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about

celia

I have unwavering trust that you are designed to give birth. Not only that, but it is your birthright to give birth safely, gently, and with love rather than with fear. How birth unfolds is somewhat unpredictable - but with education, mindset, practice, and support, you can give birth confidently and powerfully - no matter what turns your birthing takes.

 

I’ve always been fascinated with the intricate process of birth and the transformation into parenthood. It is one of the most mysterious yet natural processes - and the reason we all exist today. 

 

I was led down this path of birth work both in awe of the strength and intuitive wisdom of women and disheartened by the lack of knowledge, trust and autonomy some have for their own bodies.

 

During my pregnancy, I looked forward to the full mind body experience of birthing. I was very intentional in how I prepared to give birth and I also knew that I had to let go of all expectations. I knew that I didn’t have control over how my birth would go, but that my power was in how I related to it from one moment to the next. Going through the birth process ended up being the most grounded, strong, and connected I’ve ever felt in my body.

 

I am committed that every birthing person have the opportunity to feel ecstatic about their birth.

 

I’ve had the privilege to support birthing people of different sexual orientations, cultures, ethnic backgrounds, ages, and birth wishes. Each birth is so humbling because I am reminded just how powerful we are.

I help prepare families for birth and postpartum with:

  • evidence-based birth education

  • compassion for each individual’s unique perspective, desire, and concerns

  • understanding your choices and how to communicate with care providers

  • supporting partners to be an active participant in birth

  • creating a comfortable, warm, home-like environment in any birth setting

  • practicing labor positions, breathing, and relaxation techniques

  • offering resources to prepare the mind and body for birth

  • optional guidance and hands-on support for breastfeeding and bottle feeding

  • unwavering trust that you can do this!

My favorite part of being a doula is getting to witness the moment when someone meets their child for the first time and a family is born. It’s hard not to cry every time!

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in my free time...

In my free time, I’m simmering mineral broth or baking homemade granola, sunbathing at Live Oak park with my partner and our toddler, or traveling around the world. 

Trainings & Certifications Received:

  • Birth doula training - Doula Trainings of North America (2011)

  • Postpartum doula training - Cornerstone Doula Trainings (2012)

  • Homebirth for doulas training - Cornerstone Doula Trainings (2012)

  • Childbirth education training - Doula Trainings International (2018)

  • HypnoBirthing® practitioner training - HypnoBirthing® International (2018)

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celia@intuitivebirth.org   •   (510) 847-5902

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