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Found 55 Pros in Los Angeles, CA, USA | Postpartum doula support
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Helen Vitaris

Los Angeles, CA

23 reviews • 473 families supported • 23 years experience

23 reviews • 473 families supported • 23 years experience

I have the knowledge and training needed to educate new parents on how to care for their newborn by teaching them how to feed, bath and put babies down for naptime. I can help parents organize the nursery to make things more convenient and easier to handle. I am highly trained to take care of singletons, twins or even triplets, so parents with multiple newborns are not so overwhelmed and stressed. When I am available to care for newborns 24 hours a day, the new parents have time to adjust to having an infant in the home. It makes it possible for them to get the sleep they need so they can adjust slowly. Even parents who already have children at home can use the extra help, so they have time to take care of their other children.

Care philosophy

I have worked as a baby nurse for over 23 years and I enjoy helping new parents make the transition into parenthood, by teaching them how to care for the new addition to their family.

Areas served

  • Los Angeles County
  • Ventura County

Reviews

  • Hilary
    September 28, 2023 at 4:29 am | Client review

    Helen has helped me with newborn care and postpartum support for both of my children. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have worked with Helen six years ago with my daughter and most recently with my son this past summer. Helen has worked with us in our home for many weeks. Helen is professional, organized, kind, gentle, thoughtful, and creative. She has a wealth of experience with newborns and taught me so much about how to be a parent with my first born. She got us on the right track with routines for feeding and sleep. Helen has great ideas and is a problem solver. She is fun to strategize with and a pleasure to have in the home. Helen was a great fit for our family and we recommend her to anyone expecting a baby or with a newborn. Helen is the best!

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Kate Payne

Culver City, CA

2 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

My services include the following: Infant Care: Caring for baby so parents can sleep, feeding support (breast/chest and bottle), Sleep guidence, diaperingh, Bathing, Baby wearing, restocking/organizing changing stations and nursery. Parent Support: Self-care recovery comfort measures, Parent and infant bonding, Emotional processing, preparation of light snacks and nourishing and healing meals, Light housework (i.e. bottle cleaning and preparation, dishes, infant laundry) errands, Food Shopping, Pet adjustment. Appointments: Accompaniment at OB/GYN, midwife, or pediatrician appointments. Referrals: Obtaining evidence-based information and referrals to other professionals if necessary.

Care philosophy

Hello, I am a certified Postpartum Doula and since becoming a mother myself, I’ve realized I have a nurturing spirit inside me. My goal, as a postpartum doula, is to support and educate you through the transition into the 4th trimester, by providing you a safe, and empowering space for you to heal and connect with your new baby.

Areas served

  • West Los Angeles

Reviews

  • Marissa
    June 6, 2024 at 8:00 am | Client review

    Kate was an absolute livesaver for us. We were so incredibly grateful to have her join our family for the crazy early postpartum days with our second child. Kate is incredibly kind, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. She is also remarkably industrious — I had no idea that someone could get so much done with a newborn strapped to their body. She was wonderful with our newborn, and also very helpful with our toddler. Kate completely saved my sanity when my husband went back to work and I was so sleep-deprived. Thanks to Kate, I was able to do things like shower, nap, eat, pump, and have special one-on-one time with my toddler. It was particularly crucial to have an extra set of hands around since I was recovering from a c-section. I sincerely do not know what we would have done without her. Her support helped me work on building up my breastmilk supply and reduce overall stress in the household. If we are insane enough to have a third child, we will be calling Kate to set up another contract with her. We were very sad to say goodbye at the end of our contract. Kate would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s postpartum care team, and I am telling every pregnant person I know about her. Thank you so much for all of your care and support, Kate! Thanks to you, I was able to be a human during early postpartum! A remarkable feat!

$ flexible
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Lola Spector

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

I am a newer doula, having started about 8 months ago with my training through Bebo Mia. I am truly so passionate about supporting women through this journey. I am a full spectrum doula who specializes in birth but also provides postpartum services! Within my birth package I offer 2/3 prenatal meetings, unlimited texting access, and of course support throughout your labor. I also do one postnatal meeting to check up on how you are doing. Within my postpartum package I can provide services such as lactation support, meal prep, light cleaning, schedule implementation and more. I am truly here to make you feel supported and to remind you that it does take a village and I am so grateful to be a part of yours!

Care philosophy

I am here to ensure that you feel heard, understood, and confident as you embark on one of life’s most incredible experiences. For me, it's about more than just being present; it's about creating a space where your voice is valued and your choices respected. As your doula, my mission is to cultivate an environment where you feel empowered to make informed decisions, and express your needs.

Areas served

  • West LA, Silverlake, Pasadena
$ flexible
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Terese Flores

CA

3 reviews • 75 families supported • 13 years experience

3 reviews • 75 families supported • 13 years experience

With an intimate understanding of the tradition, I aspire to bring that same light into each home I have the honor of entering – a sense of calm and peace in the moments as I care for you and your growing family. Clients choose me to step into the role of postpartum doula and newborn specialist due to her blend of education, lived experience, an evidence-based yet relaxed approach. Apart from helping parents and babies feel at ease, I'm also riding the wave with you as a mother to three children and licensed foster parent. I strive to be the peaceful presence that nourishes your family during this tender time. I am inclusive of all family dynamics and seasoned in high-risk pregnancies, fertility struggles, loss, medically fragile children, and adoption

Care philosophy

While I emphasize mothering the mother, I believe the whole family is worthy of equal love and attention. By ensuring everyone is well cared for, there’s more room to recover, rest, learn, process, bond, and find harmony – even in the thick of it. I focus on individualized, simplified, ongoing solutions that feel natural to you and your family. That way, you can feel better equipped.

Areas served

  • Orange County
  • Long Beach
  • San Clemente
  • Los Angeles

Reviews

  • Brandon
    May 15, 2024 at 11:31 am | Client review

    My wife and I are first time parents to our baby with GERD and colic. Her colic peak weeks were very difficult and we were at our wits end. We were losing our minds! Our baby changed the moment Terese watched her. She showed us lots of tricks for babies with reflux. Baby has been sleeping through the night since the first time she’s been here. She has come a few more times and we are definitely planning to have her again especially when she starts to roll. Terese is very calm and gentle. She is definitely the baby whisperer!!!

