Find a Doula in Irvine, CA

Doulas on Meela are certified, client-recommended, and vetted by licensed medical practitioners. Find one near you.

Create a free account, and we'll bring top doulas to you.

Get started

1,000+ childbirth experts

Client recommended, 97% 5-star reviews

Vetted by licensed medical practitioners

Verified client testimonials

Why Use Meela to Hire Your Doula?

Meela is the trusted place for parents to find top-rated doulas, connecting over 1,700 parents with vetted doulas each month. Reach out to doulas directly, or answer a few questions and let us bring you the best available options near you. All for free, no strings attached.

Certified, Expert-Vetted Doulas Near You

Our doulas are the best of the best and hold the highest standards of evidence-based, inclusive, and compassionate care. Each verified doula on Meela is vetted by a licensed medical professional and comes with multiple client recommendations, active certifications, and has extensive training and experience in perinatal care.

Found 53 Pros in Irvine, CA, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
0 50
Families served
0 3500
Birth fee
$0 $7500
HOURLY RATE
$0 $500
img img

Katy Jepsen

CA

3 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

During prenatal appointments, I will help you create a birth plan, discuss how you envision your birth experience, what type of environment you prefer, who might be there, and how you imagine me supporting you (and your partner). I will also cover basic childbirth education, address any questions or concerns, and give early labor coping techniques and relaxation exercises. I am also a Certified Lactation Educator and will cover a lot of breastfeeding education so you are off to a great start. During Labor, I will meet you at your birthing location and remain there until a few hours after baby is born and you have achieved a first successful latch. Postpartum, usually within the first week, I will come visit you in your home and make sure everything is going smoothly and address any breastfeeding concerns you may have,

Care philosophy

I'm passionate about educating women and families so that they can make informed decisions that they are confident in. Going through labor and birth is life changing, and every woman should feel empowered, supported, comfortable, and confident. My role as a birth doula is to hold that space for my clients.

Areas served

  • costa mesa, ca
  • newport beach, ca
  • Irvine, CA
  • Tustin, CA
  • Orange, CA
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Newport Coast, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Westminster, CA
  • Laguna Beach, CA
  • Laguna Hills, CA

Reviews

  • Beatriz
    July 25, 2022 at 11:07 am | Client review

    As a birth doula myself, it was important for me to have my doula be someone I could trust 100% and that’s why I chose Katy. She helped set the tone from the very start of my active labor. She blended in perfectly to my relaxing home birth environment and spoke strength into me at the moments I needed it most. She worked well with my midwife and got along with the family members I had present during my birth experience. And she did a pretty good job taking photos and videos! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a calm, educated, and empowering birth doula.

$ flexible
img

Lili Eichler

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

Lili is there to answer any of your questions along the way, guide you in preparing for your birth, and be there as a calm presence when things get intense. She will support you physically through breath work, counter-pressure, position suggestions, aromatherapy, cold/heat therapy, and sound therapy, reminding your body that it is safe. Lili can be there as your primary support person, or as the support person for you and your partner. She is not there to replace your partner, but to empower them as well so that they can play an active role in your birth, and in their own journey towards becoming a parent.

Care philosophy

As a birth doula, Lili’s job is to support you emotionally, physically, and spiritually on your journey towards motherhood. She is there to trust you and your innate power, and to remind you to trust yourself.

Areas served

  • West Los Angeles
  • South Bay
$ flexible
img

Dandra Burnley

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 60 families supported • 6 years experience

0 reviews • 60 families supported • 6 years experience

I got started as a holistic fertility therapist after struggling to conceive my daughter. Once pregnant with her I wanted to extend services beyond TTC, so I became certified as a doula. Since then I have been dedicated to helping families in need of my services. I believe every woman deserves the experience of having a doula.

Care philosophy

I am dedicated to assisting women and their families throughout TTC, pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood. I believe everyone deserves a doula regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, religion, financial status, or anything else.

