Laurels

Best Doulas in Berkeley
2021

Why These Doulas?

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

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

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

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Read more about our selection process

Harmony Doula

Harmony Doula seeks to alleviate the fear and anxiety of parents during labor and the early stage of parenting. Teri Nava-Anderson is a doula who has helped many expectant mothers in Berkeley. She gives them fact-based information and emotional support. To make birth less stressful, she provides training on breathing, positioning, and body movement for pregnant women. She guides parents through the babies' first months. Teri also teaches them about the babies' body language and the process of dealing with postpartum emotions.

700 La Canada Avenue
Mountain House, CA 95391

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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 94702

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Loving Arms Childbirth Services

Loving Arms Childbirth Services, based in Berkeley, California, is a team of women who educate comprehensive childbirth classes to new families during the birth process. The team consists of Janaki Costello, Carol Shattuck-Rice, and Molly Brannigan. Janaki and Molly are International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants. They encourage each woman to be intuitive about her own body and her individual way of giving birth. Classes are held at the Pacifica Family Maternity Center.

Berkeley, CA 94706

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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 94701

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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 94702

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