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About the Harmony Doula Group

Team

The Harmony Doula Group is a team of experienced, certified, and insured Childbirth Professionals offering childbirth education, birth and postpartum doula services, and peer support groups relating to cesareans and vaginal births after cesareans (VBAC), breastfeeding, and postpartum perinatal mood disorders (postpartum depression and anxiety) in the San Francisco East Bay, LaMorInda, Tri-Valley, Delta Valley, and the surrounding areas.

Who We Are
Birth Team:

Postpartum Team:

TeriTeri Nava-Anderson, PhD, CD(DONA)

Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, Doula Trainer, and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Teri leads our childbirth education series, placenta processor, and coordinator of the birth team. She is Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator, certified through DONA International and ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) respectively, certified Midwive's Assistant, and has a PhD from Stanford University. She also has advanced breastfeeding training and is an accredited La Leche League Leader, serving as a co-Leader for the Livermore and Mountain House communities. She also leads ICAN meetings in Mtn. House, Brentwood, and Modesto. Teri has also trained as a Dancing for Birth instructor, and has received advanced doula training in acupressure for labor and birth, rebozo use for comfort and relaxation, optimal fetal positioning (Spinning Babies), mindfulness, support for trauma survivors, hypnosis for childbirth, and placenta processing. She is well versed in and a practitioner of both the Hypnobirthing (Mongan) and Hypnobabies methods of self-hypnosis and guided meditation for childbirth. She also mentors new doulas and teaches advanced doula training workshops.

Read more about Teri and her birth philosophy and experience here.


JenniferJennifer Kara, CD, CPD(Intuitive Doula)

Postpartum Support

Retired from birth work, Jennifer currently runs our PostPartum Support Groups in both Modesto and Mountain House. She is Regional Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. Jennifer certified as a birth and postpartum doula through Intuitive Doula, and was an instructor of Whole Birth Yoga and Yoga 'n Play, She has 20 years of experience and a passion for empowering women and their partners to navigate the powerful rite of passage of birth.

Read more about Jennifer and her birth philosophy and experience here.


SusanSusan Jessee, CD, CBE(AAHCC)

Postpartum Doula

Susan is our primary Postpartum Doula, certified through DONA International. She was certified by the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth (AAHCC) as a birth doula and childbirth educator. She has 14 years experience in teaching Bradley Method Childbirth Classes and is passionate about supporting the laboring mother and her partner before, during, and after the laboring process. She is experienced in attending both home and hospital births. She is currently working with Pregnancy Resource Center in Tracy as a Childbirth Preparation Instructor and teaches Parenting Classes through the Stein School for teen moms.

Read more about Susan and her birth philosophy and experience here.


brookeBrooke Cozby

Birth Doula

Brooke is a birth doula certified through DONA International. Her personal experience with VBAC after two cesareans brings a strong determination to support VBAC to our team. She is also a certified Midwife's Assistant.





CaitlinCaitlin Harley

Birth Doula, Birth Photographer

Caitlin is a DONA International and Harmony Doula-trained Birth Doula and Photographer. For over 7 years she has been immersed in birth work, starting with supporting her sister in the deliveries of her nieces and nephews and the many prize-winning goats on her farm in the Altamont foothills. Her strong intuition, communication skills, and practiced and calm approach to birth in a wide variety of scenarios make her an excellent at supporting expectant parents. She has a tremendous ability blend into the birth environment, working as a photographer to document and create beautiful photos, which has been a lovely gift to our clients.

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How Our Practice Works

The Harmony Doula Group recognizes the benefits to providing continuous care to our clients while they labor. While most women desire a relatively short labor experience, the average labor of a first time mother is commonly 20 to 30 hours from the onset of early labor until delivery. By working together as a team and sharing call in 12-hr shifts, the doulas of the HDG are able to:

Our clients have the opportunity to meet and work with each of our team members during our Childbirth Education Classes and prenatal appointments, so that they know everyone on the doula staff who might support them during their labor.