Areas served

  • Palmdale
  • Lancaster
  • Bakersfield
img

Sabrina Sowards

CA

1 reviews • 61 families supported • 4 years experience

1 reviews • 61 families supported • 4 years experience

My interest in this work began as a young adult when my older sister was pregnant and I was invited to be a member of her birth team. I remember being overwhelmingly awed by the birth process and the human body. My interest continued as I started on the path to become a labor and delivery nurse. I found, rather quickly, the path of becoming a L&D was too clinical for me and did not feed my soul how I wanted. While in search for what was next, I became pregnant myself. I was confident I had wanted a home birth with a midwife and a doula, but ended up having a planned hospital birth due to a misdiagnosed medical condition. My birth was not at all what I wanted it to be. I was not given options, I was not given information, I was not given time to think and it left me somewhat scarred. After my daughter was born, my husband was only able to take a week off of work. I also had my stepdaughter to take care of and I felt like I didn't have time to heal, establish a good breastfeeding routine, or bond with my darling girl. I remember feeling completely unsupported. It was then that I decided I wanted to help mamas to have empowered births that they wouldn't need to emotionally recover from. My experience shaped my doula practice. My experience makes informed consent my top priority with my clients as well as bonding time within the family and breastfeeding support. I love what I do and I love helping each family I work with to have a more fulfilling experience.

Care philosophy

My goal with all of my clients is to ensure they feel informed, empowered and encouraged to advocate for themselves.

Areas served

  • chesapeake
  • norfolk

Reviews

  • Lauryn
    May 20, 2021 at 4:38 pm | Peer review

    I never had a doula with my first child but I’m so grateful to have met Sabrina with my second child. I wanted a different experience this time around and she went above and beyond for me. Not only is she full of knowledge but she is also patient, kind, supportive, non judgmental. She has the energy and passion to make you excited about what can be a scary process especially after having experienced a traumatic first birth. She is nothing short of amazing and I’m so lucky to have had her with me during labor and birth. Thank you Sabrina!

$ flexible
img

Anna Calamaro

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

Welcome to TzimTzum Doula. My name is Anna Calamaro and I am a DONA International trained birth and postpartum doula. I believe pregnant encompasses the body and the soul. Pregnant should not just be a physical condition to be endured; rather, it should be a meaningful phase in your life. When I am not working as a pastoral care professional at Cedars-Sinai or taking classes in rabbinical school, you can find me binging birth videos on YouTube! I marvel at the miracle of birth. After reading Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, the strength and wisdom of women giving birth and assisting the birthing process awakened something within me. I realized birth work was meant to be at the core of my career. Being a doula encompasses so many facets of my personality: the caring, nurturing and supportive side, the educator and lifelong learning side, and the spiritual, ritual, and community building side. While embarking all these parts, I recognize that there are times when the most important role I can play as a doula is to be still, quiet, patient, and calm in order to support the birther and help them embrace their own personal experience.

Care philosophy

Each birth is as individual as the person birthing, and each family has unique desires and hopes for the birth of their child. As your doula, I will support YOU and your partner in your desires for YOUR birth. I support you in YOUR birth choices, whatever they may be. I empower you through informed choice so you may empower yourself. “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.” (-Korte)

Areas served

  • North Hollywood
  • West Hollywood
  • Beverly Hills
  • Pico-Robertson
  • Silver Lake
  • Echo Park
  • Mid City
  • Larchmont
  • Koreatown
  • Central LA
  • Los Feliz
  • Hollywood
  • Century City
  • Culver City/Palms
  • Westwood
  • Brentwood
  • Santa Monica
  • Venice/Marina Del Rey
  • Mar Vista
  • West LA
  • Hollywood Hills
  • Glendale
  • Burbank
$ flexible
img

