Patricia A. Anaya, Certified Labor Doula & Childbirth Educator
Southbay’s Professional Birth Sherpa guiding pregnant couples towards a peaceful birth. Patricia provides labor doula support and teaches Childbirth Education for both hospital and homebirth clients. She attends deliveries at the following hospitals: Little Company of Mary, Torrance Memorial, Kaiser West LA and Kaiser Harbor City, Cedars Sinai, St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, UCLA Santa Monica and UCLA Westwood (Ronald Reagan).
Patricia is also a published author who writes about topics in childbirth and yoga. She published and co-authored a book called Posh Push: Modern Girls Reveal Secrets to a More Natural Birth. Read her published articles on her Blog homepage and Media page. Click here and follow her Blog.
Patricia works with qualified doulas as back-up support to ensure coverage for births and she also offers referrals to doulas, within her network, if she is not available. She is available for public speaking events, photography in labor, and is bi-lingual Spanish/English.
A few times per year, Patricia invites pregnant couples to attend her Couples Yoga for Birth Workshops at various venues such as Yoga Works, the Well Baby Center, and The Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center. Book a private session with Patricia if you miss the Couples Workshop.
She supports couples that live in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West LA, and South Bay Beach Cities, including Long Beach and San Pedro. Patricia lives in the South Bay Beach Cities with her doggie, Remy, and her little boy.
Learn More About Patricia
Patricia is a current member of DASC (Doulas Association of Southern California); APPAH (Pre-and Perinatal Psychology & Health); and Birth Works International. She is the founding Co-Leader of the West Los Angeles Chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). ICAN is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers whose mission is to help improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
Patricia holds current certification in Neonatal Resuscitation Practitioner (NRP) and can be contracted to work as a Midwife Assistant. Patricia currently assists local homebirth midwife, MaryLou O’Brien, upon request. Let Patricia be your sherpa through the unpredictable terrain of labor & birth
Patricia is also a certified Yoga teacherand currently teaches Pregnancy Yoga, Mommy & Baby Yoga, and provides Teacher Training for Postnatal Yoga at Yoga Works, South Bay. She received her prenatal yoga teacher training through Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa at Golden Bridge Yoga and also attended prenatal workshops in England with Uma Dinsmore-Thuli and Francoise Freedman. Because of her strong background in dance and movement therapy, she is often referred to as the “Dancing Doula.”