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Deanna Dawson-Jesus

Birthing Babies - A Celebration of Life

Website: https://www.BirthingBabies.info

Phone: (925) 216-7264

Birth Fee: $0 to $2800

Fee Details: Please contact me for details and pricing as I do offer payment plans and sliding-scale options. I offer three Birth Doula Packages-Essential, Premier, and Concierge. As I am a Doula Mentor/Trainer, I have access to Doulas that can fit any budget. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Birth Doula Experience: 17 years and 250 births attended

Doula Training

  • DONA International, October 2015
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I am happy to travel where-ever the client needs me.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Your Birth, Your Way

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Educator (CAPPA)
  • VBAC Specialist, Doula Mentor/Trainer, Perinatal Loss Counselor

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • 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
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Henna belly designs
  • Infant massage education
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

*Co-Founder of The Mt. Diablo Doula Community *Founder of The Birthing Babies Breakfast Club *Founder/Mentor/Trainer at Birthing Babies - Doula School

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Danville, CA
Travel Range: 99 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: I'll travel as far as my client is comfortable.

Client Testimonials for Deanna Dawson-Jesus

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Peter McMahan

Deanna is an amazing doula.

We hired her after we moved cross-country and became pregnant in a place without much of a support system. She met with us numerous times before delivery and helped us think through what we wanted from the birth process. Her insightful questions and genuinely open-minded attitude allowed us to understand what we hoped for from our pregnancy and birth. Deanna was remarkably good at listening to us and offering information and advice that we didn’t even know we wanted. Her in-home visits were a pleasure—even our dog was always excited to see her.

Due to some health issues, we needed to adjust our birth plan on the go. In the hospital, we were faced with some difficult decisions. Deanna provided a calm voice, allowing us the space and support we needed in the moment. She was absolutely attentive to what we needed moment to moment, being present when we needed help and knowing just when we could use some time to ourselves.

Also, she pushed her knuckle into my back during a contraction and it magically relieved all my pain. Seriously, she is some kind of wizard.

Posted 10/17/2018

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Katherine Ann

Deanna is a natural when it comes to listening to parents and tailoring her approach in a way that truly supports their wishes for their pregnancy, labour and birth. She provided us with a wealth of information and resources from reliable and varied sources that in turn helped us discover our own goals and wishes for a successful pregnancy, delivery and postpartum period. She prepared us for things that we didn't even know we should prepare for, which brought us peace of mind and a sense that we were active participants in our pregnancy, labour and delivery.

Deanna made us feel as though she was there for us whenever we had questions or concerns. She helped us not only to relax about, but indeed look forward to labour and delivery. She prepared us for different eventualities while remaining always optimistic about our birth plan. While we had hoped for a spontaneous labour, we ended up inducing at 42 weeks. Deanna worked with us to prepare for the induction, and during labour knew how to help me labour through the contractions and guide my husband in ways that he could best support me. Deanna was also skilled at keeping us informed of what was happening every step of the way and how it related to our birth plan. We also greatly appreciated the way in which she worked as a team with our medical providers which I strongly believe resulted in our getting the best medical care possible given the circumstances. While ultimately our boy was brought into the world via cesarean, I do feel that working with Deanna helped me go into the operating room with a sense of joy, gratitude and optimism rather than fear and disappointment.

I would recommend that any expecting parent who is considering working with a doula meet with Deanna. She was a great fit for us, and because she truly follows her birthing philosophy "Your birth, your way", I imagine that she would be a great fit for many others.

Posted 7/3/2017

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Sabita Chettri Pandey

I am not much of a reviewer or writer but I am compelled to write about Deanna. This was my first pregnancy and my husband and I were totally newbies who had no idea about childbirth and delivery. We do not have much family here and rely wanted someone to help us through this situation and hence the decision for hiring a doula. We interviewed a few doulas but when we met Deanna, our search ended. What made a very strong impression on us was her extensive knowledge about childbirth and related topics. We would ask her all sorts of questions and she always had the answer. She was extremely helpful and supportive throughout the last few weeks of my pregnancy, on the day of delivery and even post pregnancy. My husband and I strongly feel that the most important day of our lives would not have been the same without Deanna. She was there with us throughout my 24 hour labor which ultimately resulted in a c section. For those first time parents let me tell you that the hospital staff are not constantly there with you in the labor room and come only when called or to check on you periodically. In between those visits? You are likely to feel lost and helpless and that's when you will realize the importance of a doula. Deanna and her shadow doula Megan were also very helpful post pregnancy guiding me through breast feeding and post partum challenges including baby blues. What more can I say about Deanna....just meet her and you will know!

Posted 12/15/2014

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Daisy Alatorre-Holden

Doulas are so special. If you are considering a doula - please do yourself a favor and get one. I knew that I wanted a doula but didn't realize how much I would come to lean on Deanna for her knowledge and support. Having her be a part of the birth has made for the most amazing birth story. From early on I relied on Deanna to ask engaging questions that I didn't even have the clarity of mind to think about as a first time mother, I tried my best to avoid over-reading so as to make the pregnancy and birth my own experience. Deanna helped with pain management solutions while pregnant and trying to maintain an athletic regiment. She helped me think about the environment that was right for my family and welcoming our child. She also encouraged my husbands involvement and at the same time made it okay for him to take breaks when he needed. It's difficult to explain but imagine going through one of the most terrifying moments because you don't know what to expect and there a plenty of emotions stirring. Deanna was the beacon that helped charter through those emotions, physical demands and provided a loving hand.

