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  • Certified Birth Doula: DONA
  • Eat Pray Doula: Doula training Bali, Indonesia 2012
  • Ayelet Kaznelson: Breastfeeding Certification 2017
  • Gentle Landing Midwifery: Home birth midwifery apprenticeship 2018
  • Former Apprenticeship with Jennifer Darwin, Founder of GGDA
  • Mama Glow: Birth Doula Trainee 2022
  • Mama Glow: Postpartum Doula Trainee 2022
  • Professionally Insured 
  • CPR Certified

Certifications & Specialities

Hi there! Following 15 years in New York, I placed my film production career aside to pursue my long-standing passion- creating and sharing space for and with birthing communities. I began this inspiring journey many moons ago when I traveled East to Yayasan Bumi Sehat in 2010. My sacred birthing experiences, whether in Bali, Brooklyn, New Hampshire, or Vermont, have been transformative.

As a doula, my role is not only to offer guidance and support to the birthing person but to create a healing, grounding, and tranquil environment for their partner, family members, and the birthing team/medical staff at large. Nurturing and caring for others brings forth great joy and I look forward to dedicating my time to those in the Bay Area!

certified birth doula

lauren godfrey

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  • Immediate on-call
  • Complimentary 30-minute Welcome Call with a GGDA concierge
  • 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:

  • Up to 2-3 prenatal visits: (1 virtual, 1 in-person, 1 optional) Answer questions and concerns, get to know each other and discuss your birth
  • Up to 2 (1-2 hr) post birth wrap up visits
  • Assemble birth wishes
  • Establish pain coping techniques
  • Provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support
  • Group messaging access
  • Optional Custom Fitted Birth Ball
  • Free TENS Unit Rental
  • Expert Pain Coping techniques
  • First Feeding/Golden Hour Support

Rates: $2,700

lauren's birth package

- MO AND LANCE T. 

"It is hard to imagine what our birthing experience would have been like without our doula, Lauren. She brought a much needed, gentle force of calmness and support to the hectic hospital environment. Lauren’s soothing touch and words of affirmation helped keep us centered during challenging moments in the hospital. We have immense gratitude for the gift of tranquility that she brought into the birthing space by her warm, angelic, feminine nature. She was able to champion for our needs and wishes while maintaining respect for the hospital’s protocols as well. Our family was able to achieve our birthing wish to have a vaginal birth and Lauren’s loving support was instrumental in helping us achieve that wish. We cannot thank Lauren enough for all that she has done for us!” 

"Our family was able to achieve our birthing wish to have a vaginal birth and Lauren’s loving support was instrumental in helping us achieve that wish"

- stephanie a. & danny w.

"When we were looking for a doula and interviewed Lauren, it was clear right away that she was genuinely kind, gracious, and intelligent. She listened carefully to our needs and was focused on making sure we were doing well as we approached the delivery date. She already made us feel cared for. Before we ended the interview she offered some useful advice to take with us in case we didn’t work together. Little did she know that we’d fallen in love with her. Not only because of the warm, compassionate energy she exuded, but the rock solid trust we felt in her.

Our instincts were right. She went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of leading up to the birth, throughout the delivery, and postpartum. Lauren is one of those rare people who is sensitive and caring but also strong and willful. She was key for my husband who was nervous about the birth. He was comforted by her presence and knowledge. Having her by both our sides made all the difference. We could not have asked for a more competent and committed doula.” 

"she went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of leading up to the birth, throughout the delivery, and postpartum"

- julia o.

"Lauren’s calm and nurturing demeanor put me at ease leading up to the day I went into labor. She took the time to get to know me and my husband and understand what we wanted for our birth experience. She was always available to answer our questions, check in with us and provide reassurance during any anxious moments or questions that came up. We felt more prepared for labor knowing we were going into it with her help and support. At the hospital she was an absolute rock for me and my husband. She was a constant source of comfort and encouragement, providing physical and emotional support every step of the way. I am so grateful for her time and help bringing our baby girl into the world and I highly recommend Lauren if you need a doula!” 

"We felt more prepared for labor knowing we were going into it with her help and support."

- Vanessa

When I was looking for a doula, the most important qualities were: a calm presence, a great listener, and breadth & depth of experience. I found all these and more with Lauren. Our first interaction immediately put me at ease. She asked great questions and spent time getting to know me and my birth preferences. She's a natural at following her clients' lead while providing plenty of suggestions and solutions. Her toolkit of information and techniques for pregnancy and birth support is large! I appreciate her ability to draw on both technique and intuition, as well as her strength, centered presence, and sincerity. Trust and ease come naturally when working with Lauren!

Trust and ease come naturally when working with Lauren!

- Emma s.

Lauren is a very kind and compassionate individual. It was great to have her on our team for our pregnancy and birth! She explained things very thoroughly in our prenatal visits and gave us lots of tips and tricks to help through labor. We ordered and used a rebozo based on her guidance and it helped in the final stretch of pregnancy to be more comfortable. I also appreciated the other tools she taught us for early labor. I recommend her to anyone seeking a positive support person in their corner.

I recommend her to anyone seeking a positive support person in their corner.

