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Laura Burrows Mergl

posted May 3, 2018, 1:55 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 6:15 AM ]

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 postpartum doula through Cornerstone Doula Training's in Oakland, CA. My professional philosophy focuses on natural support for labor, making room for emotional, physical, and spiritual expression of all kinds, and meeting you where you are at. I want to support you in the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey that you are looking for. I am queer, ethically non-monogamous, and put the highest value of importance on informed consent and clear communication. When I'm not providing support, I love to read, write, and snuggle with my two rescue chihuahuas.

Shannon Murphy

posted Apr 26, 2018, 10:03 AM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 6:14 AM ]

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Whitney Staeb

posted Sep 24, 2017, 6:52 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 6:16 AM ]

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 is in her final year of a three year clinical western herbalism program and currently teaches classes and workshops on reproductive health through the lens of herbal medicine. Whitney believes everyone who would like a doula should have access to one. She strives to provide inclusive care to all people throughout their pregnancy, birth, and after. She is based in Oakland and is excited to serve the Bay Area with the Doula Corps.

Sofia Snavely : Doula Associate

posted Sep 24, 2017, 6:37 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Oct 22, 2018, 7:38 AM ]

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 the healing of the body post birth. 

Clarissa Baxter : Doula Corps Alumni

posted Sep 24, 2017, 6:31 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 12:37 PM ]

Clarissa was born and raised in the beautiful desert of Tempe, Arizona. She comes from a family of 7 children being the youngest of 4 girls and 1 boy. When her sisters began having children she loved caring for them during their pregnancies and hearing about how their bodies were changing and growing. 

In high school she did some extra college credits and became a certified nurse assistant. After a few college classes she fell in love and got married. Her and her husband have 4 children. After the birth of her 4th child she she decided to go back to school to become a certified labor and birth doula. Shortly after certification in 2017 she applied to midwifery school to fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a certified professional midwife. 

Clarissa studies at Midwives college of Utah and is currently living in Nampa, Idaho. She loves volunteering her time to help women who would otherwise not be able to afford doula care. She believes birth can be beautiful and peaceful with the right knowledge and support team.

Judy Behr: Doula Associate

posted Sep 8, 2016, 10:14 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Jan 8, 2019, 9:03 AM ]

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 hire a doula.

Jinny Pagle: Doula Associate

posted Sep 8, 2016, 10:10 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 12:37 PM ]

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.

Jinny is currently on sabbatical from birth doula work and is enjoying some much needed time with her family and working towards her goal of becoming a Certified Professional Midwife.

Nettie Pinell: Doula Associate

posted Sep 8, 2016, 10:10 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 1:03 PM ]

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 entire process. I speak Spanish, am trained by The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) and I offer a unique perspective to mothers who are welcoming a child with special needs. I am honored to share my passion for the miracle of birth with your growing family!

Nettie is currently on extended maternity leave, and is the proud mother to a beautiful and healthy baby boy!

Alli Mitchell : Intern & Doula-In-Training

posted Jul 27, 2016, 6:37 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 12:39 PM ]

My name is Alli Mitchell and I am a trained birth and post-partum doula. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, California and participated in DONA and Doulas International training there. Peruvian culture has always been a significant part of my life because my mother was born in Peru. In ancient Peruvian culture, Mama Quilla was the Goddess of the moon and defender of women. For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about providing support to and being an advocate for women. I chose to become a doula because pregnancy, labor, birth, and motherhood span time and culture. These experiences I believe, are the most profound life events that a woman could have.

I am currently a nursing student working towards my ultimate dream of becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife. To share in the experience of birth and to know that I can provide support, comfort, and education is my greatest honor and pleasure.

We are very proud to announce that Alli has graduated from nursing school and returned home to the San Francisco Bay Area!!  We look forward to following her career in nursing! Congratulations Alli!

Latrell Harris, MA : Doula-In-Training

posted Jul 3, 2016, 9:10 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Oct 24, 2016, 5:06 PM ]

Latrell hails from the Bay Area, California. She is currently working towards her Doula Certification and is a Medical Assistant at a local pediatric office where she's has learned many hands on skills for easing pain and muscle tension throughout the cycle of pregnancy and postpartum. Prior to beginning her doula pathway, Latrell was a Certified Nursing Assistant making her a perfect addition to our Whatadoula family as she is both kind and skilled at caring for women when they need it most. Latrell wants to be a midwife and has a 6 year old son of her own; making for a perfect combination of experience and passion to help parents welcome their newborns into the world.

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