Support Services

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.


Patricia Liu, Clinical Lactation Specialist

Patricia Liu, Clinical Lactation Specialist

I am a Clinical Lactation Specialist, wife, and mother of two; exclusively breastfed children. I am currently on a journey to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I completed my formal lactation specific education/training through the Grow Our Own Program; an accredited IBCLC/Lactation Consultant prep course offered through The Riverside County Department of Public Health, Nutrition Services. My objective is to be able to offer my knowledge and support in order to aid breastfeeding mother’s succeed and achieve their breastfeeding goals. With proper support and guidance, breastfeeding can be accomplished and will be one of the most rewarding experiences for both Mom and Baby.


Maria Teresa Kelley, LCSW

I have over fifteen years of experience providing direct practice to children, youth and families, including the last fourteen years at Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry. Therapy is provided in English and Spanish. I have knowledge of evidence-based practices utilized in clinical interventions. Treatment modalities include cognitive and behavioral therapy and play therapy. I also incorporate the use of art and narratives as part of treatment. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensed by the State of California to practice therapy. My education includes a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Art degree. I have made presentations and given demonstrations to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in San Diego City and County and Tijuana, Mexico. The topics included Community Healing from Trauma, Clinical Practice, and Art Applications for Clinicians. The initial session includes an assessment and review of presenting problem. Together a treatment plan is created to address the unique needs of each individual. I provide a creative and healthy atmosphere where individuals can relax and explore what life presents. I am honored to work in collaboration with youth, family and individuals that seek to overcome barriers to create a better quality of life.