Certifed and Insured Birth Doulas

Board President

Teri Nava-Anderson, PhD, CD(DONA)
(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.

Susan Jessee

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.

Angela Steele

Board Treasurer

Angela Steele, CD(DONA)
Graceful Beginnings Doula

(925) 787-2986
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Angela offers 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.

Holly Weirsma

Emeritus Board Member
Kaiser Liaison

Holly Wiersma, CD(DONA), LCCE
(925) 947-5874
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Holly has been a DONA Certified Birth Doula for over seventeen years and has served over 350 families. She is a VBAC Specialist. She is also a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Lactation Educator, and Happiest Baby on the Block Educator.


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 17 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)
Nurture Doula Services

(925) 639-3512

Abbie's mission is to educate and inspire moms and their partners, so that mom can birth her baby and even do it naturally

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.

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.