannon loves cooking and eating delicious sustainable food, rock climbing, surfing and dancing. www.empoweredmamas.com
(415) 568-5845 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.borncollectivesf.com
BORN Collective is a trio of experienced birth workers providing care to Bay Area families throughout the childbearing year and beyond. We use our confidence and understanding of a diverse range of birth settings, providers, and families to support our clients on their individual journey.
At the root of our collective practice is belief. We believe that birth is transformative. We believe that birth is individual and connects us all. We believe in birthing families to make informed choices, the right choices for their body, their baby, and their birth. BORN Collective are Birth, Postpartum & Full Spectrum Doulas that offer full spectrum doula support for birth, loss, postpartum, and nights. They also offer placenta encapsulation and private childbirth education. BORN Collective is Brooke Patmor, Cherie Lockwood & Maya de Paula Hanika.
Brooke Patmor | Birth & Postpartum Doula
Brooke was introduced to the birth world in 2010 when they had the unique opportunity to attend births while apprenticing under a sage midwife in Northern California and knew immediately this was their life’s calling. They are passionate about supporting birthing people and their families through the transition to parenthood. Brooke offers evidence-based information about birth, giving clients a full scope of all the options so that they can make well-informed decisions that feel right for them and their family. Brooke believes people should birth where they feel comfortable, safe, and empowered and has supported clients birthing at home, in hospitals, and at birth centers. They believe in the wisdom and intuition of the human body and are honored to help safeguard the birthing process.
As a queer, non-binary person themselves, Brooke is dedicated to offering inclusive care. They welcome people of all identities and family structures. Brooke is down-to-earth and compassionate in their care, offering a steady sense of peace to the process. They rely on their intuition and learned skills to help meet clients where they are. https://www.brookepatmor.com/
Cherie Lockwood | Birth & Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator
As a birth and postpartum doula, Cherie is honored to work with families during the childbearing year to support them as they navigate their way through labor and the postpartum period in the way that best works for them. She believes in the childbirth process and trusts the body and choices of each birthing person and baby. Coming from a background in education, her goal for each client is to feel informed, respected, and safe as they enter this beautiful and sacred time. She brings calm and nurturing energy, provides information, listens actively, and helps to remind others of the love and trust that can be at the center of this journey.
Cherie understands that there are many ways to create a family and many ways that babies are born and is committed to support people in whatever journey they are on. As a queer person of color, she strives for inclusive care and welcomes people of all identities and family structures. She has been trained as a birth and postpartum doula through Natural Resources in San Francisco and has the unique personal experience of having been both the supportive partner and the birthing parent during labor and postpartum. She lives in the beautiful Presidio in San Francisco with her wife and two kids (ages 5 and 8) and loves drinking coffee, going to the beach, and sewing in her (oh so limited) spare time.https://www.circlebirthandbaby.com/
Maya de Paula Hanika | Birth & Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulator
Since becoming a doula in 2016, Maya has had the honor of working with amazing families all over the Bay Area as they walk their own unique path to parenthood. She believes all parents deserve access to compassionate, evidence-based care both medical and holistic. Maya strives to empower people to connect with their baby and birth, advocate for themselves with informed choice, and prepare for the expansive possibilities that come with this life changing transition. With knowledge and understanding that everyone’s path is different, she offers unwavering support during pregnancy and labor, making space for your little ones to come into the world with love and respect. Maya is committed to normalizing non-gendered language within the birth community and is always looking for ways to make her practice more culturally competent, safe and accessible for all families.
Maya is also a Certified Placenta Specialist, a volunteer doula at St. Luke’s Hospital, tattoo artist, and herbal hobbyist. Originally from London, England, Maya now lives in San Francisco’s Mission District with her partner, step-daughter Coco, and Peanut the Leopard Gecko. https://www.mayadepaulahanika.com/