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Welcome to Crowning Joy Birth Services

My name is Catherine O’Neal-Petterson and I’m a certified birth doula serving the Greater Los Angeles area, with a focus on the San Gabriel Valley, Glendale, and Downtown areas. I have been supporting women at births since 2004. I am a member of DONA and DASC.

I have two children of my own and had a doula present at both births. After giving birth to my daughter in 2002, I began to talk to other moms at playgroups and classes about their birth experiences. In doing this, I realized that a lot of these women didn't know that they had choices in the birth process, were unhappy with their treatment in the hospital, and ended up having a birth experience very different from the one they desired. Even though my first birth didn't go as planned, I know that having a doula present was very important in processing all the decisions and I really felt that I made informed choices, which helped me to ultimately be satisfied with that birth experience. I am passionate about a woman's right be an active participant in deciding how her child will enter this world and I became a doula so I could provide women and their partners with the encouragement, support, and information they need to achieve a satisfying birth.

I believe my role is to support you in your goals for your birth and not to bring my own agenda. I have experienced both a birth with an epidural and a natural birth with no medications, so I can bring my knowledge of those two experiences to your birth. I also understand that each birth is unique and that we must travel together on this exciting journey not knowing exactly what we will find. I act as a birthing companion to you and your partner on this journey - explaining what is happening at each step and encouraging and comforting you along the way.

Please look through the information on this site and call or e-mail me if you have any questions or to set up an appointment to meet.

Happy Birthing!

Catherine