Andrea Murillo

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 2 years experience

Hi folx! Allow me to reintroduce myself- I am Andrea Murillo She/Her/Ella pronouns. I’m a LA based Full Spectrum Doula Doula that services LA• OC• IE• VC & Worldwide Remotely I am the owner of Resistencia Collective and I am here to offer my services and help create a community for BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ folx

Care philosophy

My work is rooted in Reproductive Health and Justice. Reproductive health and justice is intersectional and is the root of other social justice movements. Together we will educate ourselves and create body autonomy by having inclusive & educational conversations Join me in this beautiful journey that will empower and heal you

Areas served

  • Los Angeles
  • Orange County
  • Ventura County
  • United States
$ flexible
img

Alyssa Guzman

Chino Hills, CA

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

I decided to become a doula after I was present for my youngest sister’s birth. I was inspired and felt called to work in this area. I plan to further my education and become a midwife. My mission as a doula is to remove trauma from the birthing experience and replace that with empowerment and peace.

Care philosophy

I truly believe that birth is a beautiful, natural thing. Women’s bodies were made to give life and I am here to support that journey. I am here to empower women and remind them of what they are capable of. I am here to advocate for them and their plans for their birthing experience. I encourage women to focus on their mindset and remind them to take power over their experience.

Areas served

  • Chino Hills, CA
  • I service areas around SoCal
$ flexible
img

Celene Carrara

Glendale, CA

0 reviews • 13 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 13 families supported • 2 years experience

My life’s joy is to empower birthing people so that they may bring their children into the world with gentleness and compassion. I believe that birthing people possess their own innate wisdom about their bodies and their babies. As a birthkeeper I offer non-judgmental support throughout the perinatal period. I am a trained Carriage House Birth and DONA International Birth and Postpartum Doula, a DTI certified Childbirth Education Instructor, and a beng-kung belly binding specialist.

Care philosophy

I witnessed my sister's birth at home in Bali, Indonesia. At 3-years old, the powerful energy was transformative. My innate gifts combined with my formal education and passion for birth guided me to birth work. I wear many hats in this role: educator, assistant, and friend. It's my deep belief that in respecting birth and parenthood we honor birthing people, their babies, and life itself.

Areas served

  • East Los Angeles
$ flexible
img

Ja’ Tranaé

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 12 families supported • 9 years experience

0 reviews • 12 families supported • 9 years experience

Family Planner #holisticcare #holistichealing #LosAngeles

Care philosophy

iwill #support #you #if #you #choose ..... #home #birth #midwife #chanting #swearin #obgyn #epidural #hospital #birth #food #natural #birth #induction #silence #vbac #spontaneous #labor !!! #i #am #your #doula #support #you #in #YOUR #Birth #Choices

Areas served

  • Washington DC
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Phone / Virtual Support
img

Nicole LaCour-Wordlaw

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 125 families supported • 12 years experience

0 reviews • 125 families supported • 12 years experience

Prior to having children of my own, I knew nothing about a doula nor the birth world. After having children of my own, I came to see how vital having support is during such a monumental, life changing time. After my children were going to school, in 2015 I trained under midwives in my area and began practicing as a birth doula. Though I took some time off to connect further with my own family, I returned to the work knowing how beneficial it is and how passionate I am about offering support to families during such a sacred and divine time of life. I accept a maximum of 3 clients per month to allow time for the varying needs of clients, myself and my family. Each clients' birth experience is unique and I aim to bring unique support that will resonate with each individual on their terms.

Care philosophy

As a birth doula it is my goal to help inform, educate and prepare my clients so that they feel supported, held, comforted, and more confident in their upcoming transforming life experience, regardless of birth location or labor preferences. I also pride myself on listening to my clients' varying needs ~ both the spoken and the unspoken.

