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Brittany MaalonaBrittany Maalona

Owner

Birth Support, Breastfeeding Support, Postpartum Support & Placenta Encapsulation

Brittany believes that it takes a village to raise nurtured children and has a deep appreciation for this age old concept. As a certified postpartum doula, she is honored to be a part of your village. Brittany offers emotional, physical and informational support to families as they become confident in their new roles as parents, and brings nonjudgmental and positive support to the families she serves.

Brittany first became passionate about postpartum support, specifically lactation, following the birth of her daughter in 2009. In the ensuing months, she not only received lactation support from industry-veteran Sheila Janakos, but also a vocational calling. Brittany received her certification as a Lactation Educator in 2011 through UC San Diego Extension & was certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2015. While working as the manager of a local breastfeeding store, Brittany enjoyed providing breastfeeding support to new moms and realized she wanted to do even more. Brittany has delivered educational talks at San Francisco General Hospital to assist health care providers on available resources for low income mothers. Additionally, she is active with Bay Area Lactation Associates, International Lactation Consultants Association and the Nursing Mothers Counsel.

 

Michelle Sioson Hyman Michelle Sioson Hyman

Birth Support & Prenatal Yoga

Michelle is passionate about supporting women throughout their pregnancies and birth experiences. She believes that every birth experience is enhanced when women (and their partners) have the information they need to make knowledgeable choices and informed decisions, and that this strong foundation helps form the types of bonded, nurturing relationships that play an important role in promoting children’s early brain development.

Her path into the world of providing prenatal and labor support began with her own pregnancies and the positive impacts she found when she began taking prenatal yoga classes. She found that the movements and postures she learned helped calm her mind and spirit, and also provided her with practical tools that played an important role in her positive birth experiences. Inspired by this, Michelle trained as a prenatal yoga teacher and a birth doula.

Today Michelle is a certified birth doula, a certified flow yoga teacher, as well as a certified prenatal vinyasa yoga teacher. She also holds a masters degree in public health from Yale University and she has worked for over a decade in the philanthropic world focusing on early learning and education initiatives. When not attending births and practicing yoga, Michelle loves to rock climb, travel and is on a perpetual quest to find the best bakery ever. She is eternally grateful for her husband, daughter and son for their ongoing support and their amazing ability to make her laugh every single day.

 

Laura Keillaura web

Birth & Postpartum Support

Laura was raised steeped in the tradition of large families, hence many babies! She is a transplant from South Dakota and is the youngest of seven children. Having grown up tending to her nephews, her life experience with children began when she was eight years old. The knowledge she gained learning at the knee of her mom and grandma has given her a unique perspective to the care of mamas and infants. Her childhood fostered a great love for the wonder of birth which she has brought into her own family. As her three children are now grown, she is able to pursue her love of life in a very practical and satisfying way.

Upon completion of homeschooling her last child, Laura was able to dedicate her energy into becoming a certified birth and postpartum doula. This new vocation makes her heart sing! She has gained much practical experience by volunteering at San Francisco General Hospital where birth situations are incredibly varied. Her innate care and concern for humanity is a very valuable asset. The amount of joy she receives by being of service to expectant families is completely satisfying. She continues learning and searching for ways to help families have the very best birth experience possible. Her passion is to bring her experience and love of life to those who are brought onto her path.

 

Daniella Morales

Birth Support & Prenatal Yoga

Daniella strives to create a safe and nurturing environment for her mamas as she is honored to be part of such a blessed experience; the birth of a new life, the birth of a family, and motherhood. She believes that every woman deserves to have the birth they desire. Daniella graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Child and Family Sciences. She has lead Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and has been commended on her innate ability to connect with and support families. An avid yoga practitioner and teacher, Daniella dove into the birth world after completing her 85 hour Prenatal Vinyasa Teacher Training with Jennifer More. She offers Prenatal/ Postnatal Yoga and Prenatal/ Birth Doula services. She draws from all her experience using visualization, movement, relaxation techniques, and empowerment methods to create the best birth experience possible for mama and family.

 

Mia Carlone

Birth & Postpartum Support & Sound Healing

Mia has always felt a strong calling to help support those going through transformational shifts in their life. Birth is a powerful journey of surrender, shedding the old and welcoming in the new. She believes in empowering women to step into their primal, intuitive state of being throughout the birthing process in whatever way that resonates best for each individual client. Mia values and understands the importance of client care and provides a warm, nurturing environment for expecting mamas and families to be.

