Welcome!

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Welcome to Beautiful Beginnings. We are a referral resource comprised of Birth and Postpartum Doulas, Childbirth Educators, Lactation Educators and passionate women who are here to help you transition to parenthood. Our goal is to support parents through this exciting time in their life! The doulas are professionally trained to assist you during your birth experience, as well as helping you navigate a new baby into your life.

Our referral site provides local resources of professionals in the field of childbirth and parenting. Our certified childbirth educators offer numerous styles of childbirth preparation classes for your educational needs. Education is one of the key elements to having a satisfying and empowering birth experience.

All of our doulas have been trained under either DONA International or a similar recognized certifying organization. Birth doulas support laboring couples through their birth experience, while supporting all birthing choices. Postpartum doulas are important to the new family as they bring home their precious miracle of life!! The birth of a baby is an exciting and overwhelming time in the new family’s life, so the postpartum doula is there to help with the transition into parenthood, allowing you to feel more confident and supported as new parents.

Our mission statement reflects that of the International Childbirth Education Association: “Freedom of Choice, based on knowledge of Alternatives.” Our goal is to provide information, education, empowerment and support for all types of birth experiences, supporting all personal choices of the parents, and providing a doula for every woman who wants a doula.

For those women interested in becoming a birth doula: this is the site for you!! Stacey Scarborough and Diana Kay are DONA, International approved doula trainers, providing trainings throughout San Diego and Orange County as well as other parts of the country. Information about becoming trained as a doula can be found at www.preparingtheparents.org and dona.org

Our Resource tab offers you a comprehensive list of local providers and professionals that can help you with your birthing and parenting needs.

Beautiful Beginnings was founded in 1994 as the first birth & postpartum support team in San Diego County. We were founded by 5 women, all Certified Childbirth Educators, dedicated to supporting women & families through their birth process and into the first year of parenting. Those founders were Stacey Scarborough, Rosemary Mason, Cathie Aymar, Stacie Hoffman and Viki Bettis, whose extensive training as childbirth educators began in 1993 through the Childbirth Education Association of San Diego. They became the first DONA trained doulas in San Diego as well as providing the first postpartum doula trainings in San Diego. Their groundbreaking efforts were part of the new doula revolution that has grown to what it is today.

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