Why Use a Doula?

Birth Doulas are trained, experienced professionals in childbirth who provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.

Research shows parents with support
  • feel more secure and cared for
  • have greater success with breastfeeding
  • have greater self–confidence
  • have less postpartum depression
  • have lower incidence of abuse
  • are better in adapting to their new family dynamics


Katja Bajema, AAHCC, Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula
PHONE 808.366.0230

As your Labor Doula I am there to support you emotionally and physically before, during and immediately after the birth of your child. Pregnancy and birth are an amazing, important, and personal experience and I wish for every woman/family to have the very BEST birth possible. I value and respect each woman’s decisions and feel it is my duty as your Doula to empower you to make the choices that are best for you. I will support every one of those decisions and feel honored to be part of your journey. For more information please visit the website linked above or contact me by phone or via email.

I have 3 naturally born and breast fed children. I am also a Bradley Method® Instructor and Postpartum Doula.

Jessica Fujimoto, LCCE, CD(DONA),
Postpartum Doula

PHONE 808.561.1383

It is my hope that the families I work with will feel empowered to reclaim their birth and parenting experiences so that they can look back on the memories of their child’s beginning with peace, pride, and fulfillment. You will be encouraged to make your own informed decisions regarding when, where, and how you will birth your child as well as how you will care for your child after the birth. It is my job to support those decisions and to help you communicate your wishes effectively to your care provider, friends, and family. I also believe your partner to be an integral part of the birthing and postpartum process and do my best to enhance your partner’s participation.

It would be my honor to walk beside you and your family on this journey.


Pat Goding, RNC, BSN, ICCE
PHONE 808.677.8554

I am an ICEA certified Childbirth Educator, teaching for 31 years. I teach Childbirth Preparation classes at the Kaiser Waipio Clinic and I do private classes in the client’s home. I’ve been an OB nurse, both Air Force and civilian, for over 10 years and I am also a Labor Doula. My husband, who is retired Air Force, and I live in Waikele, and have lived in Hawaii for 19 years.

I feel honored to be with women and their families during their most vulnerable, impressionable, courageous and tender moments, while allowing themselves to open up to the sheer force and unpredictable nature of labor and birth. I believe that if women are nurtured and respected during pregnancy through birth, they can gain a new sense of self and can discover more things about themselves that they ever thought possible. This strength and empowerment can sustain them throughout their lives and they can teach their children, that ANYTHING is possible.


Tasha Hakeem, DONA Trained Birth & Postpartum Doula
“When Survivors Give Birth” Certificate

PHONE 808.936.4797

I am a DONA–trained Birth & Postpartum Doula. I am passionate about seeing mothers given the opportunity of informed choice so their pregnancy, birth, delivery and post–partum times are empowering experiences. Each are life–changing moments for a woman, her partner and baby and a vital time to be supported as one unit.

Personally, I am the mother to two toddlers who fill my life with wonder and joy! With my first, I birthed with the support of my husband and Doula at a hospital; with my second baby, my husband supported me throughout a waterbirth at home; and we’re looking forward to the upcoming birth of our third baby this year! Each of my pregnancies and birth experiences have been unique, which has enhanced the way I care for and educate my clients.

It would be an honour to walk with you and your family in this.
Serving families on the Kona side of Big Island, Hawai´i.


Kaela Kajiyama, AAHCC, Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Bradley Method Instructor
PHONE 808.393.5967

My goal as a Doula is to help women through the amazing process of labor and birth by providing physical, informational, and emotional support. I feel it is important for women to be educated so that they are able to make informed decisions regarding their pregnancy and birth. I wish for all women to have an uplifting and peaceful birth, and truly feel grateful and honored to help with the process. I will work with you and your family through your personal situation, including inductions, VBAC, and cesarean births. Everyone deserves support! Please contact me for more information and to set up your free consultation.

Clinical Studies Show
  • using a Doula tends to result in shorter labors, less complications

  • a Doula helps to reduce negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience

  • a Doula can reduce the need⁄request for pain medication and⁄or epidural.

  • using a Doula can minimize the need for pitocin (labor–inducing drug), forceps, vacuum extraction, and cesareans

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Sharon Love, RN, LLCE, CD
PHONE 808.387.5538

Aloha, My name is Sharon Love.
I have been attending births for the last 12 years as a Certified Doula. Supporting women is my life’s mission! I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii on Maui, with my Registered Nurses’ Degree. I am also a Licensed Lamaze Childbirth Educator. The option to include private childbirth preparation classes with my Doula services, is available upon request. I have had the privileged to assist over 212 births, and counting. I have been involved with many cultural and religious practices relating to birth. I am open and comfortable supporting personal preferences of my families. My goal is to give my client’s the confidence and support they need to allow their bodies to do the job they were designed to do. I believe this experience to be one of those moments in life that will last forever.

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Maria Price, CD(DONA), DONA Trained Postpartum Doula
PHONE 808.722.2705

The first year of my journey as a doula unfolded beautifully with the support and openness of over 40 families. I have been involved with Birthing Programs specializing support in multi–cultural, multi–lingual support, and young mothers under 22, private clients who I have had the blessing to meet, and being a part of the Board of Directors of a non–profit Doula organization. I commit to doing my best in supporting your experience so it will be remembered as you hoped and wished for it to be.

I am blessed to know what it feels like first–hand to be well supported (and the other way around) when having a baby and growing with him. I am bilingual in English and Japanese, building my home in Honolulu with my loving ever–growing ohana.



Brooke Saltsman, ACBE, CD(DONA)
Trained Postpartum Doula

PHONE 808.398.5992

Being a Birth Doula is truly a calling, and I have been blessed to serve women and families during this most precious time for over seven years on Oahu. I am also a Certified Childbirth Educator, and I have been trained as a Postpartum Doula, Prenatal Yoga Instructor, and a Birth and Postpartum Acupressure Specialist. As a Doula, my goal is to get to know you and your preferences, and to provide you with the support that you need before, during, and after the birth. Check out my website for more information and to find helpful links and resources for birth, babies, and beyond!


Stephanie Shimkus, CD, CPPD, LMT/NCTMB, CPT, CAT
PHONE 505.603.6122

My own birth story led me to become a doula. Much was taken away from me during birth. I became a doula to make sure that no family suffers the same fate. As a doula, I want to encourage, love, and educate each family I work with to know their options and to feel empowered to make choices that are right for them. I am a military spouse serving the unique needs of the military birthing community. I am a licensed and nationally board certified massage therapist with 10 years of experience. I offer orthopedic as well as soothing prenatal massages. I am also a certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor. It is my goal to nurture my mom‘:s mind, body and spirit using a wide variety of technique from hands-on massage, essential oils, custom and organic body products, education, and custom prenatal and postpartum fitness programs.


CLC, DONA Hawaii State Representative

PHONE 808.672.5399 ⁄ 808.225.0668

The birth of a child is a miracle and one of the most significant events that takes place in a woman’s life. As a Doula I strive to offer a loving, caring, and supportive environment. I do this through information, education, emotional and physical support. When working with clients I am the person that is focused solely on them. Making informed decisions having an active say in their experience helps to empower woman, and helps give them a positive experience and one that they can cherish.

I have over 30 years of experience in supporting mothers and their families during childbirth. I am a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula through DONA International and a certified Labor Doula through CAPPA. I am also certified in Lactation Counseling. On a personal note, I am married and have 6 adult children (one set of twins) all were natural childbirth and breast fed. Please visit my website for more information.