Grace Klein, Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula
Hello! I'm Grace, a Bay Area birth & postpartum doula. I'm fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of February, 2021. My pronouns are she & her.
I began my career in 2012 providing abortion support, a role I was honored to hold for two years. I've held a variety of positions in the reproductive health & justice movements since then, and in 2019, I trained & certified with Doula Trainings International to become a birth & postpartum doula.
I do this work because I believe everyone deserves to move through pregnancy, birth, and parenthood with dignity and compassion. No one should feel isolated, uninformed, or surrounded by strangers telling them how they *should* feel. I don't make assumptions, and I don't show up with judgments. My work is grounded in curiosity & listening; the rest grows from there.
My philosophy is this: You deserve to be supported completely. I believe in you. And together, we’ve totally got this.
“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
Dr. John H. Kennell
The birth you want is the birth I support.
My standard birth package includes two prenatal meetings, unlimited text & email support, a 24/7 on-call period from 38 weeks through birth, continuous labor support, and a postpartum follow-up visit.
How I provide birth support is fluid and includes instructional coaching, physical comfort measures, advocacy within the medical environment, and emotional stewardship. I am a Spinning Babies® enthusiast, but otherwise do not align myself with any specific methodology.
In a nutshell: Every birth is different, and how I support yours is entirely unique to you.
Nurturing the whole family
I offer both daytime & nighttime postpartum care. Day shifts are 4 hours and may include general newborn care instruction, breastfeeding or bottle-feeding support, meal preparation, nap support, and light housework. During my 8-hour overnight shifts, I focus primarily on taking over newborn care so that you can catch up on sleep.
Shifts are reserved in advance and scheduled once baby is born. You may build your postpartum package with any number of shifts and combine day & night support to meet your family's unique needs. These needs can be unpredictable, so I strive to provide flexible scheduling options throughout our time together.
*Please contact me to discuss pricing. While I ask those who can afford it to pay my full fees, I offer a sliding scale to support families on a more limited budget.
"Grace provided us with warm and validating support during a physically & emotionally intense and vulnerable time...It’s hard for me to imagine that you could find a better postpartum doula."