"We took birth classes, read books, watched videos and it still didn't compare to the support and knowledge we received from the Chico Doula Circle. We will not consider another birth without a doula present. "
~ A, Chico
~ A, Chico
At the age of 6, I was able to bear witness as my mother birthed my little brother on our living room sofa. I was in awe and full of admiration, even at such a young age. That experience ignited my passion for birth and the power that women hold within their bodies. Over the years, my interests and passion have only become greater. I have been attending births and supporting pregnant women since 1999, and have learned something new and am left in awe of life and its gifts each and every time. I studied at Chico State, focusing on women's studies while ultimately earning a degree in Child Development in 2002. Through that, I was able to log many hours working with at-risk families and infants. In 2006, I completed trainings to become a certified childbirth educator, and a birth and postpartum doula. I am also the owner of Supportive Conceptions Surrogacy Agency. This has allowed me to guide families of a different sort through their journey to parenthood. As a doula, I have supported surrogates and intended parents and take great joy when these areas of my life overlap. Throughout this ongoing journey, I have had so many opportunities and met so many wonderful people, it would be an honor to meet you too :)
LauraJean (LJ) Burnside
As the youngest of 7 children, I grew up with my mothers constant, sage advice regarding pregnancy, birthing, and raising children. During my childhood, I was surrounded by babies since my older siblings were starting to have kids while I was still a child myself! Throughout my life, I have have been fascinated by the pregnant and laboring mother. What a mighty and significant transformation of heart, body and soul!
It is a delight to walk with women through pregnancy, labor, and beyond. There is nothing quite as beautiful as partnering with a birthing woman as she finds her inner strength and embarks on the amazing journey of motherhood. It is my mission as a doula to truly empower women in the options they have and the experiences they will remember about their birth. As a doula, it is my pleasure to empower you to trust your body, overcome fears or doubts, and embrace the great things I know you are capable of accomplishing. Your desires are my number one priority. I believe that with the care of a doula, you will experience great peace, positivity, confidence, guidance, and support. It is my absolute honor to support you on the journey ahead.
Additional on-call doulas:
Kimberly Johnson Mangrum
Call 530-518-0421 for additional information about the structure of our on call system. We make sure you are covered in the event that the primary doula is already at a birth!