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Meet your Stellar Birth Doula Team!
 

Varya Dominici
Birth Doula, Newborn Care Specialist

Through over 10 years of experience as a Newborn Care Specialist and Sleep Training Educator and 6 years as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, I've learned that at its core, all these different roles share one fundamental objective- to support new parents wholeheartedly and unconditionally on their journey to parenthood, whatever it might look like from family to family. This objective is my greatest passion and privilege.

 

When it comes to Labor, I find that so much depends on, and is determined by, the birthing person's emotional state and wellbeing, the atmosphere in the delivery room, and their ability to labor at their own pace, in their own unique way. As a Birth Doula, I make it my goal to help you establish your ideal birthing conditions, leading you through different laboring positions and pain management techniques, all while keeping you informed and in control of your own experience.

 

In my Postpartum Work, I help new parents set systems, use all sorts of baby gear, organize their space, and prepare for all the many firsts in a baby's life as well as teach basic newborn care. I introduce healthy sleep habits for the little ones, using gentle techniques and finding each baby's own cues and rhythms. I bring with me a decade's worth of knowledge and wisdom on how to raise happy, healthy, curious, and loving little humans while supporting new mammas and papas alike in their transition into parent life.

Claudia Penate
Birth Doula, Nurse, Fertility Specialist

Claudia is a Licensed Nurse, she spent 5 years working in reproductive health. She loves to help families navigate their fertility journey by educating and empowering them along the way. She also worked in Oncology specializing in Breast Cancer. She feels that her experiences as a nurse, working primarily in reproductive health, has given her tools that she uses to support families as a doula.
 
One of her favorite ways to support families is to give them evidence based information so they can make informed decisions. She is very comfortable in all birth settings and works very well to help communicate your needs with hospital staff if needed. 

As a doula, Claudia is always looking to grow and learn. She is currently studying to become an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).

Erin Chapman
Birth Doula
Certified Lactation Consultant

Erin is both an International Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a DONA trained Birth Doula with Golden Gate Doula.

 

Erin has been working in the world of birth, postpartum, and lactation support for the last four years. She has an immense passion for supporting birthing parents with all of the joys, struggles, and intensity that come along with welcoming a new baby into this world. She feels incredibly honored to get to spend prenatal appointments talking, laughing, holding space for, and empowering her beautiful clients with education and support. Erin truly loves what she does displaying her fully circle support from the initial consult to your very last in-home postpartum visit. 

 

As both as IBCLC and Birth Doula, she is able to offer a true wrap around care model to leave you feeling supported and empowered every step of the way. She provides:

(1) one on one prenatal support and education

(2) deeply individualized continuous labor & birth support

(3) professional Lactation Consultation from the first latch and beyond.  

 

Erin is also mother to two young boys . She is incredibly excited to meet with you and hear about your questions, goals, and sacred journey into motherhood.

Jennifer Darwin 
Birth Doula
Nurse
Infant CPR/Safety Instructor,
Director of GGDA

Jen started her journey as a birth worker as a Labor and Delivery nurse in Dallas, Texas.  She has attended over 1,000 births as a nurse and birth doula. Jennifer uses her background and knowledge to help guide families and support their wishes at home as well as in the hospital setting. Once you arrive at the hospital, she will help you get settled in and work together with the staff to make sure your birth preferences are communicated . She feels it is important for you to know your options along the way so you are able to make safe and educated decisions that you feel comfortable with. 

 

The birth of your child should be a wonderful and joyous experience, Jennifer will help you feel confident and supported before, during and after the birth of your baby.    

 

She has additional education in Maternal Nutrition, Breast Feeding, Advanced Maternal Age risks, and medications that are used in the delivery room.  Jennifer is a proud mother of a 27 year old daughter who she breastfed until she was 18 months old.

 

Jennifer is the Founder of the GGDA and teaches Infant Safety and CPR.

