Antonia Damien, Facility Maintenance Coordinator

I have been living in San Diego for 25 years. I am a mother of four. In addition to keeping our facility clean and welcoming for all expectant mothers, I also do outreach in the community, introducing the birth center to people who do not know of its existence. I love my job and my co-workers and am grateful for the opportunity to work at Best Start Birth Center.

 

 

 

 

Donna Grandi, Childbirth and Breastfeeding Educator, LCCE, CD(DONA), Breastfeeding Support Specialist

As a Childbirth Educator, I help women and their partners prepare for birth with knowledge of the birth process, as well as physical and emotional preparation. I seek to help women gain confidence in their body’s ability to give birth, which is an amazing, powerful and joyful experience. I also teach and support mothers in breastfeeding. I am a certified birth Doula providing support for moms and partners during pregnancy, labor and birth and early postpartum through emotional, physical and educational support. As a Doula I help facilitate a positive, healthy birth and early parenting experience.  I have two sons, born naturally with the support of my husband, and successfully breastfed. I have helped many parents in this journey of approaching parenthood in Southern California and in Taiwan where I lived for many years.

 

Trisha Olow CD, CCE

I graduated from San Diego State University in 1989 with a degree in Biology. Loving animals, I had a zoo career for many years. My husband and I gave birth to our first child, Zoe in a birth center in Orlando, Florida in 2001. I became a full-time mama. Being fascinated by pregnancy and the birthing experience, I became a DONA Certified Doula in 2002, then a Certified Childbirth Educator in 2003. When I became pregnant with our son, Evan in 2004, I knew Best Start Birth Center was the best choice for me.  I support the San Diego birthing community by teaching childbirth preparation classes for Best Start Birth Center and also for Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns. I work as a birth and postpartum doula and have helped over 100 families. I also am a specialist in placenta encapsulation, do belly casting and blessingway ceremonies.  Having a safe, peaceful and empowering birth experience can have lasting positive effects on a family. My hope is that through my teaching and doula work, I can help women find their strength and improve the birth experience one birth at a time.