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Shakila Marando



Phone: (415)510 9736

Birth Fee: $700 to $3000

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $60

Birth Doula Experience: 40 years and 1000 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 40 years and 1000 families served

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Independent contractor with a doula agency

Clients per Month: 5 to 10 births and 15 to 18 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeeding Counselor (Breastfeeding Support Consultants -- Center for Lactation Education)
  • CAM Conselheira em Aleitamento Materno
  • Certified Lactation Educator (Evergreen Perinatal Education, LLC)
  • La Leche League Leader
  • Nursing Mothers Counselor (Nursing Mothers Counsel)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • child sleep consultant

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Babywearing education
  • Infant massage education
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Sleep Educator
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

DOULAS by the BAY is a team of a well-trained and experienced doulas and other baby professionals who are dedicated to supporting a new mother before, during and just after childbirth. Because of our careful attention to detail, experience and commitment to families, DOULAS by the BAY has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading and most trusted doula practice. Each of our doulas is fully trained and insured; further, each has undergone a thorough screening process. This way, you can rest assured that the professional doula working with your family is a competent, reliable and a caring individual who is passionate about supporting your family’s needs.

Languages spoken: english

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Area of practice: Oakland, CA
Travel Range: 80 Miles

Client Testimonials for Shakila Marando

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Gabriella Rosen Kellerman

Shakila is the best there is. We did not have a night doula for our first child. For our second, we needed one because I had to go back to work right away. I was very nervous about leaving my baby with someone else during the night hours, particularly at just two weeks. Shakila let me control as much of the process as I wanted to so I always felt like she was doing what I wanted. She has a magical touch with babies and had our daughter sleeping through the night by two months old. She would not even leave in the morning until the baby was back to sleep, which allowed us an extra hour of sleep on top of the time she was with us. She was worth every penny and then some. THANK YOU SHAKILA! We miss you.

Posted 6/2/2016

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Anna Wilson

Shakila and her team of doulas were an invaluable resource for us during the first 2 months at home with our first child. We had the 4 nights a week from 10pm - 6am and they helped with feeding, burping, changing, consoling, and putting back down to sleep. Its such a huge help to have an extra set of experienced hands in the middle of the night so at least one parent gets a good nights sleep. Shakila is also an expert in lactation and sleep training and gave us a plethora guidance on these topics. We worked with Shakila, Sylvia and Manuela and I'd recommend them all. The peace of mind they provided, in addition to the assistance with the actual tasks of baby care, was totally worth the cost!

My only points of feedback would be for Shakila to better train the other doulas in breastfeeding support and sleep training so that they are able to provide the same level of support & guidance as Shakila herself. 

Posted 3/2/2016

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Jessica Kim

Shakila is an amazing Doula.  In those first hectic nights as a new mother she is a life-saver.  Knowing that she was there gave me the peace of mind to get much needed rest.  She is very professional, punctual and dependable.  She is an expert at newborn care and helps with everything from breast feeding to improving infant sleep.  Shakila is very friendly, obviously loves and cares for babies, and is easy to get along with.  I would hire her again in an instant.  I give her my highest recommendation. 

Posted 2/11/2015

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Caroline Lee

Shakila and Ezdora were absolute godsends for us and our twin boys. We hired them as night doulas when our boys were about 2 months old. (Born at 35 weeks) They were both incredibly talented caregivers and enabled us and our boys to get some much needed rest. We learned so much from them. They have a ton of experience which they were very willing to share with us first time parents and it was comforting having them here. We highly recommend them and are so grateful for their help.

Posted 1/1/2015

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Jessica Marantz

We had a wonderful experience with Shakila and her mother Ezdora. Initially we started with five nights a week after the birth of my son and we quickly upped it to seven for two months. We continued to have several nights a week with them for two additional months. In addition to being highly experienced and professional, Shakila and Ezdora have a wonderful way with both babies and parents! We had a tough time with weight gain issues, and they provided helpful guidance and a compassionate shoulder to cry on. Shakila went out of her way to provide me with suggestions for how I could create a better structure for my son's eating and sleeping during the day - which saved my sanity - she was truly a lifesaver. Shakila/Ezdora truly cared about my son and kept his well-being top of mind - which meant that every night they were at my house, I could rest with peace-of-mind.

Posted 11/11/2014

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Maya Bourdeau

Shakila is a wonderful person and truly dedicated to children. She took care of both of my children as babies, and got them to sleep through the night by 3 months, so she was a sleep trainer as well as a night doula. Her help was priceless. We couldn't be more pleased with her service - she is someone who radiates just know she loves babies and has the patience for even the most colicky or temperamental. With better rest, my husband and I were able to be more loving with each other and the kids, and have the patience to make it through two young children under 2. I am so grateful to Shakila, who radiates not only warmth, but has an incredible expertise with babies.

Posted 10/5/2014

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