Laurels
Best Doulas in
San Francisco
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 San Francisco, 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.

Alameda Doula

Alameda Doula is a doula business located in Alameda, California. Their services include two to three prenatal home visits, assistance with birth plans and birth options, phone, email, and text message contact, attendance at birth and 1 to 2 hours postpartum, a home visit after birth, photos of the birth and the baby, and lactation support. Zoey Anderson of Alameda Doula is a DONA International trained doula.

Alameda, CA(510) 637-8434

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Bay Area Night Doulas

Bay Area Night Doulas is a doula company that provides support to mothers, babies, and families in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Their services include postpartum care, breastfeeding support, sleep education, infant massage, family adjustment assistance, and access to local resources. All of their doulas are Infant CPR certified, current on their vaccinations, and cleared with negative TB tests.

San Francisco, CA(415) 317-6334

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Birth Focused Doulas

Birth Focused Doulas is a doula company located in San Francisco, California that offers prenatal visits and labor care. From two weeks before the client’s due date to two weeks after the due date, their doula will be on call to assist the client during labor. Their doula, Julia Lorraine Peterson, completed her training with Doula Trainings International.

San Francisco, CA(415) 755-8860

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Blackberry Babies

Blackberry Babies is a doula company located in San Francisco, California serving clients in East Bay, Marin, and Richmond. Their doula, Sophi, helps the client work with her medical team, providing comfort and any appropriate support tasks as needed. Sophi is a certified birth and postpartum doula through DTI. Blackberry Babies' service package has a fee of $1500.

San Francisco, CA(408) 761-6746

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Bodhi Birth Doula Services

Bodhi Birth Doula Services is a doula company located in San Ramon, California that provides birth doula and placenta encapsulation services. Their goal is to furnish clients with the knowledge, confidence, skills, and support needed during the entire birth process. This doula service is pleased to offer a free consultation. Bodhi Birth Doula Services is a certified birth doula through DONA International, and an APPA certified placenta arts specialist.

San Ramon, CA(415) 844-0420

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Caroline Kerherve

Caroline Kerherve is a lactation consultant and doula located in San Francisco, California who serves mothers, their partners, and families. This provider offers lactation and postpartum services, delivering complete prenatal and postpartum care. She also offers group sessions for her clients, the Caroline New Moms' Circle. In 2010, Caroline Kerherve became a postpartum doula through the American Association of Doulas, DONA International.

San Francisco, CA(415) 867-6873

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DOULAS by the BAY

DOULAS by the BAY is a doula company based in San Francisco Bay Area, California that specializes in birth, postpartum, sleep, and breastfeeding support, and placenta encapsulation. Shakila Marando, the owner, is a trained birth and postpartum doula who has worked as a doula for more than 20 years. Shakila Marando is a certified lactation educator and sleep consultant.

San Francisco, CA(415) 510-9736

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Holly Wiersma

Holly Wiersma, Doula Services is a doula business in Pleasant Hill, California. For over 20 years, Holly Wiersma has provided support to more than 385 mothers and families in the East Bay. This professional doula delivers before birth, during birth, and after birth services. Holly Wiersma is a DONA-Certified Doula and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.

Pleasant Hill, CA(925) 947-5874

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Lauren Buckley Miller

Lauren Buckley Miller is a doula based in San Francisco, California. She is a professional massage therapist, childbirth educator, and birth photographer as well as a doula who has completed midwifery training and a three-day doula training in San Francisco provided by the Doulas of North America, DONA. Lauren Buckley Miller has been serving mothers and families as a doula since 2007.

San Francisco, CA(415) 990-8708

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Lenaya Kimball

Lenaya Kimball is a doula located in San Francisco, California who serves mothers and families in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Her services include labor support and postpartum support. Labor support includes prenatal visits, 24/7 on call service, and during birth and after birth services. Lenaya Kimball has undergone both birth and postpartum doula training with Doula Trainings International.

San Francisco, CA(415) 547-0403

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Martina Smolova, CPD

Martina Smolova, CPD, is a doula in San Francisco, California who serves families in the entire San Francisco Bay Area. This experienced doula offers postpartum doula services and continuing newborn care. Her services include breastfeeding and nutritional education, and physical and emotional support for mothers and their babies. Martina Smolova is a certified postpartum doula through Childbirth International. She is also a professional photographer.

San Francisco, CA(925) 330-5509

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Megan Shinkle, Doula

Megan Shinkle, Doula is a doula located in Hercules, California who provides birth and postpartum support. This doula delivers physical and emotional comfort, as well as informational support. Her services include touch and massage, counter pressure, positional changes, and suggestions on how to maintain a positive birth experience. Megan Shinkle, Doula is a professional postpartum doula.

Hercules, CA(916) 317-5841

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San Francisco Doula Group

San Francisco Doula Group is a community of doulas based in Oakland, California, serving the Bay Area since 2003. This doula provider features both birth and postpartum doulas who consistently participate in their continuing education programs. San Francisco Doula Group is comprised of highly trained and experienced birth and postpartum professionals.

Oakland, CA(818) 261-0596

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Sophia Harris ~ Birth Doula

Sophia Harris- Birth Doula is a doula business located in Mill Valley, California. Their doula services include an initial meeting, 2-3 additional prenatal meetings, 24/7 on-call email and phone support, close contact during early labor either at home or in the hospital, and 1-2 post-partum follow up visits. Sophia Harris takes private clients and volunteers with the San Francisco General Hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program and Homeless Prenatal Program.

Mill Valley, CA(415) 710-9735

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Stork & Sprout

Stork & Sprout is a doula service in San Mateo, California that offers birth doula support, postpartum doula support, breastfeeding consultation, childbirth education, placenta encapsulation, prenatal and postpartum massage, infant massage classes, and a doula starter program. Experienced birth and baby specialists comprise their entire team. Brittany Maalona, the owner of Stork & Sprout, is a certified birth and postpartum doula as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

San Mateo, CA(650) 227-3223

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Sunset Birth

Sunset Birth is a doula service company located in San Francisco, California that offers placenta encapsulation, childbirth education, and birth doula services. Their birth doula services include before labor, during labor, and after labor services. Shalini Shah of Sunset Birth equips mothers and families with the most up to date information and non-judgmental support. Shalini Shah is a DONA International trained birth doula.

San Francisco, CA(917) 648-7030

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The Birth Garden

The Birth Garden is a doula service company in Oakland, California, supporting mothers and their families in the Greater East Bay Area since 1990. They deliver private and small group prenatal education and labor practice, serving clients in their homes and on their preferred schedules. Anna Hurty of The Birth Garden is a highly experienced doula.

Oakland, CA(510) 842-6283

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Trinity Night Doulas

Trinity Night Doulas is a doula company located in San Francisco Bay Area, California that supports families throughout the entire birth process. During the 4th trimester, these doulas provide non-medical nighttime support, including maternal recovery, lactation and general feeding support, newborn care, infant soothing techniques and massage, family bonding, sleep training/education, access to information and community resources. Trinity Night Doulas is comprised of a team of professionally trained postpartum doulas.

San Francisco, CA(415) 420-9090

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Whatadoula

Whatadoula is a group practice offering doulas, birth advocates, and labor support to the Bay Area. Whatadoula is dedicated to ensuring that every family has access to a doula for their birth and postpartum period. Their trained doulas share over 30 years of collective knowledge and experience to provide affordable, high quality, and culturally proficient doula care.

Albany, CA(510) 470-0058

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