Andrea Berkey CPD
My name is Andrea Berkey. I am a certified, full time postpartum night doula.
When it was time to start our family, my husband and I agreed that we wanted a very specific birth experience. We prepared extensively for the birth we envisioned. We read all the books, took all the classes. We just KNEW we would get what we wanted. As can happen, our first birth ended dramatically different than we had intended. We ended that first birth experience with a healthy beautiful baby boy, but after the emotional journey of that first experience we knew that we needed a different kind of education. We needed someone who could answer questions we didn't even think to ask yet, someone who would advocate for US.
I am now the mother of three and have run the full gamut of birth experience. I have experienced a cesarean section, an epidural, and 2 VBAC's. Needless to say, surrounded by knowledgeable women, my husband and I felt empowered, knew what questions to ask, and we felt able to make evidence based choices. We were well supported through birth start to finish and beyond. It was after the birth of my third, then keenly aware of the differences between each of my birth experiences that I was inspired to help other women feel empowered in the same way. To help families make the right choices, and ask the right questions. I knew then that my calling was to help pass on the intimate knowledge of birth and newborn care.
I began my doula journey as a birth doula, but quickly realized that moms on the other side need advocates too. I saw what a profound impact good support for a new mother can do. How helping families settle into their new role as parents had long lasting benefits. I am now dedicated to serving new and growing Bay Area families' postpartum needs.
About My Vision
I am thrilled to be the one who now offers nurturing, attentive care and guidance to new moms during their pregnancies, childbearing and postpartum periods. I love supporting women through this highly emotional, and life changing time. I have already been on the journey of motherhood and have racked up years of trial and error experience, worked through certifications, and taken countless classes. I am excited to now pass this on, to be the one now to teach new mothers the tips and tricks of the “trade”. Helping them overcome anxiety, negativity, or doubt to settle quickly and confidently into the role of motherhood, and to lend a much needed extra hand to today’s professional and busy moms. It is my objective to provide women and their families with unconditional support during all phases of the postpartum period. To help empower new mothers and their partners through care, support, and education. To help families feel confident in their choices. To help establish skills needed for families to continue to provide informed attentive care for infants, creating a firm foundation on which to build. It is my goal to support this transition into motherhood through encouragement, education and support.
Providing care for infants/children and their families since 2006, I am honored to have been chosen to care for little ones of local Livermore families through my early daycare program, as a care provider and nanny, and to have been invited to witness and be a part of 22 Bay Area births. Now, as a postpartum doula, it has been my pleasure to spend the last 8 years assisting Bay Area families find confidence as new parents and to provide them with support and education.
I held a State of California childcare license from 2006 to 2013, am infant/child CPR certified, fully insured, Trustline Certified, and conform to today’s vaccination standards for childcare. I received my postpartum doula certification and lactation training through Cornerstone Doula Trainings in 2011, and I continue to educate myself in all areas of birth, newborn, and family care and hold certificates in a wide range of subjects.
Please call or email to inquire about availability, or to answer any questions. I am a passionate advocate for all families whether you hire me or not and am always available to assist with resources or placement with a doula in your area. I am also an advocate for moms suffering from baby blues or postpartum depression. Please call for resources and help. See my FAQ page for more resources.
I am affiliated with the following groups;
Mt Diablo Doula Community, East Bay Doula Group, East Bay Postpartum Doula Circle, and Doula's By the Bay.
I serve the following Bay Area Cities:
Alameda, Alamo, Berkeley, Brentwood, Castro Valley, Danville, Dublin, Emeryville, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Foster City, Fremont, Hayward, Lafayette, Livermore, Milpitas, Moraga, Mountain View, Newark, Orinda, Oakland, Palo Alto, Piedmont, Pleasanton, Santa Clara, San Jose, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Mateo, San Ramon, Sunnyvale, Union City, Walnut Creek