I am not currently taking clients while I focus my energy on my lactation practice. Please contact my doula partner Michele Villano who is taking clients.
I believe that every woman and family deserves the support of a doula. I offer warm, loving and consistent emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor, birth, and your early days as a new family. My focus is on helping you prepare and cope with the intensity of birth and new parenthood, whether you plan to give birth in the hospital or at home, with a doctor or with a midwife, with medication or without. While healthcare providers may often have more than one patient to attend to, I will be dedicated to you.
Through guidance about nutrition, comfort measures for pregnancy, labor and birth and what to expect at the hospital, as well as breastfeeding education and support, my intention is to be a supportive companion during your pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. My hope is that in the years to come when you look back on the transformation of yourself into a parent, you will remember with pride the power that you found within yourself to make informed and confident decisions for yourself and your baby.
I am a certified doula through Childbirth International (CBI). I am an internationally board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and La Leche League leader. I have also been involved with ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) and Birth Action Coalition in their outreach efforts.
I have two children, one born by cesarean, and one born by VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Their births, and the extensive research I did before choosing the option to try for a VBAC, got me very interested in pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, and helped me realize my passion for this work.
I mainly attend births in Santa Barbara county, but am also happy to work with families in nearby counties, or families traveling outside Santa Barbara county to give birth.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 805-636-0871 if you would like to set up a free initial consultation.