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Shakila Marando


Oakland, CA Service range 80 miles

Birth Fee

Not specified

Postpartum Rate

Not specified

Birth Fee

Not specified

Postpartum Rate

Not specified

Medicaid and Third Party Insurers

Currently approved to receive payments from the following programs:

Birth Doula Experience

35 years and 2000 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

30 years and 2500 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, September 2009
  • Doula Educational Institute, November 2021

Type of practice: Doula agency employee

Clients per month: 10 to 15 births and 50 to 100 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth

College Education



Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula support
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Childbirth education services
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Full spectrum doula services
  • Infant massage education
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Newborn care and parenting classes
  • Newborn care specialist
  • Parenting consulting
  • Photography - Birth
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep educator
  • Sleep support consulting
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

DOULAS by the BAY is a doula collective of professionally trained and experienced Doulas who are dedicated to supporting new and expectant families before, during and after childbirth. 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 the San Francisco Bay Area. At DOULAS by the BAY, we understand that each family has unique needs. Our network of Doulas offers a wealth of useful information and consultation to new families in areas such as basic newborn care, infant feeding and sleep issues. Members of our collective have: * Postpartum Doula Certification * Birth Doula Certification * Newborn Care Specialist Certification * Trustline Registry Clear Background Check * CPR Certified * Insurance Services We Offer: * Day & Night Postpartum Support * Newborn Sleep Support * Up to 3 Hours Of Free Breastfeeding Consultation with IBCLC * Birth Doula Support – Up to 4 Prenatal Home Visits – Birth Attendance at Home,Hospital or Birth Center – 2 Postnatal Home Visits * Childbirth & Newborn Education * Infant Massage Services Please contact Us and our Admin team will get in touch with you as soon as possible!

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Swahili

Service Area

Oakland, CA Service 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Birth Availability for Shakila Marando

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Postpartum Availability for Shakila Marando

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