Meet the Doulas Q&A

Curious about what to expect in labor and delivery?

Interested to know how a doula can support you in birth or postpartum in-person or remotely?

Twice a month, members of the MDDC community hold live Q&A sessions to answer these questions and more.

RSVP to join us on:

First and third Thursdays at 7pm on Zoom during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Birth & Postpartum Doulas

Board President

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

(408) 391-7797
HarmonyDoula.com
Teri@HarmonyDoula.com
Facebook | Yelp | Pinterest | Instagram

Teri is a certified 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 and teaches on subjects such as acupressure and rebozo use from labor, mindfulness, self-hypnosis, guided meditation, aromatherapy safety, and helping doulas to assist trauma survivors and LGBTQIA parents. She has been helping families achieve their best birth since 2008.

Births attended at: Home, Birth Center, Hospital, and Virtual Support

Postpartum Hours (Days or Nights): Days

Membership Director

Leah Giles
Belly Coach - Bay Area Doula Services

(925)269-9336
BellyCoach.com
leah@bellycoach.com
Facebook

Leah is a Birth and Postpartum Doula. She is passionate about helping woman feel comforted, supported and safe. Offering compassionate care during delivery and/or easing into your new family life at home.

Births attended at: Home, Birth Center, Hospital, and Virtual Support

Postpartum Hours (Days or Nights): Days

Board Treasurer

Kim Hunter, CD/PCD(DONA), NCS, CLEC

209-481-8255
doulakimhunter.com
doulakimhunter@yahoo.com

Kim is a certified birth and postpartum doula, and lactation educator counselor. She is passionate about working with families in underserved communities, helping them to have the birth they envision and thrive in the postpartum period.

Postpartum Hours (Days or Nights): Nights

Board Secretary

Deanna M. Dawson-Jesus, CD, CLE
Birthing Babies ~ A Celebration of Life

(925) 216-7264
BirthingBabies.info
deanna@birthingbabies.info
Facebook | Twitter

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.

Births attended at: Home, Birth Center, Hospital, and Virtual Support

Postpartum Hours (Days or Nights): Days or Nights

Hospital Liaison
Emeritus Board Member

Holly Wiersma, CD(DONA), LCCE
(925) 947-5874
GotContractions.com
HDWiersma@hotmail.com
Facebook Page

Holly has been a DONA Certified Birth Doula since 1996 and has served over 400 families. She is a VBAC Specialist. She is also a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Lactation Educator, and Happiest Baby on the Block Educator.

Births attended at: Home, Birth Center, Hospital, and Virtual Support

Beth Hammond, CD, CPPD, BA
Postpartum Support for New Parents

925-330-4567
doulabeth.com
doulabeth@hotmail.com
Yelp | Facebook

Specializing in overnight care for newborns. Beth has been nurturing new families for over 20 years. She helps families adjust to life with their new baby or babies and offers a wide range of education and support services, including breastfeeding education, fussy baby and sleep issues, newborn care and development education. Beth nurtures the entire family, allowing mom time to heal and bond helping all family members bond with their newest family member. Excellent references available. Trustline registered. Multiples a specialty.

Postpartum Hours (Days or Nights): Nights

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

(209)227-4787
Bradleybirth.com/susanjessee
embracebirthsj@gmail.com
Facebook Page

Susan is a certified Childbirth Educator, Birth and Postpartum Doula. She have been attending hospital and homebirths since 2002. Encouraging a mother and her partner to listen to and trust her own body as she gives birth is her passion.

Postpartum Hours (Days or Nights): Nights


Kristine DiTano, CCE, CD, BA
Doula Pride

(415) 307-6939
DoulaPride.com
DoulaSupportServices.com
KristineDiTano@yahoo.com

Kristine has been serving the birthing community for 20+ years as a DONA-certified birth doula and is also a Hypnobabies doula, Kaiser Permanente childbirth educator, and newborn care instructor.

Births attended at: Home, Birth Center, and Hospital


Renata Provost, CD(DONA), LE, NCS
(510) 421-3477
TheBayAreaDoula.com
RenataProvost@gmail.com

Renata has been attending births since 2010 and has experience in most hospitals in the Bay Area.

