Birth Doula Work
I have been a birth doula in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007. I was called to this work at a very young age, and after 10 years of working in the field, I am still constantly inspired by empowering women through health and education. I not only bring my experience of over 350 births to your care, but also my training as a midwife, bodyworker, childbirth educator and photographer. I currently offer my doula services in a partnership with another very experienced doula, Britt Fohrman. You can learn more about Britt at her website.
When working with a doula team you get two doulas for the price of one—you’ll have meetings with each of us leading up to your birth, so you feel very comfortable with both Britt and myself. During your birth, you can count on one of us to be there to support you, so you can glean the skills, wisdom and support of two very seasoned, skilled and confident doulas.
We will assist you in creating a realistic and optimistic vision for your birth, help you work through your deepest fears and reservations and help your partner remain an active, effective role in this amazing experience. As you begin to visualize and prepare for your ideal birth, you will develop a sense of confidence and strength that will carry you through the challenges of labor and birth.
We both find great joy in our work as doulas.
WHAT CAN A DOULA DO FOR ME?
I currently offer my doula services in a partnership with another very experienced doula, Britt Fohrman. Please feel free to learn more about Britt at her website. Britt and I will serve as your mentors and coaches during your pregnancy and birth. We will personalize our doula care to meet your individual needs and desires by getting to know you and your partner on a deep and intimate level. Britt and I both have complementary skills and draw upon our various trainings as a yoga instructor, massage therapist, Hypnobirthing coach, midwifery student, meditation guide and a holistic healer to deepen the connection to birth for mamas and partners.
As your doulas we can be your mentors in preparing for your ideal birth, working as a team with your partner and/or family, as well as the hospital staff or homebirth midwives to make sure that you are well cared for and deeply met during this intense and transformative time.
We will accompany you in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. We draw on our knowledge, experience, and intuition to provide emotional support, physical comfort, and, as needed, communication with your midwives and / or hospital staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions during labor. We provide reassurance and perspective to both the birthing mother and partner/family, make suggestions for labor progress, help with relaxation, HypnoBirthing, massage, yoga/positioning and other techniques for comfort. Together we will create the best birth experience possible.
FOLLOW UP SUPPORT
After the birth, we will help you review and clarify how things went at your birth, answer any questions and offer resources to support your conscious, healthy and empowered transition into parenting. Through all these years of working in the San Francisco birth community, we are powerful resources that can help connect you with your dream team of holistic maternity care providers such as homebirth midwives, OB’s, chiropractors, acupuncturists, bodyworkers and all other types of practitioners.
Britt and I are two of the most experienced doulas in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a combined experience level of over 25 years, we bring over 600 birth stories and experiences with our care. Please feel free to read some fabulous reviews of our doula services on Yelp.
WHAT WE OFFER MAMAS
IN DEPTH PACKAGE
BASIC PACKAGE + one 75-minute Prenatal Massage with Lauren and one 75-minute Private Yoga session with Britt to practice breathing, relaxation and/ or to relieve any discomforts or challenges you are having in your body. Also, one depth hypnosis session with Sandra Lloyd.
Two prenatal visits, monthly mama’s circles, ongoing holistic pregnancy counseling and resources, continuous support throughout your birth, photography of the birth (if you wish), and one postpartum visit.
A $200 travel fee applies for families living and/ or birthing outside of SF.
MONTHLY MAMMA CIRCLES
Our monthly mammas circles are exclusively for the pregnant moms in our practice. We gather to practice relaxation, meditate, play, and connect with other mammas and our babies. It’s really nourishing and fun, and allows us to deepen our relationship with you while giving you the chance to build relationships with other women on the same path. Both doulas are present for this circle.
CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASS
In addition to the work that we do prenatally, we strongly suggest taking Rachel Yellin’s Hypnosis Based Childbirth Preparation Classes and listening to her Pregnancy Birth and Beyond Audio Program. The program will help prepare you and your partner for the most natural, conscious and empowering birth possible, while helping you develop and deepen a relaxation practice that will be crucial in your birth and also in your life as a parent. If you’d like to download her audio program, make sure to use the code “brittf” to save 20%!
If you are planning a homebirth in San Francisco, I am currently teaching a Homebirth Specific Preparation Class series that is 6 weeks long. You can learn more about the class under my Childbirth Education Classes page. Please email me if you would like to sign up for the class: email@example.com
We offer a 45-minute complimentary Initial Consultation with you (and your partner, if you have one) at Britt's space in Bernal Heights. In this meeting we would discuss what you are looking for in your labor support and go into greater detail about our practice, approach and philosophy.
Feel free to get in touch with me and I’ll send out some potential dates and times to meet for a free consultation. If you have further questions, I’m happy to chat with you first over the phone as well. My number is (415)990-8708. Thank you!
OUR IDEAL CLIENTS
It’s very important to us that our relationship with you feels like a great fit all around. Once we commit to working with you, we will dedicate ourselves to helping you prepare for your birth and supporting you throughout your labor. In turn, we ask that you commit yourself fully to the process of preparing for a conscious birth. Our expectations are that you:
- Make preparing for your birth a priority.
- Set aside time each day to relax, go inward, and practice various birthing techniques.
- Take Rachel Yellin’s Childbirth Education class and use her audio relaxation program or the Homebirth Childbirth Prep class.
- Do what you can to incorporate our lifestyle, nutrition, exercise and health suggestions.
- Begin to recognize that you are in charge of and responsible for your own birth experience
- Be open to seeking further holistic care to address any limiting thoughts, fears or experiences that could affect your birth.
EXPLORING YOUR BIRTH OPTIONS? NOT SURE YET WHAT YOU WANT?
Are you early in your pregnancy and still trying to decide where to give birth?
Want some guidance from an experienced professional about how to best maintain a healthy pregnancy and prepare for a natural birth?
Not happy with the care you’re currently getting?
My pregnancy and birth options consulting sessions will help you navigate the myriad options available to you, as you assemble your team for your ideal birth.
I look forward to partnering with you to create a safe, satisfying, conscious and empowering birth experience for you and your baby!