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Ronit April Varga

Birth & Postpartum Doula

Now accepting new clients for April 2024

MIND | BODY | TOUCH

Mind

Cultivating knowledge through education and research, empowering informed choices.

Body

Honoring the innate wisdom within, embracing the body’s natural abilities for optimal well-being before, during and after childbirth.

Touch

Recognizing the profound impact of human connection, harnessing the healing power of touch for holistic healing and recovery from day one.

Why Hire a Birth Doula:

Studies show that using a doula can:

  • Increase your satisfaction with your birth experience.

  • Lower your chances of having a C-section.

  • Reduce the use of induction or epidural during labor.

  • Drop the actual amount of time that you are in labor.

  • Help your partner feel more empowered and prepared for labor and birth.

  • Decrease the risk of infant mortality.

  • Allow support, staying with you throughout the entire labor.

  • Provide guidance and encouragement to minimize fear and anxiety.

  • Uses techniques, strategist and comfort measures to support during labor.

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My birth doula package includes: 

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  • Free consultation: I like to have a first meeting to see if we are a good match. This is a cost-free visit, and it’s an opportunity for both of us to get to know each other and feel more confident about our choices.

  • 2 - 90 minute Prenatal Visits: After deciding to work together, we will have two prenatal appointments to discuss your needs and concerns and create a personalized birth plan. 

  • Due Date Massage: A prenatal massage to get you calm and relaxed before labor. 

  • Informational Support: I will provide special attention and educational support during pregnancy and practice comfort measures in labor to help you best prepare for birth. 

  • Labor support: During labor, I advocate for you, facilitate communication with the medical staff, and provide constant emotional and physical support, so your birth can be enjoyed and always remembered as a loving and transforming experience.I use the Spinning Babies approach for delivery. 

  • Tens Unit: I will supply you with a loaner tens unit for your use. 

  • Baby’s First Feeding Support: As soon as your baby is born, I will assist you in the immediate postpartum (1-2 hours after birth) and support your initial breastfeeding. 

  • Unlimited Phone & Email Support: You will have unlimited phone and email support during pregnancy and postpartum.

  • Community Referrals: If you need more specific care, I will be sure to refer you to local resources in the community. 

  • Chronological birth notes: If you like, I will provide chronological birth notes and photos of your delivery and the first moments with your newborn

  • 1- 4 hour postpartum follow-up visit: During this visit, we will discuss healing after birth, nursing,  and how to care for your baby. I will answer questions and concerns, practice baby swaddling, change diapers, crib safety, or rock your baby so you can sleep if needed. Extra postpartum visits are available at an additional cost as needed.  

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Why Hire a Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula will typically be with a family within the 6-8 weeks after your baby arrives:

  • Offer a compassionate presence that helps parents adjust to their new roles, support parent-baby bonding, and soothing.

  • Guide with breastfeeding and newborn care, emotional and physical recovery from birth.

  • Help mom needs - shower, sleep, listing ear.

  • Help with meals and snacks for the family.

  • Help with your newborn laundry.

  • Baby massage, bath, and care for your infant.

  • Research shows that moms, dads, and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team exists.

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"Ronit was an essential part of our first two months with our baby: mental and physical wellness, nutrition, bodywork, how to care for our baby, chef, and supporting us in getting sleep and couples time. She is a warm and caring person and brought calm into our anxious, first-time parent world."

Angel S | Oakland, CA

POSTPARTUM SERVICES

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One in-home prenatal meeting:

  • Getting to know each other

  • Develop a postpartum plan

  • Practice techniques for easy labor

  • Prepare your home space for you and your little one

  • Design a meal plan for the first ten days after birth

  • Prenatal massage (additional charge)

Postpartum support includes:
  • Body/Chest/Breast/Bottle feeding assistance

  • Lactation guidance 

  • Newborn Care (swaddling, diapering, bathing, babywearing)

  • Preparing healing baths and soaks for the new mama 

  • Emotional support; helping you find and access your grounding elements

  • ​Updating the love language between you and your partner 

  • Physical support as you heal from birth such as massage, shower prep, rest time

  • Mental and emotional support as you recover from childbirth. I provide a calm, reassuring presence and a listening ear. 