- James and Jo

Having Lauren as a birth doula was instrumental in us not only navigating our hospital labor process but also guiding us emotionally before, during, and after. During labor, we felt that she was in it with us through each step, creating space for both the birther and the birth partner to connect, and there for every single turn along the way. She kept the birther well hydrated and fed and helped created a real team with the birth partner to provide physical comfort measures. She's warm, affectionate, responsible, eager, knowledgable, and a true advocate for us during the whole process. Lauren didn't feel like another aid in the room, she felt like someone we needed there to make our journey feel complete. 

During labor, we felt that she was in it with us through each step,

- Rebecca and Alex

I highly recommend Lauren as a birth doula! Lauren was super knowledgeable, calm, confident, and open-minded. I felt very supported through the entire process. My only regret is that I didn't find her earlier in my pregnancy! I plan on having her as my doula again if/when I have another baby! 

"I felt very supported through the entire process."

-lindsey and ivan

I was seeking a kind, healing, spiritual energy to help me with my first labor alongside my husband who is a physician at UCSF. As someone who practices mindfulness, it was important to me to try things like massage, aromatherapy, the tens unit and different laboring positions that would help me remain present during my birth experience. Lauren was able to make that all happen. She also worked with us during several pre and post sessions to help us prepare for and process our birth experience. Lauren took the first photos of me and my little family. She inspired me with little ideas like creating a vision board for my birth that my husband and I went through during my early labor to build my confidence. I highly recommend working with doula Lauren! 

I highly recommend working with doula Lauren! 

-Anais and steve

Being a first time mom made me nervous and everything birth related I knew was going to be a big challenge. Meeting and talking to Lauren made me realize how great it would be to have her once the time came. She prepared us ahead of the delivery process and always made sure my partner and I knew what we could do in any scenario. Needles to say my body did not respond as smoothly as I thought it would and Lauren made sure we felt supported every step of the way. She went above and beyond with support. I don't know how I would have made it through such a vulnerable event without her. 

Lauren made sure we felt supported every step of the way. 

-meghna and ryan

Lauren was essential to creating our ideal birth experience for our first born. She throughly prepared us for what to expect and asked us to think critically about how we wanted to bring our little one into the world. Her presence brought purpose, care and reassurance throughout the process, both in and out of the delivery room. Thank you Lauren for guiding us through this sacred time!

"She throughly prepared us for what to expect"

-Rivka and gilan

Lauren gracefully facilitated the best birthing experience we could have hoped for. Before our birth, the information she shared helped us both to feel prepared and confident. Taking the time to meet also helped us to feel like a team. During the birth, her grounded energy and coaching made the whole process go by smoothly and without unwanted intervention. Throughout this pregnancy, Lauren felt like a trusted friend or family member, creating a comfortable, warm climate to make a vulnerable moment so empowering.

"Lauren felt like a trusted friend or family member"

-stephanie and bobby

Lauren was incredible and I would hire her all over again if we have another child as a birth doula. Lauren was patient, kind, caring, and a great listener for both my husband and I. Lauren answered calls and texts from me promptly and was available whenever I needed her help before giving birth, during birth, as well as postpartum. Lauren provided us with helpful resources such as a pelvic floor therapist and postpartum chef ideas. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met, and I a so thankful for her care and guidance throughout such a wonderful yet challenging experience! Giving birth is not easy and it was so nice to have someone to lean on both physically and emotionally! Thank you Lauren!

Lauren was patient, kind, caring, and a great listener for both my husband and I.

-sandy and steven

I was so lucky to have had such a great birth team at Alta Bates but Lauren is just phenomenal. She brought so much calmness, comfort and love to what could have been a chaotic and stressful experience. She kept track of the birth progress and kept our preferences in mind and advocated for us when we are unable to react quickly. She tried various techniques to ensure I am feeling as comfortable and hydrated as possible. I am so thankful to have her to support me through one of the most painful but precious moments. Highly recommend her to those who are looking for birth support!!!

"She brought so much calmness, comfort and love"

-Rachel and james

Lauren transformed our hospital experience into something truly magical. From creating an ambiance that even nurses admired, to being our unwavering advocate, her presence was invaluable. She was readily available for our questions throughout the pregnancy, day or night. We wholeheartedly recommend her to any expecting family, as she brought comfort, confidence, and a touch of magic to one of the most important moments of our lives.

"We wholeheartedly recommend her to any expecting family"

-Rosalind and Jonathan

Lauren was gentle and encouraging throughout our pregnancy and the birth of our son. We had some complications and Lauren patiently explained all our options to us at every stage when we needed additional guidance and reassurance. She was calm, kind, knowledgeable and genuinely felt invested in our collective wellbeing. Thank you Lauren!

"She was calm, kind, knowledgeable"

-Erika and Jay

I had an amazing experience with Lauren as my birth doula! She is proactive, available, and very engaged with her clients before, during, and even after the birth experience.

I had a challenging birth because I'm a first-time mom, my kid was XXL (99th percentile in height and 96th in weight!), and there were a couple of unexpected complications. She stayed with us through a very long labor and was the key to getting my son out of an awkward position and allowing me to give birth the way I wanted. Couldn't recommend her more if you're looking for a birth doula in Oakland, Berkeley, or SF.

"I had an amazing experience with Lauren
as my birth doula!"