About

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I am a birth doula CD(DONA) and registered yoga instructor (RYT-200), serving the Peninsula and East Bay, CA.

I work as a birth doula CD(DONA) with growing families on the Peninsula and in Berkeley. I have volunteered for underserved adolescent mothers in San Mateo County, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. In addition to my volunteer work, I also work with clients privately as a labor support. I work at Blossom Birth – a local non-profit and educational resource center for pregnancy, birth, and early parenting – as a staff member and a birth doula.

I am a registered yoga teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance, and trained by Edna Barr (ERYT-500). My teaching style is inspired by Edna’s instruction, and relies on an in-depth understanding of human anatomy and physiology, as well as ancient yoga history and philosophy. This education informs my techniques in teaching, practicing, and understanding yoga postures, breath, and meditation. My classes incorporate safe and supportive teaching techniques, and intelligent, dynamic, and balanced sequences.

I received my bachelor’s Degree in Biological Anthropology and Psychology from Boston University. I have a devoted interest in childbirth, maternity care, evolutionary medicine, human behavior, women’s issues, and reproductive health. My undergraduate education focused on the behavioral biology of women, australopithecine and human evolution, the evolution of the human pelvis, literature of the American South, sex and gender, public health, statistics, the evolution of the human family, and Spanish.

In 2004, I began teaching large groups of young students fundamental and advanced Tae Kwon Do. In 2007, I independently developed and led the “Tot’s Tae Kwon Do” program at Golden State Tae Kwon Do: a program designed to teach young children fundamental martial arts, discipline, and the benefits of a self-directed practice. I also currently teaching self-defense and Tae Kwon Do to women and to 3-8 year olds.

I conduct research on gender schemas and the role of previous life experience on cognitive problem solving (click here to see my research featured in The New York Times).

Please feel free to email me with any questions regarding my doula services, yoga instruction, martial arts instruction, and research at mikaelawapman@gmail.com, or (650)862-9831.