  • Baby massage  

  • Light meal and snacks preparation (Mediterranean-style food is my specialty). 

  • Light housekeeping and baby’s laundry

  • Sharing resources and referrals (such as lactation consultant, sleep consultant, acupuncturist, chiropractor for baby and mom)

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The journey into parenthood can present new challenges. I encourage partners to find their stable ground and practice safe and loving communications. This allows for all to share their needs and wants with ease. 

My purpose is to support you, the mother, as you bond with your newborn. I provide families with the in-home support they need during the weeks that follow birth. It’s a precious moment and a significant change that will impact each family member. With a deep understanding of how tender the circumstances may be, I lead with a loving, nonjudgmental, and profoundly nurturing presence.

 

My services are available on Mondays from 7am-8pm, Wednesdays from 7am-4pm and Fridays from 8am-5pm.

The transition to parenthood is remarkable. It is a period of transformation and healing. New parents can benefit greatly from the help of an assembled “village,” whatever form and shape it may take in contemporary times. I’d be honored to be one of your created “villages” of supporters for you and your partner's journey to be the empowered parents you are destined to be. 

Use a free 20-minute consultation for you and your partner to learn about my services and the benefit they will bring to your new life and parents.

Packages are available!

Discover personalized doula packages for expert birth and postpartum support.

 

Inquire today to start your journey with care and confidence.

 

Postpartum support scheduling is relatively flexible, depending on the family's needs. 

As a postpartum doula, I am dedicated to nurturing mothers and their families back to core wellness and strength. The goal is to achieve a new healthy alignment and settle into a new familial rhythm. 

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About Ronit

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Ronit April Varga is a postpartum doula in the San Francisco Bay Area. With years of experience running a fulfilling and successful massage therapy business in the Bay Area, Ronit was seeking another way to provide her gifts in life. From two significant past experiences in her life, she was drawn to the field of a postpartum doula.

First was the birth of her child, which was saved by her own postpartum doula, Ms. Petty Lupintski. Petty made her birth experience a safe journey.  Petty showed Ronit the ropes of being a first-time mother while supporting not only her but her husband. 

The second was postpartum depression. Prior to birthing her son, Ronit was on top of the world. She had a deep sense of self and was ready to jump into motherhood. Within months, Ronit entered a deep postpartum depression. She was shut down and just a shell of who she was before birth. 

Thankfully, her doula Petty was on the lookout for and recognized the signs of postpartum depression and was able to work with Ronit and connect her with more resources to get the help she needed. 
 

Petty’s role as a doula stayed with Ronit for the rest of her life, leading her to this line of work. 

Today Ronit is the proud mom of two outstanding sons, aged 15 and 20. She is an avid supporter of body awareness and movement as a tool for empowering connection to self and the people around you. 

As a doula, Ronit is committed to being there for her clients with nurtured and nourished compassion, patience, and evidence-based care.

Your family legacy starts with a proud beginning, and Ronit will allow an extra hand, ear, and companion to support the parents you become.
 

Praise for Ronit April Varga, Postpartum Doula 

"Ronit was truly a lifesaver for us. I often began our time together feeling exhausted and overwhelmed and by the end always felt more capable and hopeful. She was steady, reassuring, and worked magic with the baby (and in the kitchen!). She cooked the most beautiful meals for us and really helped me see patterns with the baby that I was too tired to pick up on (particularly around naps). I truly don't know how she got it all done in 4 hours and yet never seemed like she was rushing. I would recommend her highly to any family and hope we have the opportunity to work with her with baby #2!"

 

Lily V | Oakland, CA 

CREDENTIALS

Postpartum training at San Francisco Natural Resources Center, November 2021
 
Birth doula training at San Francisco Natural Resources Center, May 2023
 
Spinning Babies Basics at John Muir Hospital, May 2023
 
Volunteer Birth Doula program at Berkeley Alta Bates Hospital with Hospital Friendly Doulas, September 2023–Ongoing

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