Areas served

  • Long Beach
  • Torrance
  • Redondo Beach
  • Hermosa Beach
  • Carson
  • Hawthorne
  • Gardena
  • Inglewood
  • Venice
  • Marina Del Rey
  • Westchester
  • Culver City
  • Santa Monica
  • Mar Vista
  • Los Angeles
  • Lomita
  • Rolling Hills Estates
  • Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Palos Verdes Estates
  • Manhattan Beach
  • El Segundo
$ flexible
img img

Katlin Campbell

Carlsbad, CA

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 2 years experience

I began my journey and training back in 2019 through CAPPA. My goal is to support and empower the mother and her partner through the experience she chooses by working through any fears she holds towards her role in giving birth and by understanding each part of the journey. I believe that the support I can provide as a Birth Keeper to the mother, partner, and other family members during this journey is invaluable. Preparing women to walk the labyrinth to birth their baby as well as birthing the transformation into parenthood.

Care philosophy

I am here to support and help empower your journey, and your right of passage through mind, body , spirit.

Areas served

  • Oceanside, Ca
  • San Diego, CA
  • Encinitas, CA
  • San Clemente, CA
$ flexible
img img

Trinytei Aaron

CA

0 reviews • 50 families supported • 10 years experience

0 reviews • 50 families supported • 10 years experience

Trinytei's services are full service from: Baby Planning Services, Nanny and Sitter services, Doula Services maternity concierge services. For the busy momma who loves a luxurious lifestyle, we have our maternity concierge services for step by step support.

Care philosophy

Trinytei info at luxury baby concierge dot com believes her mission and purpose is to bring families the education and support they need and deserve to have the birth experience and parenthood journey they desire. Supporting families from conception to crib and beyond. We believe this will make a more stress-free and peaceful world because the world is just a magnificent place full of families!

Areas served

  • Calabasas , CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Los Angeles County, CA
  • San Diego County, CA
  • Tustin, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • Newport Beach, CA
$ flexible
img

JENNEFFER VAZQUEZ

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 20 families supported • 11 years experience

0 reviews • 20 families supported • 11 years experience

I obtained my bachelor's degree in Human Biology and Society from UCLA and took several maternal & fetal health as well and child development and psychology courses. I am a trained holistic Newborn Care Specialist, DONA International Doula and plan to take a new parent education course as well as sleep training courses in the future. I like to hike, run, dance and experiment with healthy foods in the kitchen. I love being around kids, specially babies. I can help with baby laundry, organizing the nursery, sanitizing baby toys/bottles and some personal and virtual assistance when necessary.

Care philosophy

Hi! I'm a mom of two, photographer, Postpartum Doula and Newborn Care Specialist with over ten years of experience in the maternity, newborn and infant care industry. I studied health and wellness extensively and know just how much a good support system can help a mom's emotional and mental state. I would love to be your support system during this beautiful experience we call parenthood.

Areas served

  • West Los Angeles, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Pacific Palisades, CA
img img

Diana Hinek

Santa Monica, CA

2 reviews • 150 families supported • 8 years experience

2 reviews • 150 families supported • 8 years experience

I love to work with families who are open to change and growth; who believe that a safe childhood holds the secret to a healthier planet. As your Los Angeles birth Doula my mission is to inform, empower and advocate with you as you labor, birth and become a parent. As your Birth Photographer/videographer, I aspire to capture the joy in witnessing the unfolding pace of a family’s rhythm. Not only pregnancy through birth but also the slow, yet furious days following.

Care philosophy

I am passionate about babies. I believe they are the beginning of all that is life. The source of love and healing power to change the world. Each birth is the origin of a new cycle that can transforms our universe, thus I believe that to make peace with our past, we need to start by healing our births and by giving mothers the care and support they deserve to birth on their own terms.

