Network of Birth Professionals
Serving women and families at all stages of life.
Practitioners based in the SF Bay Area except those noted to be elsewhere. Practitioners based in Israel have “- Israel” next to their name. All other practitioners are based in the USA, and have a city or state listed next to their name.
J. Rivkah Asoulin – Israel
Rivkah has been helping women and couples overcome their fertility struggles and other women’s health related issues. By using such time-honored practices as Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), EFT, Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Nutrition and Intuition, J. Rivkah has enjoyed tremendous success rates with her clients. Wise Woman Fertility
Chavah Benzion, Midwife – Israel
Chavah has been a professional labor and birth doula since 1996 when she first trained through the Oregon School of Midwifery. She completed both her midwifery coursework and her apprenticeship simultaneously, as well as trained in massage therapy, anatomy and physiology, CPR, IV therapy, suturing, and neonatal resuscitation. In 2003 she earned her LM the license to practice midwifery in California by the Medical Board of California. Chavah began Loving Hands Midwifery, a private midwifery practice in San Diego, California in 2003. In 2006 Chavah immigrated to Israel with her husband and In 2013, Chavah formed Women of Valor Maternity Care in order to assist her in her efforts to raise funds to help needy women in Israel receive these valuable maternity services. She started Ask a Midwife, an online forum for women in Israel to get personalized answers to their common questions, find needed support, and experience the Midwifery Model of Care firsthand. www.askamidwifeisrael.com
Linda Blachman, MPH, MA, CPC is a certified professional life coach and certified imagery guide in private practice. Her business Choose Life! Coaching specializes in navigating women through life transitions, helping them connect with their inner sources of vitality and authenticity so they can make wise choices and enact meaningful plans for a positive next chapter. Linda has 30+ years experience as a counselor, health educator, and personal historian in maternal-child and women’s health. She is author of Another Morning: Voices of Truth and Hope from Mothers with Cancer, based on ten years of learning from young mothers how even the gravest life challenges can open us to creative and soulful living. firstname.lastname@example.org 510.540.8755 http://lindablachman.com/
Gila is a Hebrew-speaking Nanny. With many years of experience as a preschool teacher and providing childcare, Gila is compassionate, creative, fun-loving, and reliable. She has boundless energy, loves to engage the children, and also is good at setting boundaries and structure when needed. email@example.com
Mikelle (Malka) Emanuel–Shoham, RN, BSN (CNM in Israel)
Mikelle has worked with pregnant and birthing women for over twenty years. She started as a prenatal massage therapist and doula and continued on her journey becoming a Nurse Midwife in Israel, where she lived for 18 years. Mikelle is also a dancer and has taught Prenatal Bellydance to pregnant women, couples, birth professionals and dance instructors for over 10 years. Since returning to her home town of Berkeley in 2015, Mikelle has worked as a labor and delivery Nurse at Alta Bates. She has two boys that were born in Israel by the hands of Midwives. She is passionate about holding space for women and their partners to feel empowered and present in their personal birth journey and beyond. More info for prenatal bellydance is at http://www.birthdances.com
Chana Luba Ertel
Chana Luba Ertel, CPM is a Certified Professional Midwife in Pittsburgh, PA and currently a nursing student in pursuit of her CNM at LaRoche University. Since 1999, Chana Luba has assisted at hundreds of births in many diverse settings. Chana Luba is a seasoned childbirth educator, doula trainer and herbalist. http://www.maternalwisdom.org/
Rachel Feld-Reichner – Israel
Rachel Feld-Reichner has been a doula since 16 years old. She now lives and practices in Gush Etzion -Jerusalem area. She has a specialty in natural family planning and alternate forms of contraception. She also teaches birth preparation classes with a specialty in challenging previous births. Rachel can be reached at 050-665-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ayelet Krieger, Psy.D., RYT
Dr. Ayelet Krieger is a licensed clinical psychologist and registered yoga and meditation teacher. She specializes in the reduction of stress and anxiety, particularly for expectant and new parents. At her private practice, Oasis Therapy Center, Ayelet provides therapy to individuals, couples, groups. Additionally, in her role as a yoga and meditation teacher, Ayelet provides yoga classes, private sessions, and workshops for expectant and new moms. Ayelet received her doctorate from the George Washington University and bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. She has worked with hundreds of individuals and couples in a wide variety of counseling and community mental health settings. Please visit www.OasisTherapyCA.com or email DrAyeletKrieger@gmail.com to learn more.
Aliza Labowitz, MA
Aliza Labowitz, MA has a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a specialization in expressive arts therapy. She is the mother of three sons, two living and one who died in utero at 38 weeks. She has been leading groups for women for the past decade. email@example.com 510-229-2007 http://pregnancyafterlossexpressivearts.wordpress.com/
A ketuba artist and scribe, Nechama Langer-Levin also teaches healthy eating and lifestyle skills guided by Jewish values while she completes her studies in Marriage and Family Therapy specializing in Expressive Arts Therapy. Nechama studied art at SF Art Institute, Fashion Institute and Technology, and Michlelet Emunah in Jerusalem. She studied ‘Sofrut’ Hebrew scribal art at Pardes and privately with Rae Eckman and Daniel Dahan. http://cargocollective.com/ketuba4two
Audra Lehman M.D.
