Photo by Mer Al'dao

Photo by Mer Al'dao

A woman in harmony with her spirit
is like a river flowing.
She goes where she will without pretense
and arrives at her destination,
prepared to be herself
and only herself.

                        -Maya Angelou

Hello! My name is Verana and I am honored to serve as a full-spectrum doula in the Bay Area.

I believe birth profoundly changes people.
I believe the pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period are profound events in the continuum of life and merit deep and whole respect, presence, and support.

My intention is to serve mothers and families to create a safe, loving, trusting birth environment. When the environment feels comfortable and supportive, a woman can connect deeper with her animal instinct, turn off the part of her brain that organizes and plans, and allow the birthing process to move through her.

I strongly believe in the dignity and sovereignty of each birthing person I serve, and I cannot imagine a more fundamental rite of passage than birth. I offer presence, guidance, and education for the perinatal journey of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. I hold and reflect respect and embodied awareness to the women/birthing persons, families, teams, and spaces that I support.

I believe when women/birthing persons cultivate confidence, love, and determination during times of transition, she can hold the places of doubt and fear in love, understanding, and awareness and come into a deeper sense of embodiment.

I also focus my attention on supporting partners in their understanding and strength during the birth as they move through their own transition into parenthood. This, I have seen, is a very important part of the birthing journey.

I serve women/birthing persons and families in the East Bay and San Francisco areas.
I am very open and available to support hospital births, home births, and birthing centers births.
I serve all birthing persons, partners, individuals, and families of diverse backgrounds.
I value respect, care, mutual understanding, and honesty.
 

How did I get involved in this work?
After finding myself, by chance, in a room full of birth professionals in 2015, I immediately recognized the deep need for this work at this time. I felt a strong sense of coming home to something ancient and powerful, and I felt deeply and suddenly connected to Mothers/birthing persons, families, and the importance of how we bring babies into the world and how this heals, empowers and impacts us inter-generationally.

The place God calls you to
is the place where your deep gladness
and the world's deep hunger meet.

                                   
-Frederick Buechner

I have been very fortunate and privileged, to have had opportunities to study, live, work, and travel in South America for some formative time, spending deep and profoundly growthful and meaningful time with music, nature, language, plants, animals, schools, yoga, travel, and birth.  I value collective and self-exploration, healing, and whole-ing of our complex, beautiful, and seemingly fragmented selves and societies. I am very passionate about anti-racism work and birth activism and awareness.
I believe we are alive at a wildly challenging and important time, where we are asked to be mindful, embodied, and organized individually and collectively to face this world with courage, grace, and authenticity.

** I also work as an archetypal Astrologer. I offer readings for individuals, families, and Newborns. **

Please visit my Astrology Website here:

www.veranastrology.com

 

Qualifications:

  • Rebozo skills and embodiment training 2019

  • Birth doula training completion with Natural Resources, 2018

  • Postpartum doula certification, 2018

  • Volunteer doula with Homeless Prenatal Program, 2018

  • Elizabeth Davis' Heart and Hands Midwifery Intensive, 2017

  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Namaste Yoga, 2015-16

  • Volunteer doula with San Francisco General Hospital, 2015-16

  • Doula training completion with Birth Matters, 2015

  • Advanced Spanish proficiency

  • Intermediate Portuguese proficiency

  • Child/Infant First Aid/CPR certification