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Emma is a Postpartum Night Doula who specializes in providing care during the "fourth trimester" of pregnancy; the critical period of adjustment in the first three months after a baby's birth. As someone who understands the emotional, physical, and sometimes spiritual journey a family goes through during this time, Emma is dedicated to supporting families through all the ups and downs along the way.

As your postpartum doula, Emma will help you navigate the journey of new parenthood with confidence and comfort. Together, you'll laugh, learn, and grow as a family, embracing the messy and the magic that comes with this transitional time. She is there to help you embrace the postpartum period as a time for your family to bond and heal. 

Emma provides personalized support that meets each family's unique needs; whether it's helping with laundry, whipping up your favorite recipes, providing breastfeeding and bottlefeeding support, helping to establish a sleep routine, offering expert advice, or simply being a compassionate listener. 

When she's not working her magic as a doula, Emma enjoys biking around the Bay Area, organizing dinner parties and beach hangs, and spending too much time at Trader Joe’s.  
  • CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Current on all vaccines (including Covid-19)
  • Cleared Background Check
  • Professionally Insured
  • Assorted newborn care and postpartum doula training through Golden Gate Doula Associates
  • Certified Postpartum Doula: Cornerstone Doula Training 

Certifications & Specialities

Postpartum Doula, New Parent Coach

Emma Nelson

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  • 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:

  • Nursery Prep (prior to baby's arrival)
  • Professional advice and group messaging for parent
  • Expert referrals for lactation, pediatricians, pelvic floor
  • Helping establish healthy feeding and sleeping routines

Rates: $62/hr, bridge toll may apply

emma's Postpartum Package

- Abigail S., Des Moines, IA

"Emma was my postpartum doula after my second child was born. She was the first postpartum doula I’d worked with and I cannot imagine my postpartum experience without her in it. She was intuitive, kind, helpful, thoughtful, gentle, funny and graceful with me, my toddler, my partner and my newborn as we all navigated our new lives together. With her help, I was able to sleep so much more than I did in those first few weeks after my first pregnancy, as she helped with night care for my son. She also helped my healing with her gentle nature, amazing cooking abilities, and open-hearted presence. If I was going to have more kids, she would be an integral part of my postpartum team. 11 out of 10 recommend!"

"If I was going to have more kids, she would be an integral part of my postpartum team."

- Esh R.

"We were so fortunate to get matched to Emma, another caring, capable, and patient night doula at GGDA. When Emma stepped in, our baby's sleep was improving but still inconsistent. With Emma, our son's sleep extended further. Emma tracked his sleep patterns and anything that seemed to help him stay asleep longer, and shared this info with us so we could also improve on nights she wasn't there. Our son gradually started to sleep longer and established a more regular pattern. Through the ups and downs with our son's sleep, Emma was a pleasure to work with, upbeat and patient with our hungry little guy. Emma (and Varya!) seemed to genuinely enjoy being with our son, even when he was difficult, and this was such a relief and blessing. It's wonderful to get a good night of sleep knowing a caring, capable, and responsible person is watching over your infant."

"It's wonderful to get a good night of sleep knowing a caring, capable, and responsible person is watching over your infant."