I’m Stephanie Drake, a Doula and mother of two school age children calling Santa Barbara County home. I met my husband during graduate school at UCSB and we are grateful to raise our children here.
I started Goodland Doula after spending 20 years in the child development and non-profit world improving young children’s developmental outcomes. As my children grew I began supporting friends and family during their births and postpartum. It was then that I began to visualize how my years of parenting, professional care giving, and formal education could be re-imagined in a way that would truly support and empower the family. A way that would allow me to guide and nurture new parents through birth into parenthood.
I am wildly passionate about parents being nurtured and empowered during their unique journey. I believe that every birth (medicated, unmedicated, cesarean) deserves support. I know you have the strength needed and as a Birth Doula I am here to remind you of that and more.
I believe that just as your birth deserves to be supported, so does your postpartum healing. Returning home may be one of the most challenging and sacred times of your life. I specialize in “Mothering the Mother” designed to support the resiliency of the growing family with rest, nourishment, and love. I also bring an expertise in infant development and caregiving to assist you as your embrace your new role as parents.
Stephanie Drake, Ph.D
Training and Education
- DONA trained Birth Doula
- DONA trained Postpartum Doula
- ICEA trained Childbirth Educator
- RIE Level 1 Infant Caregiving
- Breastfeeding Educator
- BA Psychology, UC Berkeley
- MA Education, UC Santa Barbara
- PhD Education, UC Santa Barbara