Maria Darden
Birth Doula
Orangevale, California
9 years of experience
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About me

I am a Lamaze certified Childbirth Educator and a birth doula. I have been attending births in a doula role since 2014 and been an educator since 2018. I am committed to increasing education and knowledge about birth into the hands of expectant parents who can most benefit from it and put it to use! I believe birth is fundamentally a natural, healthy, physiological process. I believe that birth works best when undisturbed the majority of the time. I do acknowledge that at times the use of judicious intervention is necessary, beneficial, and increases the safety of mother and baby.


Associate of social science (2017)

Certification and training

CD (DONA) (2014)

LCCE (2018)

Memberships and affiliations

DONA International

Lamaze International

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)


Service introduction

I provide birth doula services. I will meet two times prenatally to learn what is important to you about your birth and once postpartum. These meetings take place in your home. I am on call for you during your due "month" 37 to 42 weeks and will join you at your place of birth to continuously support you. I teach private and group childbirth education classes based on the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth practices. These emphasize evidence based information and minimal interventions for a safe and healthy birth.