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Ilka Fanni

Spirals of Life

Website: http://www.ilkafanni.com

Phone: (415) 948-8056

Birth Fee: $1500 to $1800

Postpartum Rate: $40 to $45

Fee Details: I offer 2 discounted births a month for low income and home birth families. I consider your financial situation, travel distance, services requested to calculate a fee that works for both you and me.

Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 75 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 7 years and 16 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, February 2011
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: no smokers
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I provide continuous physical and emotional support, comfort measures and information. I help you with writing your birth plan, educate you about your options regarding hospital protocols and interventions, empower you in your decision making process and create an atmosphere that supports you and your partner. I work together with the staff to ensure a positive experience for you.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I provide continuous physical and emotional support, comfort measures and information. I work together with your midwifes to create a harmonious and gentle atmosphere and support you and your partner/family.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I provide continuous physical and emotional support, comfort measures and information. I work together with your midwifes to create a harmonious and gentle atmosphere and support you and your partner/family.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International
  • Certified Rebozo Instructor, Spinning Babies Parent Educator

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • trained and experienced in beastfeeding

Other Relevant Certifications

  • LMT/LMP (Licensed Massage Therapist/Practitioner)
  • Rebozo Training
  • Spinning Babies Parent Educator, Certified Rebozo Instructor, Independent Placenta Medicine specialist, radical counselor, Somatic Movement therapist, Developmental Movement therapist, EFT level 1 practitioner, Spinning Babies Parent Educator

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • Infant massage education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • TENS units rental
  • Therapist or counselor

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer Doula at Sacred Birth Place - Oakland Birthing Center Volunteer Doula at Pacifica Maternity- Berkeley Birthing center

Languages spoken: english, hungarian

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Berkeley, CA
Travel Range: 20 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: I travel beyond 20 miles for an extra fee

Client Testimonials for Ilka Fanni

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Cecilia Culverhouse

Ilka is incredible and I highly recommend contacting her right away to support you with your birth.

From July 25-26, Ilka supported my partner and me through a 24 hour, unmedicated labor. We serendiptiously got to work with Ilka because our original doula was another birth. Throughout my labor and delivery, Ilka was calm, strong, wise and supportive. She coached my partner and me in ways that only someone with a lot of experience and an innate intuition about birthing could. There were many times I wanted to quit, and Ilka kept me focused and using what strength I had to keep going.

Ilka's coaching for my partner was helpful too. She let him know things like I might snap at him and push his hands away - both of which I did - and to not take it personally - which he didn't because he was expecting that to happen.

A a few days after our daughter's birth, Ilka came by our home to check on us. She shared her knowledge of child development with us. Novices to parenting, we drank all of this up. Among other things that were enlightening to us, Ilka taught us ways to be with our daughter that are calming, rather than triggering for her nervous system.

To say that I could not have gone through my labor without Ilka is an understatement. For any mama-to-be who wants to have a calming, wise, and strong doula by her side in the most intimate, challenging, and rewarding experience of your life, Ilka is your doula.

Posted 8/9/2017

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Elena Sarapultseva

My first son is over 2 month now and I want to write a few words of gratitude to an incredible person, my doula Ilka. She truly did an amazing job by supporting me and helping along the way. She was always available for me, answered all my questions and provided a great support. She also did an awesome job by involving my little-to-know-about-labor husband into the whole process, therefore making overall experience even more joyful and unforgettable. She is a very strong person. Including physically. I literally hanged on her shoulders for some long hours. Ilka is SUPER knowledgeable about all the mother-to-be business starting with educating me on the diapering world and ending in deep pain-coping technics with a terabite of useful stuff in between. I recommend Ilka to all the women who are planning to have their babies. T want to keep in touch with her as she is a very interesting person and she is always happy.

Posted 4/21/2012

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