Heather Bruhn Doula Thousand Oaks

Heather Bruhn

Heather is the founder of Birch Family Birth Services and has had a passion for serving women and children for as long as she can remember. While maintaining a career in business operations, she began to make the transition into doula work after the birth of her second child in 2014 when she realized how little non-judgmental support there is for new mothers today. She believes that birth isn't at all what is portrayed in the media. Rather, it is an intimate, transformative process that not only results in the birth of a baby, it results in the birth of a family as well.

Heather is certified through DONA International as a birth doula. She is also certified through StillBirthday as a birth and bereavement doula, supporting families in her community through miscarriages and stillbirths. Heather lives in Moorpark with her husband and two young children.

Katie Collins Birth Doula Simi Valley

Katie Collins

Katie is a birth doula who believes it is important for expectant mothers to know and understand the many choices they have in giving birth. During pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period she aims to empower every mother with the ability to make decisions about her birth and to give every person the type of childbirth experience they want. As a doula, Katie helps educate families, provide emotional support, and physical comfort before, during, and after the birth of the baby.  Another passion of Katie’s is pre and postnatal nutrition.  She believes food has the power to nourish both physically and emotionally.  

While maintaining a career as an elementary school teacher, Katie began to pursue her passion for childbirth & postpartum after the birth of her second child. She was fortunate to have a “village” of family and friends support her throughout her pregnancies and wants to share that gift with other mothers and families.

Katie trained as a birth doula at BINI Birth in Sherman Oaks, CA and lives in Thousand Oaks with her husband and two children.    

Erin Fritz

Erin firmly believes every woman deserves to have a safe and satisfying birth experience, and that experience is different for each woman. She feels that her role as a doula is to help you realize what that birth vision is and to help you attain it.

Becoming a doula was a very natural thing to do following her own experience in the birth of her two children. She had a doula to support her in the birth of her daughter and her son was born at home under the loving care of a midwife. Following that experience, Erin has felt that women are empowered in birth when they have choices, are supported and feel heard.

In January 2015, Erin was trained as a doula under DONA. Since then, she has had the honor of attending a wide range of births including vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), home birth, birth center, medicated, unmedicated, cesarean, surrogate and multiples. Erin is certified in the Rebozo technique, has taken training in Spinning Babies and has served as membership director for San Diego Birth Network. She also provides placenta encapsulation services.

Erin is a Southern California native. She lived in San Diego until April 2018 when she moved to the Conejo Valley. In her spare time, she enjoys time at home with her husband and kids or is out on the trails as a member of the Conejo Valley Trail Runners club.

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Alice Clark Lacation Consultant Simi Valley

Alice Clark

Alice Clark, IBCLC, RLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She was first certified in 2011 and recertified in 2016. She lives in Simi Valley with her husband, two daughters and a growing assortment of animals. Alice is originally from England and has called California home since 1999. In her spare time she enjoys working on home improvement projects.

Breastfeeding became her passion after the birth of her first child in 2009. She struggled with many breastfeeding challenges that were overcome with the help of a fantastic lactation consultant who believed in her and supported her in her goals. Because of this experience, a newfound passion and desire to support other mothers developed. Alice has helped hundreds of mothers both in the hospital and private practice settings for the past five years. She is a big proponent of judgment free support to help you and your baby achieve your breastfeeding goals

Tricia Hayes

Tricia is a placenta enthusiast! Her interest in the placenta and it’s important role in postpartum recovery began in 2009 when she was pregnant with her second child. After researching the benefits of placenta capsules, Tricia decided to have a professional encapsulate her placenta. She was so shocked at how amazing she felt during her postpartum that she began talking about it with other women.  

When Tricia told people about her experience, almost every woman she spoke with had never heard of the benefits of consuming her own placenta. Many of them told her of their experiences with baby blues, fatigue, and lack of milk supply and that they wished they had known about placenta encapsulation.

Tricia feels very strongly that women should have information about all of their options regarding all aspects of their birth experience, so they can make educated decisions that are right for them and their family. It was this lack of awareness regarding placenta encapsulation combined with her personal recovery experience that drove her to become a placenta encapsulation specialist. Tricia trained and certified with PlacentaBenefits.info and has been encapsulating placentas since 2010. She feels very fortunate that she was able to benefit from two of her own placentas and feels passionate about educating all women of their choice to reap the benefits of their placenta.

