Meet the Team at the Harmony Doula Group

 
Teri Nava-Anderson

Teri Nava-Anderson, PhD, CD/PCD(DONA), ICCE, CLE

Doula Trainer, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Childbirth & Lactation Educator, Midwife's Assistant, Certified Aromatherapist, & Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Teri leads our childbirth education series, mentors our apprentices, and is the coordinator of the birth team. She is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula (DONA International), Lactation and Childbirth Educator (ICEA), Midwife's Assistant, professional Aromatherapist, and has a PhD from Stanford University. Read more about Teri, her extensive experience, and childbirth philosophy here.

 
 
Susan Jessee

Susan Jessee

Birth & Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Midwife's Assistant

Susan is our lead Postpartum Doula, certified through DONA International. She has additional training in acupressure for postpartum, infant sleep, breastfeeding support, and trauma-informed care in working with survivors.

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 17 years of experience teaching Bradley Method Childbirth Classes and is passionate about supporting the laboring person and their partner(s) before, during, and after birth. Susan has extensive experience attending both home and hospital births.

Susan is a former Board Member of the Mt. Diablo Doula Community and is actively involved with fundraising for the McHenry House, a shelter for unhomed families in Tracy. She also volunteers as a childbirth educator at the Tracy Pregnancy Resource Center and is a Childbirth Preparation and Parenting Instructor at the Stein School for pregnant teens and teen parents.

 
 
Kim Hunter

Kim Hunter, CD/PCD(DONA), NCS, CLEC

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and Lactation Educator/Counselor

Kim is a certified Birth & Postpartum Doula (DONA International), a Newborn Care Specialist, and certified Lactation Educator Counselor (UCSD). She is currently working to become a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Kim has over 15 years of experience caring for infants and children, and firsthand experience with Cesarean births and recovery, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) birth and recovery, as well as exclusive pumping, supplementing, bottle-feeding and the trials and tribulations of breastfeeding. She is deeply committed to helping families easily and successfully navigate through pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum "fourth trimester".

Kim volunteers as the Treasurer for the Mt. Diablo Doula Community.

 
 
Amber Wells

Amber Wells, CD(DONA), LCCE, CLEC

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lamaze Educator Trainer, Lactation Educator/Counselor

Amber is certified as a Birth Doula (DONA International), a childbirth educator (Lamaze), and a certified Lactation Educator Counselor with many years of experience working with families in the childbearing years. She is also a trained postpartum doula.

She is a strong advocate for the rights of birthing people, and firmly believes that each birthing person deserves to know and understand their options, and choose for themselves what is best for them and their baby.

Amber believes that evidence-based childbirth education is the foundation of a positive birthing experience and envisions a world where everyone giving birth has access to the tools and information they need to choose what is best for them. Her Lamaze classes are fun, engaging, interactive, and accessible.

 
 
DeAnna Aschwanden

DeAnna Aschwanden, CD

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Birth Photographer

DeAnna is an experienced educator who trained as a birth doula in the Harmony Doula Mentoring Program and certifed through DONA International. She is also a trained postpartum doula and excellent birth photographer.

She is gifted at documenting birth and new families through her photographers lens, honoring labor and birth experience as a transformative life event. DeAnna believes in the value of the collaborative birth team, respecting families' choices, supporting community, and understanding that everyone deserves unique and individualized care.