Representation is so important. So we included two sections to allow parents to connect with providers who are BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) and LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, +)

BIPOC birthworkers of San Diego

Paula Mantilla Doula

Paula Mantilla

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Paula Mantilla, owner of Nature’s Whisper, is a birth and postpartum doula offering the only *in-person* Birth Preparation Classes of SanDiego. She is a mother of 4, cancer survivor and private raw food chef. She is an experienced Concious Parenting Educator and pours her knowledge of wellness as a mother into her classes and work.

Birthworker of Color: LatiX

Janarra Anderson Postpartum Doula

Janarra Anderson

Postpartum Doula

I am Janarra Anderson, a Postpartum Doula serving San Diego County. My passion came from my postpartum period after my first child. It was the most painful, incredibly hard part of my journey as a Mother and I wished then that I had more support. Now, my goal as a Postpartum Doula is to offer heart-centered, intrinsic, holistic care to Mothers and Caregivers to embody the phrase “where nature meets nurture”.

Birthworker of Color: Filipino

Ruth Hale Full Spectrum Doula

Ruth Hale

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 Doula, Traditional Postpartum Care

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….

Birthworker of Color: Latina

Madison Blades Full Spectrum Doula

Madison Blades

Full-Spectrum Doula

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

LGBTQIA Birthworkers San Diego

Dr. Katie Valadez

Pediatric & Prenatal Chiropractor

Dr. Katie believes that health is not a destination but a journey. By providing support and addressing her practice members’ needs, she is committed to helping families access their potential to reach their health goals. She chose pediatric and prenatal care as her specialty to help change the paradigm and how kids view health.

LGBTQIA+ Provider: Gay/Lesbian

Laura Anne Maturo Full Spectrum Doula

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

Birth Workers & Support Services

Hapa Yoga & Fitness

In Studio & Online

Hapa Yoga & Fitness has been servicing San Diego parents with their yoga, fitness and wellness journey for 10 years.  Hapa Yoga was the first studio in San Diego to offer prenatal, post natal yoga and fitness with dedicated child care.  Hapa Yoga has experienced staff, most of them mom instructors, teach yoga, pilates, fitness to expecting and new moms and dads.

Nature's Whisper Family Yoga

Nature’s Whisper

Family Yoga Studio

Nature’s Whisper Family Wellness & Yoga offers small group classes that support motherhood through all the stages. These include prenatal, baby and me, morning mamas and private sessions. Classes are outdoors under the shade all over SanDiego and expanding. Mention this page to get a free trial class!

Jen Varela Sleep Coach

Jen Varela

Certified Gentle Sleep Coach

Over the course of the last decade, sleep coaching expert Jen Varela has helped more than 4,500 families and the sweet sleep they’ve been deprived of and desperately needed. Through her experience, she aims to provide parents with solutions that bring hope and strategies that work with each child’s temperament in the sleeping location that the parents prefer from bed-sharing, room-sharing with the baby on a separate sleep surface, or the child being in their bedroom.

Susana Cicchetti pelvic floor therapist

Susana Cicchetti, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Susana Cicchetti is a San Diego native who received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2009 from the University of St. Augustine, Florida.

Susana provides treatment for all musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. She believes in looking at the whole body to optimize function and wellness helping you achieve your goals. 

She is very passionate about providing excellent, efficient, and effective one-on-one care so that patients can achieve their goals and back to living a functional and healthy lifestyle.  

Dr. Danielle Owens pelvic floor physical therapist

Dr. Danielle Owens

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Danielle Owens received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017 from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Following graduation, she moved to San Diego and began specializing in Pelvic Floor/orthopedics in both the outpatient and home care setting. Dr. Owens has taken numerous courses in pelvic health PT in order to attain a CAPP-Pelvic certification from the APTA. With all of the pelvic health knowledge and experience, Dr. Owens created an entire Pelvic Health program at a large corporate Physical Therapy company. Outside of work, she is very active and enjoys all things outdoors, her dogs, and running half marathons.

Erica Friedman pre and postnatal fitness coach

Erica Friedman

Pre and Postnatal Fitness Coach

Erica is the Founder of Erica Friedman Wellness, a small business dedicated to helping moms feel strong, confident, and powerful through movement. As a Certified Pre-& Postnatal Fitness Coach she creates fitness programming that prepares mamas for labor, postpartum recovery, and the activities of daily life as a parent.

Her goal is to equip you with the knowledge, strength, and function to heal, move well, and have the energy for the toughest job you’ll ever love – motherhood. She offers 1:1 personal training, online programming, and group training (virtually + in person), with a focus on core + pelvic floor health and rehab, and a safe (re) introduction to movement postpartum.

Ana Burr Full Spectrum Doula

Ana Burr

Full Spectrum Doula

Ana Marie of Primal Birth Doula Services is a full-spectrum birthworker based in El Cajon. Primal Birth was founded on the belief that the way we experience rites of passages matters. I consider this work an inherent calling and am honored to be a witness of your journey. When she is not working she loves traveling, hiking and spending time with her husband & puggle.

Dr. Vera Philipsen Doctor of Physical Therapy and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

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.

Brittany Berger Midwife student and Doula

Brittany Berger

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. 

Jamie Reinhardt Ayurvedic postpartum care

Jamie Reinhardt

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 Postpartum Doula

Stevie Trujillo

Postpartum Doula

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.

Cati owner of Night Owl Doula


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!

Tatiana Koontz Midwife and Doula

Tatiana Koontz

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…