Loving Words From Families

See what makes us the leading and most trusted doula practice in both northern and southern California.

Our passion at DOULAS By The BAY is to provide the most current, evidence-based care with integrity and excellence.

Our careful attention to detail, depth of experience and commitment to families, has made DOULAS by the BAY the leading and most trusted doula practice in both northern and southern California. But don’t just take our word for it. See what some of our clients have to say:

Aisling Gallagher
June 24, 2024

We had a great experience with Sydney who was a sibling doula for our son. Our son had never been cared for by anyone other than his parents so this was a huge change for him. Sydney was so kind and caring towards him and provided us with regular updates. Our son loved playing and interacting with her. She made sure he felt secure and safe and did an outstanding job with his care. Sydney even accommodated an extra night of support at short notice and was very flexible in supporting our family. She is a very responsible and caring doula. We highly recommend her to anyone using this service.

Lorace Manalo
June 23, 2024

Agnes from Doulas By the Bay was a Godsend. I’m a second time mom and also a widow. This was my first time hiring any type of caregiver. I remember with my first child, taking care of a newborn during the nights was the hardest for me. My mom helped me out back then. Now five years later, I’m well into my 40s and my mom is getting older, I told myself I need to get some professional help for everyone’s sanity. Fortunately, I have benefits from work for postpartum care through Carrot. I reached out to DBB about a month before my daughter was born. It was cutting it close since doulas are usually booked months ahead. DBB was quick to respond and a consultation was setup within a couple days shortly followed by interviews with two doulas. Agnes took great care of my daughter. She came over the first night we were home from the hospital. I’m so glad she came over to take care of my baby the first night home. I was so exhausted from breastfeeding around the clock and looked forward to a couple hours of uninterrupted rest. I think the hours when Agnes was over helped me focus on rest and pumping which helped bring my milk supply up. Agnes brought my baby to me about every 2-3 hours to feed or provided a bottle. She did the best swaddles for my baby, changed her diapers, rocked her to sleep. I hardly heard my baby cry for the 6 weeks she was with us. There was a period when my baby refused breast feeding and preferred the bottle. Agnes said that it’s because I was making it too easy for my baby to feed from the bottle so she gave me tips on how to properly hold the bottle to make my baby work for the milk, similar to breast feeding. It worked and it saved me a trip to see a lactation consultant. Agnes is really good at pointing out anything on baby that’s concerning. For example in my case, my baby’s belly button didn’t look normal after the umbilical cord fell off and on another occasion, my baby’s congestion was getting bad. She suggested I see the doctor for both incidents. They were good calls because the doctor gave me next steps on treatment plans and gave me peace of mind on how to remedy the situation. Agnes also sent me a log on what time baby had breast milk and formula, how many ounces, when she changed diapers and if it was pee or poop. At the end of each shift, she helped me wash bottles and sanitize. We got along really well and we shared stories of our families. My 5 year old loved when she came over and was always excited to chat with her. Agnes truly helped me get through this newborn stage - I was less stressed, slept more which gave me more energy to tackle the day. We love Agnes and we highly recommend her!

Angela Li Wang
May 16, 2024

Very happy with my experience with Doulas by the Bay and my doula Nataly! Highly recommend 🙂

Michelle Hines
May 6, 2024

Wonderful company helped me with my baby I was able to get cleaning done, work stuff done, and rest. I highly appreciate there services.

Anais Carpio
April 9, 2024

Where do I begin?! I am currently 3.5 months PP and still think about how helpful our doula was. We matched with Agnes as she helped us 4 nights a week for 6 weeks. I cannot express how patient, well informed and reliable she is. I honestly could have not picked anyone better and we were able to learn SO much from her. She answered my million questions and was so gentle with our little girl. Agnes truly became a part of our family and we cannot wait to have baby #2 so she can help us again! Most notably, we loved her honesty as becoming a first time parent can be difficult she always guided us. I think 3-4 nights a week is perfect as it allowed us to practice what she taught us on her off nights. Thank you so much Agnes!! We miss you!!

Amanda Mu
March 25, 2024

I am writing to wholeheartedly recommend Margaret Thaiya for her exceptional night time doula service. Since the arrival of our first baby, Margaret has been an absolute blessing to our family. As first-time parents, navigating the world of newborn care was daunting, but Margaret stepped in as our guiding light. Margaret’s support has been invaluable. Not only does she provide much-needed assistance during the night, allowing both my partner and I to rest, but she also brings a wealth of knowledge on baby care. She patiently teaches us everything from recognizing feeding cues to mastering the art of swaddling and ensuring optimal safety measures are in place for our little one. She also records meticulously about each feeding and diaper change during the night so that we can easily take the records and log into our trackings to monitor the baby’s progress and routine. Margaret’s warm demeanor and genuine care for our baby and family have made her an indispensable part of our journey into parenthood. I highly recommend Margaret for any families seeking compassionate and knowledgeable doula support. We are super grateful for her assistance and will undoubtedly turn to her service again in the future.

