About Paula

I am a DONA trained Doula. My philosophy is that each mother will make the best decisions for herself and her child while I am present to serve you objectively and compassionately. I love supporting women in having the birth experience THEY desire.

I have three children of my own, ages 27, 25 and 17. I loved being pregnant myself and have encountered very different birth experiences with each one of my children. I had a natural and very hard labor with my first son (he was 10 lbs and 1/2 oz). My second son's birth was everything I could hope for (no drugs, short labor, quick transitions, and just a real positive experience with him weighing in at 9 lbs). And then my daughter was one of those that gave me so many experiences all at once (a version because she was breech, then an epidural, then a Cesarean section because she turned back around while I was in labor and she was only 5 lbs and 13oz!) but I can still say it was a positive experience.

I was also a surrogate mother twice.

Again, both experiences were different but very positive. 23 years ago I delivered a 7 lb 8 oz baby boy (who was actually supposed to be a girl according to two ultrasounds...a happy surprise for all) and 13 years ago I delivered twin boys weighing 6 lbs 13 oz and 6 lbs 5 oz at 36 weeks. As there is so much more involved with both of these, I would be happy to answer any questions and talk more in depth if you are interested.

Aside from my own birth experiences, I have been at more than 300 births with family, friends, and now wonderful mothers who I call my friends, as it just seems to be a part of who I am. I was a Medical Assistant in my early career, working for a Pediatric Office in San Mateo for 2 plus years and then for an OB/GYN in Redwood City for about a year (where I actually attended my very first birth as an observer). After having my first son, I became a preschool teacher and then a preschool director for 13 years which enabled me to work while having my children close to me (I always felt it so comforting when I had my daughter, that my employees were able to hunt me down to nurse my baby girl on demand).

About 9 years ago after attending a birth with a friend, a nurse told me that the perfect job for me would be a "doula"; which I had never even heard of. I immediately began investigating what a doula was and realized that I could actually have a job doing something that I had been already doing voluntarily for years. I can't think of anything that I would rather be doing right now; I feel that I have found my calling and look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with you.