A space to                    and
                families through childbirth and beyond






meet Jennifer!


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The Golden Gate Doula Associates was founded in 2016 by Jennifer Darwin and has quickly become a trusted resource for all your maternity and postpartum needs. Our Doula Center is located in the Dog Patch Neighborhood of San Francisco.

We understand that your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period could be unpredictable, and we want to provide emotional and physical support throughout that process. Our vetted doulas offer non-judgmental support in the way that you chose to give birth.
The GGDA has changed the way some physicians and nurses view doulas, by facilitating the birth team approach and by establishing strong relationships with many prestigious care providers, midwives, and hospitals in the area. The doulas on our platform are reputable and well known for not promoting an “us against them” atmosphere and working in tandem with the entire birth team, thus providing a complete circle of care.

A Little About Us..

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"When it came down to planning the birth of my first baby, I knew I wanted someone with experience who could really help to guide, support and advocate for me if needed. From day one, Claudia was such a true joy to get to know and work with. She supported me in more ways than I can count and was there when I truly needed her. Having a reliable, trustworthy, educated and passionate birth doula to support both me and my husband and be our support system there on one of the hardest days of my life made it so worthwhile."

"Hiring Claudia Penate as my Birth Doula was one of the best decisions I ever made!"

- karen n.

"We waited until about 32 weeks along to start looking for a birth doula and many people were already booked. Their virtual matching program was easy and helpful for us to speak to several doulas in one meeting and we knew beforehand that all the people we spoke to were available for our birth month. Fortunately, we found easy rapport with Lina Gutiérrez Monclova. Lina is incredibly passionate about her field and seems to be always learning and growing and was absolutely amazing."

"ggda is a great way to find a doula!"

- emily d.

"Golden Gate Doula Associates is absolutely wonderful. Not only are they extremely responsive, but the personalized care that they provide is top notch!! Also, when putting together a labor and delivery checklist, make sure it includes Jen Darwin - she deserves FIVE stars and more for how good she is at her job. The support that she gave to my husband and I during the birth of our second baby DURING COVID is unmatched and I can't thank her enough for the beautifully positive birth experience that we had."

"If you are thinking about getting a doula, look no further!"

find your specialist

After the interview process, you pick your top choice and your Match Maker will assist you with finalizing the hiring process!

Make Your Pick!


Each preferred doula match will then personally reach out to you to introduce themselves and schedule an interview.

Interview your Choices


Choose your favorites the list provided, and just let us know which doulas or specialists you’d like to interview.

Choose Your Favorites


You’ll receive a curated list of vetted matches delivered directly to your inbox. This list includes access to their professional profiles which highlights individual trainings, certifications, areas of expertise and service pricing.

Match with your Specialist


We Review your info

We consider your estimated due date, specific birth or postpartum care needs, birth location, desired postpartum schedule, personality, budget and preferred experience level when selecting the perfect doula or doulas for your family.


Our Match Maker will review your care questionnaire and personally begin matching you with qualified doulas, newborn care specialists, lactation consultants and other birth and postpartum specialists on our team.

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(No worries, this part is free of charge!)

So how do I get started?

A few Extra Perks...

If you chose to move forward with one of our providers, you will qualify for these amazing perks!

  • Educational workshops to prepare couples for birth and postpartum 

  • Our Virtual Latch Clinic are 2-3 times a month

  • Our Virtual Pelvic Floor Clinic is 1-2 times a month

  • Prenatal and Postpartum Massage and Esthetician Skin Care Services offered at our center

  • New and Expecting Parent Events 

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