Doula Keelia – BirthTUBE

Doula Keelia

Keelia Alder

San Francisco & East Bay Area

About

Because my mom was a childbirth educator, I was lucky enough to grow up with expecting parents practicing breathing techniques and birthing positions in our living room every Tuesday night. Becoming a birth and postpartum doula was the most natural thing in the world for me, and I've loved every sweaty, beautiful second of it since I started birth work in 2015.

In addition to full-spectrum doula services, I also offer placenta encapsulation. See my website for more details, or shoot me a message!

When it comes to affordability, no matter your current situation, I am able and happy to work with you. Contact me for your free consultation so we can find a plan that works for you and your budget. Please do reach out; I would love to hear from you. :)

Doula Philosophy

All parents deserve an empowering and celebrated birth and parenting experience regardless of how they choose to birth their child, and regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, body type, or religion. I am over-the-moon excited to support you in having the experience you're hoping for!

Certified

Yes | ICTC | Dec 2015

Doula Type

  • Birth Doula
  • Antepartum Doula
  • Postpartum Doula

Qualifications, Certifications & Licenses

  • Certified Birth Doula
  • Postpartum Doula
  • Trained Doula

Special Services

  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Childbirth Educator
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Photographer
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Fertility Doula

Special Training & Experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • LGBT Families
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color
  • High risk
Doula-Photo
Verified

Birth Prices Starting At

$500

Fee Information

No matter your current situation, I am able and happy to work with you. Contact me for your free consultation so we can find a plan that works for you and your budget. Please do reach out; I would love to hear from you. :)

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Reviews

KEELIA IS A MUST!

5.0 rating
April 17, 2019

I first heard the word doula when my wife asked me if I wanted additional support for my birthing experience. I was apprehensive at first, but meeting and working with KEELIA before and after my birth experience made me realize that her support WAS A MUST!
I interviewed a few doulas, but Keelia really stood out with her knowledge about the prenatal and postpartum process but more importantly her compassion, calm presence, and support. She gave me the confidence and loving guidance I needed especially during my long complicated three-day labor. She was committed to giving me the birth experience I wanted without judgment, and I was able to count on her during the tough times. Keelia is very professional doula yet amazingly kind, knowledgeable, gentle, present, and approachable doula and has no agenda but to be there for you through your process. I have already recommended her to my friends who are pregnant and will continue to recommend her in the future.
Thank you Keelia!

Tiana Koziol

Keelia is a dream doula!

5.0 rating
April 16, 2019

To be quite honest, we weren’t sure that we could afford a doula nor were we sure having a doula would help at all. In the end, Keelia was one of the best choices we made in our birth journey! After interviewing a few doulas, my husband and I both quickly knew she was our gal. Upon meeting her, we quickly felt her warmth and authenticity. After this first encounter with her, Keelia never pressured us to choose her and even sent us a ton of birth resources with no strings attached. We also especially loved that Keelia is a strong advocate for birth justice. As educators committed to diversity, equity and inclusion work, her values were very much aligned with ours.
The night before the big day, Keelia coincidentally came over for our first prenatal visit to go over our birth plan. Early the next morning, my water broke and I called her frantically as our baby wasn’t due for another five weeks! She calmly let me know to head towards the hospital when I felt ready that morning. Just hearing her voice put me at ease and I was able to get it together enough to pack a bag and make a pit stop at Whole Foods for snacks and other essentials. Since we wanted to try for an unmedicated birth, Keelia prepared us on how to gently and firmly advocate for our needs, as she knew the doctors would insist on inducing me. When we got to triage, the ob gyn (as expected) did aggressively push induction. With Keelia’s support over phone and text, we were able to negotiate for more time to let my contractions start naturally.
Once we got to the labor and delivery room, Keelia arrived shortly after, calm and steady as can be. Since we had not had our second prenatal meeting at the house, she gave my husband and me a crash course in what to expect and showed us massage techniques and positions to consider. Before leaving, she helped set up my room with candles and an oil diffuser (with oils she brought from her own collection)!
Soon after she left though, my contractions kicked in and gradually became stronger over a few hours. We did what we could on our own and when it felt like I needed Keelia, my husband called her and she arrived quickly. The pain was crazy intense at this point, and I have this foggy memory of reaching out in front of me, feeling for Keelia’s hand. She coached me through the toughest parts, giving me positive affirmations, massaging my back, and feeding me ice cubes. When it was time to push, she and my husband were on either side of me and I could not have felt more held and empowered. With her coaching, I was able to have the beautiful natural hospital birth that I had planned for.
The next day, Keelia checked in with us by phone and offered to come see us. Our baby, being premature, had some complications so we decided to have her visit us at home when we returned. We still had to make several decisions around his hospital care and Keelia was with us every step of the way by phone. At this point, everything felt so scary and uncertain to us, and we couldn’t have been more grateful to have her support beyond the birth.
A few days later, in her gentle and loving way, Keelia came over and helped us pick up groceries, cook up a delicious post-partum stew, bathe our baby, and show us how to use our baby wrap. When my husband went back to work and I was an emotional, hormonal, sleep-deprived mess, she came over again, scooped our baby up and sent me off to bed while she cooked up another meal and took out our trash. It was exactly what I had needed.
Two months later, our once teeny tiny baby is now a chunky little guy, thriving and healthy! And while we are fine right now, we know that Keelia is still just a text, phone-call, or email away should we have any postpartum questions! We are so grateful that we found Keelia and absolutely love that we will always think of her when we think of our son’s birth. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Keelia!