$ flexible
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Georgia Etheridge Stephens

Los Angeles, CA

2 reviews • 10 families supported • 10 years experience

2 reviews • 10 families supported • 10 years experience

I have been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2017 and have been supporting families in stressful situations for over a decade. I began this business with a desire to translate my skills into the postpartum world, as bringing home a new baby is one of the most beautiful, yet stressful, moments in a family's life. I provide empowerment through education and encouragement, celebrating that you are the perfect parent for your child, and cheering you on as you grow into this new role. I support the entire family unit, not just the birthing parent. I have specialized training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and can provide a wealth of resources to ensure that every member of the family adjusts optimally to its newest addition.

Care philosophy

I believe that no two families are the same, so no two postpartum periods look the same either. I provide high-level, curated services to each family to ensure that the entire unit thrives in the delicate weeks after bringing home a new baby. Birthing parents, partners, adoptive parents, surrogates, grandparents, siblings, and even pets all need support during this time, and I am there for them.

Areas served

  • Los Angeles County
  • Malibu, CA

Reviews

  • Meghan
    June 5, 2024 at 7:05 am | Peer review

    Georgia is a kind and thoughtful person. She strives to meet the needs of those she is serving. She is truly a pleasure to work with. Georgia is one of the most genuine people I have encountered.

$ flexible
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Reihaneh Hadipour

Irvine, CA

10 reviews • 46 families supported • 9 years experience

10 reviews • 46 families supported • 9 years experience

I specialize in providing nurturing and personalized support to families during the postpartum period. I understand that the weeks and months following childbirth can be both exhilarating and challenging, and our mission is to help ease this transition by offering compassionate care and practical assistance tailored to your unique needs.

Care philosophy

my care philosophy as a postpartum doula with knowledge in midwifery and nutrition would prioritize holistic support, evidence-based practice, empowerment, cultural sensitivity, and collaboration to ensure the health and well-being of both the mother and the newborn during the postpartum period.

Areas served

  • Orange County and surrounding area

Reviews

  • Rachael
    May 15, 2024 at 10:58 am | Client review

    Rey was an absolute godsend during my postpartum journey with my premature newborn. Not only did she provide exceptional physical care for both me and my baby, but her emotional support was invaluable. Rey’s expertise, compassion, and attentiveness made navigating the challenges of early motherhood feel manageable.

$ flexible
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Amanda Loporto

Los Angeles, CA

2 reviews • 7 families supported • 2 years experience

2 reviews • 7 families supported • 2 years experience

I am passionate about babies, birth, & women's health

Care philosophy

Providing judgement free care with a gentle and loving approach

Areas served

  • San Fernando Valley
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Valencia
  • Santa Monica
  • Pacific Palisades
  • Culver City

Reviews

  • Shannon
    March 20, 2024 at 6:58 am | Client review

    Amanda is a loving and kind person. She has helped me and family tremendously. Most importantly, she is dependable and trustworthy.

$ flexible
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Julia Weatherred

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

I'm a dedicated birth doula committed to guiding families through the transformative journey of childbirth. My passion for supporting others led me to undergo doula training, equipping me with knowledge and empathy. My practice revolves around continuous emotional support, informed decision-making, and creating a positive birthing atmosphere. Although I am a new doula, my commitment to your experience is unwavering. I bring a fresh perspective and an eagerness to tailor my support to your unique needs. I understand the significance of this pivotal moment in your life and am here to provide encouragement, education, and advocacy. Let's collaborate to ensure your birthing experience is empowering, memorable, and aligned with your preferences. Your journey is my priority, and I would be honored to embark on this transformative process with you.

Care philosophy

Hi, I’m Julia Weatherred. I’m passionate about providing the exact type and level of support that you want. My philosophy centers on providing continuous support, empowering families through informed decision-making, and fostering a positive birthing experience. I aim to create a nurturing environment- offering guidance, encouragement, and advocacy throughout your childbirth journey.

Areas served

  • Hollywood
  • Santa Monica
  • Pasadena
  • Glendale
  • Burbank
  • Culver City
  • Alhambra
  • Downey
  • Huntington Park
  • Studio City
  • Temple City
  • Vernon
  • Beverly Hills
  • Bel Air
  • Downey
$ flexible
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Jessica Ford

East Los Angeles, CA

2 reviews • 65 families supported • 6 years experience

2 reviews • 65 families supported • 6 years experience

Born and raised in the Detroit Metro area, I graduated from The University of Michigan where I received my BFA, focusing on painting and fiber art. I began my birth and postpartum doula career in 2017, expanded into full spectrum care, and am now continuing my education in maternal mental health and healing art therapy. I am currently based on Tongva Land / Los Angeles, CA, serving people virtually as well.

Care philosophy

My approach to doula work is calm, encouraging and adaptive. I believe each experience is unique and will meet you where you are at in order to provide personalized care. You can expect transparency when working with me, and I will work collaboratively to find the best methods and resources that work specifically for you. I will grow and adapt alongside my clients and want you to feel empowered.

Areas served

  • Burbank, CA
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Glendale, CA

Reviews

  • Egan
    January 8, 2024 at 10:51 am | Client review

    Jess is reliable, non-judgemental, and incredibly helpful throughout it all. She is a comfortable advocate during the vulnerable moments, a steady energy during the anxious moments, and a wonderful woman looking out for your best interest throughout the entire journey. She helped me find light after miscarriage, and was with me every step of the way when I had my beautiful baby the following year. I look forward to hiring Jess again.

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Natalie Jaconetty

Los Angeles, CA

2 reviews • 9 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 9 families supported • 1 years experience

I have always been interested in birth, and how life is brought into this world. With a long background in Nannying and child care, I have experience in all aspects of caring for newborns and assisting families with the utmost love and respect. I was trained with Dona international in childbirth and breastfeeding education, learning all aspects of doula care and evidence based information. Whether it is in the hospital, birth center, or at home, I can help create a nurturing and calm environment to uplift and empower the birth person. In prenatal appointments and throughout the birth I can provide gentle massage, belly sifting, position changing, tens unit support, aroma therapy, guided meditation, reiki healing, cold and hot compresses, and physical/mental support to aid in pain management and provide an uplifting environment. These tools coupled with evidence based information and full emotional support, will be used to ease tension and empower the birth experience.

