About DASC

Doulas Association of Southern California

The Doulas Association of Southern California was founded in 1997. We are a non-profit professional community of doulas which recognizes the profundity of birth on the human experience and society at large, while respecting the individual needs of childbearing families. We provide a supportive forum for maintaining professional standards, continuing the education of birth and postpartum doulas, and informing the public of the benefits of doula care.

DASC members listed on the referral pages (Find a Doula) are professionally trained as birth support or postpartum care doulas by one or more of the following associations, which have met DASC’s criteria:

Our Purpose

The primary purpose of this association is to improve the quality of maternal care and health of newborn babies by furthering the profession of labor support and postpartum doulas, who provide education, and physical and emotional support for women and their families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum, through community education, providing a supporting network and upholding professional standards.

Our Mission

DASC is a non-profit professional community of doulas which recognizes the profundity of birth on the human experience and society at large, while respecting the individual needs of childbearing families. We provide a supportive forum for maintaining professional standards, continuing the education of birth and postpartum doulas, and informing the public of the benefits of doula care.

Meet the Board

Mikaela Lynn Johnson Vaal
Mikaela Lynn

President

I started my journey in the healthcare field in 2010 when I began training as a Massage Therapist in NYC. Since then I have not only become a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist but also spent several years teaching at the institution I received both degrees from. Since moving to LA in 2017, I have turned my focus more specifically to equity for marginalized people in health and wellness. 

I am now a California Certified Massage Therapist; DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula; ICEA trained Childbirth Educator; am currently working on completing trainings as a PAIL Advocate for Full Spectrum work, as well as the Coaching & Training Women Academy’s Pre and Postnatal Coaching Certification. In 2018 I joined the Board of Directors of the Doulas Association of Southern California (DASC) shortly after joining DASC! I am very excited to continue in this field, as I am fiercely passionate about improving the healthcare equity for women and femmes - specifically Black, trans, and nonbinary folks.

When not working, I am an artist through and through! From two advanced degrees in talking and playing pretend, to learning to make jewelry, pottery, and websites ... I spend most of my free time creating things! I’m so glad to have found DASC where I’ve also had the opportunity and immense pleasure of making friends with amazing and supportive humans who I hope to have in my circle forever.

Lindsey Rei
Lindsey Rei

Vice President

Lindsey is a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor, and an ICEA trained Childbirth Educator.

Her path to supporting new families started in her early teenage years. This work has molded from babysitting to nannying to teaching mommy and me; and now as a birthworker and educator. She is a born and raised Los Angeleno and a mama, herself. After the birth of her own daughter in 2012, she discovered how much of that village we really do need and started to feel a pull to support families in a deeper, more impactful way.

She has a great passion for educating and empowering new parents to trust their intuition and birth and parent the way that they feel called to do so. When not diving into birthwork, Lindsey enjoys taking dance classes, cooking, belting out showtunes with her daughter, and spending time with family and friends.

Erica Hunt
Erica Hunt

Treasurer

While my work in supporting families started long before my doula work, I officially became a birth worker in January 2015. We had just moved to California a few months earlier and after getting settled in I made up my mind that it was time to go all in. I found the next available DONA training and signed up for the workshop that following weekend.  Since then I’ve continued to grow and educate myself and the families I work with. My life before birth work consisted of my husband and my two children, who are now 13 and 15. My husband has been in the Army for 17 years and the military lifestyle has meant a life with short roots and at times a lot of uncertainty. I attribute my ability to adapt to each individual birth and each family’s needs and personalities to my life of consistent change. 

Along with being a birth worker I am also a Newborn Care Specialist, a Postpartum Doula and a Placenta Specialist. And honestly, being a certified Reiki Practitioner is one of my favorite practices and it’s something I love to incorporate into birth and postpartum work as well.

I am currently studying to become an Ayurvedic Healthcare Practitioner and a Certified Herbalist along with starting the Bebo Mia Infant Sleep course later this year. I am thrilled to be able to bring these practices into my work. 

When I am not making postpartum meal plans or attending births you can find me with my family. We enjoy all things outdoors, we love a spontaneous road trip or adventure and we really love food. Really though, most of our days are spent on or near the beach.

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Tiphanie Sparks

Secretary

Hello, I am Tiphanie Sparks!

I am a certified, professional doula, a certified lactation counselor, an educator, and a trained Hypno-Doula. I specialize in prenatal support, birth/labor education, birth/labor support, postpartum care (parent(s) and newborn), breastfeeding, and mediation.

I have dedicated my life to supporting people through the various stages of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood. Connecting and developing relationships is very important to me, I am excited to connect with all of you in the near future.

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tracy hartley

Membership Director

I completed my DONA birth doula training in May of 1996 and have supported over 675 families since then.  I've also trained with CAPPA, ICEA, Birthing From Within, Spinning Babies, HypnoBirth and HypnoBirthing and have taken every training I've had the opportunity to attend in the past 23 years.  I have served on the DASC Board in several capacities for most of my doula career and I love working with and mentoring new doulas. I am a mother of two amazing grown children and the grandmother of three wonderful grandchildren and I was the doula for the births of all of my grandchildren. I allow new doulas to shadow me at births to help them ease into this amazing work that we do.  I also teach a marketing class for new doulas to help them grow their business and become successful doulas.

Megan Chadwick
Megan Chadwick

Director of Vocal Impersonations and Comic Relief

Hi! I’m a DTI trained birth and postpartum doula serving the Greater Los Angeles Area.

I am a co-founder at Village Birth in Eagle Rock where I am lucky enough to teach Childbirth Education as well as co-facilitate pregnancy and postpartum support groups.  I feel immensely grateful to be amongst such a wide variety of passionate and thoughtful birth workers committed to supporting the families of Southern California. My future in birth work will likely include many more coffee dates with fantastic doulas, an obscene amount of hours spent watching birth videos, and at least one application sent to midwifery school. When I’m not hanging out with other doulas....

Greer Kirschenbaum
Greer Kirschenbaum

Director of Babies & Brains

I am a mom, neuroscientist, infant sleep educator, life coach, birth doula and postpartum doula. I have the pleasure of serving as a Director for The Doulas Association of Southern California.

Before my doula training, I trained as a neuroscientist studying how early life experience shapes lifelong emotional health. I had a calling to communicate this transformative research and work with new families. I'm passionate about spreading knowledge that nurture in pregnancy, birth and infancy nourishes mental health for the whole family.  

I have a BSc in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University, a PhD in Neuroscience and Medical Science from The University of Toronto. I was a postdoctoral fellow and assistant professor at Columbia University. I teach courses, hold workshops, provide consultations in pregnancy and infancy, am a birth and postpartum doula.  I am currently working with Bebo Mia to create and teach an Infant Sleep Educator program launching in February 2020.

Brighid Quinn

Committee Lead for Social Media

Jill Magoffin

Committee Lead for Events

Tiphanie Sparks

Committee Lead for Member Services

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