Birth Fee: $1500
Postpartum Rate: $40 to $50
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 40 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 8 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Co-Secretary on the board of the Birth Network of Monterey County Volunteer doula at a local home for homeless pregnant women and new moms
Languages spoken: English & Spanish
Service Area MapArea of practice: Scotts Valley, CA
Diana was such a wonderful person to have as a part of our son's birth. She put us at ease from our very first meeting, answered all of our questions about birth and newborns, and helped us prepare for the birth that we wanted. I felt like we were very important to her throughout the whole process-- she literally came to us from the airport when we needed her! During labor, she was such a calming presence. I felt like she was there for us and supported our choices.
I was especially thankful for her support after our son's birth. She came for two postpartum visits and helped us adjust to our new roles. We had a lot of questions about newborns, something we didn't anticipate. Her help during that time, both in person and via text messages, was wonderful!
I am forever grateful that she was there when we first became parents and helped us start this new chapter of our lives with so much love.
Our experience with Diana has been incredibly valuable: before, during, and after the birth of our son. She is a wealth of knowledge, generous with information and resources, and even now, months later, is always accessible when we have a question or fear, no matter how small.
Just as important, Diana has a personality that seems made for this line of work. She has a kindness and warmth that is reassuring even in the most frightening moments of labor, as well as endless empathy. I also knew that she would support whatever choices I made about my birth and postpartum experience. Walking into the hospital that night, I felt I had a team at my back.
My husband and I had Diana as our doula and I can't recommend her highly enough. Her passion for her work was evident from the start, and we found her to be a friendly, helpful and grounded presence during both our pre- and postnatal visits and labor itself.
Diana has a gift for being attuned with the needs of her clients (both birthing mama and partner – and even our dog, Harper.) We felt comfortable opening up to her and sharing our hopes and fears. I was confident in even the most vulnerable moments during labor because I knew Diana was there advocating for me and supporting my husband.
Thank you, Diana. We are both eternally grateful for your efforts and participation in the most memorable experience of my life. You were such a strong, supportive and warm comfort to us that never wavered. You are an amazingly beautiful person and I can’t thank you enough for all three of us.
Diana is everything I wanted in a doula. I was never committed to a specific birth plan and I wanted a doula that would support me in any situation. Whether I went completely natural or full-on medicated, I wanted to make sure that my choices were never "judged" and only supported. I was very fluid during my pregnancy and birth, never wanting to plan too much knowing that things rarely go according to such plans. Diana was completely supportive and helpful through all of my indecisive decisions :)
Diana came to all of our meetings prepared with great ideas and print outs for me to have. She is a wealth of information on everything from birth prep, to active labor and postpartum. My only regret is that I didn't labor longer (kind of, haha) and get to test out all of her techniques.
As my due date neared Diana was always checking in, and letting me know about her personal schedule so that I would be comforted knowing that she was never too far. My actual labor was very fast and happened late at night, and Diana was easily reached by text message, and came to the hospital at 2am. Afterwards she gave me some wonderful herbs for healing, was super supportive, and even brought a gift for the new baby.
I have already given Diana's name to a family member. I would definitely recommend her to anyone wanting a cool, calm, and collected doula who is also warm, loving, and supportive.
After having a tramatic experience with the birth of my first child, I had a lot of anxiety thinking about labor and delivery when I became pregnant with my second child. I knew I wanted an unmedicated birth with as few interventions as possible and knew the best way to achieve that was by hiring a doula. Diana was an amazing resource from the prenatal sessions to delivery. My husband and I met with her a few times during my pregnancy so she could completely understand what my wishes were for the birth. She also discussed techniques to cope with the pain. Diana was completey available as my due date approached, checking in on me to make sure all was going ok.
When I went into labor, she was a great resource on helping me manage the pain while still at home and to help me decide when it was time to go to the hospital. She met my husband and me at the hospital and was such a calming presence for when the pain got to be intense. Even when I was asking for pain medicine, she calmly kept me going without them. If not for her, I know I would have gotten an epidural. It was time to push about an hour after getting to the hospital, and my son was born after 2 pushes. I got the birth I wanted and know I couldn't have done it without Diana.
Throughout our entire experience with Diana, she was professional yet very warm and personable. I'd recommend her to any pregnant woman without hesitation.
Diana came to our home for several weeks after our daughter was born. We always looked forward to her visits! She was wonderful with our daughter, and I enjoyed having someone to talk to who could give me ideas and tips, and help me through my first postpartum weeks. We always felt 100% comfortable with her in our home and looking after our daughter. She carefully looked for ways she could help around the house to make things easier for us, and was in general always very thoughtful. She went above and beyond by making me a special sitz solution in my first week back home and gifting me some amazing energy bars filled with good ingredients to help boost milk production and get me the nutrients I needed when it was sometimes hard to eat complete meals throughout the day! We were so glad to have Diana as a postpartum doula and wholeheartedly recommend her!
My family is very happy with the care we received from Diana. She supported us around the birth of our second child, and I’m also a birth worker myself, so our needs for support varied. Diana took it all in stride and adapted to what we needed. My two year old daughter adores her - she’s amazing with kids! My new baby is at ease with Diana too. I appreciated her knowledge of herbs and alternative health options in general, and her calming energy. Diana is caring and wonderful. Thank you Diana!
Diana is a wonderful doula! We had our first child in December 2015 and my husband and I wanted someone to be our advocate in the hospital and help us through the labor process. We interviewed a few women and Diana had a calm, warm, and laid back style that we really connected with.
Her prep sessions were really thorough, in terms of getting to know us and our expectations, wants, and needs, as well as making sure to answer all the questions we still had after childbirth class was over. At 37 weeks, we got the news that I would be having a scheduled C-section because my baby was still breech and unlikely to turn. I was very disappointed and Diana was a great person to talk through all my feelings with.
A week and half before my scheduled section, we had a false labor scare. I rushed to the hospital and Diana met us there and stayed with us for 8 hours until we got discharged. Her presence there made my husband and I more calm and, once we knew there was no real danger, less annoyed that we were stuck there for so long.
When the real date came, Diana was with us from when we checked in until a couple of hours after we had our baby. The procedure was not that bad for me, but it was still nice to have an extra set of hands around and set us up for breast feeding success.
Her true time to shine for us though was in the post-partum period. Diana went home with us when we left the hospital and helped us set up the areas in the house we would need with the baby (where I would nurse, where the baby would sleep, sterilizing pump supplies, etc.) and got us groceries. She also came by to help a couple of times in that first week before my family arrived. She was a great person to have around when my husband had to be at work and I was feeling lonely/overwhelmed in my new role as a mom. I can't imagine those days without her!
If (when!) we have another child, I will absolutely want to work with Diana again.
I am so thrilled to have had Diana as our postpartum doula for my son Gabriel! Diana is extremely knowledgeable, professional, patient, and kind; and she was a tremendous help to my husband and me after the birth with breastfeeding and emotional support. My friends hired Diana as a gift to my husband and I and I had no idea how helpful and amazing it would be to have a Doula after my son was born. She helped me understand what was going on and make good decisions. It was so nice to have her there to answer any weird questions I had and just make me feel like I was normal. Diana's style was an excellent fit for what I wanted in my afterbirth experience.
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