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Maya de Paula Hanika

Maya de Paula Hanika


Phone: 4155685845

Birth Fee: $1200 to $1600

Fee Details: Please contact me if you require a sliding scale option or a payment plan.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 33 births attended

Doula Training

  • Natural Resources, April 2016
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 2 to 4

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

Other Relevant Certifications

  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained
  • Certified Placenta Encapsulator (International Placenta & Postpartum Association - IPPA)
  • SERVSAFE® Food Safety Management Training

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

St Luke's Volunteer Doula Program HPP Volunteer Doula Program

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

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

Client Testimonials for Maya de Paula Hanika

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Alexandra O'Connor

We had a wonderful experience working with you! Your gentle demeanor, determination and commitment to helping me/us, and level concern for my wishes really stuck out to me in an otherwise foggy experience. I really appreciated your aftercare herbal remedy as well. We are very confident that we would not have been able to get through my 36 hour labor without you! We are so grateful for you and your part in our son's birth!


Posted 12/3/2018

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Claire Marana


Maya was a perfect fit for us. My husband also can't endorse the experience enough. One of the surprising things for us was how little direct help you get from the nurses and midwives. They're in and out and seeing to other patients, so if you're just having regular old (intense!) contractions, they won't really be around. Having a knowledgeable person dedicated to my care and comfort made us both feel safer and more confident.

I found Maya walked a good line helping us make informed decisions and supporting the decisions we made. I think I was her first birth with a planned epidural and she was really open to the experience for all of us; I was really worried about doula judgement of a non-natural birth. I was laboring for 48h because I was induced and Maya was there as often as we wanted. We didn't want/need her there all the time as things were slow to get started, but she helped us get settled and popped in I think twice before I was in active labor when my husband asked her to. Once she came ASAP when one of the induction steps was really painful and I was spinning out emotionally. She helped a ton at that point.

Maya was also just generally a great presence. She was calm and friendly and when things were slow we enjoyed chatting with her and just hanging out. Obviously birth is an intensely personal and vulnerable time so feeling totally comfortable sharing it with Maya speaks volumes to her emotional intelligence.

Finally, she worked really well with the staff. It found it's important that you, your partner and doula get along well with the staff to get the best care possible and Maya was great at facilitating that relationship.

Maya's the only person I would consider leaving our new baby boy with if we wanted to get out for a few hours right now (that's saying something since my cousin lives upstairs, and my in-laws are also nearby!) She feels like family, but better with babies =) 

Posted 2/3/2018

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Paul Chasan

Early on in our pregnancy, my partner really wanted to hire a doula to assist us through the birth process. I was initially skeptical and I was so so wrong. My partner Jessica and I interviewed several doulas before we met Maya. There was an instant connection and we hired her on the spot. Maya brings a perfect blend of empathy, integrity, wisdom, and fortitude to her practice. She is deeply knowledgeable about the subject matter and clearly cares about her work. From the outset of the process – whether during in-person visits or via text an ad via text and email –

she was engaged with our family.

Maya was outstanding during Jessica’s labor. We had taken a class beforehand and had a rough idea of what to expect, but it was our first child and so the whole process was new for us. Jessica was in early labor and her contractions were increasing both in intensity and frequency. I was starting to feel out of control of the situation when Maya arrived and instantly felt better when she did.

Jessica and I both wanted a “natural birth” for our son. However, during the pregnancy, I sometimes felt that the natural birthing community sets up an unnecessarily adversarial relationship with medical practitioners. When we arrived at the hospital, I really appreciated how Maya managed to act as an advocate for Jessica in the delivery room while maintaining a collaborative relationship with the midwife and nurses who were acting as our birth team. Maya’s presence throughout the process was soothing for both Jessica and I and I attribute her to being essential in Jessica having the birth outcome she wanted. I am profoundly grateful and thankful that we found her and were able to work with her.

