About Us

LAUREN DUCOMMUN, CLD(CBI), Certified Labor Doula, Trained Birth Assistant, & Birth Photographer

486812_10151108411178409_2123674704_nLauren is a certified labor doula, trained birth assistant, student midwife, and professional birth photographer. She has had a passion for maternal and neonatal care since her youth, and has 12 years of photography experience. When she was in high school she researched and saw the impact that birth can have in the lives of babies, mothers, and fathers. Lauren has been happily married for over 6 years, and was introduced to the role of a doula when she became pregnant with her son in 2012. She wants all women to have a joyful, safe, and empowering birth, and is passionate about supporting women throughout their pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum period.

291847_10150310706933409_1137688537_nLauren received her labor doula training and certification through Childbirth International, the leader in global education for birth professionals. She also had the opportunity to train as a Trained Birth Assistant/Midwifery Assistant through Mercy In Action, a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. She is enrolled in Midwifery Institute of America’s distance learning program with hopes to become a Certified Professional Midwife. She holds a Bachelor’s in Intercultural Studies, a certificate in International Health and Wellness, and is also certified in CPR/AED for infants, children, and adults.

Education:

  • November 2015, Suturing Workshop, Cornerstone Midwifery Trainings
  • November 2015, completed NARM Phase 1
  • August 2015, Something’s Wrong Down There: Evaluating Vaginal Complaints, certificate, Lifelong Learning Enterprises, 1 CEU hour
  • August 2015, Student Midwife, Midwifery Institute of America
  • August 2015, Neonatal Resuscitation training
  • July 2015, Midwifery Assistant Training, Mercy in Action
  • April 2015, Bachelor’s in Intercultural Studies
  • April 2015, CPR/AED for adult, child, and infant; American Heart Association
  • 2015, Global Midwifery Skills, Mercy in Action, 8 CEU hours
  • 2014, Childbirth International, Birth Doula training and certification, 200 hours
  • 2012, Associate’s in Intercultural Studies
  • 2012, International Health and Wellness, certificate, 20 hours
  • 2007, Advanced First Aid/CPR/AED, Diablo Valley College, 3 units, 54 hours

unnamedANNETTE BARTON, Labor Doula

Annette is a certified labor doula, having received her training through Madriella. She also has plans to receive certification through DONA, International. Annette has attended 34 births, plus the births of her 4 children.

Annette has been attending births since she was just 18. After having her baby first at 23, she started on a journey as a Doula, helping those she knew and loved on their own birth stories. After a little time, she was being referred to others, and helping others having babies!  Her first birth was in a hospital with the support of family and her very best friend. Three subsequent births were at home births with amazing Cerfied Nurse Midwives.

She has attended many types of births, home births as well as hospital births all over the state! Annette has been part of planned cesarean, emergency cesarean, natural, water birth, pitocin induced, epidural planned and unplanned, twins and premature births.

*Photo taken by Jana Melinda Photography.


Ways we can provide support during your pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum period:

  • Providing information and education about topics such as the stages of labor, pain relief, positions for labor and birth, risks and benefits of different procedures or drugs, positions for breastfeeding, coping with mastitis or thrush, care of the umbilical cord stump, or diaper hygiene.
  • Providing emotional support and reassurance, especially for parents who have never had a baby before, and postnatally when many parents may still be gaining confidence about their parenting skills.
  • Providing practical support such as assisting with position changes, acupressure, wiping a woman’s brow, heating up a rice sock, helping with positioning for breastfeeding, feeding the baby expressed milk or formula, bathing the baby, helping with light housework, and so much more!

Volunteer:

  • Lauren is a Operation Special Delivery (OSD) Doula. She volunteers her services to military families for the families who have lost spouses or are currently deployed. These services are completely free of charge. Lauren will only accept one client for OSD every 3 months. Please check out her Doulas.com profile for availability.
  • Annette volunteers as a doula in the Labor & Delivery ward at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.
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