About the Harmony Doula Group

Team

The Harmony Doula Group is a team of experienced, certified 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:
Teri Nava-Anderson, PhD, CD(DONA), CCE(ICEA), CLE
Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, Doula Trainer, Lactation Educator, Midwife's Assistant, and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
Teri Teri leads our childbirth education series, mentors our apprentices, and is the coordinator of the birth team. She is a Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator, certified through DONA International and ICEA respectively, certified Midwife's Assistant, certified Lactation Educator, and has a PhD from Stanford University. She is a VBAC specialist and co-leader for the local International Cesarean Awareness Network. Teri has additional training as a Dancing for Birth instructor, acupressure for labor and birth, rebozo use, body balancing for 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.

Brooke Cozby, CD(DONA)
Birth Doula, Midwife's Assistant
brooke

Brooke is a birth doula certified through DONA International. Having a VBA2C (vaginal birth after two cesareans) herself, she has a heart for supporting those who wish to have a VBAC. That experience is what led her to become a doula. She is passionate about helping laboring people establish a voice to advocate for themselves during pregnancy and birth. She has a quiet and calm presence during labor and delivery. Brooke is also a certified Midwife's Assistant.

Zoey Anderson
Birth Doula
Zoey

Zoey has been attending births since 2004. She is a certified Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner, well versed in body balancing techniques to improve comfort in pregnancy, facilitating softening in the pregnant body to make room for the baby to get into the best position, and progress in labor. She began her birth doula training with DONA International and continued with advanced skills. She brings an extensive knowledge and years of practice in meditation, energy work, fascia release, and EFT to our team. She was voted as one of the top 20 doulas in the San Francisco Bay Area by expertise.com.

Sheila Daniel, CD
Birth Doula, Senior Apprentice
Sheila

Sheila is a birth doula, certified by DONA International, with a long career in women's and family health. She is passionate about all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She is a mom of three and grandma of (soon to be) two.

Susan Jessee, CD, CPD, CBE(AAHCC)
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Midwife's Assistant

Susan

Susan is our primary Postpartum Doula, certified through DONA International. She is also a certified Midwife's Assisant and certified by the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth (AAHCC) as a birth doula and childbirth educator. She has 15 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.

Jennifer Kara, CD, CPD(Intuitive Doula)
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Midwife's Assistant
Jennifer Retired from birth work, Jennifer currently runs our PostPartum Support Groups in both Modesto. She is Regional Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. Jennifer is a certified Midwife's Assistant and also 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.


(408) 391-7797
team@harmonydoula.com



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:

  • Assist moms in labor whenever they are needed, whether in early labor or in active labor
  • Assist moms at their own home in the early stages of labor, if desired
  • Remain at their best throughout their shift, providing quality care and attention
  • Provide continuous care with a team of doulas a mom already knows, even for very long labors
  • Stay with moms until they feel ready to bond as a new family
  • Share their individual expertise and provide collaborative solutions

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.

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