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Providers for Doula (Birth)

A birth doula is experienced in normal birth and offers physical, emotional, and informational support for pregnant women through the labor and birth. Studies are clear that using a birth doula can shorten labor, reduce the use of Pitocin (to induce or augment labor), reduce the use of pain medications, increase a woman's satisfaction with her birth, enhance bonding and breastfeeding success for the mother and baby, and reduce postpartum depression. Birth doulas train and certify with a variety of organizations, but certification is not required. A birth doula often provides one or more prenatal visits, several weeks of on-call time around the due date, continuous assistance during labor through immediate postpartum, assistance with initial breastfeeding, and one or more postpartum visits. Ask doulas about their specific services.


Resources listed are provided for your information only; please interview and choose carefully to find the care that is right for you.

Brie Buxton, Birth Doula
Brie Buxton

(831) 359-2668

As a Full Spectrum Doula of color, specializing in birth support, my role in a family's journey to parenthood is to help instill and bolster your innate confidence, provide information, and fully support your decisions. No matter how a family comes together - be it through adoption, surrogacy, long-planned or unexpected pregnancy, loss or abortion, my goal is to support & honor your experience in a judgement-free, open hearted way.
Megan Bunch
(650) 722-0614

Expectant parents have many options available to them in terms of prenatal and postpartum care. My goal is to help navigate the maze of options. I offer birth and postpartum doula services as well as group and private childbirth education classes and prenatal yoga class.
Cascade Doula Care
Nicole Lakey
Scotts Valley , CA 95066
(702) 569-2257

After a 15-year career in the medical field, Nicole has pursued her true passion of supporting families during the transformational process of childbirth as a birth doula. She has discovered her true calling. Nicole is married and has three children. Her easygoing, confident, and approachable personality, along with her good sense of humor, helps put families at ease. Nicole works well with hospital staff, birth center staff, and home birth providers, viewing her role as a team member who helps create a calm and supportive birth environment. She maintains an unbiased approach to childbirth, providing families with education and information, and empowering them to speak up. Nicole brings a variety of tools to assist families in making the best decisions for themselves. She is an expert in the use of the birth sling and provides hands-on, loving care and physical support.
Central Coast Doula Services
Nora Yerena
Watsonville , CA
(559) 287-8934

Empowering the Mother through Evidence-Based Care - Birth and postpartum support, breastfeeding educators, and evidence-based parenting education. Our specialties include: natural & medicated birth; Cesarean & VBAC delivery; LGBT, adoption, & surrogate families; premature birth; and multiples.
Madrone Midwifery
Madrone Mireille Cervelli
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 566-1167

Madrone Mireille has been providing birth support locally for over 19 years. As a midwife they provide primary prenatal care in the comfort of your home including water birth, postpartum care, and lactation support. As a monitrice they provide labor support and concierge medical monitoring at home for people planning hospital births. Specialties include: LGBTQ+, gender inclusive, trauma informed care, VBAC, unique family units
Wild Creek Healing Arts
Inna Dagman
320 River street
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(415) 6724259

Inna is a birth doula and a licensed massage therapist specializing in Craniosacral therapy for the pre-natal-postpartum continuum, including work with infants.
Full Moon Birth and Family Wellness Center
Sunshine Tomlin, LM
701 Mission St
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 454-8031

Full Moon Family Wellness and Birth Center offers services beginning with fertility, throughout the childbearing year and beyond. We have services for every family regardless of intended place of birth. Nourishing individuals, families, and our community.
Yoga Doula Care
Kate Giampapa Friel
40 Sears Circle
Soquel , CA 95073
(973) 615-6319

My offerings as a Doula are to provide you with education during pregnancy, help you prepare for labor and delivery through yoga and breath work, prenatal massage, as well as be a calm and confident advocate for you and your family during your BIRTH day! I will set you up for success and prep you for the "fourth trimester". I support all families regardless of your background. Please call me and let's see if we are a good fit! Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Ananda Doula Care
Ana Hernandez
Santa Cruz County , CA
(831) 239-4893

I love integrating my background in parenting and bilingual education within the holistic services I provide women and their families as a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula. As a certified Innate Postpartum Care Provider I support the physiologic needs of the newborn mother/baby to promote optimal postpartum healing, health and well-being. Bilingual services and discounts available.
Holistic Sister
Gretchen Retka
Santa Cruz , CA 95065
(218) 851-7556

Certified Professional Birth Doula Activist
Certified Massage Therapist
Placenta encapsulation
With hundreds of births supported in the last 12 years as a Certified Doula, it is with a warm heart & open mind I offer support. Pre & postnatal massages, a focus on optimal fetal positioning through spinning babies exercises & other body balancing techniques for comfort pre & during labor. Combining my background in performing arts (movement/body studies) yoga, meditation/mindfulness & a lifetime caring for children. Called to this work through my dreams & lineage (Grandmother was a L &D nurse)
The Westside Healing Arts Center
Natasha Joyet
406 Mission St
Suite E
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 471-6262