Audra Lehman M.D. has fifteen years of experience as a full spectrum family doctor, delivering babies and caring for them as they grow, treating adults both in and out of the hospital setting, and supporting patients at the end of life. For the past five years she has served on faculty at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, training future doctors, exploring different teaching methods, and being truly inspired by her students. Dr. Lehman embraces integrative medicine modalities that empower and heal, including medical acupuncture, manual therapies and functional medicine.
Karen has a family wellness based practice in the Bay Area since 1998 and provides “evolutionary care” – a broader and more vitalistic approach to wellness than traditional chiropractic or western medical models have offered. She specializes in Chiropractic care for pregnant women and babies, and is certified in the Webster Technique (chiropractic) since 1999 to help assist breech position, as well as Cranio-Sacral Technique and Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique. www.marinchiropracticstudio.com 510.527.5770
Adele Moss – Massachusettes
I first became a doula through a year of AmeriCorps service, where I had the privilege of working with homeless and low income pregnant people from around the world. My service gave me a strong foundation in community health and reproductive justice and has grounded my understanding of birth work in issues of equity and empowerment. It is my pleasure to support birthing families with my calm and gentle spirit, experienced hands, and evidence based resources. www.adelemossdoula.com
Sara Nicoletti is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist offering sessions from her California office in North Berkeley and via Skype. Sara specializes in Women’s Issues including fertility, birth, postpartum, life stressors and changes, relationship strife, family of origin issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Working through a Somatic lens Sara collaborates with her clients, holding a compassionate container to explore and heal underlining issues impacting present circumstance. With the use of Hakomi, Emotional Freedom Technique, Somatic Trauma work, Transpersonal Psychology, and Psychodynamic & Attachment Theory, Sara supports her clients with breaking through self -limiting beliefs, fears, blocks, and trauma in a way that creates lasting change. Sara dedicates a portion of her practice to sliding scale clients and offers 50 minute and 75 minute sessions for individuals and couples. Please feel welcome to schedule a free 20 min phone consultation to explore the possibility of working together. firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-468-9344.
Amanda Nube CMT
I am an acupressure massage therapist, a therapeutic yoga instructor, and a mother. The bodywork styles I incorporate are tui na, shiatsu, assisted stretches, holding acupressure points, and leading guided relaxation. These time tested methods are deeply restorative yet offer gentle healing work. This is a clothed massage, no oils necessary, just comfortable clothing. I also offer perinatal healing modalities, helping women navigate through the fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum periods. I look forward to working with you, strengthening your resistance to dis-ease and enhancing your quality of life. 510 213-0793 www.HealingMama.com
Yiska Obadia – New York
Yiska Obadia is an experienced birth doula, massage therapist, acupuncturist and childbirth educator. She is also the author of Comforting Touch for Birth: A Guide for Doulas and Expectant Parents available online and offers regular workshops in Comforting Touch for Doulas, Expectant Parents, Postpartum and Babies. Her primary practice is based in NYC. For more information about her work, visit www.yiskaobadia.com
Tamar Oded – New Jersey
As a Virtual Postpartum Doula, I specialize in personalized coaching and support for the fourth trimester and beyond. I can help you create a postpartum plan, answer questions about breastfeeding/bottle feeding/pumping, postpartum healing, postpartum meals and nutrition, set up a meal train and advise on how your network can support you, help you find resources in your area (lactation consultants, new mom groups, body workers, etc.), babywearing, cloth diapering, creating routines for your family, and, most importantly, be an experienced ear to listen as you make this transition. Meetings conducted by phone or video (facetime or Skype.) http://tamaroded.com/
Janie Riley, MFT, LMFT
Janie is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (Lic. #41308) with 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and groups. She has a specialty in women’s issues, pregnancy and postpartum stress and depression, and early childhood mothering and parenting. She has advanced training in psychoanalysis, transpersonal therapy, and eastern and western meditative and mindfulness practices. Her offices are located in South Berkeley and Noe Valley. Office number: 510-464-1120 / website: janierileymft.com
Daphna Ross, PT, PRPC, WCS
Daphna Ross, a Board Certified Specialist in Women’s Health and Pelvic Physical therapy, has been practicing as a physical therapist for over 15 years. For the past 8 years, she has dedicated herself to Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, finding physical therapy treatments in this area to be incredibly effective and life changing. She believes strongly in evidence based treatments and providing excellent, patient-centric care. She holds dual board certifications as both a Women’s Health Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Daphna developed the Pelvic Physical Therapy Program for the Alta Bates Summit Women’s Health Center where she worked as lead therapist for 8 years before opening up her own practice. In addition to her clinical practice, she is also a pelvic physical therapy instructor for The Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Daphna is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Women’s Health Section, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS). https://www.womenshealthhealingpt.com/
Sabrina Schneider – Israel
Woman-to-woman care for the Childbearing Year. I offer health coaching, quality childbirth education, doula services, and postpartum support. I am also available on Skype and Google+ for video consultations. This includes a six-month health coaching program that ideally starts before conception, an 18 hour Lamaze birth preparation course, birth planning, referrals for alternative prenatal care, breastfeeding support, healthy meal preparation, processing the birth story, general housekeeping and answering questions about baby care. email@example.com http://sabrina-schneider.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/
Ayelet Schwell – Israel
Ayelet Schwell is a doula, speaker, and educator for mothers and birth professionals. Over her 16 years of working in perinatal care, she has used her experience, knowledge, and intuition to guide mothers as they create their own positive, powerful birth stories. Ayelet believes in the right of every birth-giver to have autonomy, dignity, and respect in their perinatal care and works towards that goal in her doula work and in her work with mothers who have experienced birth trauma through the Birthing Our Stories workshops. https://birthingourstories.com/workshop
Sarah Seymour – Israel
Sarah Seymour is a British and Israeli trained and licensed midwife of over 20 years. She believes that women should have a choice to deliver their babies at home with their chosen care-giver. Sarah provides a calm and safe atmosphere for birth and delivers attentive midwifery pre-and postnatal care. Sarah attends birth in and around the Jerusalem area, including the Yishuvim.
