A message from a Labor and Delivery Nurse describing how doulas and hospital staff are working together during the COVID restrictions!
IMPORTANT INFO ON COVID-19 OUTBREAK
The Golden Gate Doula Associates are still accepting new clients during this unpredictable time. For existing clients, we are working to help you navigate through all your options regarding the Covid-19 outbreak. We believe now, more than ever, birthing families will benefit from the support of a doula. Knowing many hospitals are restricting visitor access, the Golden Gate Doulas have responded by increased virtual support options. We have collected some of the best of the best options for you! We are offering support and virtual services when in person support is not an option. We appreciate your patience while we are in the process of switching many of our services over to online support.
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
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.
Golden Gate Doula Associates are highly skilled, extensively trained, and completely committed, to providing our clients with the information and tools needed to facilitate their desired birth plan.
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:
Monthly workshops to prepare couples for birth and postpartum (online during Shelter in Place)
Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga offered at our center
Dedicated in house family therapist for counseling and support groups
Dedicated in house certified nutritionist
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 herbalist for herbal teas, tinctures, sitz baths, and placenta encapsulation