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Susan Martin

Natural Beginnings


Phone: 310-359-3485

Birth Fee: $1200 to $1500

Fee Details: Doula services can be customized, so fee can be variable. Discounts for Bradley Method families.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 10 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • The Bradley Method of Husband-Coached Natural Childbirth - Certified Doula

Doula Training

  • The Bradley Method of Husband-Coached Natural Childbirth, December 2010
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

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

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Bradley

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (University of California San Diego)
  • La Leche League Leader

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Pre-and-Perinatal Educator, APPPAH

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • VBAC

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep Educator

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Member of the Association of Pre-and-Perinatal Psychology and Health; mentor for PPNE students with APPPAH; La Leche League Leader for 17 years; Board of Directors for LLL SCANV for 2.5 years; educated in trauma-informed care; strong advocate for parental rights and authority; strong advocate for informed consent; major work focus on building strong, resilient families and whole, healthy children.

Languages spoken: English

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Susan Martin is profesional and knowledgeable. When I googled her name and found out that she has been a La Leche League leader for 17 years, teaching the Bradley childbirth classes for 10 years, I really wanted her to be our Doula. In the couple of months, we built our relationship with her and I felt very comfortable and supported in Susan's caring hands. She wanted us to be educated and prepared for birth as well as postpartum. We borrowed from her library books and videos. She was teaching us the meditation and relaxation. Working with Susan helped me to build a stronger relationship with my husband. We were writing in Susan's class about our feelings for each other and sharing games to make our baby's birth as healthy as possible. My husband learned how to do massage for me and be supportive during labor and after. We were prepared by Susan for anything. My labor was 60 hours! Susan was with us for much of this time and her presence let my husband rest as much as possible before important moments. She drove me to my midwife's office for a checkup and let my husband sleep after he was up all night. She walked with me, and was taking amazing care of me that I will never forget. Her touch and massage was my pain killer; she really knew what to do. I didn't have epidural and do not remember any pain. She brought to us a lot of helpful supplements and props. I learned from Susan's birth preparation lessons how to push and it helped me a lot, I didn't have episiotomy and almost no stitches. After our girl was born, Susan visited us to check on our recovery, breastfeeding, and baby care. She helped me with my breastfeeding challenges with hands-on technique, sent me links on educational videos, and emails with support. She even asked us if we needed anything from stores. We hired Susan for postpartum, too. On the days when she was with us, I was able to rest, because she really knew what I needed. Susan cared about us like her own family!

Posted 6/6/2019

Birth Availability for Susan Martin

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