Births attended at: Home, Birth Center, and Hospital


Rebecca Duncan
Empathic Doula Services
(925) 765-7866 empathicdoula@gmail.com
Facebook Page

Rebecca is a birth and postpartum doula who specializes in LGBT, lactation support, sleep support, baby signs, and babywearing.

Postpartum Hours (Days or Nights): Days or Nights


Sara Marks Brown, MA
925-787-7331
saramarksbrown.com
saramarksbrown@gmail.com

Originally from England/Sweden, Sara is a professionally trained birth and postpartum doula. She has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked with babies, children, and families for over 40 years. She has experience working with families from many different cultural backgrounds as well as young mothers and the LGBTIQ community. A mother of two adult children, Sara is dedicated to supporting families in a caring, non-judgmental, and compassionate way, during pregnancy, labor and in the first few weeks at home.

Births attended at: Home, Birth Center, Hospital, and Virtual Support

Postpartum Hours (Days or Nights): Days


Heather Morgan
510-705-2773
heathermorgandoula.com
info@heathermorgandoula.com

Heather is a Cornerstone Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula with a background as a Certified Massage Therapist with The National Holistic Institute. She believes in the innate wisdom of all birthing people and is humbled to serve, support, and offer guidance to those on their journey through pregnancy and birth.

Births attended at: Home, Birth Center, Hospital, and Virtual Support

Postpartum Hours (Days or Nights): Days or Nights

Ashley Buchanan
Ashley Regala Birth and Postpartum Doula
(702) 445-4199
AshleyRegalaDoula.com
info@ashleyregaladoula.com
Instagram

Ashley is a birth and postpartum doula. She believes that her role is not to replace your partner or family members, but to provide additional support to your birth and postpartum team. She believes that going into your birth and postpartum with a clear understanding of your options will help you feel empowered in your decisions.

Births attended at: Home, Birth Center, Hospital, and Virtual Support

Postpartum Hours (Days or Nights): Days or Evenings

Maciej Stabile
Tranquil Waters Healing Arts

510.570.6964
maciejstabiledoula.weebly.com
Maciejstabiledoula@gmail.com
Pronouns: They/Them

Maciej combines Ayurveda (An Indian medicinal practice) and doula services to create restorative support for you, with therapies that help naturally rebalance your nervous system, and boost erratic energy levels so that you can ride the waves of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, with ease. Maciej is a Cornerstone birth and postpartum doula and an Ayurvedic Counselor, trained at Kerala Ayurveda Academy. Supporting all bodies and families in the SF Bay Area, with a focus on Queer and Trans families.

Births attended at: Home, Birth Center, Hospital, and Virtual Support

Postpartum Hours (Days or Nights): Days or Nights

About the MDDC and Doulas

Our Mission Statement

The Mt. Diablo Doula Community (MDDC) is a business association, founded and funded by independent professional doulas. As an organization, the MDDC participates in advertising, community education, professional development opportunities, networking and charitable events. MDDC members endeavor to educate and serve individuals and families during the childbearing years. The MDDC encourages community service and involvement whenever possible.The MDDC member exemplifies integrity, honors the Doula profession, strives to build confidence in a complete and cooperative Birth Team, and perpetuates camaraderie within the Doula community. MDDC doulas treat their fellow Doulas, Clients and Care-Providers with respect and professionalism. They support their fellow Doulas with active listening, offering back-up support, and sharing resources.

What does a birth doula do?

Labor Doula assists the birthing individual and their birthing team before, during and after birth by providing emotional, physical, and informational support. It is within the Labor Doula's Scope of Practice to assist their client [and partner(s)] in preparing for birth by providing evidence-based information relating to pregnancy, labor and birth (including birth options and resources), and the early postpartum period. During labor and birth, the Labor Doula facilitates communications between the client, birthing team and the caregivers.

It is not within a doula's Scope of Practice to perform any medical or clinical procedures such as vaginal checks, listening to fetal heart tones, prescribing or administering herbs, or making medical diagnoses or recommendations.

MDDC Labor Doulas have received formal doula training. Those who are also health care professionals may provide services within the scope and standard of their professions but only after making it clear that they are not functioning as a Labor Doula. For needs beyond the scope of the Labor Doula's expertise, referrals are made to the appropriate resources.

