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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

  • 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 21, 2014, 8:57 PM 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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Our Postpartum Doulas

  • Jinny Pagle: Postpartum Doula Raised in Southern California and now a Bay Area convert, Jinny has worked in birth and postpartum support since 2011. She lives with her husband and two children, 5 and 2, in Richmond, East Bay. Now a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and Newborn Care Specialist, Jinny loves to help families transition through this precious time of life. In her free time she enjoys hiking and camping with her family, gardening, and raising chickens. Future goals include studying to become a Certified Professional Midwife and a beekeeper.
    Posted Jun 6, 2017, 8:57 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Vivian Wanjugu Mwangi : Postpartum Doula My name is Vivian Wanjugu Mwangi. I was born in Nairobi, Kenya. I am a middle, third born, child in a family of five. Being the middle child, I believe, it has made me diligent, proactive and mindful of others. After High school I went to live in Germany and work as an au pair. This was a wonderful experience! I got the chance to travel the world, interact with people from different cultures and an opportunity to work for a family with a new born baby who was only a month old. I worked for the same family, until the baby was 2 years old and this experience grew my love and care for children. I feel it is ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 10:43 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Lisa Baracker, MA, CD(H&H) : Executive Director & Founder As the founder of Whatadoula, I have spent the last 4 years watching as families become families with and without postpartum doula support. I recognize this lack of support as a problem felt by every family in our society who is about to experience the life-changing event of having a child. But it's still hard to put into words exactly what a well trained postpartum doula can add to your experience of becoming a parent whether it's your first child or fourth child.  I am trained as a breastfeeding peer counselor to help with breastfeeding challenges big and small. I am able to recognize when further referrals are needed for lactation consultation. I'm certified in CPR ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2014, 8:57 PM by Lisa Baracker
  • Gabe Baracker, Postpartum Doula : Director of Finance & Operations I am married and live with my wife and children in Albany. My career in city planning and subsidized housing hit the skids with the recession and I have moved on to the most fulfilling position I had no idea I’d ever have. I’m proud to be a DONA Trained Postpartum Doula, husband and dad and, now Operations Manager at Whatadoula. I was dumbfounded while my wife was giving birth to our first son. I had no words to express how I felt. Since then I have become immersed in all things birth related (being married to the owner/founder of Whatadoula certainly helps). I’ve also come to realize that I’m good at helping parents and ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2014, 1:12 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...