Doula Support

When you’re having a baby, it’s a good time to get extra support. Working with your medical team, taking birthing classes, and having a doula can help you feel more confident and lead to better, safer births!

Because doulas help families start off strong, we encourage families to consider working with them. To make this easier, we share information about doulas and maintain a resource list of active doulas. First 5 Mendocino recommends doula support but does not endorse specific individuals. First 5 Mendocino acts as a hub for doula continuing education, training, and collaboration.

Because doulas help families start off strong, we encourage you to consider working with one. Although First 5 Mendocino recommends doula support, we do not endorse specific doulas; instead, we share information about doulas and maintain a resource list of active doulas, so you can choose one that works best for you. First 5 Mendocino also acts as a hub for doula continuing education, training, and collaboration.

Here's a little of what doulas can do:

Prenatal visits

Doulas visit for an hour or longer during most prenatal doula visits to share information about birth choices and help prepare you for the birthing process.

Labor and birthing support

Doulas join you and stay with you during labor until your baby is born. They help parents with comfort and movement, encourage the birthing person with their goals, amplify parent voice in birth, and stay an hour or two after the birth supporting your family.

Always with the same person

The same Family Support Home Visitor will be with you from the start to the finish. It will be someone you can trust, that knows your family, and who will show up when you need them.

After the baby is born

Doulas join you and stay with you during labor until your baby is born. They help parents with comfort and movement, encourage the birthing person with their goals, amplify parent voice in birth, and stay an hour or two after the birth supporting your family.

Having a doula as part of your birth team also makes birth safer with the need for fewer cesareans needed, less medication during labor, a more satisfying birth experiences, and even healthier babies. Doulas only improve birth outcomes when they are part of a birth team with qualified health care providers.

Click here to read about Doula Week 2024.

Name

Contact Info

Specialties/Certifications

Jade Aldrich
*Se habla español

Bilingual in Spanish

Certified Doula

HBCE HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator

Certified Peer Breastfeeding Counselor

Certified Hypnotherapist


Gloria González Campise
*Se habla español

LM, CPM, CLS

Alana Catanio

Shelby Goates
* Accepts Medi-Cal

Michela Hernandez
*Se habla español
*Accepts Medi-Cal

707-223-5715

Quincy Howard

Bailey Locatelli
*Accepts Medi-Cal

559-474-1960

Georgette Patterson
*Se habla español

707-391-7595

Nicole Patton
*Accepts Medi-Cal

Massage Therapy

Stephanie Reynolds
*Accepts Medi-Cal

PhD in Traditional Naturopathy

B.A. in Psychology/Holistic Health
(specializing in trauma/PTSD)

Massage Therapy

Certification in Nutrition Education

Jane Shadoin

707-984-6131 ext. 238

Rose Steele

Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor & Indigenous Doula