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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. 
 

If you are working with one of the Doulas from Golden Gate...

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO MENTION THAT YOU ARE A GOLDEN GATE CLIENT WHEN BOOKING! Some providers offer promos to GGDA clients!

Ocean Berg
RN
Board Certified Lactation Consultant

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.

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

Dr. Den Bremond 
Licensed Acupuncturist
Herbalist
Doctor of Chinese Medicine

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.

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Dr. Den has an office located in Noe Valley where she sees Golden Gate Doula Families. 

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Judy teaches workshops at the Golden Gate Doula Associates center.

Judy Kivowitz
Pediatric Registered Nurse
Published Author

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 

 

Her 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.

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Dr. Charisse has an office located in Golden Gate Doula Center and hosts monthly "Vag Clinic" for our clients. 

Dr. Charisse Balance 
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

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. 

Kathryn Marie Rea
 Registered Nurse
Certified Hypnobirthing Child Birth Educator

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.  

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

San Francisco Birth Center 
Comprehensive Midwifery Care

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, in-suite bathrooms and large birth tubs. 

Once you are back home, the midwives will do home visits to check on you and your new baby and be available to answer questions.

They also offer group prenatal care and other classes and events.  

 

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The SFBC offers midwifery care in a safe and comfortable space, ask about the discount to Golden Gate Doula Clients!

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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 

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Origins Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
 PT, MSPT, WCS 

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.

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

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Anne Del Valle 
Certified Sleep Consultant

Anne, a Californian, is a lover of life, family, food, and sleep! Anne is a wife and a mother to a fun-loving toddler boy.

In coaching her own baby boy, Anne was amazed at how quickly her son learned to sleep on his own and how well rested he became. Formerly sleepless nights had turned into healthy sleep for her family, and ultimately, she was left with a newfound confidence in motherhood.

 That is what motivated Anne and she has been helping sleepy families locally and around the globe since 2017.

Anne believes that motherhood is not meant to be survived, but to be spent thriving. She takes a compassionate, educated, thorough and parent-supportive approach with families. She is a passionate mama with a love for children and she is committed to helping parents. When it comes to sleep, Anne’s motto is “Do not suffer in silence”, you and your baby deserve to sleep, and Anne is here to help!

 

Lorena Sanchez
 Certified Massage Therapist,
Licensed Esthetician

Twenty years ago, Lorena began her massage therapy practice. She has worked at many reputable spas in San Francisco, New York City and Palo Alto. Most recently, she was working at Nob Hill Spa.

In the beginning of her career she specialized primary in Deep Tissue massages. Once she became pregnant she found herself needing prenatal massages and discovered incredible relief from her prenatal massage therapist. It was priceless and she couldn't be more thankful to her services.

After having her baby, she also experienced the physical demands of caring for her baby and her empathy grew with each passing day. Parenting is such an amazing experience and yet can take a toll on our bodies. Massage therapy has proven to help manage these physical challenges. 

Lorena will provide you with a highly skilled massage along with lots of empathy and the desire to provide you with great experience. She welcomes any questions you may have.

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Lorena offers massage services at Golden Gate Doula Associates 

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Estelle Fraisse

RN,BSN, IBCLC

Estelle is a perinatal nurse and Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her chief mission is to help moms and babies on their breastfeeding journey. Every family has a different story and a different set of challenges. Estelle offers individualized care tailored to your needs and goals. 

Estelle is a mother of two and lives with her partner in the San Francisco Bay Area. She grew up and went to school in France and graduated from nursing school in 2003. She worked in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for several years in France before moving to the USA. Estelle has been a nurse at the San Francisco General Hospital Birth Center (Labor & Delivery and Postpartum) since 2017. In 2014, she gave birth to her son and developed a passion for breastfeeding. She spent a few years helping new parents and studying lactation until becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2021. 

As a mother, she breastfed both her children and was blessed to meet lactation professionals who helped her persevere and make it a reality. Also, transitioning back to work came with its challenges. Her personal experience, professional background, and training, made her realize her passion for helping families in their breastfeeding journey.

