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Professionally

I graduated from Stanford University (BA, '13), studying everything from history to computer science to photography, but the most important part of my college experience was the four years I spent as a sexual health educator, counselor, and leader. After a year working as a Product Manager at Google, I returned to my roots in wellness. Thanks to not a few episodes of Call the Midwife and a sudden intuition that I would find happiness in the birth room, I began my career as a doula and trained with Doula Trainings International in January 2015.

I approach doula-ing with an evidence-based mindset, making recommendations based on what has been demonstrated to be effective. I see my role as a doula as helping birthing parents and their partners discover their own capacities and confidence, enabling the best possible birth experience. I'll be there along the way with lots of information, comfort measures, and practical help, but my biggest goal is to help parents unlock the power they already have.

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Personally

I became a mother in October 2016 when I welcomed my son Donato, who was born by cesarean at Marin General Hospital. Suffice it to say that I have plenty of firsthand experience with how things don't always go according to plan when it comes to birth (and life!). I live in Richmond, CA with my husband, my son, and our chihuahua mix, Zoë.

My hobbies and interests include vegetarian cooking, singing, social justice, and writing. These days, with the new baby, you'll find me on hikes with my son and dog, introducing the baby to my favorite music, and microwaving frozen entrees from Trader Joe's :)

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Doula Trainings International Certified Doula »

I am a certified birth and postpartum doula through DTI. I also previously served as a member of our core team, creating DTI's yearly retreat and our online doula training.

p: 408.761.6746

sophi@blackberrybabies.com