Holly the Doula

Orange County Birth Support

Orange County Doula

My name is Holly Maneri and I am a DONA trained birth and postpartum doula in Orange County, CA. My passion is supporting growing families through pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.

Becoming a new parent is an exciting but often overwhelming and stressful transition in life. I am committed to providing non-judgemental support to all my clients from pregnancy, birth, to postpartum. I would love to support you or your loved one bring life into this world as your birth and postpartum doula.

Birth Doula Support

Being pregnant and giving birth are experiences that can challenge and change you. Going through it with the support of a birth doula can help you to feel understood, empowered, capable, and confident. Throughout the time we are working together I will be there to offer emotional, physical, and educational support.

Before your big day we can work together to create a birth plan and talk about all your prepare for labor and birth, and go into your big deal confident and ready to have your baby! When the big day comes I will be by your side to help you and your birth partner through every part of this life changing experience. Let's create a positive birth experience together.

About Me

To learn more about me and who I am, check out my About Me page or my instagram – feel free to DM me!


Doula FAQs

A doula is a trained professional birth worker with knowledge and experience to guide families through the monumental life changing experience of having a baby. A doula will give you non-judgmental support, evidence based information, and be an advocate for you throughout your journey to parenthood.

A birth doula will support you from the end of your pregnancy, through labor, and until the baby has arrived. During the third trimester, they will help you prepare for birth by creating a birth plan, plan your hospital bag, and more. They will come to your home once you are in labor to help you labor at home until you are ready to go to the hospital or birth center. Finally, they will join you at the hospital to support you until the baby has arrived!

There are so many benefits to hiring a doula! For birth, APA studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin (Pitocin) by 40%, requests for an epidural by 60%, and families are 66% more likely to have an overall greater satisfaction with birth.

Both Midwives and Doulas are essential parts of a birth team, and they have very different responsibilities. A Midwife is a healthcare professional that can perform pelvic and breast exams, write prescriptions, and is medically trained to deliver babies. Midwives have medical training to focus on delivering health babies. A Doula is a trained birth worker that provides physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother during her pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. Doulas focus mostly on the needs of the mother.

Having a doula on your birth team in addition to your partner is often helpful for a few reasons. A doula is a trained birth worker who has the experience and knowledge to guide you and your partner through birth and postpartum. It may also be hard you're your partner or parent to see you in pain and they might have a hard time supporting you the way you need it; a doula will not be phased by the effects of labor the way your partner might. Doulas will have more experience in birth and newborn care than your husband or your parent will. A doula's only focus is you and your baby; everyone else in the room has other jobs and responsibilities.

DONA is a nonprofit organization that certifies doulas. Currently doulas are not regulated by the government, this means that anyone can say they are a doula regardless of their training. DONA has created a program to certify doulas; when you hire a DONA certified doula you know you are getting someone who has gone through a process and is a qualified doula. DONA trained means that the doula is in the process of getting certified through DONA and they have completed workshops and trainings that were approved by DONA.

I accept Zelle, Venmo, Paypal, Check, or Cash.

I currently offer a discount of 20% off birth services if you are giving birth in a hospital or birth center that I have never attended a birth at.

Support Packages

See my support packages page for more information about additional services and pricing or contact me to discuss your specific needs.

Contact Me

I hope you consider me when looking for an Orange County doula so we can work together to make your new life experience great!

Contact me today for a free consultation!