 

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Estelle teaches breastfeeding clinics at Golden Gate Doula Associates 

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Tia hosts monthly 'Vag Clinics' at Golden Gate Doula Associates center

Dr. Anietie Ukpe-Wallace
 Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

Dr. Anietie Ukpe-Wallace, PT, DPT, also known as Tia, is an orthopedic and pelvic health physical therapist  who specializes in providing a continuum of care and support from pregnancy loss to postpartum all while emphasizing the importance of self-care. Tia has had a life-long fascination with the human body and its inner workings which ultimately led her to path that she is on today.

 

Beginning with a formal introduction to movement in college, she has continued that journey ever since. As a yoga teacher of 8 years around the Bay Area, her practice morphed from one of structure and ego to one of humility and independent thinking. After her own chronic struggles surrounding her pelvic floor and multiple miscarriages she has grown a love for learning and understanding this part of the body that is rarely talked about and sometimes even misunderstood. She is currently a Doctor of Physical Therapy in Oakland, CA where she offers both telehealth and concierge/in-home therapy services.

 

In addition, she is works as a women’s health coach, host of her former podcast, The Masterful Art of Self-Care and an amateur pole and Lyra artist. She is a wife, mother to her 7 year old daughter and a cat mom.

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Treasure provides acupuncture to  prenatal & postnatal clients at Tao to Wellness and Golden Gate Doula Associates center

Treasure De La Cruz
LAc & CMT

Treasure De La Cruz is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist and Nationally Licensed Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. At Tao to Wellness, Treasure acts as one of their fertility and pain management specialists. After having studied Nutrition at Virginia, being a yoga teacher for 10 years, combined with a career as a certified massage therapist for 10 years, and then becoming a trained doula, Treasure De La Cruz finally landed in the world of Chinese medicine. Her 18 years as a healer gives her a deep understanding of the body.

Especially as a mom and a trained doula, Treasure loves supporting people on their way to parenthood; whether trying to conceive naturally or working with IUI and IVF protocols. She is filled with knowledge on how to support parents to-be, from the preparation for conception, to during pregnancy, and to preparing for birth. Treasure understands the importance of family and as a health care provider, it is an honor to witness & support women through this miraculous journey into motherhood.  From a pain management/structural standpoint, she is a master at pain relief and helping people with body awareness, ergonomics and offering stretches and exercises when appropriate to support their treatment and lifestyle. From fertility to pain management and everything in between, Treasure is an expert.

GGDA Dream Team

Jennifer Darwin is the Owner/Director of Golden Gate Doula Associates. She recognized that many families where becoming overwhelmed trying to find their "Village" to support them through pregnancy and into parenthood. She wanted to be able to provide professional birth workers, doulas and providers that empowered people through this journey.  

Sara Comden is the GGDA Operations Manager, she is our "match maker" and runs the business side of the company. 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.

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Laura Koch is the GGDA Virtual Office Coordinator who helps coordinate the needs of the couples we support.  She has years of experience in executive office management. 

ottobie 
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.

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

Dr. Kate Russell
Doctor of Chiropractics

Dr. Kate Russell is a chiropractic doctor providing full spine care and adjusting, but also specializing in extremities, pregnancy, and low force techniques. It is her belief that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to pain and dysfunction and she is very committed to caring for each patient’s individual needs and helping them on their own path to balance, health and quality of life. 

Dr. Russell works with Thriving Life Wellness, a team of Chiropractic doctors who specialize in low force chiropractic care. They help people with chronic pain, stress and anxiety and get to the root cause of their problems so they can get back to living life the way they want to - with full energy, mood, sleep and quality of life. Each chiropractor is a member of the ICPA and each specialize in prenatal care, postpartum care and children. They are dedicated to providing you and your family with the best possible care. 

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Katie facilitates the Mom's Groups and Couple Therapy Groups at Golden Gate Doula Associates 

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Marriage & Family Therapists

Katie's work towards earning her master’s degree in counseling psychology at CIIS has confirmed her interest in the importance of our interpersonal relationships, which she holds as the purpose of human life. She believes Esther Perel’s statement that, “the quality of your relationship(s) ultimately determines the quality of your life.”

