Neri’s Birth Doula Services in the Bay Area
I LOVE being a Doula!
I believe that every childbirth is a transformation in a woman’s life. As we give birth to our babies, we give birth to ourselves; something new is born within us – an understanding, an inner strength, an innovation. Childbirth is a process, not an event.
I also believe that in its essence, childbirth is a challenging experience for the modern woman: Its unpredictability, the fact that it involves pain, being a long process that demands physical, mental and emotional strength and stamina, and the fact that it is in conflict with our cultural inhibitions, for all of these reasons and others it is not as ‘natural’ for women nowadays to give birth .Hence the need for preparation and professional support throughout the experience.
We have plenty of research telling us that a woman’s satisfaction level of her birth experience relies in how she feels that she conducted herself during the birth, and not in how the birth unfolded; whether she ended up taking epidural or not, or giving birth vaginally or not. Childbirth requires a woman to perform in a new way that is radically different than her everyday life. Prenatal coaching sessions are the pathway to mental, emotional and physical preparedness towards this challenging performance called childbirth and to mothers’ satisfaction.
I am honored to lead couples in the Bay Area toward the birth they envision and desire.
My doula services in the South Bay and the Peninsula include:
Prenatal coaching: About 4-6 prenatal coaching sessions . These meetings allow us to create intimacy and trust. During these coaching sessions I will:
- Facilitate clarity about your strengths, motivation, belief system around birth, and possible areas of challenge.
- Help you distinguish truth from myth about birth, and will reduce your fears or concerns.
- Integrate coaching conversations, breathing and positions practice to facilitate optimal fetal position, relaxation, guided imagery and writing an affirmation
Being On-Call for your birth: I am a reliable and knowledgeable resource and on-call for your birth 24/7 from the moment you hired me.
During the birth: I provide continuous support – emotional, physiological and mental support, as well as informational support which will allows you to make an informed decisions. This support process begins at your home, and we will be transferring to the hospital together if this is you preferred birth place, or stay home with your home-birth midwife. Below you can find my doula ‘tools box’ for your childbirth.
Following the birth of your baby:
- I Facilitate the bonding process with your baby and your first nursing experience in the first two hours following the delivery if possible.
- I conduct at least one home visit to facilitate closure, answer questions, reduce any source of stress around postpartum and recovery or baby care. If there is any need for a specific professional support, I can refer you to wonderful caregivers in a variety of fields.
Service Area: I serve couples residing in the South Bay Area and all the way up to Redwood City. I do serve clients residing in Fremont and Milpitas as well. I have established respectful collaboration and working relationships with the medical staff in all the following hospitals: Good Sam, El-amino Los Gatos, El-Camino Mountain View, all the Kaiser facilities, Stanford and Sequoia hospital in Redwood City.
Private Childbirth education classes are available – a combination of 3 meeting with the couple in the comfort of their home and my DVD , “Practicing for an Active Birth – The most comprehensive Hands-On Guide for a Healthy and Active Birth”.
Contact me to schedule a complimentary consultation:
My Doula Tool Box:
- Breathing techniques
- Emotional support
- Coaching conversations
- Informing and resourcing
To Healthy Births on Earth!
I have had the most fulfilling career as a professional in the field of birth support. I am committed to lead women towards a healthy, safe and empowering birth experience. I am a certified Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator, as well as a certified Hypnotherapist and a Life Coach. I work and reside resides with my family in Campbell, California. I am a mother of three girls, ages 20, 18, and 10. During my 16 years of practice I founded a doula support program in a major hospital and a birth resource center. I also directed two birth resource centers. I led hundreds of childbirth education classes and workshops, and supported hundreds of couples throughout their birth. (To learn more about my education and experience click here.) For the last six year I have been teaching doula training programs and professional development workshops and webinars for doulas with the goal of integrating coaching skill into the doula practice.
In November 2012 I launched my DVD Practicing for an Active Birth, The Most Comprehensive Audio-Visual Guide for an Active and Healthy birth, which since then was endorsed by PAMF, and is sold successfully on Amazon and other stores. (To watch a clip click here) In November 2013 I founded Birth Coach Method online classes and training programs for birth doulas and aspiring ones.
It gives me great sense of fulfillment to be able to mentor birth doulas as coaches all over the world, and continue fulfilling my call to empower and lead women through healthy and active births.
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform”
( Diane Mariechild)