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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.

Ana Rapoport, MSN, CNM, WHNP : Director of Doulas & Childbirth Education

posted May 15, 2016, 2:06 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 9:06 PM ]

Ana Rapoport began practicing as a doula in 2010 after completing her bachelors in Nutrition Science at UC Davis in California. She actively practiced as a doula for three years together with a partner. During this time, she also volunteered as a doula at the San Francisco General Hospital and worked as an educator and contract specialist at the American Red Cross. In 2013 Ana decided to pursue a bachelor’s of nursing degree and moved to New York City to attend Columbia University. Upon completion, she returned to California and accepted a job as a nurse at the American Red Cross and began to work on her master’s degree to become a certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner through a program out of Georgetown University. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ana hopes to work in a hospital as a midwife, continue to be an educator in the field of women’s health, and integrate her passion for yoga and a healthy lifestyle into her work.

We are very proud to announce that Ana has begun working as a midwife at nearby Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek, CA!!!  We look forward to seeing her at future Whatadoula client deliveries catching babies for our families.

Sara Linnarduci : Doula & Student Midwife

posted May 15, 2016, 1:48 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 10:19 PM ]

In 2010 I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Spanish with a strong conviction that the work I did had to be in service of the world. I worked at nonprofits and NGO’s in conjunction with the United Nations to advance the rights of indigenous women by advocating for complete stewardship of their land so that their wisdom would be acknowledged and codified as the best practices for the earth they knew so well. After working for a year I decided to take a long bike trip and flew from NJ to Seattle, WA and from there, rode my bike to San Diego. Along the way I met midwives, doulas and people involved with the birthing movement and felt like I had found what I was looking for. At the end of my trip I decided to relocate to the Bay Area for it’s robust birthing opportunities. I was trained by Cornerstone Doula Trainings as a labor and postpartum doula and began volunteering my services at San Francisco General Hospital, The 
Teenage Pregnancy Program and The Birth Justice Project. 

I see my work as another venue for women to use their wisdom of the terrain they have tended to their whole lives; their bodies. My doula work is an opportunity for strong interpersonal connections and, within society, as a social justice movement. I approach doula work with a strong focus on anatomy and physiology with a strong reverence for the unknowable, undefinable aspects of the birthing process. I’m so excited to join Whatadoula and provide doula care for women and their families in the Bay Area.

Since leaving Whatadoula, Sara has been immersed in her work as Program Coordinator for the Mothers and Infants Nurturing Together (Mint) Program in San Francisco, CA.  It is a program for federally incarcerated pregnant folks to leave the prison they are in when they are 7 months pregnant and go live in a halfway house through their pregnancy and 3 months postpartum.  I am fully committed to the abolition of the Prison Industrial Complex I have approached this job as a harm reduction to the violence that is inherent to life in prison.  I have honed my skills as a lactation support person and gained tons of expertise with newborn babies via this amazing work.  Through the MINT program I have had the chance to really see what continuity of care has the potential to look like, and I"ve had the honor of being the primary support person for a lot of the folks in the program.  I has been incredible to learn about supporting a new parent to find their intuitive parenting skills, support breastfeeding and other ways of nourishing babies. 

Next move for Sara will be beginning her midwifery career at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, TX!  We are so very proud of Sara and all her accomplishments.

Vivian Wanjugu Mwangi : Postpartum Doula

posted Nov 21, 2015, 12:15 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Sep 24, 2017, 6:34 PM ]

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 a privilege to be in the process of molding and shaping and influencing the mind and life of a child. I believe the life of a baby is a big responsibility and being a part of that has become my passion. This passion to see children grow to be all that they were intended to be but also relieve parents of the worry about taking care of their children as they hold a job has motivated me to work with families with younger and younger babies.

I continued working as a nanny in Nairobi after I returned to Kenya in 2005. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a family starting with their 1 year old baby. As the family grew and had two more children I had a part in helping raise the three children over the 9 years I was with them. The experience taught me endurance and child care skills and I am forever grateful to the family for the experience that I gained during my tenure. Around the same time that my Green card petition was approved by the American Embassy the family relocated because of a work transfer. It was sad to part ways, but fortunately we kept in touch.

After moving to the United States in 2015, I immediately started working with an adorable 6 month old little girl during which time I've had the opportunity to train as a Postpartum Doula with Cornerstone Doulas and become certified in Heart Saver CPR and AED from American Heart Association. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work as a postpartum doula as it will give me the opportunity to help, assist, guide, support, educate and encourage new parents as they get to know their new babies. 

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