My Story

Shakila Marando, Owner of DOULAS by the BAY
Trained Birth &Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Sleep Consultant

I can truly say I was destined to work with families all of my life. It started when I was a child, watching my mother work her magic as a midwife in our native country Tanzania. I was inspired then to help families get the proper emotional, physical, and mental support they needed to prosper with their newborn child.

I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area over 20 years ago and have predominantly worked with newborn and toddlers my entire life here in the US. As an experienced postpartum Doula, I have worked with hundreds of families with an expertise in twins and premature infants.Helping families flourish with their newborn is my passion and our practice is undoubtedly recognized as one of the Bay Area’s leading Doula resources.

I am a mother of two beautiful daughters of ages 10 and 11 years old. Becoming a mother has radically realigned every aspect of my life and introduced me to “my call”.I believes it takes a village to raise a child and every family deserve an emotional, physical and psychological support following the birth of their newborn.

To ensure you get the best care, I’ve honed my skills with certifications and training from prestigious national institutes. I also believe in staying abreast of current practices, which is why I’ve chosen to continue my education by taking courses in early childhood education and psychology at San Francisco State University. You can never know too much about children and how best to foster their development.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, running, dancing, cooking, reading, writing,swimming, snowboarding, skydiving, and golfing.

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