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Michelle Gunderson

Cradle Of Love Doula

Website: http://www.cradleoflovedoula.com/

Phone: (650) 733-4607

Birth Fee: $2150

Postpartum Rate: $45 to $50

Fee Details: $45 hr for one baby during the night or day. $50 hr x for Twins during the night or day.

Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 120 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 30 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings - Certified Labor Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings, June 2015
Type of Practice: Solo practice

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

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
The hospital setting can be a bit too "clinical". I try to make sure the hospital room is set up in a way that makes the laboring mother feel safe and comfortable. I engage the partner and show him/her ways to comfort and support the mom. I help the mother with initial breastfeeding and transitioning from hospital to home.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Home-births with a midwife is an amazing experience. Since the midwife generally arrives at a birth when active labor is established, my main role will be to support you before that stage. I will help you trough out labor and after. I will also be a liaison between you and your midwife before she arrives, and a helping hand to her while she is there.I will help with clean up and to make sure there is a meal ready for after the birth.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings - Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Cornerstone Childbirth Educator

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings - Certified Placenta Specialist

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • 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
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

LGBTQ families welcomed

Languages spoken: English and Italian

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Client Testimonials for Michelle Gunderson

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Elinor Dave

I enthusiastically recommend Michelle as a birth doula. Warm, funny, and caring, she was the perfect addition to our team for the birth of our daughter. My husband and I enjoyed meeting with Michelle prior to birth, but I gained a new appreciation for her skills the day I went into labor. Michelle is the person you want next to you when you’re having a contraction and simultaneously throwing up! She calmly handed me a plastic bag, and reassured me that my body was getting ready to have the baby.

Michelle calmed all of us in the delivery room with her steady presence, her foresight, and ability to anticipate needs. She freed my husband up to be present with me, and helped me feel nurtured and focused, even as hospital staff came and went. I was incredibly happy with my first experience with childbirth, and am so grateful that Michelle was a part of it.

Posted 9/2/2017

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ann benoit

I can't say enough great things about Michelle— she became like a member of our family. We wouldn't have survived the first couple months without her as our postpartum night doula. I had a hard recovery from a c section and she came to help us out at the hospital and then was with us for several months for 5 nights a week. She would bottle feed our son or wake me up to breast feed him during the night as well as wake me up to pump all night long. She took excellent care of our son from 10pm-6am and taught us a ton. She did bottling, baby bottle washing, laundry and light cooking. Hire her before someone else gets her!

Posted 8/24/2017

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Olivia Khalili

I was referred to Michelle by my midwife, who had worked with her at a previous birth. Michelle offers dual qualities of strength/knowledge and intuition/emotional guidance. Her ability to provide both worked exceptionally well for me, as well as my husband. 

Two nights before the birth, Michelle reached out to see how I was feeling. I was experiencing pre-labor contractions at this time and she seemed to just intuit that there was a change in the pregnancy and a closer approach of birth. 

During the labor, Michelle was incredibly present, thoughtful and responsive. She was able to embody the language and approach I had requested to help guide me throughout the birth. 

An incredible asset is her ability with physical touch. She was indefatigable, massaging me with gorgeous scented oils, for hours during labor. 

At the end of a long night, she arranged with the hospital staff to claim and store my placenta. It's the consideration and effort displayed in this act that exemplifies her care for her clients. 

I would enthusiastically recommend Michelle as a doula. She is an incredible asset during a birth, for both the mother and partner.  

Posted 9/19/2016

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Gloria Patterson

Michelle was an integral member of our birth team. I credit her with enabling me to achieve my goal of a natural (drug free) hospital birth. As this was our first baby, my husband and I weren't sure what to expect or whether to hire a doula. We procrastinated a bit (went back and forth about it), and started interviewing doulas about a month before my expected due date, to learn more about their skills and see if we clicked with anyone. Michelle wow'ed us during our initial consultation (interview process)!  Not only is she a "baby whisperer" -- well-versed in what to expect after baby arrives, breastfeeding advice, and soothing fussy babies -- she immediately bonded with our other "baby": our 9-year old black lab shepherd mix! My husband and I loved Michelle's no-nonsense style, humor, and assertiveness -- we knew we could count on her to be our advocate in the delivery room. I also loved that she's a problem-solver, is experienced working under high stress situations, and cares for mama's emotional needs leading up to, during, and after the birth. We're so glad we hired Michelle as our birth doula, and would absolutely hire her again in a heartbeat! Best decision we ever made! I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful, natural birth experience and am forever grateful to have had Michelle by our side throughout my surprisingly fast 3-hour hospital delivery.