Care philosophy

Every birth is a beautiful blessing, and perhaps the most profound moment in many people's lives. I believe that doula support and guidance can educate, uplift and improve the birth experience and I feel so fortunate to help facilitate any birth persons journey. Emotional support, along with childbirth education, and creating a calm and meditative atmosphere are all elements used in my practice.

Areas served

  • Los Angeles County
  • West Hollywood
  • Downtown L.A.
  • Santa Monica

Reviews

  • Karen
    August 10, 2023 at 1:09 am | Client review

    I really appreciated Natalie! She was very attentive, and always knew when to call. She asked me what my needs were and she cater to those her soothing voice was just what I needed when I was going through my contractions. And she was surprisingly strong enough to help me up. I would recommend Natalie to any expecting mother even my midwives who met her, loved her and said she was very nice. She showed a lot of love and care towards my newborn and I really appreciate it that. So if you’re thinking about having Natalie as a Doula, that would be a great choice, I recommend it!

$ flexible
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Jillian Manriquez

CA

3 reviews • 10 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 10 families supported • 2 years experience

I am an enthusiast of humans helping humans. Although I have not experienced any of my own pregnancies, I have physically, mentally, and emotionally with my mom's three experiences. I've seen my mom go through each pregnancy differently as well as each of their births being unique in their own way but beautiful in every way. I have experienced seeing a supportive birth team by your side helps every woman feel more empowered and supported during this beautiful experience. My reason for becoming a birth doula is to come alongside each woman to support their desired birth plan.

Care philosophy

As a doula, I feel the importance of being the best calming presence I can be, I've learned that just having someone there to listen, guide, and sometimes literally carry your weight can make your birth and postpartum experience all the difference. I connect with my clients on a deeper personal level and create that relationship bond rather than client and doula but coming together as a team.

Areas served

  • Long Beach
  • Huntington Beach
  • Irvine
  • Aliso Viejo
  • Ladera Ranch

Reviews

  • Briana
    August 24, 2023 at 12:28 am | Client review

    We had the opportunity to work with Jillian throughout my second pregnancy. She was a referral from the doula we used during the birth of our oldest. Jillian was wonderful to work with throughout my pregnancy and delivery of my son. She was supportive, understanding of our needs/desires, attentive, and friendly. She knows what she is doing and also collaborates with each person to address needs and concerns. My son’s arrival was traumatic and Jillian was with us in each step. Her guidance and support were extremely helpful. Her postpartum visits were supportive to my entire family. She is passionate about this work and it shows. We were so blessed to work with her.

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marla fisher

Los Angeles, CA

2 reviews • 78 families supported • 9 years experience

2 reviews • 78 families supported • 9 years experience

My loving, caring and calm personality quickly puts parents at ease and the babies of course. I help with all aspects of newborn care, breast-feeding and milk storage, baby and mother’s diet, implementing suitable sleeping and feeding schedules and discussing other issues that are unique to each family. I quickly help overwhelmed parents to confident, calm and comfortable. I will help parents develop a routine that works for their baby and their life style.

Care philosophy

It is my goal to support women and families during the unique and special time that is postpartum. Helping you have a smooth transition into life with your newborn, giving you the knowledge you need to be confident parents, and easing your recovery from birth are all part of what I can offer you.

Areas served

  • San Fernando Valley
  • Malibu
  • West Hollywood
  • Calabasas
  • West LA
  • Santa Monica
  • Hollywood

Reviews

  • Kim
    June 7, 2023 at 1:55 pm | Client review

    Marla is truly wonderful. I was a first time mom and had no clue what to do. I also had a medical emergency 8 days postpartum and had to be hospitalized. Marla stayed with our newborn, took care of her and took care of me. She cooked for me, helped me with breastfeeding, showed us how to take care of our newborn and felt like she was family. Anyone would be lucky to work with her.

$ flexible
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Tamica Alexander

Los Angeles, CA

2 reviews • 3 families supported • 10 years experience

2 reviews • 3 families supported • 10 years experience

Hi my name is Tamica! I’m a mother of three. We moved to Los Angeles from Seattle wa. I have 10+ years as a professional nanny! I have been an emotional support to many friends during and after birth. I have a good friend who suggested looking into becoming a doula! I loved everything that comes with being a doula. Helping families and advocating is one of my strongest passions. I took a Dona training to further my knowledge! I look forward to connecting with families and helping create a calm and safe experience.

Care philosophy

Gentle parenting

Areas served

  • Pasadena and surrounding cities

Reviews

  • Tori
    March 23, 2023 at 10:51 am | Client review

    Tamica, I can’t express the gratitude that my family has for you. You have forever changed all of our lives for the better. Your compassion, patience and attention to detail (emotional, metal & physical) is something I will always try to achieve for myself.

    After three weeks of bed rest, I thought I was prepared for Lucca to make her way earth-side. But through her birth and all of the unexpected steps my labor required (the magnesium) to get her here safely, I can’t imagine how Trace and I would have coped through all of that if it weren’t for you. You’d think with baby number four we would be seasoned pros. But that simply wasn’t the case.

    You have such a remarkable soul. Thank you for making such a special impact on our family. We Will remember you forever.

$ flexible
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Nikki Poncio Bock

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

Hey there! My name is Nikki and I'm so excited to support you and your family during this transitional time your lives! My background is primarily in childcare (which I did for about 5 years) and that is where I discovered my passion for supporting new parents and babies. Caring for families during the most exciting but also most vulnerable and scary time in their lives brings me great joy. I particularly take interest in helping LGBTQIA+ families, neurodivergent parents, and parents dealing with a postpartum mood disorder. My job is to leave a family feeling better than when I arrived by providing emotional and physical support, education, information, and resources. www.Queenofcupsdoulas.com

Care philosophy

I believe: - that every new family deserves to feel confident and empowered during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum - in supporting each client as if they were an old friend and caring for newborns as if they were my own - in evidence based care

Areas served

  • North Hollywood
  • Burbank
  • Glendale
  • Studio City
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Van Nuys
  • Hollywood
  • Woodland Hills
  • Pasadena
  • Northridge
  • Beverly Hills
  • Los Feliz
  • Silver Lake
  • Echo Park
  • West Hollywood
  • Santa Clarita
  • Valencia
  • San Fernando Valley
  • Valley Village
$ flexible
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Dani Moeser

Los Angeles, CA

3 reviews • 38 families supported • 9 years experience

3 reviews • 38 families supported • 9 years experience

I have been practicing as a full spectrum doula since 2014, beginning by training with The Doula Project in New York as a birth doula and a perinatal loss and abortion doula, and then becoming a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula through Doula Trainings International. I have worked with clients who speak French, Spanish, and English, and am proud to offer services in these three languages. My approach is evidence-based and my practice centers on healing and working to end systemic disparities in care. I seek to witness each person’s experience, to offer nonjudgmental support, a feminist, queer and anti-racist lens, and a grounded and adaptable presence. I am deeply grateful to the community with whom I continue to build and grow.

