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Brana Ninkov

Gentle Birth Doula Services


Phone: 3232448571

Birth Fee: $1975 to $2525

Postpartum Rate: $45 to $50

Fee Details: " I do not care what kind of birth you have…a homebirth, schedule cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices, and that you were respected." - January Harshe ~~~$ 1975 Service Package includes: 2 prenatal visits; unlimited phone calls/emails/texts; 24/7 on call starting at 38 weeks; 1 postpartum visit; phone/email support for as long as needed; arrangement for a backup doula should I be unavailable ~~~$2225 Service package includes all of the above plus a breastfeeding focused 36 hour postpartum visit ~~~$2525 package includes all of the above plus 8 hours of postpartum services

Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 60 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 10 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, October 2014
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 2 to 4 births and 0 to 2 postpartum families

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

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (University of California San Diego)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • RN (Registered Nurse)
  • Sacred Postpartum Certified Mother Roaster
  • Nutritional Specialist (BS in Kinesiology)

College Education

  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Prematurity
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Mother Roasting
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Languages spoken: EngLish; Serbian

Client Testimonials for Brana Ninkov

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Jenny and Max

A wonderful experience.

As a single parent heading into my first (and only) birthing experience I was pretty nervous. Should I mention I was also an oly child? I had zero experience or understanding of how the process works, the myriad of potential issues, solutions and what options exist for pregnant ladies everywhere.

Like most experiences, the giving birth part was full of twists and turns. But I felt fully informed and empowered both leading up to and during the labor process as well as completely supported because of Brana.
She recommended books and pod casts that shed light on so many facets of pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. She was there for us before, during and after.

Swaddling, feeding, regulating sleeping, crazy pre and post labor aches and pains...Brana is so knowledgeable and has such an amazing energy you basically want her to move in.

Can't recommend her more highly. Thanks Brana, we love you!

Posted 10/16/2019

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Andrea Felix

I am an event coordinator by trade which is why having a doula present during my pregnancy and labor journey was so important to me. This was an overwhelming and huge life experience for us so I knew I wanted someone there with my SO and I who has professional and personal experience.

My SO was skeptical at first; he didn't want someone there who was going to take over or make him feel like he was taking a back seat. The moment he met Brana all those feelings and reservations melted away. We both instantly felt at ease and comfortable with her, but it wasn't just bc of her calm and reassuring demeanor or that all of our energies jived, it was that she is incredibly knowledgeable and has extensive experience as an RN and as a doula. Having her on our team made us feel so secure and confident in the decisions we were making when she guided us through her questionnaire. She asked questions and brought up points that we hadn't even considered and it was through that process that we were able to *really* put into words exactly how we wanted this process to go. We were no longer going in blind and knowing that felt AMAZING.
Of course, not everything went as planned but having Brana there empowered my SO and I and gave us the confidence to stand our ground when we had doctors trying to push for options that weren't medically necessary simply bc they were "protocol". I was able to have a natural delivery *I* wanted rather than the c-section that would have been more convenient for the doctors.
Our birth story would have turned out so much different than it did had we not had Brana by our side, and for that I cannot recommend her enough or more highly.

Posted 12/3/2016

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Diana Lou

I had a very long (over 100 hr) labor with active level contractions and Brana was there for me THE WHOLE TIME. She was responsive via text, phone, and right there in person at all odd hours of the night and day. The whole time she maintained professionalism, a level head, and a positive attitude which helped me (and my husband) make it to the end! I highly recommend her!

Posted 11/2/2016

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Angie Chapados

If you are looking for an amazing doula, then look no further. I set a few interviews with doulas in early 2016 for my first pregnancy. I could tell right away Brana was special just in her responses by email. I met her and we instantly connected. She answered all of my questions, and made me feel totally comfortable. Everything she said aligned with my philosophy, and was exactly what I wanted to hear. I cancelled all my other interviews, and went with her, I just knew. I was right. Brana ended up being everything I was hoping for.

