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Labor and Birth Support

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My goal is to support you on the labor and birth path you have chosen and to bring calm when plans change.


With more than 25 years of experience, I help bring ease to the room whether you choose natural childbirth, vaginal birth with epidural or other medication, or cesarean birth.


I take pride in supporting all family structures, and encourage those growing families through surrogacy or adoption to reach out.

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I welcome you to reach out below. These days, I accept ten or fewer birth support clients each year.


I accept all common cards including FSA and HSA. I am not currently accepting cryptocurrency.


Presently focused on San Francisco and the East Bay, including Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, and Danville.

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Virtual Support Option

Some families want support but don't want someone else in the room. If this sounds like you, I'm happy to offer text support to you and/or your birth partner.


Because this support is not restricted by location, I can offer this service farther afield and have served pregnant clients nationwide from California to New York.


In the '90s, while still a teenager and in college, I was drawn to birth work and began attending births at the local hospital. In those years before the term doula was familiar or readily associated with labor and birth support, I was fortunate to learn from wonderfully knowledgeable women many years my senior, including doctors, nurses, midwives, and birthing mothers themselves. After graduating, I moved to California and founded San Francisco Doula, supporting labors in homes, birth centers, and hospitals. Along the way, I've given birth to two sons of my own who are now teenagers. I'm a WashU alum, studied at Harvard Business School, was an adjunct professor at SFSU and a director at San Francisco Birth Center. If you are unsure about birth and want to chat about other things, I like coffee, tennis, and goldendoodles; my current favorite book is Boys in the Boat and current album on repeat is Midnights.

lisa alden
Lisa was a wonderful, patient, nurturing energy in the birth of my son. She was calm and centered which reminded us to be so when things were intense. We had a natural water birth at Sage Femme. She answered all of our questions leading up to the birth and following. Also she was a great support for my boyfriend in the birthing process as well. Overall she was an amazing doula. We would definitely recommend her.

Dimitria, New York

Are you seeking support for a certain estimated date of delivery? To begin the process, or if you have any questions, please share your info below.

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