Postpartum Doulas

Board Secretary

Susan Jessee, CD, CBE (AAHCC)
Embrace Births

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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.

Membership Director

Beth Hammond
Postpartum Support for New Parents 925-330-4567

Service Area: Entire Bay Area
Hours: Overnights and Days

Helping families adjust to life with a new baby. Nurturing new families for over 20 years. Excellent references and Trustline registered. Breastfeeding, sleep consulting and "fussy babby" issues. Twins a specialty.

Postpartum Doula Liaison

Andrea Berkey, CPD
Three Phases Night Doula
Mothering, Postpartum, and Sleep Support Services

(408) 307-8046
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Service area: greater Bay Area
Hours: Nights

Andrea has been supporting new and growing families in the bay area since 2006, it has been her goal to help families settle into the role of parenthood through nurturing, support and education. Providing solutions for sleep issues including nighttime care so tired moms and families can rest! Supporting preemies, singletons, and multiples.

Affiliates Liaison
Emeritus Board Co-Leader

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

Service area: entire San Francisco Bay Area

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.

Sara (Burton) Thompson
Warm Hands Birth Services

(925) 339-5960
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Service area: Livermore, CA and the surrounding areas

Helping families prepare for their births is Sara's passion and delight. She works with parents planning all different routes to delivery, from homebirth to planned cesarean. She specializes in diverse families, multiples, preemies, breastfeeding support, young parents and nighttime care after your birth.

Megan Shinkle, EMT
All Seasons Doula Services


Service area: Entire San Francisco Bay Area
Hours: Overnights

Megan Shinkle has been supporting families as a postpartum doula since 2013, but has been supporting families as a childcare provider for over 10 years. Experienced with newborns, singletons, multiples, and special needs, Megan is confident in her ability to serve your family in the postpartum period. As a registered Emergency Medical Technician, she is also well versed in emergency first aid and CPR. Currently, Megan is only taking overnight clients.

Jinny Pagle
510 Doula and Placenta Services


Service area: East Bay Area from Marin to San Leandro
Hours: Days, occasional night

A mother of two, Jinny is a professionally trained birth doula, postpartum doula, and placenta encapsulation specialist. She is passionate about supporting you and your family through the transition from pregnancy to birth and postpartum healing. No matter where or how your baby is born, Jinny wants to support you to come through satisfied with your birth experience and confident and capable to parent in your own way. Offering unbiased support, encouragement, local information and resources, and skilled comfort techniques, Jinny would be honored to work with your family.

Lori Jaffe

Service Area: East Bay

Lori Jaffe, a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, has facilitated diverse and empowering births in homes, birth centers and hospitals, throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. Lori’s comprehensive knowledge stems from her work as an administrator in the postpartum unit at Berkeley’s Alta Bates hospital. The mother of 3 children, Lori is also a substitute preschool teacher, co-owner of Oakland’s legendary Grand Bakery and is a trained massage therapist.

Rebecca Duncan
Empathic Doula Services
(925) 765-7866
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Rebecca is a birth and postpartum doula who specializes in LGBT, lactation support, sleep support, baby signs, and babywearing.

Christine Torres, CLD (CBI), PpD, CBE, BC
New Birth Services, LLC

(707) 563-1171

Christine is birth and postpartum doula, as well as a childbirth educator and breastfeeding counselor. She also has a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science which she uses to enhance her skills. She has experience working with families from different cultural backgrounds and is fluent in Spanish. Her education and experience allows her to work with each client on an individual basis and provide non-judgmental support for the experience that each family desires.

Leah Giles
Belly Coach - Bay Area Doula Services


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.

Lenore Musambacine, CD, CPD, NTC
Holistic Belly Nutrition + Birth Support


Lenore is a professionally trained certified Birth and Postpartum Doula and Nutritional Therapist serving families in the greater East Bay. Her birth philosophy is rooted in a woman's innate, natural ability to give birth and feels honored to hold space for an expecting mother. Lenore comes prepared with various relaxation and comfort techniques to ensure all of your emotional and physical needs are met.

As a certified nutritional therapist, Lenore enjoys guiding women in the redesign of their dietary and lifestyle practices utilizing a multi-dimensional, holistic approach that promotes a healthy pregnancy and baby. She would be thrilled to nurture you and hold your hand every step of the way.