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Claudia studied to become a birth doula at Natural Resources under the instruction of the amazing Midwife, Michelle Wellborn. Taking that course solidified her desire to move into birth work full time. 

Claudia is a Licensed Nurse, she spent 5 years working in reproductive health. She loves to help families navigate their fertility journey by educating and empowering them along the way. She also worked in Oncology specializing in Breast Cancer. She feels that her experiences as a nurse, working primarily in reproductive health, has given her tools that she uses to support families as a doula. One of her favorite ways to support families is to give them evidence based information so they can make informed decisions. She is very comfortable in all birth settings and works very well to help communicate your needs with hospital staff if needed. 
As a doula, Claudia is always looking to grow and learn. She is currently studying to become an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

She is a San Francisco Native and is raising her 2 boys in the city that she adores.  She gave birth to one of her boys at CPMC and the other at UCSF and really enjoys attending births at those hospitals now as a doula!

In her free time, she enjoys good music, to cook and read. She is Bilingual speaking Spanish and English fluently. 
Certifications & Licenses
  • Licensed Nurse (Specialty in Fertility)
  • Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (Current - 2023)
  • Certified Fertility Doula 
  • Trained Birth & Postpartum Doula
  • CHPLN (Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Licensed Nurse)
  • Childbirth Educator (Cornerstone 2022)
Trainings and Continuing Education​
  • Spinning Babies (2021)
  • Body Ready Method (2021)
  • Currently studying for IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)
Professional Memberships
  • Evidence Based Birth
Additional Interests
  • Birth Photography

Certifications & Specialities


Claudia Penate

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  • Immediate on-call
  • Monthly Educational Workshops
  • Online Breastfeeding support (up to three a month)
  • Online Pelvic Floor clinic (up to twice a month)
  • Access to GGDA's library of resources
  • Access to the Village People, providers, and affiliate discounts

ggda membership package includes:

  • 2 Prenatal Visits: 1 virtual, 2nd prenatal is an in-person centering group.
  • Group Messaging  Access (for non-urgent communication)
  • Free Custom Fitted Birth Ball
  • Free TENS Unit Rental
  • Expert Pain Coping techniques
  • Digital Photos taken during Labor, Birth and Golden Hour (Optional)
  • First Feeding/Golden Hour Support
  • In home Postpartum Follow Up Meeting 

Rates: $2,900

claudia's birth package

- Esmeralda P. 

"Claudia was my doula for both of my births. She was very caring, attentive, and made me feel safe, and calm during and after my births. She was a great advocate for me at the hospital and was very supportive throughout it all!  Claudia is AMAZING and I am so grateful to have had her there by my side through this memorable journey!"

"Claudia is AMAZING and I am so grateful to have had her there by my side!"

- Jocelyn G.

"Claudia was my doula for both of my daughters births. She is able to help you tune everything out and focus your journey. She assisted me with an unmedicated birth with my second birth, which was not easy but I am happy I was able to push through that with her support and reassurance. She is the calm in the storm. Claudia was able to hold space for me and was ten steps ahead of things I didn’t even think I needed. She is so supportive and helped guide me through the entire process with positive affirmations and that constant unconditional support. I would highly recommend all to have a birth doula and would highly recommend Claudia."

"She is able to help you tune everything out and focus your journey."

- Geri N.

"Claudia was my birth doula and all I can say was that I didn’t know how much I needed one until I had one. I have 4 kids and with my fourth is when I opted to get one. I felt she went above and beyond for me. It was the biggest blessing to have that unconditional support rooting for you with whatever decision you had to make. If I had to do it all again, I would have had all of my kids with her right beside me."

"If I had to do it all again, I would have had all of my kids with her right beside me."