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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 : Intern & Doula-in-Training 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 Aug 2, 2018, 7:43 PM 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
  • Sofia Snavely : Doula Associate A born nurturer, a child of touch, with a passion for life; Being a doula is a dance with nature, and I meet the mother in her unique rhythm to support her on the birthing journey. My story began on a goat farm in Israel, watching in awe the innate ability of a mother goat to labor, birth, and care for her young; so instinctual and so alive. I believe in the natural process of birth, the animal is all women, and I support through connecting emotionally and physically to the mothers process. I am trained in Esalen massage to bring relief and comfort through contact with the body, as well as the ancient practice of womb lifting to support ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:44 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Judy Behr: Doula Associate I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I have three adult children and one adorable granddaughter. I have always been fascinated with birth and wanted to be a Labor and Delivery nurse from an early age. My career path led me in a different direction, but I never lost my passion for labor, delivery, and babies. I became a doula almost four years ago, and it is definitely my passion. I love helping mamas and their families during their childbirth, and definitely feel that this is my calling. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing tennis, and volunteering in my local community at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center helping families who don’t have the means to ...
    Posted Apr 30, 2017, 2:00 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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The Doula Corps

  • Laura Burrows Mergl Years of experience as a teacher, sex & consent educator, and nanny, has lead me down the seamless path into full spectrum doula work. I am certified as a birth and ...
    Posted May 7, 2018, 12:05 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Judy Behr I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I have three adult children and one adorable granddaughter. I have always been fascinated with birth and wanted to be a ...
    Posted May 3, 2018, 1:55 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Sue Proctor
    Posted Apr 26, 2018, 10:04 AM by Lisa Baracker
  • Shannon Murphy Bio Coming Soon...
    Posted Apr 26, 2018, 10:08 AM by Lisa Baracker
  • Kellen McGee Bio Coming Soon...
    Posted Apr 26, 2018, 10:02 AM by Lisa Baracker
  • Arlen Levy I was born and raised in the Bay Area, attended undergrad at Sarah Lawrence College in NY, and graduated in May, 2017. I completed my birth doula training with ToLabor ...
    Posted May 3, 2018, 1:54 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Chinyere Ibeabuchi Bio Coming Soon...
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:47 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Haley Garrett Bio Coming Soon...
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:47 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Rachel Hinds Bio Coming Soon...
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:48 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Brittany Slocum Bio Coming Soon...
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:49 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Monica Dayanand Bio Coming Soon...
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:49 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Sofia Snavely A born nurturer, a child of touch, with a passion for life; Being a doula is a dance with nature, and I meet the mother in her unique rhythm to ...
    Posted Oct 1, 2017, 9:10 AM by Lisa Baracker
  • Nattasha Bender Bio Coming Soon...
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:49 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Whitney Staeb Whitney is a birth and postpartum doula and certified western clinical herbalist. She received her birth doula training through DONA and later trained with Cornerstone as a postpartum doula. She ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 8:53 PM 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...
Alumni