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Meet the Doulas

Whatadoula's doulas bring a diverse range of knowledge, experience, expertise, as well as language and cultural competencies to our organization. Our doulas have advanced degrees in areas including public health, acupuncture, sociology, nursing and midwifery.

To learn more about each doula team member, click on their name below.

Whatadoula Staff

  • Beethoven Gerber : Doula Associate Through my current studies in Public Health as an undergrad at UC Berkeley, alongside my work in the field of reproductive justice, I have cemented a firm commitment to maternal and infant health care and support, both globally and locally. I intend to pursue this passion by attending medical school and becoming a board-certified OB/GYN, and someday opening my own birthing center. In the meantime, I am working/volunteering as a doula to gain as much exposure as possible to birth work, a field that I was originally drawn to after experiencing on many occasions the intimate connection fostered between women across backgrounds, languages, and cultures, centering back on the shared female and maternal experience. This has inspired ...
    Posted Nov 11, 2019, 5:41 AM by Lisa Baracker
  • Becky Rasmussen : Senior Research Associate As a natural seeker of truth, I have always found solace and balance in research throughout my life.  As a trained counselor with a background in dentistry, I enjoy working in a clinical setting and supporting client needs from a compassionate and information-based approach.  From working in clinical settings in dentistry and mental health to advocating for client needs, all decisions are balanced on the quality and accuracy of the details in front of you.  I desire to support the maternal process in promoting proactive information to clients in an effort to reduce stress throughout and after pregnancy and delivery.  Life is precious and delicate; the details matter!
    Posted Apr 25, 2018, 1:08 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Lisa Baracker, MA, CD(H&H) : Executive Director & Founder I am married and live with my husband and three children. I went to school to become a Biochemist (which I am), but I never really liked the work because I felt isolated from the world working in a lab. I worked at a hospital in Colorado for four years, and then with a public health non-profit agency in Oakland for two and a half years. My goal is to become a health care provider and doing Doula work is my way of getting to know birth from the laboring mother's perspective. I attended my first birth in 1994, and have been in love with birth ever since! I received DONA Doula Training in October 2009 and am ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2018, 9:38 AM by Lisa Baracker
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Where Are They Now?  

Each year Whatadoula mentors doulas who go on to many professions and walks of life. Our alumni doulas are medical students, nurses, midwives, therapists, college undergraduates, private practice doulas, grandmothers, mothers and amazing people! We are so proud of them and their accomplishments! Click on alumni below to see what the doulas of Whatadoula past are doing now...