I am a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula. I received certification through Cornerstone Doula Trainings in San Francisco. I am also Lamaze International trained Childbirth Educator and provide private in home or small-group classes. I also aim to provide full-spectrum doula services and am currently training to be a Bereavement Doula through the organization Still Birth Day.
I am grateful to be part of a doula collective, which is incredibly beneficial for us doulas and the families we serve. What does it mean to be part of a collective? For our clients, the most notable benefit is that during labor and birthing, they always have continuous labor support by a doula who is well-rested, fresh, and ready to be fully present for their birth process. For us, the greatest benefit is that we are better able to take care of ourselves in a sustainable way by layering in support at births. We also offer increased face-time during twice monthly group prenatal visits based on the centering practice in the midwifery model of care. This means you get to know all of us very well, meet other expectant families and learn a wealth of knowledge that will help you best prepare for the birth of your little one and beyond.
Silicon Valley Doulas Labor Support Package – $2,250
- A community of support, education, and preparation for birth and parenting at our community workshops at our studio in Los Gatos
- Answers to your questions by phone, text, and email from your knowledgable doula team
- Access to our curated collection of pregnancy, birth, and parenting books, audios, and videos
- A private in-home prenatal consultation to explore your wishes and desires for your birth
- A fresh, well-rested doula available around the clock
- Woven layers of support to ensure that you are supported no matter how long your labor lasts
- A complimentary rental of one of our exclusive Labor Support Kits, including an ELLE Labor TENS Unit
- An in-home visit to check in on you and your family after your baby is born
- Continued access to our team and community of support throughout your “fourth trimester.”
Postpartum Doula Services
Depending on your needs, services may include:
- 1 prenatal meeting (if possible)
- Breastfeeding support
- Newborn care and support with understanding baby cues
- Sibling support
- Light housekeeping and simple meal preparation
- Local errands
- Referrals to local support professionals, including massage therapists, acupuncturists, support groups, adult and pediatric chiropractors, etc.
- Non judgmental support for family
- Sleeping solutions and assistance with getting enough sleep in the first weeks
- Helping create a nurturing & quiet environment for the family
- Organizing offers of assistance from friends and extended family to create a structured flow of support for your family
- Care for baby when parents want to shower, nap, or spend some special time with older child(ren)
- Hands-on education for infant and mama care
- Babywearing assistance, education, and demonstrations
- Traditional Mexican healing rituals, including Postpartum Sealing/Bone Closing Ceremony, available upon interest & request (see below for more information)
- Free lending library from my collection of breastfeeding and parenting books
Postpartum Doula Fees: $40/daytime hour
The Postpartum Sealing Ceremony
The postpartum sealing ceremony is part of Mexican traditional postpartum care. In our tradition, the postpartum period is just as important as the prenatal and birthing process. Unfortunately, modern maternity care and birthing practices do not tend to the spiritual and emotional needs of women and the community. Traditional postpartum practices were not only established to help the newly birthed mother physically recover but also to assist in healing emotional and spiritual trauma that arises from her whole life, generations ago or the most recent birth itself. The process of birthing is the greatest natural opening that a woman can experience and it takes weeks, months or years to fully heal and close those spaces that were wide open for so long. The postpartum sealing ceremony also supports mothers in their transition into motherhood by having other women tend to them, nurture them, honor them and show them they are part of a community. The intention of the ceremony is that the mother will feel loved, supported, secure and confident in her ability to heal, parent and thrive in addition to forming support systems within her community.
The ceremony begins with an herbal limpia and is followed by a bajo or vaginal steam bath, herbal body bath/baño, light body and/or womb massage, rebozo cerrada/closing of the bones, optional fajada/belly binding and ends with quiet reflection accompanied by an herbal infusion. If you have access to fresh and or dried herbs, some suggestions are: mugwort, rosemary, yarrow, lavender, calendula, chamomile, rose petals, red raspberry leaf, holly basil, rue, pepper tree leaves, red garden geranium and lemon grass.
Postpartum Sealing Ceremony Fee: $100 (only currently available to my birth and postpartum clients)