We have included two sections to better support our new Parents of Color and LGBTQIA+ parents
Full Spectrum Doula
Ruth has a background in child development and is a walking perinatal encyclopedia. She has supported families since 2011 as a caregiver. In 2015 Ruth gave birth to her first child. This inspired Ruth to move her education and support to the pregnancy and postpartum period. Since 2017 Ruth has trained as a Postpartum Doula, Birth Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, Gottman Bringing Home Baby Educator, and has completed the USCD Lactation Consultant program.
Birthworker of Color: Latina
Metztli Lopez Torres
CLE, Doula, Traditional Postpartum Care
My name is Metztli Lopez Torres and I’m a Mexican sobadora, doula, childbirth and lactation educator, anthropologist, feminist, mom, sister, daughter, friend, advocate of women’s rights and environmentalist.
My story started with my experience during my first pregnancy while I was living in Mexico. During that time rural women (mujeres del campo) shared their knowledge about pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding, and newborn care. I learned to use traditional medicine like herbs, massages and food to heal my baby and myself….
Madison (she/her) is a Fertility, Abortion & Loss, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum birth worker serving San Diego, California. She has trained with various organizations including Birthing Advocacy Doula Training and is CPR Certified with American Red Cross. As your birth worker, Madison is committed to standing up and protecting your birth space. She is intent on helping you find your voice, and is ready to provide you with unparalleled support and resources so that you’re able to make informed decisions throughout your entire journey.
Birthworker of Color: Filipino
Laura Anne Maturo
Full Spectrum Doula
Meet your new doula! Laura Anne Maturo is originally from the northeast, but has lived in Hawaii and New York. She’s been a doula since 2015, although she attended many births before being formally trained. Originally trained through DONA, she has also received training through the UCSD Hearts and Hands program as well as through StillBirthday, where she certified. Laura specializes in post traumatic birth support and parents expecting a loss…
LGBTQIA+ birthworker: Pansexual
Dr. Vera Philipsen DPT COMT CHT
Pelvic/ortho Physical Therapy
My name is Vera Philipsen. I graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland School Of Medicine, Baltimore in May 2008.
I see the practice of Physical Therapy as a balance between science and art. I strive to inform, nurture and encourage my patients. Together we focus on exploring your body’s individual movement patterns and function, with a goal of health and wellness through all stages of life.
Midwife Student and Doula
Brittany Berger (pronouns She/Her) has spent nearly 10 years assisting new parents through pregnancy, birth, and/or the postpartum period. She has attended over 50 births in a birth assistant role and/or doula role. Brittany is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in midwifery through Midwives College of Utah and received DONA approved doula training in 2019.
Inspired Birth Services offers Free consultations and can provide labor support, postpartum support, one on one childbirth and/or lactation prep classes, lactation support for up to one year postpartum for clients who choose to have her at their birth, 20% off discounts to clients identifying as part of a marginalized group, and sliding scale for low income families who have Medical.
Ayurvedic Postpartum Care
Jamie is a traditional postpartum practitioner. While specifically trained in Ayurvedic postpartum care, she pulls knowledge from many different traditions to help women heal after they give birth. The goal of her caregiving practice is that mamas come out of the first 6 weeks after giving birth feeling well nourished, held, centered, and empowered.
Stevie Trujillo became a Postpartum Doula in 2018 and in 2019 she started her business, Stevie Rose Doula. In two short years Stevie has served over 20 families to include many sets of multiples, premies, and medically fragile newborns. Stevie serves families all over San Diego County. She has a passion for helping new parents become confident in their abilities as parents. Stevie has continued her education by becoming a certified postpartum doula in 2020, and taking a course on breastfeeding for doulas. As a mother of 5 herself, Stevie understands the importance of support after the birth of your baby or babies.
Postpartum Doula and Owner of Night Owl Doula
A San Diego native, I have over a decade of experience working with children of all ages. After moving to Texas in 2010 and giving birth to two girls of my own, I quickly realized that the postpartum period was rougher than the world gives it credit for. It wasn’t until 2015 that becoming a Doula became a possibility and that’s when I realized that I could give others the dream postpartum period that I wished I had. After my training in May of 2016, I started Nite Owl Postpartum Doula, Now, four years later I have provided more than fifty families with the much needed support they deserve. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve the postpartum experience that you deserve!
Midwife and Doula
From Tatiana: I’ve devoted the last 14 years of my life to birth and postpartum work as a doula. I’ve been privileged to walk with hundreds of families on parts of their special journeys. It’s through these years of experience that I’ve grown my passions by seeing how much work there is to do to improve the lives of families. I’ve worked with many families who’ve struggled with fertility and supported them through all kinds of treatments and surrogacy…