Affiliates

Acupuncture

Anna

Anna Ritner, MS, L.Ac.
Bloom Retreat
1444 S Main St., Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
www.annaritner.com
facebook.com/annaritnerlac
Instagram: anna_ritner_acupuncture
annaritnerlac@gmail.com
(925)269-7283

Anna Ritner is a California-state Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist specializing in women's health. She has four years of training in both Western & Eastern medicine, and received additional post-graduate training in China, focusing in obstetrics and digestive health. Utilizing acupuncture, herbs, bodywork, nutrition counseling and lifestyle guidance, she assists women with fertility, hormonal balance, pre-conception, pregnancy, and post-natal care.

A trained birth doula and a placenta encapsulation specialist, Anna is passionate about helping women flourish physically and emotionally through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.

Doula Training

Teri Nava-Anderson, PhD, CD/PCD, ICCE, CLE
Harmony Doula Mentoring

(408) 391-7797
HarmonyDoula.com
Teri@HarmonyDoula.com
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Are you interested in becoming a doula? Harmony Doula Mentoring offers Community-Based Doula Training workshops in Modesto and Mountain House.

Are you already a doula or perinatal professional interested in advancing your skill set? Advanced Doula Skills Training Workshops are open to doulas, nurses, midwives, other birth workers, and anyone else who might interested.

Teri is a certified, professional Birth and Postpartum Doula, Doula Trainer and Mentor, VBAC Specialist, Childbirth and Lactation Educator, certified Professional Aromatherapist, and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. She is an experienced practitioner who teaches on subjects such as acupressure and rebozo use from labor, breastfeeding, business skills, mindfulness, self-hypnosis/guided meditation, aromatherapy safety, and trauma-informed care.

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Deanna M. Dawson-Jesus, CD, CLE
Birthing Babies ~ A Celebration of Life
(925) 216-7264
BirthingBabies.info
deanna@birthingbabies.info
Facebook
Twitter: @BrthnBabies

Deanna is a professional Birth Doula with fourteen years of experience. She has an extensive background as a patient advocate, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Support Specialist, and VBAC Specialist. She offers specialized services for families working through Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Perinatal Loss Support.

Childbirth and Lactation Education

Susan

Susan Jessee, CD/PCD, CBE (AAHCC)
Embrace Birth

Bradleybirth.com/susanjessee
Classes
Facebook.com/embracebirthsj
embracebirthsj@gmail.com
(209) 483-1712

Susan teaches Bradley Childbirth classes which are designed to educate you and your partner about what is happening with your body and baby during pregnancy and delivery. Bradley teaches you how to work with your body through relaxation and positioning so that you can work toward your goal of natural childbirth. The ultimate goal is: HEALTHY MOTHER, HEALTHY BABY, HEALTHY FAMILY! Classes are once per week for 10 weeks.

Private and group classes are available in the East Bay, Tri-Valley, Delta Valley, and San Joaquin and northern Stanislaus counties.

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Teri Nava-Anderson, PhD, CD/PCD, ICCE, CLE
Harmony Doula Mentoring

(408) 391-7797
HarmonyDoula.com
Teri@HarmonyDoula.com
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Offering live, group classes online as well as self-paced, recorded classes to help you get ready for labor, understand the physical and emotional aspects of labor, build a toolkit of relaxation skills, communicate your goals with your careprovider, and get off to a good start with lactation and newborn parenting.

Chiropractors

Empowered Mama Chiropractic
(925) 444-5034
39 Quail Court Ste 105, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
empoweredmamachiropractic.com/
drkseniya@empoweredmamachiropractic.com
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Dr. Kseniya Gershberg, DC has spent over 200 hours on training in pregnancy & pediatrics. She is Webster certified and has practiced at the renowned Berlin Chiropractic in Los Angeles. She pairs functional bodywork with gentle, safe, & effective adjustments to help her mamas & babies. Her unique techniques have helped numerous moms in alleviating the aches and pains of motherhood and making sure that babies have the best first start to life. Her stories, her own challenges, and her kiddoes have inspired her to make these tremendous changes in patients’ lives. You as the Mama are the foundation of the family, and oftentimes society forgets that YOU too need the access & resources to thrive. We take care of mamas & babies together.

