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Meet the village that keeps Golden Gate Doulas Running!

We carefully select local providers that we trust to care for the families we work with. 

Certified Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator,
Registered Nurse


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.  

Kathryn Marie Rea, RN

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

Board Certified
Lactation Consultant, Registered Nurse

Ocean Berg has been a perinatal nurse for over 20 years. She has a Masters Degree in Nursing and is certified as a Lactation Consultant through the International Board of Lactation Consultants and is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. Ocean has worked as a nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum at Zuckerberg San Francisco General; as a breastfeeding, childbirth and newborn care educator with California Pacific Medical Center; and as a birth doula. 

 She has two wonderful daughters whom she breastfed for 2.5 years each. She enjoys gardening, snowboarding, biking and cooking healthy meals.

Ocean is passionate about supporting families in their breastfeeding journey and looks forward to working with clients to reach their lactation goals.

Ocean Berg, RN, IBCLC 

Ocean trains the GGDA Doulas, provides in-home visits and at the Golden Gate Doula Associates Center.

Licensed Acupuncturist

and Herbalist

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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.

Dr. Den Bloome Bremond

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

Board Certified

Lactation Consultant

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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.

Jen Kiatta,

Jen hosts a monthly "Latch Clinic for GGDA and sees clients at the Golden Gate Doula Associates center and in their homes.

Origin Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy





Our team of clinicians use their expert knowledge of women’s entire bodies to solve commonly overlooked health issues, from painful sex to postpartum recovery. We believe that treating women requires a safe space and a whole body approach (that means your vagina and pelvic floor, too). Our work is centered around individual goals and needs, and includes expert guidance, targeted exercise, strengthening, and hands-on work.


Origin is proud to support the families of the GGDA. They host informational workshops about pelvic floor health virtually and at the Golden Gate Doula Associates 


Certified Sleep Consultant


Midwifery Care

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.  

Del Valle

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


San Francisco
Birth Center

Pediatric Nurse

Published Author

Pelvic Floor


Board Certified

Lactation Consultant

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 nursejudynvp.blogspot.com 

 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. 

Nurse Judy
Kivowitz, RN
Dr.Charisse Balance

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!

Farrell Topham, IBCLC

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

Sustainable Baby Gear Rental

ottobie provides sustainable subscription rentals for high-end baby gear and furniture for the modern family. The product collection has been expertly curated and researched to provide new parents with eco-friendly, well-designed options for the modern home. Bassinets, strollers and other essentials can be rented on a monthly basis for any duration
of time. Membership is free and includes complimentary white-glove services like free delivery, free assembly and free pickup. To reduce impact on the environment, products are refurbished after each rental and recirculated.


ottobie is proud to be working with the families of Golden Gate. Ask about a special offer to our families!  

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.

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