Areas served

  • Los Angeles
  • Mar Vista
  • Pacific Palisades
  • Topanga
  • Culver City
  • Venice
  • Beverly Hills
  • Manhattan Beach
  • El Segundo
  • Hermosa Beach
  • South Bay
  • West Los Angeles
  • Santa Monica

Reviews

  • Claudia
    June 28, 2022 at 10:18 am | Peer review

    I have known Diana and worked with her since 2017. I am a postpartum doula and we shared many clients. Her work as birth doula and birth photographer is just amazing. She is caring, warm, empathic, professional, very knowledgeable and simply a wonderful human being to be with. I love working with her in a team and was always very happy recommending her to my clients. She is just a gem.

img img

Karen Guthrie

San Clemente, CA

3 reviews • 90 families supported • 8 years experience

3 reviews • 90 families supported • 8 years experience

What do I mean by support? Any of the following... Total support for your choices Guidance for your partner Knowing what is normal Figuring out if your water broke Being your terminology cheat sheet Help deciding when to leave for the hospital/birth center Tricks for quicker and easier birth Many kinds of reassurance Wisdom about food, sleep and liquids Guided meditation Nausea relief Back and foot rubs Aromatherapy Position ideas Calm Giving your partner a bathroom or snack break Ideas on recovery and adjusting to baby TENS unit availability Taking photos of the first minutes after baby is born Sleep sooner cheat sheet

Care philosophy

You should be able to make any choice without judgement. As a doula, I have dedicated myself to learning ways to shorten and ease labor. My doula package includes a complementary chat, one or two prenatal meetings, 24/7 pregnancy support, birth support (no matter when you need me) and, a postpartum visit. Call or text me to set up a chat or check out my website www.birthyourwaydoulas.com

Areas served

  • Orange County California
  • North San Diego County

Reviews

  • Sara
    November 22, 2022 at 6:27 am | Peer review

    Karen is exactly the person you need at your side heading into the hospital. All of the noise and directions and confusion when you first arrive can be overwhelming, but Karen will take everything in stride, making sure you have great communication with your medical team while she helps your birth space feel more calm, comfortable and ready to welcome your little love! Karen has supported clients through all kinds of birth plans, making sure you understand your options and helping you feel confident in your decisions. Her grounding love and sincerity make every client feel cared for from the first time you meet her to the minute she leaves you to enjoy your newest family member. Having Karen at your birth makes everything flow more smoothly!

$ flexible
img

Ayanna Parker

Claremont, CA

0 reviews • 85 families supported • 8 years experience

0 reviews • 85 families supported • 8 years experience

Visit www.belovedwisdom.com to learn more about me and my services

Care philosophy

My mission is to support women/birthing individuals during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond so that they are able to make the best decisions for their body, their baby, and their families.

Areas served

  • claremont, ca
  • san bernardino, ca
  • long beach, ca
  • rancho cucamonga, ca
img

Erin Diggs

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 36 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 36 families supported • 3 years experience

I am a birth worker and power embodiment alchemist that uses a variety of skills and modalities to holistically and radically empower my clients during one of the biggest adventures of their lives. I began my career empowering women as a sexual assault counselor in the non-profit sector, over a decade ago. I have since volunteered with and worked for numerous domestic and international non-profits—the majority of which have specifically served to protect women’s rights and/or inspire women-centric socio-economic development. In June of 2016, I—with my partner by my side—was able to confidently navigate a traumatic birth experience and postpartum period with my daughter, Elliotte. The experience opened my eyes to the important role that a supportive birth team plays in taking charge of one’s birth story. Now I am able to look back on that time with great pride. After training as a birth and postpartum doula with DONA International, I created Alayla Birth. The name “Alayla” is derived from the Ancient Greek goddess, Ἀλαλά (or Alalá), who was the female personification of the battle cry, or call to arms. It is also the middle-name that my partner and I gave our daughter after we not only survived, but thrived after late-onset preeclampsia, a pre-mature and unplanned cesarean birth, and a rocky first year as a result of policy-before-patient care. My experience is what inspires the Alayla Birth approach to birthwork, and the name honors the fighting spirit that I hope to nurture in all of you.

Care philosophy

To provide unwavering support in a safe and judgement-free space where you to transition and grow as a family. To facilitate self-advocacy, with an approach rooted in love and respect, so you can be the champion of your own birth story.

