Anna Hurty is a certified childbirth educator and certified birth doula. She is a PBi placenta encapsulation specialist, former midwifery apprentice at Pacifica Family Maternity Services in Berkeley and previously taught Dancing for Birth in the East Bay. She has been a birth professional for 30 years. Formerly a DONA-approved doula trainer, she loves to teach and nurture doulas beginning with the initial training, and continuing her support for as long as she is needed. This training, although not currently DONA-affiliated, follows DONA’s rigorous standards which prepare each woman to work as a doula as soon as she completes the requirements, some of which can be finished before the training begins (reading/reports, CPR, doula research, etc.)
Anna began her work in Berkeley when she helped create the volunteer doula program at Alta Bates Hospital where she worked as a doula, lecturer and teacher, and served on several birth-related committees. After moving to Palo Alto, she founded and served as Executive Director of the non-profit Blossom Birth Services (now beginning its 20th year), www.blossombirth.org, while continuing to teach prenatal classes and attend births. At Stanford she created and taught the first Natural Birth prenatal series and taught half-day trainings entitled Non-Medical Pain Management to third-year resident physicians. While at Blossom, she created the DONA-Approved birth doula training, attended Elizabeth Davis’ midwifery training and was an invited guest at Midwifery Today’s “Charting the Future” conference in Seattle. After moving to the midwest Anna became nationally certified as an EMT and worked for seven years in the trauma center while teaching private prenatal classes and offering doula support for friends and co-workers.
Now back home in Oakland, Anna offers private and small group in-home childbirth preparation classes as well as teaching at Pacifica and Then-Comes-Baby. She has taught at Stanford in Palo Alto, Birthways in Berkeley, Blossom in Palo Alto and Natural Resources in San Francisco. For enjoyment, she dances and continues her exploration with fiber and watercolor works. She is the wife of Mark and mother of two grown sons and their wonderful wives whose amazing company she enjoys whenever possible. She is Grammy to five-year-old twins and their little brother.
Her past and current certifications include a DONA Doula training with Penny Simkin and Dana Blue, Doula and Childbirth Educator certifications through Full Circle Midwifery, Elizabeth Davis’ “Heart and Hands” Midwifery Training, completion of year-long midwifery apprenticeship at Pacifica, Adult/Child/Infant CPR, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist training through Placenta Benefits.info, Dancing for Birth™ teacher certification and Nationally Registered EMT from Trinity College of Nursing in Illinois.
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Birth Doula Support
I am not accepting any new clients for birth doula work at this time.
What do Doulas do? | A birth doula is a woman with special training in the art of labor and birth support. She attends births at home, birth center, or hospital. She is part of a the birth “team” working alongside midwives and doctors to provide the necessary components of a safe and satisfying birth day. She is a consistent presence who accompanies you and offers calm, non-judgmental encouragement and education as you move through one of the most powerful and miraculous experiences of your life.
She knows you and you trust her. | Women report a greater sense of preparedness, satisfaction and confidence when a doula is part of the birth team. Studies have shown that her presence and knowledge lead to a decrease in cesarean and epidural rates, and overall length of labor. The doula has no other responsibilities except as support for you and your partner. She may be the only consistent care provider with you throughout your labor and birth as your medical providers will come and go as the hours pass and shifts change.
I have been a certified birth doula for almost 30 years, having attended over 700 births to date. My services include at least two prenatal visits in your home. These visits provide time for getting to know each other, ideas on creating a calm and comfortable environment where you can picture yourself in early labor, brush-up childbirth reminders, formulation of “birth desires” ideas that you may wish to take with you to your practitioner, and practical suggestions regarding labor/birth preparations. I offer unlimited phone/email contact while you are pregnant and after your baby is born. As your labor begins, I will remind you by phone of breathing, labor massage, and positions for maximum comfort. I will join you in your home or at the hospital when you feel you’d like me to be there. I will continue support in your home during active labor and will make suggestions on timing for transfer to hospital/birth center. Once there I provide continuous support (aside from short breaks as necessary) education and reminders of birth options throughout your labor and delivery. I will remain with you for 1-2 hours after your baby is born, assist with breastfeeding if you wish, follow-up with you in your home within three days, and again after the first week.
“You reinforced my sense of inner strength and power and grace. You guided me when I felt lost.” — Devi
“Whenever we think of an angel, your name comes to mind! You have our greatest admiration…Thank you.” — Clive
“I sing your praises to all of my friends!” — Michael
“You were 100% present, focused and calm in the long hours of labor. I could not have done it without you.” — Sarah
Fee: Email for schedule of doula availability. $1,500.
Fee schedule may be adjusted to accommodate ease of payment.