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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.

Adventure Birth
Amy Boschen
Santa Cruz , CA
https://m.facebook.com/adventurebirth


Birth doula services for the Santa Cruz County area.
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.
Brandi Brewer
9700 Manzanita Ave
Ben Lomond , CA 95005
(831) 2782776
http://lullababy.org


I am part of the Luma Doula team. We make sure to provide individualized care to each client by providing a discovery session to set your birth intentions in the privacy of your home, taking the time to address your questions and concerns about labor and birth, and offering the necessary assistance to map out the best birth plan for your family. Our clients also receive unlimited educational support via phone and email during business hours, continuous on-call care no matter your gestation, and immediate support from early active labor, through the birth of your baby and until baby's first feeding. Team Care allows us the unique ability to always have someone ready to serve you! Blessingways, Newborn Photograhy, Placenta Encapsulation
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.
Bundle of Joy Doula Care
Deidre Lorenzo
Scotts Valley , CA 95060
(831) 246-1191
http://www.bundleofjoydoulacare.com


I would love to help you achieve an easier, joyous, low-stress birth. I've supported over 500 births since 2005. I also offer professional-grade pregnancy, birth and new family photography, and provide in-home private childbirth prep, lactation assistance and post-partum care.
Central Coast Doula Services
Nora Yerena
Watsonville , CA
(559) 287-8934
http://CentralCoastDoula.com


Empowering the Mother through Evidence-Based Care - We offer birth & postpartum doulas, lactation (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
101 Hagemann Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
http://www.blessedbirth@gmail.com


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.
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.
Nancy Greenwood Birth
Nancy Greenwood
Soquel , California
http://www.nancygreenwoodbirth.com


After 20 wonderful years as a homebirth and hospital birth midwife in Canada, supporting women and their families, I am still deeply struck by the dignity, power and joy with which women give birth. I have provided the full spectrum of care prenatally to 6 weeks postpartum, at home, in hospital and birth centers to hundreds of women and their families. Currently working toward my California Licensed Midwife requirements I expect to be licensed as a homebirth midwife and CPM by early 2018. As a doula I draw on my extensive knowledge and experience of pregnancy, labor, postpartum and breastfeeding to offer information, reassurance and comfort, tailored for you, so you can make well informed, grounded decisions, giving you the tools to be empowered, safe and satisfied with your birth journey. Private childbirth education classes and prenatal yoga also available.
Omni Doulas
Kim Guiley
(831) 809-4805
http://www.omnidoulas.com


I believe that all women are powerful, capable and innately prepared to birth and care for their babies. As a doula and a mother, I have experienced this power firsthand and know that with the right support, women can have truly transformative births. Your body already knows the path it must take, but a doula can help light the way.
Fullness of Joy Doula
Corrie Hallock
Santa Cruz , CA
(831) 234-2917
http://www.fullnessofjoydoula.com


I absolutely love that I get the honor of supporting women and their families as a birth doula. My goal is to establish open communication and a relationship of safety with expectant moms and their partners so that together we are able to surround her with honor, confidence, and empowerment as she brings her baby into the world. I am pleased to also offer sibling preparation workshops, placenta prints and support in planning gatherings focused on celebrating and blessing the momma-to-be.
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.
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.
Santa Cruz Family Doula Collective
Megan Jacobsmeyer
(831) 431-3963
http://santacruzfamilydoulacollective.com/


I believe that all women are powerful, capable and innately prepared to birth and care for their babies. As a doula and as a mother, I have experienced this power firsthand and know that with the right support, women can have truly transformative births. Your body already knows the path it must take, but a doula can help light the way. I am also the co-founder and leader of Womb Song. www.wombsong.com
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/
mamacare
Natasha Joyet
441 Spring St.
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 471-6262
http://www.mama-care.com


I have been working with 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.
Santa Cruz Family Doula Collective
Stephanie Kerwin
Santa Cruz , CA 95065
(831) 682-6763
http://www.santacruzfamilydoulacollective.com