Care philosophy

I believe that everyone is the expert on their own body and life and deserves to be held with care through life's transitions. Welcoming a child, birthing, and becoming parents are sacred processes. I work with birthing people, their partners,+ surrogates as they embrace + remember their power to sustain through change. I support individuals + families postpartum as they grow + navigate new roles.

Areas served

  • Los Angeles
  • Echo Park
  • Highland Park
  • Glassel Park
  • Atwater
  • Chinatown
  • Koreatown
  • Hollywood
  • Inglewood
  • Angelino Heights
  • Lincoln Heights
  • North Hollywood
  • Silverlake
  • Boyle Heights
  • Mount Washington
  • Los Feliz
  • Venice
  • West Hollywood

Reviews

  • Khadija
    December 3, 2022 at 10:39 am | Client review

    Dani was kind, nurturing and always bringing calm energy to my very new postpartum life. They showed up ready to tackle any task I needed help with. Dani cooked amazing nutritious meals with such attention to my dietary needs. We did meditation and I felt safe confiding my new emotions to them. Dani even took the time to help me at newborn appointments that my partner couldnt make. Having Dani as my postpartum doula changed my world and supported me in ways I didn’t know I needed ❤️

$ flexible
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Joselyn Castellanos

Laguna Hills, CA

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

Hi my name is JoseIyn but my family and friends call me yose. I am a holistic Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Educator, and Birthrights advocate in Orange County, California. My passion for Birth work began in 2020 when I got pregnant with my daughter Kailani. During pregnancy I prepared mentally, physically, and spiritually for labor, but did not prepare for the postpartum period. With no family or support around it made my 4th trimester a very difficult time for me and my partner. This is what made me more passionate about supporting parents during the postpartum period. I completed her Birth Worker training with Bebo Mia Inc when her daughter was only 3 months old. After the training I realized that I wanted to take a more ancestral approach in birth work, and began learning about Mexican Indigenous Birth and Postpartum Traditions. I am constantly growing and learning! As your Doula I will walk with you through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Care philosophy

Our philosophy of birth is that it is designed to be a normal, natural process that your body was perfectly made to experience. I will support you and educate you on every stage of your journey.

Areas served

  • Long Beach CA
  • Anaheim CA
  • Huntington Beach CA
  • Costa Mesa CA
  • San Clemente CA
  • Irvine CA
$ flexible
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Bri Smith

CA

4 reviews • 27 families supported • 1 years experience

4 reviews • 27 families supported • 1 years experience

Hi there! My name is Briauna Smith and I am a Birth and Postpartum Doula located in the Los Angeles area. Something unique about my practice is that I offer more than just the two standard prenatal visits. This is because I understand that a positive birth experience requires a comfortable atmosphere, so it's important that we get to know each other! It's my goal to help you prepare for the birth you envision and to set you up for success during your postpartum period. I offer additional services such as childbirth education, placenta encapsulation, and more. I birthed my little one a little over a year ago at home (doula and midwife in attendance), which is what ultimately led me to doula work. I believe every woman, every family should be informed about their options and have the opportunity to have the birth they envision. When I'm not visiting with clients or at a birth, I run a natural skin care business, do some nutritional consulting, and am expanding my herbalism practice. I love to cook and read, but I'm mostly adjusting to and enjoying motherhood in my free time.

Care philosophy

Inclusion: A family-oriented practice Comfort: A safe environment Holistic: A practice that honors healing the way our ancestors did Preparation: A practice that aims to inform Affordability: A practice that meets you where you are

Areas served

  • Anywhere between West LA and Northern OC

Reviews

  • Michelle
    January 22, 2023 at 5:23 am | Peer review

    I can’t say enough amazing things about Bri. Not only has she been an amazing mentor but the way she loves her clients is truly beautiful. She is always willing to drop whatever she is doing to attended to her clients and peers. Her knowledge runs deep and her passion for birth shows. She is kind, knowledgeable, loving and knows how to get down in the kitchen.

$ flexible
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Natasha Moskow

Claremont, CA

4 reviews • 8 families supported • 2 years experience

4 reviews • 8 families supported • 2 years experience

I found my way to the birth world after having a very long and challenging labor with my first child. Through the 3 day process, I could not imagine having done it without my doula. I want to make sure every birthing family feels empowered during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. Being a Lactation Consultant I can help ensure your breastfeeding journey gets off to a great start and help you should you encounter any challenges along the way. I'm happy to support families from preconception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, as well as through miscarriage/loss/abortion. I love introducing women to the ancient practice of vaginal steaming so that they may prepare for labor, shorten labor, and help them heal postpartum all in a very relaxing way. I love to ensure that new families, in particular the birthing person, are well cared for as they adjust to life with a newborn. For postpartum clients I enjoy cooking nourishing meals and being a supportive, encouraging, and knowledgeable guide. As a mother of 2 myself, I know how valuable support throughout your transition to parenthood can be. Feel free to message or email me to set up a time to Zoom or chat and see if I'm the right doula for you!

Care philosophy

I offer non-judgmental care to help you have a birth where you feel empowered and that look back on with fondness. With lots of knowledge regarding lactation, I can help ensure your baby feeding journey gets off to an excellent start. I am also a Placenta Specialist, Certified Vaginal Steam Consultant + Herbalist.

