About DASC

Doulas Association of Southern California

The Doulas Association of Southern California was founded in 1997. We are a non-profit professional membership association of birthworkers led and run by a volunteer Board of Directors. 

Our Purpose

The Doulas Association of Southern California’s purpose is to continually advance the profession of birthwork.

Our Mission

We do this by providing:
advocacy for reproductive/birthing justice;
a nurturing community of peer collaboration;
educational opportunities for doulas and the public;
and a bridge between the public and our members.

Our Vision

A diverse, inclusive, and thriving community of supported, educated, and successful birthworkers.

Meet the Board

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Erin Fitzsimmons

President

I feel fortunate to have found the Doula community in Southern California.  I am a trained, DONA, PostPartum Doula working on the westside of Los Angeles.  I was drawn to this work because I love the idea of nurturing families and easing the transition when a newborn becomes part of the family. I look forward to continuing to grow in this field and plan on pursuing a certificate as a Breast-feeding Consultant.

I have a Certificate from UCLA Extension as a Patient Advocate and currently work part time for a physician in Santa Monica.  I have two wonderful children and before I became a mother I worked in film production and development.  I love systems and helping to facilitate ideas and would love to help DASC grow and expand its reach.  I am originally from New York City and moved to the westside of Los Angeles in 1998.

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Sarah Pinder

Vice President

 

I am a postpartum doula and have really gained so much insight from my membership through DASC. I am looking forward to giving back to the organization and hoping that I can provide assistant to the board, as well as the organization at-large. I am a jack-of-all-trades, having worked in administration, website content, TV, and non-profit counseling. I’m looking forward to offering my time and perhaps a voice to new postpartum-doulas and those beginning in this profession.

Michelle Brenhaug
Michelle Brenhaug

Secretary

I am a trained birth doula and working toward certification with DONA International. I was trained in the fall of 2020 through Bini Birth and have loved almost everything involved with doula work since then. I have 2 daughters and experienced birth trauma with my first labor and birth experience which is one of the things that pushed me toward pursuing this work. I have found myself the most alive when guiding and accompanying others, whether it be children, frields, or aging persons. Also, since becoming a mother, I have discovered an even deeper ability in myself to intuit someone's needs, sit with, guide, and offer care as they need it. I am also Japanese-American, educated as an engineer and worked as an engineer for 9 years. I find that the combination of my aptitude for technical things, attention to detail, and empathic, intuitive disposition makes me uniquely fit for birth work.

Stephanie Arjona
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Treasurer

With a passion for building strong social and family relationships, Stephanie Arjona has dedicated her life to finding innovative ways to reach children and parents through meaningful connections.

Stephanie has a wide range of experiences to better connect with the families she serves as a practicing Doula. After working in the corporate world for 15 years, Stephanie switched career paths to pursue teaching. She has taught Special and General Education over the last six years. While working with special needs children, Stephanie witnessed the importance of introducing American Sign Language at a young age. She started her business “Signs of Harmony” to teach kids and parents ASL in a fun, engaging way. She now provides Doula childbirth services in conjunction with baby signing classes.

With a love for expanding her knowledge, Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education. She is currently pursuing certification as a Childbirth Educator through Doula Training International (DTI) and certification as a Birth, Postpartum Doula through DONA International. Stephanie actively volunteers with organizations such as Joy in Birthing, Postpartum Support International and Doula Association of Southern California in her free time. Stephanie’s commitment to helping others is why she believes in the power of supporting parents and babies as their trusted Doula.  She hopes to help spread the vital message of how essential this work is, especially during the most vulnerable stages of pregnancy, delivery, and post-delivery.

 

 

Lucy Roberts
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Director of Membership

I am a Birth Doula and ASL Interpreter originally from Carlsbad, California, I moved to Los Angeles in 2008 for college. After graduating with a degree in Musical Theater, I dedicated my education to learning American Sign Language. While training to be an ASL interpreter, I gave birth to my daughter, Lily, in 2018. I found my passion for birth work after that experience. It was a long road to get to this point, but I know that supporting birthing people is what I was meant to do. I am constantly striving to better myself and my work through community and education.

 

I am so excited to join the DASC board and to serve the birthworker community in Southern California. “Live and Love. There isn’t time for anything else”

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anika das

Director of Programming

I started my training as a yoga instructor from Thailand followed by Rishikesh and Mumbai, I have been teaching yoga for over 5 years now. During this time as a yoga teacher I expanded my training as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, nutritionist and lactation educator, which increases my scope of expertise while working with pregnant mamas.

My passion to pursue a career in doula work started when I was teaching pre-and post natal yoga . Throughout these experiences, I have found that a woman’s birth and postpartum story becomes a permanent and critical part of who she is.

I truly believe that one cannot give out of an empty cup and so as a doula it is my goal to help women and their partners to not only focus on the baby but themselves too, to make them feel the most confident, calm and to educate them through this beautiful and life changing journey.

Monica Flores
monica flores

Director of Hospitality

I am a trained postpartum doula, working on my certification with DONA International, I'm a single proud mother of an amazing 29 year old man.

 

I feel I started in this field at a very early age, supporting my mother with my siblings and around the house. I have taken care of kids of all ages as well as supporting women in different stages in their lives. I like to think I was meant to be of service not only to women, and families, but to anyone who needs extra love and support navigating this experience of life. I truly believe being a Postpartum Doula is my calling. I'm here as a woman, daughter, sister, mother and friend.

 

I strive to live and create a holistic approach in everything I do. I firmly believe we all have an innate intuition and ancestral wisdom that helps us live and explore life feeling grounded, supported and strong. My main goal as a Postpartum Doula is to support parents and respectfully inspire them to find their unique method of parenting by combining and balancing their knowledge, intuition and love.

 

I look forward to serving and helping my community of doulas and everyone around me, by being present, loving and caring. My personal goal is to continue to grow in this field, to be more present and outdoors. I would love to travel, explore and understand more cultures.

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tracy hartley

Member at Large

I am a birth doula, a childbirth educator, and a doula mentor who has supported almost 700 births since becoming a doula in 1996.  I have served on the DASC Board of Directors in every position at some point during my decades on the board and I love serving my doula community.  I am the mother of two wonderful grown children and the grandmother of three amazing grandchildren.

Before becoming a doula, I trained dogs for people with disabilities other than blindness for 18 years, I ran a word processing department, I was a bookkeeper, a peer counselor for Vietnam Veterans, and an Air Traffic Controller in the Navy.  I feel as if I learned something from every job I’ve ever had that has helped me in my doula career.

 

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Director of Public Relations & Social Media

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Director of Development

Are you passionate about spreading the work of doulas and mission of DASC throughout Southern California‽ Contact us to apply to be DASC's Director of Development!

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