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SAN DIEGO

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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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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ALAMEDA

Zoey Anderson

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator & Doula

I am a birth doula, childbirth educator and massage therapy student in the San Francisco Bay Area. I first encountered Birthing from Within during pregnancy. Later as a doula I sought it out when I saw that my clients wanted to connect more deeply with their experiences and their birthing selves. The tools I have developed through Birthing From Within have been extremely valuable prenatally, during birth and when supporting my clients postpartum.…

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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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CARLSBAD

Sarah Feinstein

Trained Birthing From Within Doula

Hi, my name is Sarah Feinstein. I have been a certified massage therapist since 2013, and I’m currently working on my certification to become a Birthing From Within Doula. I have been fascinated by the body-mind connection since a young age, and I consider all bodywork to be an important part of one’s overall health, pregnancy, and/or healing journey.…

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FALLBROOK

Annie Higdon

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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FORT BRAGG

Sabrina Peterson

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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FORTUNA

Rachael Adair

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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FRESNO

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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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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LA MESA

Melda Baysal Walsch

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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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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LONG BEACH

Vickie Alston

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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LOS ANGELES

Becca Gordon

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

I am a full spectrum doula servicing the Los Angeles, CA area. My background is as an Iyengar yoga instructor specializing in women’s health including yoga for fertility, prenatal yoga and postpartum yoga. I began attending births for my yoga students and acquaintances in my hometown of Memphis, TN in 2009. I had found my calling and pursued training to become a doula.…

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MISSION VIEJO

Kristin Durley

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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OAKLAND

Lenore Musambacine

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator & Doula

Lenore’s philosophy is rooted in a woman’s innate ability to give birth and feels honored to hold space for an expecting mother. She works closely with her clients to explore their birth preferences and available resources. Birth naturally comes with surprises and Lenore prepares women and their birth partners to meet them with confidence. She integrates various relaxation and comfort techniques to ensure emotional and physical needs are met.…

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OAKLAND

Jennifer Eames Huff

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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PLACERVILLE

Chelsea Fredlund

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

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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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SAN CLEMENTE

Laura Powers

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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SAN DIEGO

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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SAN DIEGO

Shelley Rahim

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator, Birth Story Listener

I’m passionate about teaching Birthing From Within! I’ve been teaching since 2009 and love supporting couples in preparing for birth in a very deep, yet practical way. I have a background as a prenatal yoga instructor, prenatal dance instructor, birth doula and Ayurvedic postpartum doula. My childbirth classes are very dynamic and engaging, fostering deeper connections between mother, partner and baby while at the same time awakening inner intelligence that will be harnessed throughout birth and life.

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SAN DIEGO

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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SAN DIEGO

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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SAN DIEGO

Javiera Sobarzo-Zepeda

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SAN DIEGO

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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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 FRANCISCO

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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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 FRANCISCO

Dina Maldonado

I participated in Crossing the Threshold and completed the Heart of Mentoring class.

I provide birth doula services in and around San Francisco. I am here to support you with information, inspiration and emotional, practical and physical support every step of the way. I whole heartedly believe in supporting every individual and family in whatever choice is right for them as well as doing my best to guide them to ask questions, look inside themselves for answer as well as to seek for help from others and research any issues they encounter.…

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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 LEANDRO

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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SANTA BARBARA

Kiva Celeste

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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SEBASTOPOL

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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TEMECULA

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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TRUCKEE

Marissa Mignone

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator and Doula

Marissa is a compassionate and warm teacher and doula. She has been practicing movement for 17 years and teaching for 7.
Marissa lives in Truckee, California, it is her place of connection and creation. She draws inspiration from the beauty and balance of nature and life.

Marissa’s passion for life, movement and supporting others, lead her to become a Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator and Doula.…

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TRUCKEE

Kappie Keates

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator

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VENICE

Deborah Raoult

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VENTURA

Kaitlin Coghill

Trained Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator and Doula

As a doula I help families bloom, and as a childbirth/postpartum educator I teach parents how to help their babies bloom in the safest, most perfect way possible. Further, I am an advocate for intuitive motherhood and for the building of metaphorical “villages” around the birth of a child.

I chose this profession because every mother deserves to have a birth doula AND a postpartum doula.…

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VENTURA

Marcy Erickson

Trained Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator