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Michi Arguedas

Quetzal Doula

Website: http://www.quetzaldoula.com

Birth Fee: $1600

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $40

Fee Details: I carefully choose my rates to honor the skill and labor that I invest into your and your little one's care while being accessible to those who need doula support and fair to other practitioners who make their living doing this work. If you are interested in working with me but cannot meet the prices listed, please let me know! I trust we can find a way for you to get the support you need and honor my labor. Payment plans, trades, and barters are also available upon request.

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 30 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 10 years and 11 families served

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 1 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: I offer daytime postpartum shifts of 4-8 hours. I charge $30-$35/hr for clients with one child near Oakland and $35-$40/hr for clients that require longer commute or have twins. I am flexible on length of time needed and understand that anticipating exact needs can be challenging when adjusting to a newborn. I seek to build a trusting and communicative relationship with my postpartum families from the onset where we respect and honor each other's time and needs. I also love working in households with pets! For more information about postpartum massage, placenta encapsulation, and postpartum sealing services visit my website.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am currently limiting the number of hospital births I take.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • SERVSAFE® Food Safety Management Training

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Mother Roasting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep Educator
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Roots of Labor Birth Collective, Birth Justice Project

Languages spoken: English, Español, Português

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Oakland, CA
Travel Range: 13 Miles

Client Testimonials for Michi Arguedas

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Lisa Lau

Michi was an incredible help to us when we had our twins. She is great with our boys, professional and trustworthy enough to leave alone at our home with them, she even helped us take care of ourselves in the early stages of parenthood by checking in with us mentally and emotionally. She was very supportive of all of our parenting decisions, and also authoritative in helping us assess a choice we made that deviated from our pediatrician's advice. We are very grateful for all the help she gave us and can't recommend her highly enough.

Posted 1/30/2019

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Hannah Cordero Chen

Michi is truly a rare blend of professionalism, spirituality, openness, kindness, and love. Through her guidance and partnership I could be completely vulnerable and open throughout my pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum. She was also great at making room for my husband and supporting him as needed. Her abilities and strengths as a doula have been invaluable through such a transformative experience for our family. She is self aware, poised, and grounded.

In addition to providing self-care materials and guiding us in creating our birth preferences, Michi helped us make room for mindfulness and ceremony to connect with ancestors. This allowed me to feel empowered and supported as we welcomed our baby earthside. This preparation and spiritual support from Michi made it much easier to get through a labor and delivery that did not go as planned. I had to make tough and fast decisions, and Michi was great at explaining my options and answering questions so I could make informed and assertive decisions.

I am also extremely grateful Michi supported me postpartum. I was honored that she was able to prepare and encapsulate my placenta. The capsules, broth, tincture, and keepsakes were created with great care and continue to be vital in my self-care postpartum. She also has a solid professional network and was able to connect me to a wonderful board certified lactation consultant when I thought I was not able to continue breastfeeding.

It is a blessing and an honor to have Michi be part of my pregnancy and birth story. Through our conversations and work together I have been able to connect with my ancestors and history, allowing me to feel truly supported as a new mom.

Posted 11/23/2018

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Carolyn Fong

I truly cannot say enough good things about my experience working with Michi and about Michi as a person. Michi helped me and my family with post-partum support. 

I was connected to Michi through a past post-partum client.  I was going through the rough early newborn days with a baby who had a tough case of reflux and everyone was functioning on very little sleep.  Not to mention an older child who was having a difficult time adjusting to having to share her parent's attention.  When I asked my friend, what's the difference between hiring a post-partum doula and a babysitter?  My friend wisely replied - "A doula is a baby expert".

And Michi is DEFINTELY a baby expert!  She's also a baby whisperer and an INCREDIBLE new-parent supporter. Friends and family members want to help, but they don't always know HOW to help in the most impactful way.  Michi intuitively knew and confidently stepped in when she saw a need and provided support in a way that I could not have articulated clearly until after the fact.  Michi is smart and intelligent, kind and gentle - to both babies and adults.

