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Best Doulas in Irvine, CA

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Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 Rating

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5.0 (4)
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Why choose this provider?

Golden Heart Birthing Service is a doula agency that provides birth and bereavement doula services to the Orange County area. Janell Bartzatt is certified as a Hypno-Doula and can use Rebozo techniques with couples during the birthing process. Golden Heart Birthing Service also offers BirthWorks classes at Beach Cities Midwifery in Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and Laguna Hills. They want potential clients to feel safe, empowered, and in touch with their bodies and intuition. Golden Heart Birthing Service also provides support for parents undergoing the bereavement process and emphasizes faith, hope, and healing. Client feedback has been positive and mentions Golden Heart Birthing Service’s helpfulness and supportiveness during the birthing process.

Lake Forest, CA 92609 Rating

Why choose this provider?

Previous clients recommend HypnoBirthing to other expectant mothers because of the reassuring and knowledgeable characteristics of the teachers, the friendly and relaxing environment, and the emotional relationships students can develop with their mentors and fellow learners. HypnoBirthing offers classes to expectant parents to help them deliver their children in a natural, stress-free environment. The practice teaches students about the muscles involved in the birthing process and believes that eliminating stress will result in easier births than modern medical practices. Clients can also receive doula services, where a trained professional will provide emotional, physical, and informational support to families before, during, and after birth. The practice works with people in Orange County and the nearby region, and primarily works with women.

Ladera Ranch, CA 92694 Rating

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5.0 (103)
5.0 (3)

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Babylove, serving new families in Orange County, California, is a doula service. Christy Gochez, who heads the company, is a certified doula, as well as a childbirth educator who teaches The Bradley Method. The family-owned business supports the family members as they decide on a birth plan and philosophy on parenting. Services include prenatal support, a guaranteed back-up doula, the use of a birth ball, support during labor for both parents, a postnatal visit, and more. Reviewers mention that Christy is excellent all around, first as a childbirth educator, then as a doula, and finally as a placenta specialist. Childbirth classes can be condensed to six weeks, if desired.

Orange, CA 92868 Rating

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5.0 (90)
5.0 (7)
5.0 (4)

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Labor of Love Birth Services is a birth doula agency in Orange County, California, founded by owner, Staci Berrey in 2012. She has a master's degree in Religious Studies and is a certified childbirth instructor, lactation counselor, and labor and postpartum doula. Labor of Love Birth Services provides doula support and community service. Their services include labor doula services, postpartum doula care, placenta encapsulation, and lactation counseling. Labor of Love Birth Services offers classes including childbirth education and breastfeeding education. Labor of Love Birth Services offers breastfeeding education in the first 24 hours. The childbirth education services they offer include Bradley method, Connected Birth, and labor and delivery workshop.

Irvine, CA 92614 Rating

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Hero Birth Services is a professional doula practice that serves clients in the greater Long Beach and Orange County metropolitan areas. Founded in 2014, Hero Birth Services provides clients with an array of birth-related services, including private childbirth education, lactation consulting, belly casting, prenatal yoga, car seat installation and education, postpartum belly binding, full birth and postpartum doula support services, and placenta encapsulation. The organization also provides clients with pregnancy loss support. Hero Birth Services is affiliated with Heart Doulas, Birthing From Within, and the Doulas Association of Southern California. The company can be contacted by phone for booking purposes.

Compare our Top Doulas

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Golden Heart Birthing Services
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Lake Forest, CA 92609
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Labor of Love Birth Services
Orange, CA 92868
Hero Birth Services
Irvine, CA 92614


  • Introduction

    A doula is an excellent choice for individuals looking for extended support when dealing with pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions. Unlike a doctor, a doula will be more regularly available for their patient.

    However, to be clear, a doula is not a midwife and doesn't provide medical care. People typically choose to work with a doula while still regularly checking in with a doctor or midwife. A doula is an investment in additional emotional support for the mother, the baby, and any other close family members who need it.
  • What is a doula?

    A doula is a trained professional who gives informational, emotional, and physical support to a mother (and potentially others) going through pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, induced abortion, stillbirth, birth complications, and more. While most doulas work with clients for reproductive health conditions, some doulas also help with other life experiences, such as hospice or terminal illness.

  • How to become a doula?

    You don’t need a certificate to be a doula, although this can help your career by verifying legitimacy. Regardless of a certificate, you do need to complete training through a qualified doula training program. The program usually takes between three and five days. After training, most programs require you to attend a few births with paperwork to prove your attendance.

  • How much do doulas make?

    The annual salaries of doulas in the United States range from $28,000 in smaller towns to $96,000 in major cities. A doula’s salary can depend on their experience, where they work, and how much work they take on. Most doulas handle an average of four births per year.

  • How much does a doula cost?

    The national average hourly rate for doulas is $45. Additionally, doulas charge a “flat fee” per birth that can range from $600 in small cities and towns to $2,000 in larger metropolitan areas. As a doula gains more experience, they typically raise their rates to reflect their expertise.

  • What is a death doula?

    A death doula assists with the dying process. Death doulas empower, educate, and encourage clients and their loved ones to make decisions and reach acceptance about an upcoming death.

    People who may benefit from working with a death doula include:
    • Individuals with a terminal illness
    • People nearing the end of their lives
    • Those with a loved one about to pass
  • Are doulas covered by insurance?

    Most insurance providers don't cover doulas. However, some states offer coverage for birth doulas under Medicaid programs. To check if you have coverage, contact your insurance provider directly. It's also essential to ask for more details, such as if you get partial or full coverage, if there's a maximum, and if you have to work with a certified doula.