We want to be your Birth Team!
The Bay Area's first and only established Doula practice with a team of professionals that will help you navigate your way through your birth journey
A message from a Labor and Delivery Nurse describing how doulas and hospital staff are working together during the COVID restrictions!
The Golden Gate Doula Associates was founded in 2016 by Jennifer Darwin and has quickly become a trusted resource for all your maternity and postpartum needs. Located in the Lower Haight Neighborhood, the GGDA is the first and only established doula practice in San Francisco.
We understand that your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period could be unpredictable, we want to provide emotional and physical support throughout that process. We offer non-judgmental support in the way that YOU chose to give birth.
Our doulas will support you at any of the local hospitals, birth centers, or Midwife assisted home births.
The GGDA has changed the way some physicians and nurses view doulas, by facilitating the birth team approach and by establishing strong relationships with many prestigious care providers, midwives and hospitals in the area. The doulas in our practice are reputable and well known for not promoting an "us against them" atmosphere and working in tandem with the entire birth team, thus providing a complete circle of care.
How exactly does it work?
Birth Doulas-You meet with a doula from our practice and work with that doula during your pregnancy until you give birth. In the rare case that your doula is unable to attend your birth, you will be supported by another doula in our practice. This is extremely rare, but we always like to be prepared for the unexpected, our top priority is that you have quality doula support for your birth. You will have an opportunity to meet the other doulas in the practice during several workshops, brunches and various events during the months leading up to your birth.
Postpartum Doulas- You will meet with a doula from our practice and work with that doula during your pregnancy until you give birth. That doula will help you prepare for the arrival of your baby and make sure your nursery is ready to welcome your little one. The doulas help you rest and recover from the birth and adjust to your new roles as parents. The length of time new parents need varies from family to family.
Some of the services we offer at our center that make us unique are:
Educational workshops to prepare couples for birth and postpartum
Virtual Pelvic Floor clinics once a month to prepare for before and after giving birth
Virtual "Latch Clinics" twice a month with our Board Certified Lactation Consultants
Prenatal and Postpartum massage offered at our center
Additional classes for expecting and new parents taught by experienced instructors
On site Sleep Consultants and workshops on sleep training
On site apothecary room for herbal teas, tinctures, sitz baths, and placenta encapsulation