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SAN DIEGO

Nicole Morales ★

Certified Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

I’ve been working with Birthing from Within since 2003 and became a Certified Mentor in 2006. I find it a valuable approach to life and life skills which is how we can help families guide themselves into and through the unknown of their unique journey. Birthing from Within has influenced my work as a midwife, midwifery instructor, mother, and so much more.…

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SAN DIEGO

Jamie Mossay ★

Certified Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

Jamie has been serving the San Diego community as a massage therapist for over 17 years, specializing in pregnant families, and started attending births as a doula in 2009.  Her approach to birth support and her own spiritual path transformed utterly when she discovered Birthing From Within® in 2013, and started mentoring childbirth classes soon after her introductory training.…

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Anaheim

Katie Hallum

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator & Doula

Katie grew up in beautiful Ojai, CA. She attended Biola University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, emphasis on French horn. She met her husband, Ryan, at Biola and they were married in 2011. She had the privilege of working with orphans in Romania for several years and it shaped her outlook on the world.…

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BERKELEY & SAN FRANCISCO

Reise Tanner

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

Reise Tanner has been an active Birthing From Within Mentor in San Francisco since 2007 after falling in love with the approach.

She is an experienced birth and postpartum doula, Certified Courageous Living Coach, Warrior Goddess Facilitator and mother who has worked directly with hundreds of families on their birth journeys and taught classes to thousands.…

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Corona

Jamila Tahir

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

I have worked in family support and as an educator since 2013, but discovered Birthing from Within when I was pregnant in 2016. This experience brought me back full circle to a long lost passion for supporting birthing people and their families. In 2018, I knew I could not ignore this call any longer, and began the process of becoming a Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator.…

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DANA POINT

Kelly Howell

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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FORTUNA

Rachael Adair

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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IRVINE

Amanda Cagle

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator & Doula

I have been a doula and educator since 2011, having supported over 300 Southern California families in various capacities. In that time, I have trained with over a dozen birth and parenting organizations, including becoming a Birthing From Within Mentor. My aim has always been to have a practice where my clients can receive quality, well-rounded information & guidance to prepare for birth & beyond.…

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IRVINE

Marlee Malone-Franklin

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator & Doula

I work with my wife, Megan, to support growing families in Orange County and Long Beach and have been supporting growing families since 2014. We work together with clients during pregnancy (teaching childbirth and postpartum/breastfeeding classes), during labor as a birth doula team, and I also serve families in their first few months with a new baby as a postpartum doula and lactation counselor.…

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IRVINE

Megan Malone-Franklin

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator & Doula

My wife, Marlee, and I love supporting families together. We teach birth and postpartum preparation classes together, and we work as a doula team to support our clients during labor. As Birthing From Within Mentors, we are passionate about providing safe spaces for parents to explore what’s really important to them in their birth and early parenting experience, rather than prescribing what we think is best.…

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IRVINE

Nicole Green

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

Nicole Green is a trained Birthing From Within childbirth educator, Bradley Method® certified childbirth educator and DONA certified birth doula. Nicole and her husband have enjoyed the births of their four children and each was so different: one in a hospital, one in a birth center and two at home. Nicole has had the fortunate opportunity to work with over 600 families on their journey toward their birth experience, including midwives, nurses, medical doctors and hospital administrators.…

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LOMA LINDA

Deidre Coutsoumpos ★

Certified Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

After practicing as a trained doula for 4 years, I noticed a gap between what parents were learning and what they were experiencing during their labors and births. I knew in my bones there must be a way to address the spoken and unspoken shortcomings families were expressing during the postpartum period.

Attending my first Birthing From Within workshop in 2009 introduced me to the philosophy and practices to let go of attachment to outcomes and help parents tap into their own personal coping in order to carry them through labor, birth and beyond.…

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LOS ANGELES

Sherry Jones

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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Moreno Valley

Raven Yeargin

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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MOUNTAIN VIEW

Mendy Thijssen ★

Certified Birthing From Within Educator

I’ve been leading private and small group Birthing From Within childbirth classes as well as yoga classes since 2002. I like utilizing story and metaphor as well as art practices and dialogue to create a comfortable practice of preparing for Birth with individuals and couples. Each person brings to the table a unique set of characteristics, wants and practices.…

