Rali was born in Bulgaria and grew up in Central Pennsylvania before moving and making a home in Berkeley. After a successful career in technology consulting and project management for nonprofits, Rali followed a lifelong pull to serve and support families during one of the most pivotal and transformational parts of their lives.
Rali believes that every person deserves to have someone there to hold space for them, ground them, and guide and assist them in making educated choices about their pregnancy, labor, and their baby's birth. She also holds that every person deserves to have someone believe in and trust their strengths.
Rali’s past clients, colleagues, and her friends and family will attest to her calming and grounding presence and her ability to hold space, listen deeply and intently, and nurture without judgement.
As a birth doula, Rali provides unbiased information, emotional support, and physical comfort measures in preparation for, during, and after the labor and birth of your baby. She brings her DONA International Birth Doula Certification and her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training to her work.
In her downtime, you can find her enjoying nature on a hike with her husband, playing doubles beach volleyball, or cooking (and enjoying!) feasts with her gal pals. She loves to travel, eat, and spend time with family and friends.
Rali is fluent in English, Bulgarian, and French.
"Rali was an incredible resource during one of the most stressful periods for us She was kind, empathetic and understanding to both myself and my partner. She helped us navigate the last stages of my pregnancy with extreme care. Leading up to the last few weeks, Rali's attention to detail and knowledge helped us create the birth plan we wanted. During labor, Rali was present and able to intuitively pick up on cues and respond with pain management techniques and helpful suggestions. When dealing with hospital staff, Rali was an assertive communicator; she made sure they followed the birth plan. Rali provided the much needed support for my partner to take breaks during labor and relieved a lot of the physical and mental stress. Post delivery, Rali checked up on us and the baby multiple times in person and over text. She always sent an email with clear action items and links to whatever resources we had discussed. During one of these visits, Rali shared her favorite moments from the labor along with a very sweet personalized birth timeline she had made for us. We are super grateful to have had Rali as our doula and we recommend her to anyone looking for someone knowledgeable and kind. I could not have imagined this experience without her!"
"Rali consistently provided knowledgeable insights and guidance from the planning stages to when we were actually in the hospital and making decisions about how we were actually going to meet our baby. I most appreciated how Rali met us wherever we were - from planning to in hospital care, Rali combined our preferences and desires with her knowledge to guide us. Was very helpful to have Rali there and available for any questions I had - before labor, when my water broke and through to the arrival of our baby. It was so reassuring and helpful. Highly recommend Rali!"
"Rali is an excellent doula and a great support to have in the delivery team. She is courteous, respectful, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. We ended up having a longer labor until delivery and Rali has been a constant help and support throughout this entire period. Rali was very resourceful in helping us prepare for the delivery - educating us as well us creating a birth plan based on our preferences. She explained all the details of the delivery process and helped us pick our options. We would really feel lost without her help. Once we headed to the hospital at midnight, Rali has been in contact and was eager to come to the hospital to be with us. Once she arrived, it made us feel much better as a team. She stayed with the mom while daddy had to be with the baby. She provided support and strength to both mommy and daddy. She will always remain a part of our family and a close friend to us. We feel so glad that we had Rali alongside us through one of our most intense journeys. We would highly recommend Rali to our friends and families."
"Rali made it possible for me to feel empowered during one of the most intense and vulnerable experiences of my life and I am so grateful to have had her as my doula. During our pre-birth meetings, Rali took an interest in learning what kind of birth I hoped to have and my psyche in general. I loved how she created a safe space to talk about all aspects of childbirth. She helped me define a clear birth plan and clearly explained how she envisioned interactions between her, my spouse, myself, and hospital staff. She also sent along great tips to manage third trimester pain and easy massage techniques for my spouse to do. On the day of, Rali was a calm and encouraging presence in the delivery room. With her intuition of labor pain and her understanding of my personality, she made it possible for me to have an unmedicated child birth - something which I never thought I'd have the strength to do. She believed in me and through that, she showed me what I am capable of. She will always be an integral part of our son's journey into this world! I'd highly recommend Rali to anyone searching for a birth doula. As a result, Her calming voice guided my focus during contractions and her understanding about labour pain and my pysche."