About the Harmony Doula Group
The Harmony Doula Group is a team of experienced, certified Childbirth Professionals offering childbirth education, birth and postpartum doula services, and peer support groups relating to cesareans and vaginal births after cesareans (VBAC), breastfeeding, and postpartum perinatal mood disorders (postpartum depression and anxiety) in the San Francisco East Bay, LaMorInda, Tri-Valley, Delta Valley, and the surrounding areas.
Who We Are
|Teri Nava-Anderson, PhD, CD(DONA), CCE(ICEA), CLE|
|Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, Doula Trainer, Lactation Educator, Midwife's Assistant, and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist|
Teri leads our childbirth education series and is our placenta processor and coordinator of the birth team. She is Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator, certified through DONA International and ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) respectively, certified Midwife's Assistant, and has a PhD from Stanford University. She also has advanced breastfeeding training as a certified Lactation Educator and is an accredited La Leche League Leader, serving as a co-Leader for the Livermore and Mountain House communities. She also leads ICAN meetings in Mtn. House, Dublin, and Modesto. Teri has also trained as a Dancing for Birth instructor, and has received advanced doula training in acupressure for labor and birth, rebozo use for comfort and relaxation, optimal fetal positioning (Spinning Babies), mindfulness, support for trauma survivors, hypnosis for childbirth, and placenta processing. She is well versed in and a practitioner of both the Hypnobirthing (Mongan) and Hypnobabies methods of self-hypnosis and guided meditation for childbirth. She also mentors new doulas and teaches advanced doula training workshops.
Read more about Teri and her birth philosophy and experience here.
|Brooke Cozby, CD(DONA)|
|Birth Doula, Midwife's Assistant|
Brooke is a birth doula certified through DONA International. Having a VBA2C (vaginal birth after two cesareans) herself, she has a heart for supporting those who wish to have a VBAC. That experience is what led her to become a doula. She is passionate about helping laboring people establish a voice to advocate for themselves during pregnancy and birth. She has a quiet and calm presence during labor and delivery. Brooke is also a certified Midwife's Assistant.
|Susan Jessee, CD, CPD, CBE(AAHCC)|
|Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Midwife's Assistant|
Susan is our primary Postpartum Doula, certified through DONA International. She is also a certified Midwife's Assisant and certified by the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth (AAHCC) as a birth doula and childbirth educator. She has 15 years experience in teaching Bradley Method Childbirth Classes and is passionate about supporting the laboring mother and her partner before, during, and after the laboring process. She is experienced in attending both home and hospital births. She is currently working with Pregnancy Resource Center in Tracy as a Childbirth Preparation Instructor and teaches Parenting Classes through the Stein School for teen moms.
Read more about Susan and her birth philosophy and experience here.
|Jennifer Kara, CD, CPD(Intuitive Doula)|
|Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Midwife's Assistant|
Retired from birth work, Jennifer currently runs our PostPartum Support Groups in both Modesto. She is Regional Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. Jennifer is a certified Midwife's Assistant and also certified as a birth and postpartum doula through Intuitive Doula, and was an instructor of Whole Birth Yoga and Yoga 'n Play. She has 20 years of experience and a passion for empowering women and their partners to navigate the powerful rite of passage of birth.
Read more about Jennifer and her birth philosophy and experience here.