I am a birth doula CD(DONA) and postpartum doula, supporting growing families in Berkeley and the greater Bay Area. I am also a registered yoga teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance, and teach weekly yoga and meditation classes in Berkeley.
I am a first year graduate student at Berkeley in Social Welfare in the Health concentration. My interests surround Maternal and Child Health. I am involved in a research project surrounding reproductive and contraceptive health. My education and first year placement have been incredible learning experiences – opportunities to work clinically with patients and families, helping them navigate surrounding resources and their health care, offer brief interventions surrounding mental and physical health, and to learn more about overarching health care systems and interdisciplinary social work.
Throughout my life, I participated on the Board for BirthWays as Program Coordinator for their volunteer doula program, worked for Blossom Birth Services, taught self-defense to women and children, studied maternal practices in Southern Chile, and volunteered for underserved adolescent mothers in Boston, Palo Alto, and Berkeley, CA. I studied psychology and anthropology at Boston University. Here, I conducted 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).
Each of these experiences deepened my already strong interest in holistic and humanizing perinatal health, empowering and evidence-based birth practices, and infant-parent psychotherapy.
Please feel free to email me with any questions at mikaelawapman (at) gmail.com.