Felicia Roche is a veteran doula, doula trainer and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator with decades of experience in birth and education. Felicia works with a team of highly experienced assistant educators, doulas and assistants during BABE classes.
Felicia is a Certified Doula through DONA International since 1998. She has been offering DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainings since 2002 and has trained hundreds of women in this time – women travel from all over the world to take her trainings. She served as the DONA Northern California Representative for 7 years.
In June 2006 she became certified with Lamaze International as a Childbirth Educator (LCCE)
Felicia has assisted over 1000 families during their labors and births in the Bay Area and continues to make a difference for women and families on nearly a weekly basis. She has successfully built strong professional alliances with many care providers and nurses at local hospitals. She is very involved in many aspects of building a doula community locally and nationally.
In 2004, the Learning Annex in San Francisco contracted Felicia to teach a course titled “How to Start a Career as a Birth Doula.” The course was so successful that in the spring of 2005 Felicia presented the same topic for the Learning Annex in Sacramento.
She previously served as the executive director and publications coordinator for Birthways, a non-profit childbirth and pregnancy resources and referral center in the Bay Area.
Before finding her calling as a doula Felicia served for many years as a rape crisis counselor, joining women in trauma and guiding them through a heightened and volatile process. She was also a sex educator and lifeskills coach for Planned Parenthood, working with inner-city school kids
Gillian Gillette was trained as a doula and placenta encapsulator by Felicia Roche through Working Woman. Her experience with post-natal care was through both her experience with her two children (14, 9) and as lay educator and group leader through Mother’s Support Network in Sacramento. Gillian loves that birth and bonding is best explained through science and best experienced through love. In her spare time, she attends as much live theater as she can and reads as many books as possible.
Akilah has been a birth doula since 2017 and has had the privilege of being trained by Felicia Roche. As a birth doula, Akilah strongly believes that her purpose as a doula is to help women have a safe, memorable and empowering experience. She also understands that a birth is a key life experience a mother will remember for the rest of her life. Therefore, Akilah desires to ensure that every family she assists has the birth experience they are seeking.
Akilah has a passion for all things maternal, with emphasis on lactation, which has motivated her to pursue a Certificate as a Certificated Lactation Counselor (also nursing her children for 55+ months) and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Instructor.
When Akilah is not assisting a birthing family, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and three amazing children.