Posted 7/13/2016

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Emily Gibson

Michelle was an amazing resource and support for me in preparing for the birth of my first child, and during the 12 long days of waiting after my due date. During my delivery she was my champion, she coached me through a drug-free labor and delivery, giving me enough confidence and encouragement to make it though without an epidural, and helping my husband to support me effectively.

She is a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, perspective and humor, and she brings a great balance of no-nonsense toughness and gentle encouragement. I am so grateful to have had her with me for the birth, and her post partum support has been immensely valuable. I have already referred a friend to Michelle and would recommend her services with absolutely no hesitation. And if you're questioning whether hiring a doula is right for you, I can't recommend it highly enough! 

Posted 6/30/2016

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amelia bedelia

My husband and I are happy to recommend Michelle for her services as our post-partum doula.  She was a critical part of our team after the birth of our primi twin girls.  Her help with not only the babies but also light house chores and meals took a great deal of pressure off those early long days and nights.  It's clear that Michelle just adores babies, and her personality and moral support were just as important to her role as her skills, especially given that we had no other family support during this period.  We really enjoyed her presence around the house and the girls seemed to respond to her warm demeanor.  The meals and snacks she prepared for me as I was lactating and recouperating after a c-section were delicious and always hit the spot.  Her experience and love of babies made us feel like our babies were safe and well cared for.  We also used Michelle for some nights, and the piece of mind to get some sleep was essential to our wellbeing.  Michelle was always flexible and accomodating with scheduling.  We were very happy with her services and we were very glad to consider her a reliable part of our new family.

Posted 6/26/2016

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Belinda Del Bosque

Michelle was a God send with the birth of our 3rd kid, son Onyx. You'd think we'd have it all down with he being the 3rd and all, but really each birth was unique. Actually, that was our main issue with the birth and why we sought out Michelle. Everyone seemed to think we knew it all, but when it came down to it, Michelle luckily did; we were lost and distracted on the roller coaster of the moment. Having her there let us stay in that moment yet still have someone there making sure we were mindful. I think it is her intuitive understanding of exactly what to do and knowing to follow the rhythm of the baby and Mama that made all the difference. She swooped in, in the middle of the night and brought calm in with her; we depended on her as our advocate and as a calming force. I cannot recommend Michelle more. We love her and everything she did for us.


Posted 4/4/2016

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Valeria Girimonte

I had a fantastic experience with Michelle as my post partum doula and highly recommend her! She is simply a natural with babies. A few things that I greatly appreciated of her (in no particular order):
* she has a wealth of knowledge but doesn't look to impose her ideas. 
* she is very calm and soothing. She is chatty if you want to talk but there were nights I didn't want to say a word and she was always sweet and sensitive to my ever changing moods. My baby just instantly calmed down in her arms!
* she cooks! I can't explain you how fantastic it felt to wake up to the smell of her homemade oatmeal (great for meal production). 
* she is very sensitive to cultural differences which we greatly appreciated. I am from Argentina and my husband is from Belgium and we wanted somebody who could relate to that. But she has living here long enough to know all the American gadgets and options out there to help mothers. So best of both worlds!
* she sang to my baby in Italian which I loved! We raise our kids trilingual and strongly believe about the importance of exposing babies to different sounds and words since day one.


Posted 4/1/2016

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Eva Reffell

Michelle supported me and my husband when I had my second child -- a long 4 days at the hospital before he was delivered -- even though she had an infant at home. Her steady presence was invaluable to us. I would recommend her 100%.

Posted 3/31/2016

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Wanda Clark

So what happens when your water breaks 3.5 weeks early, on thanksgiving right in the middle of dinner? You call your doula and she almost makes it to the hospital before you do. Michelle was the life saver for my husband and I on that very frantic, panic filled evening. The staff at the hospital was bare bones staff wise and one of the nurses was not very keen with the idea of a doula, but Michelle worked her magic and the nurse mostly left us to our own devices. When I needed to walk she walked me,, provided me with a bouncy ball  when i was having trouble being comfortable, rubbed my back and kept me on the pathe towards keeping my goal to no submit to an epidural.when I had questions about the monitors attached to me she gently explained to me what was happening. Full disclosure, Michelle is also my best friend but that night she became so much more and her capacity to keep me in a positive head space was astounding. I definitely came away from that experience with a new found respect and awe, I was blown away at how professional,  yet caring she was during my labor. Her ability to nurture as well as keep it real when needed is one of the things that make her an incredible doula. I highly, without reservation would recommend Michelle as your choice for doula. Good luck to you in your decision and best wishes for a wonderful pregnancy and birth of your child.

Posted 9/8/2014

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