Julianna Winer
 Birth & Postpartum Doula
Perinatal Yoga Teacher

Growing up, Julianna has always been fascinated by birth, babies, and human development. Through her time as a child care worker, nanny, and dance teacher for young children, teens, and adults, she began learning the ways these complex passions enriched her life.

 

During her pursuit of an Anthropology and Education degree, she received her Yoga Teacher certification and has focused her teaching with women and expecting mothers. She is trained as a full spectrum birth and postpartum doula, prioritizing genuine connection and education informed care. She is deeply connected to her Jewish ancestral roots and incorporates traditional forms of healing in her offerings. She is deeply grateful to all of those who came before her who have offered their support to get her to where she is today.

 

Julianna is always striving to better her practice and offerings through constant education. She recognizes each birthing person and birth is unique and it is her priority to bring the same calming, encouraging, and positive energy to each woman, partner, baby, and family.

Rali Zikatanova 
Birth Doula
Childbirth Educator
Perinatal Yoga Teacher

Rali was born in Bulgaria and grew up in Central Pennsylvania before moving and making a home in Berkeley. After a successful career in technology consulting and project management for nonprofits, Rali followed a lifelong pull to serve and support families during one of the most pivotal and transformational parts of their lives.

 

Rali believes that every person deserves to have someone there to hold space for them, ground them, and guide and assist them in making educated choices about their pregnancy, labor, and their baby's birth. She also holds that every person deserves to have someone believe in and trust their strengths. Rali’s past clients, colleagues, and her friends and family will attest to her calming and grounding presence and her ability to hold space, listen deeply and intently, and nurture without judgement.

 

As a birth doula, Rali provides unbiased information, emotional support, and physical comfort measures in preparation for, during, and after the labor and birth of your baby. She brings her DONA International Birth Doula Training and her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training to her work. Rali is fluent in English, Bulgarian, and French.

Ke'xia Draper
 Birth & Postpartum Doula
Childbirth Educator

Hello! and greetings! My name is Ke’xia (kuh-see-ya) Draper and I was born and raised in San Francisco. I am a mother of two, ages 3 and 1.  Having experienced the birth of my children, furthered my compassion and understanding of the importance of being involved in such a sacred time. 

 

     Throughout my life, I have been on a quest to know which type of service that I had a passion for. From wanting to be a veterinarian to going to college to study Nursing, I finally found what I love; being a doula/birth keeper! I have had the pleasure of servicing birthing parents since 2020. I was trained, lovingly, with Cornerstone Doula Services as a full spectrum doula. In future years, my goal is to become a midwife, either traditional or CNM.

 

       As practicing as a doula/birth keeper, I have grown to honor this miraculous time while empowering parents to own every moment of their experience. I’ve also understood the importance to advocate women on every aspect (spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional) by supporting your decision to create the birth of your choice. It will be my pleasure to accompany you through this time!

Sheryll Randazzo 
Birth Doula
Placenta Encapsulator
Lactation Counselor

Sheryll is a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula. She also is a Lactation Consultant through Healthy Children Project-Center for Breastfeeding. In addition to Breastfeeding support and doula work, she also has a passion for Placentas! She Trained through International Placenta & Postpartum Association to become a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. 

 

After experiencing her own home birth with a midwife, she wants to help everyone have an empowered and supported birthing experience. She is dedicated to making sure that you and your partner feel like you have the skills you need to have the most positive birth experience as possible. Sheryll loves to explore and research ways to provide you with continuous support and uses evidence based information so you can make educated decisions during your pregnancy and into your birth.   

Milan Gray
Birth Doula
Postpartum Day Doula

Milan Gray is a fully trained DONA birth and postpartum doula with 5 years background experience in childcare and a passion for supporting families. Although she no longer provides childcare to older children, her goal remains supporting families during this monumental transition, as well as educating using evidence based information and resources.

