The Doulas of the Modesto Doula Group (now Harmony Doula Group) have been serving pregnant, birthing, and postpartum people and families in the California Central Valley, from Merced to Tracy to the Delta Valley for nearly 2 decades.
Teri and Susan are currently teaching classes for childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care for parents, as well as training birth and postpartum doulas, at the Modesto Natural Birth Center. They are leaders in the industry, honored to have trained and mentored many of the doulas currently working the area.
Our Areas of Expertise
- hospital, birth center, and home births
- vaginal births after cesareans (VBAC)
- LGBTQ families
- advanced maternal age
- high risk pregnancies
- IUI, IVF and fertility challenges
- surrogacy and adoption
- survivors of adverse childhood experiences and/or previous birth trauma
- perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD)
- lactation, breastfeeding, and chestfeeding challenges
- sleep challenges
- postpartum recovery, surviving and thriving
- And of course, uncomplicated, textbook, physiological birth!
We offer birth and postpartum doula services, as well as private and group classes. We also offer placenta encapsulation and processing, birth stool rental, custom blended herbal teas and aromatherapy massage oils. Our team members also lead support groups for lactation, cesarean recovery, and postpartum mood disorders in the Livermore, Mountain House, Dublin, and Modesto.
Our service area is the San Francisco East Bay, Tri-Valley, Delta Valley and Central Valley area, including the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Union City, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Brentwood, Antioch, Discovery Bay, Mountain House, Tracy, Lathrop, Manteca, Modesto, Stockton and all points in between.
We invite you to learn more about us and our services. Contact us to schedule a private interview or join us at our Meet the Doulas events.
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Why Hire The Modesto Doula Group?
A 2017 systematic Cochrane review showed that having continuous labor support makes one more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth and shorter labor, and less likely to have:
- A cesarean delivery
- An instrument assisted delivery
- A negative birth experience
- Regional pain medication
- Low 5-minute APGAR scores
Compared to national rates of cesarean which currently sit at 32%, the rate of cesarean among Teri's clients is less than 7%, including VBACs, over the past 11 years.
We aren't magic. We believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and to have educational, physical, and emotional support throughout the childbearing year. We encourage our clients' right and ability to make informed decisions about their care as they work with their chosen medical support team and us. It's what ACOG recommends and it makes a difference in outcomes.
In 2014 the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynocologists released a statement that the singlemost most important thing someone can do to decrease their change of cesarean is to have "the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula".
Meet the Doulas
Noon on the first Saturday of the month
700 W La Canada Ave, Mtn. House, CA 95391
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by appointment on the first Saturday of the month and select Wednesdays
Hosted by the Modesto Natural Birth Place
at 1608 Sunrise Ave, Suite B, Modesto
Please RSVP to ModestoDoula@gmail.com
together with the Mt. Diablo Doula Community at
7pm on the first & third Thursdays of the month
Hosted by Body Love Cafe
at 3093 Citrus Cir., #125, Walnut Creek
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