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Penelope Zela

Seattle Birth Guru


Phone: 310-483-1351

Birth Fee: $900 to $3500

Fee Details: upper fees are for clients who decide to utilize my home birth skills and give birth at home. 900 is for out of hospital births. See more details of my scope at my website.

Birth Doula Experience: 15 years and 249 births attended

Doula Training

  • Self-trained, July 2001
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 3

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
I is invaluable to have a monitrice to help assess when is the best time to go to the hospital.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I love supporting births in out of hospital birth centers and will be with you from home to post birth.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I can be your doula or primary care provider at your home birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Birthing From Within
  • Bradley
  • ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association)
  • Holistic Pregnancy

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Ayurvedic life style, yoga, meditation

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • LM (Licensed Midwife)
  • MANA

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Birthing From Within Birth Art Services
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Infant massage education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Monitrice services
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Reflexology
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
  • Therapist or counselor

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Experienced in Prenatal Yoga and Prenatal Massage, Stress management teacher, Experienced in Birthing From Within and Hypnobirthing Prenatal and Postpartum Ayurveda care Mother of three.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Penelope Zela

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Divya Mehul

 I had a baby girl in March, 2012. We hired Penelope's services for Birth and labor assistance along with prenatal and postpartum massage packages. We (me, my husband and my mother) have been very pleased with our experience with her as our doula.

I had in-home prenatal visit and a massage before baby's arrival. At these visits , Penelope provided excellent advice and helped us mentally prepare for labor. She gave heads up on what to expect at the hospital and several tips on how best to cope with pain and how to deal with possible interventions at the hospital. This was my first child and my labor was very intense and long. At the time of labor, she provided constant support and encouragement. This provided a lot of reassurance to not only me but also my husband and Mom. Penelope was with us all night long at the hospital until after my baby girl arrived. She constantly reminded me of my strengths and helped me from giving into c-section due to exhaustion. So many nurses and doctors switched , but I could always rely on her unending support and undivided attention. She played calming music in the background through out my labor which was a great relaxation technique.

After birth, at the postpartum visits, she gave us a lot of advice on mom's diet and baby care as well. I am currently availing her postpartum massage service and its been helping me recoup. I highly recommend this service to expecting moms.

I have written only a handful of testimonials in my life, and this is one that I just could not resist from writing. Thanks Penelope !, you brought a very positive aspect to my birth experience.

Posted 5/23/2012

Birth Availability for Penelope Zela

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