Suzette Hibble
Birth Doula

"Suzette brings
      a wealth of knowledge, and personal experience as a mother, to her doula clients.  But even more  than that, she brings her authentic self. I could not have  imagined a better doula for us. She's amazing."

What is a Doula?

A labor doula or birth doula is someone (often trained, though this is not required) who provides non-medical support (physical and emotional) to a woman leading up to and during her labor and delivery.  A labor doula may attend a woman having a home birth or a woman laboring at home before transporting to a hospital or a birth center, where she will continue support. Doulas do not perform clinical duties such as heart rate checks or vaginal exams, or give medical advice. Labor doulas rely on techniques like massage, aromatherapy, visualization, positive positioning, emotional support, encouragement, and nurturing to help women through labor.   The doula is also an ally for the father or partner, who may have little experience with the labor process and may also find the process anxiety provoking.  Often the doula will help the partner find ways to support the laboring woman. A responsible doula supports, encourages, and educates the father or partner in his or her support style rather than replacing them.  - Wikepedia

My Philosophy:

I strive to change the perception of birth, and offer birth as something that all women are capable of doing, empower women to step into the process and claim their power and tap into the source of their bodies. I hold your birth experience as an opportunity to step into something more powerful and transformational than you ever thought possible. From conception through motherhood, I hope to guide you, be your support, and be your friend and ally through your entire experience.

What you get:

✓ Complimentary consultation
✓ 2 prenatal visits
✓ Birth Plan assistance
✓ Phone and email support, check ins
✓ Back up doula
✓ Access to my lending library
 ✓ information on childbirth and parenting classes
 ✓ On call 24 hours a day from 38 weeks on
✓ Assistance in early stages of labor
 ✓ Be there with you during labor and birth
 ✓ Emotional and physical support
✓ Show your family and/or your partner how to    support you during your labor
✓ 1 post natal visit - usually 24-36 hours after birth
✓ Photographs of your pregnancy, birth & newborn

 Women who have doulas with them during their pregnancy, labor, and birth...

✓ A reduction of 50% in caesarean deliveries
✓ 25% reduction in the length of labor
✓ 40% reduction in the use of Pitocin
✓ 30% reduction in the use of pain medications
✓ 60% reduction in the requests for epidurals
✓ 40% reduction in the use of forceps
✓ Feel more secure and cared for
✓ easily adapt  to new family dynamics
✓ Have greater success with breastfeeding
✓ Have greater self-confidence
✓ Have less postpartum depression
About Me:

First and foremost I am a mom and a wife. I value family, friendship and quality of life. I strive to create a life worth living. One filled with passion, commitment, love, and deep connections with others.

I originally trained as a Life Coach in 2006. After becoming a mom (at home with a doula,) my vision moved towards supporting moms. There are so many transformations that occur during the process of creating a family and my vision is to help support moms through this passage. Becoming a doula seemed like a natural next step. I have been attending births since 2008.

Whether you’re planning a hospital birth, or a home birth, as the premier Birth Coordinator and Doula in the Bay Area, I am here to guide you through the steps and hurdles that arise along the way. I’ll have the opportunity to build a relationship with you and your family, and when the time arises for you to birth your child, I’ll be there in full support as your trained and experienced Birth Doula. I support women and families in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek, San Ramon and most areas in or around the Bay Area.

My Commitment:

By working with me you will have the opportunity to develop and experience your personal vision and have that vision solidly held and supported and nurtured. You can count on me to be your ally and your support in every step of the way.