Since she was a nurse previously, she gave me scientific and accurate information, always. She shared book recommendations and articles with me. She is professional in every way.

I wanted to have an unmedicated birth more than anything. Brana believed in me and my goals. As they say, birth plans don't always go your way. Mine didn't. Our baby was breech, and though Brana guided us to try many different things to achieve our goal, our baby wouldn't turn. Brana supported me through an unsuccessful ECV procedure. I ended up needing to have a C-Section and was devastated at first. Brana helped me get over my upset and learn to frame it in really positive way. She was there for me even though she was not allowed, by my hospital, to be in the operating room. She was there before and after for as long as I needed her. She helped take care of me immediately after the operation, and helped our baby to breast feed right away. My birth story is not what I expected, but Brana helped me to make it positive, supported and joyful. I'll love her forever as a result.

Posted 8/31/2016

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marianne mazurowski

Brana's support with bringing our second child into the world was a true gift. My experience with my first was a (unfortunately) typical harried hospital experience. Brana helped me see there are other ways, and helped me learn so much. She truly cares for her clients and takes time to get to know them and explain all their options. She is without judgement and only wants to support, no matter what decisions her clients make. She sent me fantastic articles that helped with new ways of viewing all aspects of birthing and having a newborn. I learned so much from her, and had my eyes opened to an entirely new life-changing perspective. When the day arrived that our baby girl came into the world, her presence was invaluable- the baby came so fast that there ended up not being time to go to the hospital as planned. Brana rushed over immediately after speaking to me on the phone, to hear my voice through contractions. She was there to help me breathe and relax, to help my husband do the same, to help relay our information to the paramedics, to catch the baby, to grab our cellphone and snap a few invaluable pics of us holding our baby girl for the very first time. She came to the hospital ER and continued to support us. Even amidst all the rushing around, she thought to bring a nursing pillow, snacks and drinks. Brana handles everything with a confident inner peace and grace. Expectant mothers have so many questions and their minds are flooded with so much uncertainty- Brana's presence is exactly what any expectant mother needs to help alleviate that stress and truly enjoy the birth of their child.

Posted 7/8/2016

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Sara Raz

I felt privilege to have had Brana be my doula for my third baby girl, it was then that I knew what I was missing the two times before. And it was simply somebody showing me the support I needed to get through the miracle of birth and anything in between. From the talks and meetings during pregnancy to the day of delivery, she was there to offer me a calming ambient that made my experience much more enjoyable. She gave her all to me with a 100% of her mind, body, and soul. I highly recommend Brana to any woman out there expecting, especially the first timers, because that’s when we are most terrified of the unknown, but then again it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve done it, it can still be scary and she will be able to ease your mind and address all your concerns, and make sure you are at peace as you prepare yourself for delivery. Most importantly, if you have a birth plan, she will make sure your doctor and nurses stick to it! When I have my next baby, without hesitation, I will ask her to be doula again!

Posted 11/11/2015

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Haaland Dewart

Brana is an amazing doula. She will walk you through every step with a kindness and consideration that seems endless. For those who are able to take the most natural route she will be right by your side helping you and your partner understand all of the innumerable decisions that come up. Due to a health condition I've had since childhood, I ended up having to have a cesarean in the hospital and I was extremely disappointed that we had to change my husband and my plan for a natural birth. Brana was able to walk me through step by step how to give my son the most natural experience of his birth. She is so fascinated by the beauty of birth that she keeps up with all of the latest research and information on how to create your ideal birth even when conditions may not be that ideal.

Posted 11/11/2015

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liron shir bonen

On my 2nd pregnancy I decided that I want to try a natural birth, with no epidoral. Brana was there for me for every question I had, and helped me with all my concerns. when I went to the hospital, I called Brana and she came so fast and supported me, listened to me, and helped me with each contraction. 

The thing I liked most in my experience with Brana was that although Brana believes in natural birth, she never tried to force it. She listened to me and she did everything she could to make it easier on me. I am so happy that Brana was there for me. 