Paul Chasan

Posted 12/21/2017

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Rica Sunga-Kwan

I met Maya prior to labor about 3x. First for the intro meeting and then for two follow up meetings after that. I'm not sure what I expected since this was my first baby as well as first doula experience, but I didn't expect to be so indebted to a person who just a few months ago was a complete stranger to me. Maya was great during labor, calm when I needed her to be calm and strong when I felt like I had lost all my strength. My husband was also in the delivery room supporting me and he cannot tell enough people how helpful Maya was through the labor process. She really supported both of us through this whole process.

My labor was a fairly quick one even though it was my first baby. Maya was not shy to put in some of the hard work, like holding my leg up during the pushing stage. I was really amazed that she offered to do that for me. And somehow, through all the commotion, screaming, crying, she managed to take the most special snapshots (with her DSLR) of my new family right after I delivered.

I know labor is a very special and private moment in a woman's life and letting just anyone participate in that is a huge decision but working with Maya has been the best decision I made for my labor. She will forever be my little Zion's first friend.

Posted 10/7/2017

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niki shelley

My mother-in-law sent this testimonial and asked that I post it here on her behalf:

"A grandmother chimes in:

Across the hours of our daughter-in-law Niki’s labor we received periodic calls and texts from our son David about what was happening. Sitting in our hotel room near the hospital, we vicariously experienced the drama taking place. We heard in David’s voice, amidst the tension of the drama of labor, a profound admiration for Maya’s nurturant and effective coaching. We had the sense that Maya was profoundly in tune with the family in the room – Niki, David, and the baby (Rilke) to be born. As the hours passed, we were humbled by Maya’s quiet yet palpable charisma steadily at work in giving life."

Posted 10/3/2017

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niki shelley

I teared up reading Mae's testimonial! Maya was all of these things for us, as well, providing a safe and grounded space within which we were able to welcome our sweet baby into the world.

Ours was the first birth Maya attended as a doula. I never once felt anything but complete trust and confidence in her. She was both loving and professional. She's a wonderful listener, knowledgeable, funny, open and disarming. 

Maya met us at the hospital shortly after we arrived and did not flag once during the next 20 hours she was with us. She was by my side walking me through every contraction, intuiting my needs without me having to say a word. She was always ready with a cold washcloth, a sip of water, a massage or encouraging word. She made it possible for me to be completely vulnerable, to let go, and to ask for help in a way that has truly changed my life.

She was an unapologetic advocate on my behalf, never hesitating to communicate my desires to the nurses and midwives on staff, ensuring that I was given every opportunity to have the birth that I wanted. I will forever feel the most radical love and gratitude for Maya's strength and guidance through this transformative experience. 

Thank you Maya!!!!!!! 

Posted 10/2/2017

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Mae Kingery

After meeting with Maya just the two of us, I knew my partner Rob would really click with her as well and that was important in our doula search! Maya brings with her a breath of clarity and lightens any mood and makes vulnerabilities feel comfortable. I had a planned homebirth and tensions were heightened as my partner and I tried to set up the birth tub and my labor seemed to be getting intense VERY quickly. As soon as Maya showed up...the air in the room shifted and she helped our frantic selves calm down and get things in order. Maya was at my side and picking up on exactly what I needed throughout the birth.  would often turn to her just to reach out and she would know that meant I needed help up, or if there was a cool washcloth on my shoulders thanks to her and I was over it, I could just toss it over to her. She brought a birthing peanut to the birth, which I feel like I couldn't have labored without it! Maya offered sips of water between contractions and helped Rob stay calm. You never know how you are going to labor--I expected to lean on Rob and dangle from his arms...but instead, I wanted to be mostly left alone and labored on my knees leaning over a pile of pillows. Maya prepared sitz baths for me and didn't leave until I was well adjusted. Having her to contact whenever towards the end of pregnancy was crucial to my well being as well.....she is amazing at what she does and I can't recommend her enough! 

Posted 9/28/2017

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