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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

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

Best decision was choosing Keelia!

5.0 rating
October 12, 2018

My husband and I can not say enough wonderful things about Keelia!! She is everything we could have wanted in a doula and more. We got continued support thorughout the entire pregnancy. We found her very early on into the pregnancy and she helped with support and gathering information as we needed it. Once i got closer to the big day Keelia came over to our house and made sure we were all on the same page for the labor. We felt so calm and reassured knowing we would have Keelia with us during all of this. Once the day came Keelia was a text message away and helped us while at home till she knew it was time to go to the hospital. At the hospital Keelia made sure my husband and I got all our needs met. My husband was beyond grateful to have her there to help supprt us both. I can’t imagine doing all of that without her there. The post partum visits were a huge help too, allowing me to talk and us to get some rest. Keelia’s personality and caring nature are what we love about her. She is so kind and makes your feel like you can do anything!

Emily A.

Birth of my dreams ?

5.0 rating
September 18, 2018

I am certain that my experience with Keelia made THE difference in achieving the birth of my daughter the ways that I wanted it- delaying at home for as long as possible, no pain meds and a positive, empowered experience. My biggest fears were my low pain tolerance and lack of control over knowing exactly how it would go. Shortly before our due date, Keelia came over to review our birth plan and a timeline of what to expect for pre-labor, active labor, travel to the birth center, transition, and delivery. She made sure we practiced comfort measures, breathing and how I wanted to be supported verbally. It wasn’t until the last moments with Keelia where she looked me in the eye and said I was ready, that I actually felt prepared to go into labor and meet my daughter. 2 days later, my water broke in the middle of the night. For the next 44 hours of contractions, naps, two car rides up to the birth center, a traumatic cervical check on day one to then be sent back home, many walks around the neighborhood, yoga ball bouncing, 1 game of Monopoly, snacks, massages, and support – Keelia was at our beck and call. By the time we got to the birth center (again) on day 2 after 36 hours, I was only at 1cm and 50% effaced. Keelia helped me calm down from exhausition and frustration at this news, and we made a plan to get misoprostol to thin my cervix but hopefully proceed with no other interventions. Miraculously, Ava was born 7 hours later. Keelia coached me through contractions which came back to back for hours, waved lavendar oil in front of my face for nausea, massaged my back, covered the clock when she noticed it stressing me out, got me into the shower with Joe when I hit the wall of transition, and helped me breathe through pushing – 3 contractions! She reassured me every step of the way – calmly & knowing I could do it at all moments. In this amazing doula’s hands, I felt loved, safe, and supported. Thank you, Keelia.

Lauren

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