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Michelle Gunderson

Contact Info
Area Served: San Francisco Bay Area
Phone Number: 1-650-733-4607
About the Doula
Doula Since: 2014
Number of Births Attended: 40
Postpartum Families Served: 15
Bio:

Welcome! My name is Michelle and I am a certified birth and postpartum Doula serving the San Francisco/Bay Area.

I have always been fascinated with birth and babies. I thought about being a labor and delivery nurse in my twenties, but found myself working as a systems administrator almost by accident, instead. I enjoyed working with people in that context for 15 years, but I knew it was not the job I had intended to be doing.
In 2005, I became pregnant with my first child. I remember that my family was anxious as they tried to support me during my birth; I was scared and had no one to ground me. Later, I learned about doulas and read all I could about who they were and what they did. This struck a chord with me. Not long after that, my best friend asked me to support her during her baby's birth. The experience was amazing. I was hooked, and started down the path of becoming a doula.

In 2013 and 2014, I trained with Cornerstone Doula Training and received my birth and postpartum certifications. I have also taken Cornerstone’s classes on optimal fetal positioning and on home-births.

I can't think of a better job than helping babies being born and to see first hand how incredible the birth of a child is. A parent never forgets the birth of their children and I am honored to support, encourage and be there for the beginning of a new life.