Areas served

  • Claremont
  • Pomona
  • Upland
  • La Verne
  • San Dimas
  • Glendora
  • Whittier
  • Azuza
  • Pasadena
  • Ontario
  • Los Angeles
  • San Bernardino
  • Riverside
  • Orange County
  • Glendale
  • South Pasadena
  • Hollywood
  • El Monte
  • Cerritos
  • Rancho Cucamonga
  • Fontana
  • West Covina
  • Covina
  • Monrovia
  • Sierra Madre
  • Arcadia
  • San Antonio Heights
  • Alta Loma
  • Chino
  • Chino Hills
  • Baldwin Park
  • Altadenta
  • Diamond Bar

Reviews

  • Caitlin
    December 6, 2022 at 10:42 am | Client review

    From the first moment you spend in Natasha’s orbit, it’s abundantly clear why she chose the path of doula—or maybe that it chose her! Natasha is an incredibly calming, nurturing, and supportive presence, yet her confidence, assertiveness and poise radiate just as strongly. This unique combination of traits is absolutely key for a person serving that role.

    I was fortunate enough to have Natasha right by my side as my doula and friend throughout my entire labor and birthing experience. She brought everything I needed physically, mentally and emotionally and intuitively always knew which tools to pull from the kit. She spoke up for me when it didn’t even cross my mind and she anticipated exactly when to lead with humor, when to cry with me, when to rub my shoulders, when to pull back my hair and when to just hold my hand. She effortlessly collaborated with the entire medical staff, making me feel like I was on a winning team. Her expertise, knowledge, assuredness and optimism gave me an overarching sense of security all along the way.

    From my perspective, just the idea of having a baby is painful and scary no matter how you slice it…but somehow, Natasha also made it fun.

$ flexible
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Lucero Canada

Claremont, CA

8 reviews • 8 families supported • 6 years experience

8 reviews • 8 families supported • 6 years experience

Birth and postpartum have always been very revered in my culture and I always say I have been a doula for my whole life because of this. I love to bring this idea of birth and postpartum as something to be celebrated to all kinds of cultures and backgrounds. I incorporate my knowledge as an herbalist, student midwife, and home-birth mother in offering support to families. I offer birth doula services that include birth prep and prenatal visits as well as mother-focused postpartum services.

Care philosophy

On birth: Every woman/birthing person deserves support, advocacy, and attention during her/their birth. As a birth doula, I offer that intuitive support. On postpartum: One of the three golden opportunities in life for deep healing both physically and mentally, I use this time to help a new mother heal using (rest, warmth, nourishment, and support).

Areas served

  • Claremont, CA
  • Pomona, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Monrovia, CA
  • Azusa, CA
  • Chino Hills, CA
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Ontario, CA
  • Redlands, CA
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • San DImas, CA
  • Glendale, CA
  • Glendora, CA
  • Diamond Bar, CA
  • Burbank, CA
  • Victorville, CA
  • Hesperia, CA
  • Pinon Hills, CA
  • Wrightwood, CA
  • Liong Beach, CA
  • Orange County, CA

Reviews

  • Megan
    February 6, 2024 at 8:05 am | Client review

    Lucero was able to educate both my husband and I on what to expect throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Having her there every step of the way helped ease any worries we had as first time parents. She helped make my extremely long birth enjoyable and stuck with me the whole way through. Her postpartum care is top notch, she even helped me breastfeed after struggling to do so for weeks. I cannot recommend her enough!

$ flexible
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Michelle Wilkerson

Los Angeles, CA

4 reviews • 25 families supported • 2 years experience

4 reviews • 25 families supported • 2 years experience

My name is Michelle, I'm a mother of two boys, a healer and a birth and postpartum doula. My journey began when I became pregnant with my second son. I knew a home birth was the route I wanted to take, I became obsessed with learning everything I possibly could and I knew that becoming a doula is what I am I called to do. I decided to take the final step and enrolled in a doula training program, Bebo Mia support practitioner. I believe in the power and strength of a woman's body and I'm just here to remind you of that. My goal is to make sure you feel confident during all of your pregnancy, labor and postpartum. I provide evidence based care, along with unlimited emotional and physical support. I take a holistic approach, I provide childbirth classes, belly binding, tea blends, rebozo work, lactation education, baby wearing and placenta encapsulation. This is your journey, I'm here to make you and your family feel safe, loved and respected during our time together.

Care philosophy

I take a holistic approach along with evidence based care. I provide a environment with respect and without judgment. I believe in the power and strength of a women's bodily autonomy. To be a part of your village during prenatal, labor and postpartum is a honor and privilege in which I take pride.

Areas served

  • East LA, West LA, South LA, Pasadena, Boyle Height
  • South Bay, North Hollywood

Reviews

  • Chelsea
    March 3, 2024 at 9:33 pm | Client review

    Working with Michelle was one of the best decisions we made for me, my pregnancy, and our family. From our earliest interactions during her classes in our home, she demonstrated a depth of knowledge about evidence-based birth and was so patient when answering our questions and asking questions of her own to learn more about what I wanted for my hospital birth. I also love that she took time to get to know me and my husband as individuals and a couple. Not only did it demonstrate a sense of care for our family, but enabled her to understand our dynamic which helped when supporting both of us in labor and delivery.

    As we got closer to delivery, Michelle answered all my texts and took time to check in with me via phone on the most difficult days. I always felt comfortable sharing my worries and fears with Michelle—she has a natural sense of empathy which made me feel so supported. When my birth plan changed and I elected to be induced, Michelle made sure I was informed and supported in my decisions.

    After my daughter was born, Michelle’s support during the postpartum period was valuable beyond measure. From supporting my physical recovery and lactation, to helping me feel pampered in the comfort of home, and being someone I could cry/vent/laugh with is something that I’ll carry close to my heart for a long time.

    The birth of my daughter is something I’ll never forget, and I am so grateful Michelle is entwined in that memory.

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Jessamyn Kear

CA

3 reviews • 150 families supported • 13 years experience

3 reviews • 150 families supported • 13 years experience

Jessamyn is a second generation birth professional and began her journey into birthwork after the birth of her own daughter in 2007. She has supported hundreds of families in their journeys of early pregnancy through the postpartum years in childbirth education, labor and birth support, and bodywork. She is passionate about guiding families in this life changing time through education and being a trail guide in their own birth, utilizing her intuition, years of experience, continued learning, and years of bodywork therapies. She guides clients towards self-empowerment and informed decision making, while also providing steadfast side-by-side, hand in hand support physically and emotionally.

