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:
Dominique Martin | Doula & Angel Intuitive | lunagracedoulas.com
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 573-8111
Dominique’s goal as a doula is for whoever she is helping to feel supported through physical, emotional, and spiritual means. She is an open-minded, compassionate, and non-judgmental doula who acts as an advocate for the people she serves.
Dominique offers a birth doula package that includes 2 prenatal visits to prepare for and discuss the birth process, 24-hour on-call support during your pregnancy and labor, labor support until 1-2 hours after delivery, and a postpartum visit to process the birth together and to answer any additional questions.
Dominique also offers a daytime postpartum doula package that includes assistance with breastfeeding, baby's first bath, meal preparation, light cleaning, Reiki energy healing and massage, guided meditation, emotional support, and referrals to other resources throughout the first 6 months after giving birth.
Dominique Martin, a doula, spiritual practitioner, and health educator, has always been passionate about spiritual, mental, and physical health, and always knew her life purpose was that of a healer.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health with an emphasis in Holistic Health from San Francisco State University. Dominique completed her labor and postpartum doula training at Cornerstone, and she strives to bring an intuitive, loving, and calming presence to every birth she attends, and throughout the postpartum period.
Jennifer Moran | Birth Doula, Holistic Massage Therapist & Placenta Encapsulation
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
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