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.
Mandys Doula Services
Mandy Lariz
(831) 278-0294
http://www.mandysdoulaservices.com


My journey of birth and postpartum doula work started in 2007. I've emerged from many respected birth, midwifery, and holistic care trainings with the skills and positive mindset to offer clients a full circle of prenatal, birth, and postpartum support.
Carmen Lawler Doula Services
Carmen Lawler
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 295-2556
http://www.carmenlawler.com


As a doula I arrive at each birth with an open mind and an open heart, ready to support each family in the way that works best for them, adapting to the unknowns of birth as we go. I support women as they navigate pregnancy, their unique birth experiences, and new roles as mothers, with loving and personalized care. I have a deep trust that each woman knows how to birth and care for her baby, and can best do this when she feels supported. As a doula I hope to nurture this intuitive and primal process.
Luma Doula Team
1010 Center St
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 246-1191
http://lumayoga.com/wellness/birth-postpartum-doula


The Luma Doula Team: Four professionally trained doulas, with hundreds of births and decades of experience, collectively. Working together allows us to encircle you with well-rounded support before, during and after birth. We work in respectful partnership with your medical team, dedicated to healthy family outcomes and positive birth experiences.
Kaili Reynolds Birth Services
Kaili Reynolds
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 295-3972
http://www.omnidoulas.com


I offer childbirth education through Luma Yoga, Sutter, and Dominican. In addition, I work with a small of team of Doulas, offering parents prenatal, labor, birth and postnatal support.
Luma Yoga
1010 Center Street
Santa Cruz , California 95060
(620) 8313252620
AT LUMA, YOU WILL FIND A CALMING AND INVITING YOGA STUDIO FOR BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN. OUR SPACE ALSO INCLUDES A FULL WELLNESS CENTER, AN ECO-FRIENDLY FAMILY BOUTIQUE, AND A LOUNGE WHERE WE INVITE YOU TO RELAX, DRINK TEA, HOP ONLINE, READ, MEET A FRIEND, OR FEED A BABY.
THE COMBINATION OF OUR ADULT, KID, AND FAMILY-FOCUSED PROGRAMMING GIVES US A UNIQUELY RELAXED YET VIBRANT FEEL, WHICH OUR STUDENTS AND CLIENTS OF ALL AGES APPRECIATE. WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.
Metta Mama Wellness
Hayley Miller
412 Bay Ave Unit A
Capitola , California 95010
(858) 3363780
http://www.mettamamawellness.com


I’m Hayley Miller and I am a birth and postpartum doula, a childbirth educator, a trained yoga instructor (200-RYT, soon to be certified prenatal and postpartum RYT), as well as being a wife and mama to a little boy named Callum. I’ve been interested in the history of birthwork for a long time, but felt especially drawn to it after observing my own incredible midwife and doula during the birth of my son. I felt called to nourish the minds and support the bodies of birthing people in the same way that my team supported me.
Mindful Ways
Jennifer Jeffcoat
1741 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose , CA 95033
(408) 891-3751
http://www.mindfulways.org


Empowering the Mindful Birthing Process, Facilitating the transition into Parenting, Guiding the Whole Family to an engaged life. Through Doula Care, Mindful Childbirth & Parent Education, Pre & Perinatel Birth Psychology, Reiki, and hypnotherapy.
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 17 years, and has served women in a variety of settings. She also offers Birthing From Within Childbirth Classes, Massage for the Childbearing Year and Postpartum Doula services.
Wise Heart Mamas ~ Yoga & Ayurveda
Hannah Muse
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 535-8304
http://www.HannahMuseYoga.com