Care philosophy

I'm often asked by expecting parents what my birth philosophy is. It is this: birth is a physiologic process. It is something that our bodies and babies innately know how to do. I'm here to support the process, connecting with my clients, exploring their fears, and hopes and intentions for their birth, and help tap into their own spiritual, physical and emotional knowing of labor and birth.

Areas served

  • Los Angeles & Ventura counties

Reviews

  • Kavon
    March 6, 2023 at 6:10 am | Client review

    Jessamyn is experienced, supportive, kind and connected. She was basically our private tutor for all things pregnancy and birthing. What I liked most when we first met her was that she had hospital, birth center and home birth experience but wasn’t pushing us in any one direction, she was just supportive of us and our plan. We ended choosing to have a home birth with a midwife. My wife was in labor for around 18-20 hours at home and was very close giving birth but in the end she needed to rest so we ended up going to the hospital to have an epidural so she could sleep. Jessamyn was right there by our side after more than 36 hours. She worked harmoniously with the nurses and the medical staff while also advocating that the staff be transparent and communicate what they were doing when they were doing it. She enabled us to have a vaginal birth when it seemed the odds were against us. We are eternally grateful for the beautiful birthing experience she helped facilitate. She is a part of our family now.

$ flexible
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Ashley Fryer Levy

Los Angeles, CA

2 reviews • 6 families supported • 2 years experience

2 reviews • 6 families supported • 2 years experience

I started Postpartum Connection & Wellness in the Spring of 2021, after witnessing firsthand the significant lack of support for postpartum families in the wake of global stress. Building on my background as a licensed clinical social worker, my goal as a doula is to provide you and your family with all of the information and support helpful to make the best decisions for you and your newborn. As a postpartum doula, I provide physical, emotional, and practical support that ranges from feeding, hygiene, engagement, and sleep of your newborn, processing both daily and larger stressors of the postpartum period with all family members, as well as helping with meal planning and prep, cooking, light cleaning, bodyfeeding assistance, and integration of older children and extended family.

Care philosophy

Supporting a postpartum family should be both holistic and empowering. Health and wellness are not just physical in nature, so as a doula I work to "meet the family where they’re at," both physically and emotionally. As your doula, I will work to connect with each family member to meet your overarching needs, and to assist with your newborn in whatever ways you identify as most helpful.

Areas served

  • West LA
  • Culver City
  • Santa Monica
  • Calabasas
  • Agoura Hills
  • Simi Valley

Reviews

  • Michelle
    August 3, 2022 at 10:46 am | Client review

    I wholeheartedly recommend Ashley Fryer! She is a passionate and gifted newborn specialist with a unique ability to come up with creative options to support both mother and child. She arrives early and stays late when necessary, and consistently seeks feedback while offering constructive advice. Ashley has a well-developed communication style. She provided emotional support to the entire family through her natural ability to nurture and communicate.
    Ashley is thoughtful, patient and compassionate; dedicated and non-judgmental; loving and trustworthy; among many other qualities. She is a natural and supported me through the birth and early development of my first child–all during a difficult time of isolation during the pandemic. Ashley consistently surprised me and surpassed my expectations with her knowledge, care and experience. She provided me with practical support and advice from breastfeeding, to organizing my daughter’s nursery to sleep training. Her assistance was so complete that it allowed me to return to work full-time while also successfully defending my doctoral dissertation.
    I highly recommend Ashley Fryer without reservation.

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Melanie Smith

CA

0 reviews • 300 families supported • 8 years experience

0 reviews • 300 families supported • 8 years experience

Melanie is a Birth Doula, Innate® Postpartum Care Practitioner, Certified Lactation Educator Counselor, and Birth Story Medicine® Mentor. Her focus is on supporting families through the changes to their bodies, minds, souls, and relationships before, during, and after the birth of a baby. She is passionate about centering the care of the Mother as the cornerstone for familial health, and honoring the rite of passage that is becoming a parent through community education and support.

Care philosophy

Intuitively honoring the individual needs of each family, Melanie approaches doula support with a hands-on curiosity. She offers a perfect balance of discovering what you hold dear and desire for your journey into parenting, while simultaneously offering the most essential resources for you to feel prepared and supported throughout the entire process.

Areas served

  • Aliso viejo, CA
  • Mission Viejo, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • Laguna Beach, CA
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Dana Point, CA
  • San Clemente, CA
  • Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Orange, CA
  • Lake Forest. CA
  • Laguna Hills, CA
  • Corona Del Mar, CA
  • Tustin, CA
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
$ flexible
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JD Davis

Los Angeles, CA

6 reviews • 20 families supported • 2 years experience

6 reviews • 20 families supported • 2 years experience

Full-spectrum care from birth, postpartum, pregnancy loss, and more.

Care philosophy

To provide informed care and presence to empower you during transitional periods of life.

Areas served

  • Atwater Village
  • East Los Angeles
  • North Hollywood
  • Pasadena
  • South Los Angeles
  • Hollywood
  • Central Los Angeles

Reviews

  • Joni
    October 26, 2022 at 6:20 pm | Client review

    JD helped me establish better sleep habits with my 3 month old. They were so knowledgable and helped me piece together the complicated days (and nights!). I cannot thank JD enough for all the support, and totally recommend their services.

$ flexible
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Renee Gross

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 14 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 14 families supported • 2 years experience

You can count on my constant support, evidence-based guidance, and reassuring presence. With certification from DONA International, supplemented by additional courses in comforting touch and movement, I am well-equipped to guide you. In addition to my professional training, I bring a deep passion for creating an empowering and calming atmosphere during labor. You'll receive multiple prenatal sessions and a postpartum visit as part of my services. I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you!

Care philosophy

I am a doula who believes in compassionate and supportive care above all else. My approach is rooted in non-judgmental principles, ensuring that every birthing journey is respected as a unique and personal experience.

