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Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of training do you have?
Our training is vast and far reaching. Angela is a DONA certified birth doula and Kathryn has her doula certificate through Heart and Hands Midwifery Intensives. We have both taken the Spinning Babies course with the amazing Gail Tully as well as many local trainings with Harmony Doula Training.
Do you do any visits before the birth?
We do! Your East Bay Doulas offer multiple opportunities for you and your partner to get to know us and to learn about various topics surrounding birth. We will first have a prenatal appointment with both Angela and Kathryn where we will get to know each other and to go over a series of exercises to help with optimal fetal positioning and preparing your body for birth. We also have monthly group meetings that focus on different themes such as “How to Write a Birth Plan”, “Comfort Measures for Labor” and “Breastfeeding & Postpartum”
Do you do any postpartum follow-up?
Absolutely. Postpartum can be an isolating time for both new and experienced parents. Your body is experiencing major changes, your sleep patterns are thrown off and you are now responsible for this very demanding little person. We want you to feel supported during this wonderful yet challenging time. Our monthly meetings will extend into postpartum. Join your doulas monthly to connect with us as well as other parents in the community. You are not alone!
How do you work with partners?
We want partners to be as active as their comfort level allows. If they want to take a hands on approach, we take a step back and take on a more informative role. If they would rather be more hands off, we step in with some massage or counter pressure. We also make sure that partners are eating, staying hydrated and using the restroom when needed. Often times partners neglect themselves to care for their laboring partner, we’re here to make sure no one is neglected!
When do you join us in labor?
Whenever you need us! We’re not waiting on a certain amount of dilation or contractions spaced a certain number of minutes apart. Whenever you say that you’re ready for extra support, your on-call doula will be on her way.
Serving the East Bay including Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Cities include Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Discovery Bay, Oakley, Antioch, Bay Point, Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Moraga, Lafayette, Orinda, Richmond, and Pinole.
We attend Homebirths!
We attend births at the following hospitals: Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center – Walnut Creek, Kaiser – Antioch, Kaiser – Walnut Creek, San Ramon Regional Medical Center, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and Valleycare Medical Center.