Meet the village that keeps Golden Gate Doulas Running!

Laura Koch is the GGDA Office Coordinator who helps coordinate the needs of the couples we support.  She has years of experience in executive office management and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Victoria Adams is our Doula Coordinator who helps you find the perfect doula for birth or postpartum support.  She will put you in touch with a doula who has availability around your due date and answer any questions about the services we offer at GGDA.

To reach our office staff, please email us at

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Jen Kiatta,
Kathryn Marie Rea, RN
Del Valle
San Francisco
Birth Center
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Jen lives in Potrero Hill with her husband and son. She has worked with 500+ new and expectant families over 14 years and had her fair share of breastfeeding, sleep and emotional challenges throughout her own postpartum experience. She has witnessed and personally lived the knotted ball of yarn that this remarkable phase of life offers and uses that to help other families navigate through their breastfeeding journey.


Kate is a Certified HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator and an experienced labor and delivery nurse of 16 years.  She started teaching HypnoBirthing®-The Marie Mongan Method after the hypnobirth of her first child.  As a care provider and mother of two she has a lot of insight and wisdom to share with expectant mothers and partners.  Her greatest wish for her clients is for them to make informed decisions in their care and to have a calm and empowered birth experience.  

Anne has been helping tired families in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States to live rested since 2017. It is Anne’s passion to share the gift of sleep with families everywhere by using a customized, hands on, and gentle approach to sleep coaching. Anne also offers virtual and in home services. It is her belief that “Rested babies make for Rested parents”.

The San Francisco Birth Center offers comprehensive midwifery care that is tailored to each family's needs in a safe, home-like environment.  They offer a comfortable place to bring your baby into the world under the hand of experienced midwives.  They have private, en-suite bathrooms and large birth tubs.  They also offer group prenatal care and other classes and events.  

Board Certified

Lactation Consultant

Certified Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator

Certified Sleep Consultant


Midwifery Care

Kathryn trains the GGDA Birth Doulas and teaches workshops privately and at the Golden Gate Doula Associates Center.

Anne trains the GGDA Postpartum Doulas and teaches workshops at the Golden Gate Doula Associates 


Nurse Judy
Kivowitz, RN
Dr.Charisse Balance
Farrell Topham, IBCLC
Dr. Den Bloome Bremond

Judy Kivowitz (AKA Nurse Judy) has worked as a pediatric nurse since 1981. Many local families know her as the beloved "Nurse Judy" at Noe Valley Pediatrics.  She writes a popular pediatric nurse advice blog 

 Here goal is to offer a calm, common sense approach to common parenting issues ranging from illnesses, safety, starting solid foods. Check out her Newborn "Baby Boot Camp" at the GGDA office.

Charisse specializes in treating the pelvic floor and chronic pain.

In 2004, she obtained her B.S. in Exercise Physiology with a Minor in Psychology from UC Davis. She continued on to the Azusa Pacific University and graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009. After obtaining her doctorate, she began to focus her attention to yoga. Charisse obtained her yoga certification RYT-200 in 2015.  With this training, she was introduced to the physiological benefits of the quiet, restful, supported practice of restorative yoga. 

Farrell is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and certified postpartum doula. 

As a lactation consultant, she gives parents the practical guidance and care they need to achieve their feeding goals and thrive! She supports the entire family’s physical and emotional needs so that the path into parenthood is a smooth and joyful transition.  As a native San Franciscan, she is proud to work with a diverse group of mothers and support our LGBTQ families!

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Dr. Den is a California licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, having received her Master’s of Science and then her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in 2018.  She has completed extensive coursework in the areas of women’s health and pediatrics.  She is comfortable with and skilled at treating and supporting people with a wide variety of health concerns, including: psycho-emotional, digestive, women’s health, immune enhancement, acute and chronic pain and the general promotion of physical and emotional health.

Pediatric Nurse

Published Author

Pelvic Floor


Board Certified

Lactation Consultant

Licensed Acupuncturist

and Herbalist

Judy teaches workshops at the Golden Gate Doula Associates center.

Charisse's practice is located within the Golden Gate Doula Associates center

Farrell teaches breastfeeding classes at Golden Gate Doula Associates center

Den has an office in Noe Valley and also teaches classes for GGDA clients.