sandi

Could not have done it without Keelia

5.0 rating
January 16, 2019

Let me just start off by saying that i wouldn’t have been able to do it without keelia by my side during my labor. At my first home birth, i didnt think I needed a doula because both my husband and i thought he could do it. After all, we trained for it at our birthing class, right? Turns out we were wrong – as much as i love my husband, we both felt like i needed a maternal person by my side this second time around who knew how to massage, encourage, and support me. Keelia really has the gift of nurturing and i felt like she was always genuine when encouraging me with her words when had moments of doubt or fear during labor, especially during the transition period. I honestly felt like my labor would have been longer as well if keelia wasn’t there to suggest certain positions that would speed up the labor. She was basically my advocate and was the only person who was able to care about my physical needs and comfort (my wonderful midwife was busy making sure baby and I were well and healthy and husband was dealing with logistics). Before the labor we had two meetings and practiced positions as well as discussing what type of support I’d like her to be so when labor comes around, she’d know exactly how to help me and avoided things that would stress me out like talking over me (the last doula i interviewed had that tendency). Here are a couple of highlights from my labor on how keelia was able to make a huge difference :
1. She suggested laboring in the shower and that ended up being a good amount of my labor. She also warmed up my towel for me in the dryer!
2. Keelia was really able to encourage me when my water broke and the labor started hurting a lot more because it was transition period.
3. She was able to calm me and tell me I can do it when we realized we didn’t have a hose for the birthing tub, and our bathtub will still work fine! I could have easily panicked because other people were and a water birth was really a crucial part of our birthing plan.
4. This is silly but i appreciated her feeding me my sushi while i was lying down getting stitched up and holding my newborn.
5.Also, almost forgot to mention those massages during each contraction really helped minimize the pain! Some people’s massages hurt (ex:my husband :), or even a midwives). Not everyone has that gift but i remember reading that keelia has a certification in massage.
Keelia also does placenta encapsulations if you are interested.
Keelia in person is a real sweet person and you can tell she genuinely loves helping mothers in this way. I think it’s because she has a big heart. i remember her saying that if she could take some contractions for me, she would and i believe she would :). She is also able to be diplomatic, works well with different personalities, and has an amazing ability to stay calm no matter the circumstances. I definitely recommend Keelia as your doula because she will have your best interest at heart.

Kat

Gifted doula and wonderful human being!

5.0 rating
January 15, 2019

Keelia is THE BEST. From the moment she came in to our home I knew that she was the person that I wanted to support me on my pregnancy journey. She has such a calming presence and is very knowledgeable. I had a lot of anxiety around pregnancy and giving birth. Keelia was very adept at validating my feelings and easing my fears throughout my pregnancy. She was also great at helping my husband learn how best to support me. When the big day came, I ended up having to be induced and Keelia was there to help us every step of the way. She is truly a wonderful person and incredible doula. I can’t imagine going through the experience without her. ❤️

Sasha St. Denny

Best Doula in The World

5.0 rating
October 12, 2018

Keelia is an amazing doula. Very attentive and responsive. While maintaining great professionalism, she was very nurturing and supportive. Our home visits were very detailed. She helped my husband and I feel informed and empowered. Any questions we had, she provided information or emailed us the information in a very timely fashion. During day of delivery, Keelia was an angel. I labored for 36 hours and Keelia came to our home to support us in early labor and never left our side until our son was in our arms. Keelia supported my husband by helping him remain connected to me, as well as checked in with me and providers as needed. At every step, Keelia asked providers questions she knew my husband and I would have about various interventions . Keelia helped me to remain calm and confident as my birth plan needed to go from all natural to needing pain relief. Needless to say, we would be honored to have Keelia be our doula for all our births. I recommend her highly.

Crystal Jones

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