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Janine Rivera ★

Certified Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

Hi, my name is Janine Rivera. I offer Birthing From Within childbirth preparation classes for first time parents as well as Refresher classes for experienced parents. I also offer my services as a labor and birth Doula. I became passionate about labor and birth after the birth of my first daughter in 2008 when I realized how transformative the experience is.…

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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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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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Katie Hallum

Trained Birthing from Within 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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Misty Lujan ★

Certified Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator & Trained Doula

With deep inspiration and a profound birthing experience, Misty was humbled to answer the call to serve her community as a birth Doula and Childbirth Educator. Serving as a Doula lights her soul as she is able give back to families in her community by helping to support, empower, and walk with new parents through the transformative journey of Pregnancy and Childbirth.…

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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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Rachael Adair

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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Melissa Hunter ★

Certified Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator & Doula

I am a responsible, nurturing, attentive woman focused on helping families navigate the labyrinthine journey of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum “fourth trimester.” This precious time lays the foundation for trust and connection that can affect each of us throughout our life. My goal is to mentor families as they prepare mindfully for birth and then gently integrate and celebrate their newest additions into the family.…

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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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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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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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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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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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Vickie Alston

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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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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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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Jennifer Eames Huff

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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Sarah Feinstein, CMT

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

My name is Sarah Feinstein, I am a Certified Massage Therapist, and trained Childbirth Educator. I have been practicing bodywork since 2013. After officially getting my license in 2013, my primary focus was to bring peace and healing to those with chronic pain and every day tension. After finding out I was pregnant in 2015, I started a new journey– I completed my yoga teachers training during my pregnancy, with an emphasis in Gentle Somatic Yoga.…

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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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Chelsea Fredlund

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

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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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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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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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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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Laura Powers

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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Cinda Brown

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

I am the mother of two girls and my path to childbirth education, birth doula care and breastfeeding support began with the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period with my first daughter. During and after this journey, I was called to help other families and I began supporting mothers and their partners as a doula. I have attended advanced BFW and BSL training.…

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Susan Melnikow

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

Susan has been a practicing midwife for over 30 years, and has practiced in home, birth center and hospital; as such she brings a wealth of knowledge and information to her classes. She utilizes Birthing From Within concepts as a foundation for her midwifery practice and life as a whole. Susan delights in serving as a mentor for pregnant women and their partners as they navigate the journey of transformation through birth.…

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Lisa Fletcher

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

Hi there! My name is Lisa.​ I am a mother, doula, mentor, and at heart, an ambassador of love, seeking all opportunities where I can share love to others. It brings me great joy and excitement to follow my heart’s calling to serve women traveling their hero’s journey of motherhood. I received this calling after having emerged from my own challenging entrance into motherhood.…

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Javiera Sobarzo-Zepeda

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Charisse Sciuva

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

My Birthing From Within offering is held within the context of Birth Story Listening, and a background in Bodywork and Optimal Fetal Positioning, as a trained Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner and Massage Therapist. My 18years experience as a birth doula also informs my understanding of your unique birth journey.

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Dawn Dickerson ★

Certified Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

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Stephanie Adams

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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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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Shannon Padlog

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

I have been attending births as a doula since 2009 and teaching classes since 2014. I was drawn to Birthing From Within as a way to deepen my connection to the families I was supporting and create a different lens to view my role through. I believe wholeheartedly that birth is a transformative rite of passage, no matter how it unfolds and each birthing person deserves respect, dignity and love through this profound, life-changing process.…

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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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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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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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Rosanna Davis ★

Certified Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

Rosanna is a midwife and innovative creator of a group prenatal experience: Village Midwifery Care. A Birthing From Within Mentor of 18 years, Rosanna brings her extensive experience as a midwife and group facilitator to the childbirth preparation experience for expectant parents.

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Melanie Corrigan ★

Certified Birthing from Within Doula, Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

Melanie fell in love with supporting women and their partners after her first doula training in 1998. With the guidance of open-hearted midwives, she developed her philosophy and skills in tending families during birth. Inspired by midwives, she quickly developed a passion for mentoring expectant parents. This passion was further solidified when she honed her craft by training with Birthing From Within™.…

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Nikki Tompot

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

Nikki is a deeply down-to-earth person with a backpack full of roles toward which her own life experience has driven passion: a wife, a mother of three, a certified doula, a prenatal and vinyasa yoga teacher, a placenta encapsulation specialist, a yoga and women’s retreat leader/facilitator, a writer, a hospitality business owner, an entrepreneur, and a Birthing From Within childbirth educator and birth art leader.…

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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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Deborah Raoult

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Marcy Erickson

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator