As your Birth Doula, I will assist in getting you MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY, and EMOTIONALLY prepared for your BIRTH MARATHON!
As your Birth Doula, I will help you:
- be more comfortable during your labor using a variety of tools including: yoga, breathing, massage, aromatherapy, sounding, and other anchoring tools
- with consistent physical and emotional support during the birthing process
- use creative visualization and birth hypnosis tools to stay calm and present during labor
- have the confidence to make the right decisions for yourself and your baby
- celebrate your baby’s birth and the growth of your family
What to expect
I will provide you with a variety of comforting techniques including: birth hypnosis suggestions, acupressure massage, rebozo scarf, yoga stretching, walking, lunging, squatting, and yoga breathing. I will share techniques with your partner to share in the process. I will also provide relief, so that your partner can take a nap. I will help to set a comfortable atmosphere for you whether at home or in the hospital, based on your feedback during our prenatal visits.
"Studies show that when doulas are present at birth, women have shorter labors, fewer medical interventions, fewer cesareans and healthier babies. Recent evidence also suggests that when a doula provides labor support, women are more satisfied with their experience and the mother-infant interaction is enhanced for up to two months after the birth or more. With doula support, fathers tend to stay more involved with their partner rather than pull away in times of stress. The benefits of doula care have been recognized worldwide. The Medical Leadership Council of Washington,D.C., the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the World Healthcare Organization are some of the many healthcare organizations that value the benefits that doulas provide to women in labor.”
DONA Doula Association of North America
Getting to Know You
Your Birth Preferences
Comfort Measures for Labor
A TOTAL OF 7 VISITS
(4 Prenatal + 3 Postpartum Visits)
Essentials + Birth Prep
Essentials Package +
3 Private Birth Prep Classes +
Anatomy & Stages of Labor +
Breath & Sound Meditation +
Private Prenatal Yoga
A TOTAL OF 10 VISITS
(7 prenatal visits + 3 postpartum visits)
Essentials + Yoga
Essentials Package +
10 Private Yoga Coaching Sessions +
1 PARTNERS AT OM
A TOTAL OF 18 VISITS
(15 PRENATAL + 3 POSTNATAL)
Essentials + All Access
Essentials + Birth Prep Package +
10 Private Yoga Coaching Sessions +
1 Rebozo Massage Session +
1 PARTNERS AT OM Yoga Date
A TOTAL OF 22 VISITS
(19 prenatal visits + 3 postpartum visits)
Request a free consultation
Learn more about our Doula services with a free consultation.
Birth Doula Free Consultation
(at Moms At Om in Mar Vista)
This consultation is for couples curious about having a doula. Recommend watching the "Do You Doula" video on the Home page prior to our meeting. We will meet and discuss your birth preferences, answer any questions, and see if we are a good fit for each other.
Birth Doula FREE Virtual Consultation
This consultation is for couples curious about having a doula. Recommend watching the "Do You Doula" video on the Home page prior to our meeting. We will meet over phone/live video and discuss your birth preferences, answer any questions, and figure out what feels like the best fit for your needs
“I first met Keya at prenatal yoga class. Keya’s class became a place I felt special as an expectant mom by being surrounded by other pregnant women with Keya helping us find our breath and our strength. I loved Keya’s calming presence and loving spirit. After one of her classes she offered a two session birthing prep class for couples. I signed up. The class was great and made us want Keya’s support even more. I began to realize and visualize what a doula was and I knew that while I wanted to give birth in a hospital and was open to an epidural and intervention, I also knew having a calming, encouraging presence like Keya would help my birth experience and boy was I right! I’m glad I trusted my initial instinct because pregnancy is so unknown and you wonder if you will end up with a c-section. But I learned that you have to trust your instincts and your body. Thanks to a wonderful doctor, nurse and Keya I was able to have a birth experience I am proud of. I did get to the hospital only 1 cm dilated so there was some tension, stress and anxiety and five options to get my labor started. But once it was started and once Keya arrived her energy changed the mood in the room and my husband and I were able to trust we would see our daughter soon and I feel I was able to get her out much quicker thanks to this confidence. Everything Keya did was a warm and welcoming pleasant surprise that relaxed me and allowed me to labor easily. I could tell even the baby was moving and understanding and trusting.
I am filled with gratitude to Keya for supporting me and my husband and my baby girl through her delivery. I would not hesitate to recommend her, Keya Nkonoki is worth her weight in gold.”