I have worked with over a thousand pregnant families in Santa Cruz since 2000. I encourage families to trust their innate instincts around birthing and raising their children. As a birth doula, I see my role as a team-member working closely with the entire family and their care providers to encourage the best possible birth for all. It is an honor and privilege to support families during the amazing and transformative time of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Also, I offer private childbirth education and birth preparation classes. Reach out and schedule an informational interview- Let's see if we are a good fit.
Ariana Kaback
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(310) 560-8306

Ariana Kaback is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula. Ariana partners with mothers in creating a supportive and loving birthing environment. She has a deep commitment to offering each family a strong foundation of care, support and love. Ariana believes Birth is a beautiful and empowering experience for women and families. Ariana acts as a guide and offers birth and postpartum support plans that care for the mother, baby, and entire family. Ariana is passionate about postpartum nutrition and mama care. Ariana is an empathic, gentle, and nurturing guide as she empowers birthing mothers to make the best decisions for themselves and the lives they are bringing into the world.

Offerings: Bilingual (Spanish; English), Birth and Postpartum Doula Services, Placenta Encapsulation, Postpartum Chef, Mother Blessing Ceremonies, Body Work, Yoga Teacher, Sibling Support, Backup Doula
Lavender Moon Doula
Olivia Levine-Gorelick
657 24th Ave
Apt 52
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(510) 7868138

I am a birth and postpartum doula offering whole family centered care. I am also a nanny of 10+ years, and feel especially called to helping you get to know your little one and ease into the transition of new parenthood. I am a certified lactation counselor, childbirth educator and reiki practitioner as well.
Sarah Hirshland
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 212-2253

Certified Full Spectrum Doula Services. Including fertility, pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. Offering compassionate and dedicated Doula and family Services.
DTI Certified

Sliding scale, and low cost services.
Does not exclude indigenous, people of color or the LGBTQ communities
Connections to local OGBYNS and more
Offers virtual services
New born photography
Birth Story

I look forward to meeting you!
Portal Birthwork
Clara Miller
(415) 244 8352
As a certified birth and postpartum doula I work with families to facilitate empowered and easeful transitions into parenthood. I offer grounded and nourishing whole family care with the ultimate goal of protecting the sacredness of the birth and postpartum time. I am also a certified yoga teacher, meditation instructor, avid home cook, and amateur folk herbalist.
I offer a sliding scale and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Empowered Transitions
Patricia Poritzky
Santa Cruz , California 95060
(831) 419 2747

As a Birth and Postpartum Doula, I am dedicated to advocating for and empowering my clients during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum experience. With certifications and experience in massage and yoga, I help create a serene and supportive environment for birthing individuals, regardless of their preferences and circumstances. I have comprehensive knowledge and training in prenatal and postpartum massage, trauma-informed care, home birth, VBAC, nutrition, babywearing, and breastfeeding.
I am also a seasoned life transition doula, in addition to my work as a birth doula. I have supported people and families through significant life changes during divorce, natural disasters, relocations, death, and health problems. My combination of skills and knowledge as both a birth doula, life transition doula and end of life doula, allow me to be a compassionate and knowledgeable source of support for individuals and families throughout all phases of life.
Raíces y Cariño | RC Fam
1205 Freedom Blvd
Watsonville , CA 95076
(831) 288-3105

Raíces y Cariño/RC FAM is a Multicultural, Multilingual, Inclusive Community Center.

We offer support for parenting, pregnancy, birth, play center, teens, loss, LGBTQ+, Special Needs, Family Events, Grandparents - Connecting our WHOLE community.

Sliding scale. Todos son bienvenidos aquí.
Salud Para La Gente
Jessica Jolley BA, IBCLC
45 Nielson St
Watsonville , CA 95076
(831) 728-0222

Salud Para La Gente offers high quality bilingual breastfeeding support prenatally through weaning. Consults are provided by IBCLC's that work closely with your care providers. Medi-cal, Central Coast Alliance for Health, and many other plans accepted.
The Circle Family Center
245 Sea Ridge Rd.
Aptos , Ca 95003
(831) 687-9499

A nonprofit family center supporting families through pregnancy & parenting. Offering childbirth education, pre/postnatal yoga, support groups, workshops and more! Serving families in English & Spanish. Scholarships & sliding scale available.
Seeds Doula Services
Savannah Tucker Murillo
9251 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(805) 8191111

Birth doula services with bodywork and balance from Spinning Babies to support ease throughout labor. Partner education and prenatal work to prepare for labor and create a cohesive birth team. Nurturing postpartum foods and bodywork during postpartum visits to support whole family recovery.