She arrived when our baby girl was just 8 weeks old, we were sort of flailing and in survival mode.  Once Michi walked into our lives, our entire household gained a sense of calm that it had been desprately looking for.  She helped us learn to read our baby's cues better (as a second time parent I thought I'd know how to do it again - and I STILL had so much to learn from Michi!).  She got our baby on a better sleep cycle and awake routine.  Until Michi arrived it felt like the baby was always grumpy and nursing non-stop and I was constantly in a state of panic.  With Michi's help I slowly felt myself returning back to myself and was more able to enjoy time with my older child, my family,  as well as enjoy my baby more now that she was truly rested.

Michi is now a part of our family.

Posted 11/15/2018

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Jack Dempsey

Michi is not only a wonderful human, but one that has a true love and passion for supporting others, both families and infants alike.

She met our little guy when he was 2 weeks old, and has been an incredibly helpful and giving soul over the past months. She has been flexible with her schedule and type of support (morning, nights, days, weekends) and has gone beyond what many others have done to ensure we are able to get rest and be present at this important time.

She not only gives her time and expertise but her love. I will forever treasure a video she recently shared where our 4 month old is talking at the camera while she caresses his head lovingly. Being able to know that your brand new soul is not only safe and taken care of, but loved...it is priceless.

Thank you for everything Michi.


Posted 6/28/2018

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Lauren Nelson

Michi was with our family as a postpartum Doula from the time my son was 3 weeks old until he was almost 5 months old. She is an incredibly intuitive and kind person. Her presence with both the baby and our entire family was always calming. She is naturally sensitive to the postpartum changes, anxieties, and adjustments that families endure and somehow, quietly, just seemed to make everything better. I would highly recommend Michi as a Doula. She is, and will always be, a treasured part of our family. 

Posted 6/22/2018

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Sparlha Swaby

Michi was my doula for the birth of our second child. With her support we had an unmedicated natural birth at Kaiser, Oakland. Grounded, attuned, intuitive, warm and highly knowledgeable about birth, she was everything I needed in a birth support. From our very first interview at the start of my 3rd trimester, Michi had a way of integrating herself into our home that felt familiar and comfortable. This was also true of her presence at the hospital, where she was a graceful bridge/translator between us and the Kaiser staff, and received multiple compliments from the nurses.

What I think Michi did really well was to be a solid attuned presence through every moment of my labor. I felt so held and supported, especially in the moments of intense physical and emotional sensation. She gave us immediate and easy to grasp advice in response to the hospital’s offers of interventions, helping me decide which techniques were aligned with my values and which weren’t. And before and after the birth she has been super accessible and responsive in giving me great support by text and in our 3 pre/post partum sessions.

I highly recommend Michi as a Doula. She will bring an abundance of heart, wisdom and ease to your birth journey. We never know how it will go once the birth process begins, so be sure to choose a doula who can ride with you through the magical and unexpected waves as you prepare to meet your baby!

Posted 3/27/2018

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Filiberto Chávez-Guerrero

My wife and I were looking for a doula in the East Bay. After interviewing various candidates, we decided to go with Michi. Her friendliness, commitment being a doula, as well as knowledge set her apart from other doulas. During the first prenatal visit, Michi shared with us resources on nutrition, childbirth options, and ideas to create birth preferences. We shared our experience and journey with Michi and it was great to build an important and significant relationship with our doula. When my wife and I had concerns about the labor, Michi provided information and useful suggestions. When the due date finally came (a week early) Michi was responsive and came when we requested her to come. She and I helped my wife through her contractions and by the time we arrived at triage she was dilated enough to be admitted. Michi stayed with us through the labor and six hours later our beautiful baby arrived. Michi also seamlessly took amazing pictures of the birth of our baby. We have timeless memories to look back upon thanks to the pictures she took. I could not imagine going through this journey without Michi.

Posted 10/24/2017

Birth Availability for Michi Arguedas

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Postpartum Availability for Michi Arguedas

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