Posted 11/9/2015

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Diana Merovingians

Three months ago I was blessed to give birth to a beautiful baby girl. While being pregnant I hesitated a lot whether to use a doula for my birth experience or to rely on the nurses in the hospital. After hearing stories about how stressful the experience can be in the hospital and about how much pressure is for medical interventions that speed up the birth, I decided to give a doula try. I have to say, it was the one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Throughout the whole experience, Brana was there for us. We hired her about 5 months before the due date. She informed and prepared us thoroughly for the whole experience and helped me ease calmly into what is to come. My fears and stress were replaced by excitement and enthusiasm.

The dilevery itself was simply magical. Brana did a wonderful job accompanying us throughout the whole experience. She helped us set the room up based on my wishes, providing a very homey environment. Brana kindly took care of all the details such as candles, dimmmed lights, calm meditative music, the pilates ball that ended up being a life saver. Brana’s calm personality, helped me tremendously to relax, breath and enjoy. I am unsure how she did it, but she truly helped me to be in the “here and now”, and take it all in! instead of suffering from the pain, I found myself welcoming it and even enjoying it in some weird way , while hearing Brana calmly remind me, “with every surge, my baby is coming closer and closer to me..: )

I ended up having my baby girl completely natural, without any intervention. Thanks to Brana being by my side, and all the confidence and knowledge that she gave me, I trusted that I could do it, and I did it. I cannot thank you Brana enough for being there for us and for helping us create such memorable and beautiful experience!

Posted 10/23/2015

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Diana McClean

Brana is the most gentle, honest, and loving person I know.  To have Brana participate in my birthing process was an incredible blessing; and I am proud to call her among my most intimate friends. 

She was calm.  She was knowledgable.  She supported me and my birthing partner (husband Joe).  Having attended the birthing class at Bini Birth (based on Brana's recommendation), I felt prepared for the journey to come.  Joe was next to me the whole time, and prepared for the process.  His job was to "protect me like a wild bear." 

Brana was there to support us.  She knew to breathe next to me.  She knew when and how to make suggestions that felt tolerable to me while I was in active labor.  Having Brana as a doula allowed my team (midwife, sister, husband) to take breaks.  Who knew they would need to eat or use the bathroom?

Having a doula was like having a committed expert as a friend through my pregnancy and brithing process.  She answered questions along the way and provided reassurances to my weary pregnancy brain.

I believe having Brana in the room while you birth, and with you through your pregnancy, is the most wonderful experience you could have.  Having her positive, calm, gentle energy is the exact way I wanted to have my son greated into the world.

Posted 10/19/2015

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Sonia Capretta

Brana was the best presence we could have asked to have at our birth. From the first meeting, we felt that Brana's services were individualized to our situation. My first son was born 4 weeks early, so Brana went on call 1 month prior to my due date because of my history. She responded to my text messages quickly, and answered all my questions with patience. To our surprise, my water broke with my second 4 weeks early too, and as Brana had anticipated a possibility of a preterm birth she was ready and there in no time. I desired a natural birth, and felt well informed and supported by my doula at all times. Her calm, non pushy attitude was appreciated by the nurses and my doctor as well. She is also an expert in breastfeeding ( I think she is still breastfeeding her 3.5 year old), so it was wonderful having her as a resource in the early weeks.
To anybody who is looking for a pleasant birth experience, I highly recommend Brana! Enjoy, Sonia

Posted 10/9/2015

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Anna Frenkel

I have nothing but amazing things to say about Brana Ninkov. Brana was my doula for the birth of my second child in March 2013. She supported me emotionally and even physically through the process, putting me at ease with her gentle bedside manner- even bringing humor and fun to the process (as she understood that's what I wanted). My birth plan was modern: I accepted to be induced and use an Epideral. Brana was open minded and non-judgemental and accepted of all of my wishes and took actions that were consistent with my plan at all times. Her presence in my delivery room was vital to the success and beauty of my experience. Whatever your birth plan, you will not meet a more supportive, knowledgable, relatable doula anywhere. I highly recommend!

Posted 10/5/2015

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