 

Prior to her path as a psychotherapist, Katie worked as a birth doula for over two and a half years, attending twenty-five births. After her doula days she continued to support parents and families within the SF Bay Area’s birth & baby community through her passion for the environment as the Marketing Director of EarthBaby compostable diaper service. 

 

Katie currently is married and has 3 wonderful children of her own, lives on the peninsula and also works at One Life Counseling Services.

 

Stephanie Forster 
Balanced Body Master Trainer & Pilates Educator.

Stephanie is the founder of Preggo Pilates, a Balanced Body Master Trainer and the Director of Pre and Postnatal Education at EHS Pilates in San Francisco. She brings over 25 years experience as a Pilates practitioner, dancer, body worker, anatomy and yoga student to her teaching, which is infused with irreverence and humor.

 

Her first hand knowledge of pregnancy, birth, Mamahood and deep connection to birthing professionals make her a natural at serving pre and postnatal women. Stephanie is passionate about working with women struggling with diastasis recti (split abdominals), prolapse and pelvic floor dysfunctions. She is currently getting certified as an Integrated Women’s Health Coach. Since 2008 she has been a member of the Mamas Resource Network, an eclectic Bay Area network of professionals who serve, support and educate pregnant and postpartum women and their families.

 

When she's not teaching Pilates, Stephanie enjoys biking throughout San Francisco, dancing outdoors, hiking, reading long mystery novels, geeking out on the pelvic floor and spending time with her two teenage children, her husband and their beloved menagerie of three cats and a dog.

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Stephanie leads our Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Workshop at Golden Gate.   

Heather Darwin 
Licensed Esthetician

Heather is a graduated and licensed Esthetician from San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology. She has always had a deep love for skincare and helping others feel beautiful in the skin that they are in.

 

She is always on the hunt for tips and tricks to further her knowledge and education, previously she worked at a high end spa in the heart of San Francisco but is now focusing on helping out expecting and postpartum mothers to get their skin in a healthy and beautiful state.

 

Her passion and empathetic nature can be easily felt throughout the services she provides, making sure each client leaves feeling relaxed and satisfied with their experience.

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Heather is proud to be working with the families of Golden Gate. offering unique Belly Facials to our families!  

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Tomi is proud to be working with the families of Golden Gate offering Placenta Encapsulation and tinctures to our families!  

Tomi Hougen 
Placenta Arts Preparation Specialist

Tomi is positively passionate about placentas. Since 2010 she has been offering all things placenta related including sacred burial ceremony, tinctures, art prints, and her own unique recipe which is a balance for preserving the precious nutrients and hormones, but also cooking for safety. 

Tomi was trained by members of an online forum called ,“The New Placenta Group,” some of whom went on to form The Association for Placenta Preparation Arts. 

She also carries a blood borne pathogens certificate. She would love to connect with you on how to best serve your individual needs regarding your baby’s sacred organ.

 

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Kate is proud to be working with the families of Golden Gate offering her services to our East Bay clients!  Get your first free consultation below.

Dr. Kate Wong 

Doctor of Chiropactics

Dr. Kate Wong is a Housecall chiropractor who specializes in preconception, prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum. She offers concierge chiropractic care that provides chiropractic care customized for parents and children that works with a busy schedule.

 

Dr. Wong is Webster Technique Certified, a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment with the goal to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation or sacroiliac joint dysfunction very common in pregnant moms. This technique helps mothers have a comfortable pregnancy by providing proper alignment in the pelvis and spine best for their pregnancy needs, especially mothers who may suffer with discomfort such as pelvic pain, sciatica, vertigo, low back pain, etc. Best of all, she comes straight to your home!

 

She extends her services to newborns, toddlers and up to optimize child development brain function that may need customized care that the conventional methods don't provide. Dr. Wong emphasizes the importance of postpartum care focusing on helping your body recover back to alignment, especially after the birthing process.