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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.

Our Birth Doulas

  • Sofia Snavely : Doula-In-Training 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 Sep 24, 2017, 6:41 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
  • Nettie Pinell: Doula Associate I’m a Midwest transplant and live in East Oakland with my husband, foster daughter, and several other families. I first felt called to doula work in 2010 while involved with outreach and mentoring to young incarcerated women in the criminal justice system in San Francisco; many of whom don’t have healthy support systems. Having worked with a very diverse spectrum of clients from all walks of life, I’ve been fascinated by the similarities between births for women whom have doula support. It’s truly an experience that bridges cultures and unites mothers and partners throughout the world. Helping mothers and their (often nervous) partners bond throughout labor and birth is one of my favorite aspects of the ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2016, 7:24 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 Oct 4, 2017, 10:45 AM by Lisa Baracker
  • Scarlett Harris: Program Assistant I am a Biology major studying at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Born and raised on California's Central Coast, I am absolutely thrilled to be interning with Whatadoula. Life has taken me on an amazing journey to this point, and my dream is a lifelong career helping women and their babies. Childbirth is one of the most beautiful, yet difficult, aspects of life, when women should be emotionally and physically supported. I have completed training as a birth doula and intend to continue my experience and education as a doula, and also become a Certified Nurse Midwife. I am fluent in Spanish and have worked as a translator for public schools and a hospital.Scarlett is currently finishing her prerequisites ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2016, 8:08 PM by What A Doula
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The Doula Corps

  • Rachel Hinds
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 8:23 PM by Isaac Baracker
  • Brittany Slocum
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 7:08 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Monica Dayanand
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 7:04 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
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 7:03 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