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!"

- emma s.

Golden Gate Doula Associates was so great for our pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. First, they have a wonderful network of doulas as well as a full team of individuals to help through every aspect of the experience. We also loved the monthly classes leading up to birth and the postpartum latch/vag clinic have been very useful as well. It is great to have one go-to resource for everything related to pregnancy and birth. Thank you GGDA!

I love that GGDA provides a network of doulas and other pregnancy/birth/postpartum services and support.

- Esther Y.

I highly recommend Golden Gate Doula Associates for all parents to be, especially first time parents. Our doula was very experienced with a lot of knowledge . They provide classes that are super beneficial for all stages of pregnancy and birth. We could not say enough great things about GGD! There is nothing I would change with my experience with GGD. 

We could not say enough great things about GGD! 

find your specialist

Following the interviews, once you have made your selection, your dedicated Match Maker will guide you through the final steps of the hiring process! They will provide valuable support and assistance to ensure a smooth and efficient completion of the necessary paperwork and arrangements. 

Make Your Pick!


Once you have chosen your preferred doula match, they will personally reach out to you to introduce themselves and coordinate a convenient time for an interview.

Interview your Choices


From the list provided, feel free to select your preferred doulas or specialists. Simply let us know which professionals you would like to interview, and we will make the necessary arrangements.

Choose Your Favorites


We will provide you with a thoughtfully curated list of thoroughly vetted matches, conveniently
delivered directly to your inbox. This comprehensive list will grant you access to their
professional profiles, showcasing their specific training, certifications, areas of expertise, and
service pricing.

Match with your Specialist


We Review your info

When selecting the ideal doula or doulas for your family, we take into account various factors
such as your estimated due date, specific birth or postpartum care requirements, birth location,
desired postpartum schedule, personality, budget, and preferred level of experience.


Our Match Maker will carefully review the information you provided in your care questionnaire and personally initiate the process of pairing you with highly qualified doulas, newborn care specialists, lactation consultants, and other birth and postpartum experts from 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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