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Providers for Doula (Birth)

A birth doula is experienced in normal birth and offers physical, emotional, and informational support for pregnant women through the labor and birth. Studies are clear that using a birth doula can shorten labor, reduce the use of Pitocin (to induce or augment labor), reduce the use of pain medications, increase a woman's satisfaction with her birth, enhance bonding and breastfeeding success for the mother and baby, and reduce postpartum depression. Birth doulas train and certify with a variety of organizations, but certification is not required. A birth doula often provides one or more prenatal visits, several weeks of on-call time around the due date, continuous assistance during labor through immediate postpartum, assistance with initial breastfeeding, and one or more postpartum visits. Ask doulas about their specific services.

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Resources listed are provided for your information only; please interview and choose carefully to find the care that is right for you.

Beck Barger
Po box 1583
El Granada , CA 94018
(971) 2713544


I serve to empower people throughout their birth experience through sharing knowledge and listening. I am an ally and advocate for anyone experiencing this amazing transformation. All identities are welcome. I offer prenatal and birth doula services for Santa Cruz/San Mateo/Santa Clara counties.
Megan Bunch
(831) 423-8483
http://www.balancedbirth.com


Expectant parents have many options available to them in terms of prenatal and postpartum care. My goal is to help navigate the maze of options. I offer birth and postpartum doula services as well as group and private childbirth education classes and prenatal yoga class. I also offer CAPPA-approve Labor Doula Trainings for new and aspiring doulas.
Central Coast Doula Services
Nora Yerena
Watsonville , CA
(559) 287-8934
http://CentralCoastDoulaServices.com


Empowering the Mother through Evidence-Based Care - Birth and postpartum support, breastfeeding educators, and evidence-based parenting education. Our specialties include: natural & medicated birth; Cesarean & VBAC delivery; LGBT, adoption, & surrogate families; premature birth; and multiples.
Blessed Birth
Mireille Cervelli
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 566-1167
http://www.blessedbirth.net


Blessed Birth - providing birth and postpartum Doula services locally for over a decade. I also offer placenta encapsulation, life coaching, reiki (energy work), pre and postnatal yoga (at Luma and privately), and mother blessing ceremonies. I do private childbirth education and I am a student midwife as well.
Doula Erin Merchant
Erin Merchant
250 Middleton Dr.
Boulder Creek , California 95006`
(559) 281-8880
http://www.facebook.com/doulaerinmerchant


Providing birth doula services and breastfeeding counseling to Santa Cruz County and immediate surrounding areas. Please contact me for further information.
Full Moon Family Wellness and Birth Center
Sunshine Tomlin, LM
701 Mission St
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 454-8031
http://www.fullmoonbirthing.com


Full Moon Family Wellness and Birth Center offers services beginning with fertility and throughout the childbearing year and beyond. We have services for every family regardless of intended place of birth. Nourishing individuals, families, and our community.
Santa Cruz Family Doula Collective
Jennifer Harn
140 Harn Ranch Rd
Soquel , Ca 95073
(831) 234-0132
http://www.santacruzfamilydoulacollective.com


Jenni Harn is a mother of three and a Santa Cruz native who is proud of her local community as a birth doula. She recognizes that we all have our own ideas of what childbirth encompasses and she honors this diversity. Her goal is to prepare expectant Moms and their Partners to enter childbirth feeling empowered; confident in their abilities to make decisions and advocate for themselves.
Ananda Doula Care
Ana Hernandez
Santa Cruz County , CA
(831) 239-4893
http://www.anandadoula.com


I love integrating my rich background in parenting and bilingual education within the holistic services I provide women and their families as a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula. As a certified Innate Postpartum Care Provider I support the physiologic needs of the newborn mother/baby to promote optimal postpartum healing, health and well-being. Bilingual services available.
The Joy of My Heart, The Work of Our Hands
Rebecca Hughes LM, CPM, RN
Soquel , CA 95073
(831) 462.6444
http://rebeccamidwife.com


Blessed to provide complete Homebirth Midwifery care including classes, prenatals and breastfeeding support through weaning. Working with birthing families since 1982 as a Midwife's Assistant, Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Counselor and Lay Midwife. Licensed RN in '99, Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife in 2010. Experienced Monitrice services also available for hospital births. Please call for a Free Consultation or visit our website.
Jenny Johnston, L.Ac., CD (DONA)
Jenny Johnston
320 River St.
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 535-3785
http://jennyjohnstonlac.com


