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Brittany MaalonaBrittany Maalona

Owner

Birth Support, Breastfeeding Support, Postpartum Support & Placenta Encapsulation

Brittany believes that it takes a village to raise nurtured children and has a deep appreciation for this age old concept. As a certified postpartum doula, she is honored to be a part of your village. Brittany offers emotional, physical and informational support to families as they become confident in their new roles as parents, and brings nonjudgmental and positive support to the families she serves.

Brittany first became passionate about postpartum support, specifically lactation, following the birth of her daughter in 2009. In the ensuing months, she not only received lactation support from industry-veteran Sheila Janakos, but also a vocational calling. Brittany received her certification as a Lactation Educator in 2011 through UC San Diego Extension. While working as the manager of a local breastfeeding store, Brittany enjoyed providing breastfeeding support to new moms and realized she wanted to do even more. Brittany has delivered educational talks at San Francisco General Hospital to assist health care providers on available resources for low income mothers.

Roisin Whalen

Birth Support

Roisin May Whalen is a birth Doula with a loving and straightforward approach to birth work. She received her training at Natural Resources in San Francisco where she has lived since 2004.  Along with Doula work Roisin has a degree in international studies from USF and has interests in yoga, holistic healing, psychology, gastronomy, the great outdoors, cultural appreciation, and spiritual and emotional growth. She was drawn to Doula work because of her own transformative and empowering birth experience. Her continued passion for supporting families comes with a deep sense of non-judgement. There are countless right ways to birth your baby and Roisin believes that women and babies hold the strength to best know how to be born. As a Doula, Roisin empowers parents through encouragement to trust their bodies, instincts, and power as well as their connections to one another and baby.  She is also trained in labor support techniques such as labor massage, body balancing, aromatherapy, advocacy, mediation, listening, movement techniques, acupressure, visualization, informational support and a variety of other relaxation exercises. Through her studies and her experience, she knows that families can have more satisfying and healthy births with the support of a Doula. Birth is as predictable as life and Roisin strives to honor your choices and provide attentive support leading up to and throughout your labor with a calm, nurturing and intuitive energy.

Stella Rose Carnegie

Birth & Postpartum Support & Childbirth Educator

Stella Rose Carnegie is a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and community herbalist who is passionate about supporting her clients through an informed and empowering birth and postpartum experience.

Stella cares deeply about the ways in which we nourish, move, and care for our bodies. This passion led Stella to pursue studies in herbal medicine, completing a year-long Herbal, Folk, and Indigenous Medicine program called Cecemmana at Ancestral Apothecary in Oakland in 2016. After spending the past few years in development and fundraising at various food and environmental justice organizations, Stella began her journey in birth work with Cornerstone Doula Trainings in the Fall of 2018. With Cornerstone, Stella has become a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Placenta Specialist.

Stella offers support and an overall presence that is grounding, uplifting, and nurturing. Whether she is working with you before, during, or after birth, the goal of her support is to mirror your strength and wisdom while offering you information, tools, and advocacy most relevant to you and your family’s needs. Stella is honored to be able to support you and your family on this journey.

Niamh O’Kane

Birth & Postpartum Support

Niamh grew up in San Francisco where she was raised by an experienced postpartum doula, exposing her to the birth world from a young age. While working in technology as a designer, she realized that the passions she spent years culminating could be more impactful in direct practice rather than behind the scenes, and so she dove into birth work. Outside of Stork and Sprout Niamh is a ceramic artist as well as a crisis counselor with SFWAR.

Her flexible and non-judgemental approach to all phases of birth (prenatal, during, and postpartum) allows her to support the needs of all families. Two values Niamh holds as constants are informed consent and mama-centeredness. Families deserve access to balanced, relevant information to make safe, well-informed decisions that reflect and uphold their experiences, practices and preferences. Niamh prioritizes the needs, beliefs, and autonomy of the mama or birthing person by promoting self-empowerment (always) and by providing advocacy (when appropriate).

She believes that birth is a sacred experience, and is honored to hold space and facilitate positive journeys for each and every family she works with.

Jordan Pietro

Birth & Postpartum Support

Jordan is a birth and postpartum doula who grew up in the Bay Area, currently focusing on postpartum. After attending University of Michigan – Ann Arbor studying International Studies – Global Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health in developing countries, Jordan realized her passion lay outside of conventional schooling. She gratefully stumbled upon the doula profession over two years ago, and has been committed to acquiring educational, emotional, and physical knowledge about the doula profession ever since. Her passion for supporting new families during one of the most beautiful, vulnerable, and sacred season’s of life continues to grow with each family she is privileged with which to work. Jordan obtained her trainings and certifications through both Cornerstone Birth Trainings in Oakland and Natural Resources in San Francisco.  From the age of seven, the birth of Jordan’s little sister changed her life permanently, and so began a passion for the stories and needs of pregnant people, childbirth, and infant care. The following decades included the birth of twenty-one younger cousins, and Jordan feels beyond grateful for never having spent a moment of life not surrounded by birth and infants.

