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Forum: California, Nevada   02-16-2016, 08:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,070
Posted By celynen
Hi Catherine, This is an old thread. I...

Hi Catherine,

This is an old thread. I don't know why in 2012 the pp decided John Muir was a place to avoid, but there are lots of great practitioner's there now. If you're looking for a...
Forum: Babywearing   04-03-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 7,939
Posted By celynen
My favorite thing about babywearing is being...

My favorite thing about babywearing is being able to manage the need of my baby to be held while meeting my need to be hands free so I can play with my older child.
Forum: California, Nevada   01-14-2013, 10:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 668
Posted By celynen
I am assuming you want a homebirth?  There...

I am assuming you want a homebirth?  There aren't any hospitals in the East Bay that allow waterbirths (although Kaiser Walnut Creek and Alta Bates both have tubs, you have to get out to birth).  Do...
Forum: Doulas   01-07-2013, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 907
Posted By celynen
I just saw this.  Hopefully Heather is able to...

I just saw this.  Hopefully Heather is able to help you.  If not, there's also the Mt Diablo Doula Collective, which has several VBAC specialist doulas.
Forum: Doulas   09-26-2012, 10:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 450
Posted By celynen
It was really awesome.  I've been using her...

It was really awesome.  I've been using her techniques for a long time, so it was nice to pick her brain for more info.  Not that I ever look forward to malpositioned babies, but I'm excited about...
Forum: California, Nevada   09-26-2012, 10:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,070
Posted By celynen
I've always had good experiences with John Muir...

I've always had good experiences with John Muir in Walnut Creek, but they don't have midwives.  For non-Kaiser, hospital-based midwifery, your closest option is Alta Bates in Berkeley (20 minutes or...
Forum: California, Nevada   09-26-2012, 10:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 622
Posted By celynen
Hi neighbor!  I'm in Mtn. House.  Are you...

Hi neighbor!  I'm in Mtn. House.  Are you looking for a homebirth midwife?  If so, try Lucinda Johnston-Chiszar (http://www.bigvalleymidwives.com (http://www.bigvalleymidwives.com/)).  She's in...
Forum: California, Nevada   10-05-2011, 04:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 363
Posted By celynen
I don't know of anyone in SF, but if you don't...

I don't know of anyone in SF, but if you don't mind crossing the bridge, check out Angelyn Thomas...
Forum: California, Nevada   10-05-2011, 04:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 497
Posted By celynen
Quite a few of my friends see Thauna Abrin -...

Quite a few of my friends see Thauna Abrin - drthauna.com (http://www.drthauna.com/) in Walnut Creek
Forum: Doulas   06-24-2011, 02:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,801
Posted By celynen
Baby-Led Breastfeeding is a great one.    ...

Baby-Led Breastfeeding is a great one. 
 
Also: Relaxation, Rhythm, Ritual: The 3R's of Childbirth is good, but Simkin's Comfort Measures is newer and better, imo.
 
Birth as We Know It has a 10...
Forum: Doulas   04-29-2011, 12:24 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,297
Posted By celynen
Hi Mama Doulas!  I'm a DONA certified birth...

Hi Mama Doulas!  I'm a DONA certified birth doula in Nor Cal and teach private CBE as well.  Nice to see us with a tribe post with lots of new and experienced doulas to bounce ideas off of!  I've...
Forum: Doulas   02-19-2011, 03:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,926
Posted By celynen
For planned c-sections, I usually do a...

For planned c-sections, I usually do a walk-through of what to expect for my clients at the prenatal visits as part of a visualization/relaxation exercise.  Before surgery, I hold the space as a I...
Forum: Doulas   02-19-2011, 03:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,733
Posted By celynen
I've noticed that people are usually more...

I've noticed that people are usually more interested in my PhD than my CD.  I know many non-certified doulas who have viable practices and little trouble finding clients and respect in the local...
Forum: Doulas   02-19-2011, 03:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 40,124
Posted By celynen
I suppose the answer to that really depends on...

I suppose the answer to that really depends on one's lifestyle.  Here in the SF Bay Area, I know a few doulas who make a living wage as full time doulas, but that certainly is not the norm.  The...
Forum: California, Nevada   02-19-2011, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,251
Posted By celynen
Hi and welcome to Tracy!  Are you looking for a...

Hi and welcome to Tracy!  Are you looking for a homebirth MW or a hospital?  There are two homebirth midwifery practices that come to Tracy - Mason Cornelius and Mollie Sullivan from Nova Midwifery...
Forum: California, Nevada   02-19-2011, 11:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By celynen
Hi - If you're still following this thread, I'd...

Hi - If you're still following this thread, I'd recommend joining a doula collective that has a Meet the Doula night, sending a letter of introduction to local OBs, LMs, and other birth...
Forum: California, Nevada   02-19-2011, 11:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 459
Posted By celynen
It's been more than 1-2 days since you posted,...

It's been more than 1-2 days since you posted, but if you're still looking, I'd suggest Narisse Kendrick in Los Gatos.  She delivers at Good Sam.
Forum: California, Nevada   05-28-2010, 06:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 426
Posted By celynen
We're in Mtn. House. There are a few local...

We're in Mtn. House. There are a few local playgroups on meetup.com and a few local MDC moms.
Forum: California, Nevada   04-18-2010, 10:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 929
Posted By celynen
Cyndi Whitwell

Cyndi Whitwell
Forum: California, Nevada   04-18-2010, 10:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,854
Posted By celynen
FYI - while ValleyCare does have a high...

FYI - while ValleyCare does have a high c-section rate, it's due mostly to a few of very c-section OBs there. Drs. Bleecker and Eaton, who also deliver there, have a rate that's under 10%, which is...
Forum: California, Nevada   04-18-2010, 10:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,854
Posted By celynen
The Holistic Moms' Network group in Pleasanton...

The Holistic Moms' Network group in Pleasanton is the largest one in the country and quite active. They have weekly playgroups, monthly speakers and a bevy of other monthly activities. The CoL is a...
Forum: California, Nevada   03-06-2010, 01:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 498
Posted By celynen
Typically a student might charge $0-300. A...

Typically a student might charge $0-300. A certified or experienced doula will be $700-1500 (although in this economy most have lowered their prices or have sliding scales). PM if you would like...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   12-26-2009, 05:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 941
Posted By celynen
Sorry for the delay in responding, but thank you...

Sorry for the delay in responding, but thank you everyone who has offered suggestions.

Kailey’sMom - He has been tested by EI as he has a speech delay (at 20 months, he tested at 12 months)....
Forum: Life with a Toddler   12-23-2009, 01:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 941
Posted By celynen
My almost two year old has never liked food....

My almost two year old has never liked food. When we introduced purees at 7 months, he would taste it but never swallow it. We figured he wasn't ready. At a year, when we'd tried every possible...
Forum: California, Nevada   12-22-2009, 10:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 689
Posted By celynen
Hi, K. As far as I'm aware, you already know...

Hi, K. As far as I'm aware, you already know most of the Tracy area moms on here http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif

Teri
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