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


Pat Goding, RNC, BSN
PHONE 808.677.8554

I am a Childbirth Educator, teaching for 34 years at various settings all over the world. Now 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 Oahu for 20 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.


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.


Shallin Shelby, CD(DONA), Birth & Newborn Photographer
PHONE 814.688.8632

Women and families who hire me as their Birth Doula can expect to receive unbiased, professionally trained, compassionate and continuous support for their birth choices at their birth location. I know you will make the best decisions for you surrounding your birth - I am here to encourage, empower, and support you and your birth choices every step of the way.

I am a Certified Birth Doula through DONA International. I have had the honor to serve clients and work with providers in Pennsylvania, New York and Hawaii, serving first time and fourth time Moms, home birth and hospital birth, natural birth and Cesarean delivery, as well as Military families, including women whose spouses are deployed. It is truly an honor to be included in such a transforming time in someone’s life, and I look forward to the honor of serving as your Doula during your birth experience. Please visit my website for more information regarding my Birth Doula and Birth Photography services.

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


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.


Lea Garner, DONA Trained Birth Doula
PHONE 808.489.7365

The birth of a child is by far the most important event a woman will experience in life. It sets the stage for her season of motherhood, and is the tangible start of the relationship between mother and child. During this amazing time, second only to the health of mother and baby is ensuring the best possible birth experience overall. As a doula I recognize the most integral piece necessary can be a mother’s main support person and dedicate my time and efforts into supporting her support! A doula does not replace, but compliments the dynamic of a mother and her main support person. When needed, I am experienced and feel comfortable in providing sole labor support.

I have lived on O’ahu for 12 years; currently living in Kapolei with my husband and our four children. I intend on spending my lifetime in the service of women and their families. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, being outdoors, and devouring chocolates!