Felicia has been a Certified Doula through DONA
International since 1998.
In June of 2006 she became a Lamaze
Certified Childbirth Educator.
In January of 2000 Felicia was trained by the City of Berkeley
as a Lactation Counselor to work with participants in the WIC program
and encourage successful breastfeeding. She is also trained as a
Newborn Massage Instructor from Baby’s First Massage.
Felicia has assisted over 1000 families during their labors and
births and continues to make a difference for women at their births
on a weekly basis. She has had the honor of serving as doula for
several couples up to three times! She has successfully built strong
professional alliances with many care providers and nurses at local
Her most recent accomplishment is the DVD compilation
Women in Labor and In the Doula Spirit - two years in the making.
Woven together with beautiful music, captivating photography and
insightful interviews with couples and birthing leaders, the videos
artfully illustrate the positive role that doulas play in birth.
Felicia has been offering DONA Approved Doula Trainings since 2002
and has trained hundreds of women in this time. Women travel from
all over the world to attend her trainings.
She served as the DONA Northern California Representative for 7
years, only recently retiring to pursue other positions.
She is very involved in many aspects of building a doula community
locally and is active
on a national level as well.
She is the founder of Working Woman
Productions and has created the much acclaimed Doula
Client Contact Files (a file system for doulas to better organize
and chart client information)
In 2004, the Learning
Annex in San Francisco contracted Felicia to teach a course
titled "How to Start a Career as a Birth Doula." The course
was so successful that in the spring of 2005 Felicia presented the
same topic for the Learning Annex in Sacramento.
In the fall of 2004, Felicia, along with a group of equally dedicated
and diverse professionals, was called to found the non-profit organization,
Birth Association whose mission is to be a much needed resource
for the local birth community and birthing women/families.
She previously served as the executive director and publications
coordinator for Birthways,
a non-profit childbirth and pregnancy resources and referral center
in the Bay Area.
Before finding her calling as a doula Felicia served for many years
as a rape crisis counselor, joining women in trauma and guiding
them through a heightened and volatile process. She was also a sex
educator and lifeskills coach for Planned Parenthood, working with
inner-city school kids.