Birth Doulas

Board President

Teri Nava-Anderson, PhD, CD(DONA), CCE, CLE
(408) 391-7797
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Teri is a certified, professional Birth Doula, Doula Trainer and Mentor, Chapter Leader for La Leche League and ICAN, VBAC Specialist, Childbirth Educator, and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. She is an experienced practitioner and teaches on subjects such as acupressure and rebozo use from labor, mindfulness, self-hypnosis, guided meditation, aromatherapy safety, and helping doulas to assist trauma survivors and LGBTQIA parents. She has been helping families achieve their best birth since 2008.

Board Vice President

Kathryn Webb
Red Tree Birth Services

(925) 787-5116

Service area: East Bay, Delta Valley, and Tri-Valley

Kathryn enjoys helping women feel confident going into labor and look forward to giving birth. It is her greatest joy to hold the hand or just hold the space of a laboring woman.

Board Secretary

Susan Jessee, CD, CBE (AAHCC)
Embrace Births

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Susan is a certified Childbirth Educator, Birth and Postpartum Doula. She have been attending hospital and homebirths since 2002. Encouraging a mother and her partner to listen to and trust her own body as she gives birth is her passion.

Board Treasurer

Angela Steele, CD(DONA)
Graceful Beginnings Doula

(925) 787-2986
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Angela is a DONA-certified birth doula offering affordable doula care for woman of the Bay Area. Her passion is the care of laboring woman, helping her to have the birth she desires, whatever that looks like to her.

Kaiser Liaison
Emeritus Board

Holly Wiersma, CD(DONA), LCCE
(925) 947-5874
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Holly has been a DONA Certified Birth Doula since 1996 and has served over 380 families. She is a VBAC Specialist. She is also a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Lactation Educator, and Happiest Baby on the Block Educator.

Affiliates Coordinator
Emeritus Board

Deanna M. Dawson-Jesus, CD, CLE
Birthing Babies ~ A Celebration of Life
(925) 216-7264
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Service area: entire San Francisco Bay Area

Deanna is a professional Birth Doula with fourteen years of experience. She has an extensive background as a patient advocate, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Support Specialist, and VBAC Specialist. She offers specialized services for families working through Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Perinatal Loss Support.

Sara (Burton) Thompson
Warm Hands Birth Services

(925) 339-5960
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Service area: Livermore, CA and the surrounding areas

Helping families prepare for their births is Sara's passion and delight. She works with parents planning all different routes to delivery, from homebirth to planned cesarean. She specializes in diverse families, multiples, preemies, breastfeeding support, young parents and nighttime care after your birth.

Renata Provost, CD(DONA), LE, NCS
(510) 421-3477

Renata has been attending births since 2010 and has experience in most hospitals in the Bay Area.

Kristine DiTano, CCE, CD, BA
Doula Pride

(415) 307-6939

Kristine has been serving the birthing community for 20+ years as a DONA-certified birth doula and is also a Hypnobabies doula, Kaiser Permanente childbirth educator, and newborn care instructor.

Abbie Alvey, CD(DONA), CLEC
Nurture Doula Services

(925) 639-3512

Serving area: East Bay

Abbie’s mission is to educate and provide laboring women loving and practical birth support. After her doula certification through DONA in 2011 she went on to become a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor to help bridge the gap of breastfeeding support.

Megan Shinkle, EMT
All Seasons Doula Services

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Service Area: Entire San Francisco Bay Area

Megan Shinkle is a professionally trained birth doula serving families in the Bay Area. Comfortable working in any environment, Megan wants nothing more than to support you during your pregnancy, labor, and birth. With her training and practical experience, she offers unbiased support, evidence-based information, calming and reassuring touch, and genuine care for those she works with. It is her esteemed privilege to work with you during your pregnancy.

Jinny Pagle
510 Doula and Placenta Services


Service area: East Bay Area north to Marin, East to Walnut Creek, South to San Leandro

A mother of two, Jinny is a professionally trained birth doula, postpartum doula, and placenta encapsulation specialist. She is passionate about supporting you and your family through the transition from pregnancy to birth and postpartum healing. No matter where or how your baby is born, Jinny wants to support you to come through satisfied with your birth experience and confident and capable to parent in your own way. Offering unbiased support, encouragement, local information and resources, and skilled comfort techniques, Jinny would be honored to work with your family.

Lori Jaffe

Service Area: East Bay

Lori Jaffe, a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, has facilitated diverse and empowering births in homes, birth centers and hospitals, throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. Lori’s comprehensive knowledge stems from her work as an administrator in the postpartum unit at Berkeley’s Alta Bates hospital. The mother of 3 children, Lori is also a substitute preschool teacher, co-owner of Oakland’s legendary Grand Bakery and is a trained massage therapist.

Rebecca Duncan
Empathic Doula Services
(925) 765-7866
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Rebecca is a birth and postpartum doula who specializes in LGBT, lactation support, sleep support, baby signs, and babywearing.

Leah Giles
Belly Coach - Bay Area Doula Services


Leah is a Birth and Postpartum Doula. She is passionate about helping woman feel comforted, supported and safe. Offering compassionate care during delivery and/or easing into your new family life at home.

Christine Torres, CLD (CBI), PpD, CBE, BC
New Birth Services, LLC

(707) 563-1171

Christine is birth and postpartum doula, as well as a childbirth educator and breastfeeding counselor. She also has a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science which she uses to enhance her skills. She has experience working with families from different cultural backgrounds and is fluent in Spanish. Her education and experience allows her to work with each client on an individual basis and provide non-judgmental support for the experience that each family desires.