“Keya is simply magical. I’ve taken her yoga class and was so impressed by her presence and her knowledge of the pregnant body that I asked her to be my doula. Keya was always very professional – always quick to respond with all the information that we needed. Our pre birth meetings were super helpful and Keya was full of resources. Not only did she give us a list of things to consider but she hyperlinked everything to Amazon so that it was easy for us to get anything that would be helpful. In addition – she gave us some simple resources to read and give us more information if we needed it. During the birth we had to change gears several times and at each stage she helped me and my husband adjust and refocus. Keya served as a calm and steady presence through what was a very long and difficult birth. When it was time to deliver she helped me understand all that was going on around me and gave me full support. She also came by postpartum and gave me much needed advice on breastfeeding and a range of other things. Working with Keya was one of the best decisions my husband and I made – she is exactly the kind of person you want standing by your side as your little one makes their way into the world!”
“Keya is excellent at providing detailed explanations about what to expect during pregnancy, labor, and after labor. It was so refreshing to have her as my doula because she obviously tailors services based on each family’s needs. Not to mention I found her yoga classes to be invaluable as she teaches with such care and wisdom. Keya is very confident, observant, and I feel she reads people well. It also helps that she has two children of her own and was so open to share what has and has not worked for her. During the birth, I honestly don’t know what I would have done without Keya! In fact, I vividly remember one moment when she stepped off to the side and I yelled ‘Keya, where are you!’ lol – labor was intense and there were moments I didn’t think I’d be able to continue. But there she was with that superwoman shirt, breathing and chanting with me, helping me ‘breathe my baby down’ and helping me understand I could do it. I remember another moment when we all first arrived at the birth center. I was sitting in the car waiting for a contraction to pass. Keya came up and greeted me in such a gentle way, it made me feel at ease. As intense as things became, I never felt like she was unsure of what to do. She’s extremely confident, yet humble and I believe that builds trust and confidence in clients. It’s obvious that Keya not only loves what she does but that she’s found her gift. And I thank her for blessing us mamas with that gift! After the birth of our beautiful baby boy, Keya observed my breastfeed latch and provided many helpful tips. I felt pretty clueless days after giving birth, so her follow-up after birth, the visit, the placenta pill delivery, and the phone calls really made me feel good. Each and every visit, phone conversation, and text exchange was so pleasant and enjoyable for me. I always felt comfortable sharing my challenges and happy moments with Keya. I never felt like I was just a ‘client’, but instead a good friend or family member. All of my questions and needs were met and she definitely exceeded my expectations of what I thought a doula would do (i.e., detailed overview of vaccines, actually practicing comfort measures, providing in-depth explanations, providing your amazon registry, recommending classes, following-up). If we decide to have another little one, Keya is my only choice!”
“Thanks to Keya Merah Nkonoki, I have a healthy, happy yoga baby. Now that my son Sage is two years old, his favorite thing right now is going into down-dog (using his head with booty straight up in the air) and arching into backbends with glee! During my 2nd and 3rd trimesters, I took prenatal yoga with Keya after work throughout my pregnancy. I loved how she always brought a different spiritual message to each class, but the same rock centered energy. She even brought us gratitude rocks at one class, and I still have mine that says “free”… As luck (or the universe) would have it, I got to have Keya at my side, helping me with yoga stretches and breathing, all throughout three long days of my Labor! She was assisting my doula. Everyone in my family was so impressed by Keya’s grounded energy and sweet light she brought into our home and my birth process. She let me squeeze her hand, lean into her with each surge (contraction), do lunges in our courtyard – whatever it took to keep things moving and flowing… My beautiful, healthy son Sage and I are eternally grateful. It was a blessing for me to be able to gift Keya with a private Sacred Infant Massage session in her home when her son Jai 3 was just two weeks old. Namaste…”
“I took prenatal yoga with Keya and had her help me after the birth of my baby as a postpartum doula. Keya is a fantastic yoga teacher and is always sharing tips/movements/poses to help during labor. I used a lot of what she talked about during my labor. Keya is also a wonderful postpartum doula. It was great to have her help. I don’t know how I would have made it through those first few weeks without it!”
