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Alla Irwin

Certified Doula & B.A. Photographer

Website: http://www.moonheartdoula.com

Phone: 415-572-4033

Birth Fee: $1300 to $1600

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $40

Fee Details: My birth doula fee includes 2-3 prenatal visits (2-3 hours long), birth attendance, Birth photography, use of TENS unit, 2 Postpartum visits: the day you come from a hospital and a week after. Reduced fee for single moms and home births. Looking for gaining more postpartum experience. Willing to offer low fee

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 15 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years and 5 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings - Certified Labor Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

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

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Should be attended by a midwife.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Spinning Babies certified

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Rebozo Certification (Gena Kirby)

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Home Birth
  • Over 40
  • Single parents
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer for St. Lukes hospital and for SFGH.

Languages spoken: English, Russian

Service Area Map

Area of practice: San Francisco, CA
Travel Range: 20 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Alla Irwin

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Anna Maier Rogers

I came to the doula search process quite late in my pregnancy, and Alla saved the day! My husband and I had a wonderful experience working with her. After attending a birthing class while I was approximately 8 months pregnant, we realized that we would benefit from the support of a doula since we don't have many family members nearby. We found Alla's profile on this website and were able to get in touch with her right away. She was very responsive and non-judgmental. I gave birth at UCSF Mission Bay. I appreciate that Alla is open to supporting a range of birth plans and scenarios. She helped to prepare me for the process of labor and delivery in a hospital setting. She put me in touch with an excellent acupuncturist when I went past my due date. She also introduced me to Natural Resources which has provided invaluable breast feeding support.

While in the hospital Alla's presence was soothing and empowering. She provided me with a tens unit which really helped with pain management and suggested different positions and methods for natural pain relief. She also reminded me of my personal agency while in labor and made it clear that her role was to support my decisions rather than making any decisions on my behalf. This included advocating on my behalf if any issues arose with the hospital staff.

Alla is a talented photographer and took pictures during the birth which I will treasure. We've kept in touch during the post-partum period as well. I whole heartedly recommend her as a doula and am so glad she was by my side during this special time in my life.

Posted 7/5/2018

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Melissa Mirza

Alla is an exceptional listener. She helped my husband and I feel fully heard and understood by the end of our first face to face conversation. My husband didn't understand what role a doula plays and Alla answered all his questions, successfully quelling his skepticism. With each meeting before the birth, Alla's warmth and patience helped to calm my anxiety around labor and becoming a mother for the first time. She helped me figure out what questions to ask my doctor and offered up several resources (from websites to books to people to brick and mortor places that provide services and community to expecting and new parents) to help me understand what was most important to me during labor and beyond. I appreciated the range of resources Alla presented so that I could explore what spoke to me most. I also appreciated Alla's openness with sharing her own experieces with labor and motherhood. 

My labor was long, intense and full of complications. Alla played a huge supporting role for me AND my husband who agreed with me afterwards that we could not have held it together on our own. We needed her strength and assurance to not fall apart when things felt like they were spinning out of control. Not once did I feel judged by Alla for deviating significantly from my original birth plan. Alla was my constant cheerleader even when I was giving up on myself. And when I was faced with an inevitable c-section after hours of pushing, Alla asked the questions that I could not in my exhausted state. 

After the birth of our healthy baby, Alla kept checking in on me via text and answered questions about breastfeeding, sleep and self-care in the chaos of those early weeks. During her postpordum visit, Alla helped me process a difficult birth experience so I could understand in hindsight what I went through. She also did our newborn family photo shoot and we LOVE the photos! We are so grateful that Alla was part of this lifechanging transition.

Posted 7/3/2018

Birth Availability for Alla Irwin

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