Lactation Consultants

Abbie

Abbie Alvey CD(DONA), IBCLC
Nurture Doula Services

nurture-doula-abbie.com
doulaabbie@gmail.com
(925) 639-3512

I became passionate about helping families breastfeed because it can be challenging whether you’re a brand-new mom or your baby is several months old. As a lactation consultant I am here to continue supporting you on your journey as a parent and help you to meet your personal breastfeeding goals.

I provide one on one home visits and serve the surrounding East Bay.

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Serena

Serena Meyer, RN, IBCLC

bayareabreastfeedingsupport.com/
serenemother@gmail.com
(510) 612-4000

Serena Meyer, RN, IBCLC is in private practice as a Lactation Consultant and travels through out the Bay Area. Her business is set up to provide you with dynamic and comforting lactation support. She offers consults that are solution oriented, unbiased, and done in the comfort of your own home. She have extended hours in the evening for working parents.

She can help make your first experience with your baby a relaxing and bonding experience, the way you want it to be! Serena is easy to talk to, warm and open- without judgement. She'll work on getting your comfortable and back onto the road of success!

As part of your health care team, She offers her experience in dealing with common and complex difficulties!

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Kim

Kim Hunter, PCD(DONA), IBCLC

doulakimhunter.com/
hello@doulakimhunter.com
(209) 481-8255

After her own challenges with breastfeeding, Kim realized the lack of quality lactation support and how important proper support is for breastfeeding success. She soon realized that helping families with their breastfeeding journeys was a passion of hers. In 2019 she became a Lactation Educator through UC San Diego and have since completed her Lactation Consultant education and clinical training and am now an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

She loves educating and supporting their lactation journey and helping them meet their feeding goals. Kim currently services the Central Valley and Tri-Valley area and sees clients in person, in her office and virtually.

Midwives

Placenta Processing

Teri

Teri Nava-Anderson, PhD, CD(DONA)
Harmony Doula Group

HarmonyDoula.com/placenta.html
Teri@HarmonyDoula.com
Facebook | Yelp
(408) 391-7797

Traditionally, placenta capsules have been used to help balance hormones, enhance milk supply, increase energy, combat fatigue, as well as promote quicker healing and recovery after birth, decrease instances of postpartum depression, increase iron levels, and shorten postpartum bleeding time.

Teri offers both traditional steamed and raw placenta preparations, tinctures, essences, healing salves. She also offers custom blended essential oils for massage, and hand blended herbal teas for pregnancy, postpartum and lactation, as well as sitz baths.

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Red Tree Placenta

Kathryn Webb
Red Tree Placenta

redtreeplacenta.com
doula.kathryn@gmail.com
(925) 787-5116

Safe, professional, and reliable encapsulation services in the East Bay. Offering encapsulation, tinctures, prints, salves and more!

Serving Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

Pediatrician

Olive Leaf Pediatrics

Nazia Sheriff
Olive Leaf Pediatrics

15 Altarinda Rd, Ste 203, Orinda, CA 94563
oliveleafpeds.com
Facebook
doctor@oliveleafpeds.com
(925) 297-5573

Olive Leaf Peds is a wholistic, concierge pediatrics practice that specializes in newborn care and does house calls! We use lifestyle interventions over bandaid treatments and focus on the whole child. Dr. Sheriff works in close partnership with each family for a truly personalized experience!

Serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Retail Shops

Sleep Consultants

Love to Sleep

LOVE TO SLEEP CONSULTING
Beth Hammond
http://doulabeth.com/Sleep___Fussy_Babies.php
(925) 330-4567

Providing sleep consulting and Fussy Baby Solutions. Solving baby and toddler sleep issues. Helping parents get a good night's sleep for over 20 years.

In home and telephone and Skype consultations available.

Therapists (Mental Health)

Therapists (Massage / Physical Health)

Yoga Instructors

Sandi Smith-Grove

Sandi Smith-Grove, LM, CCE
sandi.yoga
sandismithgrove.yoga@gmail.com

Pregnancy is a unique and special time in a woman's life. Her body is changing daily while she grows her baby. With those changes comes excitement and anticipation, aches and discomforts, and an opportunity for exploration and renewal.

Sandi's workshops can help you learn to strengthen and tone muscles, ease aches in the lower back and shoulders, create openness and mobility in the hips, work with breath and the pelvic floor, find deep relaxation and rest.