Outstanding Doula Services!! "Doulas by the Bay" provided us with exceptional doula services, connecting us with two amazing doulas (Sydney and Ayugi) who offered invaluable day and night support. Their care, expertise, and warmth were transformative, helping us navigate parenthood with confidence. From establishing a sleep routine for our baby to providing emotional and practical support, soothing techniques, and much more, their impact was profound. I was struggling with breastfeeding and feeling confident as a new mom, the reassurance from my doulas and community have helped me so much. We're deeply grateful for the attentive service from the organization and the personalized care from our doulas. Highly recommend "Doulas by the Bay" to any new parents in the Bay Area looking for top-notch doula care.

Lauryn Kulinski Lesher
February 24, 2024

I cannot recommend Doulas by the Bay and Esther I (our night doula) more highly. Before our baby came, I was unsure of whether or not we needed a night doula but heard from friends that it would be the best money we've ever spent. I can now confidently say that working with Esther and DBB is the best decision we've made so far postpartum and I cannot imagine the last 8 weeks without Esther by our side. Esther joined our family as soon as we came home from the hospital and has been instrumental in setting our family up for success. From her nursery visit before the baby came, to being there on our first night home together and helping us transition from breastfeeding only to introducing bottles and formula, Esther's help has been invaluable. By the time she finished her contract with us, our baby was starting to get several longer stretches at night, only waking once or twice (which is great for 8 weeks!). She is kind, calming, loving and beyond fantastic with our son. He recognized her when she arrived and was instantly soothed by her presence (as was I). I cannot emphasize enough how fortunate we were to have found Esther and I would work with her/DBB again in a heartbeat. We miss her already. I also found the DBB free resources/ trainings and Lactation Consultant (Brandi) to be incredibly helpful and a great perk of working with DBB.

Daniel O'Neel
February 23, 2024

We were connected with Desola Amos as and I cannot recommend her highly enough. In addition to being reliable and flexible, Desola went above and beyond in caring for our newborn and in supporting us first time parents. I was personally hesitant to have someone I didn't know come into home at first, but from the first time we met her, Desola was a comforting presence. She was always warm, enthusiastic about our newborn, and proactively looks for ways to be helpful. She strikes a helpful balance of encouragement and also sharing lessons from her experience in a way that was understanding and constructive. We had read the sleep training classes & books, but Desola's practical tips & context were a much needed addition. She could point out potential pitfalls to look out for before they happened and had actionable suggestions when our newborn had trouble sleeping. Would highly recommend her to new parents- a wonderful doula and a wonderful woman.

Michelle Aroko
February 6, 2024

Highly recommend for pp, birth and sibling doulas. The doulas are amazing. I’ve had a great experience working with dbb. The entire team is a dream in the birth world. So grateful for them all!

Ana Tobkin
November 18, 2023

I had the pleasure of working with two post-partum day doulas through Doulas by the bay, Leah Hartog and Emily Pulsfus. Both were fantastic, and I am so grateful to have had them support me and my family during the first six weeks postapartum. Leah was my postpartum doula for the first three and a half weeks after the birth of my third child. She was warm, nurturing, and caring. It felt amazing to have someone so focused on the well being of myself and the baby. For example, she made sure I was well fed with whole some and nutritious lunches, and made tasty and healthy snack plates so I'd have something to eat in middle of the night while I was breast feeding. She always encouraged me to get the rest that I needed (especially as I was recovering from a c-section), and was so great with the baby! We also worked with Emily for about 2 weeks - she was equally amazing. She was incredible with the baby, and was always willing to pitch in and help to make our lives so much easier during the hectic days with a newborn and two toddlers.

Kelsey Dunn
November 3, 2023

I cannot say enough good things about Doulas by the Bay, and specifically Raychel, our AMAZING postpartum doula. The entire process was done in an efficient and professional manner, from receiving initial package information to interviews to the actual postpartum care. It's clear that the entire DBB team are experts in their field and take great pride in their product. We immediately clicked with Raychel, and felt super comfortable with her integrating into our lives + our baby's life. Her knowledge, keen intuition, and kindness while she was caring for us was so appreciated, especially during a very vulnerable time. She taught us about caring for our little one, and offered options so we never felt like there was only one way to steer the ship. We are very grateful for Raychel and for all of her love + care. I would highly recommend DBB to any friend, family, or acquaintance.

Kimberly Garcia
August 18, 2023

Our journey through pregnancy, induction, labor, and postpartum was made incredibly special and comforting, all thanks to the remarkable support provided by our doula, Pontsho Tsiane. From the very beginning, she enveloped us with tenderness and care, making our experience truly unforgettable. As first-time parents, my husband and I were navigating uncharted waters, and having Pontsho by our side was an absolute blessing. During the induction process, she was a calming presence, offering guidance and encouragement that helped ease our worries. Her expertise was evident as she walked us through each step, ensuring we were informed and empowered to make the best decisions for our family. What stood out most was Pontsho's genuine compassion. Her unwavering support and dedication went above and beyond our expectations. Throughout labor, she was a source of strength, providing comfort techniques and emotional reassurance that carried us through the toughest moments. Her presence allowed my husband and me to focus on each other and the new life we were bringing into the world. After the birth, Pontsho continued to demonstrate her remarkable commitment. She intuitively understood the importance of giving us time to rest and connect as a family. Her thoughtful visits provided us with the opportunity to recharge, knowing that our precious newborn was in capable hands. Her postpartum check-ins were a lifeline, offering guidance, reassurance, and a listening ear during those early weeks of parenthood. My husband and I can't thank Pontsho enough for her instrumental role in our journey. Her tenderness, care, and unwavering dedication have left an indelible mark on our hearts. If you're seeking a doula who will support you with kindness, expertise, and genuine care, Pontsho is an absolute gem. Our gratitude knows no bounds, and we wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone embarking on the beautiful journey of parenthood. I also had the opportunity to meet with Brandi for a lactation consultation beforehand. Her session was incredibly informative and helpful in understand the feeding journey and expectations. Her session is informative without being overwhelming and provides you with all the information you need.

Justin Gorrell
August 10, 2023

I cannot recommend DBB more highly! We used them to find an outstanding postpartum doula who spent 18 nights with us over ~6 weeks. DBB was super communicative throughout the process and provided us several doulas for us to interview with. We settled on Cassilde who could not have been more amazing and became one of our family over those early week of our son's life. She provided my wife and I invaluable overnight relief and insights into how to handle our son and his early development. Additionally, DBB provided outstanding resources on birthing and the early life of our child.

Hiral Shah
June 13, 2023

This review is for Desola, a night doula with Doulas by the Bay. The agency is really great at lining up doulas, after speaking to a few I immediately connected with Desola. She was so nurturing and caring right from the beginning even before I signed up. Once our baby came, she was simply amazing...I don't know how she does it staying up all night and giving care and love to a newborn baby. She was flexible about the days and we did not have to schedule ahead of time, some days if I needed a few extra hours, she would be there for me. As a recovering mom with another toddler in the house, having Desola was the perfect thing. My husband did not need to help much and got his sleep which helped made our days much better. Additionally she went above and beyond to take care of not just baby but us, be it rock and hold the baby for hours so mom could get sleep or helping cut some fruits so mom is well fed while breastfeeding. She also acted as a great support if the days were going harder. I have recommended her to friends now and they all love her. Please ask for Desola when you talk to the agency 🙂

Krisztina Lazar
June 12, 2023

I worked with Genevieve as my postpartum doula and she was absolutely incredible. She was amazing with my baby, was super knowledgeable about every question i could think of asking her and was an incredibly huge help to me when she was with us. I cannot recommend her enough. Doulas by the bay is a great company, easy to work with and even better that they have women like Genevieve in their ranks.

Kelly Peters
June 6, 2023

Words can't express our gratitude for having Esther by our side for the first 12 weeks of our baby's life. Esther was absolutely amazing and we couldn't have asked for anything better in a night doula. Esther is patient, kind, knowledgeable, loving, and has a good sense of humor. Her years of experience as a mother and breastfeeding helped earn my trust quickly to take care of my baby during a very new and delicate time. Thank you Esther for all that you do. Any family would be lucky to have her.

Stefanie Bassler
June 6, 2023

I absolutely loved my time working with Damaris and Martha. As a new mom, they were very supportive in teaching me about motherhood (how to use my breast pumps, different feeding positions, if a certain behavior is normal, etc.). They both were very nurturing to me during a time that was new and scary and for that I will always be grateful! I highly recommend working with them.

June 5, 2023

Doulas by the Bay helped me create an amazing home birth experience! It was a completely restorative, supportive, loving experience. I delivered (successful VBAC) my beautiful 8lb 9oz baby boy in a calm environment where I felt empowered and in control. I highly recommend Doulas by the Bay. My Doulas were Samsarah and Priscilla and they were my dream team!! I can't rave enough about Brandi, my lactation coach from Doulas by the Bay. She really helped me with overcoming breastfeeding challenges in a way that made me feel good about myself. If you need/ desire lactation support, do not hesitate to hire Brandi. She's absolutely amazing!

Lexy Savvides
March 21, 2023

This is a review for doula Leah. She has been the most amazing support we could have asked for in the first two months navigating parenthood. Her calm demeanour and wealth of experience in everything from lactation to baby care is second to none. She taught us so much as first time parents: everything from the best way to soothe a fussy baby; how to deal with the dreaded diaper rash; even using baby signs! Her guidance and hands-on help have made all the difference to our journey.

Natalie Nelkin
March 12, 2023

Overall we are very happy with Doulas By The Bay and the services we received. Definitely recommend! We hired a night doula, Bose to help us with our 1st child. She was great with the baby. He grew very fond of her. She also helped me figure out nursing techniques, answered my new mom questions, and was a caring support person for me (helping with laundry, nighttime snacks, etc.). We looked forward to the nights she was with us. I also worked with Brandi for lactation support. She met with me before the baby came and was an ongoing support throughout nursing. She made a home visit during the first couple of weeks and was on call via email and phone for any additional support/questions. I had a ton of nursing and pumping questions and she patiently answered them all. She helped my nursing journey get off to a great start. Thank you DBTB! So glad we found you.

Jenna Mukuno
March 8, 2023

We have had a really positive experience working with Bose for postpartum nighttime support for our daughter. From the interview process to welcoming her to our home, Bose has been very prompt, professional, and invested in caring for our daughter. Bose was quickly able to get our daughter acclimated to her crib and into a sleep routine (5-hour stretches, yay!) as a newborn. My husband and I were able to get abundant sleep while feeling secure that our daughter was getting the best care. We also feel like we have a solid sleep/feed foundation so that when our contract is up and we return to work, we can easily transition to full-time night care ourselves. I would recommend Bose to anyone seeking a doula, especially those with newborns and premise.

dan bress
January 18, 2023

We had Damaris caring for our baby for 3 blissful months, 3 times a week. It was amazing! She was enthusiastic, kind and very reliable. She always showed up 10 minutes early and genuinely seemed to care about our baby. She helped us at the 4 month mark teach our baby how to sleep through the night. Could not recommend Damaris more highly!! You would not regret having her help at night. Also we were very Covid careful and she was as well. She always wore a mask in our home. Doulas by the Bay was also great about checking in to make sure things were going smoothly. And they provided several people to interview so that we could find the right fit for us. We are so happy we picked Damaris but all the options seemed good.

Sana Arain
January 17, 2023

I had a fantastic time working with Doulas by the Bay and absolutely loved my experience with our night doula, Desola Amos -- Desola was instrumental in our baby's first milestones and I'd highly recommend working with her as she's extremely caring and reliable. DBB introduced me to three doulas and I immediately felt a strong connection with Desola. She was amazing throughout the care process, including prior to giving birth, during the birth, and for postpartum support. For example, Desola regularly and proactively checked-in with me in the weeks leading up to birth, providing helpful stretches and techniques for relaxation. Post-partum, she showed great care not only for the baby once he was born, but for all family members, including checking-in with our elder son on how he was adjusting to being a new brother -- we thought her approach was very considerate and another example of how she always went above and beyond. Desola brought solid experience and expertise in newborn/infant care and provided various levels of support: this ranged from providing guidance on breastfeeding/pumping, helping me navigate postpartum challenges, training our baby to sleep, and establishing a schedule for sleeping with our baby. She always brought high-energy, a positive demeanor, and demonstrated genuine care for our baby -- she provided us with comfort that she was fully invested in detecting and monitoring our baby's cues for feedings, sleep, and any discomfort (e.g., reflux). Finally, Desola not only provided exceptional care for our son, but also helped us with bottle prep, laundry, and other care items for our boy -- this saved us a lot of time. We are grateful to Desola for helping us peacefully sleep at night and would highly recommend her as anyone would be beyond lucky to have her support!

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About Us

DOULAS by the BAY is a collective of Birth and Postpartum Doulas and Newborn Care Specialists who are dedicated to supporting families before, during and immediately after the birth of their baby. We accept the following payments: HSA/FSA, Insurance, Fertility Payments (Carrot, etc.)


Vision Statement

Doulas By The Bay’s vision is to offer exceptional doula services to families, while also empowering them with knowledge through the provision of evidence-based educational resources. Our aim is to help families feel confident throughout their pregnancy journey, postpartum journey, and beyond.