 

While working with Milan you can expect tender, non-judgmental, and knowledgeable support. She follows the flow of your home and it's members. Did we mention that she loves to help organize and set up baby's nursery and prepare your home for the arrival of your newborn? Her goal is to join in on and celebrate your way of parenting, not by correcting, but by providing you with the information and tools you need to make you own choices. Whether Milan is demonstrating different burping techniques or baby-wearing,  prepping you a meal or doing laundry, she will do so with encouraging words and a smile on her face.

 

When Milan isn’t working she enjoys baking all kinds of treats, experimenting with new recipes, and also loves embroidery and tending to her balcony garden. Her friends and family would describe her as joyful, confident and empathetic.​

Brette Howard
Birth Doula

 

Brette is currently certifying to be a Birth Doula with Carriage House Birth, based in New York, and is very honored to be in Apprenticeship with Jennifer Darwin of Golden Gate Doula Associates. Nothing thrills her more than to think of how many dynamic families and people she can support and uplift through informed consent. She comes to this work with the following tenets: 

1) ALL birthing people and family structures deserve to be witnessed, empowered and supported in every decision during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum.

2) Birth partners also need clarity, confidence , and comfort. 

(3) To illuminate communication is to create a healthy foundation for your birthing team and newborn.

 

Born at home on the plains of Montana and raised on the Salish Sea of Seattle Sound, Brette has called the hills, valleys, and rivers of California home for almost 20 years and have a deep connection to community and service in the Bay Area. Brette, her husband and daughter, call San Francisco's (Ohlone Land) Mission District home, and in her free time she can be found listening to music, making playlists, taking photos and camping/hiking any chance they can get. Brette has a deep connection to different earth based skills, storytelling, cosmology and divine timing. As a family, they are working hard to become fluent in Spanish. Brette is in relationship with the land + community as a student of Beekeeping, Birding, and Mycology. 

Alana Corrin
 Birth Doula
Childbirth Educator

Alana always knew she wanted to work one-on-one with people in a meaningful profession that would help support and empower them. After taking college courses in fetal and infant motor development and women's health and reproductive rights, her interests in birth began to develop. She was introduced to doula work after being a nanny for 11 years and working for a number of women who had had traumatic birth experiences. Hearing their stories motivated and inspired her to want to learn everything about birth.

Alana finds herself captivated by birth and the amazing things of which our bodies are capable of. Having a science and physical therapy background, she loves the anatomy and physiology side, but feels drawn to the mental and emotional side as well. Alana has a desire to help and be of service and feels that nurturing comes naturally to her. Birth work is a perfect combination of everything that fascinates her and she feels inherently meant to do so.

In her free time you can find Alana on a hike or exploring new destinations in nature, inventing new recipes in the kitchen, getting sunburned at the beach and floating in the waves, re-watching her favorite rom coms, traveling to new places, cuddling with her cat, or skateboarding at a local skate park.

Kyrsha Pryor
 Birth Doula
Placenta Encapsulator

Peace, I’m Kyrsha! I am a mother, full spectrum doula and childcare provider for families. I have an embodied knowledge of birth and postpartum from my own experience, which is what inspired me into birth work. I understand the importance of what it means to be held during pregnancy, educated and supported so that during the birthing process, as the birthing person you have the ability to surrender to the process. As your doula I want to be that physical, mental, emotional and spiritual support for you! I’ve taken comprehensive trainings that include 65+ hours, that have equipped me to be a competent and skilled doula. I plan to continue taking more of these comprehensive trainings so that I can become impeccable in my calling. I believe there is always room for growth! From my earliest memories I’ve had an innate calling in taking care of babies and young children. I studied Early Childhood Education and was a preschool teacher and nanny over the past 7+ years. I have extensive experience in care taking and one of my strengths is being a genuine caretaker! In my free time, I love to be outdoors in nature, hiking, going to the beach, being with family, dancing and journaling. 

 

As a doula I am there to support you through your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. 

 

To comfort . To educate . To advocate. To nourish . To be your biggest cheerleader . To let your voice be heard and your spirit shine.​