Welcome Doulas

One of the perks of being a Golden Gate Doula is being part of one of the most respected doula groups in the Bay Area!

Doula Director, Jen Darwin believes that we should never stop learning and growing our skills. She created this page to help all the Doulas at Golden Gate keep their skills sharp and be able to share your knowledge with your clients. 

Our practice benefits more when we have confident and knowledgeable doulas representing it.  

Enjoy these trainings and thank you for being a part of our family!

BABY WEARING TRAINING

Check out this Baby Wearing Training! Even the most skilled Baby Wearing Doula will learn something from this! Meleah Ekstrand is one of the BEST Baby Wearing experts around and she will help give you the skills to have confidence when you are working with families who are planning on baby wearing! She discusses how to safely wear a baby and demonstrates a few of the most popular styles of baby wearing gear. 

Doula Jen's easy Mermaid Swaddle

With all the swaddles and wrapping techniques out there, new parents can get overwhelmed! This 4 minute video shows a quick and easy way to swaddle a new baby that any parent can do!  

Doula Workshop- Newborn Care

Birth Doulas Jen Darwin and Allison Katayama host the Newborn Care Monthly Workshop. This video is available to the GGDA Clients to view on the "MEMBERS ONLY" Page. It covers what to expect from the minute the baby is born into the first few weeks of life.  

POSTPARTUM RECOVERY TRAINING

What the heck happens right after a person gives birth?! Let's have real talk about what happens during the first few minutes up to the first 6 weeks of the postpartum period! We hope that this will help you know how to support clients better as they recover from their vaginal or cesarean birth. 

NOTE: This video is also on our

"MEMBERS ONLY" page for our clients to view. 

Doula Jen and Doula Caitlyn discuss postpartum tips

Doula Allison hosts the virtual workshop December 2021

Tips for Nailing a Birth Doula Consultation

If you are a new doula just getting started with Golden Gate or maybe new to birth doula work... This meeting was to discuss tips and ways to get a better connection with a couple during that initial meeting to find out if you are a good fit. 

This is set up in a zoom call style and we decided to record it so other doulas can benefit from these tips! 

It is kind of long, so grab some popcorn and settle in for a bit! 

Let's talk about what is in those portable doula kits!

With the constantly changing covid policies in the hospitals, Doula Jen created a "portable doula kit" to offer clients who will be supported virtually by their doula. 

These kits are full of all kids of helpful tools that you can share with your clients if you are unable to attend the birth. 

Hypno Birthing Training for Doulas

In this Training, the GGDA Doulas meet with Kate Rea to discuss the benefits of HypnoBirthing with our clients. Learn techniques that can help reduce fears and anxiety with your birth and postpartum clients.

She gives us a special treat and closes with a guided meditation session at the end of the zoom. So, take a deep breath and enjoy this relaxing session with our very own Kate Rea!

EVCs and VBACs!! 

Doula Jen chats with a couple considering a VBAC

Doula Jen speaks to a couple about ways to approach a vaginal birth after cesarean birth!

This is a casual conversation about ways to explore options, talk to your provider about vaginal birth and tips for couples. 

Let's talk about ECVs!!!

ECVs!! Let's talk about ECVs and ways we can help our clients prepare for ECVs and how to support them during the procedure!

Mental and physical prep! 

ECV Handout from the video

Hand Expression with Doula Meghan

What is hand expression?! Doula Meghan talks about what hand expression is and how to show your client how to perform hand expression! We hope that this will help you know how to support clients better as they enter their breastfeeding journey. 

NOTE: This video is also on our

"MEMBERS ONLY" page for our clients to view. 

Birth Doula On Call Calendar