Ruta Lauleva Aiono
Offers virtual services
Birth & Postpartum Doula
Oakland, California
10 years of experience
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About me

Greetings & congratulations on your growing family <3 I have been a birth worker for the past ten years and have served families in a variety of locations, from a free standing birth center on the Arizona/Sonora border as an apprentice midwife, to home & hospital births all around the bay area. I approach this work from a place of trusting the mother/birthing person as an expert in their needs and experience and believing that given the right tools and support a family can advocate for the birth experience they want in any location. My approach is to prepare for labor with education in the prenatal period and work my clients to plan adequately for a postpartum that will nourish integration of this new phase of life. I also bring my background in holistic health and often refer clients to work with herbs, exercise and nutritional protocol to facilitate the experience they desire.


Bachelor of Anthropology & Archaeology - SUNY Geneseo (2010)

Certification and training

ToLabor Doula Training (2013)

Roots of Labor Doula Training (2018)

SumisTouch Birth Attendant Training (2019)

Breastfeed LA Certified Lactation Educator (2020)

Spinning Babies (2022)

Martriz & Concha - Indigemama (2022)

Abortion Doula Care Advanced Maternal Age Allergies Anxiety Anxiety and Depression Aromatherapy Assertiveness Asthma Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Belly Binding Birth and Lactation Birth Assistant Birth Doula Birth Support Birth Trauma Breastfeeding Assistance and Support Breastfeeding Consultation Breastfeeding Support Breech Birth Cesarean, Episiotomy and Scar Pain Childbirth Education Contraception and Family Planning Doula Trainer Evidence-Based Care Exclusive Pumping/Bottle Feeding Family Medicine Fathers' Issues Freebirth Genetic Testing Grief and Loss Gynecology Herbal Postpartum Care High-Risk Pregnancy Home Birth Hormone Imbalances Infant Care Infertility Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Keeping Fit Labor Doula Labor Monitrice Lactation Consultation Latch Issues LGBTQ+ Loss and Bereavement Doula Low Milk Supply/Over Supply Massage Maternal Fetal Positioning Mindfulness Mood Disorders Multiples Natural Birth Natural Childbirth Naturopathic Medicine Neonatal Resuscitation Program Newborn Care Newborn Exam Newborn Prep Newborn Screening Nipple and Breast Pain Nutritional Counseling Overnight Newborn Care Pain Management Panic Pelvic Pain Perinatal and Infant Loss Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Perinatal Mood Disorders Placenta Encapsulation Positive Thinking Postpartum Adjustment Postpartum Care Postpartum Depression Postpartum Doula Care Postpartum Life Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Preconception Pregnancy Complications Pregnancy Loss Premature Infants Prenatal Care Prenatal Life Relaxation Techniques Reproductive Mental Health Returning to work (pumping, breastmilk storage, etc) Self-Actualization Self-Compassion Self-Esteem Self-Integration Sexual Health Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Testing and Treatment Sibling Preparation Spirituality Stress Management Support during Labor, Birth, and Postpartum Support in Pregnancy Loss Teenagers Teen Counseling Telehealth Toddlers Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Vaginal Steam Water birth Well-Woman Care

English, Spanish

Service introduction

Birth doula care with me typically includes - Introductory call - 2-4 prenatal appointments - Ongoing labor support, in person from active labor to ~4hrs after baby is born - 2-4 postpartum appointments Postpartum doula care varies and is negotiated on a case by case basis

Birth Doula Support
Intro Call 2-4 Prenatal Appts - childbirth education, labor prep, birth plan, etc On call starting at 38 weeks, meaning I will be no more that 2hours away from you without prior notice and backup Labor Support - phone support from the onset of labor until ~4hrs postpartum 2-4 Postpartum Appts *** All my services are on a sliding scale, $2800-$3500. the price listed below is the median rate.
USD Flat rate
Postpartum / Night Doula Support
Intro call to establish family's needs Overnight support that can include: - a check-in/check-out conversation where we can discuss any questions or concerns; - infant feeding as the client wants; - support with bottle feeding - prepare/clean pump equipment, clean/prepare bottles; - overnight log of feeding times & diaper count - other needs/requests as are possible! *** All my services are on a sliding scale, $45-$75. the price listed below is the median rate.
USD Per hour
Ratings and reviews
# of Reviews

Ruta is an amazing doula to say the least. She services her community as if her very existence is because of doula work. She is passionate about what her client needs, wants, and desires; to create an outcome that supports healthy baby and birthing person. Her attention to detail is always felt with love and thoughtfulness. Having Ruta as your doula would be one of the greatest decisions you can make for your birthing moment.

- Ke'xia D.


I had such incredible experiences with Ruta! We hired Ruta as a doula for both of my daughters births, as well as for postpartum doula care with my second. Ruta is super supportive and knowledgable, she is always quick to respond to questions (I had a ton), and shared a lot of helpful info about nutrition and exercise with me leading up to labor. Labor snuck up on me and Ruta was a much needed cool, calm, and collected presence. With her coaching I think my energy in labor and was able to progress a lot more smoothly… i honestly don’t think I could have done it without her!!!!! I highly recommend using Ruta as your doula, she is the best of the best <3

- Jennifer K.

Frequently asked questions
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