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As doulas we:

  • Providing nurturing and informed birth and postpartum doula services to expectant families in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

  • Recognize birth as a key experience the family will remember all their life.

  • Understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a family going through labor with a woman.

  • Assist the families in preparing for and carrying out their plans for birth

  • Stay with the family throughout the labor.

  • Provide emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the family get the information they need to make informed decisions.

  • Facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers.

  • Perceive our role as nurturing and protecting the families memory of the birth experience.

  • Allow the woman's partner to participate at their comfort level.

Beethoven Gerber : Doula Associate

posted Apr 26, 2018, 9:29 AM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 5:41 AM ]

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 me to give back to women the power to have the birth experience that they deserve.

Becky Rasmussen : Senior Research Associate

posted Apr 25, 2018, 1:07 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 1:08 PM ]

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!

Lisa Baracker, MA, CD(H&H) : Executive Director & Founder

posted Jun 12, 2014, 5:41 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 9:38 AM ]

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 currently finishing my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Masters in Public Health at Touro University. I have completed Heart & Hands training with Elizabeth Davis, CPM, an expert in women's issues and the author of Orgasmic Birth. Since beginning my training as a doula, I have attended over 200 births. I am a Heart & Hands Certified Doula who is very comfortable with labor and ready to help you through yours. 

As of May 2018, I have received my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Masters in Public Health from Touro University of California. I will only continue my doula work with repeat clients and families.  It has been an amazing 9 years of Doula work and I look forward to continuing my work with doulas as a trainer and mentor to those seeking guidance as they enter the doula profession. As for pregnant families I will see you on the flip side, as I continue my advocacy work for pregnant and expecting patients as a Resident Physician.

Image Credit: Luigi Pasquini

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