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We Are Your Neighborhood Doulas

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Doulas of Long Beach was founded by Lauren Foster & Chelsea Croce

Born of a desire to cultivate community and make birth & postpartum experiences better than we found them, we created these offerings, this model of care, for YOU.

Our mission is to provide support and care for every family and every choice. We value diversity and individuality and pride ourselves in customizing your care to meet your family's distinct needs. We aim to be your ally, your guide, and your team as you transition into this new identity as parents and as a family.


Thrive not Survive

Any parent will tell you: bringing a baby into this world is tough, especially in our society. Isolation, judgments and feelings of not being good enough run rampant and it can all get so overwhelming. Imagine your pregnancy, birth and postpartum being a time where you feel fully supported, fully loved, and fully empowered. That is the DLB difference. Survival simply is not enough... we want you to THRIVE! This is why we offer 24/7 on-call labor & birth support, daytime and overnight postpartum care, and live-in sleep training services. From the time you hire us, your doula will be there for you day or night.

Coming Together

Whether you’ve lived in Long Beach for a day or over a decade, you know this city is all about community. And whether you realize it yet or not, thriving in parenthood requires help from friends, family, and neighbors. As your neighborhood doulas we seek to deepen those community connections with compassion and love. While a lot of the work we do is one-on-one, we often host group classes and are happy to share community resources to get you connected to fellow parents and parents-to-be. Parenting is not an island and you are not alone.

Open Arms

We believe in creating a safe space by offering truly non-judgmental support. In this, we believe we have the capacity to change lives. Through unity and acceptance and in trusting that you know exactly who you are and what you want, we help instill confidence in your choices and enhance your experience as a parent. At Doulas of Long Beach, we bring no agenda, no specific birth philosophy and no bias into your life. We offer our support with open arms, open hearts, and listening ears.

Doulas of LB is wholeheartedly committed to the inclusion of ALL individuals and families regardless of age, race, class, ethnicity, national origin, gender expression & identity, sexuality, relationship status, ability, and religion. 


meet the owners

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Lauren Foster

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In the last 11 years as a doula, childbirth educator and sleep coach, I have served over 450 families in Southern California. I draw from my previous experience as a nanny and my degree in psychology and child development to support the entire family unit. My natural insight and desire to get to know you and your family’s unique needs assist me in selecting a member of the Doulas of Long Beach team that will wholeheartedly support you. As a Long Beach native, I am so honored to serve this diverse community with love, compassion, and joy.



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Over the past 5 years I have had the distinct pleasure of working with a variety of families during pregnancy, birth and early postpartum. Walking alongside moms and dads as they find their strength, confidence and unique style of parenting brings me such joy. Through my own pregnancy and journey to motherhood, I experienced first hand the importance of community and support every step of the way. It is my desire that each and every family flourishes with the unconditional support of a doula.

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our agency doulas

Our team of affiliated Birth & Postpartum Doulas, Childbirth Educators, and Sleep Coaches are hand selected by Lauren and Chelsea to ensure the highest quality of care in the industry. Each and every member of our team is professionally trained, participates in ongoing continuing education, goes through an extensive interview process, submits to a background check, and is CPR and First Aid certified. Doulas of Long Beach is available to you for education, physical & emotional support and hands-on guidance as you journey into parenthood. 

To best match you with one of our incredible doulas, we start with a complimentary intake call to learn more about you, your family, and the type of support you need. We match based on availability, location, personality, special skills and more. We invite you to get started by submitting an inquiry form on our contact page.
We look forward to connecting with you!

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