My Story

Shakila Marando, a Founder of DOULAS by the BAY LLC and Blossom Parenting LLC

Trained Birth & Postpartum Doula, Nursing Mothers Counsel Breastfeeding Counselor, Evergreen Perinatal Certified Lactation Educator(CLE), DOULAS by the BAY Postpartum Doula Educator, CAPPA Trained New Parent Educator, CAPPA Advanced Training for Working With Multiple Infants, a Parent Coach and an Infant Sleep Specialist

I have spent over 40,000 hours nurturing babies and caring for young children.For the past 10 years I have been working exclusively with Infants and helping their families learn the necessary skills and tips on how to better care for their children’s wellbeing. Helping families flourish with their newborn is my passion and our Doula Collective is undoubtedly recognized as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading Doula resources.

I am a mother of two beautiful daughters of ages 11 and 13 years old. Becoming a mother has radically realigned every aspect of my life and introduced me to “my call”. I believe it takes a village to raise a child and every family deserves an emotional, physical and psychological support following the birth of their newborn.

I can truly say I am 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 to help families get the proper emotional, physical, and mental support they needed to prosper with their newborn child.

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 to best foster their development.

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

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