Jenny is deeply dedicated to caring for women and their families before, during and after the perinatal year, using a safe, natural and effective approach. She collaborates with other birth workers as a member of Birthpoint to offer acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle counseling, massage, doula skills, and more to help women achieve a safe, healthy, and satisfying transition into motherhood. Acupuncture can be used in a variety of ways to promote maternal and fetal health through the childbearing year. In many cases it is an ideal form of treatment as it offers women a safe, natural and drug-free way to improve quality of life, provide relief for a multitude of problems that can arise during the perinatal time and prevent them from becoming serous enough to necessitate medical treatment. See website for the many conditions acupuncture can help during the perinatal year: http://jennyjohnstonlac.com/pregnancy-postpartum-care/
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Natasha Joyet
441 Spring St.
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 471-6262
http://www.mama-care.com


I have been working with pregnant families in Santa Cruz since 2001. I encourage women to trust themselves. I believe every woman knows how to birth and take care of her baby. My role is to support families in discovering their own innate knowledge. As a birth doula, I see my role as a team-member working closely with the entire family and their care providers to encourage the best possible birth for all. It is an honor and privilege to support families during the amazing and transformative time of pregnancy and birth.
Stephanie Kerwin
Santa Cruz , CA 95065
I became interested in doula work following the birth of my son, 14 years ago and began training and attending births. I want all women to know and understand their choices in childbirth and to feel supported and empowered in the choices they make. I provide physical and emotional support to mothers and their partners before, during and after childbirth. I am excited to be supporting families in my community again as a birth doula.
Luma Yoga
1010 Center Street
Santa Cruz , California 95060
(831) 325-2620
http://lumayoga.com
Luma is an award-winning yoga & wellness center. Our space also includes an eco-friendly family boutique and lounge where you can relax, drink tea, hop online, meet friends, or feed a baby. Specializing in classes & events from birth, to baby & beyond, Luma is here for you!
Mother's Journey
Kymm Ann Wallin
(831) 334-3917
http://www.mothersjourney.com


Kymm Ann has had the honor of working with hundreds of families as they journey into parenthood. She has been attending births for over 20 years, and has served women in a variety of settings. She offers Birth & Postpartum Doula services and Birthing From Within childbirth classes
Natalya Lukin, LM, CPM
Natalya Lukin
Santa Cruz , CA
(831) 621-0003
http://www.midwifenatalya.com


Holistic, in-home midwifery care for all families, from preconception through birth and beyond. Services include homebirth, hospital birth support, postpartum care, preconception counseling, and intrauterine insemination (IUI). Free consultation.
Nicole Rivera
Capitola , CA 95010
(787) 244-0069
http://www.doulacaring.com/


Providing emotional companionship, guidance, and physical support to assist and empower each woman to have the birth of her choice and to approach motherhood with confidence. Servicios en Español.
Tummy Temple Doula
Kelli Rosenbloom
124 Glen Drive
Aptos , Ca 95003
(831) 901-5503
http://www.tummytempledoula.com


Kelli began working with women in birth in 2005. She is honored to serve mothers and fathers as they become parents. Kelli has a calm demeanor, and strong loving hands. She has training in massage, yoga and meditation. Her unique and cultivated gifts serve the entire family during this amazingly transformative experience.
Santa Cruz Birth Photography & Doula Services
Paige Driscoll
(831) 600-6077
http://www.santacruzbirthphotography.com


As a doula and birth photographer I want my clients to feel loved, supported, and respected during labor all while documenting their journey. I document the most transformative time of your life in an artful way by capturing the true rawness and beauty of birth as it unfolds.
Inner Matrix
Annie Shaw
108 High St
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 254-0233
http://www.annieshawdoula.com


Providing holistic full-spectrum and postpartum doula care, I am in service to you and your family's vision of an empowering birth and fourth trimester. Herbs, nutrition, yoga/breath/movement practices, and compassionate care are at the root of my service.
TLC Doulas
Sabine Omvik
(831) 332-3207
http://www.tlcdoulas.com


Sabine is an experienced birth doula since 2000 offering loving support & guidance for you and your family during the transformative time of childbirth. Her unbiased support encourages women to trust their own innate birthing knowledge. I also offer in-home childbirth education, placenta encapsulation, professional photography and lactation support. Please contact me for a free, no obligation interview.
Healing Hands Doula
Christine Vermeersch
San Jose , CA 95118
(408) 9126299
http://www.healinghandsdoula.com


I am a birthdoula, a certified Aromatherapist and a Reiki practitioner. I am a CLC offering in home lactation services, same day when possible! Teaching in home Infant Massage.
Sacred Path BIrth Services
Avira Wenn, CD(DONA)
Serving Santa Cruz County & nearby , CA
(559) 623-3291
http://www.sacredpathbirth.com


I am honored in taking part in women's birth experiences, offering supportive hands and gentle guidance throughout the process. I believe a woman's ability to have a positive birth experience is directly related to her internal feelings/beliefs, her knowledge of the process, and the support she surrounds herself with. I am committed to every woman I work with to achieve this affect. Offering: Birth & Postpartum Doula Services, Lactation Support, Belly Casting, Mother Blessing Ceremonies







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