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 the months before and after birth. 

I have three children of my own, ages 28, 26 and 18. 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. 24 years ago I delivered a baby boy (who was actually supposed to be a girl according to two ultrasounds...a happy surprise for all) and 14 years ago I delivered twin boys. 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 over 350 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 have also helped over 50 families in the months after birth.  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). I have a degree in Child Development and after  having my first son, I became a preschool teacher and then an infant and 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 12 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.