Rachel Shapiro Davies – Israel
Rachel Shapiro Davies is a bodyworker, midwife, Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer, and teacher and developer of Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner workshops. Residing near the Jerusalem forest, her midwifery has spanned ten years in homebirth, birth center, and high-volume hospital practices. She offers advanced courses for midwives and pelvic floor physical therapists on internal vaginal release work with a focus on ligamental and fascial releases. Rachel owns and directs Equilibrio: School of Birth and Bodywork and teaches advanced midwifery courses. https://www.equilibrio.co.il/
Deborah Simone LM, CPM – Oregon
Mentoring Midwives and More: Heart-Centered Consulting for Professional Birth-Workers Serving Midwives, Doulas, Placenta Encapsulators, Childbirth Educators. I am an LM, CPM, the 67th Midwife to be licensed in California. My midwifery practice, Awakenings Birth Services, was the first group practice in the Bay Area, and the first to have a website. With my background in Arts Administration & Management, I knew the importance of staying abreast of marketing trends, resulting in my practice’s continued growth & visibility during my eighteen years there. While Awakening’s continues to serve the community under the guidance of Midwife Esther Healey, I’ve answered a new call to help others successfully navigate the business of professional birth-work. http://www.mentoringmidwives.org/
Rabbi Solomon recently moved to the Bay area from Columbus where she founded Hasidah, a organization dedicated to supporting people in the Jewish community experiencing infertility. Rabbi Solomon has a varied background including work as a business systems analyst, Hillel rabbi, director of a bureau of Jewish education and years of struggling with infertility and pregnancy loss. Hasidah focuses on awareness, connecting people to resources and financial assistance for treatment. www.hasidah.org
Julie Tilsner LM CPM
Juli Tilsner has been attending births since the birth of her daughter in 1977. She is both a California Licensed Midwife (LM) and Certified Professional Midwife ( CPM) . Juli has been in a Bay Area home birth practice called Awakenings Birth services for the past 12 years. She is the co-founder of Cornerstone Doula Trainings, and the founder of Cornerstone Midwifery Trainings. Contact Juli for Midwifery Services, Advanced Doula Training Workshops, and Her Midwifery Training Program : at: firstname.lastname@example.org Juli can be reached direct at email@example.com 510-501-7868 www.trainingmidwives.com
Chaya has been a doula since 2005, and bolsters her doula’ing by studying homebirth midwifery with local mentors. Chaya’s main focus is guiding women on relaxation during birth in order to facilitate the easiest, quickest births, all the while trusting in the mother’s instincts as the central, pivotal, and overall best guiding force. In addition to her doula’ing, Chaya took over four years to publish a compilation of twenty-four mothers’ post-birth experiences in “SECOND LABOR: Mothers Share Post-Birth Stories,” which is also adapted for a live version with several of the stories performed as “mamalogues.” For more info, see www.easierbirth.com @valierbirth https://youtu.be/6bGsTE_Qk14
Coach Yulia – Los Angeles, CA
Yulia has been teaching Yoga for 20 years, She is married with three kids under 10. During her first pregnancy she discovered Prenatal Yoga, and with her second pregnancy got certified two weeks before giving birth. Yulia has had beautiful birth experiences and was grateful to have a Doula by her side. After having her third baby, she was inspired to be a Labor and Birth Doula, and is now certified and attending births. www.coachyulia.com
Beth is the grateful owner of Alameda yoga studio: Leela Yoga, which she opened in July of 2013. She has been a yoga instructor since 2008. A mother of 2 (with one on the way), Beth has developed a specialization in yoga for pelvic health. This includes prenatal and postnatal yoga as well as work with women of all ages around pelvic issues such as: incontinence, prolapse, sciatica, pelvic trauma, and low back issues. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/YogaWithBethZ