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As a certified DONA birth doula, I draw upon my training and my personal life experience. I have birthed and  breastfed four children in various environments, in birth centers and hospitals, with the support of midwives and doctors as care providers. I have lived in different states and countries and learned to adjust my parenting methods accordingly. Over the years, I have been given the gift of education and preparation for the many changes that come with motherhood. I have grown to understand the importance of flexibility, patience and surrender to handle life's twists and turns. I believe that birth, as beautiful as it is, can also be vulnerable and uncertain. My hope, as your birth doula, is to be a source of support that strengthens and empowers you to be brave and at peace during childbirth.

The goals that I have in relationship to being your doula are the following:

  • To provide emotional and physical support in the childbirth process.

  • To facilitate peaceful relations between you and your medical professionals.

  • To encourage your acquisition of resources pertaining to your particular needs, i.e. Health, exercise, parenting, etc.

  • To help you grow your education in prenatal, lactation, labor, delivery, postpartum.

  • To inspire your confidence as a mother.

  • To help you prepare for the incredible adventure of growing a family!

As a prenatal chiropractor, I rely on [Dara’s] services to support my pregnant patients.
— Dr. Chrisi Binder
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6 Month Internship at South Coast Midwifery
Certified Doula (CD) under DONA
HCHD (Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypno-Doula)
Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC) through UCSD
CAPPA Trained in Postpartum Care
CPR Certified - Red Cross
Neonatal-Adult CPR and BLS Certified
Spinning Babies Trained





Receive the personalized care and support by two of San Diego’s most seasoned certified doulas. Through complementary skills and experience, your doulas will help you deepen your connection to your birth experience.


Dara DeSoto, CD, HDHC, CLEC meets before birth and after: first to provide education to prepare you, and after birth to support your breastfeeding relationship and help with babywearing. Also receive 6 weeks of email support.

Postpartum Doula Services

Dara will meet with you in your home to assist with breastfeeding rhythms, facilitate restoration, support clean nutrition, and help around the house. Dara strives to facilitates peace, confidence and grace to the new mothers that she serves.

Belly Binding

Dara comes to your home within a few days of birth to provide abdominal massage and belly binding for the overall health of uterus and organization of female organs. This session also includes Breastfeeding Support and unlimited phone and email support for 6 weeks.

S.O.S. breastfeeding support

Dara comes to your home to assist in identifying new ways to address breastfeeding that will bring peace, nutritional value, and affirmation to your breastfeeding journey.

We are so glad that we chose Dara to be our Doula!  It was like having a living textbook and really close friend right along side us.
— Jen G.
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