Jordan had extensive personal hospital experience as a child, and over the years came to understand the necessity and comprehensive benefits of continuous compassion and advocacy. Both in and out of the hospital, she strives to serve her clients through those guiding principles.

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Eliza Conroy

Postpartum Support, Massage Therapist & Infant Massage Teacher

Eliza first became passionate about Massage after she received her first massage in college. Not only was it relaxing and enjoyable but she was able to let go of stress, tension and discomfort, and to find balance and harmony. Eliza knew she wanted to be able to provide this same feeling to others, and in 2003 she graduated from Utah School of Massage therapy as a Certified Massage Therapist. In 2009 she had her first child and found that she was using some of the same massage techniques with her child. In 2014 she went back to school to become an infant and pediatric massage therapist. She was amazed at the positive effects that massage could have on a baby. After going through her own personal childbirths and having support from her husband, mom, mother in-laws, sisters and friends, she knew postpartum support was truly a gift. In 2015 she became a Certified Postpartum Doula through San Francisco’s Cornerstone Doulas. Eliza continues to connect with her mama friends and loves sparking new friendships. She’s fortunate that her community lifts her up and sees the importance of continuing her education in this practice. When embarking on a new journey into parenthood with her clients, she is honest, caring and non-judgmental. Eliza feels empowered and blessed to have the opportunity to support families from all over the world with their postpartum needs.

Michele Zlatunich

Postpartum Support

In a nutshell, Michele loves babies. (and moms, too). Michele’s reasons for becoming a postpartum doula were pragmatic at first, but she immediately fell in love with the work and with her clients. A practical, open minded nurturer, Michele believes her journey is never complete – she loves to learn from her clients and colleagues as much as she loves to educate and advise others. A mother of two young boys, she uses knowledge gained from both experience and research in her approach to her work, and is blessed to work with an amazing group of women who support her and from whom she draws immeasurable insight.

Lisa Labagh

Postpartum Support & Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Lisa is a caretaker at heart. She grew up in San Francisco the youngest of 9 and was babysitting her nieces and nephews at 12 years old. A pre-school teacher at 18 years old, she then spent glorious 3 years as a nanny in France, Switzerland and in the US. She loves helping families by providing whatever support they need. Currently she works for people of all ages and abilities in her community: developmentally disabled, physically challenged and people with Alzheimer’s.

Now as a certified postpartum doula she will be expanding her calling to bring love, support and experience to mothers and their babies at home, also offering Placenta Encapsulation and tincture.

Throughout her life, Lisa has believed in the healing properties of herbs and in the freedom to choose our health care. She has completed the Handcrafted Herbalism course at California School of Herbal Studies and worked for Traditional Medicinals Tea Company for 7 years. Starting in February 2017 she will be offering organic salves for babies and Mothers.

Mia Carlone

Integrative Wellness Practitioner, Fertility & Pregnancy Coach

Mia has always felt a strong calling to help support those going through transformational shifts in their life. Birth is a powerful journey of surrender, shedding the old and welcoming in the new. She believes in empowering women to step into their primal, intuitive state of being throughout the birthing process in whatever way that resonates best for each individual client. Mia values and understands the importance of client care and provides a warm, nurturing environment for expecting mamas and families to be.

She is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula and is continuously furthering her work in this field by taking many trainings and workshops pertaining to women’s health, pre & perinatal psychology, family bonding, care for newly born mothers, transformative wisdom for birth caregivers (The Matrona program), and ancient traditions meets modern care for birth and postpartum. Mia studied Sound Healing at the Globe Institute of Sound and Consciousness in San Francisco and completed her 85 hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training from the Yoga Garden in San Francisco. She is a master level Reiki practitioner and works closely with essential oils, weaving these healing tools into her daily mindfulness practice and also provides these services to clients. In addition to her doula work, Mia continues to foster her relationship with the natural world by surrounding herself with plants and flowers, integrating her creativity through floral design. She has spent many hours deepening her love and work with herbal medicine by drawing on courses in herbalism at Ancestral Apothecary in Oakland. The combination of these various healing modalities that she has been involved with over the years have greatly deepened her physiological understanding of how the human mind, body and spirit are in relation with one another and uses the knowledge and skills gained to help support women and families with mental, physical and emotional needs. She is an advocate of getting all aspects of the “self” in harmony for preparation of childbirth and life thereafter.

Barbara Tognetti

Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Barbara’s lifelong passion for helping others – especially women – experience a healthy and rewarding life is being fulfilled in her new role as a placenta encapsulation specialist. She believes in the placenta power and is devoted to assisting women in their postpartum recovery and their transition into motherhood.

Barbara received her education from Cornerstone Doula Placenta Encapsulation and Certification and has also obtained her Food Handlers and Bloodborne Pathogens Certification. Having completed this extensive training, Barbara is now fully committed to helping new mothers recover from the childbirth experience through her placenta encapsulation work, and is also driven to educate women about placenta encapsulation through event speaking.

A grandmother of 7, Barbara and her husband raised 6 children while she enjoyed two full-time careers over 45 years; one as a private industry manager, and the second for a non-profit close to her heart.