Chelle Goodfriend

chellegoodfriend@yahoo.com 
(949) 292-5927

 

I believe Birth is a normal physiological process, not an illness. Every woman has the innate ability to give birth programmed into her DNA. My job is to help her realize that and to help her tap into her inner wisdom (even though she may not know that wisdom exists.) I believe when women discover how their bodies were created to birth and learn how to work with the natural process this gives them the confidence to birth normally. I have given birth 5 times myself and when I last counted, which was quite a few years ago, I have helped over 500 women birth their babies as a doula. Through 3 decades and all those birth experiences, I have learned a lot about the birth process and what it takes to give birth as easily and quickly as possible. We never know what labor will be like, but there are techniques to make it easier. After giving birth so many times myself, I know what labor feels like and I want to help make it as easy as possible for other women. I also do home visit lactation consultations to assist new families with breastfeeding. I am the past president of the Orange County Childbirth Education Association and the Orange County Lactation ConsultantAssociation. I enjoyed organizing and speaking at conferences on birth and breastfeeding as well as writing in perinatal journals and parenting magazines and being featured in several educational videos on birth and breastfeeding. 


I was employed for several decades by 4 Orange County hospitals as a Perinatal Instructor and Health Educator as well as a Lactation Consultant. It has been great fun teaching Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Baby Care and CPR classes to tens of thousands of expectant parents. It was a privilege to see newborn babies just a few hours old as I did rounds as a Lactation Consultant on the Postpartum ward. I currently offer private classes in the comfort of your own home to accommodate those with busy schedules. 

Though I worked in hospitals, I am also an Herbalist and Clinical Aromatherapist and have studied meditation and breath work in the US, India and Peru. I favor employing natural methods and use massage, acupressure, aromatherapy, music, breathing and relaxation and energy medicine techniques to help mom to relax and her labor to progress. I work with families to clear worries, fears and emotional issues thus allowing the birth to unfold with ease and grace. I have one foot in both worlds, a strong background in the traditional medical system as well as an in-depth knowledge of natural therapies and techniques. It is a beautiful marriage when we can bring together the best of these two worlds to ensure the comfort, safety and emotional well-being of both mother and baby.


I am a source of information and emotional support throughout your pregnancy, birth and during the first few weeks of your precious baby's life. You can email, text or call me with questions you may have about your pregnancy and any symptoms you may be experiencing, to provide resources or better understanding of medical procedures, for emotional support or just have someone there to listen to you and your concerns.