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Tabitha Ames Doula, student midwife

Bay Area Birth Support

Website: htttp://www.bayareabirthsupport.com

Phone: (925) 360-0817

Birth Fee: $2100 to $3250

Postpartum Rate: $45 to $55

Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 170 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 7 years and 28 families served

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

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

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have happily supported families at Alta Bates, Kaiser Walnut Creek, Kaiser Oakland, Kaiser San Leandro, Kaiser Vallejo, UCSF, St Luke's, SF General, John Muir, CPMC, and Eden Medical Center.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Educator (CAPPA)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained
  • American Academy of CPR and First Aid, Inc Certified
  • APPA Certified Placenta Service Provider
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • student midwife

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

East Bay Doula Group Moderator, Bay Area Breastfeeding Support Group Co-Leader

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: El Sobrante, CA
Travel Range: 35 Miles

Client Testimonials for Tabitha Ames Doula, student midwife

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Megan Shinkle

My daughter had a wonderfully special birth, with the help of my doula (and new found friend) Tabitha. My birth was full of interventions because of a pre-exsisting medical condition. A total of 30 hours of pitocin, and I was able to manage the pain entirely medication free, thanks to Tabitha and my husband. Tabitha taught us different pain coping techniques before the birth, reminded my husband of how to use those techniques, and supported both of us by taking over the physical aspects of the pain coping, so my husband could support me emotionally. (She pressed against my back during labor, while my husband held me, stroked my hair, and talked to me.) Tabitha was such a calming presence for the entire time she was with us.

My doctor was wanting to take a more aggressive approach when I wasn't dilating "fast enough." I had been keeping Tabitha in the loop while I was hookd up to the pitocin, and when I did finally ask her to come in so we could talk about our options, her attitude and presence, helped me relax enough to actually start to have some change! I wanted my labor to be as natural as possible, and I got pretty much what I wanted.

I haven't used her postpartum services, but Tabitha is still an invaluable asset to me.  Every time I look at my beautiful daughter, I remember all the hard work I did, and all the help Tabitha gave us. If it wasn't for Tabitha, my birth would have a very different story.

Posted 1/12/2012

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Laura Howells

Tabitha worked with us as our post partum doula for 15 hours, spread out over 5 days. It was really great to have the extra help since this is our second child and we don't have much family in town. Her focus is definetly on mom and baby but she was willing to help with house stuff too all with my 3 year old following her around and asking to help with everything (I know that takes quite a lot of patience).

My husband and I actually got a few minutes to sit in bed and enjoy our new baby and think up her name while Tabitha was here.  This was not easy to come by the second time around.  It felt good having someone who really understands what a precious time it is in your lives that you can never get back and to really make time to enjoy those moments since they go by so fast. 

Posted 11/25/2011

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Samantha Merlin

My first delivery was a c-section. For my second baby I decided to try a VBAC with the help of a doula. Tabitha was amazing, she helped my husband and I to actually enjoy the labor. I mean she was really relaxed, she has a calm presence that really helped me to relax and gain strength between contractions. She was encouraging me the whole time, she helped me to get comfortable during those long hours, remind me to breath and listen to my body and trust my body. She took a really good care of me, before, during and after the labor. The pre-natal visits were so important for us, she gave us lots of tricks to cope with the pain and to relax. Tabitha knows what she is doing and will take care of you throughout your experience. BTW I had a successfull VBAC! Thank you Tabitha!

Posted 11/2/2011

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