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Megan Mata

Doula Meg Birth and Postpartum Care

Website: https://www.doulameg.com

Phone: 5106760304

Birth Fee: $1850 to $2500

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $45

Fee Details: I provide sliding scale of fees, based on the agreement made between me and the family. Provide payment plans and accept trade arrangements.

Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 150 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 50 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, October 2012
  • The Matrona, February 2015
  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings, April 2015
  • Birthing From Within, February 2017
Type of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per Month: 2 to 3 births and 1 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Washington Hospital (Fremont)Good Samaritan Hospital (San Jose)El Camino Hospital (Mountain View)Bay Area Maternity (Los Gatos)Saint Rose Hospital (Hayward)Alta Bates (Berkeley)Kaiser (San Leandro, Oakland, Santa Clara)San Francisco General Hospital (San Francisco)Lucille Packard (Palo Alto)
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Bay Area Midwifery: A Community Wellness and Birth Center (Oakland)Pacifica Family Maternity (Berkeley)
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Have attended homebirth in the East bay & Peninsula.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Birthing From Within
  • CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)
  • Certified GentleBirth Childbirth Educator
  • GentleBirth - Certified Childbirth Educator

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Nursing Mothers Counselor (Nursing Mothers Counsel)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained
  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • Certified Placenta Encapsulator (International Placenta & Postpartum Association - IPPA)
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Rebozo Certification (Gena Kirby)

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • 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
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Birthing From Within Birth Art Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Mother Roasting
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep Educator
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer Birth Doula/Post Partum Doula @ Homeless Prenantal Program, San Francisco, CA Volunteer Blossom Birth & Family Fair Vendor Coordinator Palo Alto, CA (2013 & 2014) Member Bay Area Birth Information (BABI) - San Jose Chapter Advocacy work for: California Association of Midwives (CAM) California Families for Access to Midwives (CFAM)

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: San Jose, CA
Travel Range: 25 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: I do travel. There are additional fees dependent on the distance and location.

Client Testimonials for Megan Mata

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Annie Lumerman

Samara Meir-Levi (a birth and postpartum doula) recommended Megan (Samara was out of the country during our birth) and we couldn't be happier with the outcome.

In fact, I KNOW that I would have ended up with interventions that I did not want and possibly a cesarean birth without Megan's expert help, guidance and support.

What did Megan do for us:

She met with us several times before our birth and really focused on helping me feel prepared for the birth process. I thought I was going to be nervous about giving birth but instead I felt empowered and excited.

Megan was with me for almost the entire labor and birthing process which lasted more than 45 hours. After approximately 15 hours of laboring with my husband, Megan came over to our house. I was having back labor and my contractions were all over the place. She helped me power through 12 more hours at home before we went to the hospital.

At the hospital, Megan helped me get exactly what I needed, including a new nurse (I didn't like /feel comfortable with the nurse who I had been assigned). And I couldn't have pushed for 4 hours withour her support and coaching. It was tough but she helped me stay focused.

I highly recommend Megan.

Birth location: Stanford Hospital

Posted 4/27/2017

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Kristine Kelly

Finding Megan was a blessing for our family.  My husband was in search for a postpartum doula after I was unexpectedly hospitalized one month after the birth of our daughter.  He needed support, as we do not have any family with children in the area.  She was able to look after our daughter and also gave him many useful parenting tips.  It was a very stressful time for us as a family, and she was easy to talk to.  She also lined up additional doula support for our family on very short notice, as she is well-respected in the doula community.  When I was discharged from the hospital, we continued to work with Megan for several more months.  She is wonderful and loving with our daughter, and would wear her in a sling to rock her to sleep.  (A practice that I soon adopted.)  She is still part of our life, and for this I am thankful.  I give my highest recommendation to Megan. 

Posted 6/9/2015

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Lindsey Breitschaedel

Megan is an amazing woman and a fantastic support for women and families of the Bay Area. I got to know her as a postpartum doula and she was very helpful. I also really enjoyed getting to know her. Her passion is birth and she has a lot of knowledge and experience. All three of us (myself, my son and my husband) very much recommend her.

Posted 5/11/2015

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