Areas served

  • Brentwood
  • Santa Monica
  • Venice
  • Playa Del Rey
  • Playa Vista
  • Westchester
  • Culver City
  • Mar Vista
  • Sawtelle
  • Westwood
  • West LA
  • Palms
  • Baldwin Hills
  • Crenshaw
  • West Adams
  • Mid-City
  • Mid-Wilshire
  • Koreatown
  • Wilshire Center
  • Mid-City West
  • West Hollywood
  • Hollywood
  • Beverly Hills
  • Jefferson
  • Leimert Park
  • Pasadena
  • North Hollywood
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Van Nuys
  • Valley Glen
  • Valley Village
  • Studio City
  • Burbank
  • Toluca Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Echo Park
  • Los Feliz
  • Westlake
  • Pico-Union
  • Atwater Village
  • Eagle Rock
  • Highland Park
  • Glassell Parl
  • Elysian Heights
  • Cypress Park
  • DTLA
img

tracy hartley

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 697 families supported • 26 years experience

0 reviews • 697 families supported • 26 years experience

The very experienced doulas at B*E*S*T support and back each other up, so you are guaranteed an experienced doula at your birth. I mentor new doulas to help them gain hands-on experience and bring one to each birth or provide virtual support while they attend your birth in person. This allows full coverage at your birth, no matter how long labor lasts and provides additional support for your partner so that they can rest and be awake to help when the baby has arrived.

Care philosophy

With almost 26 years of experience as a birth doula, I am familiar with all of the local hospitals and their policies and procedures. I can help you prepare for and navigate the process, whether you're planning a natural birth, a medically managed birth or a surgical birth. I have supported families at the births of 696 babies as of May 2022.

Areas served

  • Pasadena
  • San Marino
  • Alhambra
  • Los Angeles
  • East Los Angeles
  • Glendale
img

Milky Mama

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

0 reviews • 1000 families supported • 4 years experience

0 reviews • 1000 families supported • 4 years experience

Milky Mama was founded by Krystal Duhaney, a Registered Nurse, IBCLC and breastfeeding mama of two in 2016. Since its birth, we have assisted over 50,000 parents in their pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding journeys.

Care philosophy

At Milky Mama, our lactation consultants and doulas have extensive experience, knowledge, and a passion for supporting parents throughout their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum to help them achieve their goals. It is our goal to empower and educate you so that you can make the best, informed decisions for you and your family.

Areas served

  • Inland Empire
  • Riverside County
  • San Bernardino County
img

Meredith Bowling

Long Beach, CA

0 reviews • 25 families supported • 4 years experience

0 reviews • 25 families supported • 4 years experience

Do you feel lost, scared, and/or nervous when you think about giving birth? Well, look no further! I have can ease these thoughts and give you the knowledge and support so you will have an empowering birth.As a doula, I am with you before you go to your birthplace, for the entire labor, and afterward. I provide advice, knowledge, suggestions to be comfortable, provide compassionate support, and caring reassurance. I believe our connection with each other plays a vital role in our experiences during the birth process and all attributes of parenting. One very important part of connectedness is becoming aware of, honoring, and caring for our own self-care. Discovering and connecting to how our body and mind work in conjunction will enhance the labor and birth process. Being present with our loved ones and children creates the space for deep innate interactions. Your birth will be totally awesome and empowering with proper support from me. My clients often say that giving birth with my support was magical and empowering.

Care philosophy

My philosophy on birth is that it is a normal, natural process that your body was perfectly designed to experience. My desire as your doula is to support you in a way that allows and encourages you to achieve your goals and desires for birth, whatever they may be, as well as one that keeps mom and baby healthy.

