Laurels
Best Doulas in
Berkeley
2017

Why These Doulas?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored doulas on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best doulas in Berkeley, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Blue Flax Birth

Blue Flax Birth offers its doula and childbirth education classes in East Bay, San Francisco, and Marin County. The Birth Doula, Erin, who owns the business is DONA certified, a Registered Nurse, a Certified Childbirth Educator, and a Certified Lactation Educator. Her doula services include prenatal visits, access to her library of birth related books, a backup doula for extra security, 24-hour on-call support during the two weeks before and after a due date, labor and delivery support, and postpartum visits. Her classes on childbirth preparation and breastfeeding are held at Birthways in Berkeley and Then Comes Baby in Oakland.

Emeryville, CA(510) 871-3529

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Full Circle Doula Group

Full Circle Doula Group brings decades of combined experience to doula clients in the area. Expecting moms benefit from continuous emotional, physical, and informational support with services such as unlimited group prenatal meetings at BirthWays where moms learn about relaxation techniques, postpartum life, and birth preferences. Other services include individual meetings with the team, a doula on call 24/7 until birth, private phone and email support during pregnancy, uninterrupted support throughout the birth, one postpartum visit, and a detailed labor log. Labor and birth photography are also available along with other resources and professional referrals. All doulas are certified with DONA International, and the team includes a Western herbalist for baths and teas, a La Leche Leader, and a practitioner of in Jin Shin Jyutsu healing arts.

Berkeley, CA(510) 684-9872

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Inner Comfort Childbirth Services

Inner Comfort Childbirth Services is a professional doula service that accepts clients throughout California's San Francisco Bay metropolitan area. Owner and operate Lucia Brosgart is a Certified Childbirth Educator through Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, is in the final stage of certification through Doulas of North America, teaches group classes at Berkeley, and participates in continuing education and peer review through the East Bay Doula Group. Services provided by Inner Comfort Childbirth Services include two to three prenatal visits, crafting of a birth vision, one to two postpartum visits, on-call availability within three weeks of clients' due dates, photography upon request, and more.

Berkeley, CA(510) 541-6200

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Itsy Bitsy Dreamers

Itsy Bitsy Dreamers is a doula service in the San Francisco area, also serving the Bay Area and Marin County. Founded by Annika Glaub, it is her passion to support growing families. Annika is a certified prenatal and perinatal psychology educator, certified by Doula Trainings International as a postpartum doula, lactation educator, and maternity and child sleep consultant. Focusing on support for smooth transition into parenthood, Annika will go to a client’s home day or night to give advice on recovery from birth, infant care, support with breast or bottle feeding, light chores, nursery organization, and care for baby while parents get some rest.

Berkeley, CA(747) 333-6852

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Loving Arms Childbirth Services

Loving Arms Childbirth Services, based in Berkeley, California, is a team of women who provide birth doula services, educate new families on the birth process, foster the building of community, and more. The team consists of Janaki Costello, Carol Shattuck-Rice, Anna Hurty, Jennifer Subasic-Marks, Blythe Lee, and Molly Brannigan. Janaki and Molly are International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants. The team encourages each woman to be intuitive about her own body and her individual way of giving birth. Childbirth classes are held for new families. Birth doulas can assist with a customized plan of support, encouragement, pain management, and more, throughout the process from prenatal to postnatal times.

Albany, CA(510) 525-1155

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Mother's Nature

Featuring the work of Mikaela Wapman, Mother's Nature is a professional doula service that serves clients in and around the Berkeley, California metropolitan area, including the Peninsula and East Bay. In addition to providing doula services to clients in need, Mikaela Wapman also regularly teaches yoga at the nearby The Green Yogi studio in North Berkeley and has been practicing yoga since the age of six. The doula services provided by Mother's Nature are built around the concept of nonjudgmental support for women in labor and delivery. Additionally, Mother's Nature is also a specialist in postpartum doula services.

Berkeley, CA(650) 862-9831

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Spirals of Life

Spirals of Life is a Berkeley business that has been serving clients for more than four years. Areas the business serves include El Cerrito, Hercules, San Leandro, Fairfax, Marin, Hayward, Castro Valley, Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo, San Rafael, Pleasant Hill, Pinole, Berkeley, Concord, San Francisco, Novato, Walnut Creek, and Albany. Travel to other areas is available for a charge. Services Spirals of Life offers include doula services, placenta encapsulation, childbirth education, and Rebozo for parents. Doula services include one free interview, two prenatal meetings, resource, DVD, and book access, email and phone support, on call availability from week 38 until birth, use of a TENS unit, support during labor and birth, two postpartum meetings, and a back-up doula. Other services are belly casting, placenta encapsulation, placenta tinctures, placenta art, placenta homeopathic remedy, and birth tub rental.

Berkeley, CA(415) 948-8056

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Stephanie Mackley Birth Doula

Stephanie Mackley Birth Doula is a doula service provider based out of Berkley, California. Stephanie Mackley provides doula services to families having home-births in the area of East Bay, or hospital births at Alta Bates, Kaiser Oakland, and Walnut Creek medical centers. Stephanie charges a standard fee of $800 for her doula services which include prenatal visits to the client’s home, 24/7 contact support, on-call support two weeks prior to the birth due date, labor support, photography, and a postpartum visit. Mackley first realized her goal to be a doula when she experienced the benefits of having a doula aid her in the birth of her child in 2009. Since then, Stephanie has become DONA certified as a doula and has been accepting clients since 2011.

Berkeley, CA(510) 717-8784

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