Best Doulas in Berkeley

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Harmony Doula

700 La Canada Avenue, Mountain House, CA 95391
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Business Description

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.

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Itsy Bitsy Dreamers

Berkeley, CA 94702
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Itsy Bitsy Dreamers is owned by Annika Glaub, a postpartum doula and sleep consultant. Serving families in Berkeley and its neighboring communities, she guides new parents into parenthood by discussing topics related to baby care, feeding, safe co-sleeping, soothing techniques, and nursery setup. Annika also offers all-night support, light chores, and sleep consultation with co-planning. She is a certified pre- and perinatal psychology educator, as well as a certified pre- and postnatal coach and lactation educator.

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5.0 / 5 (1)
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Loving Arms Childbirth Services

Berkeley, CA 94706
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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.

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4.8 / 5 (8)
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Spirals of Life

Berkeley, CA 94701
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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.

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Stephanie Mackley Birth Doula

Berkeley, CA 94702
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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal to give birth at home?

Six states consider home birth midwifery illegal, including Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, and South Dakota. Recently, Michigan passed legislation allowing at-home births. Additionally, 23 other states allow at-home deliveries but only under severe restrictions.

Who is eligible for a home birth?

Although the medical community’s stance is that births at a hospital are the safest, any mother has the right to decide to give birth at home. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Obstetric Practice considers multiple gestations, a prior C-section delivery, or fetal malpresentation reasons to avoid at-home labor.

How do you get a birth certificate if you give birth at home?

The physician or the midwife who attended the home birth is responsible for registering the delivery with the local Health Department. You can ask your midwife or physician when you can expect to get a copy of the birth certificate.

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