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.

Kat Schussman

Kat Schussman, CD(DONA), PMH-C

Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator

Kat is certified as a Birth Doula (DONA International), a childbirth educator (ICEA), and Perinatal Mental Health (PSI) and has additional training in trauma-informed care and Evidence-Based Birth Practices.

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.

Kat 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.

She provides an optimistic and grounding presence in the birth room.