My Journey

My Journey began when I found out I was pregnant with my first child.  I knew I had options and wanted to research to find my own path.  I gave birth so my son naturally and had an amazing experience.  As I saw friends and acquaintances having interventions that they didn’t fully understand something stirred in me.  I felt a calling to be part of this process – supporting women through their births with encouragement, information, and guidance.  It is a privilege to stand beside so many amazing women during this sacred experience.  I am honored that I get to call my role as a doula “work.”


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Doula Services

Inviting someone to attend the birth of your child is an important decision.  I highly encourage you to meet several doulas and choose the one you connect with best.  My services include unlimited telephone or e-mail support throughout your pregnancy, two prenatal appointments, 24-hour on-call availability surrounding your due date, my presence and support during your labor and birth, photography once the baby is born, assistance with initial breastfeeding after the birth, and one post-partum visit.  If I am unable to attend your birth due to illness or a conflict with another client in labor, one of my back-up doulas will be able to assist you.


Birth Photography

After your baby is born, I step aside and capture images of your new family getting to know each other.  The high-resolution electronic images are included in my doula fee and are uploaded into a private, password protected gallery where you may view and download them. Maternity Photography is available for an additional fee.

“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.” -Ina May Gaskin


Contact Details

Los Angeles, CA Telephone: 310.993.7238 E-mail: dana@douladana.com

Hiring Doula Services

If you are looking for a doula, please send me a note using the contact form.  Once we have established that I am available to support your birth, we can meet in person for an interview.

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