When she is not encapsulating, Tricia enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, 19, 8 and 2. 

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Darcy Wronkiewicz

A great deal of how Darcy practices is informed by her experiences as a mother of three amazing children. She was incredibly blessed with amazing care providers, labor support, and breastfeeding support. This care helped her to become a competent, confident parent as well as to know where to turn when she needed extra support. Darcy knew she wanted to provide that same support to other families. In 2009 she began formally serving families as a doula and lactation counselor and then continued her studies in lactation and birth and in 2015 she took the board exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Today Darcy continues her education through formal classes, workshops, reading excellent books on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and related topics, and exchanging ideas with other birth and breastfeeding professionals. However, her most profound learning has come from the families she has served and the many mothers who have shared their birth and breastfeeding experiences with her.

Darcy lives in Ventura with her husband and three children. When she is not serving families she can be found at home fiddling in the garden or (more likely) folding laundry.

Tara Schields

Long before Tara became a mother of four, she was a devoted and trusted nanny to many families. After starting her own family, she continued to work as a part time nanny, gaining over 20 years of newborn care experience. This lifelong love of newborns naturally led her to focus on a career in postpartum doula care in 2015. Her years as a hands-on Mom, experienced nanny, and as an active member of several Mom Groups in her community have provided a wealth of valuable knowledge. To say Tara loves children, parenting and helping families is an understatement. Simply put: postpartum work is Tara’s calling. Tara has found real purpose working alongside mothers, fathers and their newborns, minimizing their stress and making the early days with their new baby a beautiful time for everyone in the family, whether the family is welcoming their first child or fifteenth child.

Tara has trained with DONA International as a postpartum doula as well as with ABC Doula Services in their multiples (twins, triplets and more) training programs. With 1800 hours and counting of postpartum doula care completed, she continues to further her education, enrolling several times a year in training events pertinent to the care of postpartum moms and newborns.

As a doula and as a person, Tara is trustworthy, calm, down-to-earth, compassionate and reliable. Families feel at ease with her because she is a natural caregiver who is supportive and attentive to the individual needs of each family. She constantly strives to maintain professional boundaries, including the respect of each family’s parenting styles and parental decisions.

Tara’s commitment to the families she works with is apparent not just in her attitude, but also in her flexibility. She is available to help families with 24/7 care in addition to overnight care.

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Kristen Sanders Car Seat Technician Thousand Oaks

Kristen Sanders

Kristen has been active with child passenger safety and advocacy for the last eight years. Two years ago, she started her own business and became nationally certified through SafeKids World Wide. She holds a CPST certification and has also been trained to serve children with special needs.

She offers comprehensive car seat check appointments, hosts safety seminars/workshops and volunteers her time with SafetyBeltSafeUSA to help educate the public about the importance of child passenger safety. She has two boys of her own at home and is also working towards becoming a certified herbalist.

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Lauren Hulit

Lauren is a DONA trained Birth Doula. This Southern California native believes in moms. She loves and honors children. Lauren has been passionate about serving families for many years, working as nanny for over a decade. She studied child development and psychology in college, which is where she became exposed to the field of pre and perinatal psychology and health. She previously aspired to be a therapist, but she realized that she could have a greater impact working in prevention, rather than treatment. Lauren believes that we have the ability to impact lives, starting from the beginning, with the birth experience.

Lauren's mission is to empower women to know that they are capable of birthing and to recognize that just knowing this, and the act of bringing intention and love into your birth experience, is a fierce, undeniable demonstration that we women have an innate wisdom and have the power to steer and grow future generations. She wants to empower them to make their own decisions about birth, and to know and honor that they’re in charge of their own care, and help them advocate for themselves. She wants to champion them and support them through all stages of parenthood. She want them to know the importance of their roles as mothers, and help them minimize fear and trauma around childbirth and parenting.

When she is not at a birth or nannying, Lauren enjoys reading, swimming, cooking and spending time with her nieces.