She is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula and is continuously furthering her work in this field by taking many trainings and workshops pertaining to women’s health, pre & perinatal psychology, family bonding, care for newly born mothers, transformative wisdom for birth caregivers (The Matrona program), and ancient traditions meets modern care for birth and postpartum. Mia studied Sound Healing at the Globe Institute of Sound and Consciousness in San Francisco and completed her 85 hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training from the Yoga Garden in San Francisco. She is a master level Reiki practitioner and works closely with essential oils, weaving these healing tools into her daily mindfulness practice and also provides these services to clients. In addition to her doula work, Mia continues to foster her relationship with the natural world by surrounding herself with plants and flowers, integrating her creativity through floral design. She has spent many hours deepening her love and work with herbal medicine by drawing on courses in herbalism at Ancestral Apothecary in Oakland. The combination of these various healing modalities that she has been involved with over the years have greatly deepened her physiological understanding of how the human mind, body and spirit are in relation with one another and uses the knowledge and skills gained to help support women and families with mental, physical and emotional needs. She is an advocate of getting all aspects of the “self” in harmony for preparation of childbirth and life thereafter.

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Eliza Conroy

Postpartum Support, Massage Therapist & Infant Massage Teacher

Eliza first became passionate about Massage after she received her first massage in college. Not only was it relaxing and enjoyable but she was able to let go of stress, tension and discomfort, and to find balance and harmony. Eliza knew she wanted to be able to provide this same feeling to others, and in 2003 she graduated from Utah School of Massage therapy as a Certified Massage Therapist. In 2009 she had her first child and found that she was using some of the same massage techniques with her child. In 2014 she went back to school to become an infant and pediatric massage therapist. She was amazed at the positive effects that massage could have on a baby. After going through her own personal childbirths and having support from her husband, mom, mother in-laws, sisters and friends, she knew postpartum support was truly a gift. In 2015 she became a Certified Postpartum Doula through San Francisco’s Cornerstone Doulas. Eliza continues to connect with her mama friends and loves sparking new friendships. She’s fortunate that her community lifts her up and sees the importance of continuing her education in this practice. When embarking on a new journey into parenthood with her clients, she is honest, caring and non-judgmental. Eliza feels empowered and blessed to have the opportunity to support families from all over the world with their postpartum needs.

Michele Zlatunich

Postpartum Support

In a nutshell, Michele loves babies. (and moms, too). Michele’s reasons for becoming a postpartum doula were pragmatic at first, but she immediately fell in love with the work and with her clients. A practical, open minded nurturer, Michele believes her journey is never complete – she loves to learn from her clients and colleagues as much as she loves to educate and advise others. A mother of two young boys, she uses knowledge gained from both experience and research in her approach to her work, and is blessed to work with an amazing group of women who support her and from whom she draws immeasurable insight.

 

Lisa Labagh

Postpartum Support & Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Lisa is a caretaker at heart. She grew up in San Francisco the youngest of 9 and was babysitting her nieces and nephews at 12 years old. A pre-school teacher at 18 years old, she then spent glorious 3 years as a nanny in France, Switzerland and in the US. She loves helping families by providing whatever support they need. Currently she works for people of all ages and abilities in her community: developmentally disabled, physically challenged and people with Alzheimer’s.

Now as a certified post partum doula she will be expanding her calling to bring love, support and experience to mothers and their babies at home, also offering Placenta Encapsulation and tincture.

Throughout her life, Lisa has believed in the healing properties of herbs and in the freedom to choose our health care. She has completed the Handcrafted Herbalism course at California School of Herbal Studies and worked for Traditional Medicinals Tea Company for 7 years. Starting in February 2017 she will be offering organic salves for babies and Mothers.

Barbara Tognetti

Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Barbara’s lifelong passion for helping others – especially women – experience a healthy and rewarding life is being fulfilled in her new role as a placenta encapsulation specialist. She believes in the placenta power and is devoted to assisting women in their postpartum recovery and their transition into motherhood.

Barbara received her education from Cornerstone Doula Placenta Encapsulation and Certification and has also obtained her Food Handlers and Bloodborne Pathogens Certification. Having completed this extensive training, Barbara is now fully committed to helping new mothers recover from the childbirth experience through her placenta encapsulation work, and is also driven to educate women about placenta encapsulation through event speaking.

A grandmother of 7, Barbara and her husband raised 6 children while she enjoyed two full-time careers over 45 years; one as a private industry manager, and the second for a non-profit close to her heart.

 

 

 

Jessica Berman & Melissa Edling

Co-founders

Stork & Sprout was founded in 2013 by Jessica Berman and Melissa Edling. These women saw the need for providing Bay area families with a continuum of pregnancy, birth and postpartum services that would meet the needs of growing families in the Bay Area. At the root of these services, Stork & Sprout’s mission, is the importance of providing non-judgmental support and meeting the individual and unique needs of each woman, partner and family. Stork & Sprout sees this time in each family’s journey as unique and attempts to ease some of the stress and uncertainty commonly associated with new baby’s arrival.

During their years of experience as birth doulas, Jessica and Melissa identified the importance of teamwork for the doulas who give so much of themselves to the families they support. As a result, Stork & Sprout has become a model of success in how to provide personalized and reliable doula support. In June 2015, Melissa relocated to Seattle and Jessica took time to be with her baby girl.