Areas served

  • Torrance
  • Lakewood
  • Anaheim
  • Fullerton
  • Brea
  • Santa Ana
  • Costa Mesa
$ flexible
img img

Asia Rikard

Costa Mesa, CA

2 reviews • 120 families supported • 6 years experience

2 reviews • 120 families supported • 6 years experience

Non-judgement support for birthing persons

Care philosophy

Committed to being a compassionate advocate to empower your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience.

Areas served

  • Orange County
  • Costa Mesa
  • Los Angeles

Reviews

  • Siobhan
    June 17, 2022 at 11:20 am | Client review

    Asia is an amazing breath of fresh air in a time where you could not be more vulnerable. I didn’t have a village and yet with her support I felt totally at ease.
    She was so wonderful at making sure that I had what I needed even when I didn’t even know. I feel like she will forever be a part of my life. Or at a minimum will always have a piece of my heart.

img

CHRISTINE SALVATORE

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 60 families supported • 6 years experience

0 reviews • 60 families supported • 6 years experience

As a birth doula, postpartum doula and infant massage teacher, I work with families in the Los Angeles area to provide non-judgemental support during birth, adoption, and the postpartum period. I strive to be a calm presence in your life and offer physical, emotional, nurturing and evidenced-based support during your journey into parenthood. It is my passion to provide a safe space for my clients to have an empowered birth and postpartum experience and trust what is best for their body. As a queer person, I'm dedicated to providing inclusive care that supports all identities and family structures. I completed my postpartum doula training in 2013 after working as a nanny for several years. After supporting families as a postpartum doula I was inspired to complete my birth doula training. I feel honored to hold space during such a transformative time and I look forward to supporting you on your journey. I grew up on the East Coast but I have called California home for the past seven years. Besides being a doula, I enjoy cooking, hiking, drinking tea, vintage thrifting, arts & crafts and spending time with my partner and cat.

Care philosophy

It is my passion to provide a safe space for my clients to have an empowered birth and postpartum experience. My goal is to empower you to connect with your intuition and trust what is best for your body.

Areas served

  • Los Feliz
  • Highland Park
  • Pasadena
  • Glendale
  • South Pasadena
  • Silverlake
  • Glassell Park
  • Mt. Washington
  • West Hollywood
  • Atwater Village
  • Beverly Hills
  • Hollywood
  • Eagle Rock
  • Burbank
  • East Hollywood
  • Toluca Lake
img

Molly Tallon

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 35 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 35 families supported • 5 years experience

I offer a wide range of services that all fall under the umbrella of "guide and teacher." As a birth doula I provide information and support in decision making. As a Childbirth Educator I provide more formal resources and information in a community building and lecture setting. As a Postpartum Doula I provide a safe harbor for all the questions, large and small, that plague new parenthood. I am lucky to call Birth work my calling.

Care philosophy

Helping families prepare for parenthood in all it's iterations. I am here to support body autonomy and choice. Feeling in charge of our bodies and babies is how we avoid trauma in the pregnancy and birth space. Surrendering to the process and maintaining body autonomy creates a safe and positive birth space.

Areas served

  • East Side, Silver Lake, Valley, Hollywood

Doula Services: FAQs

A doula is a professional that provides emotional, physical and educational support to new parents before, during, and after childbirth and into the early postpartum period. Doulas are companions who strive to give families a safe, positive, and healthy labor experience. They provide parents with evidence-based information and education on childbirth and are someone who the parent can turn to with questions and concerns about having a baby. Doulas also take an active role in collaborating with the parent to create a birth plan.

A certified birth doula offers advice and techniques to help reduce the stress that the parent often experiences during childbirth and provides you with education about different aspects of delivery and labor and what comes after.

There are two ways you can hire a doula through Meela in Irvine, CA.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Irvine, CA and send the doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend interviewing at least three before hiring your top doula.

You can also hire a doula in Irvine, CA in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Irvine, CA. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Irvine, CA doulas: in a few hours, you will have a collection of doulas near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience and read reviews. You can chat with each doula to learn more about them.
  1. Hire a doula with confidence: schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top doula choices. Hire your top doula and start getting the care you deserve.