“I’ll write a more in depth review when I have more time but wanted to say that Keya is absolutely gifted as a doula. She stepped in at the last minute (literally when I was having contractions) when our doula couldn’t make it, and I was thrilled she could come as I’d loved her prenatal yoga classes. She was there for us every step of the way through what turned into a three day labor. She kept us from heading to the hospital way too early with calming pain relief techniques at home, and her calm confidence and nonjudgemental, very supportive nature were so comforting to us and made for a harmonious birth team at the hospital. She had no shortage of solutions for helping me through the pain and her yoga and rebozo techniques were lifesavers. We were so grateful to have her there for us. I strongly recommend her as a doula and prenatal yoga teacher- she’s highly professional and her expertise is balanced with compassion and support. She’s a natural caregiver and helped us avoid a c-section and find inner strength we didn’t know we had.”
“Keya is a great doula! Thorough, patient and a good balance between professional and warm, empowering and advisory. She explained things in a rational way and always showed up just a minute or two early. She was a skilled advocate for me at the hospital. She was kind, composed and assertive when making requests and communicating my needs. I appreciated that I could also go to her yoga classes and have a more holistic relationship. After the birth, she visited me bearing lactation cookies and juice. She visited again a couple of weeks later to teach me and my husband infant massage. It was generous and we are grateful to have met her.”
“From the moment Keya arrived at my door for our introductory meeting, I knew I wanted her with me and my husband as part of our childbirth journey. She has an incredible energy and personality that are warm and engaging. Her prenatal yoga classes were the best yoga classes I’d ever experienced–not just “good for prenatal yoga”, but best yoga classes, period. She knows her stuff and is a wonderful teacher and guide. During the labor, she was a true gift. She gave gentle, yet confident suggestions that helped my labor progress and helped manage the pain; she anticipated my needs and gave me just what I needed exactly when I needed it (shout out to the TENS unit!!); she respected my desires and my energy, flowing with my ever-changing moods; she stepped up and stepped back when needed, to allow my mother and husband to have a role; she celebrated me and my beautiful little bugaboo when the labor was over… In a word, she was magical. I truly could not have had such a beautiful and successful birth experience were it not for her.”
“Keya was my doula for the delivery of my first child. Having a positive and ideally natural hospital birth was very important to me and so we decided we needed a doula to be there with us through the process. We could not be more happy with Keya or more willing to recommend her services. With Keya I was able to deliver my son naturally. She helped make it possible for me to labor 24 hrs in the comfort of my own home. After we went to the hospital he was born just 3 hours later. Keya provides comforting and powerful support throughout the birth process. She helped us create an informed birth plan and prepare for labor and delivery. She is very knowledgeable and has all kinds of great tricks up her sleeve to help during labor. She helped me stay calm and grounded, made sure I stayed hydrated, and as comfortable as possible. My husband also loved her. She was there so he could rest when needed but also made sure he was always included and able to help support me. Keya also provided great postpartum support for our family. It did not stop after our baby was born and her insights and experience were very helpful and appreciated. I also cannot recommend her pregnancy yoga classes enough. I started the classes early and went throughout my pregnancy. I always felt great after class. Keya would find out our discomforts and specifically focus on those areas during class. I feel that regularly attending her yoga helped me stay more comfortable and healthy during my pregnancy and labor. Once at the hospital my baby was born pretty fast. The doctors and nurses were amazed and I believe it was all that pelvic floor work, breathing and yoga strength from her class. If we have another child I would definitely be back in her prenatal yoga and be using her doula services again”.
“Keya was both my doula for the birth of my first child 8 days ago, as well as my prenatal yoga teacher in Mar Vista (which is how I initially met her). I also took her Partners At Om PLAYSHOP! She is a luminous person, incredibly talented doula, engaging educator, and just an overall badass. I took Keya’s prenatal yoga class starting at my 18th week of pregnancy through my due date and loved her teaching style – every class was different and she would put together yoga sequences on the fly depending on the feedback of the class. She also cultivated community amongst the mamas in the class that I found very valuable and reassuring. As a doula, Keya was a critical part of the success of my baby’s birth. My 18 hour labor was incredibly painful for multiple reasons, including having a very large baby. I was also committed to delivering my child naturally. I truly could not have navigated the contractions without Keya’s guidance and coaching. She is a pain shaman. I was able to get through the most painful experience of my life without drugs because of her skills. Also, my labor would have been longer if not for her carefully working in tandem with my midwife to understand the progression of the baby’s movement downward as well as my dilation, and strategizing labor positions and exercises to help keep my labor progressing. Coming away from my birth with both a healthy, happy baby AND the feeling of empowerment and satisfaction of giving birth on my own terms is everything to me; a completely transformative experience. I’m so grateful to Keya and I recommend her passionately!”
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