Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Care

I offer support, preparation, counseling, accompaniment, education and hands-on care for individuals and families across the spectrum of reproductive health. 

Pregnancy & Birth Preparation

I offer Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Somatic Therapy sessions for people during pregnancy to engage in a holistic process of preparing for birth. This includes supporting structural alignment, bonding with your baby, healing any trauma from your own birth or newborn experiences, discerning what family patterns you want to let go of and what gifts you want to carry forward, and working through any relevant attachment issues. 

Sessions are held in my office in Berkeley or online via Zoom. For new clients, please book an initial 1.5 hour session so we can include an intake and a full session. Current clients, you can book a 1 or 1.5 hour session, whichever you prefer.

If you have any questions, please book a complimentary consult to discuss working together.

 

Birth Doula Care

Birth doula services are available to folks who are doing sessions with me during their pregnancy. I attend births at home or a birth center, in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you would like recommendations for homebirth midwives and birth centers, please email me. I attend births in the hospital on a case-by-case basis, primarily for people who are high risk and/or it is likely their newborn will need to spend time in the NICU. I specialize in working with queer families, and trans and non-binary pregnant/gestating people.

Birth doula care generally begins in the third trimester, though we will be working together in your first and second trimester, at whatever pace feels right to you.

Birth Doula service

  • 2 prenatal home visits between 32-39 weeks

  • text/email support from when we first start working together through 12 weeks postpartum

  • on-call service from 37- 42 weeks

  • support throughout your birth and immediate postpartum

  • 2 postpartum home visits in the first 6 weeks after birth

Referral Network

I work with a referral network of midwives, herbalists, acupuncturists, bodyworkers, lactation consultants and other care providers that I can recommend to you. For Holistic Pelvic Care®, breastfeeding support, herbal medicine, acute homeopathy, and Frequency Specific Microcurrent treatment for postpartum healing I recommend Chanti Smith, CPM, LM, SEP.

If you are interested in birth doula care and are not a current client, please book a complimentary consult to discuss working together.

 

Postpartum Integration & Baby Bodywork

Receiving support is key for healing from challenges or trauma during your birth and to more fully experience the feelings of love, bonding, and attachment.

Indications for Care

  • Are you and/or your baby not sleeping?

  • Are you having trouble with breastfeeding/chestfeeding?

  • Did you experience unexpected interventions or complications, like a homebirth transfer, epidural, vaccum, forceps or unplanned c-section?

  • Was baby was stuck during labor or was in a difficult position during birth?

  • Was your baby was born prematurely or spent time in the NICU?

  • Were you and your baby were separated after birth?

  • Do you have twins and are feeling overwhelmed?

  • Are you experiencing fear, depression or anxiety?

  • Are feeling disconnected from yourself, your baby or your partner?

  • Did you experience a pregnancy or infant loss?

  • Is your baby showing signs of trauma

Benefits of Postpartum Integration & baby Bodywork

  • Heal and integrate your birth experience

  • Assist with breastfeeding/chestfeeding challenges and find ease

  • Resolve sleep issues or colic

  • Heal structural issues from the birth process, including baby bodywork and support for the birthing parent

  • Support infant attachment and bonding, and re-connection after separation or trauma

  • Make sense of what happened in your birth, and resolve feelings of anger, sadness or confusion about your baby

  • Feel confident as a parent, and connected to your partner

Sessions are 1.5 - 2 hours and are at your home or in my office in Berkeley. It is ideal for your partner(s) and/or co-parent(s) to be there as well. Our work together will address what happened and be guided by your intention. It will include Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy for you and your baby and Somatic Therapy approaches to healing.

These sessions support your baby to self-attach and self-latch, through the breast/chest crawl, also called a supported attachment sequence. This experience gives you an opportunity to see your baby tell their story, and for you and your partner(s) to share your experiences of the birth process. With guided support the journey to the breast/chest unfolds as a natural therapeutic process for integrating the birth story, nursing, and allowing for optimal bonding and attachment for the whole family. 

I offer home visits for new parents and babies up to 12 weeks after birth. After this, I see parents and babies in my office in Berkeley.

If you don't see a time that works well for you, or booking online is too overwhelming with a new baby, please text me at 210.413.5029.

 

Pregnancy Loss, Abortion & Stillbirth Support

I am passionate about providing care no matter what the pregnancy outcome. I completed a Full-Spectrum Doula Training with the Bay Area Doula Project, and I taught a Full-Spectrum Doula Training for the Los Angeles Doula Project. I also have personal pregnancy loss experience in the first and second trimesters, and I have worked as an abortion doula in a clinic. Please text me 210.413.5029 if you need pregnancy loss or abortion support.