Areas served

  • Los Angeles
$ flexible
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Laura Demercurio

Los Angeles, CA

3 reviews • 62 families supported • 15 years experience

3 reviews • 62 families supported • 15 years experience

Laura Demercurio began her work as a Postpartum doula in 2008 after completing Nursing school. She was given the opportunity to work in the Postpartum and Nursery units where her love of the postpartum time began. This led her to take the CAPPA Postpartum doula training to gain more knowledge and start her path towards becoming a professional doula. After some time of working with women she noticed that there was something missing from the postpartum period and made it her duty to learn more. This desire led her to become a Certified INNATE Postpartum Care provider and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Since then her knowledge, practice and vision has evolved tremendously. Laura has a passion for empowering women to take charge of their health and is dedicated to the women she serves. She takes great joy in providing the traditional care that is often absent during the postpartum period and that is so needed for women, families and communities to thrive. Laura has experience working with high profile families, fully staffed homes and international travel. She is there to support women physically, emotionally and spiritually and to create a safe space where they feel nurtured, comfortable and safe.

Care philosophy

My passion lies in supporting mothers through the postpartum journey with a holistic approach rooted in traditional medicine and women's well-being. I believe in mother-centered care, prioritizing your recovery, long-term health, and emotional well-being during this transformative time. Let me empower you to navigate motherhood with confidence and joy.

Areas served

  • Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills
  • West Hollywood

Reviews

  • Jackie
    March 12, 2024 at 4:13 pm | Client review

    Laura performed the closing of the hips ceremony with the postpartum bath for my second postpartum period. The ceremony is an absolute must for marking the importance of the postpartum period during a time that can feel very overwhelming and also forgotten. It brought so much to the surface and helped to remember all that my body, mind and spirit had gone through throughout pregnancy, birth and the immediate postpartum. I could feel as if my spirit was reunited with my body. There’s so much thought and nourishment that goes into this ceremony and I cant recommend the ceremony and Laura enough! Thank you so much!

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Bree Lugo

Long Beach, CA

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 3 years experience

Hello beautiful ones, I’m Bree, a birthworker | Medi-Cal Doula Provider based in Long Beach, CA, where I am dedicated to supporting families through the sacred journey of birth and postpartum. My journey began with a deep desire to empower birthing people to have the experiences they envision. Trained with Birthworkers of Color in December 2020, I bring a culturally sensitive approach to my practice. Drawing from traditional teachings that have nourished our ancestors for generations, I embrace holistic wellness and indigenous practices. My philosophy is rooted in honoring the sacredness of life's transitions, offering support that respects the diverse needs and backgrounds of each family I serve. Whether you're planning a home birth, hospital birth, or birthing center experience, I provide compassionate guidance every step of the way. From prenatal education and birth planning to continuous labor support and postpartum care, I'm here to ensure you feel empowered, supported, and heard throughout your journey into parenthood. My services extend beyond birth, encompassing postpartum support to help families navigate the early days and weeks with confidence and ease. From prepping nourishing meals to emotional support and practical help around the house, I'm dedicated to nurturing your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being as you transition into parenthood. I believe in the transformative power of birth and the importance of reclaiming ancestral wisdom in the modern birthing experience. With a focus on inclusivity, respect, and cultural sensitivity, I strive to create a safe and supportive space where all families feel valued and celebrated.

Care philosophy

Nurturing birth and postpartum journeys with holistic wellness and indigenous practices, honoring the sacredness of life's transitions.

Areas served

  • South Bay LA
  • Compton, CA
  • Hawthorne, CA
  • Inglewood, CA
  • Cerritos, CA
  • Downey, CA
  • Norwalk, CA
  • Torrance, CA
  • Redondo Beach, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
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Andrea Rosales

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

Hi there, I'm Andrea, and my goal is to make a positive impact in the world of maternal health and well-being. Currently, I am volunteering for the Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance (HMHBA) as a Birth Doula. I've also taken on a board member position with HMHBA because I believe so strongly in the cause. My focus is on supporting women, especially those in low-income communities and women of color. I've seen firsthand the unique challenges these incredible women face, and it's fueled my passion to make a difference in their lives. Being from Guatemala, my passion lies in supporting Latina women in my community as bilingual Doula. As a Doula, Yoga Instructor, and Wellness Coach, I approach my work with a holistic mindset. I want to be there for mothers every step of the way on their journey to improved well-being. I get it – the struggles, the joys, and everything in between. My goal is to guide moms toward a lifestyle that's not only healthier but tailored to their individual needs. I'm all about breaking down barriers and ensuring that every mom, regardless of background or circumstances, has the support she deserves. In my role as a Doula, I'm there to provide emotional, physical, and informational support during the incredible journey of pregnancy and childbirth. Whether I'm leading a yoga class or coaching on wellness, I want to make a real impact. I offer expertise in areas like nutrition, physical fitness, and mental well-being. From preconception through pregnancy to postpartum care, I'm here for women in every stage of motherhood. My background is in public health and currently certified under Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance as a Birth Doula. I got my certification in May 2023 and have been part of their board since July 2023. I am also a certified 200 hr Yoga Instructor and 85 hr Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Instructor. I got my certifications in 2021 and 2022. I have experience in Ayurveda, when it comes to nutrition and lifestyle, which I incorporate in my teachings in prenatal and postpartum care. Join me on this journey, and let's empower mothers to embrace a holistic and healthier lifestyle. Together, we can make a difference, one birth and one wellness session at a time.

Care philosophy

As a Doula, Yoga Instructor, and Wellness Coach, I approach my work with a holistic mindset. I want to be there for mothers every step of the way on their journey to improved well-being. My goal is to guide moms toward a lifestyle that's not only healthier but tailored to their individual needs, especially during their prenatal care, labor + delivery, and postpartum care.

Areas served

  • Los Angeles County
  • Orange County, CA
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Hollywood, CA
  • Burbanks, CA
  • Los Feliz, CA
  • Glendale, CA
  • Silverlake, CA
  • Mid-Wilshire, CA
  • Mid-City, CA
  • Culver City, CA
  • West-LA, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Venice, CA
  • Playa del Rey, CA
  • Westchester, CA
  • Brentwood, CA
  • Westwood, CA
  • Studio City, CA
  • Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Encino, CA
  • Woodland Hills, CA
  • West Hills, CA
  • Calabasas, CA
  • Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Torrence, CA
  • Long Beach, CA
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Che Saviskas

Los Angeles, CA

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 5 years experience

It is my goal to provide loving, developmentally-appropriate over night care.