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NAPA

Danielle Alexander

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

Hello Beautiful Women and Families!
I am so pleased to make your acquaintance. Congratulations on your decision to be a parent and to learn and grow through this wonderful process!
Many things bring me to this inspiring intersection with you, but perhaps the most important two things are my commitments to women and to education. I come to this work through twenty years of teaching Women’s History to college students.…

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ONTARIO

Maya Avilucea

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator and Doula

Hello families! My name is Mayahuel, I go by Maya, and I am a Chicana Indigenous birth doula born and raised in Southern CA. My ancestral land is Chihuahua, MX and I am the daughter of very strong, independent, hard working women. I offer culturally competent, holistic and affordable care for my fellow birthing people, and I work hard to embrace the differences in us all.…

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PASADENA

Natalia Quintana

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

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PLACERVILLE

Chelsea Fredlund

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

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POMONA

Stephanie Knol

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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REDDING

Monette Pierce

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator & Doula

In 2005, I was certified as a doula through Loving Arms Doula Services of Eureka, Ca. in conjunction with a grant through Shasta First Five. Birthing From Within was a very integral part of their philosophy and has continued to be a part of mine as well. I had the opportunity to support the underserved population in my county, empowering new young mothers to birth themselves as much as the life growing within them.…

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REDWOOD CITY

Maeve Sundstrom ★

Certified Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

I am a California Licensed Midwife and a co-developer of Village Care (TM), a re-envisioning of group midwifery care, childbirth preparation and parenting initiation which honors and builds upon the power of community throughout the childbearing year and beyond. Birthing From Within is a part of everything I do, from caring for birthing families to parenting my daughter to connecting to my own growth and joy as a human being.…

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RIVERSIDE

Kathie Neff ★

Certified Birthing From Within Educator

It has been my privilege to journey with parents for the last seven years as a Certified Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator. A certified DONA doula since 2011, my work now is primarily focused around Childbirth Preparation Classes and Birth Story Listening sessions to assist those who wish to re-frame the story surrounding the events of their birth.…

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SACRAMENTO

Kellie Edson

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

Kellie is a mom to two little girls and is certified through ICEA for childbirth education and also a CBE mentor through ICEA. She is also Birthing From Within Trained for Childbirth Education and is currently completing the full mentor certification in 2020. She has done over 80 hours of Lactation Education, first some locally and then certified as a CLEC through UCSD and studied under Gini Baker.…

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SAN CLEMENTE

Laura Powers

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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SAN DIEGO

Dawn Dickerson ★

Certified Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

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SAN DIEGO

Stephanie Adams

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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SAN DIEGO

Shelley Rahim ★

Certified Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

Birthing From Within is a way of life for me. I’ve been teaching and living the philosophy for over 10 years. I passionately weave the principles of Birthing From Within and Birth Story Listening into all the work that I do with families. I’m also a Birth Story Listener, Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver, Pre and Postnatal Yoga Instructor, Artist and Storyteller.…

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SAN FRANCISCO

Breann Snyder ★

Certified Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

I drew my first labyrinth during my Birth Doula training; I drew my second when attending a BFW introductory course; I drew my third as an expecting parent in a Childbirth Prep class; but it wasn’t until I finally journeyed into my own labyrinth with the birth of my first child that its meaning and value took root in my soul.…

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SAN JOSE

Stephanie Freeman ★

Certified Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator & Doula

I have been working in the field of birth for about 14 years. Originally as a La Leche Leader, and then as a Doula and Childbirth Educator. However… it all started for me with the birth of my first child. It was truly (cliche as it sounds) a life changing experience, one that I am forever grateful for.…

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SAN JOSE

Shannon Cath

Trained Birthing from Within Doula

My role as a birth doula is to create a safe space and empower all birthing persons to have a positive birth experience. I work as a team with the birthing person, partner and caregivers. I support your choices and listen to your desires. During our prenatal visits, I can help you create your birthplan, and set up important support systems prior to the birth of your baby.…

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TRUCKEE

Marissa Mignone

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator and Doula

Marissa has been serving birthing parents as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator and Prenatal Yoga & Postnatal Yoga Instructor since 2012.

Marissa works with you in a holistic and unique way, because everyone’s needs are different and benefits from different practices, she really gets to know you and how to help you thrive in your birthing journey.…

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VENICE

Deborah Raoult

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VENICE

Angela Doniger

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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VENTURA

Marcy Erickson

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator