Shakila Marando, Owner of DOULAS by the BAY, Trained Birth & Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Educator(CLE), Sleep Consultant
Most women in the USA do not have a community coming to support them and their new family during the first 90 days after having a baby.
Listen to this episode to learn about the advantages of building up a community of friends, family, trusted neighbors, and professional supporters (e.g. a postpartum doula or night doula).
Take care of yourself first so you can take care of your newborn.
In Shakila's words:
"I am a mother of two beautiful daughters of ages 10 and 11 years old. I have been providing care for infants and children with their families for over 20 years. As a Postpartum Doula, I have worked with couple of hundreds of families offering newborn care and breastfeeding counseling. Becoming a mother radically realigned every aspect of my life and introduced me to “my call”. I believe it takes a village to raise a child and every family deserve an emotional, physical and psychological support following the birth of their baby.
I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area over 20 years ago, originally from Tanzania East Africa. I founded DOULAS by the BAY LLC in year 2014, an agency that helps to connect Doulas,Newborn Care Specialists and Nannies with families in the community that is looking for birth and postpartum support.My practice is recognized as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading Doula resources.
Helping families transition successfully with their lives after the birth of their newborn is my passion.To ensure you get the best care, I’ve honed my skills with certifications and training from prestigious national institutes. I also believe in staying abreast of current practices, which is why I’ve chosen to continue my education by taking courses in early childhood education and psychology at San Francisco State University.
When I’m not working with families, I enjoy hiking, running, dancing, cooking, reading, writing, snowboarding, skydiving, swimming and golfing."
Manuela Bakilana, Postpartum Doula
In Manuela's words:
"I am from Tanzania. I am married and have been living in the Bay Area for 16 years.
There are eight children in my family. When my youngest sister was born in 1993 (I was 12 years old) I got my first introduction to raising a newborn child. I helped my mother to take care of her. I used to help with feeding, bathing and babysitting her.
After moving to the United States in October of 2001, I worked as a nanny for several families in order to support myself while I attended college. I attended Laney College from 2002-Spring 2005. From there I transferred to San Francisco State University where I majored in Health Education with a concentration in Community-Based Public Health, as I’ve always been interested in healthcare.
I also really enjoy working with babies, so after hearing about postpartum doulas in 2010 I decided to do some research and ask people about the doula career. It fascinated me because I had experience already through taking care of infants and toddlers.
In July 2012, I decided to transition to working as a postpartum doula. I contacted Nicki Tilsner, who is one of the founders of Cornerstone Doula Trainings and took the comprehensive postpartum doula course. Upon completion of the course I volunteered for one family with newborn twins in Daly City. After about 2 weeks the couple decided to hire me. That is how my journey as a postpartum doula began and I am still enjoying it up until now."
Here's more information about Doulas by the Bay:
DOULAS by the BAY LLC, known as DBB was formerly founded in the year 2014 by Shakila Marando.It is a team of professionally trained and certified Doulas, Nannies and Newborn Care Specialists who are dedicated to supporting new and expecting families before, during and after childbirth. Our careful attention to detail, depth of experience and commitment to families, has made DOULAS by the BAY the leading and most trusted doula practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Despite the immeasurable rewards that come with being a parent, transitioning into this new role can be difficult. We firmly believe that every family deserves to have a warm, experienced professional to help ease the transition into parenthood. At DOULAS by the BAY, we understand that each family has unique needs. Our doulas are committed to offering non-judgmental support to every family. Our network of doulas offers a wealth of useful information and consultation to new families in areas such as Basic newborn care, infant feeding and Newborn sleep issues.
Each of our Doulas, Nannies and Newborn Care Specialists received a comprehensive training, a CPR certification and undergoes a thorough screening process and listed on a Trustline registry.You can rest assured that each of our professional working with your family is a competent, reliable and caring individual who is passionate about supporting your family’s needs.
You can learn more about Doulas By The Bay on their website: http://doulasbythebay.com/
Connect with Shakila and Manuela on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/doulasbythebay/