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 Specialist
Jennifer offers a comprehensive birth doula package that includes 2 prenatal meetings including a massage session. It also includes 4 weeks of being on-call around your due date and unlimited phone support throughout your pregnancy. She supports 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 completely loves what she does. Her studies of psychology at UC Santa Barbara, special education at San Francisco State, bodywork and energywork at The World School of Massage and Holisitc Healing Arts, prenatal massage at McKinnon Body Therapy Center, 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 has worked as a 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
Yana Ibrahim is a certified personal trainer with American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is a certified Level 1 Prenatal Yoga Teacher with MamaTree. She is classically trained in Hatha Yoga and received her 200HR Yoga Instructor certification through SVYASA Yoga Institute. She has a Bachelor Degree in Exercise & Sports Science (Edith Cowan University). Yana draws on her many years of working with prenatal & postnatal women and also being a mother herself. She is also a certified birth and postpartum doula. Yana believes that birth is a sacred rite of passage; she feels immense joy and honor to play a supportive role in a women's life. Find out more about her services at www.yogawithyana.com or www.doulainSF.com
Collective Hearts Birth Services
(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
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 Madanat | Doula
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