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Mendy Thijssen ★

Certified Birthing From Within Educator

I became interested in working with pregnant and new families while I was practicing massage therapy, I especially liked doing prenatal and postpartum massage. I’d always considered becoming a midwife, but wanted to start my own family first. A client of mine was a doula teacher, and it only seemed natural for me to become a doula, to continue toward my dream of becoming a midwife.…

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Kathie Neff ★

Certified Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator

Each Birthing From Within mentor does their own personal work to be well-prepared to assist you along the paths into birth, postpartum, and beyond. It has been my privilege to work as a BFW Childbirth Mentor and Certified DONA birth doula since 2009.

BFW processes and training provide excellent tools in which to help parents learn effective coping skills they can use throughout the birthing process.…

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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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Jessica Chapman ★

Certified Birthing From Within Doula and Childbirth Educator

Jessica is a childbirth educator, birth doula, midwife assistant, and BFW facilitator in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to birth work, she received her BS in Medical Microbiology from the University of California, Davis, worked in the wine industry as a microbiologist, and then in the pharmaceutical industry as a neuroscience consultant.

Jessica began training in birth work with Elizabeth Davis at a Midwifery Intensive course in the San Francisco Bay Area, and then found Birthing From Within after the birth of her second child while seeking help moving through her own difficult birth experience.…

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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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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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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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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

Trained 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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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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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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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.…