Doula Recommendations

Doula Recommendations

Doula Recommendations



As Orange County's prenatal and postpartum education resource, we're proud to offer our preferred doula recommendations in Orange County. The following are doulas that are known within our community and come highly recommended. As Giselle, owner of Granola Babies often says, these are doulas she would call if she was having a baby.

Cathy at Doula by the Sea

I was privileged to spend the first half of my life mothering my children as well as being an elementary school teacher.  The second half of my life began with the blessed birth of my youngest son.  It was then that I finally learned how to trust my own body and its amazing, innate ability to grow and birth a baby.  I became passionate about pregnancy and birthing. In 2009 at the urging of a friend, I pursued my training to become an internationally certified birth doula through DONA (Doula Association of North America).


Brandy Ferner
Hello - I'm Brandy and I am a certified Birthing From Within mentor, leading childbirth preparation classes for parents-to-be. In addition, I offer Birth Story Medicine workshops and private sessions that help women who have had traumatic or unexpected birth experiences. Over the years, as I've bonded with many couples in my classes and through referrals, I've made the natural progression into the role of a doula, as well. After navigating a high-risk pregnancy with my second child, I find myself drawn to working with couples who find themselves facing the unknown with unexpected obstacles. This could be a Cesarean birth for a breech baby, hospitalization for signs of pre-term labor, preeclampsia, bed-rest, concern about the baby's health, etc. I support couples in staying connected to the sacredness of their journey, despite it having to change a little, or a lot. I help parents advocate for the nurturing details of their pregnancy and birth that are meaningful to them, while also looking at their situation realistically and acknowledging the things that need to be done.
Tammy Leeper
phone/text at 714-235-6105

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Its wonderful you are considering a doula for your birth experience. I have had the honor of assisting doula clients since 2007 and am honored to do so. I offer nonjudgemental, emotional and physical support for all labor and birth goals and scenarios. I meet with clients once or twice before the birth to discuss options and how best I can be of support and also do a post part visit after the birth. Please feel free to contact me with any and all questions.

Your Birth Team

Amanda Cagle & Mary McDonald

Your Birth Team provides a unique approach to support for Orange County families from pregnancy to three months postpartum. We offer flexible childbirth education, car seat installations, birth doula support, placenta encapsulation, lactation counseling, & belly binding. We are both certified doulas with over 4 years' experience each and find that our passion for all things bellies, birth, & breastfeeding just keeps growing! We happily support every type of birthing experience & birthing plan & would love to offer your family the gentle guidance you need on your parenting journey.

Dara DeSoto
My work as a birth and postpartum doula is the fruit of my years as a wife, mother and friend! It would be my honor to support you and your partner as you walk through the varying aspects of growing your family! I hope to bring a sense of peace, grace and trust into the families that I serve! May your journey be abundant and full of informed decisions and personal growth with just the right amount of care and encouragement!
La Doula Oblongata
Stephanie Ramirez-Hudnall

I am a DONA trained birth doula serving families in Orange County and beyond. As a mother, I believe it is crucial to support women during this time of their lives. I am an advocate for a woman having the birth experience that she wants, free of judgement or shame! I am passionate about equal rights for marginalized groups, and helping people learn to advocate for their own needs. My goal is to help you find the resources you need to make informed choices during labor and birth. During labor, I provide continuous support, adapting to fit your situation and needs. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!