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My Journey

E. Rafeal Newport

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I am a hippie, science loving, book loving birth nerd from San Jose, CA. I was raised by my mother who was born and raised in the middle of Alabama.

My holistic, evidence based and spiritual approach has allowed me to learn from excellent teachers and learn the art of spirituality and healing practices.

I trained and apprenticed for 3 years with a Doula who had been practicing for over 25 years and local midwives. I took classes, read books, attended births, volunteered for various birth related organizations and finally I became a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula along with a certification in Childbirth Education.

In my over 10 years of experience I have worked in hospitals, home births, and birth centers. My focus is in centering marginalized families( People of color, LGBTQ+, gender non conforming, single parents, disabled,...) while also supporting all families in their creation and/or expansion. 

Prior to my training in birth work I have been and am currently a certified sex educator, peer counselor, family planning counselor and facilitator. I spent over 10 years in various LGBTQIQA+ youth non-profits beginning when I was 15 years old.

I truly have a love and passion for birth and feel honored that you would choose me to support you during such a beautiful and important time.

Training, Education and Collaboration

As a professional Doula, I’ve received training from certified organizations, and maintain my skills and knowledge through continued education and research. I have continued to stay up to date with relevant information to ensure I’m providing you with the best care possible.

As a Life Coach and Spiritual Healer, I have attained a Master Degree in Women’s Spirituality, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and certification as an Ordained Minister. I invite you to review my training certifications below.

I am a member of the  National Black Doulas Association NBDA, and member of Capital City Doulas.

Over the years I have worked with:

* First time parents

* LGBTQIQ families

* Surrogate and adopting families

* Planned Cesarean

*Medicated and non medicated births

* Birthing parents under 25

* Home/ Birth center births

* Hospital Births

* Large families

* Religious families

* Expecting multiples (twins)

* And more

Certified Birth Doula

Certified Postpartum Doula

Certified Childbirth Education

Certified Sex Educator

Certified in Family Planning

Ordained Minister

Certified Postpartum Doula

Young Couple Expecting

Working with Partners

Whether it be a spouse, family member or friend I love working with the birthing parent's team. Birthing partners play an essential role in the process of childbirth. They have intimate knowledge of that birthing parent that they can share and know how to support them. I know when to step in and when to step back so that the new family will feel supported while also having the space needed to bond and care for each other.

Birthing partners are usually most concerned with the health and well being of their partner. They have questions about procedures, what to expect, is she safe? and if they are doing the right thing. I am here to answer those questions and guide the birthing partner throughout the pregnancy, birth and postpartum. With me in attendance you as the birthing partner can focus on your partner and not have to worry about staff, or breathing techniques and more. I can shoulder some of the load while you all become a family.

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