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Best Doulas in San Diego, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Diego 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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San Diego, CA

Why choose this provider?

Itsy Bitsy Dreamers collaborates with individuals and families in San Diego. Founded by Annika Glaub, a certified postpartum doula through Doula Trainings International, the business offers guidance to first-time mothers on their parenting journey. Services include recommending sleep habits, teaching relaxation techniques, and providing companionship for a minimum of four hours. Annika also provides postpartum doula services, including overnight support for bottle feeding and pumping, light housework such as laundry, and non-medical advice on postpartum depression. Itsy Bitsy Dreamers is an active member of the San Diego Postpartum Health Alliance.

San Diego, CA 92103

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5.0 (25)

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Birth From Love offers childbirth classes and doula services in San Diego, California. Their services include birthing again childbirth classes, Birthing From Within® childbirth preparation classes, postpartum planning classes, birth doula services, and postpartum doula. Their mission is to prepare mothers and their partners to birth from love and navigate their precious journey into parenthood. Birth From Love aims to improve the health of babies, mothers, and families.

San Diego, CA 92118

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Connie Merritt is a midwife and doula located in San Diego, California. She is a Licensed Midwife in California and a DONA Certified Birth Doula who served as a Labor Support Specialist through the UCSD. Connie Merritt studied at the University of California, San Diego, where she earned her Certificate in Childbirth Education. Her services include placenta processing and encapsulation and infant massage instruction for parents.

San Diego, CA 92115

Why choose this provider?

My San Diego Doula is a doula service company located in San Diego, California. Their services include birth doula services, breastfeeding classes, postpartum doula services, postpartum belly binding, and placenta encapsulation. Their goal is to prepare and support mothers and families throughout the birthing process and beyond. My San Diego Doula has already served over 300 families, both as birth doulas and student midwives.

San Diego, CA 92120

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Radiant Heart Doula is a doula located in San Diego, California that specializes in hypnobirthing, nutrition, and postpartum services. Their complete birth service fee is $900. Radiant Heart Doula also provides placenta encapsulation for $250. Their very own Christal Quick, CD is a DONA certified birth doula. During the birth process, Christal Quick, CD helps the mother and family achieve a state of confidence, relaxation, and comfort.

San Diego, CA 92168

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5.0 (75)
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5.0 (32)
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5.0 (6)

Why choose this provider?

Night and Day Doula is located in San Diego, California, providing birth and postpartum doula services. During the birth process, their doula will stay with the mother and family and assist them with everything that is needed. Night and Day Doula is the winner of the 2011 Red Tricycle Award and the Most Awesome Doula in San Diego recognition.

San Diego, CA 92122

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5.0 (10)

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Light in the Womb is a doula located in San Diego, California that serves the San Diego and South Orange County areas. This doula specializes in birth assistance, childbirth education, and placenta services. For their birth doula services, Light in the Womb provides a free consultation and interview. Their doula, Jenn Smith, is a DONA trained birth doula.

Encinitas, CA 92024

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5.0 (17)

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One Moon Doula Services is a doula located in Encinitas, California, established in 2013. Their services include postpartum doula services, infant sleep advice, and other services. Postpartum doula services include assistance with newborn care, parent education, feeding guidance, tools and tips, errand running, food preparation, light housekeeping, and more. This doula also helps with guidance, companionship, sibling transition, organizational and logistical strategies and support, connections, and back-to-work planning. One Moon Doula Services delivers caring postpartum doula support.

Compare our Top Doulas

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Itsy Bitsy Dreamers
San Diego, CA
Birth From Love
San Diego, CA 92103
Connie Merritt
San Diego, CA 92118
My San Diego Doula
San Diego, CA 92115
Radiant Heart Doula
San Diego, CA 92120
Night and Day Doula
San Diego, CA 92168
Light in the Womb
San Diego, CA 92122
One Moon Doula Services
Encinitas, CA 92024

FAQs

  • 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.