Care philosophy

At Cherished Care, we believe that babies grow, learn, and thrive by feeling safe, loved, and nurtured. It is so important to provide healthy attachments in the first months of life.

Areas served

  • Los Angeles
$ flexible
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Laurie Steinbarge

Riverside, CA

0 reviews • 320 families supported • 8 years experience

0 reviews • 320 families supported • 8 years experience

I offer a wide variety of services. Check out our Website at RiversideNaturalChildbirth.com. From Childbirth Classes, that teach you and your partner how to birth, advocate for yourself, make you the ultimate doula and so much more. I also offer doula services for birth or postpartum. If you are looking for a natural birth, I'm your girl! My husband and I even delivered the last one ourselves at home. Natural Childbirth is my passion. Women are far more powerful than they know! RiversideNaturalChildbirth.com

Care philosophy

Want a Natural Birth? You can! You'll never regret taking a childbirth class! (Doula Services Available) Your body is made to birth, but "we" as a society (of women) have lost touch with our Power. Birth is not an Emergency. It's a gift. A transformation into Motherhood. Birth should be empowering. Let me show you how! I've done it myself 4 times. Check the website: RiversideNaturalChildbirth.com

Areas served

  • Riverside and All of Inland Empire
  • Riverside, Perris, Moreno Valley, Corona

Postpartum Doula Services: FAQs

For most parents, the transition into early parenthood is hard. Postpartum doulas in Los Angeles, CA offer all sorts of practical, physical, informational and emotional support to new parents. Postpartum doulas in Los Angeles, CA offer a wide range of after-birth support services, including:

  1. Caring for and assisting in the recovery of the birthing parent
  2. Providing breastfeeding and lactation support
  3. Offering advice for baby soothing, diapering and bathing
  4. Parent-baby bonding
  5. Caring for older siblings
  6. Light housework
  7. Night nannying or sleep relief services

Some parents require additional physical and emotional support due to their specific situation, lack of family support, or their particular lifestyle. A postpartum doula positively affects the entire family, as many postpartum doulas are involved in sibling care, housework chores, and educating clients on childcare information/techniques.

To find a postpartum doula in Los Angeles, CA, most parents recommend creating a job post on Meela and having uniquely qualified postpartum doulas near you (in your budget) reach out to you through the Meela app.

You can interview and chat with as many postpartum doulas as you wish and hire a postpartum doula in Los Angeles, CA with confidence. It is completely free to create a job post on Meela and find a postpartum doula. There are no commitments to hire any of the qualified and expert vetted postpartum doulas Meela brings you.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

To find a postpartum doula, you can also browse the available postpartum doulas near you in Los Angeles, CA and read reviews, compare pricing, experience and fit. Send the postpartum doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend reaching out to and interviewing at least three postpartum doulas before hiring a postpartum doula near you. After interviewing, hire the most qualified postpartum doula near you and start getting the care you deserve.

While the cost of a postpartum doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, the average cost of a postpartum doula in Los Angeles, CA is $39 per hour, but typically ranges from $33 to $46 per hour. These costs are based on a representative group of 103 postpartum doulas surveyed by Meela in the Los Angeles area. The average cost of a postpartum doula in Los Angeles, CA is about the same as the average cost of a postpartum doula in the state of California, which is $39 per hour.

To put this in further context, the cost of a postpartum doula in Los Angeles, CA is higher than the U.S. national average cost of a postpartum doula, which is $37 per hour.

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

A postpartum doula in Los Angeles, CA is meant to help the entire family and their role is not just limited to the birthing parent and newborn. A doula provides physical and emotional support to parents and siblings, but they also offer information and advice regarding how to feed, bathe, swaddle, and soothe the baby.

They also often help with postpartum depression issues, and are considered child care “consultants” rather than medical professionals. Many postpartum doulas in Los Angeles, CA offer a range of services that can help with parents trying to adjust to a newborn child. These services often include:

  • Sibling care
  • Assist with household chores
  • Parent-baby bonding
  • Physical and emotional recovery
  • Support to parents and extended family

A postpartum doula in Los Angeles, CA can have a lasting positive impact on a family and help them feel more confident about their parenting role and the way that they feed and nurture their baby. They might offer advice regarding feeding, bathing, and parent-baby bonding.

It is important to note that a postpartum doula might offer advice but is not expected to provide medical care of any kind or serve as a replacement to an accredited physician. Postpartum doulas are also not qualified to prescribe medication.

Many new parents want to know about certified postpartum doulas and how exactly they are certified. Since the demand for postpartum doulas has greatly expanded in the last several years, the number of reputable postpartum doula training and certification programs has grown in Los Angeles, CA. Training criteria can differ from program to program, but most follow a similar curriculum which includes core academic curriculum and practical hours and real-life care experience.

One of the most common national postpartum doula training certifications comes from DONA International. A postpartum doula usually receives about 27 hours of practical training before they are a certified postpartum doula.

There are also CAPPA-certified postpartum doulas in Los Angeles, CA, as well. These doulas were certified by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, an international organization that certifies doulas and other childbirth educators/professionals.

As a reminder, because postpartum doulas are not trained to be a medical professional and diagnose and treat medical conditions, a certification is not required for them to practice.

As their names suggest, a birth doula’s main priority is to provide support services before, during and in the moments immediately after childbirth. A postpartum doula’s obligations usually begin after the birth, for several weeks or months. In many cases, your birth doula will also be a trained and certified postpartum doula, which can provide a continuity of care that many parents find extremely valuable.

Many parents want to know whether a postpartum doula or a baby nurse would meet their needs and expectations. A baby nurse might be focused on making sure that a baby sleeps or feeds properly, but that might be the extent of their role. A postpartum doula generally offers more holistic services for their clients.

A postpartum doula in Los Angeles, CA is expected to be more involved with the family as a whole. They might remain involved in sibling care or also provide emotional support to the partner as both parents adjust to becoming new parents. This may even include support for older siblings, light housework, and even meal prep. A postpartum doula provides more physical, emotional, and informational support than a baby nurse.

You can hire two types of doulas in Los Angeles, 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.

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