Birth Doulas

"We have a secret in our culture and it's not that birth is painful,it's that women are strong."- Laura Stavoe Harm


The ancient greeks used the word doula to describe the women who would surround and help laboring mothers. Today a doula remains an educator, advocate and assistant to mothers in labor. The purpose of a birth doula is to serve a mother and her partner during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and for a short time after the birth of their child.

I am a Licensed Midwife who specializes in home birth; however, I am passionate about all women being educated and informed about their birth choices, no matter where they are birthing. For that reason, I take one Birth Monitrice (medical doula) client per month, in which I offer normal doula services, along with the reassurance of monitoring the laboring mother and baby at home. I am able to monitor the mother's vitals, along with monitoring the baby's heart rate and perform vaginal exams, so that the family can labor at home as long as possible, before transferring to the hospital.  

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I have been a DONA International trained doula since 2014 and am also a certified lactation specialist. Birth is my passion and I continually seek new information on supporting birth and birth outcomes. As your doula, I am caring and knowledgeable. I will listen and encourage you; not tell you what decisions to make or talk to health care providers for you. Rather, I will help connect you to resources and information so that your concerns and questions throughout this process will be answered accurately. I will encourage you to voice your opinions to direct your best birth so that when you give birth to your baby you feel empowered that you can do anything. I look forward to supporting you as you journey through the amazing experience of birth. 

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I attended my first birth at age 7! I knew immediately birth work was my calling. I've been working as a doula for 10 years. I am certified through DONA international, continue  to deepen my craft with multiple Spinning Babies trainings and I encourage my clients to take advantage of the comfort Spinning Babies can bring, both in pregnancy and during your labor. I am also a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, well versed in the physiology of birth and dedicated to staying to date with evidence based birth practices. It is an honor to accompany families across the threshold of birth.


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I am a DONA Certified Doula and Approved Doula Trainer with over 25 years of experience. I have worked with hundreds of families in hospitals, birth centers and homes. I offer experience, strength, and kindness. I am passionate about helping families to feel physically and emotionally supported during labor. I believe in you and know you can do this! I have served as a Board Member at DONA International I am also a member of Lamaze International, for which I train childbirth educators and am a member of the International Childbirth Education Association. My most joy-filled days are those I spend with expectant families.

Doula Pamela


As you gather information, inquire and explore your birth options, I provide a free initial interview, childbirth education and 2 prenatal visits to explore and acquaint myself with your desires for birth.  I am by your side, supporting you and your partner during your labor and 2 hours postpartum. I will visit again at your home shortly after birth to nurture your recovery and ensure your best breastfeeding relationship.   I offer postpartum support as well (see Postpartum Doula).  I have  been honored to have attended over 100 births in hospitals, birthing centers and home. I have practiced this profession for over 17 years.  I look forward to speaking with you as to how I might support you during this precious time.

Doula Mia Bean


I am a birth doula and placenta encapsulator. I have been attending births since 2009. I have been DONA trained as well as trained as a breastfeeding peer counselor. I have studied hypnobirthing and used it 5 times. I am studying pre and postnatal fitness. I can also offer help with cloth diapers, baby wearing, elimination communication, as well as many other natural ways to raise your baby.

It is my intention to help women and their families have the most empowered birth experience they can. I am a DONA trained Birth Doula, and a Pre/Post Natal Yoga Instructor. After having my own 2 children my passion for supporting others became my focus. My services include prenatal visits, postpartum visits, attendance to my Mindful Mama workshop, attending the birth of your sweet baby, placenta encapsulation and more! Please contact me and we can discuss your desires further.

Since childhood mesmerized by the mystery, magic, and the power of childbirth. As an adult fully devoted and passionate about social justice, reproductive health/rights and education. Through personal and professional experiences i have learned the value of having a fully supported birth/postpartum period. Supporting you in the hospital, the home or birth center, providing evidence based education, emotional, and physical support to the birthing person/family during pregnancy/labor/birth and postpartum period, the transition into parenthood. Certified as a Birth + Postpartum doula through the Matrona and Doula Trainings International (DTI) since 2013.

I have been a birth doula for nearly 10 years and a postpartum doula for 6 years. I love new families (and their babies) and am honored to work with them during their most vunerable (and joyful) times in their lives. My goal is always to help you identify how you want to birth/parent and support you along the way. I would love to see how I could be that person for you!

Since 2014, I have attended 12 hospital births as a doula and have experience with induction, planned cesarean, emergency cesarean, epidurals and intervention free birth. I completed training through DONA International and have attended other birth related trainings through Thrive Birth Center. I have a passion for birth and for providing families with the tools to make their baby year a transformative and beautiful experience.

