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Paula Calhoun

Delivery Doula


Phone: (408) 761-5876

Birth Fee: $2500

Postpartum Rate: $50 to $75

Fee Details: My minimum fee is for nights or 24/7 care, allowing myself to rest/sleep when baby rests/sleeps. My maximum fee is for awake care(a healthy newborn does not require awake care unless parents feel the need).

Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 350 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 9 years and 31 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, June 2009
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: I prefer nights or 24/7 shifts
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)
  • HBCE (HypnoBirthing)
  • Sacred Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • PBi Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained
  • bebo.mia. Sleep Educator Certification
  • Certified Hypnotherapist (Cht)
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

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

Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula
  • Belly casting
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

BABI Member

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: San Jose, CA
Travel Range: 50 Miles

Client Testimonials for Paula Calhoun

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Michelle Husain

When we met Paula she stood out to us as very warm and a good communicator.  She has a lot of experience and offered us a lot of great tips regarding supplements, stretches, etc.  Paula was available to talk anytime in the weeks before the birth (including via text, which was a big time saver for us). When my water broke and nothing happened contraction-wise, she brought supplements over to our house to help things get going and protect against infection. When I finally went in to have a non-stress test 24 hours later, she was very helpful in navigating things when they wanted me to check in to the hospital.  During labor, Paula was absolutely excellent in knowing when to intervene during my contractions and when to do nothing. She suggested different positions to help the baby come down.  Paula and my husband got along very well. Eventually, I did have to have a c-section and Paula was very sensitive to our needs; she tactfully suggested that she step out for a minute after the c-section decision so that my husband and I could have some alone time, which we really needed at that moment. She also stayed with me during recovery, texting with my husband, who was with our baby, and giving me updates about exactly what was happening with our new baby. She showed me the pictures that he sent of our guy getting his first bath, etc. This was HUGE for me, since I didn't get to see my first baby at all after my c-section. She also communicated well with the nurses so that I got to have my baby with me as soon as physically possible.  Overall, I think she is fabulous; a very skilled and sensitive doula whom I would recommend to anyone, especially a VBAC mom. She understood the extra emotional "baggage" that this group in particular sometimes carries. Her wardrobe of track suits also earns five stars! :)

Posted 3/19/2012

Birth Availability for Paula Calhoun

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