While the cost of a doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, you can expect the average cost of a doula in Irvine, CA to be $1,214, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of California. The cost of a doula in Irvine, CA can range from $997 to $1,431. These costs are based on a representative group of 1,036 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of California. The average cost of a doula in California is higher than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

When hiring a birth doula in Irvine, CA, you and your doula will discuss and agree upon a fee structure, and your doula will send you itemized invoices through Meela, which you can pay securely through the app.

Some insurance companies will cover all or part of the cost of hiring a doula. Contact your insurance company to find out if they offer any coverage for hiring a doula; not all insurance companies do.

You can hire two types of doulas in Irvine, CA: a birth doula and a postpartum doula. The birth doula is during your pregnancy and through the birth of your child. They provide you with emotional, physical and educational support during your pregnancy, your labor and delivery and for the first few hours after your child is born.

A postpartum doula will support you for the first few weeks after the baby is born. They provide in-home assistance, including teaching you how to take care of your newborn, acting as lactation consultant, and can provide some night nanny services.

Yes, a birth doula can provide support during a Cesarean birth and delivery. Doulas are non-medical professionals and do not replace obstetricians, physicians, midwives or nurses. They are an additive member to the team and provide emotional, physical and informational support to the birthing parent, partner and family. It is up to you whether the certified doula can remain in the operating room during the procedure.

When you hire a doula in Irvine, CA, your services typically include several in-person prenatal sessions, 24/7 phone and text support, full attendance throughout your labor, and several hours of support immediately following your birth.

A doula in Irvine, CA can help you in any kind of birth. Certified doulas are able to assist parents in creating the ideal “birth environment” and help parents deliver their baby safely. A doula can provide support during the birth whether it occurs in a hospital, a home, or another birth center of some kind. Doulas are there to support you in your desired birth preferences, whether that is a preference for natural, non-medicated, assisted, C-section or anything else.

Certified doulas can also act as a liaison between you and hospital staff regarding your childbirth expectations and preferences. For example, if your preference is to have a non-medicated birth, a doula can help guide you through that process and create a personalized birth plan. A certified doula in Irvine, CA does not replace medical staff (such as your obstetrician and nurses).

When a surgical procedure is required, there are some situations in which a birth doula can also remain in the operating room, although this is not an expected obligation. A certified birth doula can also assist hospital staff to improve the overall birthing experience. A doula in Irvine, CA will typically stay with the parents for several hours after birth to help them with birth recovery.

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Irvine, CA can help improve parent satisfaction with their baby’s birth and delivery. The involvement of a doula can also lead to shorter deliveries with less complications.

Recent studies show that parents who have a support person like a doula by their side throughout labor and childbirth are more likely to:

  1. Give birth without the need for pain medicine
  2. Describe their birth experience in a positive way
  3. Give birth without the need for medical intervention, such as C-sections or vacuum delivery
  4. Experience a shorter labor

You can hire a doula early in your pregnancy to allow you time to get to know each other and to begin planning for your later trimesters, labor, birth, and aftercare. It is ideal to hire a doula when you are around 20 weeks along, but you can start looking for one before that.

It is never too late to hire a doula in Irvine, CA; you have right up to your due date to find a doula near you and receive all the benefits of doula support.

While many people think that a doula and a midwife are the same thing, their educational background and job duties are different. Doulas are non-medical professionals who provide emotional, physical and educational support, while also offering actionable advice and guidance to new parents about how to nurture their baby.

A midwife is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or a certified midwife (CM). CNMs are medical professionals that are certified and licensed by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. CMs are also certified, but they do not have nursing backgrounds.

Doulas are not medical professionals; they focus on the emotional support for the parents and the family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. Their job is to provide information, advice, and support to the family not diagnose any medical conditions or provide medical advice.

Get Started
keyboard_arrow_up