I'm grateful and know that you will be to.

Thanks,
The Holden's

 

Posted 1/8/2014

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Iryna Novosyolova

I'm really happy that Deanna was my doula. She is extremely supportive, and she supported me in my any intention. Deanna is knowledgeable doula, and she guided my husband and me in my pretty much rough labor and delivery. Also, she is a nice person who I was very comfortable with during my 3 days (!!!) labor. I would highly recommend her. Thank you,m Deanna!

Posted 11/20/2013

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Michael Dailey

My wife and I first met Deanna through meet the Doula night at Day One Center in Walnut Creek. She also came highly recommended from a friend of ours whose birth she assisted. We immediately had a good feeling about her. Deanna was very helpful in walking us through the process as well as getting us to completely think through the type of birth we wanted. There was both a gentle motherly as well as authoritative presence about her and this was something that both my wife and I wanted in a Doula given that this was our first child. My wife was looking to have a completely natural birth and Deanna was extremely supportive in this. She made herself fully available through phone, texts, and emails anytime we needed her. When my wife went into labor, Deanna met us at the hospital and was actively present through the entire exhausting 14 hour labor. In fact, when my wife wasn't dilating as well, it was Deanna's quick thinking and extensive knowledge in labor positions that turned the tide and prevented my wife from needing Pitocin. An hour later, my wife gave birth to our beautiful daughter and all naturally without any drugs, which is exactly what she wanted. Deanna also followed up with us for several days by phone to check on us as well as through a follow-up visit. It was during this visit that she presented us with our daughter's "Birth Story"; a comprehensive narrative detailing our birthing process from meeting Deanna through to the birth and including our first words to our daughter. It was absolutely beautiful and something we will always cherish. We would highly recommend Deanna for ANYONE who is interested in the assistance of a doula and we will definitely use her again for our second.

Posted 5/8/2013

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Emilia Breton

Shortly after we found out that I was pregnant with my daughter we decided to hire a doula to help us. From the moment that we hired Deanna she showed her commitment to helping us navigate the unfamiliar waters. She gave us a wonderful packet including a list of questions about how we wanted our birth to go many of which I had not even thought about. When I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes I was crushed and lost, Deanna was so supportive and helpful it really set my mind at ease. When I finally went into labor Deanna was with us every step of the way. I had made the decision to labor at home as long as possible. Deanna stayed with my husband and I through it all and her bag of comfort tricks kept me comfortable and calm. When we got to the hospital it was almost time for me to give birth. Deanna sat with me and helped to keep my husband and I calm and focused. She explained what was going on around me and was an amazing oasis of calm in the middle of a crazy situation. Once my daughter was born she stayed with us until we were all settled and ready for her to leave. Deanna was instrumental in making sure that I had the birth experience that I wanted. Deanna is one of the most knowledgeable individuals about pregnancy and birth I have ever meet. If I am lucky enough to have a second child I will defiantly be hiring Deanna again.
 

Posted 11/21/2012

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Dawn Morrison

Deanna Jesus is an amazing Doula. I feel that because of her help- I had a fabulous birth. She was very thorough and made sure to help us try to achieve the birthing experience that we personally desired. I almost went in to the hospital too early several times, but with her help I was better able to understand what was going on with my body and to go in at the right time. She made me feel comfortable at the hospital and she was great with the nurses. During my birth she helped me with positions, comfort and breathing techniques and cleaned after me. This allowed my husband to truly focus on me and what I needed and to encourage me. Afterwards my husband was honest that he originally really didn't understand why we needed a Doula - but that he now realized it was the best thing we had ever done- and best money ever spent. Deanna followed up with me afterwards and helped with nursing, etc. I have recommended her to all my friends. If you hire her you will be in very loving hands! I can't say enough about her!

Posted 10/28/2012

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Ingrid Yen

I found Doula Dee in September 2011 when I was about 33 weeks pregnant after realizing that I wasn’t going to have the support and assistance I needed at my hospital. Hiring her for my delivery and start of motherhood was the best thing I could have done for myself and my baby. Deanna went through every minute of my 50+ hours with me. She was great at teaching my husband how to provide the special things I needed through such a vulnerable process. She helped me search inside about what was important to my birth experience and taught me so much about what it could be… She was like a mother to me and gave me knowledge, confidence, courage, a big hug and a shoulder to cry on. She knew when to back off so I can have space to “deal”. She was more than a doula. She cared for every single mother-to-be as an individual. Each birth experience was like the first one to her and she cherished every single one of them as if it was her own. Deanna has a very magnanimous and compassionate personality and she ALWAYS went above and beyond what was called for to help the new mom. Having gone through what I went through, I HIGHLY suggest every first time mother to have a doula. And if you are lucky enough, Doula Dee as yours.