During the postpartum period, Labor Doulas assist their clients in processing the birth experience, answering questions about newborn care, breastfeeding, and referring the family to appropriate resources as needed.

A Doula's Presence at Birth:

* Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
* Reduces negative feelings about one's childbirth experience
* Reduces need for Pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction
* Significantly decreases likelihood of cesarean section
* Reduces mother's request for pain medication and/or epidurals
* Reduces mother's feeling of loss of control during labor

What does a postpartum doula do?

Postpartum doulas help families adjust to life with your new baby, so they can best care for and enjoy this new family member. The postpartum doula's tasks can change from day to day, depending on the needs of the family. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to "mother the mother." They assist with breastfeeding education. Postpartum doulas ensure the mother is fed, well-hydrated, and is comfortable.

A postpartum doula:

MDDC Postpartum Doulas have received formal doula training. It is within the Postpartum Doulas Scope of Practice to provide evidence-based information and educational resources. Referrals to appropriate studies, books, and care providers are within the Postpartum Doula's scope. The Postpartum Doula will determine ahead of time what duties they feel comfortable performing for the postpartum family and will share this information with the family prior to accepting a position with them.

It is not within the Scope of Practice of a Postpartum Doula to perform clinical/medical tasks, give diagnosis, or make medical recommendations. For needs beyond the scope of the Postpartum Doula's expertise, referrals are made to the appropriate resources.

Parents who receive support can:

* Feel more secure and cared for
* Be more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
* Have greater success with breastfeeding
* Have greater self confidence
* Have less postpartum depression
* Have lower incidence of abuse

Standards of Practice

Advocacy

MDDC Members demonstrate integrity in their personal and professional conduct. MDDC Members provide evidence-based information so their clients can make well informed decisions. MDDC Members understand they don't speak or make decision for their clients. MDDC Members make every effort to encourage their clients to assume responsibility for their decisions. MDDC Members support their clients by advocating for the client's own choices and encouraging an open dialog with the client's caregiver regarding choices, risks, benefits, alternatives, and protocols. MDDC Members are responsible TO our clients but not FOR our clients.

Professional Conduct

MDDC Members treat colleagues in an ethical, professional and respectful manner. In addition, MDDC Members help one another honor commitments by providing back-up and resources whenever possible. Our members uphold and advance the values, ethics, knowledge and mission of the doula profession. MDDC is made up of several small business owners and sole-proprietors that create a friendly and warm environment led by a leadership board that meets monthly. MDDC Members pursue continuing education to further their knowledge in their profession. MDDC Members respect the privacy of clients and hold in confidence all information obtained/shared in the course of professional service. MDDC Members attend at least one MDDC meeting quarterly, uphold the Mission and Scope of Practice, and pay dues annually.

Labor (Birth) Doula

The Labor Doula assists the birthing woman and her birthing team before, during and after birth by providing emotional, physical, and informational support. It is within the Labor Doula's scope of practice to provide resources relating to pregnancy, labor and birth, and the early postpartum period. It is not within a doula's scope of practice to perform any medical or clinical procedures such as vaginal checks, listening to fetal heart tones or making medical diagnoses. Referrals to appropriate studies and published books are within the Labor Doula's scope.

MDDC Labor Doulas who are also health care professionals may provide services within the scope and standard of their professions but only after making it clear that they are not functioning as a Labor Doula. For needs beyond the scope of the Labor Doula's expertise, referrals are made to the appropriate resources.

The Labor Doula's role is to assist their client [and partner(s)] in preparing for birth, and to provide information about birth options and resources, and to provide emotional support.

During labor and birth, the Labor Doula facilitates communications between the client, birthing team and the caregivers. She supports the mother and her partner(s) with the use of physical, emotional and informational support.

During the postpartum period, the Labor Doula assists the mother in processing her birth experience, answering questions about newborn care, breastfeeding, and referring the family to appropriate resources as needed.

Postpartum Doula

The Postpartum Doula provides informational and educational information to the family. She does not perform clinical/medical tasks outside of her scope of practice. Referrals to appropriate studies and published books are within the Postpartum Doula's scope. The Postpartum Doula will determine ahead of time what duties she feels comfortable performing for the postpartum family and will share this information with the family prior to accepting a position with them.

For needs beyond the scope of the Postpartum Doula's expertise, referrals are made to the appropriate resources.