About Beth Rees, CD, CLEC


Beth Rees is a practicing doula in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Beth has been working with women and families for over 20 years and serving as a doula since 2006.  In her practice, she incorporates perinatal herbal medicine, acupressure/massage for breastfeeding, mindfulness meditation, mindful hypnosis-based birthing and parenting, breath and vocalization techniques, as well as other mind and body comfort measures.  Doula Beth is a Certified Doula & Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor (CLEC).  Currently, Beth is only taking new postpartum doula clients while she doulas, teaches, mothers and conceives.

Originally rooted in Denver, CO, she found her way to California with her family living in San Diego and then moving to Northern California several years later.  Santa Cruz was her home  during her university years – first as a student of Feminist Studies and Anthropology; then later as a program coordinator of the UC Santa Cruz Women’s Center.

While in Santa Cruz, Doula Beth began doing advocacy work promoting healthy communities with an emphasis  on sexual health and women’s health.   It was when a dear friend of hers became pregnant that she found the “doula path.”  Beth took her first doula training and experienced her first birth as a doula.  This experience rocked and amazed her -  so she began to transition from higher education life to that of a sustainable doula.

It was at this time that Beth began exploring the healing arts community of Santa Cruz and found her other passion – herbal medicine.   She studied with the American School of Herbalism in Western and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine.  Beth had the pleasure of working with the fine herbalists of  Five Flavors Herbs, helping craft herbal remedies and teaches perinatal herbal medicine classes with the Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine.  Currently, Beth is taking Dr. Aviva Jill Romm's "Herbal Medicine for Women" course to deepen and widen her herbal medicine practice.

Doula Beth is a Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor (CLEC) via  UC San Diego Extension She is thrilled to be offering breastfeeding support to prenatal and postpartum clients and the larger community! (And yes, that is broccoli :) .)  Beth completed the introductory level of "Heart & Hands" midwifery intensive course to deepen her knowledge of the art and science of midwifery and birth work.  "Heart & Hands" is a midwifery intensive under the tutelage of the divine and wise Elizabeth Davis, CPM.

Beth creates home in San Francisco with her spouse and soon to be 16 yr. old bonus son. Beyond being a birth/breastfeeding enthusiast, she enjoys cooking, photography, hiking, swimming, tea, coordinating life celebrations and parties, auto restoration, and spending time with loved ones – in and out of the City.

Questions?  Please feel free to contact me at beth@mindfuldoulaarts.org.

Picture taken by Regan Brashear http://www.fixedthemovie.com