Posted 7/10/2012

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Kirstie Pickles

I found Deanna late into my pregnancy (about 36 weeks!!) after my first doula didn't work out. I had planned a hypnobirth and taken hypnobirthing lessons and didn't feel confident that my original doula could support a hypnobirth. My hypnobirthing instructor gave me Deanna's contact details and as soon as my partner and I met Deanna, we knew she was the right person to be present at out daughter's birth. We appreciated her down to earth nature, her calm and reassuring presence and also her experience of hypnobirths. I had a wonderful, empowering birth that was the most amazing experience. Deanna helped shape that experience and for that I will be forever grateful.

Posted 7/8/2012

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Shan Elder

I met Deanna while attending the HypnoBirthing Training at the Nurture Center.  it did not take long for my husband and I to realize that Deanna would be the perfect asset to our birth.  She helped me and encouraged me while I labored and birthed my son completely natural and unmedicated.  She is kind and gentle and easily fit right into our comfortable setting.  I only wish I would have used her for my daughters birth as well.  Since I had gone through Doula training that same year, I did not think I would need any athoer assistance other than my husband.  If you are in the same predicament, take my advice, GET DEANNA!!!!  

We are eternally greatful for her help and she will always cherish that special day with us.

Posted 3/20/2011

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krista snyder

Deanna was an amazing support before, during, and after the birth of our daughter Audrey.  She is an excellent source of information and a fabulous teacher.  During the birth, she explained everything that was happening and coached us through making decisions.  She was also there 100% to help me through the labor process.  When labor began to get intense, Deanna talked me through one contraction at a time and helped me to stay grounded and relaxed.  Our birth ended in an emergency c-section, but Deanna stayed with me in the recovery room while my husband stayed with our daughter.  She followed up by visiting us in the hospital the next day and helped me with breastfeeding and made sure that we were all doing well.  After going home, I had a really hard time with bresatfeeding.  Deanna came to do a home visit and was a great help and support to me.  She even left the dinner table on Thanksgiving to help coach me through a difficult night with bresatfeeding.  I can't recommend her strongly enough!  She is cariing, compassionate, and supportive.  I can't imagine having gone through my birth experience without her!

Posted 1/22/2011

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Eric Hsu

 She was our doula for our first child (June 2005) and second child (May 2008).  She was supportive, kind and knowledgable. This was particularly important for the first child... labor lasted 26 hours!  I still remember her walking around the oak tree with us at the hospital. She had lots of ideas for us for keeping the process going and keeping the mother's morale up. We don't plan to have more kids, but we recommend her highly to anyone who asks.   

Posted 1/18/2011

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Lauren Woll

Deanna assisted at the birth of my son in 2008. From the day we met her, we benefitted from her exemplary professionalism and broad experience. She was very clear and flexible about how she could help us, including methodical birth planning and lactation education. She remained cheerful, positive and creative throughout a long labor, and helped us maintain our vision of the birth even as we had to adapt to changing circumstances. She showed us many valuable skills, from pre-birth posture and massage tips to pressure points that relieved pain during labor. I recommend Deanna unreservedly.

Posted 1/18/2011

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Ellen Rigsby and Eric Hsu

 My Husband Eric and I hired Deanna as our Doula for the birth of both of our children.  Deanna helped us through every step of our process deciding how to prepare for the birth.  Deanna helped me through a 27 hour labor, and supported me through my decision to do the labor and birth painkiller-free.  Because I was throwing up a lot, most of the labor was in the birth center at the hospital (Kaiser Walnut Creek).  She helped me stay comfortable, working with the staff to let me change positions even though I had a fetal monitor on most of the time.  She brought me ice, spelled my husband so he could get some rest, and coached us through the various stages of my labor.  She also stayed with us for over two hours afterwards so that Eric could run an errand and we could settle in with the baby.  Afterward, she brought us a "birth story," a written account of the birth along with the names of the nurses and midwives who helped us become parents.  

While preparing for the birth of our second child, I wanted a more structured way to get through labor, and we studied hypno-birthing with Deanna ahead of time.   For this labor, Deanna was finishing another birth, and Stacy Hatori, one of Deanna's back up Doulas, came to the hospital to help until Deanna got there, and because my labor was so quick, she ended up being there for the birth.  She was wonderful too. Deanna arrived soon after.  They were a great team, and while I don't intend to have any more children, if that changes, I would want Deanna and her team there to support me.  I came to her wanting a natural child birth, and while she did a lot to educate me about hospital procedures to prepare me for the unexpected, she followed my birth plan to the letter, and supported my decisions in the hospital.  Deanna is kind and generous with her time.  I cannot recommend her more highly.

Posted 1/12/2011

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Annie Hood

Deanna was a wonderful doula!  My husband and I felt supported and advocated for during our entire labor, as well as pre and post-partum.  Deanna's positivity and good energy was unflagging, and she definitely helped me cope with pain of labor.  She was an incredibly valuable member of my birth team, and if I have another child in the Bay Area I will hire her again.

Posted 8/3/2009

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