We are a partnership of two San Diego area doulas who choose to weave their individual and dynamic strengths into a collaborative doula service. When working with a doula team you get two doulas for the price of one, and you glean the skills, wisdom, and support of two seasoned and confident doulas. You’ll have meetings with each of us leading up to your birth, so you feel very comfortable with both of us. Then, when you are in labor, we work in shifts so that you always have a rested doula by your side.
As your birth doulas, our goal is to help you create a realistic and optimistic vision for your birth, help you work through your fears, and help your partner remain an active, effective role in this amazing experience. As you begin to visualize and prepare for your ideal birth, you will develop a sense of confidence that will carry you through labor and birth.
DARA DESOTO, CD, HCHD, CLEC
I have grown to understand the importance of flexibility, patience and surrender to handle life's twists and turns. 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.
JOY KOBRICK, CD, CCCE, APPAC, HDHC
I have witnessed how transformative birth is to a woman, and the impactful role her emotions and autonomy play into it. My role as your doula is to support and guide you as you step into your own innate power and meet your baby with confidence.
A labor tour guide, calm space creator, hip-squeezer, ally and advocate, sister with all the right skills.
WHAT A DOULA IS
A doula is a non-medical assistant, trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her partner before, during and just after childbirth.
Throughout history, women all over the world have been supported during childbirth by other women. A woman going through labor and birth could depend on these other wise women for encouragement, back rubs, advice, and emotional support.
WHAT DOULAS DO
Doulas are experienced in providing tried and true comfort measures specific to labor. These can include suggestions for changing positions, vocalization, rhythmic movement, guided relaxation with breathing and/or visualization, and specialized massage for labor. A doula also helps families gather important information before and during labor so they are completely informed about all their options and can feel confident about their decisions.
The most valuable thing a doula offers is continuous emotional support. This comes in the form of verbal encouragement and reassurance, a constant physical presence, and full trust in your power and ability to birth.
HOW DOULAS SUPPORT PARTNERS
The mother’s partner always plays the most important role in loving and caring for her. We will be there to help support the partner through the birth journey, modeling specific comfort measures, offering reassurance and being a teammate in the big role of labor companion. Many partners we have worked with have shared that the presence of a doula, allowed them to show up more fully throughout the process.
Some women have a whole birthing team, including friends, their mother, sister, grandmother, father, etc. Whoever you want as part of your birth team will be honored and welcomed. We will all work together to ensure that you feel joyful and well supported throughout your journey.
“I knew she was there and she just melted into the action, whispering in my ear, reminding me at every turn how strong I was and simply that I could do it.”
— A New Mother, Speaking of Her Doula