Nurture yourself and your baby with therapeutic, heart-opening PRENATAL and MAMA & BABY (postnatal) yoga classes with award-winning teacher Hannah Muse, alongside other mamas going through this magical, often-challenging, heart-opening journey as we breathe, stretch, surrender and share together. Hannah is a local mama, a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) and E-RYT-500, Doula, and so blessed to work with mamas and babes. Classes work on strengthening and opening the body, calming the mind, and finding a sense of peace + presence amidst our busy lives, focusing on specific issues that arise in pregnancy and postpartum. (Hannah is also blessed to attend births as a Doula in rare moments when her schedule allows. Contact her for availability.) Current Yoga schedule:
PRENATAL yoga Wednesdays 12pm-1:130pm at Pacific Cultural Center
MAMA-BABY yoga Wednesdays 10-11:30am at Pacific Cultural Center
(Pricing for both classes: new students 5 classes for $30 // or $14 for a drop-in + discount passes available.)
PRENATAL COUPLES (childbirth prep) WORKSHOPS to prepare for labor & birth; for you, your partner and your baby to connect.
PRIVATE therapeutic sessions for your unique needs, in Hannah's beautiful midtown studio.
Self-care is not a selfish act: as we nurture ourselves, we are able to nurture these beings with consciousness and infinite love.
Find out more at www.HannahMuseYoga.com.
Tonantzin Birth Services
Diana Narva
(831) 515-8014
http://www.tonantzinbirthservices.com


My hope as a birth & postpartum doula is provide the comfort, support, reassurance and information to women (and their partners) to feel empowered through their pregnancy, labor and birth. All parents should have the resources and opportunities to make informed decisions about what they envision for their birth experiences. I can be that calm, stable bridge you need to get as close to that vision as possible. Spanish services also available.
Northern Waters Doula Services
Santa Cruz , California 95060
http://www.northernwatersdoulaservices.weebly.com


Northern Waters Doula Services supports people of all genders, ages, sexualities, and family arrangements during pregnancy, labor, and birth through informed and compassionate care. As a birth doula, I provide physical, emotional, and informational support to birthing parents and their chosen birth partner(s) to ensure that they have a memorable and fulfilling birth.
Open To Creation Birth Services
Lori Dent
50 Carneros Ave
Aromas , CA 95004
(831) 566-3951
http://www.opentocreation.com


I have been involved in the birth community for the past 18 years. Ten working as a medical assistant and the past 8 years I have been working as a birth doula and placenta encapsulation specialist. My passion is supporting and encouraging families to birth in their own way and time.
Nicole Rivera
Capitola , CA 95010
(787) 244-0069
http://www.doulacaring.com/


Providing continuous educational, emotional and physical support for women and their partners during pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn period.
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.
Doula Connection Santa Cruz
Sylvia Rubio
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 200-3201
http://doulaconnectionsantacruz.com


Working with the community to stay up to date with current birth professionals. Resource capable and readily available to provide professional assistance for services in the Santa Cruz County. Trained in Homeopathy, Essential Oil therapy, Energy Healing and Acupressure. Ready to provide your family with an open heart and an open mind.
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.
In-Home Holistic Birth Services
Joya Tarantino
BonnyDoon , CA 95060
(831) 291-5229


I am an apprentice midwife, currently serving communities throughout Santa Cruz offering in-home Holistic Birth Doula services, and massage therapy with over 20 years of practice. It is my honor to serve your growing family throughout your pregnancy offering educational, emotional and physical support.
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 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), CLEC
Serving Santa Cruz County & surrounding areas , 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
With My Own Two Hands
Julie Lefmann
Santa Cruz , CA
(408) 529-8031
http://www.WithMyOwnTwoHands.net


I am DONA trained as a Birth Doula & have practiced locally for over 10 years. I've had the privilege of attending over 200 births so far. I was a nanny for 15 years before becoming a doula. I'm also a Certified Massage, Reiki, & Watsu (warm-water meditation/massage) Practitioner. I have specialized in Pre & Postnatal Massage for 14 out of the 15+ years that I've practiced massage professionally. I've also professionally practiced both Watsu & Reiki since 2004. I live on 38th Ave. here in beautiful Santa Cruz. I love to marry my passions together with my work - water, children, healing, music - and am thrilled to do the work I love!







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