Kathie Neff Childbirth Educator and Doula

Kathie Neff, Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Birth Story Listener

CCE(BFW), CD(DONA), Lifestyle Educator(KP), CLEC(UCSD)

It has been my privilege to journey with parents for the last 7 years as a Certified Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator. The years I spent assisting at births, as a certified DONA doula since 2011, have informed my work with birthing families. At this time, my primary offerings are Doula Services, Online Childbirth Classes, Birth Coaching, Infant Feeding Consultations, and Birth Story Listening Sessions.

My work as a Childbirth Mentor enhances my growth as a human being and expands my inner spirit. Each set of parents, or class of new parents, come to me as both students and teachers since I learn something new each time I enter into the process.

Continuing education as a mentor keeps me centered in deep, insightful reading and experiences that include Great Stories & Myths and folklore from all ages. Training opportunities bring me to many life-enhancing retreats, mentor gatherings and continuous conversations that deepen my work.

When I am not teaching, or at a birth, I enjoy writing, collage art, cooking, and my huge, wonderful family. A resident of Riverside, CA for over fifty years, I still love the newness of a spring morning with bright blue skies and the sights & sounds of nature that awaken within me a growing sense of life’s gifts.

"Kathie’s services were invaluable in helping me to heal my birth story. Following the birth of my daughter, I was left with a whiplash of complicated emotions. Kathie guided me through these raw emotions, helping me to process the most painful parts. Her nurturing and non-judgmental demeanor made me feel safe, and I am deeply grateful." -Macon

"Kathie's BFW Classes helped us to prepare for the unknown: labor & delivery and a new life with a new little one . . ."

" . . . her wisdom, gentleness, and non-judgmental spirit were our faithful guides. We are so grateful for her!" - Mandy and Matt

"Kathie was our doula for the birth of our third child. Before his arrival, she helped us heal from previous birth trauma and reclaim rituals to welcome him . . ."

". . . during his birth, her calm and confident knowledge of a woman's birthing body helped him make his way peacefully. Kathie is a wise elder that will nurture and help you grow your family." - Anna V

"Kathie is an intuitive teacher and comforting advocate. She gave me courage, knowledge, resilience and love in the anticipation of baby and during the labyrinth of labor!" - Erin M.

"As a husband working to support my wife through birth, I can truly say that having Kathie as our doula to support both of us was invaluable. That she's so knowledgeable, capable and present is just the start of it . . .

. . . it was her wisdom, her attention, her care and her confidence that rooted us in the moments when we needed it most."  - Rana B.

"Kathie, thank you for all your help and support during my first pregnancy. Your experience as a mother and as a doula guided me through every step of the process . . . "

" . . . and during my second pregnancy I found Birth Story Listening to be especially helpful while working through my feelings post-birth. It helped me to release certain feelings and expectations before the birth of my second child."  - M. Garcia

"Thank you for all your help, guidance, and advocacy throughout my pregnancy. You are a warm light in my small world and I appreciate all the time we have had together." - Jasmine

"Thank you for allowing me to be open with you, for being absolutely supportive with responding to my needs and guiding me towards a much more easing path of reflection. I am so honored to be with you for this journey."  - Emily V.


online childbirth classes

CHILDBIRTH CLASSES ON ZOOM from the comfort of your home!

The personal affect comes through the screen! What are your hopes and dreams for labor?

Classes include all this and more:

  • Physiology of Labor; Power of the Breath; Pain Coping Methods

  • What To Know During Covid-19; Considering Birth Locations; Strengthening the Couple Relationship for Birth, and so much more . . .
  • Cost of Class includes: Heart Centered Pregnancy Journal for each couple.
  • Regular Price: $260 per couple;
  • Twofer Price = Two couples sign up for only $135 each couple.
  • Use "Contact Me" below to get more information or to get a link to sign up!
Birth Story Listening Sessions


The Birth Story Listening process helps you to work with challenges you met in your birth. Appointments by phone or in person.

A gentle, yet powerful, process to explore challenges that came up during your birth and to view them through a unique lens. This process can be helpful in offering access to greater peace of mind; as preparation for a subsequent birth; and as a helpful tool for birth givers and birth workers alike.

Sliding scale of $25, $35, or $45 per 1-1/2 session via Zoom.

Pain Coping Workshop Labor

FREE Doula Services for IEHP Clients!

You can now request my services through the Doula Access Program where you receive:

  • Three (3) Prenatal Preparation Sessions
  • Support through your entire Labor & Birth
  • 3-Postpartum Support Sessions

My prenatal services include the Birth Story Listening process at no extra cost.

To talk with me about IEHP Doula Services, feel free to send me a message through the contact section below.

To find out more about the Doula Access Program, visit: rchf.org/doulaaccess
To sign up for a doula, or to request me as your doula: Call 951-788-3471, or Email: doula@rchf.org

Virtual Pregnancy Support California


The normal support infrastructure for pregnancy and birth looks very different right now due to COVID-19. Book a phone coaching call if you just need a quick dose of support or if you have questions.

  • Preparing for your birth during COVID-19.
  • Exploring hospital, home or birth center as possible birth locations.
  • Discussing your particular needs in birth preparation and how I might assist you.
  • Sliding scale of $25, $35, or $45 for 1 hour conversation.

Contact me to get started..

Service Area

Serving the Greater Los Angeles Area including Riverside & San Bernardino Counties since 2009.




Phone: 951-203-9560

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Birth does not ask you to be fearless. It asks you to be Brave.

Britta Bushnell, PhD