I am a doula with North Bay Birh Services. I've completed both birth and postpartum training as well as placenta encapsulation. I have also taken workshops for breastfeeding and Spinning Babies. I use this combined knowledge to help support and empower woman and my passion and love for this work shines through in everything I do. Please check out my website for more details about my services and to learn more about me. I look forward to meeting you!

I am a certified Holistic Birth Doula through DONA and the Matrona, certified childbirth educator, Lactation consultant and trained in Spinning babies. I'm the mother of 3 and passionately committed to birthing families, I have an intuitive sense and understanding of heart based medicine, and continually educate myself in massage, aroma therapies, herbs, lactation, baby wearing and anything and everything pregnancy, birth and baby! I work closely with the birth process to help promote awareness, natural intuition and compassion and i am dedicated to practicing what knowledge I have to make your birth the best it can be! Pregnancy is the beginning of an amazing journey. It is about learning your strengths and empowering yourself to trust in your body. It is knowing you are capable of great things.

I have been a Licensed Midwife for over 37 years and will do labor doula work. Please look at my info under my midwife spot in this website. You can also get lots of info under my website:  

I look forward to hearing from you.

I am a DONA Trained Birth Doula, and have been working with growing families throughout the Sonoma County area for 4 years. I have attended 27 births in local hospitals and the Santa Rosa Birth Center. I have a true heartfelt passion for what I do, and love assisting and supporting growing families through this exciting and respected transition. I utilize my training in Rebozo techniques, breastfeeding support, massage and acupressure to ease the process of labor and my warmth and supportive presence to encourage a relaxed and personal experience for each family I work with. I have experience with hypnobirthing, water birth, epidurals and VBACS. Please feel free to look though my website to find out more about me, my practice and all the services I offer!

Arrival Birth Doula Services
Kim Potvin, CD

 I believe that giving birth is one of the most profound experiences a woman will ever have. If she receives consistent support, is treated with respect and kindness, and feels empowered throughout the process of childbirth it can have a positive impact that is lifelong! As your doula I am passionate about helping you have the birth you desire, whatever that may be. I will share resources and information to support you during pregnancy, and work with you and your partner prenatally, preparing for a confident and empowering birth experience! When labor arrives I will be there to provide my unwavering emotional and physical support. I will guide and comfort you with a calm, reassuring presence and a joyful spirit, and advocate to uphold your vision for your ideal birth. It is my honor to share this incredible journey with you!

Kim Potvin, DONA Certified Birth Doula , Please visit my website to learn more about my services and to read kind words from happy clients!

I have been attending births for over 10 years and am offering services as a midwife, montrice, birth doula, and photographer (published in Midwifery Today). My focus during pregnancy is education so each family knows ALL their options. I belive everyone in labor knows how to birth their baby and i'm there to remind you of your strength if doubts creeps in.

My Name is Willow Sanders and I have been working as a doula since 2002, and a Childbirth Educator since 2010.  My passion for Birth and all things related sprung out of the experience of having my first child in 2001, and has continued to grow throughout the years.  I offer comprehensive Birth Doula care for your hospital, home, or birth center birth! I can also offer in home childbirth classes, either privately or in a group of your friends. I also specialize in VBAC childbirth preparation and doula care as well. I work with other doulas, in the Sonoma Marin doula group, where we offer free comfort meausres classes, and post partum support to our clients, as well as a wonderful network of support within our doula community. My passion is to help faciliatate moms and couples to have a positive birth memery, whatever that means to the individual person or couple. I have vast experience in all kinds of birth, and all places of birth, which is only intensified by my vastly different personal birth experiences of my four beautiful children. For more information on me and prices check out my website. Thank you so much!

Doula Services by Sarah
Sarah Hornstein

I am a DONA trained birth doula working with expectant parents in Sonoma and Marin counties. I have always had a heart for mamas and babies, and it is my joy to assist you in preparing for the birth of your child. My goal is to support your choices and provide you with information and care that builds confidence in yourselves as people and as parents. And most of all, I strive to help you look back on your birth experience with joyful wonder, satisfaction and pride. I assist expectant parents who are choosing a birth at home, hospital or birth center.

I am a DONA trained birth doula, invested in a wholly supportive and open minded approach to labor and support for you and your growing family. Whatever your desires, I will help inform and encourage them. My goal is to show each laboring person that they already posses the tools and coping skills to birth their child. In labor, I am your cheerleader, your confidant without judgement, your water and sustenance retriever, your on call encyclopedia, a person on your team and always in your corner, your doula. 


“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.” ~ Jane Weideman, Birth Doula

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